DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE:Edging Toward War With Iran?

Conn Hallinan
Saturday February 02, 2019 - 07:13:00 PM

Keeping track of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We’re pulling out of Syria (not right away). We’re leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn’t). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North Korea—one day, friends, another day, foes. Even with a scorecard, it’s hard to tell who’s on first. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Antipsychotic Meds Marketed to Treat Depression

Jack Bragen
Saturday February 02, 2019 - 04:27:00 PM

New medications are continually invented and are sold under fancy names. Our government requires that drug advertisements disclose some of the possible side effects of the drugs being sold. These disclosures should be taken seriously.

Antipsychotics to treat depression could be done under the premise that the depression is created by too many negative thoughts. If you reduce a person's number of thoughts by fifty percent with an antipsychotic drug, it could decrease the number of negative, or pain-inducing thoughts by the same percentage. Thus, if a person's depression is caused by excessive pessimistic, self-hating, fearful, or upsetting thoughts, reducing the number of overall thoughts could reduce depression. This does not necessarily happen in a linear manner. -more-

THE PUBLIC EYE:Imagine that Donald Trump is a Russian Asset

Bob Burnett
Saturday February 02, 2019 - 04:39:00 PM

At the moment, it appears that Donald Trump's attention is focussed on two subjects: his "wall" and the latest installment of the Mueller probe. Nonetheless, in the background, the Trump Administration continues to engage in acts that jeopardize our security; such as lifting sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Imagine that Trump is, in fact, a Russian asset. Does that explain his treacherous behavior?

Russia: It's generally agreed that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. (Although not everyone agrees that Trump was involved in this meddling.) Trump has never acknowledged this fact; he says he accepts Vladimir Putin's claim that Russia did not interfere. -more-

ECLECTIC RANT:Trump Insults His Intelligence Chiefs

Ralph E. Stone
Saturday February 02, 2019 - 04:35:00 PM

The 42-page annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community was released on January 29th. The Assessment found that Trump's trade policies and “unilateralism” and “America First” approach have strained traditional alliances and prompted foreign partners to seek new relationships. -more-

SMITHEREENS: Reflections on Bits and Pieces

Gar Smith
Saturday February 02, 2019 - 10:07:00 PM

Arrest That Border-crossing Messiah! -more-