In rich countries, death rates are supposed to decline. But in the past decade and a half, middle-aged white Americans have actually been dying faster. Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton first pointed out this disturbing trend in a 2015 study that highlighted three “diseases of despair”: drugs, drinking and suicide.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In 1976, archivists at Harvard’s natural history museum opened a drawer and discovered a haunting portrait of a shirtless enslaved man named Renty, gazing sorrowfully but steadily at the camera. Taken on a South Carolina plantation in 1850, it had been used by the Harvard biologist Louis Agassiz to formulate his now-discredited ideas about racial difference. Continue reading →
Analysis: Once a Messiah, Trump Could Turn Out to Be Israel Right’s Worst Nightmare
Chemi Shalev | Haaretz
You don’t have to love Donald Trump to enjoy him sometimes. Over the weekend, Trump spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and upset – and if he didn’t, he should have upset – the entire Israeli right. A U.S.A. president who states his commitment to a “comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” and who emphasizes “his personal belief that peace is possible and that the time has come to make a deal” is one who spells trouble for Jewish settlers and their champions. Continue reading →
March 13, 2017 – 5 Minute Forecast – Essential Insights on Time – Dave Gonigam
This is getting real old, real quick…
The USA Debt Reduced by More Than $ 60-Billion Since the Inauguration of President Donald Trump
The preceding appeared Friday (March 10, 2017), at one of the more infamous websites that belong to a portion of the mediasphere that one wag labeled “InfoTrump” — a funhouse mirror image of the blinkered mainstream in which the “outsider” president can do no wrong.
Now, it’s true that if you look at the U.S. Treasury’s “Debt to the Penny” website, the national debt has declined since Trump took office. Continue reading →
The View from Europe: Responding to the coming trade disorder
Published on March 11, 2017 – By David Jessop
If this is correct, the Caribbean should ignore the noise and think hard about the implications of a nine-page document sent on March 1 to the US Congress by the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). It makes clear the radical ambition of new administration.
In stark and confrontational terms, it sets out the president and his advisers’ zero-sum thinking on trade. Continue reading →
Back Stage at the Donald Trump Cage Match
Pepe Escobar | Sputnik
According to the insider, which I named “X”, “Flynn was removed because he was agitating for a strike against Iran which would have had disastrous consequences. That would have led to Iranian strikes against Western oil supplies in the Middle East, raising Russia’s economic power as the oil price would have soared to over $200 a barrel, and the EU would have had to join the Russian-Chinese block [BRICS], or not be able to obtain sufficient energy to survive. The United States of America would have been completely isolated.”
When still on the job as National Security Adviser, Flynn, on the record, had already put Iran “on notice”. That was, for all practical purposes, a virtual declaration of war. Continue reading →
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 10, 2017: It was John Dalberg-Acton who wrote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
With executive orders issued last month, and the new ban on Monday, March 6, 2017, Donald Trump has given ICE agents a new reckless power to not just round up and deport but denying entry for visitors with valid visas while even questioning the religion of US citizens. Continue reading →