Amidst the ongoing debates about the U.S. 2016 elections, the most plausible explanation comes to us from a Greek OR/MS analyst who started off looking at medical research. As often happens, truth is stranger than fiction, and powerful insights tend to emerge from seemingly unrelated lines of thinking. Several years ago, Dimitris Vayenas’ father was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as the disease that killed baseball great Lou Gehrig. Since the disease is highly heritable, this implied that Vayenas himself had about a one-in-six chance of developing it.
With the campaign two months behind us and the inauguration of Donald Trump two days away, isn’t it time to put the 2016 U.S. presidential election to bed and focus on issues that have yet to be decided? Of course not.
Russia has a plan to take over Central and Eastern Europe, only this time by buying it rather than overrunning it.
Russia’s recent move to a more assertive foreign policy has more and more analysts trying to guess its intentions and how the Western world can respond. Russia’s military push into Georgia, the advance of rebels presumably backed by Russia in the Crimea, Russia’s possible involvement in the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails and generally bolder statements in foreign policy indicate that there are reasons for concern. But there is broad disagreement about what Russia’s objectives and plans really are.
For the past several months, I have spent hours staring at my screen, reading anything I can get my hands on that might help me get a sense of what might happen during the elections on Nov. 8. Since I live in Oakland, Calif., the heart of the uber-liberal bubble that is the San Francisco Bay Area, I am constantly searching for truly fair and balanced perspectives about what is really going on across the rest of the country, especially with regards to this year’s presidential election.