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We woke up to the news that threats are growing at the capital. Why? Donald Trump is to become president tomorrow, as the 19th president of the Republic. This craziness comes from the Sovereign Citizen theory that the republic ended in 1872, and was replaced by a corporation. At times this corporation is run by the Vatican. Ergo, no presidency since 1872 has been legitimate.

This little dangerous idea was swept by QAnon and integrated into the mother of all conspiracies. Militias thinking of attacking the Capitol again is hardly surprising. They believe the January 6 events were a success…


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Yes, I am disappointed that the Parliamentarian ruled the increase in the minimum wage could not be included in the Senate version. I am also aware that both Democrats Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema were not going to vote for the whole package because for them, this is a poison pill. All politics are local and both West Virginia and Arizona are barely blue. Neither Senator believes this should be done, and in many resorts, neither do their citizens. …


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By woodleywonderworks — https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2458666314/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22952167

The Pandemic has revealed something ugly about the United States. Granted, it is not all of us, but it is part of large parts of the culture. This is an utter sense of fear and an inability to do what is needed. This is a sense that we can’t. It is a dangerous national ethos, which was encouraged by the previous administration. It is an idea where failure is acceptable, as long as we can blame others for it, we should. …


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In 1932 a new president came to office, and there was an attempt to grab power from him via a coup. It was never as realized as the present assault on January 6. That president was seen as a clear and present danger to the corporations of his age. And they did what they could to slow things like the implementation of the social services, or the Works Progress Administration. Don’t get me started on social security and the minimum wage.

All these, to a one, were referred as radical, and communist. …


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I still remember the conversation as if it was yesterday. I was sitting with my graduate advisor talking about my thesis. We were in the outside seating area of the student commons, and we both had half-drunk cold cups of coffee, and half-eaten sandwiches. Suddenly our conversation was intruded by the AM band from the radio of a groundskeeper. On it was Rush Limbaugh.

The groundskeeper had brown skin and talked with his partner in the Spanglish common in the border area. They were talking about their trucks, and how liberals and people like me were going to destroy them…


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Steel pole, file photo.

What is happening in Texas is not unusual at all. The rolling blackouts are not rare, and this is the way our power grid operators are dealing with the climate emergency.

First, American utilities were public at one point, but now many were privatized. In my state, they were privatized in 1998 in my state. And my state, California, suffered early through the hubris of the private sector which intended to maximize profits. The rolling power outages of the early 200os were bad and the crisis led, ultimately, to Enron’s demise. …


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Over the weekend we found out that state-level Republican Parties are censuring those who voted to convict. They already censured those who voted to impeach, and there was a battle for the soul of the Republican Party in the House. They tried to remove Liz Cheney from leadership. Partly there is pressure from their right, and the likely formation of a Patriot Party, which believes Republicans are not radical enough.

That is the party level. Then there is the letter that Adam Kinzinger’s family wrote to him. Those concern me a lot more as a historian because we have seen…


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A simple lunch: Broad Bean Soup with veggies

If you have fought the battle of the bulge, you know how hard it is to lose weight. It is even harder to maintain it. We may blame carbs, we may blame fats, we may blame a lot of things. In fact, what we tend to do is blame ourselves. If you had more will power…if you just ate less, if you exercised more. It is always about the individual, never mind that even three generations ago most of the population was thin.

So what is going on? Why is it that Americans are as heavy as they have ever…


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One of the things that people are currently doing is cutting carbs. There is this myth going around dieters that carbs are evil and are the reason why we have an obesity crisis. If you cut them down, the thinking goes, you will lose weight. It literally is another magic solution to the problem.

For those of us who are old enough, we remember the war on fat. It was so bad that we had a slew of low-fat and no-fat foods. I also remember Olestra, a fat substitute that when used in moderate quantities, led to people having diarrhea…


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Trump’s Statement After the Senate Vote

It is critical to see what impunity is.

It is sometimes hard for us to recognize problems in our own society that we can readily identify abroad. International human rights and anti-corruption reformers talk about “cultures of impunity” in Third World countries where murder, the looting of economic resources, and other crimes by the powerful regularly go unpunished. The police, high government officials, and their cronies in the private sector not only abuse their power; they do so knowing that they will never be held to account and that their victims know that, too. In such situations, establishing the rule…

Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game.

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