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Sep 25, 2015
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http://www.thebulletin.org/content/doomsday-clock/timeline . http://www.thebulletin.org/content/doomsday-clock/overview . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_Clock . Tick-tock, tick-tock, & ever closer to Apocalypse we go edge... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Discourses
Man Carrying Thing The poem must resist the intelligence Almost successfully. Illustration: A brune figure in winter evening resists Identity. The thing he carries resists The most necessitous sense. Accept them, then, As secondary (parts not quite perceived Of the obvious whole, uncertain particles Of the certain solid, the primary... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Discourses
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We live, deaf to the land beneath us, Ten steps away no one hears our speeches, All we hear is the Kremlin mountaineer, The murderer and peasant-slayer. His fingers are fat as grubs And the words, final as lead weights, fall from his lips, His cockroach whiskers leer And his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Discourses
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(h/t to Defense & Freedom) Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Discourses
Парус Михаил Юрьевич Лермонтов Белеет парус одинокий В тумане моря голубом!.. Что ищет он в стране далекой? Что кинул он в краю родном?.. Играют волны - ветер свищет, И мачта гнется и скрыпит... Увы, - он счастия не ищет И не от счастия бежит! Под ним струя светлей лазури, Над... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Discourses
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Alle Bücher dieser Welt bringen Dir kein Glück, doch sie weisen dich geheim in dich selbst zurück. Dort ist alles, was du brauchst, Sonne, Sterne und Mond, denn das Licht, danach du frugst, in dir selber wohnt. Weisheit, die du lang gesucht in den Bücherein, leuchtet jetzt aus jedem Blatt... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at Discourses
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Milpub has a nice little post on military leadership: the moral one, that is. The authors cited a few examples. The March of the 10,000 Thermopylae Little Big Horn The Confederates at Petersburg The Lost Battalion of World War I Wainwright at Corregidor The U.S. Marines at the Chosin The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Discourses
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"People are the common denominator of progress. So, paucis verbis, no improvement is possible with unimproved people, and advance is certain when people are liberated and educated. It would be wrong to dismiss the importance of roads, railroads, power plants, mills, and the other familiar furniture of economic development. At... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Discourses
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Discourses
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"But I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom. Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks--no form of government can render us secure. To... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Discourses
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I recently had the rare fortune of reading a child's version of this novel by the American, Hermann Melville. The story goes a little like this: The captain of the Pequod, Ahab, is on the hunt for a whale that took his leg, a Dick named Moby. He is able... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Discourses
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I just love this piece written by a guest commentator at Sic Semper Tyrannis. Too bad I haven't his e-mailing address to seek permission to faithfully reproduce it here. So, Mr. Sidney O. Smith III, if you're readin' this, I sincerely ask that you forgive my insolence. "SUNRISE AT OMAHA"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Discourses
Chrysanthemum By W. Patrick Lang In April, 1927, China was in chaos. The 1912 revolution against the ancient imperial government had triumphed. It succeeded beyond the dreams of the insurgents. Dr. Sun Yat Sen was their leader in that revolt but he had not been able to create a unified... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Discourses
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Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo. Shovel them under and let me work— I am the grass; I cover all. And pile them high at Gettysburg. And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun. Shovel them under and let me work. Two years, ten years,and passengers ask the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Discourses
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"This space Buddha, also known as "iron man" to the researchers, is of unknown age, though the best estimates date the statue to sometime between the eighth and 10th centuries. The carving depicts a man, probably a Buddhist god, perched with his legs tucked in, holding something in his left... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Discourses
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists recently had thi... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at Discourses
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Typhoon tourism: One week in North Korea source Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Discourses
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The antics of an eccentric dog owner, at least us moderns (equally eccentric) only place dogs in prams[!] Postage from the former Kingsbill Islands. Headgear made with hide of porcupine Swerd of shark's dentition “Les armes ne sont pas seulement des outils de destruction, mais aussi de la perception des... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Discourses
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The Gringo who was more Chinese than the chink The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Discourses
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The only (earless) feline I liked when I was a kid... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at Discourses
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知彼知己,百戰不殆。 "One who knows the enemy and knows hims... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Discourses
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The "black" Republican Now twenty years have passed away, Since I here bid farewell To woods, and fields, and scenes of play And school-mates loved so well. Where many were, how few remain Of old familiar things! But seeing these to mind again The lost and absent brings. The friends... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at Discourses
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A shot of a celebrity. Well, you know who these girls are. But this guy? So many dudes have been telling me how I should add this to my library. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at Discourses
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Gauss outbreak as of August 2012 (Source: Symantec) Our concerned citoyenne, Fabius Maximus, posts several lectures by an "expert on security system design and implementation", Marcus J. Ranum, parsing cyberwar. I. The Battlefield II. The Logistical Train III. Synergies and Interference IV. The Best Defense is a Good Defense Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Discourses