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The US Navy’s Attitude About Releasing UFO Videos is More Disturbing Than the UFO Videos

The US Navy’s Attitude About Releasing UFO Videos is More Disturbing Than the UFO Videos

  By Thomas L. Knapp The US Navy confirms that three online videos showing two military air encounters with what it calls “unexplained aerial phenomena,” and the rest of us call “unidentified flying objects” are authentic, Popular Mechanics reports. The videos are interesting, and some might find them disturbing. What’s more disturbing to me is […]

Trump and Netanyahu: “Mutual Defense” or Just Mutual Political Back-Scratching?

Trump and Netanyahu: “Mutual Defense” or Just Mutual Political Back-Scratching?

  By Thomas L. Knapp   On September 14, US president Donald Trump tweeted (of course) the suggestion of a US-Israel “Mutual Defense Treaty,” citing a call with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hopefully there’s less going on here than meets the eye: The tweet may just be another mutual publicity back-scratch of the type […]

War in All But Name as US State Department Offers Bribes to Pirates

War in All But Name as US State Department Offers Bribes to Pirates

  by Thomas L. Knapp If at first you don’t succeed, spread some money around. The Financial Times reports that the US State Department is offering cash bribes to captains of Iranian ships if they sail those ships into ports where the US government can seize them. The offers are funded from a “Rewards for […]

Trump Didn’t Start the War in Afghanistan, But He Owns It

Trump Didn’t Start the War in Afghanistan, But He Owns It

  by Thomas L. Knapp National Security Advisor John Bolton became the latest American casualty of Washington’s 18-year war in Afghanistan on September 10, fired by US president Donald Trump shortly after Trump announced that he had planned, but was canceling, a meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David to ink a “peace deal.” Firing […]

Universal Basic Income is a Totalitarian State’s Dream Scheme

Universal Basic Income is a Totalitarian State’s Dream Scheme

  By Thomas L. Knapp   Andrew Yang’s small but solid polling in the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination race shows that “Universal Basic Income” has gone from a fringe idea to an idea with a foothold in the popular consciousness. Supporters of a basic income span the political spectrum and the economic upheavals of the […]

Your Vote, Your Voice: Don’t Waste It

Your Vote, Your Voice: Don’t Waste It

  By Thomas L. Knapp More than a year out from the 2020 presidential election, we’re already starting to see “spoiler” fear-mongering from supporters of America’s two largest political parties and their candidates. Will formerly Republican congressman Justin Amash of Michigan run for president as a Libertarian or independent in 2020? How about formerly Republican, […]

Michael Drejka is a Political Prisoner

Michael Drejka is a Political Prisoner

  By Thomas L. Knapp Just over a year ago, Michael Drejka fatally shot Markeis McGlockton in a Clearwater, Florida convenience store parking lot. On August 23, a jury found Drejka guilty of manslaughter. Drejka should never have been charged with a crime. Pinellas County sheriff Bob Gualtieri initially, and correctly, concluded that Drejka’s actions […]

In Cybersecurity, Decentralization and Diversity are Strength

In Cybersecurity, Decentralization and Diversity are Strength

  by Thomas L. Knapp The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the New York Times reports, fears “ransomware” attacks against America’s voter registration systems in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. In response, it’s launching a program that “narrowly focuses” on protecting those systems. A laudable goal, to […]

Will the DNC Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory Yet Again?

Will the DNC Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory Yet Again?

  by Thomas L. Knapp President Donald Trump faces an exceedingly narrow path to re-election in 2020. In order to beat him, the Democratic nominee only needs to pick up 38 electoral votes. With more than 100 electoral votes in play in states that Trump won narrowly in 2016 — especially Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and […]

“Nuance” in Politics and Public Policy? No Thanks.

“Nuance” in Politics and Public Policy? No Thanks.

  By Thomas L. Knapp In 2004, Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry called his ever-shifting position on the war in Iraq “nuanced” as a way of explaining why he was for it before he was against it and why his prescriptions for its future kept changing. “Nuance” pops up frequently in debates on politics and […]