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A Crowdfunding Proposal: UFOs Deserve Better and More Public Investigation

A Crowdfunding Proposal: UFOs Deserve Better and More Public Investigation

. by Thomas L. Knapp Between 2007 and 2012, the New York Times reports, a secret US Department of Defense program received $22 million to investigate reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Although it no longer receives dedicated funding, the program apparently continues as a part-time effort pursued by personnel with other duties. Among the […]

US Foreign Aid: Bad for America, Bad for the World

US Foreign Aid: Bad for America, Bad for the World

. by Thomas L. Knapp Ahead of a vote in the United Nations’ General Assembly on a resolution condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,  President Donald Trump and UN ambassador Nikki Haley threatened states voting for the resolution with the loss of US financial aid. “We’re watching those votes” said Trump. “Let them […]

SESTA/FOSTA: The Real Internet Censorship Threat

SESTA/FOSTA: The Real Internet Censorship Threat

  . by Thomas L. Knapp In a particularly Orwellian example of the arguments for “Net Neutrality,” the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times preemptively complained that the Federal Communications Commission’s December 14 repeal of the two-year-old rule “sacrifices the free and open Internet on the altar of deregulation.” In fact, the “free and […]

Impeachment Theater, 2017 Edition

Impeachment Theater, 2017 Edition

. by Thomas L. Knapp As US president Donald Trump returned to the White House after a 12-day trip to Asia, he might be forgiven for wishing he’d spent more time seeing the sights of the Far East. Back home he faces a Republican Party torn by scandalous allegations against its candidate for US Senate from […]

The Moore You Know …

The Moore You Know …

. by Thomas L. Knapp It’s hard to be objective about Roy Moore. Ever since his days as circuit judge of Etowah County, Alabama, he’s been a hero to religious conservatives and the bane of civil libertarians. The former powered his two elections to the office of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, on his […]

WikiLeaks: Hostile is as Hostile Does

WikiLeaks: Hostile is as Hostile Does

. By Thomas L. Knapp “It is the sense of Congress,” according to the annual Intelligence Authorization Act now working its way through the US Senate,”that WikiLeaks and the senior leadership of WikiLeaks resemble a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated as such a service by the United […]

Bitcoin: Riding High, But in Crisis

Bitcoin: Riding High, But in Crisis

  By Thomas L. Knapp As I write this, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency sits at a near record price level — $2,800 US dollars buys one Bitcoin. While the price is volatile, it’s been on a fairly steady upward trend recently and its price graph for the last year looks like the proverbial “hockey […]

Drug Overdose Deaths, 2016: Casualties of War

Drug Overdose Deaths, 2016: Casualties of War

  By Thomas L. Knapp Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, the New York Times’s Josh Katz reports. In 2016, overdoses claimed somewhere between 59,000 and 65,000 lives. That’s more American lives than were lost in the Vietnam war. It’s 20 times the casualty count of 9/11. It’s […]

The War on Drugs is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, North Carolina Edition

The War on Drugs is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, North Carolina Edition

. By Thomas L. Knapp Apparently this month’s crop of stabbings, armed robberies, rapes/molestations and teacher/student sex scandals in Catawba County, North Carolina aren’t enough to keep the sheriff’s department busy. Or maybe they just have too many deputies on the payroll. Something’s obviously out of balance: They have time to go after gardeners. “A […]

This Memorial Day, Remember the Victims of Democide (Genocide)

This Memorial Day, Remember the Victims of Democide (Genocide)

. By Thomas L. Knapp This weekend, Americans will seize the opportunity to sleep in an extra day, fire up the family grill, and maybe — probably not, but maybe — wheel out to a family cemetery, lay flowers on graves, and contemplate the memories of their beloved for a few minutes. Veterans’ organizations will […]