"While scientists and politicians are deeply concerned about climate change, Russia sees this looming crisis as an opportunity to make more money, grow more food, shorten trade routes, extract more fossil fuels, and control Arctic sea lanes."
"Some of William Shakespeare’s friends and associates left behind a description of his library. Nor is there a record of it being dispersed at the time of his death. His will refers neither to books nor manuscripts. In fact, it gives no sign of a literary career at all, or even a literate one. Contemporary dramatists such as Francis Beaumont, Thomas Dekker, John Fletcher, Robert Greene, Thomas Heywood, and Ben Jonson all left behind plays in manuscript. No Shakespeare playscript, though, has ever been found. (Part of the manuscript of a play about Sir Thomas More has been attributed to Shakespeare, but the part is small and the attribution contentious.)"
For Trump to suggest that Russia should be reinstated is essentially to say that invading and annexing Crimea was OK.
We think there’s a political and a military solution in Syria while we dither about the political and occasionally unleash the military. But for Assad and his coalition a military solution is the political solution.
Trump is banking on weapons production and sales as a revenue stream (and a source of manufacturing jobs) for the U.S. Likewise, Russia needs new cash flows to offset low oil prices and the effects of Western sanctions.
History tells us that no nuclear power with missiles it can fire has ever totally denuclearized of its own free will. So expect Kim Jong-un to ask the world in Singapore. If he doesn’t get it, he’ll play for time. Trump has another two to four years. Kim Jong-un has the rest of his life.
Black boxes have inputs and outputs, but the connections among them and the rules that govern how causes become effects are purposely opaque so that consent can be manufactured and propaganda can be accepted without evidence. A few thoughts on how black a box Syria is:
A more “open-ended” narrative that political operatives and the media have a more difficult time managing is that the “Russia, WikiLeaks, and the Election of 2016” story is itself a small part of a larger narrative about America’s particular historical moment.
Here are a few analysis and prediction-heavy notes spinning out of what Democrats may eventually come to see as the most damaging event of this election cycle.
The (De)X Files is my (sorta) daily aggregate of a few stories, essays, articles, an academic paper here and there, and (ugh) "think pieces" (only the awesome ones) from as wide a net as I can cast across the web.