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Thursday, September 4,2014

Ban GMOs? First show us the victims

By Paul Danish
What’s more, substantial amounts of GMO (genetically modified organism) corn, cotton, and soybeans have been grown and consumed in the U.S. for the last 14 years. In 2000, about a quarter of U.S. corn and more than 50 percent of U.S. soybeans and cotton were produced from GMO varieties.
Thursday, August 21,2014

No blood for oil? Thank a fracking oilman.

By Paul Danish
(For the record, there were a number of reasons why the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, but grabbing Iraq’s oil wasn’t one of them. If there is any lingering doubt on this point, consult the list of oil companies which have gotten concessions from the Iraqi government.
Thursday, August 7,2014

Who is a civilian?

By Paul Danish
The “contractor’s” business was security — or more plainly war. They worked for companies like Blackwater security and, among other things, served as armed guards for U.S. civilian personnel like American civil administrator Paul Bremer and scores of State Department operatives who negotiated with tribal leaders.
Thursday, July 24,2014

Hamas does not give shelter

By Paul Danish
Hamas’ tunnels are not amateur works. A lot of them are 100 feet below the surface, lined with concrete, and equipped with electricity and ventilation systems. How is it then that that there aren’t any civilian bomb shelters in Gaza?
Thursday, July 17,2014

Gaza and ‘game changers’

By Paul Danish
Gaza could also be demilitarized by the expulsion of Hamas, and its evil twin Islamic Jihad. So how likely is it that either of those things will happen? A lot more likely than it was on Monday, July 7.
Thursday, July 10,2014

Hug the children, bill their countries

By Paul Danish
Wash their feet, delouse and vaccinate them, give them three hots and a cot and generally treat them as honored guests. See to it that those who have relatives in the U.S. are united with them, and if those families can’t afford to care for them, ensure that they receive the necessary assistance.
Thursday, June 26,2014

A costly inconvenient truth

By Paul Danish
Here’s an inconvenient little truth that keeps getting lost in the shuffle when local activists start hyper-ventillating about fracking: If you want to ban fracking, you may end up paying through the nose.
Thursday, June 12,2014

The Galileo affair and settled science

By Paul Danish
The Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who lived from 1564 to 1642 and was the first to use a telescope to make astronomical observations, got himself crosswise with the Catholic Church by proclaiming that the sun stood still and the earth moved around it, rejecting the prevailing view that the earth stood still and the sun moved around it.
Thursday, May 29,2014

The ‘Soldier of Fortune’ memoirs

By Paul Danish
Serious adventuring — Brown calls it “participatory journalism” — included everything from firing mortar rounds at Russian forts in Afghanistan, hanging with mercenaries in Rhodesia and anti- Communist guerrillas in Laos, rolling into Kuwait City behind the lead tank at the end of the Gulf War, dodging Serb snipers in Sarajevo, and searching for an extinct cow on the Ho Chi Minh Trail — and a lot more.
Thursday, May 15,2014

A modest proposal for cleaning up the mess in Washington

By Paul Danish
Get rid of Washington. Sure, every self-respecting kingdom, empire, democracy, republic, and nation-state since the rocks cooled has had a capital. The capital was where the records were kept, where the treasure was stashed, and where all the best parties, salons, trials, and executions took place.