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In this special episode I talk about the three major crises currently confronting us: the crisis of democracy, the COVID crisis, and the climate crisis, and how each fuels the other two.  More: 2021 Virginia governor's race results vs. 2020 Virginia presidential vote Learn more/talk back at https://anchor.fm/strangesound --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about (a) how far we've come over twenty years and (b) how screwed we are for not moving faster, as the Supreme Court seems poised to overrule Chevron deference and fulfill Bannon's dream of destroying what's left of the administrative state. More: Chevron Deference Principle (Cornell Law) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
In this special episode I look back at the 9/11 attacks of twenty years ago, the decades of war and abuse that followed, and share my thoughts on what the fuck it all means.  More: Jim Ridgeway's book on 9/11 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about Biden's follow through on his promise to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, with a brief overview of the conflict and the imperial context within which it persisted for two decades.  More: Spencer Ackerman on Democracy Now! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
With a first-strike, first-use nuclear weapons policy in place for decades, it's a miracle we're still here. This week I talk about Dan Ellsberg's important book "The Doomsday Machine", what it tells us about this policy, and what we need to do to stop this madness. More: The Doomsday Machine, by Dan Ellsberg --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
Our corporate-friendly government has always fallen short when it comes to helping poor and working people. This week I talk about how policies like postal banking can begin to turn that ship around. More: David Dayen on Majority Report (8/2/2021) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about the political football the right has made out of COVID vaccines, PPE, and other aspects of the pandemic, and how reminiscent this obsession is with their climate skepticism.  More: My Political Rants blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about the Biden Administration's decision to tighten sanctions on Cuba and how that reflects their continuing support for the imperial project.  More: Intercept Story on Biden and Plan Colombia --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
Richard Branson's ridiculous sub-orbital flight last week was an illustration of how irritating billionaires can be. This week I talk about how the problem is not so much the billionaires themselves as the system that creates and nurtures them.  More: Furious Rant Blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about workers resisting a return to crappy jobs and the degree to which that resistance is scaring capital silly. Also, a quick take on New York's 22nd congressional district.  More: Deutsch's Whining about Labor Non-Compliance --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
On the same week notorious war criminal Donald Rumsfeld died, President Biden bombed Iraq and Syria for the second time while pulling troops out of Afghanistan. This week I talk about our endless imperial adventures and the role the mainstream media plays in perpetuating them.  More: Furious Rant Blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I argue that, whatever else we do to build a more progressive and responsive society, we cannot afford to ignore the right's current efforts to make full-blown autocratic rule a reality in the United States. More: My Furious Rants Blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about the back-and-forth between Biden and Putin at last week's summit, how it's discussed in the mainstream media, and how Putin could do better with his what-about-ism.  More: Ava DuVernay's 13th (on YouTube) - https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about America's obsession with foreign adversaries, the sickening sameness of our foreign policy from administration to administration, and the infuriating attack on Ilhan Omar this past week.  More: Furious Rants Blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
Hyper-aggressive policing and mass imprisonment, like militarist foreign policy, imposes unacceptable costs on society while failing to make anyone safe. I talk about the political economy of these failed models. More: Patrick Sharkey on WITHPOD --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about the disclosure of a planning document from the 1950s contemplating nuclear war, then discuss the terrifying history of our nuclear arsenal and what we can do to stop the madness.  More: Reuters Article on U.S. Nuclear Modernization Bellingcat Article on Nuclear Security Jacobin Article on Plans to Nuke China --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
Revisiting the Israel/Palestine conflict, I take a kind of deep dive into its history and attempt to make the case (as a layman) that Israel's resort to force is their way of avoiding good faith negotiations. We should not underwrite this.  More: Furious Rants Blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about the latest chapter in Israel's war on the Palestinian people, offer my own perspective on the conflict's history, and suggest what we as Americans might do to address it.  More: Robert Fisk's Pity the Nation --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I rant against the corporate media's obsession with redeeming right-wing Republicans like Liz Cheney and their general love for a grisly thing called bipartisanship. Also, my apology for misstating Adam Toledo's age in Episode 60.  More: Liz Cheney's voting record on fivethirtyeight.com  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
This week I talk about the Biden Administration's policy on Cuba and how it reflects their broader tendency to toe the imperial line that's been in place my whole life and longer, through Republican and Democratic administrations alike.  More: Majority Report segment on Cuba Policy --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/strangesound/message
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