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 […]

Phil Richardson: A time of worldwide saber rattling

Phil Richardson: A time of worldwide saber rattling

By Phil Richardson Paradox: A statement that seems to be contradictory or absurd. Just before the cavalry charged in those many battles now forgotten in the mists of time, the officers would shake their swords inside metal sheaths, and then while milling about, draw their weapons and clash their swords against those held by other […]

Phil Richardson: Meet Robert Mercer – Part II

Phil Richardson: Meet Robert Mercer – Part II

By Phil Richardson According to Webster’s Dictionary, an algorithm is “A sequence of steps for programming a computer to solve a specific problem.” (Nearly every time I type the word, I either misspell it or feel a need to run it through a spell checker.) It’s one of those hot words made popular by computer […]

Phil Richardson: Meet Robert Mercer

Phil Richardson: Meet Robert Mercer

By Phil Richardson Most folks who follow politics recognize the names of two of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, because they bought out their two siblings’ interests in the world’s second most valuable privately owned business, Koch Industries—founded by their father—but more so for their interest in rightwing and libertarian candidates and causes. Between […]

Phil Richardson: The Freedom Caucus sure is raucous

Phil Richardson: The Freedom Caucus sure is raucous

By Phil Richardson Yesterday, I was informed by my HMO, United Healthcare under AARP MedicareComplete, that the hospital where I’ve been a patient several times since 2011 will no longer be part of the Tucson medical network supported by the prestigious Hartford Insurance Company. My primary care physician and most of my specialists are affiliated […]

Phil Richardson: Trump Tower Baku—Take Two

Phil Richardson: Trump Tower Baku—Take Two

By Phil Richardson On June 8th of 2016, I published an article titled “Trump Tower Missing.” I was writing about an empty, 33-story luxury hotel and condo ‘way out in the low- rent district of Baku, Azerbaijan—once a part of the USSR—under the control of President for Life Ilham Aliyev. He is the son of […]

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