The Trump circus in the White House continues. You have undoubtedly seen more than enough articles about Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor because of his (not fully explained) telephone conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, or maybe it was because he lied to Vice President Michael Pence, or maybe it was because someone leaked about the whole mess to the media.
So I won’t link to much of that; in any case, I am working on posts relating to it and the question of just how connected the White House is to Russia. Flynn is the third to resign from Trump’s service for too much connection to Russia, along with Paul Manafort and Carter Page. You have probably seen news reports about calls for an independent investigative body to look at the whole mess. Read More
The New York Times points out that the United States tries to minimize civilian casualties in its bombing in Syria. Russia doesn’t, and is using cluster munitions, banned by most countries. It might be useful for Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to read this article. Read More
I love Ilya Repin’s work. His “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmet IV of Turkey” (above) is just wonderful. Look at the expressions on those faces. Exactly the way I imagine some people, and sometimes feel, on the internet. The only thing that could make it better would be to include women, which was not a thing in his time. Read More
When I’m doing science, I’ve found it’s important to pay attention to the things that seem odd, out of line with expectations. Here are some things about Vladimir Putin, disconnected, no patterns implied, no conclusions drawn, that have seemed odd to me lately. Read More