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Misplaced Pride: Most of the “Middle Class” Is Actually Working Class
The conventional definition of working class is based on income and education:the working class household earns between $30,000 and $69,000 annually, and the highest education credential in the household is a two-year community college degree or trade certification. The definition of the middle … Continue reading
Officials Worldwide Are Skeptical of Claim that Iran Attacked Tankers In Gulf of Oman
The Trump administration says that Iran attacked two ships in the Gulf of Oman. But Japanese government officials have expressed skepticism. Japan Today reports: “The U.S. explanation has not helped us go beyond speculation,” said one senior government official. *** … Continue reading
War on Iran Stupidest Idea Yet Recorded in a Human Brain
Scientists not employed by ExxonMobil or named Neil DeGrasse Tyson have reached a universal consensus. Wanting the United States to attack Iran is the single stupidest idea yet recorded in a human brain. In the words of one, “It isn’t … Continue reading
The Self-Destructive Trajectory of Overly Successful Empires
A recent comment by my friend and colleague Davefairtex on the Roman Empire’s self-destructive civil wars that precipitated the Western Empire’s decline and fall made me rethink what I’ve learned about the Roman Empire in the past few years of … Continue reading
A Stock Market Crash Scenario
We have all been trained by a decade of central bank saves to expect any stock market swoon will soon be reversed by central bank sweet talk and/or rate cuts. As a result of such ever-present central bank willingness to intervene … Continue reading
The terrorists among us 2 Private Intel turned on people they pretend to protect
Sometimes you have to just sit back and ask WTF just happened? When I started researching the ins and outs of what passes for the Intel community everybody is so quick to quote these days, I did just that. Two … Continue reading
It’s the Emoluments, Stupid. Impeach for Iran.
The constitutional ban on receiving gifts or benefits while in office from the U.S. government or state governments (domestic “emoluments” – Article II, Section 1) is absolute, not waivable by Congress, and not subject to proving any particular corrupting influence. … Continue reading
Instantly Find Any Email In Outlook … No Matter How Cluttered Your Inbox
Around 600 million people use Outlook email each day. If you’re like me, you have years of emails in your Outlook account, and it is so cluttered that it takes forever to find emails the old-fashioned way. Fortunately, there’s an … Continue reading
Talk Nation Radio: Stephen Roblin on What Moves People Against War
Stephen Roblin is a scholar of U.S. public opinion towards U.S. war and conflict. He is committed to using his research to support activists, NGOs and policymakers working to mitigate and prevent the human costs of war. His research examines … Continue reading
Confronting Censorship in Ireland
According to exit polls from late May, an impressive 82% of Irish voters say Ireland should remain a neutral country in all aspects. But Ireland is not remaining a neutral country in all aspects, and there’s no indication of whether … Continue reading