I have always, well probably for decades at least, admired the British weekly magazine, the Economist. Never a small cursory issue, but an in-depth extensive well written detailed reporting with frequent inside the news stories in every issue. One can read Time Magazine in about an hour. I have never read the Economist with some degree of speed for under three. Usually with care one farms many significant facts and details that do not appear easily in any of the other weekly periodicals
I admire its accuracy and opinions. It is a well thought out and thoroughly researched publication before the print is set. I do not know how they do it? The magazine must have superb reporters and experts devoted to the magazine in every country. The imperialist, colonist British press in times gone by in all probability got the jump on other western media publications for two hundred years, and the Economist as recipient of this history has deservedly gotten solid international popularity because of it.
During the past years I have subscribed to the magazine several times, but it often did no arrive because I suspect it was pilfered and resold to a group of local academic fans, or in lieu of poor postal service and constant moving about by this addressee.
Within the magazine this week was of the Kavanaugh vs. Ford , she said, he said, row decision in senate’s favor of Kavanaugh by passing his nomination by two votes within the conundrum of two personal political personality.
In pure politics and law Kavanauagh was unwilling to show impartiality in legal decisions, not only by his own ranting words against the Democrats, but his long supportive loyalist GOP career. The candidate has never been neutral in or on issue that the Economist could research and fully determine while on the staff of Ken Starr’s impeachment efforts against Bill Clinton, and when on the staff of George Bush which was firmly against the second ballot recount during the Florida presidential election bid that gave Bush the victory in the 2000 election. The decision was outright closed with only a mere 600 state votes bush lead. The decision was then finalized by the GOP governor agreeing to it. (Perhaps, just perhaps, if Gore had won there would not have been an Iraq ll?)
Moreover, as an aside note, the text of the FBI investigation report was softened, perhaps deliberately as not to embarrass, but college school boy’s word for “spoofing” meant not what was reported, its meaning is three-way sex, anal sex, and induction of alcohol and drugs. To be fair Brett may not have ever meant that after supporting it in writing.
Yes, from what I surmise, as the most important swing vote in the Supreme Court Kavanaugh will support anything placed before him by the Trump and the GOP. He is safely under their wing for his term for life and for the swing vote power he now holds in his hand.
Under the FOx network Trump and his Administration can do no wrong, as Trump dickers and threatens ‘Severe punishment’ against those responsible for the alleged Khashoggi — Saudi Arabia — assassination fray. No concrete proof has surfaced thus far except the deep-seated suspicion the target of the assassination was Khashoggi, is highly suspected to be dead and has complete disappeared from the face of the earth. However, the Saudis have ventured other confidential explanations for the disappearance:
1. Khashoggi was walking on slippery marble steps and fell by accident killing himself. The Saudis were so embarrassed by the incident, because the janitor was the cause not performing his duties satisfactorily was immediately beheaded on the spot. The accident was not reported to the outside world. Jamal’s dismembered and pulverized body was flushed down the toilet.
2. Nearly similar in some aspects. Khashoggi was applying for a license to marry his Turkish sweetheart whom he loved deeply, and was told she was not a virgin and shown video proof. At that Jamal became distraught, felt dishonored, disgraced and committed suicide. Under Muslim law the dead must be buried before sunset, but no means were available, so it was decided to dismember and dispose of him by flushing the parts down the toy-toy.
3. Jamal Khashoggi was an agnostic, and at the last moment after a friendly beating he regretted being one therefore for himself his family and loved ones became a born again Muslim of deep faith. Allah and Mohammed were delighted on hearing the new and they immediately sent a white horse with feathered wings to take him from Jerusalem directly to heaven. He was invisibly whisked away in seconds from the Consulate. (The Muslims disregard animal and humankind types with the assistance of evolution took 100 million years to create the feather, presently man can make feathers with machines)
Sorry, but I don’t quite believe those reasons. But I do know this, kings and dictators want complete power and need to destroy dissent in any form. Evil anti-government non conforming ideas must be destroyed. They then make examples of dissenters with poison, bombs, armed drones, and hit squads which are more effective than says torture, prison terms, and surveillance.
As an older observer writing this I recall comedian Bob Hope returning from Cold War Russia in the 1950s and authoring a humorous book (I Owe Russia $1200 Dollars) in which he wrote ‘In Russia they have television, but you don’t watch it, it watches you’ and ‘In Russia you can say anything about the government, the difference is, you say it only once.’
All the Best to you.