The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

US Government Shutdown Continues

I haven’t had much to say about the United States government shutdown, as there’s very little to say beyond explaining that the Republicans, despite controlling every facet of government, were unable to come to an agreement that would allow funding bills to be passed and keep the government operating. Since December 22nd, federal government workers […]

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United States To Pull Troops From Syria

In an announcement that caught everyone off-guard, the Trump administration announced that the United States would be pulling its troops from the Syrian region. This was apparently done with no real consultation with the US’s allies or even Trump’s advisers — this is just something he decided to do. Derek Davison did a very good […]

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Former President George HW Bush Dies

Yet another Republican ghoul finally sheds his mortal coil, as it was announced that 41st President of the United States, George HW Bush, died. Also a former head of the CIA, Bush was responsible for ushering in the first Iraq War, the War on Drugs, and generally did pretty terrible things. He will, of course, […]

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National Climate Assessment Study Released

Released on Black Friday, as if to obscure the report’s release and ensure the smallest audience would be paying attention when it dropped, the Trump administration has released the National Climate Assessment Study (link). The report details that climate change will continue to increase violent weather events which, in turn, will deal significant damage to […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures Multiple Ribs In Fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was admitted to hospital yesterday, after injuring herself — and reportedly fracturing 3 ribs — in a fall which took place in her office. Ginsburg, who is 85, is somewhat of a favourite of the overly online liberal contingent, elevating her profile as a pop culture figure for some […]

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Jeff Sessions Fired As US Attorney General

For roughly a year, the possibility of Donald Trump firing Jeff Sessions has been raised but never panned out — and subsequently got buried in the endless deluge of Trump-related news. Today, that possibility came to fruition as the President announced he had asked Sessions for his resignation. No further details were provided by Trump, […]

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President Alzheimer & NAFTA – Vol. 2

While I personally felt it was unlikely a deal would be struck in the short window allocated for negotiations, it was finally announced yesterday that the United States and Canada had failed to come to an agreement on amendments to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The United States had reached a preliminary agreement […]

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President Alzheimer & NAFTA

Yesterday, after weeks of speculation, Donald Trump announced that a deal had been made with Mexico, regarding the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. After spending the last 18 months lobbing tariffs and insults at both Canada and Mexico, the United States left Canada to stew in their own juices and negotiated […]

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John McCain Is Dead

Last night, news broke that long-serving US Senator John McCain had died. The senator had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour, but ultimately opted to cease treatment and let the disease run its course. In light of his passing, this has triggered the dubious urge to immediately lionise the man — in spite of […]

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Michael Cohen Accepts Plea Deal

Making today a rather eventful one for those following the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, entered a guilty plea in a New York court today. The salient details are as follows, courtesy of Global News: Cohen, 51, appearing in federal court in Manhattan, […]

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