As AA noted, Route 66 used to be *the* way to escape the madness. I used to be hellbent on 20 hour drive-a-thons to whatever sector of the country or side of the border till I figured out planes fly, cars sink, so as to outmaneuver the coasts. I was amazed meeting an Oregon woman in her 30's who'd never been to the ocean 100 miles away. Seems the post-war wanderlust has largely subsided,
As populism grips Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere, there are few targets as ripe for political assault as the institutions stuffed with unelected technocrats wielding the power to affect the economic fate of millions.
.....if Iraq remains on the list of banned nations in a revised order the White House says it is preparing, he could face another political rebellion that could cause his government to collapse. Tehran’s Shiite militias could push to replace U.S. forces in the fight for Mosul; or more likely, Iran’s clients could demand that all American forces leave Iraq immediately after the battle...
President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending.. tens of billions of dollars in reductions to the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department...Social safety net programs, aside from the big entitlement programs for retirees, would also be hit hard.....
Fascinating and very apropos to everything we members do on this site as well as the current political and social situation in this country.
To sum a major point of the article up, which is itself a summary gleaned from several recently published books: Scientists from several disciplines are beginning to think that the more evolved a human is, the less "confirmation bias" they will have in selecting facts and other information. That "confirmation bias" was a positive trait in tribalistic society, but is becoming a negative trait now.
(their web headline story after all the Oscars stuff, natch)
Backers of a 'single-payer' system that operates like Medicare say the uncertainty surrounding Trump's promise to repeal Obamacare presents California with a chance to rethink how healthcare is delivered to its 39 million residents.
It’s just over a month into Hillary Clinton’s historic presidency, and Milo Yiannopoulos works as a Starbucks barista, the Koch brothers have fled the country and the first woman to occupy the Oval Office is the sober, exacting policy wonk that millions of Americans expected.
[....] Linda Stasi, who chronicled Mr. Trump’s up-and-down marriage to Marla Maples in the 1990s for two New York papers, said she could have predicted the presidential agita. “He would plant stories and he would get mad if they didn’t come out exactly as he wanted,” she recalled of earlier dealings with Mr. Trump. “It never occurred to him that he couldn’t control everything.”
Now, Ms. Stasi said, “he is shocked that he is not in control of the press.”
The headlines this month have been alarming. “Steve Bannon’s obsession with a dark theory of history should be worrisome” (Business Insider). “Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable” (the Huffington Post). “Steve Bannon Wants To Start World War III” (the Nation).
Muhammad Ali Jr., the 44-year old Muslim son of the world-famous boxer who died last year, was held for several hours at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 when he and his family returned home from a trip to Jamaica.... "This is an outrage," Chris Mancini, a former federal prosecutor and the family's lawyer, told the Miami New Times. "I don't know what is going on with Mr. Trump's claim that his ban is not religion-based.
Ami I deceiving myself, or is this bunch of yahoos committed firmly to a "Clash of Civilizations" (sounds like one of those MOOG Games) model which will not tolerate institutional ambiguity on that point.
KT McFarland was spozed to be gone by now--part of Harward's clash with Trump was his unwillingness to keep her on as demanded and there was troubling vagueness in Spicer's statement that McMaster will have control of his staff, but the hiring and firing will be Trump's-. A state of intolerable internal tension. Today McMaster announced he was keeping her on.
I will venture to say that she or McMaster will not greet the Spring as part of the National Security Advisory arm of President Trump.