Globally 20 Million People Are at Risk

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 Is Officially Pathetic

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 Cannot Address Global Issues

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

Germany Needs UK More Than Vice-Versa

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

Originalism is another superficially appealing but deeply flawed idea

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

​(Don’t) Send This to Your Friend Who’s a Dick

Positive thinking doesn’t work. It was an untested idea based on flawed assumptions. When will this bad meme finally die? Probably never, but until then you can read the book: The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Eastern Europeans consider Russia their biggest security threat

In contrast Italy, France and Germany are more focused on the refugee crisis. Germany is taking a leadership role in Europe, but partners are nervous because Germany is not (yet) providing much guidance.

Economically Germany, France and Italy are deeply divided on how to handle the banking crisis.

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