On Ukraine, Washington & Moscow

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

On the United Mine Workers, Manchin and ‘Build Back Better’

I was interested to read in The Hill this morning that the United Mine Workers (UMW) are calling on West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, the lone Democrat opposing Biden's bill, to reconsider. They say a number of provisions in the legislation that will benefit coal miners. So it's odd, you might think, that a Democratic … Continue reading On the United Mine Workers, Manchin and ‘Build Back Better’

On Manchin’s BS About an “Entitlement Mentality”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is fighting to rein in the $3.5 trillion American Families Plan that's said to cover such things as adding dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare; childcare for working families; community college tuition; 12 weeks of guaranteed paid parental, family and personal illness/safe leave; Obamacare subsidies, etc. Manchin says he doesn’t want “to change … Continue reading On Manchin’s BS About an “Entitlement Mentality”

On Climate Change & Capitalism

By now it should be impossible to deny climate change. There’s always been occasional extreme weather, but now “extreme” is becoming routine. I frankly believe it’s impossible to address this global challenge under capitalism. The demands of short-term profit will block any real chance of making the massive changes necessary. And I guarantee any attempts … Continue reading On Climate Change & Capitalism

On 60 Years of Climate Change

I read an interesting article this morning on climate change in the Guardian today, "Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored)." It links to a second article I haven't read yet but will, "How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous." Climate change is a discussion that can be … Continue reading On 60 Years of Climate Change