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The State of Chicago?

There’s an interesting article over on the Washington Post, These Illinois Republicans are rallying around a bill to kick deep-blue Chicago out of the state by Liz Weber . Yes, you read that right. Republicans in the rural areas of Illinois are eager to force Chicago, with its Democratic politics and booming economy, out of…

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Drowned Dogger: American Future

If you have an interest in ancient history, or our own short term future, check out the following article on The Guardian, Reconstruction’ begins of stone age lands lost to North Sea by Nazia Parveen. In it, Parveen looks at how today’s scientists are exploring and reconstructing the lost country of Doggerland. Doggerland is the…

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Cruz is right about Space Pirates…sorta

Back in May, Ted Cruz got himself in serious trouble by defending Trump’s proposed “Space Force” on the grounds that it might be needed to deal with Space Pirates. Lots of people chortled about that. But, let’s confess, he had a point. We are moving rapidly towards the commercialization of space — at least the…

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4th of July, We Will Endure

It’s the Fourth of July! Today, we should all be proud of our nation and what it has managed to achieve over the centuries. We have a lot of flaws, but we’ve done much to right our wrongs, and are doing more each day. But we should also be wary. Our ship of state is…

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Game Of Thrones, DC-edition

In May of this year, the long-running fantasy program, Game of Thrones, came to an end. Whether it was a good program, or a bad program, or an indifferent program we leave to the show’s fans and detractors respectively. But we were startled when we came across this story in The Intercept, The Rise of…

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The Deep Fake Threat

by Chris Madsen A large threat to the coming election is technology has developed to the point it is now possible to easily make “Deep Fake” videos.  Deep Fake videos can make it look like anyone is saying anything.   With at least 2 minutes of audio of someone talking an electronic voice can then…

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Coal Funded Climate Denialism

Fascinating article over on the Intercept’s web site. In A Major Coal Company Went Bust. Its Bankruptcy Filing Shows That It Was Funding Climate Change Denialism, Lee Fang writes that a recent bankruptcy has proven what we all already knew, that Big Coal has been paying for disinformation about climate change. It seems that “Cloud…

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Parody Project: impeachment!

The Parody Project, the political musical “group” that takes on tRump at every opportunity, is at it again. Check out their Impeachment, which is based on Should I Stay Or Should I Go. In it, the group asks Congress what’s it going be; impeachment or not. If we just vote a bit in 2020, that…

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They Just Wanna NUKE Somethun’

Interesting, scary article over on the Washington Post, Trump is quietly leading us closer to nuclear disaster by Steven Andreasen, who was “the director for defense policy and arms control on the National Security Council staff from 1993 to 2001.” In it, Andreasen looks at how tRump and his Rumpskins (like Bolton) have weakened every…

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Note To Anti-Vaxxers…

Irrationality has always been a capital offense, with no stays of execution. It is something we ought to keep in mind about anti-vaccine activists.  And if you want to see their philosophy in action, just consider Ebola in Africa. Right now, the deadly virus Ebola is killing people in Congo, among other places. War and…

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