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Nov 12

Dolchstoßlegende

The confluence of Armistice Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution has caused Clio to rear her head again and consider the fortunes of the German Empire in 1918. Contrary to plan, Germany had been thwarted in the West by the French and British but experienced considerable success on the Eastern Front against …

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Nov 11

Cut Cut Cut!

What about cut are we not understanding here? Cut health care for the sick and elderly. Cut deductions for 99% of the population. Above everything else cut the necessity for .01% Plutocrats and Transnational Megacorp Monopolies to pay any taxes at all. It’s also a give, Give, GIVE! program. Give wealthy heirs Aristocratic privilege. Give …

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Nov 10

Not Just Meatballs and Lingonberry Jam

It goes on your meatballs. No, seriously. On the other hand Scandanavians like Lutefisk too, I’ve tried that and it’s not nearly as horrible as you’d think. Nuclear War is exactly as horrible as you’d think. How to Build a Fallout Shelter Using Nothing but IKEA Furniture By Nick Greene, Vice Nov 9 2017 In …

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Nov 10

What could possibly go wrong?

After you give out a $300,000,000 no bid contract to a 2 person firm that happens to be located in a Cabinet Secretary’s home town that his son just happened to used to work for? Puerto Rico is in blackout again after power line fixed by Whitefish fails by Umair Irfan, Vox Nov 10, 2017 …

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Nov 09

This Post Is Conceptually Flawed

It’s all too easy? That’s what they want you to think.

Nov 09

About That Big Medicaid Victory in Maine

Maybe no so much. You may have missed it but Seema Verma, head of the Health and Human Services Department’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to institute work requirements for benefits. States will be allowed to impose Medicaid work requirements, top federal official says By Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Post November 7, 2017 …

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Nov 08

Just Last Week!

Look, I doubt there are many who are more supportive of Sam Bee than I, after all I thought they ought to put her and Jason Jones in charge at The Daily Show and do a spoof of the Happy/Eyewitness News Format in the Colbert Pundit mold. It’s still a good idea dammit. Alas she …

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Nov 07

Acrophobia

Simply put it’s fear of falling or heights and I have it in spades. Famously it’s the subject of Hitchcock’s Vertigo but I think that and other popular cultural depictions don’t capture the feeling as I experience it. For one thing it’s not paralyzing. If you were hanging off a precipice or should we want …

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Nov 07

So, What Is ‘Fake News’?

First, I want to assure you that anything you read on this site, from this author, is fake, no matter how seemingly reputable and well documented the source (The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, CNN, MSNBC) even if it is accompanied by video or sound recordings and a transcript because, who are you going …

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Nov 05

Really?

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘not someplace that I think we should go’ By CRISTIANO LIMA, Politico 11/05/2017 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that even if Democrats were to retake control of the House in the 2018 elections, pushing for impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump would not be one of their legislative priorities. “It’s …

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Nov 04

How Is This Still A Thing?

I’m talking about Daylight Savings Time of course and of the ridiculous things we do it is a constant and consistent high scorer in a game that like Golf is about how low you can go. Not that I’m any prize when it comes to punctuality, I’ve acquired an unfortunate reputation that is mostly undeserved …

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Nov 03

Bell Peppers

You don’t live to be 120+ years old (mid 30s in 1926, do the math) without being extremely fortunate which is a word we will return to. While it is easy to claim good genetics (Richard and Emily are still kicking too and more ornery than ever) the truth is that my health is not …

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