by Chris Hedges Truthdig Dec 17, 2018 Donald Trump is part of the peculiar breed Herman Melville described in his novel “The Confidence-Man,” in which the main character uses protean personas, flattery and lies to gain the confidence of his fellow passengers to fleece them on a Mississippi River steamboat. “Confidence men,” as Melville understood, are an … Continue reading The Quintessential American in the Greatest Show on Earth
by Fintan O’Toole NY Review of Books Dec 6, 2018 The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis Writing about her friend the famously unpleasant Evelyn Waugh, Frances Donaldson reflected: "The weakness in attributing any particular quality to Evelyn is that he could not allow anyone to dictate his attitude or virtues to him. Consequently, if he … Continue reading Saboteur in Chief
by Ron Jacobs Counterpunch Nov 29, 2018 The madness around us is no accident. Donald Trump is not an anomaly, but he is the worst of what this nation has to offer. Intentional ignorance fuels his hatred and money fuels his bloated and undeserved ego. We live in a nation ruled by small minded and heartless men and … Continue reading The Audacity of Struggle
The science. Not the rising sea levels. When North Carolina got bad news about what its coast could look like thanks to climate change, it chose to ignore it. In 2012, the state, now in the path of Hurricane Florence, reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission sea levels could rise by 39" … Continue reading North Carolina didn’t like the science on sea levels, so they passed a law against it.