Politics and its Discontents: Heartbreaking And Shameful

Given our membership in the species, all of us should feel deep shame over the actions of our fellow humans: The town has been under attack for years by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, yet the rebel fighters in Moadamiyeh won’t give up; so the whole town is being punished. Pro-regime checkpoints ring Moadamiyeh, preventing ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Graphic Illustration Of Humanity’s Hubris

People of a certain age will remember the commercial with the tagline, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” Heedless of that warning, that’s exactly what we continue to think we can do, despite all of the evidence to the contrary. Some will take false comfort in blaming this year’s weather disasters on a strengthened ...

DeSmogBlog: Rendell and Ridge: From "Militant" Labelers to Terrorist Enablers

Ed Rendell MEK.jpg A new chapter has been added to the shale gas industry's eco-terrorism, counterinsurgency and psychological operations saga. In March, NBC News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff revealed that many prominent U.S. public officials are on the payroll of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), a group labeled by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization. These U.S. officials ...