There’s really only one political issue that matters right now. Our most pressing national security issue is our President’s hidden financial relationships. How much money is our President earning from our enemies? How many other Republicans are implicated in his financial compromises? Until we have the answers to these questions, there are no other current events of much consequence.
We won’t have answers to these questions until the President’s disingenuous court challenges have been exhausted. Even then, there may be additional efforts at deceit and subterfuge. In the meantime, there’s little else to discuss.
It’s tempting to keep churning out slightly modified versions of the same, venomous blog post. I’ve never been so angry in my life. Treating this space as a rage valve might provide a bit of relief for me, but it doesn’t do much for this community or its objectives. Anger without direction is a like a fire loose in your own house.
While we wait for Trump’s financial records, and there’s little we can do in this case but wait, I want to shift my attention toward the future. That’s tough, because most of our continuity with the past has been destroyed. However, this disruptive environment provides an opening for vision. Many of the things we assumed were impossible about life, culture and politics are about to be possible, and not just in the good ways. Even when the future is murky and ill-defined, there’s a place for imagination. Sun Tzu wrote that in chaos lies opportunity. As the last vestiges of the 3rd Republic burn down around us, we have space now to imagine the 4th.
With that in mind, here’s a quick rundown of the news.
From the MIT Technology Review: We may have our first major gene therapy win.
From The Verge: China is testing a Maglev prototype running at 373 mph.
From Wired: Midwest floods are a sign of climate change.
From the Harvard Business Review: Addressing the biases in algorithms.
From Power Technology: A look at a carbon capture experiment in the UK.