Im-Politic: A World Trade Organization Pull-Out Proposal that Falls Sadly Short

I can barely describe how much I wanted to like Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s May 6 op-ed piece in The New York Times calling for a U.S. withdrawal from the World Trade Organization (WTO). That’s why I can also barely describe the growing disappointment I felt as I read through it.  At best, it deserves only an “A for effort” grade.

First, let’s give Hawley (considerable) credit where it’s due. As I’ve been arguing since it went into business at the start of 1995, and in fact was predicting during the national debate preceding Congress’ approval of the idea the fall before, the WTO has gravely harmed crucial American economic interests. (This recent post briefy summarizes my views.)

Let’s also give The Times op-ed page credit for running an article that’s even more strongly opposed to the pre-Trump U.S. trade policy status quo than President Trump has been –

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The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog

Picture courtesy of Art Taylor on Facebook

The Ellery
Queen Mystery Magazine: May/June 20
 issue not only features stories from several SMFS
members as previously announced,
it also contains the announcement of the 2019 EQMM Readers Award. This year, ten of the eleven recognized authors are SMFS list members. Our SMFS list members and their
placement in the 2019 Ellery Queen Readers Award poll are as follows:
1st Place—David Dean
with “The Duelist” in the May/June 2019 issue.
2nd Place—Paul D. Marks with “Fadeout on Bunker Hill” in
the March/April 2019 issue.
Place—G. M. Malliet with “Whiteout” in
the January/February 2019 issue (tie with nonmember).

4rth Place—David Dean with “Snow Boy” in the January/February

6th Place—Art
Taylor with “Better Days”  in the the May/June
issue and Trey Dowell with “Heat” 
 in the July/August  2019 issue (tie).

7th Place—Michael Bracken

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Watch: Animated Short Film ‘The Ostrich Politic’ Has Something to Say

Watch: Animated Short Film ‘The Ostrich Politic’ Has Something to Say

by Alex Billington
November 22, 2018
Source: YouTube

“An overflow of doubt became a burden on their back.” This is a short film that is beautifully made and just as powerful in getting a message across. The Ostrich Politic is an outstanding animated short directed by filmmaker Mohamad Houhou, about a world made up of ostriches, with a society and culture just like our own. The story is about how they are unable to deal with change, visualized by the ostriches and the way they bury their head when ther’re afraid. If that isn’t a clear reference for what’s happening with humanity, then I don’t know what is. But the honest storytelling, and impressive animation to go along with it, makes this so soothing and persuasive. Featuring narration by Kester Lovelace & Fabrice Ziolkowski. Enjoy.

Ostrich Politic Short Film

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