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Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – May 22, 2022


  1. NR

    Australia’s right-wing government has been voted out after a decade in power and will likely be followed by a coalition that is looking to (among other things) address climate change.

    Let’s hope this is indicative of a worldwide trend.

  2. someofparts

    I am hoping this will help Julian Assange.

  3. Chuck Mire

    Nothing will change in America as long as we, as a nation, continue our obsessive love affair with guns. I’m not speaking about hunting (rifles & shotguns); I’m speaking about weapons of war. As a nation, we are guilty of “magical thinking” – doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. This was dramatically illustrated with this tweet and Web site, respectively, with body bags laid out to spell “THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS”, each body bag representing 150+ lives lost since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida:

    Here are the U.S. mass shooting statistics from 1982 to 2022 that is continuously updated:

  4. Mark Pontin

    NR: *Let’s hope this is indicative of a worldwide trend.*

    Not if the Evil Empire can do anything about it.

    I’ve just read a long piece that Tony Wikrent’s Sunday roundup of links features, ‘Who is leading the United States to war?,’ which I recommend but that is sobering.

  5. Chuck Mire

    No Way To Prevent This”, Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens:

    (A satirical take on my previous post)

    SAN BERNARDINO, CA—In the hours following a violent rampage in southern California in which two attackers killed 14 individuals and seriously injured 17 others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Wednesday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said Michigan resident Emily Harrington, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep these individuals from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what they really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past six and a half years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”

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