French citizens vote in an uncertain race that could determine Europe’s future – The Washington Post
I wonder when and where I can catch this film.
Trust Us, Missing This Oddball Monster Movie Would Be a Colossal Mistake – WIRED
The moral and strategic arguments for the attack on Assad is clear. The legality is less clear. Congress should legalize the attack without giving Trump carte blanche permission to attack anyone anywhere, any time Trump needs a distraction or ratings boost.
Trump’s Unlawful Attack in Syria – The Atlantic
FP describes it as the greatest humanitarian disaster since WWII. This one was brought on by famine caused by drought.
UN General Secretary has asked for $4.4 billion to avert disaster, but so far a small fraction of that has been raised. The US should be taking a leadership role here, but so far I have been unable to find any statistics on US emergency assistance to Somalia or Africa in general.
Starvation Stalks the Horn of Africa
The Senate, long a moderate body that venerated tradition and longer-term perspectives than its sister body, the House. Today they have officially become functionally equivalent.
The House and Senate are equally small-minded and pathetic.
With ‘nuclear option,’ Senate ends Democratic blockade of Trump court pick
Nationalism was historically opposed in terms of it necessarily degrading into conflict, possibly global ones. In the current era, my concern with nationalism is its inability to deal with global challenges, particularly anthropomorphic climate change.
We don’t necessarily need a world government. But we do need a world governance structure that can propose, agree, ratify, and compel action to address global challenges and opportunities.
The United Nations, as it stands now, is insufficient. The leadership of the United States is required, but the US is dismally failing any tests of leadership at the moment.
Reality and the Imagination
This is merely the opening salvo of a long and complex negotiation. The EU will eventually soften on trade relations because of one simple observation: Germany exports more to the U.K. than U.K. exports to Germany. Therefore Germany relies more on retaining a strong trade relationship.
The prospects of Scotland’s secession are harder to predict. However, I see that Scotland voted twice to remain in the EU, and therefore should be allowed to vote once again. May’s government may block the vote because she already knows the outcome.
You Think Your Week Sucks? Try Being Theresa May | Foreign Policy
Sugar is backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very, very sick.
The Case Against Sugar
Another gesture that will have little real impact, and that’s a good thing. The bad news is we were already falling far short of what we need to do to address global climate change.
NYTimes: Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies
That won’t soon go away. Originalism is based on several flawed assumptions:
1) There exists a single interpretation of the founders. Reality: there are no universally agreed nuggets passed down from our more enlightened predecessors. They clashed vigorously, even violently.
2) The founders wanted future generations to subscribe to their particular interpretations. Reality: The views of the founders are not relevant to today’s world, nor did they even anticipate they would be. GPS guided smart bombs and ICBMs weren’t even fathomed in their era.
3) There exists sufficient information to infer the views of the founders. Reality: As with any historical figures our knowledge of their views are incomplete.
4) The Supreme Court is qualified to interpret the views of the founders in their historical context. Reality: Supreme Court justices are, by and large, not historians, nor should we desire they become so.
5) Americans want a return to founding era norms. Reality: few Americans want to reinstate racial slavery.
Originalism is a thinly opaque cover that appears to transform facile and regressive policy positions into universally accepted truths. It has superficial appeal that topples under the slightest scrutiny. Let’s insist on judges who apply modern analysis to modern problems.
The Democrats Must Filibuster Neil Gorsuch – Slate