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On Twitter, Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

On Twitter, Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

  By Thomas L. Knapp “There continues to be meaningful public conversation about how we think about Tweets from world leaders on our service,” begins a post at the micro-blogging service’s non-micro-blog. In summary, certain Super Very Important Special People (“world leaders”) are exempt from Twitter’s rules, but henceforth Regular Normal Completely Unimportant People (like […]

Instead of Explaining Greta Thunberg, Debate Her Claims

Instead of Explaining Greta Thunberg, Debate Her Claims

  By Thomas L. Knapp What is Greta Thunberg’s superpower? She obviously has one, if not more. Your average sixteen-year-old doesn’t start successful global activist movements,  address UN Climate Action Summits, and have those addresses go viral as death metal videos. Critics slam Thunberg as everything from “mentally ill” (a claim which got one Fox […]

The Down Side of Impeachment

The Down Side of Impeachment

  By Thomas L. Knapp Unless there’s some dramatic change in the political landscape over the next month or so, I believe that the US House of Representatives will impeach President Donald Trump. Unless there’s some dramatic change in the political landscape between now and Trump’s trial in the US Senate, I don’t believe the […]

“The Grid” is the Problem, Not the Solution

“The Grid” is the Problem, Not the Solution

  By Thomas L. Knapp On October 9, Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting down power to about 750,000 customers (affecting as many as 2 million people) in California. The company claims the shutdowns are necessary to reduce the risk that its power lines and other infrastructure will cause wildfires like last year’s Camp Fire, […]

Want Lower Drug Prices? Make the FDA’s Authority Advisory, Not Regulatory

Want Lower Drug Prices? Make the FDA’s Authority Advisory, Not Regulatory

  By Thomas L. Knapp Americans pay more for our prescription drugs than other people do — half again as much as Canadians or Germans, more than twice as much as Greeks or Italians. In recent years, those costs have become a major issue in the political debate over health care. Proposals to address drug […]

Entangling Alliances Make For Forever Wars

Entangling Alliances Make For Forever Wars

  by Thomas L. Knapp In March of 2018, US president Donald Trump promised “we’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon.” That December, he issued an order to begin withdrawing US troops. Apparently the order never got executed. Most of a year later, US forces remain.Now Trump and his opponents are arguing over […]

Politicians: A Necessary Demystification

Politicians: A Necessary Demystification

  by Thomas L. Knapp Politicians are people with jobs and with bosses. On its face that seems like a relatively uncontroversial statement, but I’m always surprised at how much time people spend looking for high principle in the decisions politicians make instead of considering the mundane dynamics of political employment. In a recent column, […]

Yep, These People are Stone Cold Crooked

Yep, These People are Stone Cold Crooked

  By Thomas L. Knapp Did vice president Joe Biden threaten to withhold $1 billion in US loan guarantees from the Obama administration if the Ukrainian government failed to remove a prosecutor whose investigation targets included Burisma Holdings, a gas company on whose board Biden’s son, Hunter, sat? Yes. He’s publicly admitted it. Did president […]

Impeachment is on Rails. That’s Not the Hard Part.

Impeachment is on Rails. That’s Not the Hard Part.

  By Thomas L. Knapp On September 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) elbowed her way to the front of a parade she’d been trying to disperse since early 2017. “Today,” she said, “I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry and directing our six committees to proceed with […]

E-Cigarettes: Media Bury the Lede, We Get to Bury the Bodies

E-Cigarettes: Media Bury the Lede, We Get to Bury the Bodies

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Walmart Inc. will stop selling e-cigarettes in its U.S. locations as the country grapples with a string of vaping-related deaths,” Bloomberg reports. CNN: “Walmart said Friday [September 20] it will stop selling e-cigarettes as the number of deaths tied to vaping grows.” Associated Press: “Walmart said Friday that it will […]

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