Category Archives: Current Affairs

Danger! Buying Abortion Pills Online Is NOT Yet Secure or Safe!

ProPublica: Danger! Websites Selling Abortion Pills Are Sharing Sensitive Data With Google — Which Can Share It With Anti-Abortion Prosecutors

ProPublica — January 18, 2023

Online pharmacies that sell abortion pills are sharing sensitive data with Google and other third parties, which may allow law enforcement to prosecute those who use the medications to end their pregnancies, a ProPublica analysis has found.

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Dyer: Alliances and The Big Wars Nobody Wanted, But Stumbled Into

[NOTE: This column is a followup to the post of early last week:  Lightning Strikes Three Times: Japan, Taiwan & The Emerging Big Power Arms Races.

Gwynne Dyer

It’s an improvement, in two ways: First, Gwynne Dyer knows what he’s talking about. He has a doctorate in war history and strategy; he served with the militaries of three different countries, and has traveled and studied wars past and present across much of the world. Second, he writes with rare concision and clarity, building on forty-plus years  of practice in meeting deadlines and skillfully fitting big thoughts and insights into always-small and tight Op-Ed column spaces.

And — oh wait, there’s a third: Dyer is an independent journalist/analyst, and excels most others in seeing through the thick fogbanks of propaganda and lies thrown up  around wars and rumors of war by most or all sides. Here, he does it again.]

Gwynne Dyer: More alliances could lead to wider wars:
The game is now afoot, and it will be hard to stop

Hamilton Ontario Spectator–January 19, 2023

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Lightning Strikes Three Times: Japan, Taiwan & The Emerging Big Power Arms Races

Introduction: For me, the sudden abandonment of neutrality by Sweden and Finland after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine were like separate lightning bolts striking the same tree.

How likely was that? Sweden had been a neutral country for 200+ years. Finland for 75, since 1948. Continue reading Lightning Strikes Three Times: Japan, Taiwan & The Emerging Big Power Arms Races

Quotes of the Day: Historians Haggle, But Lincoln Lingers, & Kelly Ann Conway Pontificates

 

Quotes of the Day:

Today’s New York Times yielded a rich trove . . .

One was about historian Jon Meacham’s new book, And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle (Random House)

A New York  Times interviewer asked, “So, having delved into the legacies of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Franklin Roosevelt and George H.W. Bush, why did Meacham take so long to turn his sights on Lincoln?

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The Dominion Voting Machine Lawsuit Goes to Trial soon: Here’s a Good Summary

Mike Lindell, insurrectionist, pillow hawker, major Fox advertiser

 

[NOTE: Columnist George Will sets aside his usual reactionary sentiments here, to produce instead a concise and clear breakdown of the case Dominion will attempt to make in pursuit of its $1.5 billion defamation  action against Fox News.
Will usefully points out the challenges Dominion faces in proving that the Fox “News” promotion of demonstrable falsehoods about their machines as engines of mass voting fraud constituted actionable defamation.
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