Toxic Talk with DeSmogBlog's Jim Hoggan

Los Angeles smog, September 2006. (Photo by Ben Amstutz, Flickr CC 2.0)

By Kristin Miller | April 28, 2017 | Environment

Jim Hoggan has 30 years of PR experience and a passionate interest in global warming. Founder of DeSmogBlog, he’s been working for years to make the world sit up and take notice of the dangers of climate change, and to counter industry propaganda. During that time he’s found the public sphere increasingly “polluted” with toxic discourse — which led Hoggan to seek a way through the verbal smog, interviewing experts at communication from psychologists to the Dalai Lama. The result is I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up. Kristin ... Read More

100 Days and Counting

Anti-Trump protesters taking a rest in Whitehall during the London march against Trump's immigration ban. (Photo by Alisdare Hickson/ flickr CC 2.0)

By Gara LaMarche | April 28, 2017 | Activism

If you had asked almost anyone on November 9, or even January 20, if by the end of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office the Affordable Care Act would remain intact, his pernicious attacks on immigrants and refugees would be largely stalled by a combination of judicial action and public outrage, and that he and the Republican Congress would have less to show for their unified control of American government than any first hundred days of a new government since FDR, or perhaps ever, I would have found it hard to believe. Read More

Forget Andrew Jackson.The Right Thinks Trump Is Calvin Coolidge!


By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship | April 28, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Republican Calvin Coolidge, who in 1923 ascended to the presidency following the death of the corrupt and dunderheaded Warren Harding, was a man of few words. But some of the most famous of the few were, “The chief business of the American people is business.” Donald Trump, on the other hand, is often a man of many words, but rarely do they fit together to make a coherent sentence or complete thought. And we know for sure that he, too, believes the chief business of America is business, especially when it’s his business. Oh, and Jared and Ivanka’s, whose junkets on ... Read More