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Huff, Puff, and Bluff

Posturing during war seems to be integral to the practice. But it is hard not to get the jitters when world leaders at war start braying insults and threats at one another.

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U Da Man: Psychopath in Chief

Once again, we are confronted with the horror that the world’s fate is in the hands of an unstable and dangerous man. We are now in full thrall of the whims of another murderous strongman. With his invasion of Ukraine and warning that any attempted interference by the international community will provoke “consequences greater than any you have faced in history,” Vladimir Putin has set in motion a deadly template of cascading events.

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Big Pharma…Big Profits…Big Reckoning

So, what do we think of Big Pharma now? It’s hard to sustain a life-long antipathy toward Big Pharma when it has just bestowed a medical miracle at warped speed, and in time to save the lives of millions.

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Cleared for Landing

You may have recently heard the news that NASA hired a bunch of religious leaders of varying stripes to advise on how their various flocks might react to an alien invasion. That sounds a lot like the U.S.’s official leader in space exploration has begun developing the ultimate crisis management plan for an impending global event. After a flurry of news stories and a related twitter storm, NASA denied hiring religious advisors saying it had simply funded a research group of religious scholars to look into alien encounters. But one is left wondering whether the intent was simply a scholarly exercise in comparative theology on a quirky topic or actual reconnaissance.

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Bring on the silver bracelet cuffs

All eyes are now on Attorney General Merrick Garland, the way they were once on Robert Mueller. And now, just like then, hope springs eternal that we will finally get the closure that only a Trump family perp walk can bring. But we are no longer the innocents we were during Mueller time. Then, we believed that a team of brilliant prosecutors were expertly and relentlessly winding together multiple evidential threads of corruption, abuse of power, obstruction of justice, financial wrongdoing, criminal acts and outrageous nepotism.

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Pope disses puppy love

The Pope really stepped in it recently when he said people should have kids not dogs. Telling people who to sleep with is one thing; telling women they have no choice about bearing children is another thing. But telling us that our fur babies are less worthy than other babies is a bit too high and mighty, not to mention, far from ‘wise and wonderful.’

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