Category Archives: apocalypse

John ‘Bomb Iran’ Bolton may yet get his wish


I spoke to the president over the last several days, and President Trump told me that if Iran does anything at all to the negative, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before. — National security … Continue reading

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Fool me once… OK, now fool me again


The race is on. In one lane we have Donald Trump using false evidence from Benjamin Netanyahu as an excuse to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, a first step in drumming up support for another Mideast war. In the other, … Continue reading

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Emotional weather report for April


…High tonight, low tomorrow, precipitation is expected. – Tom Waits Nature was at war with itself last month – solitary balmy days sandwiched by cold snaps with gusty winds, the sky still bright at 7:30 pm, but with temps in … Continue reading

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From Iraq to Trumpland


Tom Engelhardt marks the 15th anniversary of the start of a war that seems more disastrous with each passing year: In an act of pure wizardry, bin Laden drew out of Bush, Cheney, and company their deepest geopolitical fantasies about … Continue reading

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Apocalypse now, or just another dumb forecast?


“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate,” I told Swamp Rabbit, quoting from an old movie but referring to Philly-based John Bolaris, one of the shiny happy people paid by the media machine to communicate weather forecasts. Bolaris … Continue reading

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‘Abundance without attachment’ is right-wing doubletalk


Swamp Rabbit and I huddled next to the wood stove and pored over a cheery Christmas article by economist Arthur C. Brooks, who wants people to make an attitude adjustment regarding possessions. He urges readers to “collect experiences, not things,” … Continue reading

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50 years after ‘Strangelove,’ Gen. Jack Ripper on drugs


This January marked the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. From a New Yorker story about the mainstream critics who dismissed the movie’s storyline as implausible: Despite … Continue reading

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