Deena Stryker

Tired Old Uncle Sam

55432The nickname is hardly used anymore, however it was ubiquitous during World War II, when from every wall, it seemed, a stern-looking white haired man pointed to passing young men with the words: ‘Uncle Sam Wants You!’. Wondering where the name had come from, I was informed by Wikipedia…

Europe 2020: Mackinder 1— Bernays 0

9228 Journal NEO CollageA century ago, Freud’s double nephew, Edward Bernays, pioneered the field of public relations. He realized that the Average Joe is irrational and subject to a ‘herd instinct‘—which could be controlled by what he called ‘crowd psychology’. At around the same time, a British geographer…

The US is Locked into an Irrelevant Constitut...

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The latest efforts to establish that President Trump is ‘a Russian asset’, (investigatese for Russian agent), is an indirect result of the fact that America’s two hundred and thirty year-old constitution designated Congress as the only branch of government that can declare war. The American colonists were…

US President’s Ultimate ‘Democratic’ Weapon

TRM565421When you consider the Constitutionally mandated American ‘government shutdown’ it’s hard to critique other governments for being authoritarian. Illustrating the key role played by money in the notion of ‘freedom’, as opposed to ‘democracy’ in the creation of a federal form of government…

Resignation an Inch Short of Mutiny

JMS35346222I’ve been predicting for months that Trump would resign, but today something happened that can only be called mutiny: the president’s secretary of defense has resigned over military policy, in the traditional form of mutiny. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who, like Robert Mueller…

Perfidious Albion Gets its Comeuppance

7645243222Theresa May is no Maggie Thatcher! Though just as dogged, the current British Prime Minister, lacking Thatcher’s true grit, is paying for centuries of British disdain for ‘the continent’. Although it carries the prestigious Eurostar train, the ‘Chunnel’ came too late to inculcate…

The Curious Case of Donald J Trump

DT5645222President Donald Trump is probably the most vilified White House tenant, yet in their desperate search for ways to evict him, the Justice Department and the media have passed over his encouragement of Neo-Nazi violence, his racial ‘dog whistling’, his widely publicized affairs — and…

Jupiter Falters

78942After less than two years, France’s youngest President, Emanuel Macron, is on his way to becoming the de facto leader of Europe, while being rejected at home. In an effort to set an example for the rest of the world in his campaign to combat climate change, Macron decided to raise the tax on petrol as a way…

Proof the Mainstream Media is the Enemy of th...

786324You can’t make this stuff up: When the president of the most powerful nation in the world, nuclear armed to the teeth, announces that he will save the world from obliteration by partnering with the heads of the two nuclear countries that America sees as enemies, the media rakes him over the coals…

Americans Salute Bush Forty-One

BF564522The father of former president George Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, lived to the ripe old age of ninety-four, and is eulogized as an (untypical) gentleman, a beloved father and grandfather and a sterling patriot, who was a pilot in World War II and headed the CIA before…

An Agatha Christie Republic

1070323098A phenomenon that is proving fatal to the American Republic harks back to the ubiquitous presence of ‘soap operas’ — long, drawn-out sob stories that first appeared on radio in the 1930’s, and now, on television, tend to be detective stories. As the world rushes toward both nuclear and climate Armageddon…

America’s Backyard is Now Part of the Multi-P...

ddewAs the caravan of Central Americans seeking a decent life recently approached the US-Mexican border’s main crossing points, President Trump sent troops with orders to shoot trespassers. When the caravan headed to other parts of the border, women and children were met with tear-gas…


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