Category Archives: Corruption

What Does Freedom Mean to You? Putin at Valdai, 2016

American protest songs, lyrically at least, showcase that as an expression of national consciousness, Americans lost their understanding of what freedom means somewhere in the early 1970’s. Sentiment against dictatorships and enslavement of populations gave way to more America-centric problems, … Continue reading

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What if Trump Were Running Against Putin? The Struggle to Sell Clinton as a Democratic Inevitability.

The fortuitous discovery of perhaps thousands of emails exchanged with Hillary Clinton’s private email server, recovered from the computer belonging to sexual cluster bomb Anthony Weiner and his estranged missus – Clinton Chief of Staff and vice-chair of her election … Continue reading

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Seeing More of the Big Picture in Ukraine

They whisper still, the injured stones, the blunted mountains weep As he died to make men holy, let us die to make things cheap And say the Mea Culpa, which you’ve gradually forgot Year by year Month by month Day … Continue reading

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Guilty Until Proven Guilty

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” – William Penn “If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.” – Ernesto Che … Continue reading

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Who Needs Luck When Your Enemies Are Stupid?

“People always call it luck when you have acted more sensibly than they have.” -Anne Tyler “Luck is a word the bitter teach the ignorant” -Steve Maraboli; “Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience” Perhaps this would be … Continue reading

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Putin is Weaponizing Popularity: Newsweek is not Amused.

“The mind, placed before any kind of difficulty, can find an ideal outlet in the absurd. Accommodation to the absurd readmits adults to the mysterious realm inhabited by children.”  – André Breton How appropriate, to say nothing of au courant,  … Continue reading

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The Madness of Anders Aslund; Economic Advice for Ideologues With Too Much Money

Unwrap yourself for a starving man Come drown your thoughts if they bite you Turn off the world if it makes you hurt I’m just a clown but I like you… Max Webster, from “Let Go the Line” What follows … Continue reading

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