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Walter J Smith

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  • G-20: Germany aims to isolate Trump on Paris Climate Plan
    • Walter J Smith 07/08/2017 at 4:55 pm

      Tell Merkel and the world: So what if you end up with only G-11 cooperating to save the planet from the stupids! CELEBRATE GETTING IT RIGHT! LOUDLY PROCLAIM HOW WELL YOU GET IT RIGHT!

  • It isn't just Trump: The American System is Broken
    • Yes, the Constitutional regime is exhausted, for the simple reason that we too long ago made it untouchable holy writ.

      What is wrong with Jefferson's suggestion that we need a revolution every generation? Why do we so fear the necessary for the political freedom we so long ago forgot the content of no one in the US elites has a clue what it includes, because they can just buy it?

      And it is curious why only the GOP is responsible for having degenerated the regime to this point. The Ds have had the power about as much time since WW II (or the Civil War) as have the Rs.

      Perhaps the good professor could find a grad student somewhere in his vast university empires who could bring both more depth to the thinking presented, as well as show how the Democrats did and did not participate in reducing the 10th Federalist to a "pay to play" dogma for writing legislation: who doesn't know the Wall Street banking lobbyists wrote Dodd-Franks; who doesn't know the Health Insurers & Big PhRMA & Hospitals & Medical Equipment wrote the ACA; who doesn't know that Obama did absolutely nothing about climate change until we gave him no alternative; etc.?). Even judicial appointments and appointments to the Executive branch and Congressional Administrative appointments - all of it is designer built for partisan reach; yes, the very most irresponsible billionaires are also the very most repugnant; which billionaires are not politically repugnant?

      One could go on.

  • Top 5 Climate Catastrophes to which Trump just Doomed his own Supporters
    • Walter J Smith 06/02/2017 at 5:16 pm

      Is this a Trump quote? "Since 1958, the amount of precipitation during heavy rainstorms.”

      It sure sounds like it. The article needs a proof-reader.

  • Erdogan, Trump, the Russians and General Flynn: The Tangled Web
    • Walter J Smith 05/22/2017 at 4:08 pm

      Sweet irony: "The Israeli Government complained that at that meeting, President Trump conveyed top secret material to the Russians, supplied by Jordan and Israel, about the I.S.I.S. Organization, thus endangering their own intelligence assets."

      Hold that quote beside this one from Bloomberg, and imagine the next bubble to pop: President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a photo opportunity and rebutted last week’s reports that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence on ISIS to Russian officials in the Oval Office, Bloomberg reports.

      Said Trump: “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel, never mentioned during that conversation. They’re all saying I did. So you have another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel.” Here's the link: link to bloomberg.com

      And now this from Axios: link to axios.com

      Oh, it's some jolly good blather, some jolly good....

  • Global Warming in Atlantic driving Rapid Arctic Sea Ice Retreat
    • I want these things to make sense when I read them. Here is the first paragraph, and after reading it three times, I have no idea what the writer is trying to get across, because it is very clear he doesn't either: "The seasonal sea-ice retreat across the Arctic Ocean is perhaps one of the most conspicuous indicators of climate change. In September 2012, a new record was set for the time that we have been tracking sea ice with satellites: the minimum sea ice extent was some 50% below the climatic average for that month. Four years on, and the September 2016 record tied with 2007 for the second lowest sea ice extent since measurements began in 1978." Can we just see a chart instead of all that confusion about who did what? Show us in clear presentation how sea ice evolved from, say, 2007 to 2016. Do not give us two different starting points, two different measuring methods, and meaningless relationships between, well, whatever the relationships are between. Because that is also lost.

      Good luck to us all.

  • Can Anti-Fracking Movement mount resistance to Trump?
    • Walter J Smith 01/04/2017 at 6:36 pm

      Perhaps it will take Trump to inspire the democrats to reverse Obama's "Drill, Baby, Drill" and "Frack, Baby, Frack" policies. They ignored during Obama's presidency.

      Go figure.

  • After Aleppo, Russians prepare to defy Trump re: their Iran Alliance
    • Walter J Smith 12/14/2016 at 5:01 pm

      Do not forget that Wall Street is insatiable! It wants all of Russia's oil, gas, and arable land. Both US parties are full of Wall Street puppets, eager to deploy the US military to get that prize. Except the US military cannot take Iraq. Cannot take Syria. Cannot take Lybia. etc. ad nauseum.

  • Why do we fall for fake news?
    • Walter J Smith 12/13/2016 at 4:27 pm

      Fake news has been around since long before the ancient poets named its divine patron "rumor." It has proven a plague on all societies, though perhaps less among tribes than among all post-tribal social organizations.

  • Bad Rain Falling: Who's to Blame for our Trump Catastrophe?
    • Walter J Smith 11/22/2016 at 9:17 am

      Gitlin's rant is mostly on target. However, his refusal to see any complicity in the Wall Street Ds for their own rejection, is as massive a failure of intellectual integrity as is anything he mentions. Why does he refuse to see that a vote for Jill Stein was our only vehicle for screaming at those very Wall Street Ds that their own repugnant refusal to deal with the environmental challenges is simply intolerable? That is repugnant partisanship, another practice of that very bad faith that should be added to his list of rejections at the article's end.

  • American Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq outlive Anti-War Legend Tom Hayden, RIP
    • I love juancole.com. I love telesur. This article, does neither one juistice. Nor did it do its subject justice. I had issues with Tom Hayden from the 1860s (I was a combatant in Vietnam) through the '70s' & 80s (student & teacher at a U CA & CA Com Col campuses) and right on through to now. He was a great man, with many a manly flaws. This article manages to mangle almost all of it.

  • Iran and Hizbullah Welcome Kerry-Lavrov Syria Ceasefire
    • Walter J Smith 09/12/2016 at 9:47 am

      The article appears to stop mid-sentence. Also, Facebook prohibits me from posting it on my facebook page through the facebook icon above at this page. They say their security prohibits it.

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