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

Happy New Year!

Who does New Year’s resolutions? It’s not normally my thing, but in 2018 I resolve to continue to: – 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 … More Happy New Year!

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 

Distraction

For people concerned with the trajectory of the US it is becoming ever more difficult to key the proverbial eye on the ball. Whether out of strategic intent as some postulate or out of near-deranged narcissism or dementia, Trump and company keep the hits coming to the point that journalists, pundits, and armchair bloggers can … More Distraction

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.

Confirmation Bias

We’ve heard a great deal about fake news in the last 18 months. One would think that “news” that was obviously fake would not survive long in the information age, but instead it seems to thrive. The hoax-checking site Snopes – which has itself been attacked (or satired, I supposed) by fake news sites – … More Confirmation Bias