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The first email subscription service I used for this site was through Feedburner. They was acquired and then abandoned by Google, so I switched to Mailchimp. Before long, they changed their terms of service and so I switched to MailerLite. Same thing. It’s taken me a while to sign up with yet another service, but now it’s up and running — this time I’m using follow.it Over the next few days I may need to make adjustments to the configuration…

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For the silent majority, it’s time to come out of hiding

For the silent majority, it’s time to come out of hiding

How can the silent majority find its voice? The phrase, silent majority, often conjures up an image of moderation and sanity — a population hemmed in from either side by the strident voices of extremists. The problem with this characterization is that it reinforces the self-imposed impotence of those who survey the political landscape while believing that as individuals, they have no capacity to be instruments of change. But the silent majority hasn’t been silenced. It is silent by choice….

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Photographing the unseen

Photographing the unseen

Some time ago, I added an Instagram widget to the sidebar here, adding some visual content to the minimalist design of this site. Anyone who’s interested to learn more about my photography and why I include it here, can do so by reading this.

Message to email subscribers – updated – again

Message to email subscribers – updated – again

July 4: Sorry for the recent interruption in email updates. They will resume on July 12. Meanwhile, I’m still updating the site as usual. June 10: Since starting War in Context and then Attention to the Unseen, everyone who signed up to receive email updates has received these via Feedburner (which was acquired by Google in 2007). Since its acquisition, Feedburner has suffered death by a thousand cuts — the latest of which is that they are about to end…

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On coups and cowards

On coups and cowards

By Paul Woodward, June 1, 2021 As often as Trump and his QAnon acolytes might bleat about “cancel culture,” they must also delight in the fact that even after getting kicked off the leading social media platforms, the mainstream media still provides them with a megaphone. It makes little difference how many times the words “lies” and “false” get inserted into the reporting, the message still gets telegraphed both in terms of its seditious content and just as importantly as…

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Updates while relocating

Updates while relocating

We just sold our house and now I’m about to hit the road in my 22-year-old truck, as I head hundreds of miles west with two cats and a dog to join my wife in our new location — new house yet to be found. During this period of instability, I can’t predict if or how often I’ll be updating this site, but once we get situated, it will back to normal (whatever that means).

Even if Biden wins, he will govern in Trump’s America

Even if Biden wins, he will govern in Trump’s America

Time reports: The car horns blared as Joe Biden took the stage just before 1 a.m.—not to proclaim victory, but to urge his supporters not to lose hope, no matter what President Donald Trump might say. “We believe we are on track to win this election,” the former Vice President told the crowd in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 4. “It ain’t over until every vote is counted. Keep the faith, guys.” As the new day dawned and dragged on, it…

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As humanity isolates, wild animals start coming out of exile

As humanity isolates, wild animals start coming out of exile

  The coronavirus pandemic has rightly been compared to wartime. At the same time, it is reminiscent of the First World War armistice as gunfire gave way to birdsong, and offers glimpses of what might happen if we were to end our war against this planet and impose our presence here less harshly, by allowing wild habitats to grow, by reducing how much we foul up the air, land, water, and oceans, and by simply learning how to become a…

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Bernie Sanders outranks other Democrats – and Trump – on values and empathy

Bernie Sanders outranks other Democrats – and Trump – on values and empathy

USA Today reports: Is Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders likable enough to win the White House? A new USA TODAY/Ipsos poll released Friday suggests a lot of voters think so. Asked for their views on the personal characteristics of several Democratic presidential contenders and of President Donald Trump, voters consistently gave Sanders the highest marks for his values and empathy. Trump and his allies have long said they believe the president could easily defeat Sanders if he faces off against…

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How Bernie Sanders can become the next president

How Bernie Sanders can become the next president

Michael Warren writes: It might sound strange, but Bernie Sanders right now has a lot in common with Donald Trump from 2016. Like Trump, after coming in a close second in Iowa and winning New Hampshire, Sanders is now his party’s front-runner for the presidential nomination. Like Trump, Sanders carries big momentum into a third contest in Nevada that already sets up well for him. His rallies are packed. His coffers are stuffed with cash. And yet, like Trump, there…

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Above the law: The Trump Doctrine

Above the law: The Trump Doctrine

The New York Times reports: President Trump on Thursday reversed a decision by the Navy seeking to oust a Navy SEAL, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, from the elite commando force. Chief Gallagher has been at the center of a high-profile war crimes case and was granted clemency by the president last Friday. He was notified on Wednesday that the Navy planned to start the process of revoking his status as a SEAL and taking away the Trident pin that…

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Weak and defenseless, Trump bows down in the face of ‘Crazed and Irrational Hostility’

Weak and defenseless, Trump bows down in the face of ‘Crazed and Irrational Hostility’

Like most other angry old trolls, it’s easy to tell when Donald Trump gets really mad: a twitchy shift-key lets loose with a rapid fire of upper-case letters. ….Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October…

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The end of life on Earth?

The end of life on Earth?

Apocalyptic statements always sound crazy and talking about the end of life on Earth at this juncture in its history will, for many people, seem like an overly pessimistic assessment of the perils we face. Temperatures rise, extreme weather events become more frequent, species dwindle or disappear, forests burn, glaciers melt — no doubt the situation is dire, but surely not so bad that we are witnessing the destruction of life itself. For that to happen, wouldn’t Earth have to…

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Recent events on and around the Arabian Peninsula

Recent events on and around the Arabian Peninsula

June 23, Meet the Press: WATCH: Trump tells Chuck Todd that he wants to talk with Iran with “no pre-conditions.” #MTP #IfItsSunday pic.twitter.com/kie0I91ZbA — Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 23, 2019 August 28, Mareike Transfeld wrote: Last month, the UAE said it would withdraw its troops from the northern port of Hodeidah. In reassuring the international community that it had coordinated this with Saudi Arabia, it explained it was just trying to follow terms set down by a United Nations…

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