Happy New Year!

Last year I made the following “resolutions:” – Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants, and any other group being disenfranchised. – Back law enforcement personnel, but call for strict accountability for those who violate the laws and principles they are sworn to … More Happy New Year!

Independence: A Brief Reflection on World Trade and The Global Economy

unsplash-logoRobin Sommer Happy 4th of July!!!! Wow!!! Independence Day 2018!!! This is the day our country celebrates independence from British rule. Since that time the United States has become one of the greatest nations in the history of this planet. That distinction also comes with the military might to back it up. The United States … More Independence: A Brief Reflection on World Trade and The Global Economy

State of the Union

President Trump gave the State of the Union address last night, summing up his first year. It was, predictably, full of exaggerations and outright lies. Even many of the true statements require additional context, which makes the somewhat misleading. Here’s a link to Politifact’s fact check of the address. Here’s a link to a transcript … More State of the Union

Climate Science, Expertise, & Skepticism 

The topic of climate change continues to be the subject of much debate. The debate, though, seems largely unwarranted. Experts in climate science are near unanimous in agreement that the current changes to the Earth’s climate are driven by increases in CO2 and other greenhouse gasses (gasses that trap heat), and the subsequent increases in … More Climate Science, Expertise, & Skepticism 

Trump Hates “The Aliens.” Believe me.

Last evening I watched the movie “Arrival” starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.  In the film, 12 alien spacecraft mysteriously appear on Earth at various locations including the United States, Russia, the ocean off the coast of China, Sudan, Pakistan, Denmark, Japan, Sierra-Leone, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and Australia.  I have always been … More Trump Hates “The Aliens.” Believe me.

Energy Future?

The incoming presidential team made a recent inquiry into the Department of Energy, requesting information on individuals involved in climate research. This was taken as indication of a potential purge of personnel who might support an energy policy that assumes man-made climate change is real (as do the overwhelming majority of climate experts in the … More Energy Future?

Standing with Standing Rock

It seems that the Standing Rock protests have finally had the impact the protesters desired. The Army Corps of Engineers has denied the necessary easements for the construction to continue through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. This decision come on the heels of the arrival (or planned arrival) of an estimated 2000 US military veterans … More Standing with Standing Rock