PARIS -- When psychiatric patients are admitted to the hospital in hysteria, they're often placed in solitary confinement -- the proverbial "padded cell." Their exposure to external stimuli is tightly regulated. Supposedly, it gives them a sense of safety and reassurance that no harm can come to them while they're in there. It also minimizes ...Read more
PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron and his right-hand man, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, have a good cop/bad cop act going on here. Word leaks to the media that Macron is erring on the side of freedom with respect to some potential future measure to tighten the screws on the current quarantine. Then, in a national address, Philippe ...Read more
PARIS -- Greetings, fellow quarantined, from the exclusion zone previously known as France!
It would be interesting to hear governments explain why the flu has never justified the kind of freedom-killing measures that are taking hold around the world. The coronavirus has killed far fewer people than the conventional flu kills each year. The <...Read more
PARIS -- As of this writing, there have been 1,412 confirmed cases of the coronavirus here in France, and 30 people have died from it. In a country where it's customary to spend the first several minutes of each workday air-kissing the cheeks of your colleagues, it's a miracle this virus hasn't KO'd even more people. One reason it hasn't could ...Read more
PARIS -- On Sept., 20, 2001, shortly after 15 Saudi Arabian nationals and four other Middle Eastern terrorists had committed their now-infamous acts of mass murder on U.S. soil, then-President George W. Bush announced the beginning of the War on Terror. At the time, Bush said of the Taliban in Afghanistan harboring 9/11 mastermind Osama bin ...Read more
PARIS -- If the U.K. allows Chinese multinational Huawei to participate in building a new-generation cellular communications network, the CIA is going to take its ball and go home. That's the message Mick Mulvaney, U.S. President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff, delivered in a speech at the ...Read more
PARIS -- Why do Washington, D.C., politics seem like an endless episode of a Wile E. Coyote/Roadrunner cartoon, each party obsessed with bashing the other on a daily basis? Are you already sick of hearing about the U.S. presidential election? Do you have to strain to remember a time when there wasn't a presidential campaign going on?
You're not...Read more
PARIS -- In case you were wondering why you should hide under the covers these days (aside from the coronavirus), the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center has just released a report itemizing the top threats facing the country.
The first question we should be asking is why such a report is published at all. One shouldn't ...Read more
PARIS -- The best thing about Trump's impeachment trial is that the Democrats' complaining about Trump has drowned out their usual whining about problems that exist only in their own minds and in those of their brainwashed supporters. But as the Senate impeachment trial wraps up with a fizzle -- because the incompetent Democrats in charge of the...Read more
PARIS -- U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment is hard to explain to the French. They never understood why lying about consensual inter-office adultery was grounds for impeaching former President Bill Clinton. The French find sex interesting but professionally irrelevant, and lying about it when asked is considered perfectly normal, since ...Read more
PARIS -- After the U.S. military's assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the rounds on TV news shows. The perma-smirk on his face seemed oddly out of place considering that perhaps the only thing preventing the outbreak of a bloody war was Iranian restraint in its ...Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- U.S. President Donald Trump just admitted in a Fox News interview that his decision to send U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia was a fiscal one.
"Saudi Arabia is paying us for [our troops]." Trump said. "I said, listen, you're a very rich country. You want more troops? I'm going to send them to you, but you've got to pay...Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- U.S. President Donald Trump kicked off 2020 by authorizing the assassination of a powerful Iranian general on Iraqi soil, where America still has a military presence. Trump then threatened sanctions against Iraq if it followed through on a parliamentary resolution to expel U.S. troops.
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