Irrigated land in what was once Syria’s primary agricultural valley
Wars are caused by resources, and wars exacerbate resource scarcity. A new study shows just how much, and highlights the dangerous future
So many worlds
There’s the real world, and then there is reality, which is agreed upon. The latter seems to be unraveling.
We’ll finish the morning with good news.
- The far-right nationalist candidate actually lost in Austria, a rare victory for the forces trying to protect liberal democracy. Also: Austria! That has some special resonance. Maybe they saw the Brexit/Trump victories and realized, well, let’s not do this too. It’s a minor drop, but maybe the reaction to the reactionaries can gather some steam.
- Dakota Access blocked! Despite this blog’s obsession with water, I haven’t really had much to say. But this is a triumph: dedicated activists protesting peacefully to protect water, indigenous rights, and to stand up against a corporate/government axis that used both unaccountable private security (who are never called thugs by the right people, you know?) and military/police action. It’s a stirring victory (even if it is a temporary one) for those who believe that public land and shared heritage means something, and have more weight than private profit.
Pictured: Inside Trump Towers
As with everything in Team Trump, it’s a little bit of both.
Trump’s announcement of an announcement demonstrates that nothing has changed, and that he’s still running the world’s biggest con.
This is not what a delta should look like.
The world is too complex and fragile to be beholden to the whims of an idiot.
Pictured: not identity politics, I guess
The way to win again is not to buy into the “identity politics” formulation. It is to remind the white working class that only one party protects them from the worst of Trumpism and Ryanism.