Apr 112019
I Am Still Julian Assange

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Carl Spitzweg The raven 1845     In light of the horrible news that Julian Assange was arrested by British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy this morning, what is there to say that we haven’t already said? We originally published this essay on May 16 2018.     Julian Assange appears to be painfully close to being unceremoniously thrown out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. If that happens, the consequences for journalism, for freedom of speech, and for

Apr 062019
Fake News After Mueller

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Raphael The school of Athens 1509-11   Allow me to start with a question: Has anyone seen any of the main newspapers and networks who went after Donald Trump for 3 years accusing him of colluding with “the Russians”, apologize to either Trump, or to their readers and viewers, for spreading all that fake news now that Robert Mueller said none of that stuff was real, that they all just made it up? I’ve seen only one such apology,

Apr 052019
Warning Mr. Trump

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Pablo Picasso Crucifixion 1930     President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500.     Mr. President, I write to you because I’m seeing something unfold that concerns you, and I have no way of knowing if you’re aware of it, nor have I seen anyone else mention it. That is, sir, you are being set up, a trap is being set for you, and unless you are aware of it, you

Apr 042019
 April 4, 2019  Posted by at 12:17 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,  
Boeing's Problem Is Not Software

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Rembrandt van Rijn The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp 1632     We had already been told that in the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash which killed all 157 people on board, the 4-month old 737 MAX 8’s anti-stall software reengaged itself four times in 6 minutes as the pilots struggled to straighten the plane post-takeoff. In the end, the anti-stall software won and pushed the plane nose-down towards the earth. Now, Ethiopia -finally?!- released its report in

Mar 292019
 March 29, 2019  Posted by at 1:19 pm Finance, Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,  
The Demise of Democracy

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Leonardo da Vinci Vitruvian man c1510 Leonardo wrote: “Vitruvius, architect, writes in his work on architecture that the measurements of man are distributed in this manner”: The length of the outspread arms is equal to the height of a man. From the hairline to the bottom of the chin is one-tenth of the height of a man. From below the chin to the top of the head is one-eighth of the height of a man. From above the chest

Mar 272019
 March 27, 2019  Posted by at 6:26 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  
The Failure Of Party Politics

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Robert Frank Funeral, St. Helena, South Carolina 1955     Bit unusual, but why not. I was reading British press earlier, trying to figure out what the fcuk is going on in London two days before March 29, and in an article in the Guardian I saw this comment, and thought it should be saved for posterity. Since the article is/was one of those live updates ones, which tend to get very long, and moreover at the point I

Mar 252019
 March 25, 2019  Posted by at 2:50 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,  
Can We Lock Up Rachel Maddow Now?

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Yves Klein Leap into the Void 1960   Message to Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Kemala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and the rest of the crew: you can stop asking for campaign donations, because you no longer stand a chance in the 2020 elections. Your own party, and the media who support you, made sure of that. Or rather, the only chance you would have is if you guys start another smear campaign against your president, and I wouldn’t recommend that.

Mar 202019
Green New Physics

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Johannes Vermeer The lacemaker 1669-71   You could probably say I’m sympathetic to the schoolchildren protesting against climate change, and I’m sympathetic to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her call for a Green New Deal. Young people are the future, and they deserve a voice about that future. At the same time, I’m also deeply skeptical about their understanding of the issues they talk about. In fact, I don’t see much understanding at all. I think that’s because they base their

Mar 152019
David Holmgren: A Baby Boomers' Apology

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Raphael The miraculous draught of fishes 1515     There are days, though all too scarce, when very nice surprises come my way. Case in point: yesterday I received a mail from David Holmgren after a long period of radio silence. Australia’s David is one of the fathers of permaculture, along with Bill Mollison, for those few who don’t know him. They first started writing about the concept in the 1970s and never stopped. Dave calls himself “permaculture co-originator”

Mar 132019

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail René Magritte Personal values 1952   Commenting on my own essays has never been my favorite activity, because before you know it you land into Russian doll territory. But a few recent comments from readers have me rethinking that, for once. Of course I understand that my expressed views over the past two years and change on the era of Donald Trump and his presidency do not please everyone out there, whether they’re long time Automatic Earth readers or