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2020 Clearly?

Another new year is upon us and in American politics it doesn’t appear it will be a quiet, boring one! I’ll try and predict what the top five stories of 2020 will be. Let’s explore. Continue reading 2020 Clearly?

Outrage Across The Atlantic

Last week lacked a dominant political news story; what it had was several outrages that if you used them as the plotlines of a novel would be rejected because they were too unbelievable. Let’s explore. Continue reading Outrage Across The Atlantic

Making Putin Smile

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia a world power again. Aside from its nuclear arsenal it is way too small by most other measures to attain such a status anywhere in his lifetime by overtaking other countries unless those other countries are significantly weakened. Nuclear war means mutually assured destruction (MAD) or something so close to it as to be unacceptable to any rational nation state. While Putin may be evil, he is rational. Putin never seems to smile. (Laughing at people is not smiling.) Let’s juxtapose those facts. Continue reading Making Putin Smile

My Wife’s Funny Story

Decades ago my wife broke a glass ceiling and was the first woman at a large financial firm to reach the level of management that she did. In that position she had to attend many regional and national meetings. For years she was the only woman at the conferences. She still jokes that the biggest advantage is that she had the bathroom all to herself. That always got laughs at a party. Today it makes me think of some things that are happening in global politics. Continue reading My Wife’s Funny Story

‘Twas The Next Day

It is late Friday afternoon going into Friday evening as I write this posting. It’s been a strange last few days for me. This week this website went dark, (See Apology And Explanation), the UK voted to leave the EU and the world began to react. My basic reaction can be summed up in the phrase: shock and dismay. Continue reading ‘Twas The Next Day