Trump Has Trapped Himself In A Corner Over North Korea

by Tony Wyman When President Trump told the world that any further threatening acts by North Korea would be met by “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he backed himself into a corner from which he has no escape without either losing credibility or engaging in a war that the American people don’t want to fight. The North Koreans, recognizing President Trump’s blunder, immediately responded with detailed plans to launch four missiles over Japan to strike American military bases in Guam, a U.S. territory. “As already clarified,…

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Trump Ignores Commission’s Advice, Says More Cops are Solution to Opioid Crisis

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by Tony Wyman I live in the Opioid Capitol of America, Dayton, Ohio. Per capita, more people will die in my city from overdosing on opioids, drugs like fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, tramadol, than any place in America.   “We’re on a pace to to have 800 people die this year from overdose,” Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer told reporters at NBC News. He said the county is trying to fight the crisis by giving officers Narcan, a nasal spray emergency treatment that counteracts the effects of opioids and reverses the…

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Soccer’s Deadliest Strike Team Ever Is About To Break Up – Neymar Heading To PSG

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by Tony Wyman “Neymar is a figure in the present and future of world football. The Brazilian can beat players, score and produce moments of magic. What more could you ask for?” posits the player’s page on fcbarcelona.com.  Apparently, Barca supporters could ask for him not to abandon them. But that seems likely to happen this week when Neymar da Silva Santos Jr., the 25-year-old Brazil superstar, finalizes a deal to leave Barcelona FC and his strike partners, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Neymar, arguably the greatest player ever to take…

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Did Russian President Vladimir Putin Order The Murder Of The Founder of Russia Today?

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On November 5, 2015, Mikhail Yuriyevich Lesin, close confidante of Russian President Vladimir Putin and founder of the website Russia Today, which the Columbia Journalism Review called, “The Kremlin’s propaganda outlet,” was found dead in his Washington D.C. Dupont Circle hotel room. Despite multiple bruises on Mr. Lesin’s head, neck and upper-body, including signs of blunt force trauma that would indicate he died a violent death, initial reports indicated the 57-year-old Russian died of a simple heart attack. “Mikhail Lesin, a prominent Russian political figure and mass media expert credited with…

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Soccer’s Spending Spree is About to Shatter Records

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by Tony Wyman Soccer’s global superpowers are shelling out money for top talent and young prospects at levels never seen before, blowing away old record transfer fees and salaries and making amounts paid for stars in the past seem like chump change in today’s new environment. During the 2014 summer transfer window, Chelsea Football Club, the West London club that would go on to win the English Premier league by eight points over second place Manchester City, sold 21-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku to Everton for £28 million, the fifth highest…

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The Brave New World Of Productivity Maximized Robot Workforces & Trump’s False Narrative

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by Tony Wyman Editor’s Note:  This review of productivity maximized robot workforces, is the second part in a series examining the challenge of the rapid incorporation of automation and mechanization displacing American workers.  In part One, the author examined the plans for automated transportation (the trucking industry) and increased mechanization of coal mining. Productivity Increases What entices managers to increase their reliance on robots is obvious: greater productivity at lower costs.  Robots are increasing American manufacturing productivity dramatically, up 32% from 1998 to 2012. Today, thanks to automation, there are…

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger In Deal To Sign French Goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette

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by Tony Wyman Like Lucy Van Pelt (no relation to Scott that we know of) – promising Charlie Brown she won’t pull the football out from under him, Arsenal has teased Gunners supporters for years with the promise of assembling a front line of world class strikers. Every year, Gooners bite and every year Arsenal pulls the football away. Names like Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema and, most famously, Luis Suarez, have been linked with moves to Arsenal over the years.  But, instead of those top flight scorers, Arsenal signed second…

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Mr. Roboto is Stealing Your Job – Mechanization In Trucking And Coal Mining

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by Tony Wyman Automation vs. Truck Driving Humans According to the American Trucking Association, there are 3.5 million people driving trucks professionally in this country, earning anywhere from an average of $41,000 to $81,000 a year.  And robots are about to put those drivers out of a job. A recent story in the MIT Technology Review claimed self-driving long haul trucks will be common on highways in five to ten years, making the humans driving the big rigs obsolete.  Not only are self-driving trucks more efficient, able to drive long hours…

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Trump’s Misogynistic Tweets – Donald Trump Is A Sad Excuse For A Man And A President

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by Tony Wyman  Trump and his misogynistic tweets are just sad … There used to be a time in this country, back when it was greater than it is today, when men defended the honor and reputations of women against other men.  Maybe those were chauvinistic days, when men assumed that women were fragile, weak and defenseless. Perhaps women have never really needed the protection of men to the extent that some of us, myself included, are willing to offer them.  Perhaps all along women have been more than capable…

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Supreme Court’s Review Of Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Could Lead To More Balanced Governance

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by Tony Wyman The U.S. Supreme Court is about to take up a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin that could have an enormous impact on American political elections for decades to come. The case, Gill vs Whitford, is under appeal after a lower court decided Wisconsin’s 2016 redistricting plan constituted an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” and gave the GOP an unfair advantage in future political races. What is gerrymandering? Wiki defines gerrymandering as, “in the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a…

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