Global Temperatures Reached New Highs in 2017 – Futurism

Unfortunately, recent trends in the US are not encouraging. The response of the US in 2017 was: Lie about the accuracy of the data Stifle the collection and dissemination of the data Muzzle scientists likely to publicize “inconvenient” findings Question the integrity of the scientists who make statements that contradict the official doctrine of the […]

Shrugging Toward Doomsday – Defense One

“But there was something especially dismal about this year’s announcement. Many Americans know that the world has gotten more dangerous in the last few years (which would be true, by the way, no matter who won the 2016 election). But the necessity of daily life—of doing homework, having a career, going to the gym, getting […]

Slower Growth in 2018

This perspective from Hoisington Investment Management sees slower growth in 2018. The consumer savings rate dropped to a 10-year low of 2.9% in November 2017, from 5.9% in October 2015. This expansion of consumer credit accounts for much of the economic growth in 2017 and will not be sustained. In 1820 the economist David Ricardo […]

Glenn Greenwald: Russia Investigation Is a Red Herring

‘Rather than see Trump as a product of a rotten power structure, as Greenwald does, and the 2016 election as a wild reaction against that power structure, as Greenwald also does, it was easier for most American liberals to frame his victory as an accident. And rather than look within to eradicate the conditions that […]

With Turkey’s Rush to War Against Syrian Kurds, What Is the Endgame in Afrin?

The YPG has been the primary ally of the United States in its mission to smash the so-called Islamic State. That mission is now mostly complete, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the United States will shift gears to focus on stabilizing former Islamic State areas now under YPG control, including by training […]

If the Kim Regime Falls in North Korea, Sustained Armed Resistance Could Follow – WPR

Today, South Korea recognizes that stabilizing, rebuilding and integrating North Korea will take a massive effort, but it also believes that it will be relatively peaceful. History has made Koreans leery of external intervention, but Seoul assumes most North Koreans will see South Koreans as fellow countrymen and therefore accept—even welcome—unification engineered by their southern […]

Midway and Counterfactual Fallacies

Real historians don’t embark in counterfactual speculations. Political pundits, armchair historians, and fiction writers frequently speculate on what would have happened if some historical event had turned out differently, but skeptics should be leery of the analysis. In the specific instance of George Friedman’s speculations on the Battle of Midway, he makes several inferences that […]

Trump Administration: End ISS Funding, Return to Lunar Exploration – ExtremeTech

It took 13 years to complete and launch the various ISS modules, from 1998 to 2011. Currently, NASA spends about $4B per year on the space station, out of a $19.5B total budget. At 21 percent of NASA’s total budget and roughly 40 percent of its human exploration outlay, it’s not chump change. One of […]

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