Phil Richardson: Thoughts following the annual meeting of anarchists or lost in translation – The G-20 Summit

Phil Richardson: Thoughts following the annual meeting of anarchists or lost in translation – The G-20 Summit

By Phil Richardson The battalions of polizie fought the rioters to a draw, but barely. There were times when the hordes of Goths and Visigoths appeared to be close to pillaging Hamburg. I think Grossmutter Merckel demonstrated an abundance of restraint in her treatment of both the crazies and the foreign representatives gathered there. It’s […]

Phil Richardson: Climate change

Phil Richardson: Climate change

By Phil Richardson In all of my 90-year lifetime, I have never seen weather that even begins to compare with what we are experiencing worldwide. Never before in my experience has their been the swarm of tornadoes and high winds such as those spawned continually, wreaking almost unrelenting havoc, death and billions of dollars of […]

Phil Richardson: Inferno!

Phil Richardson: Inferno!

By Phil Richardson “EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT THE WEATHER, BUT NO ONE DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT” – Mark Twain All temperatures herein are based upon a scale calculated by German physicist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, about the year 1700. It was 86 degrees at daybreak today in Tucson, Arizona—two degrees lower than yesterday at the same time. […]

Phil Richardson: How to succeed in Russia without hardly trying

Phil Richardson: How to succeed in Russia without hardly trying

By Phil Richardson Oligarchy – A form of government in which power is vested in a few persons or a dominant class. I refrained from doing any part of this essay until the discomforting match at the so called conference and the one-on-one interview by NBC’s newest Talking Head, Megyn Kelly, with Russian President for […]

Phil Richardson: The national budget

Phil Richardson: The national budget

By Phil Richardson I can’t think of anything that the Executive and Legislative branches of our government does that impacts our lives more than the budget, yet nothing concerns us less…until our ox is gored. That simile belongs to a bygone era. How about “Until we write our check to the Internal Revenue Service?” Before […]

Phil Richardson: The wizard of the lies: Bernard Madoff

Phil Richardson: The wizard of the lies: Bernard Madoff

By Phil Richardson As my wife and I began to watch the powerful HBO study of the man identified in the film as the principal perpetrator of a record breaking scam by those engaged in the arrest and prosecution of wrongdoers by the criminal justice system—in this case the FBI, which arrested the man who […]

Phil Richardson: Remembering Watergate

Phil Richardson: Remembering Watergate

By Phil Richardson The mills of the gods grind slowly, but exceedingly fine—Plutarch I had a vivid flashback this past week when a pop-up containing another of President Trump’s interminable Tweets appeared on my television. “James Comey better hope there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.” it said. […]

Phil Richardson: Runaway drug prices from Big Pharma stoke the healthcare dilemma

Phil Richardson: Runaway drug prices from Big Pharma stoke the healthcare dilemma

By Phil Richardson How can drug-makers charge so much? “Because there’s nothing stopping them,” said Leigh Purvis, director of health services research for the AARP Public Policy Institute. I have to give most of the credit for this essay to the American Association of Retired People (AARP) Bulletin of May 2017, although the following refresher […]

Phil Richardson: The rich people of radio

Phil Richardson: The rich people of radio

By Phil Richardson I began my career in radio broadcasting in 1950, a time when scores of media experts were predicting that television would soon put radio out of business. 21 years later, one radio station, KLIF, Dallas, owned once by radio pioneer Gordon McClendon, one of the early promoters of “Top 40” radio, sold […]

Phil Richardson: The Moscow dossier and more cheap thrills

Phil Richardson: The Moscow dossier and more cheap thrills

By Phil Richardson Dossier: (French) Detailed collection of documents concerning a person or subject under investigation. CAST OF CHARACTERS Donald J. Trump, unpredictable President of the United States of America. Christopher Steele. Once the head of British M.1.6 Secret Service operating in Moscow, now a principal in a firm named Orbis Intelligence, LTD. Headquartered in […]

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