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Mars, Science and the Future of Reality

I’m betting that much of your attention this last week was on quarantines and masks, and on scrambling to get a vaccine appointment.

If you’ve had time for politics, there’s the chess matches in Congress over President Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill and a few of his more controversial nominations for top jobs.

With all that going on, did you also see the reports on the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars? It was glorious.

The ingenuity, precision and perseverance of what NASA’s scientists have done seem almost beyond belief —…


“America’s Back.” On February 17, with those two words, the new US president repudiated the go-it-alone policies of his predecessor that had led to bitter disagreements, escalating trade wars, and rejection of the alliances that have benefited America and its allies since the end of the Second World War

But a slogan is not a policy. Let’s look at what’s back and what isn’t.

Acknowledging the strains and shit storms have characterized America’s

relationships with Europe over the last four years, President Biden assured European leaders that “The US is determined to reengage with Europe. To consult with you. …


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I don’t blame you if you haven’t been watching every moment of the trial of former President Trump for inciting an attack on the Capitol that killed five people as a raving mob ransacked the seat of American government, holding it for hours.

But some of the proceedings have actually been fascinating, especially new videos showing the extent of the violence and how close to injury or death key members of Congress and their staffs came on that day.

Donald Trump was charged with incitement of insurrection. For three days, House managers laid out a devastating case for conviction. Methodically…


Were you hoping, just for a couple of days there, that Republicans had finally burst out of their Trump trance? You know, when some of their Senators said they’d vote to convict on his impeachment by the House for inciting rioters to attack the Capitol? When even McConnell said Trump had gone too far? When it seemed that more than a few Republicans saw that dumping Trump might give their Party a shot at resurrection and re-invention.

Didn’t last long, did it.

The backtracking began when it became clear that Trump’s powerful political base and its agents in the Congress…


As the Biden Administration begins, many of us are pivoting from dread and outrage to… happiness. And it’s about a lot more than “Ding Dong, the wicked witch is dead!” isn’t it?

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Let’s see if I can hit some of the reasons.

I’m happy that after four years, a good and decent man is in the White House, a president with a lifelong record of integrity, compassion, and dedication to this country and its Constitution.

I find it a huge relief that the White House is no longer the national epicenter of corruption, lies, incompetence and venality. …


As the Biden Administration begins, many of us are pivoting from dread and outrage to… happiness. And it’s about a lot more than “Ding Dong, the wicked witch is dead!” isn’t it?

Let’s see if I can hit some of the reasons.

I’m happy that after four years, a good and decent man is in the White House, a president with a lifelong record of integrity, compassion, and dedication to this country and its Constitution.

I find it a huge relief that the White House is no longer the national epicenter of corruption, lies, incompetence and venality. …


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The Whole World Was Watching

As you digest the stunning events in Washington DC on January 6, consider this.

There are now more US troops in this nation’s capital than in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are massive iron and concrete barriers blocking approaches to the platform where the transfer of power will take place this week — they look like the protections around the American Embassy in Baghdad.

Because I served as a US Foreign Service Officer for many years, my thoughts immediately go to this nation’s allies, and enemies, abroad. How are they seeing all this? …


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#78 A Risk Too Damn Big to Take

Last Friday, after a Trump-inspired mob had occupied the Capitol, leaving five people dead and the nation’s reputation in tatters, a deeply worried House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to ask him about “available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”

We don’t know what Milley told her, but it couldn’t have been reassuring. …


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You don’t want to hear this right now but, after the mob attack on the US Capitol, I need to tell you something you need to think about.

The biggest danger this nation faces in the two weeks before Joseph Biden becomes president is that a deranged Donald Trump could start a nuclear war.

Nuclear weapons are something I know about. For three years I was a member of NATO’s Nuclear Planning Group (NPG), a super-secret team charged with planning nuclear strikes to combat a possible Soviet attack on Europe. I learned all the details of America’s nuclear arsenal and…


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The Cowards in Congress

Every four years, on January 6, Congress meets to confirm the people’s choice of the winner of the presidential election. This meeting has always been just a formality. It has never changed anything.

This year, however, a small group of die-hard Trump supporters in Congress, led by Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, and Representative Mo Brooks, have announced their intentions to object to Biden’s win in the Electoral College, using an 1887 law to mount their challenge.

Under that law, Congress must formally vote either to deny their objection, leaving the power to elect a…

John Graham

John Graham is an adventurer, a former Foreign Service Officer, a writer, speaker and political activist, and a leader of the Giraffe Heroes Project,

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