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Greg Sanders
Interests: international relations, long term trends, china, technology, comics, gaming, sci-fi, anime
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My father, Harry Sanders, passed away seven years. As those that know my family are aware, he was a key advocate from the start, three decades ago, for the Maryland Purple Line, a light rail line connecting Bethesda, Silver Spring,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Greg Sanders
Today appears to be a great loss, one with longstanding implications across many fronts. While some of the victories we’ve one will hold, it appears now that what I held to be the greatest domestic policy accomplishment of my life... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Greg Sanders
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We have last saw unusual puppetry at UMD's Clarice Smith Performing Art center before in 2013. That year we saw the Table in which a Bunraku-style Moses puppet performed an extended one man (and three puppeteer) extended monologue that was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at Greg Sanders
So I'm slowly getting more rigorous about house searching. Two of our biggest criteria are transit accessibility and minimizing my wife's automotive commute time. BRT should help on the latter, but that's at least a decade away. However, in my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at Greg Sanders
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As always, speaking for myself and not my employer. I'll start with an in-depth discussion of competing nuclear strategies for the United States. Project Atom: A Competitive Strategies Approach to Defining U.S. Nuclear Strategy and Posture for 2025-2050 Clark Murdoch... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Greg Sanders
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I recently saw a horror play that, with the exception of an amazing entrance and particularly clever scene or two, didn't do that much for me. That's just a matter of taste; when I want to be made uncomfortable and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Greg Sanders
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Bedeviled by deadlines and anxiously seeking to persuade a Governor who seems deaf to the appeals of even the business community, travel blogging has long been on hiatus. A year ago today, we had already been in Kyoto a few... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Greg Sanders
Two weekends ago we saw Passion Play at the Forum Theater. We rather enjoyed it, but we'll keep the review brief as we didn't write it up in time; it went off tonight. Still, the Forum Theatre once again delivered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Greg Sanders
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Our dinner of noodle dishes, tempura, and oyakodon refreshed us sufficiently to venture back out onto the streets of Dotonbori. The last post described the center of Dotonbori as resembling New York's Time Square, with a river, although it would... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Greg Sanders
Speaking for myself and not my employer. Over the past years, starting with the war in Iraq and amplified by the failures of the Arab Uprising, I'm increasingly uncomfortable with the underlying strategic logic of U.S. engagement in the Middle... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Greg Sanders
The news earlier this month was not promising for the Purple Line. Incoming Gov. Hogan is skeptical of mass transit, favoring road projects. As David Albert discussed months ago, the governor of Maryland does have significant budgetary powers and could... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Greg Sanders
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Autumn has been a continuous stream of activity and events, so perhaps it's appropriate that the travelogue was suspended in Osaka's famously busy downtown. All of the travelers united there and took a walk recommended by Moti's Lonely Planet guide... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Greg Sanders
How did we end up here, with Presidential action on immigration? Matt Yglesias lays it out: the Republican Congress has adopted a policy of rejecting compromise solutions even if it results in policies that they hate: On Election Night, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Greg Sanders
Still speaking for myself. The Maryland Democratic Party was humbled on Tuesday. Governor-Elect Hogan managed to get a substantial victory, performing well across the state. This wasn't just a matter of the general Republican wave, as Brian Frosh is now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Greg Sanders
Tonight was one of widespread losses, including one near and dear to my heart. The consequences will be felt for some time to come. However, I do still believe in my state and my country. Politics involves many setbacks, often... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Greg Sanders
I hope all U.S. citizens vote tomorrow. I recommend Vote411.org as a way to help you get information about your polling place and learn the candidates' stands on the issues. One race particularly important to me this year is Maryland's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Greg Sanders
Coming off a bundle of deadlines, I got to relax some this weekend. I finished the last book of Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy and l found it a fitting coda. It particularly benefited from having a nice mix of perspectives.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Greg Sanders
Both the Legend of Korra and the predecessor series The Last Airbender both are very much based in a fantastical world but take inspiration from a variety of actual Asian cultures and history, among others (e.g the Water Tribe draws... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Greg Sanders
We are likely now approaching the end-game of this round of protests in Hong Kong. The latest news involved attacks by thugs on the protestors, which should be highly reminiscent for those that followed the protests in Tahrir Square. As... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Greg Sanders
I read a fair number of skeptics of massive online university systems, and they tend to be emphasize that the personal attention and labor of teaching cannot easily be automated. Most of us aren't autodidacts which is why public libraries... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Greg Sanders
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Greg Sanders
A Transylvanian named Attila Ambrus makes a daring escape from Ceaușescu's totalitarian Romania to try to make his luck in Hungary. Unfortunately, being a third rank goalie for a middling hockey club doesn't really pay the bills, especially as the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Greg Sanders
As ever, speaking strictly for myself and not my organization. I was deeply troubled by news in the Washington Post today. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who served under Obama until last year, became the latest high-profile skeptic on Thursday,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Greg Sanders
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When the rest of the group went off to try tracking down the Transportation and Human Rights museums, Francis and I were taking our normal leisurely pace through the rest of the Living Museum, and we decided to branch off... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Greg Sanders
They won, so we're pleased about that. It did break our streak of every game this year having at least one team get ten runs or more. But that's okay, as two of the four times, that team wasn't the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Greg Sanders