Saturday, December 31, 2022

Wishing You All A Happy New Year in 2023

by Nomad

With the new year on the horizon, I wish that you embrace it with an open heart and go forward with faith, hope, and courage. Who knows what the coming year will bring us, but together we are strong enough to cope with whatever happens. 

Happy New Year, my friends.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sanity Sunday Musical Break for November 2022

by Nomad

All in all, it's not been as bad a week as it could have been. In fact, it was a very good political week. It's time to take a calming break.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Analysis: The Riddle of Why Russians Don't Protest Against the War in Ukraine

by Nomad

Although now a British citizen, Oxford-educated political philosopher Vlad Vexler was born in the Soviet Union. For this reason, when it comes to an understanding the Russian mentality, he is something of an insider.
He says:
I know that there are a lot of people who are concerned and overwhelmed about what's happening with politics, not just in their country but all over the world, what I do here is help us operate openly in the light and not blindly in darkness.
In the video below, he takes on one of the most perplexing questions of our time: What can account for the apathy of the Russian people in the wake of the brutal invasion of Ukraine?

You will probably what he has to say interesting and, given the current politics in the USA, a bit foreboding.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

On the Madness of the Mob

by Nomad

Time to dig into our past and to discover something interesting.

Meet Mr. MacKay.
Charles MacKay was, intellectually, a man of varied pursuits. Born in Perth, Scotland in 1814, MacKay was, in his time, a poet, journalist, author, anthologist, novelist, and even songwriter. 

Today, if he is remembered at all, he is remembered for his early study of crowd psychology entitled Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

This entertaining work was published in three volumes: "National Delusions", "Peculiar Follies", and "Philosophical Delusions". (When it comes to public insanity, there are categories but not degrees.)

As a first-rate storyteller. MacKay covers such diverse topics as economic bubbles, alchemy (the imaginary science of transforming worthless metals into gold), haunted houses, fortune-telling, and the mania for murder through slow poisoning. (It was apparently the thing to do.)
Persons who would have revolted at the idea of stabbing a man to the heart, drugged his potage without scruple. Ladies of gentle birth and manners caught the contagion of murder, until poisoning, under their auspices, became quite fashionable.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Watch LIVE: Day 9 of the Public Hearings of the January 6th House Select Committee

by Nomad

After a month's delay, the January 6 House-Select Committee today picks up where it left off back in summer. The committee has spent the last 15 months wading through tens of thousands of documents and interviewing more than 1000 witnesses.
This was to be the last of the public hearings, however, given the amount of newly-discovered information gathered from subpoenaed witnesses, there could be further hearings added to the schedule. 

Friday, September 9, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II - The End of an Era

by Nomad

At the age of 96, Elizabeth II has died peacefully at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Watch LIVE: Day 8 of the Public Hearings of the January 6th House Select Committee

by Nomad

A “minute-by-minute” account of Donald Trump’s actions throughout the melee at the Capitol- that's the focus of Thursday's prime-time hearing of the January 6 House committee. Sources tell us:
Investigators will press their case that Trump’s refusal to intervene more quickly is further evidence that the former president was squarely on the side of the protestors, even as their demonstration against Trump’s defeat escalated into a violent mob attack on Congress — one that threatened the lives of lawmakers and his own vice president.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Watch LIVE: Day 7 of the Public Hearings of the January 6th House Select Committee

by Nomad

January 6th Riots

For the 7th day of the House Select Committee's investigation of the January 6th insurrection, the focus will now zero in on the role that extremist groups, such as Proud Boys and the OathKeepers, played in the Capitol riots. 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Just Because It's Not Happening Here..

by Nomad

Even though this video is eight years old, this PSA, produced for Save the Children Fund, is still impactful.. and timely, especially given the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This video shows how a girl's life is completely transformed in one year.
Originally it was entitled "If London were Syria." But I found it online with the new (and probably more universal) title "Just Because It's Not Happening Here, It Doesn't Mean It Isn't Happening."

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Watch LIVE: Day 6 of the Public Hearings of the January 6th House Select Committee

by Nomad

January 6 2021 riots

In an expected change to the schedule, the January 6 Select Committee will hold a last-minute public hearing Tuesday to present new evidence and hear witness testimony. Before Monday, the panel had scheduled the next hearing for mid-July. Interestingly, unlike previous hearings, the witnesses who were to be testifying were not been announced.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Watch LIVE: Day 4 of the Public Hearings of the January 6th House Select Committee

by Nomad

Day Four of the House Select Committee hearings on the events of January 6 will include the testimony of Brad Raffensperger, secretary of the state of Georgia, and Gabriel Sterling, one of his top aides.

Monday, June 13, 2022

LIVE: Public Hearings of the January 6th House Select Committee Continues

by Nomad

The second House Committee hearing on the January riots at the Capitol will deal primarily with evidence that Mr. Trump knowingly spread the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him in an attempt to overturn his defeat.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

LIVE: Public Hearings of the January 6th House Select Committee - Day One

by Nomad

Watch live coverage on June 9 of a public hearing from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The committee will present previously unseen material, including hundreds of thousands of documents, phone and email records, and witness testimony. 

In this the first of eight public hearings, the committee will provide the American people an initial summary of its findings of the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

“Prayer for Ukraine”

by Nomad

“Prayer for Ukraine” (“Молитва за Україну”, “Molitva za Ukrainu”) is a patriotic hymn composed and published in 1885, during a time when the Ukrainian language was suppressed by the government of Imperial Russia. The text was penned by poet and interpreter Oleksandr Konynsky and the music was provided by composer Mykola Lysenko.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Alexander Nevzorov: Where Putin's Disastrous War in Ukraine Will Leave Russia

by Nomad

Russian and Soviet television journalist, a film director and a former member of the Russian parliament, Alexander Nevzorov isn't afraid to criticize Russia's ruling elite. And he is not a man to mince his words.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

BBC Podcast: Hunting Syria's War Criminals

by Nomad

magine walking down a street in a European capital and meeting your torturer. For many Syrian refugees fleeing war and human rights abuses, Europe was meant to be a sanctuary. 
So it was a shock when people began bumping into their torturers out shopping or in a cafe. 

In fact, many of those involved in the Syrian government’s notorious interrogation facilities are hiding in plain sight in European cities, having used the refugee wave as a “ratline” out of the country. 
More and more are now being investigated, arrested and put on trial in European courts. But with President Assad firmly in control in Syria, the long arm of the state is reaching those willing to testify..
Take a moment to listen to this chilling podcast from the BBC program "The Documentary."