'We want to see Russia weakened':

War Secretary Austin Comes Clean: US Wants a Long War in Ukraine, Not a Quick Peace

  We’ve moved into crazy town, with President Biden, who cannot get Congress or even his own Democratic Congressional caucus to back continued aid to families with children through the expanded child tax credit, now asking Congress to provide another $20 billion in military aid to Ukraine (part of a $33-(billion aid package to the …

Those were the days!: What was the cold war like? (followed by some thoughts)

What was the Cold War like? It was like falling asleep To the moaning of a phantom train Barreling through our dreams, And when we woke up It was like a cavern Where we could peer straight into hell. It was like living in an insane asylum Administered by maniacs That we would vote for, …

A rant followed by a big dream followed by some thoughts on psychedelics and the microbiome

I need to get something off my chest. This is a rant: It occurs to me, as I contemplate the horrors of Ukraine, that I would not wish our system on the world as alternative because our system is the most violent system in the world. It is insidiously violent when it’s not blatantly violent. …

Berlin should step up and end the war in Ukraine:

Germany Deserves a Big Share of the Blame for the Disaster in Ukraine

  Nobody is talking about the blame that must be shouldered by the German government for the crisis and humanitarian disaster in Ukraine. Sure Russia is guilty of a huge war crime in invading Ukraine,  Surely too, the US must  be blamed for creating the situation which led Russia and its autocratic leader Vladimir Putin …

To idiot politicians and pundits calling for a US 'no-fly' zone over Ukraine:

If the US or NATO Put Fighters in the Air over Ukraine We’d Have World War Final

  “Clearly, in the absence of a U.N. resolution, which Russia would veto, a strong coalition of like-minded nations should step in and seriously consider a no-fly zone over the Ukraine.”                               — Sen. Tom Wicker, (R-Miss), Senate Armed Services Committee …

Rally against the War on Ukraine and and US/NATO threats against Russia:

CODEPINK Says Stop the War in Ukraine. Russian Troops Out. No NATO Expansion

The women’s peace organization Code Pink and other peace groups are calling for a global action demanding an end to the war in Ukraine and to the US/NATO threats against Russia which precipitatedthe crisis. Here is their statement:  CODEPINK strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where over 350,000 civilians have fled the country in fear …

A Complicated American Life for our Times

The Rhymes of Imperial Gangsterism

GANGSTERS OF CAPITALISM: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire; St. Martin’s Press, 2021, 412 pages. History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.                                               -Attributed to Mark Twain The tale journalist/historian Jonathon M. Katz tells in his new book, Gangsters of Capitalism, is an epic story that “rhymes” a …