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Recipe: Potatoes To Die For

Happy New Year! It’s 2019 in New Zealand, and has been all day. As the rest of you catch up, I wish you all the best for whatever this year brings. For the US, it brings the first major Democratic candidate to announce for the 2020 election: Elizabeth Warren. I like Warren and think she would be a good president. However, I’m not sure she will be a good candidate. Every now and then she makes... read more

Trump Fiddles While Rome Burns

The military might of the modern US has been compared to that of the Roman Empire. Donald Trump appears to imagine himself in the role of its emperor. If there is a way he can exercise power without abiding by his country’s norms, he will use it. For example, despite constant and virulent criticism of Obama by both himself and the GOP every time Obama issued an Executive Order, Trump began his own... read more

Christmas Cartoons

I’m currently writing a post about the resignation of General Mattis and US Special Envoy Brett McGurk over Trump’s dreadful decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. However, it’s Christmas Eve in New Zealand and I still have a lot to do to prepare for tomorrow. Therefore I’m not going to get the post done. Further, it means it may be 2-3 days before I get back to it. While I was... read more

The Direction of World Politics (plus Tweets)

It’s been a while, so I thought I should at least attempt a Tweets Post. There are a couple of things to catch you up on in my personal life. Firstly, things are much better now I have a decent chair. However, the damage done while I was waiting for that to happen hasn’t gone away yet. I’m telling myself determinedly that it’s not permanent, hoping that I’m right. Everything... read more

Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric is Dangerous

If you’re a Trump supporter, you’re probably thinking this will be a liberal hit piece. However, my conclusion has the support of all the data. Many commentators, including myself, have been writing about the dangers of Trump’s hateful rhetoric for some time. On 22 May 2016 I wrote a post called, ‘The Dangerousness of the Donald’. Those of us who said people could die because of... read more

Anti-Semitism in the US (plus Tweets)

Most days I see examples of the fact of the high level racism in the US*. In particular, there is plenty of exposure of the racism against African-, Hispanic-, Latino-, and Native-Americans on my TV screen. When it comes to the sites I look at on the internet, the focus seems to me more about whether Muslims are getting a fair deal unless there’s a particular story that the media is focusing on that... read more

Trump Weak on Khashoggi Disappearance

Each day for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been tweaking a post about Jamal Khashoggi. The post never quite gets to the completion stage, and developments overnight mean much of the post is redundant. Now, the story has been headline news for so long, as it should be, that there’s nothing I can say most people don’t already know. The whole situation is absolutely appalling. It seems... read more

Kavanaugh: More Women Accusers

The final section of my last post, ‘Kavanaugh Conformation and Ford Accusation’, was “There’s Never Just One Victim”. (Of course, there were two in that post – Christine Blasey Ford and Debbie Ramirez.) It included a tweet from lawyer Michael Avenatti referring to bombshell revelations to come. I updated that post with a transcription of an Avenatti email noting,... read more

Kavanaugh Confirmation and Ford Accusation

For days I’ve been trying to write a post about Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were teens. And for days I’ve been deleting everything I wrote and starting again. I want to be fair. I want to get it right. The problem is we can’t know what the truth of the situation is. On top of that, there are the... read more

The Trump Resistance in the White House

On 5 September (that read “yesterday” when I began this post!) the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed from a senior Trump official. He or she said they were part of a group of senior officials within the administration who are doing their best to thwart Trump’s worst excesses, and why. There have been multiple responses to this. Obviously, a lot of these depend on a... read more

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