Merck’s Gesture to Save Humanity

October 19, 2021

The media announced last week what appears to be a major breakthrough in pandemic news. It could be a turning point in the history of a pandemic that will soon celebrate its second birthday. “In the not-too-distant future,” according to MarketWatch, “you may be able to walk into a doctor’s...

Kyrsten Sinema’s True Motive Revealed
October 18, 2021

Kyrsten Sinema’s True Motive Revealed

The New York Times’ Laughable Lack of Irony
October 15, 2021

The New York Times’ Laughable Lack of Irony

Are the Rich Embarrassed by Their Riches?
October 15, 2021

Are the Rich Embarrassed by Their Riches?

Yahoo Finance’s Social Darwinism

Yahoo Finance’s Social Darwinism

October 13, 2021

Yahoo Finance regularly features its senior columnist, Rick Newman, as a voice of open-minded reflection and staid wisdom, a seasoned journalist skilled at juggling with issues at the junction of finance and politics. Though no doctrinaire libertarian, he adheres to the capitalist faith and...

No, Jack Kennedy, You Are Not James Bond

No, Jack Kennedy, You Are Not James Bond

October 12, 2021

In this age of social media and artificial intelligence (AI), the dominant model for modern systems of government has now become hyperreal democracy. If current trends continue, society itself will inevitably become lost in a world of commercially driven illusion. Even if many brave souls are...

The Art of Propaganda: When Journalists Use Facts to Create Fiction

The Art of Propaganda: When Journalists Use Facts to Create Fiction

October 11, 2021

The legacy press continues its endless campaign to promote the belief that Russia is waging a never-ending battle against US diplomats and spies thanks to the secret weapon that provokes the dreaded “Havana syndrome.” Two Washington Post journalists, John Wagner and Miriam Berger, have...

It’s Not All Bad News for the Gulf

It’s Not All Bad News for the Gulf

October 11, 2021

Gulf Arab states are in a pickle. They fear that the emerging parameters of a reconfigured US commitment to security in the Middle East threaten to upend a pillar of regional security and leave them with no good alternatives. The shaky pillar is the Gulf monarchies’ reliance on a powerful...

Appropriating the King of Pop: The Far Right Co-Opts Michael Jackson

Appropriating the King of Pop: The Far Right Co-Opts Michael Jackson

October 08, 2021

Michael Jackson has been named the "king of pop" for his timeless hits as a member of the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist. His lyrics have brought individuals across the world together as one. "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" are some of his best-known songs, but it is "They Don't Really Care About Us"...

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

October 07, 2021

In early September, with the war in Afghanistan officially over and the Middle East retreating from the media’s landscape, The New York Times began preparing the American public for the next theater of war. This time it will be just off the coast of mainland China, in Taiwan. There will be no...

Congress Fights Over Childcare But Not the Military

Congress Fights Over Childcare But Not the Military

October 07, 2021

US President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress are facing a crisis as the popular domestic agenda they ran on in the 2020 elections is held hostage by two corporate Democratic senators: fossil-fuel consigliere Joe Manchin and payday-lender favorite Kyrsten Sinema. But the very week before the...

Is the Havana Syndrome a Psychogenic Illusion?

Is the Havana Syndrome a Psychogenic Illusion?

October 04, 2021

It has been a full week since we last reported on the Cold War psychodrama known as the Havana syndrome. But the news keeps coming, and though we are no wiser as to its physical causes or whodunnit, the media and the US government are not about to let it go. As we suggested last week, an...

The UN Faces a Crisis

The UN Faces a Crisis

October 01, 2021

Jair Bolsonaro gave a speech at the UN General Assembly last month. It was full of the usual misstatements and exaggerations for which the Brazilian leader has become notorious. But the most noteworthy part of the speech had nothing to do with its contents. It was Bolsonaro’s refusal to take a...

The Futile Quest for Accountability

The Futile Quest for Accountability

October 01, 2021

The disappointed hope for a reckoning after the financial meltdown of 2008-09 that taught the world the meaning of “too big to fail” demonstrated the truth of its corollary: “too big to jail.” Sending rich people — and especially powerful rich people — to jail has always been a...

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