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9/11/22: Less Free & (Still) Totally Broke

A repost from last year as the nation commemorates another ill-named “Patriot” Day It Was Just Yesterday It hardly seems possible that 21 years have elapsed since the 9/11 attacks.  Many things have changed.  New career paths, the loss of family and friends, a strengthened faith (hopefully!) are just some of the changes that I …

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A Dangerous Mission Creep

Still a Grinding, Deadly Slaughter The war in Ukraine continues to grind on producing a slow rolling slaughter of mostly innocent, powerless civilians.  Russia has slowly enveloped the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine and continues to take control of more territory slowly but relentlessly.  Additionally, Russia is making gains along the southern coast of Ukraine …

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The Memorial Day Myth 2022

My annual Memorial Day post: Another start to summer [although, of a very different sort], another long weekend and another round of military worshipping mythology.  Memorial Day is all about honoring America’s fallen soldiers, who we are told, died for our freedoms.  I have discussed the erroneous nature of this history previously. At the moment …

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The War Prayer

The following was written by Mark Twain around 1904-05.  It was written in response to the brutal war of suppression that the United States fought against the Philippines after lying to them about granting them independence in return for Pilipino support for the U.S. during the Spanish-American War of 1898, which represented the U.S. entry …

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Dangerous Math

The Nature of Provocation Last week I discussed the world’s oldest equation.  In that same spirit of mathematics I wish to discuss some very dangerous math, as in the math between two armed camps.  Almost everyone in the west, certainly in the United States, takes it for granted that the U.S. is a “force for …

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