John Atcheson

John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections, tentatively titled, WTF America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back on Track, which will be released in the Spring.

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Friday, February 14, 2014
On Assessing Keystone XL: Set Wrong Standard, Get Wrong Answer
Recently, the White House reiterated that the test for approving the XL Pipeline was, “ … that this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution,” which is what the President said in his climate speech in June at Georgetown University.
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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Debunking the Conservative's Economic Boogeymen
Within the next few weeks, as the budget and deficit ceiling deadlines come closer, conservatives will start unleashing their five standard economic bogeymen so they can call for austerity budgets. Let’s examine their bogeymen, one by one. Bogeyman number 1: The deficit is exploding and needs to be reined in.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Let's Have a Grand Debate, Not a Grand Bargain
The clock is ticking down until the US engages in yet another round of budget blackmail. The first milestone hits on January 15 th 2014, when the continuing resolution runs out, and the second will hit in early February when we again rub up against the debt ceiling.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Gross Domestic Product, Indeed
From the beginning, we knew that Gross Domestic Product was not a good measure of real economic progress. Even it’s creator, Simon Kuznets, cautioned against using it as a gauge of welfare.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Beyond the Food Fight: What the Mainstream Media Is Missing in the Budget Battles
The mainstream media is missing the real issues when it comes to the serial budget brinksmanship being perpetrated by Republicans.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Extraction Extremism: Connecting the Dots on Global Warming
Back in the bad old days of the Bush Administration in the run-up to the Iraqi war, conservatives spoke a lot about “connecting the dots” by which they meant taking data points that seemed disparate and separate, and linking them into a larger narrative that made sense.
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Why Global Warming Will Be Far Worse, Far Sooner, Than Forecasts Predict
The International Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report on global warming – dubbed AR5 – is due out in 2014, but information is leaking out already, and once again, it is likely to be outdated on the day it’s released.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Manning and Snowden: Necessary Heroes
Most of the debate around Manning and Snowden focuses on what they did and whether they are heroes, traitors, or something in between. And that’s exactly the way our leaders want it.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Government Works Fine, Just Not For You
Recently, Bob Schieffer ripped into “Washington ineptitude.” Not long afterward, Ted Cruz wowed the crowd in Iowa with an extremist anti-government rant. And Rand Paul is trying to make bad-mouthing government the key to the White House.
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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Pundits, Politics, and Plutocracy
There’s a new axis of evil in town consisting of: 1) the uber rich and powerful; 2) the massive lobbying/think tank/media establishment they fund; and 3) the politicians they’ve bought – from both parties. We the people are the casualties.
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