The founder of Thought Bleater sat down with us to record a special interview episode. This is the article which accompanied that visit; it goes into more detail than we did during the episode and I suggest that every thoughtful person begin reading Shawn's analysis on a daily/weekly basis. -Jerry
By: Shawn Doyle
China and Russia present challenges and opportunities to the United States, and Trump will have to devise an effective foreign policy towards them. Building off of my recent appearance on the Still Human Podcast, I wanted to try and explore the possibility that Trump has a genuine and well-intentioned policy towards these countries.
Conspiracy shades everything Trump has said and done – especially in regards to Russia. Allegations like the Golden Shower seem ridiculous. Other claims are well verified – such as the Intelligence Community’s consensus opinion that Russia deliberately helped Trump win the election. But, for the purpose of this argument, let’s give Trump the benefit of the doubt. At least for a moment.
Russia emerged over the past several years as a major challenger to the United States and the West. One is necessarily reminded of Mitt Romney’s then-mocked comment during his 2012 presidential run that Russia was a foe. Under Putin’s leadership we have seen the Crimean Invasion, an incursion into Ukraine, cyberattacks on Estonia, an intervention into Syria, and the hacking of the 2016 election – as a few examples. There was the asylum for Snowden, the violation of the INF treaty, and the time when nuclear armed bombers encircled Guam just before the 2013 State of the Union.
It has been a rocky relationship.
There are, essentially, two major ways for Washington to answer...
By: Shawn Doyle
Trump is trying to appropriate one of the most stinging charges against his rise – that he owes his Presidency to fake news – and is turning it into a weapon for himself and supporters. He spent the last week branding critics with the label of ‘fake news’ on Twitter. By doing so, Trump is undermining the rhetorical power of one of the most prominent arguments against him. If it works, fake news’ meaning in discourse will change: tarring unfavorable media coverage with illegitimacy.
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By Shawn Doyle of ThoughtBleater.com
Imagine that the premier military unit of Western Order – the tip-of-the-spear for Liberal Democracy – has spent the past 15 years deliberately committing war crimes with impunity. Escaping prosecution despite command knowledge. All of this is true, according to The Intercept’s voluminous and scathing report on Seal Team 6 released earlier this week. If the 15,000 word epic exceeds your time- here is a relatively short summary...
By John Pilchard
In the past week I have gone through a break up, a break up again with the same girl, and a mental breakdown. I have gained fame amongst friends and began work at a job I hate. I swore that I wouldn’t do any of these things ever again but, well, here I am.
The text version of Jerry's mini-audibook 'leftward bound'
Or you can listen to the audio version
By Jerry Meitz
By John Pilchard
Far Away From There
Long, long ago in a forest that no one has ever really, actually heard of; nestled away in a teeny tiny little nest, lived a family of bird like creatures. Up near sight they resembled and aviary closely enough but from a far, they are something different entirely. Each creature was different from the next, in a progressively ugly line, which over time only got uglier. The most tragic feature of the bird creatures was most definitely their beaks. They were big and red and crooked. They had several holes in them, scattered about in no particular pattern, to help them breath at such high altitudes. Their feathers were greasy and teal blue, and kind of almost pretty in some harsh light. They had the feet of reptiles, green and scaly, with talons like fishhooks that could pierce any prey. These birds are the last of their kind; every possible creature in the forest hunted them for their beaks, which other creatures used as trophies. These feathered monsters were the most rare in the entire forest. They sat up high, just trying to survive day-to-day, just in search of their next meal.