amanpour interview with michael lewis about his new book

Christina Amanpour interviews author Michael Lewis May 6, 2021 about his new book “The Premonition.”  In his book, Michael Lewis followed three characters involved in the public health system and tells their stories.  The stories carry lessons for pandemic response in the past and the future. As Amanpour notes, Lewis had already written about theContinue reading “amanpour interview with michael lewis about his new book”

Stealing the Election: Behind our Backs and in front of our faces

It is tempting to think that authoritarian governments come to power through sudden and dramatic coups, but often they do not.  Instead, they come to power through a creeping co-opting of authority.  This is the preferred method, the most successful method of taking control.  A sudden, dramatic take-over of a society provokes resistance.  Sliding theContinue reading “Stealing the Election: Behind our Backs and in front of our faces”

Essential Reading: Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker and the Rise of the New Republican Party

Robert Redfield, CDC: “a sloppy scientist with a long history of scientific misconduct and an extreme religious agenda.”

Trump and the Republicans are working to establish a Christo-fascist one party authoritarian state.  The corporate media refuses to take this situation seriously, acting as if Trump’s personal disdain of science is just that, some kind of personal peccadillo.  It’s not.  The Republican party has worked for decades to erode public confidence in science andContinue reading “Robert Redfield, CDC: “a sloppy scientist with a long history of scientific misconduct and an extreme religious agenda.””

Why Free Market Capitalism Will Bury Us, Literally

Amid the absurdly trivial corporate media coverage of the Coronavirus crisis, are stories that slip by unnoticed.  One of them is another investigation, another investigation by a congressional subcommittee about whether “the U.S. government is paying too much for ventilators made by a Dutch company that received millions in tax dollars to develop an affordableContinue reading “Why Free Market Capitalism Will Bury Us, Literally”

Disaster Economics: Part 2

Notes from the podcast Pitchcock Economics   “Disaster Economics” 23 March 2020 This crisis brings into focus the damage of forty years of neo-liberal politics. These policies have been corrosive. The effect of a crisis reveals how well the society was prepared in the first place. If, when a hurricane is coming, the society livedContinue reading “Disaster Economics: Part 2”

Pease Listen to Bernie and Stop Listening to MSNBC

MORNING THOUGHTS   MSNBC is no longer a news channel.  It is a channel where the corporate Democratic strategists talk to each other and try to convince the rest of us that what they want to be true is true.   Morning Joe was devoted today to everything about every candidate in New Hampshire exceptContinue reading “Pease Listen to Bernie and Stop Listening to MSNBC”

Proof of Collusion: Seth Abramson

All you have to do is read this book to see how Robert Mueller was either a Chickenshit (See book by Eisinger) or part of the project to cover up the Trump/Russia collusion.  Neither alternative is a good one.

Afternoon Notes: Epstein, the House Intelligence Committee Report, MSNBC,Ukraine

  House Intelligence Committee Report The House Intelligence Committee has released their preliminary impeachment report. Included are phone records that document phone calls between Giuliani and OMB, made from the White House.  This makes it impossible to maintain the fiction that Giuliani was conducting a “rogue operation.” Epstein Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz told The MiamiContinue reading “Afternoon Notes: Epstein, the House Intelligence Committee Report, MSNBC,Ukraine”

The Corporate Media and the Wet Dreams of a Man Who Controls the Nuclear Codes: We Can’t Let Them Get Away with it.

  It’s been a bad few days, a shocking few days, a disorienting few days. First, late last week, the story broke that Bill Barr had launched a criminal investigation into the 2016 FBI probe of Russian attacks on the election.  In doing so, the Justice Department became an authoritarian enforcement arm for the WhiteContinue reading “The Corporate Media and the Wet Dreams of a Man Who Controls the Nuclear Codes: We Can’t Let Them Get Away with it.”