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Archive for January, 2018

According to Barack Obama — then-president of the United States, “speaking… truth to power” in his own small way — Americans “have by no means overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow and colonialism and racism” [1]. Moreover, “those who are not subject to racism,” or people of no color, “can sometimes have blind […]

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Honesty in politics

Amy B. Wang of The Washington Post [1] is calling on experts to answer an important and timely question: was Abraham Lincoln a “paragon of honesty,” or was he rather a “shrewd politician who was not above stretching the truth”? “Lincoln was certainly essentially honest,” but he was also “a consummate politician,” according to Pulitzer […]

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Sneak attack

The war that we have carefully for years provoked Catches us unprepared, amazed and indignant. Robinson Jeffers Not long ago, Americans commemorated the seventy-fifth anniversary of a totally unexpected Japanese surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. Former US president and World War II naval aviator George H. W. Bush presents one […]

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America’s latest fighter plane, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, is an “exceptional” aircraft, according to Todd Miller at The Aviationist [1]. And yet, despite its evident “sophistication” and “unique capabilities,” “many continue to question the performance and value” of the $400,000,000,000 project. Some people, apparently, some idiots, just “do not grasp the war the […]

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A moment of candor for corporate woman

The marriage woes of modern woman, courtesy of NPR [1]: When I first met him, it was undeniably a passionate love affair. […] He’s seven years older than I am, and we met at work, where his power and seniority at the office was insanely attractive to me. So far, so good. But the very […]

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VICE News [1] reports a poster-based hate-speech crisis developing in Canada, where absolute tolerance and total diversity have proven surprisingly elusive: Edmonton residents woke up Monday to posters […] that heralded white identity and encouraged people “tired of anti-white propaganda” to check out websites linked to the so-called “alt-right” movement. […] In Hamilton, Ontario, flyers […]

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The deconstruction of Rome

Celebrity classicist Mary Beard lashes out in The Sunday Times [1] against certain irresponsible interpretations of the fall of the western Roman empire; specifically, “the idea that it was caused by ‘immigration’ and so acts as a terrible warning against modern immigration is not just bunkum, but dangerous bunkum.” Academic historians “know a lot,” you […]

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Waves of confusion

A world in turmoil! “Waves of nationalist sentiment are reshaping the politics of Western democracies in unexpected ways,” according to Nature News [1]: “nationalist parties are rising in popularity across Europe,” parts of the United States are becoming “more politically extreme,” and researchers are “baffled.” The Nazis [I was wondering when they were going to […]

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Data-driven social science

The course of history is being diverted, according to the latest research by top political scientists, as reported by The New York Times [1]. The experts, having “gathered and crunched” the relevant “data” and run it through “a three-factor formula” of their own design, have computed that “democracies are not as secure as people may […]

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Anna Kendrick dating tips

Transitioning as gracefully as possible, which is not very, from John Stuart Mill on barbarism to Anna Kendrick (qt6.28) on dating in Scrappy Little Nobody [1]: Something amazing happened to me when I hit my mid-twenties. I don’t know how it happened — I didn’t even notice it at first — but I stopped liking […]

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