Don’t Do It, Ron

The presidential campaign season has elongated as the stakes grow. Candidates build a resume for a long march towards the Oval Office but in the last decade what used to be a twelve to fifteen month official campaign season has stretched to be twenty-four months and now possibly a continuous affair. The current focus is…

Forget DeSantis vs. Trump, Just Harvest

The right wing pundit class cashed their checks and pivoted to pummeling Trump for the Midterm letdown. Clear the way for DeSantis! Forget it, GOP Inc pundit, it’s the age of hyper-ballot stuffing. Nothing matters if the GOP does not attempt to rollback vote by mail, challenge it in court with lawsuits or to build…

Modern Governing’s Social Complexity Problem

“GET OUT OF THE CITIES!!!” This line with accompanying punctuation marks slips into timelines of news feeds. It is the caption to a video of a wild attack on an innocent pedestrian by a criminal. It is the deep commentary to a graph on crime and prosecutorial malfeasance by a DA. It is also a…

Six Months In

It has been six months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. Does anyone know what is going on in Ukraine? The amount of disinformation and misinformation makes media consumers with memories of the Syrian Civil War shrug. Per both American and Russian intelligence services, Ukraine would collapse fast. Once this did not happen, OSINT…

Celebrating Juneteenth

If you are working today, you are not a corporate drone. Corporations jumped on the Juneteenth national holiday and have implemented it into their corporate holiday schedules. Smaller employers do not care, and our service sector still has to work for everyone else. The laptop, email class though, they get the day off. America now…

Nothing Wrong With Exploring National Divorce

In recent months, an idea formerly relegated to the fringe right has popped up in more mainstream right discourse: national divorce. Secession, devolvement or dissolution are other ways to describe it. It is another possibility that was outside the Overton Window now entered into the regular framing medium for policy and ideas. As the board…

Orban Keeps Winning

Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party won another election in Hungary this weekend. Pollsters claimed Orban’s party looked more vulnerable this election than it’s prior elections defending its large majority. Fidesz emerged with a substantial majority with minor gains to its seats. Right wing pundits gush over Orban and miss key points to his governance. Orban made…

Stop With The Red Dawn Fantasies

One month into the Russo-Ukrainian war, the world adjusts to seeing a conventional military conflict. The world did not pay attention to Yemen nor to Ethiopia, but the media did not tell them to care. The conflict is not a police action after a steamrolling of a poorly equipped Muslim nation. The unification of the…

Weeks & Decades

Russia decided enough was enough and kicked off direct involvement in eastern Ukrainian hostilities. The fog of war has been thick, aggravated by a digital fog of war. The world sits watching with several days elapsed and the International Community is gearing up aid and involvement. To borrow from Lenin, this has been a week…

The War Drums Beat for Ukraine

The NY Times decided now was the proper time to push our government to get tough on Ukraine. I wrote in April of ‘21 that Ukraine would be a battlefield. The media megaphones now want it. We need to get serious and beef up the troop deployments to regional NATO members upwards of 5,000 with…