HBO Mini-Series “Chernobyl” Makes a Sensation in Russia

By Slava Tsukerman Released this year, “Chernobyl”, the HBO historical mini-series about the explosion that occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Soviet Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the subsequent handling of the accident, received the highest ratings from viewers and critics all over the world. In Russia it became a real sensation, emotionally discussed […]

Hemp Legalization Is Wreaking Havoc with Marijuana Prosecutions in Prohibition States 

by psmith DRUG WAR CHRONICLES:    After passage of the 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp production, states scrambled to pass their own laws legalizing hemp and CBD. But in doing so, they may have inadvertently signed a death warrant for the enforcement of marijuana prohibition. hemp field at sunrise ( Forty-seven states have now […]

Comparison of N Y Times “Bahamas hurricane Dorian relief efforts” with our Hurricane Agnes in the 1970s

By Robert Field “In the Bahamas, Residents ask ‘Where is our relief’” The situation in the Bahamas is indeed tragic. Yet we see how ordinary people, especially momentary leaders, will take matters into their own hands and work together to get essential matter done. Hurricane Agnes in the 1970s that flooded our 264 unit Gateway […]

Call for end to corporations’ “rule by contract”

By Barry C. Lynn, Open Markets Institute: In an article for The Atlantic titled “There’s More Than One Way to Fight a Monopoly,” Open Markets Institute Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan and co-author Nathan Schneider lay out one way to restore power and true autonomy to people and small businesses. They argue that while efforts break up monopolies are important, […]

Unions and me, Part I

  Given my studies in Economics and History, I have always been supportive of the union movement, not only for the improvement of the earnings of workers but also because of the benefits to the nation. But that doesn’t mean that I have not been in a couple of ‘bareknuckle’ battles, at least one potentially […]

REF comments on last nights CNN Democrat debate

Below are two excerpts from an article in today’s NYT Times: “Discussing criminal justice reform with Senator Cory Booker, who has been sharply critical of Mr. Biden’s record on that matter, he jokingly skipped ahead, calling him the president and stopping himself as he lightheartedly grabbed Mr. Booker’s arm— ‘excuse me, the future president’”” Do […]