- Ridgway, Colorado, USA
- July 23
- Dr. (not physician; more like metaphysics)
- self-employed freelance writer
- There's a charming old stone cottage at the end of a lane in a sleepy village called Utery ("Tuesday") in the former Sudetenland (West Bohemia). I miss it. Worst job: farm hand. Best job: teaching at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base. Worst good job: CIA intelligence analyst. Favorite profession I didn't choose: journalism.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Carbondale (Or, Poetic
November 22, 2014 03:05PM
- America: Toward A One-Party
November 12, 2014 12:39PM
- Gaza: Criticizing Israel,
Crossing Lines, Creating Facts
August 16, 2014 01:59PM
- Cover-Up: The Nature
Conservancy Goes Corporate
May 23, 2014 10:52AM
- Ukraine Between Russia and the
West: Is War Unthinkable?
May 11, 2014 10:35AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
November 22, 2014 09:13PM
- “That was good advice!
Czechs have an amazing
May 23, 2014 04:42PM
- “I know what you mean,
and with this bunch of
April 07, 2014 01:12PM
- “It's obvious to you and
me, Jan, and millions of other
who think like we
April 07, 2014 12:11PM
- “In one sense, the
problem is not capitalism, but
, not the system
December 22, 2013 06:23PM
Tom Magstadt's Links
- My Links
Some say megabanks,
Are too big to fail – by far
But I say –
The bloody hell they are!
Here's an excerpt from Jill Lepore's post mortem on the 2014 midterm elections (The New Yorker, "Democrats Flunk Their Midterms"):
Liberals’ grasp on American political culture and on the operation of American politics has been weakening for decades, not lea… Read full post »
Are Jews who criticize Israel for its conduct of the war in Gaza crossing the line? Are high-profile pubic figures here in the United States who are moved to question the military necessity, political prudence, or moral justification behind a strategy that targets densely populated neighborhood… Read full post »
An Open Letter to CEO Mark Tercek
The Nature Conservancy has been a champion of conservation, wildlife, and the environment for more than six decades. You count a million members and proudly proclaim that you have protected 119 million acres of land in all 50 US states and 35 countries. … Read full post »
Our army is nothing, our police are nothing…Yanukovych was worse than nothing…But if Russia crosses the border we'll fight – we have to defend ourselves.
~Leonid Shvets, Ukrainian journalist/commentator/editor/activist
Every d… Read full post »
The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from the goose.
– Anonymous, 17th Century English Folk Poem
By now everybody has heard or read about the 67-year-old Nevada rancher, C… Read full post »
The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling (McCutcheon v. FEC) in favor of an Alabama tycoon who sued the federal government because he was not allowed to spend as much as he wanted to elect Republican candidates in 2012, is a wake-up call. In America today, government on all levels is on the… Read full post »
Kansas famously fought for the right to enter the Union as a free state. To this day, Kansas calls itself the Free State – a fact that makes any assau… Read full post »
"What do you do for a living." It's a frequently asked question, one some people apparently love to be asked. I hate it.
&nbs… Read full post »
Much of what we hear about health care is pure propaganda with no basis whatsoever in fact. The purpose of propaganda is to manipulate, not to enlighten or inform, so it's no surprise that the partisan fight over health care in Congress has generated more heat than light. The baleful effe… Read full post »
Think of it as a conspiracy against the government. Not a group of rogue army officers plotting a coup in some Third World country, but rather an extremist faction of the Republican party in the US Congress.
That’s the true meaning of the government shutdown. &l… Read full post »
Problems of conservation and population have at least one thing in common – they are often ignored and almost always grossly underestimated as causes of other problems we can't ignore: traffic congestion, air pollution, deforestation, water issues (availability; quality), and sundry… Read full post »
On April 25, faculty experts from Colorado State University were in Washington, DC, to give Congressional staffers a briefing on natural gas extraction and hydraulic fracturing. Former Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., who is currently the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy… Read full post »
The headline in the February 21, 2013, edition of the Plaindealer, the local paper published here in Ridgway, Colorado, reads, "Four gun safety bills pass state House of Representatives". It's short enough to speak for itself without editing or ellipsis, but the real story here/… Read full post »
President Obama's State of the Union Message was both a call to action and a reminder that we still have a long way to go to create "a more perfect union" envisioned in the Preamble to our tattered Constitution.
Step 1 – Abolish the filibuster
Nothing only can/… Read full post »
We can't afford to go on letting fake liberals who ask for our money and our votes hide behind empty rhetoric while consorting with the same old paymasters and special interests. They have enabled Tea Party Republicans and it is clear they intend to continue doing so. That leaves us, vote/… Read full post »
It's the start of a new year. We can put the old year behind us now. Forget all about the disappointments of 2012 and start afresh.
Things will be different from now on.
We will be nicer to each other, more considerate of our neighbors, and more… Read full post »
Nelson's been talking to Mother Nature. Nelson is a close friend fighting a hard battle against a deadly disease. He's been having a series of very frank conversations with Mother Nature about, well, just about everything, from the origins of the universe to evolution to how and where hom… Read full post »
By Thomas Magstadt
The Business of America: Where Is It Now?
In July 2012, the Center for American Progress published a kind of factsheet on the growing practice of "overseas outsourcing". The article was prompted by a deeply divisive presidential campaign that, among other thin… Read full post »
The key political race in the country every four years is
typically the run for the White House, but the historic election of
2012 was different. Massachusetts was at the heart of the
The most important election that year was for a US Senate vacated when… Read full post »
No doubt about it: If Willard Mitt Romney wins on November 7 it will be a watershed in American history – the first time a candidate and his rich backers clearly bought a presidential election. No one with a passing familiarity with the facts or a scintilla… Read full post »
Revolutions typically start with a theory and talk and transition into practice and political action. They almost always end in disaster for the societies they disrupt and the economies they destroy. That's the story of the French Revolution and Russia's October Revolution, but not the Am… Read full post »
THE ROADS BOTH TAKEN
By Margaret ("Maggie") Dieringer*
TWO ROADS DIVERGED IN A YELLOW WOOD
AND I WAS POISED TO TAKE THEM BOTH
AND BE TWO TRAVELERS, LONG I STOOD
AND LOOKED DOWN ONE AS FAR AS I COULD
TO WHERE… Read full post »
The basic outlines of the “dark knight” massacre in Aurora, Colorado, are now well known. A 24-year-old medical school dropout named James Egan Holmes acting alone opened fire with an assault rifle in a crowded theater, killing 12 people and wounding 59.
A lot of good… Read full post »