More on buying the election

Tucker Carlson seems to agree with my earlier article. I think this is a very serious issue, and one all of us need to think about.  Are we willing to allow American politics to be decided by the highest bidder?  And, if not, what are we going to do about it? Peter

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Buying the Democratic Party presidential nomination, redux

Last week I asked, “Can Bloomberg buy the US presidency?”  In a series of tweets a few days later, journalist Blake Zeff indicates that he can – and is already doing so.  Here’s a short sample. The degree to which Michael Bloomberg is using his fortune to fundamentally alter & manipulate U.S. politics to his personal advantage extends way beyond ads. I’ve worked against him, covered him as a journalist & worked with his top aides. Here’s their playbook: Let’s start with endorsements. Background: Bloomberg was a GOP mayor & Rudy Giuliani ally, whose police stopped innocent black men so often his

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Buying the Democratic Party presidential nomination, redux

Last week I asked, “Can Bloomberg buy the US presidency?”  In a series of tweets a few days later, journalist Blake Zeff indicates that he can – and is already doing so.  Here’s a short sample. The degree to which Michael Bloomberg is using his fortune to fundamentally alter & manipulate U.S. politics to his personal advantage extends way beyond ads. I’ve worked against him, covered him as a journalist & worked with his top aides. Here’s their playbook: Let’s start with endorsements. Background: Bloomberg was a GOP mayor & Rudy Giuliani ally, whose police stopped innocent black men so often his

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Coronavirus: a factual update

There’s a lot happening around China’s coronavirus epidemic.  Some is good news, much is not.  Unfortunately, the facts are all too often swamped by speculation and rumor-mongering.  For some reason, some people seem to like alarming everybody else, and they’re spreading falsehoods and made-up nonsense all over the Internet.  Please fact-check every report you read, and consider the source.  It’s hard to find good, accurate information out there. However, there are some reports that appear to be telling the truth, and providing solid information.  I’ve gathered a few together here. First, the disease itself, and how it progresses.  Dr Peng

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When civilized methods fail, the law of the jungle takes over

Adam Piggott points out that President Duterte of the Philippines may be a disaster from a modern, liberal, human-rights perspective, but he’s very popular among his people for precisely the same reason. Duterte has been in office for roughly the same time as Trump has been president, but we can call Duterte the forgotten man. When he first gained power the western press was all over him, how he was a horrible individual who was guilty of “human rights” abuses, blah blah blah, you know the drill. This went on for some time until suddenly it didn’t. From rather a lot of coverage

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Coronavirus: the spiraling economic impact

We’ve all seen the speculation about the coronavirus recently discovered (or should that be unleashed?) in China.  The health issues are well-known, and are being very urgently addressed all over the world.  What many people haven’t thought about (or, at least, not enough) is the economic impact. China is now the world’s largest or second-largest manufacturing economy, depending on whose figures you believe.  The majority of consumer goods bought and sold around the world come from there – but their production has been almost completely disrupted as quarantines prevent people from coming to work, keep factory doors closed, and generally

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Over-enthusiasm for what they don’t understand

In the light of the dominating performance of socialists and their ilk during the current Democratic Party presidential candidate nominating process, here’s a reminder to their voters. Be careful what you wish for.  You might get it. Actually, it looks worse than that.  Toilet paper is great (when you have any), but dried-up old corn cobs just grate. Peter

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Coronavirus and the economy

We’re beginning to see the impact of China’s coronavirus outbreak on markets in that country and around the world.  Already we’ve seen: Shipping rates have plummeted as demand for cargo space decreases; Air freight availability – critical for factories in Europe and America to maintain their “just-in-time” stocking levels of critical parts – is decreasing dramatically as airlines reduce flights to and from China; Many Chinese factories and consumer outlets are closing their doors under the impact of quarantines, public fears, and the unavailability of supplies (even auto manufacturers); Those who rely on jobs at such establishments to earn a living are suddenly finding themselves effectively out of work,

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Higher education is about to get a wake-up call

That’s according to Andrew Gillen.  If you have children or grandchildren who’ll be attending college or university, his report is essential reading.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. In November, the Department of Education released post graduate earnings and debt data broken down by college program — which will have a revolutionary impact on higher education. Students (and policymakers) can now get accurate information about how much recent graduates earned by college and degree (e.g., a Bachelor’s in Physics from Ohio State University). While the data isn’t perfect (it only includes students who received federal financial aid and so far only lists

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Conspiracy theorists are making money out of the Wuhan coronavirus

I’m sick and tired of conspiracy theorists in general, and American capitalist ones in particular (those who use any and every crisis to stir up fear and uncertainty, usually in order to make money out of the gullible).  Alex Jones and his Infowars Web site are prime examples, but there are many more out there. Vice reports that they’re making hay while the Wuhan coronavirus shines, if one can put it that way. Conspiracy peddlers make their money and retain their audiences by selling panic, and they’ve leaped onto this new epidemic with glee … The claims are multiplying by the day. The

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