Responses to the Iran Deal

A Point-by-Point Response to the Iran Deal’s Critics

What’s In the Iran Deal?

The Single Most Important Question to Ask About the Nuclear Deal With Iran

Why Republicans Are So Mad About Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

I have been reading a lot of articles about the Iran deal this morning.  Over at The Atlantic alone, a magazine that has a reputation for serious writing and features different political stripes, there are four detailed articles that take a number of stances about the deal, though they come down overall on the side of being favorable of the deal, if cautiously so.  Above are links to the four Atlantic articles.  The third, the one that is most skeptical of the deal, is by Jeffrey Goldberg.  I will admit that I am no fan of Goldberg, as I feel he too often totes the Israeli line.  However, I do think he is an intellectual that is at least coming to the table with serious intent.  I find that when trying to parse what is going on, it is best to try and read a bunch of information, weigh out different opinions, and decide for yourself.  It’s always worth reading people that are on the opposite end of an issue, as long as they seem to be coming to the debate honestly.  However, as always, read, weigh the various facts against each other, think, and decide for yourself.  I personally am in favor of the deal at this point as it seems the best option based on what I have read.  If you know history, even presidents that I would not view favorably overall, such as Reagan and Nixon, negotiated with countries that we were at odds with, and ended up with better outcomes than would have been seen with force.  I think today is a day for celebration, if cautiously so.  However, I acknowledge that I am basing this opinion on my world view, along with the various things I have read today and over the last year as this deal was worked on.  Don’t take my word for it.  Get outside of your propaganda zone and do the heavy lifting yourself.

Over at Rolling Stone – Divesting in Big Carbon and Roy Bittan Interview

Read two interesting articles this morning over at Rolling Stone Magazine

Why We Have to Kiss Off Big Carbon

Above  is an article over at Rolling Stone that is about why it makes environmental and economic sense to divest in companies that contributing to climate change.

Here below is an article that is an interview with E Street band keyboardist Roy Bittan.  For all of the years that I have listened to the E Street Band, I don’t think I have read more than thee or four Roy Bittan interviews.  I’ve always loved the way he played piano.  Interview:

Roy Bittan Looks Back On 40 Years in the E Street Band

Over Half of U.S. School Kids Live in Poverty

Over Half of U.S. School Kids Live In Poverty

I just saw the above article over at Huffpo.  My senses were shocked, but I am not surprised.  Please remember that this is not because we are lacking sufficient wealth.  This is because we have allowed income disparity to reach ridiculous levels.  We also prioritize so many of the wrong things, like military might that far exceeds any sense of reality.  How can we let some people live like feudal lords, while so many children live in poverty?  It makes no sense.  It lacks all common decency.  I remember on the Daily Show when, in one of the bits, they mentioned that income inequality was higher here, between white and black people at least, than it was in Apartheid South Africa.  That is why for the rest of my life, and even if I was to die and be reincarnated several times over, I could never support the GOP.  I’m not saying Democrats don’t have their own issues, but the GOP seems to carry on as if this is not a part of an ever present reality for so many Americans.  It’s a flag, not a blindfold.

Boxing’s Oldest and Most Cunning Champion

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Bernard Hopkins, Boxings Oldest – and Most Cunning Champion

This was a fun read this morning.  The article is about Bernard Hopkins, who is a light-heavyweight boxing champion at age…49!  He also talks a great game and is a highly entertaining character.  I don’t even follow boxing and I found myself reading the whole article.  A sample:

“‘We gotta discredit him.  Do he drink?  He don’t drink.  Do he run with whores?  He don’t.  He lives clean.  He don’t party.  He don’t use drugs.  Who cooks his food?  He cooks his own food?  He stands in line at Whole Foods with everybody else.’  So they try to find guys to beat me, and I beat them, and I get rich.  They become part of my discipline.”  Then he was off on another of his regular topics:  the conspiratorial failure of Whole Foods, Nike and other corporations to make a “poster boy” of him, a bad boy who became a good citizen and the most potently healthy-living middle-aged man imaginable.  How come the marketers, who ate up George Foreman’s fuzzy-bunny routine and Lance Armstrong’s lies, aren’t lining up to pay for the celebrity-pitchman services of an outspoken Sunni ex-con who abjures alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, processed grains, tap water, performance-enhancing drugs, weakness and just about everything else other than winning fights and making money?  This grievance is part of the eternal dram of Bernard Hopkins, a renewable energy source that helps keep him going strong in and out of the ring.  

Q Magazine World Peace is None of Your Business Review

http://www.morrissey-solo.com/content/1894-World-Peace-review-by-Victoria-Segal-in-Q-Magazine-(4-5-stars-Aug-2014)

As anyone that reads this blog will know, I am incredibly excited for the new Morrissey record, especially after hearing the tracks that have been released.  All the reviews I have read for the album have been 4 our of 5 stars and one was 8 out of 10.  For those of you that are fans like me, here is a link to the Q Magazine review.  For those of you that not, you should be!  It’s almost here.