The killers of Ahmaud Arbery were justly and correctly convicted of murder on state charges in Georgia last year. Greg and Travis McMichael were sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Neighbor William "Roddie Bryan was also convicted, but his sentence allowed eligibility for parole in 30 years. These convictions were a huge … Continue reading Should Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Have Been Convicted of Hate Crimes?
I think just about everyone has had their fill of masks and social distancing, and I don't mean just those claiming they're tyrannical tools of oppression. We're about to start Year 3 of this pandemic and I think most everyone is sick and tired of it. Unfortunately, even as COVID appears to be subsiding and … Continue reading Protein-Based Vaccines, Cuba & the World Fight Against COVID
Should workers support the Ottawa truckers? That's a difficult question for which I don't have an answer yet. As a union supporter, union member and socialist going back 50 years, the answer would normally be simple: Yes. This time it's not so simple. On the good side, I think the truckers are showing the power … Continue reading Should Workers Support the Ottawa Truckers?
In typical fashion, the mainstream U.S. media is reporting the brewing Ukraine crisis without any meaningful historical context. All the extensive coverage we see is superficial. Lengthy media reports claim to inform us but largely evade and obscure what's really going on, why, and in service to what ends. The roots of today's crisis go … Continue reading On Ukraine, Washington & Moscow
I think Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have taken right course in pulling their music catalogs off Spotify. They did so in opposition to the vaccine misinformation being peddled by Joe Rogan on his podcast that streams on Spotify. This is not an example of cancel culture. Quite the opposite. As Young stated on his … Continue reading On Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Spotify