Does Trump’s bellicose style prompt violent assaults on his critics?

What?! Why would anyone make that ridiculous conjunction?  Sure, President Trump praises “body slammers,” but he’s never told anyone to make a pipe bomb!   Jeez.  You might as well try to connect the unrestrained proliferation of guns to the repeated massacres of innocent people, the growing ferocity of hurricanes to global warming, or fast-flowing rivers … Continue reading Does Trump’s bellicose style prompt violent assaults on his critics?

What’s really at stake with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court?

What's at stake?  A lot, obviously, and the punditry press is literally choked with words trying to capture one or another piece of the total picture.  Center stage in recent days has been, with good reason, the way women victims of sexual assault are heard (or not) by men of power.  Just off in the … Continue reading What’s really at stake with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court?

Decaying infrastructure puts everyone at risk

Two disaster stories have dominated headlines over the past couple of days – 1. Hurricane Florence barreling in to the Carolinas, killing at least eight, flooding communities, and leaving at least a million people without power; and 2. Thousands of Boston area residents fleeing for their lives as a series of gas explosions set scores … Continue reading Decaying infrastructure puts everyone at risk

Do Trump and Fellow Fossil Fuel Fanatics Have a Death Wish?

Everyone enjoying a healthy relationship with reality knows at least three things about climate change - (1) it's real, (2) it's happening far more rapidly than anyone had anticipated, with devastating consequences, and (3) our only hope of staving off ever-worsening impacts (including, quite possibly, our own species' extinction) is to radically reduce the emission … Continue reading Do Trump and Fellow Fossil Fuel Fanatics Have a Death Wish?

“Russia, Russia, Russia,” but hardly a big media mention of building climate catastrophe

Virtually buried under the avalanche of stories on the post-Trump-Putin summit fallout is this gem by journalist Somini Sengupta in today's New York Times - Summers are becoming so hot in South Asia that people are already dying in big numbers, and soon cities may be too hot to remain livable for hundreds of millions … Continue reading “Russia, Russia, Russia,” but hardly a big media mention of building climate catastrophe