The Disaffected Lib: Another FBI Investigation to Worry Trump. This Time It’s Whitefish.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI has launched an investigation into the incredibly smelly $300 million no-bid contract given to Montana company, Whitefish Energy, to rebuild Puerto Rico’s shattered electricity grid. Whitefish is basically a shell company incorporated just two years ago that had, prior to hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico just two ...

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz reminds us of some unpleasant truths: San Juan mayor responds to Trump's Puerto Rico tweets: "This isn't politics. This is about saving lives." https://t.co/9CA3Ips4Aq — CNN (@CNN) October 13, 2017 Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Revenge of Puerto Rico

As I'm sure you know, Donald Trump's visit to Puerto Rico last week was the worst visit by a U.S. president, to any place, ever.He insulted the people of that battered island by telling them to stop complaining because hurricane Katrina was worse. And they should save their energy to praise him instead.He threw rolls of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Brad Delong writes that political choices – not a lack of resources – are responsible for the limited progress being made toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. – Matt Bruenig weighs in on the U.S.’ unprecedented levels of wealth inequality. And Bill Moyers comments on the vulture ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Criminal Katrina Moment

The pictures out of the stricken island of Puerto Rico are stunning and heartbreaking. And what you can't see is worse.Millions of desperate people without food and water, with no power, no fuel, no way to communicate with loved ones and friends, or the outside world.But for almost a week while people suffered and died, Donald Trump ...

Politics and its Discontents: Finally, A Politician Speaking For Her People

You have had, I am sure, many experiences throughout your lives when you have met people and, based only on very limited contact, have concluded they are people of integrity, people you can trust, perhaps befriend, hire and/or otherwise do business with. It is a hard-to-qualify trait, but if you watch the following, I think ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Chantal Panozzo discusses the lack of work-life balance which serves as the default in the U.S. – and notes how preposterous precarious work looks once a person has experienced an alternative: Before I moved to Switzerland for almost a decade, American Reality was all I knew. I was ...