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Greg Sanders
Interests: international relations, long term trends, china, technology, comics, gaming, sci-fi, anime
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T his is my third book by renowned Japanese author Haruki Murakami. It’s an intimate tale of three people. Sumire is a college dropout and aspiring writer whose first love is Miu. It’s “an intense love, a veritable torando sweeping... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2022 at Greg Sanders
The Maryland primary is tomorrow and while I know many of my friends have voted early, apparently only 3% of voters have done so. So if you haven’t voted, haven’t completely decided, and find value in my opinions, here’s my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2022 at Greg Sanders
This premier play at the Studio Theater in DC is a tale of an honors English class in a one-stoplight town in Georgia grappling with the Me Too movement and countercharges of witch hunts in the Spring of 2018. If... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2022 at Greg Sanders
I watched Encanto a few months back and enjoyed it. While ultimately a kids’ film it offered a setting (Colombia), family arrangement (multi-generational and multi-sibling), and protagonist (not the talented one) that were all different from many of the stories... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at Greg Sanders
I’ll be attending a rally at Astrolab brewing tonight for Councilmember Hans Riemer to celebrate his endorsement for Montgomery County executive by former Governor Glendening. The event starts in an hour from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at Astrolab brewing in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2022 at Greg Sanders
A classic in Japan that is remarkably popular for its bleakness. The protagonist, we learn in the first chapter, has gone missing. We then pick up on his travels to an isolated village, driven by his hypothesis that it is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2021 at Greg Sanders
From my youth I’ve been a Star Trek fan. Core to the appeal to me is the vision of a hopeful future, one with dilemmas and danger but no longer a prisoner to scarcity. The appeal has not faded since... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2021 at Greg Sanders
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I did not predict Afghanistan’s rapid fall to the Taliban. I had hopes that money without troops might give a fighting chance but sadly pessimistic takes were borne out. I knew many of the factors that drove it, but underestimated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2021 at Greg Sanders
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At the end of the trip last week, I’d ask asked my companions what stood out for them in Hooligans and Convicts. Inspiring was the term they’d most often used to describe the play. One standout was a scene describing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2021 at Greg Sanders
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Tonight we went to see Hooligans and Convicts at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. It’s a musical play commissioned by the theater for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, with the debut delayed one more year due to the pandemic. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2021 at Greg Sanders
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With the closure of Bagram Air Force base, the U.S. departure from Afghanistan is picking up speed. My read had been that this is a top focus for the Biden administration, in particular driving the selection of Sec. Austin as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at Greg Sanders
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With the closure of Bagram Air Force base, the U.S. departure from Afghanistan is picking up speed. My read had been that this is a top focus for the Biden administration, in particular driving the selection of Sec. Austin as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at Greg Sanders
This December, as part of CSIS’s National Security Bad Ideas series, I critiqued Adm. Mullen’s argument that “the most significant threat to our national security is our debt.” The core of my argument is that in recent decades, persistent low... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2021 at Greg Sanders
I went to bed around 1 am last night, at which point it had been clear for a few hours that we would not have a result on election night. Biden already has a commanding popular vote lead but key... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at Greg Sanders
My mail in ballot arrived last week, which means my post on local election stuff is overdue. First off, if you want more information check out the League of Women Voter’s guide at vote411.org for arguments for and against each... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Greg Sanders
When my field of defense acquisition comes up in present national debates about equality, it tends to be in terms of resources/national priorities or spillover effects and police equipment (see Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop or Spencer Ackerman’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at Greg Sanders
The story begins with Gloria’s life in New York falling apart, for reasons we can quickly pick up. Her journey back back home is a fall from grace but perhaps a new start, but that’s complicated by a strange connection... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2020 at Greg Sanders
As a general rule, I recommend going to check out Vote411.org/Maryland, the League of Women Voters sends surveys to all the candidates asking about key issues pertinent to their position. They don’t endorse, they just pass on the answers. For... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at Greg Sanders
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While each series has its flaws, I’m more positive than many on the present range of Star Trek television stories. I was similarly pleased with Picard. It is at times darker than one expects of Trek, but I think Abigail... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Greg Sanders
Together with my spouse, we’ve been watching through the collective opus of Makoto Shinkai, whose films Your Name and Weathering with You received theatrical releases in the United States. Shinkai has a hard-earned auteur standing, in part due to some... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Greg Sanders
Thanks in large part to the Disney corporation, public domain is largely closed off. Much of blockbuster culture is either some franchise or inspired by source material prior to 1923. We’ve also seen a rise of fan culture, enabled by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2019 at Greg Sanders
I’m happy to do my best to help friends find candidates, including different candidates than my favorites. I’m primarily focusing on my home county of Montgomery, though many of the resources work for other parts of Maryland or even D.C.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Greg Sanders
For those that haven’t early voted: Resources for the election. Let me specifically recommend the non-partisan Vote411.org for candidate surveys and local news source Bethesda Beat Election Guide. County Executive picks (I lean Leventhal) County Council picks General Assembly D20... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Greg Sanders
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For those that haven’t early voted: Resources for the election. Let me specifically recommend the non-partisan Vote411.org for candidate surveys and local news source Bethesda Beat Election Guide. County Executive picks (I lean Leventhal) County Council At-Large This is where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Greg Sanders
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For those of you that haven’t early voted. Here’s my link to resources for the election. Let me specifically recommend the non-partisan Vote411.org for candidate surveys and local news source Bethesda Beat Election Guide. I’m planning to do a County... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at Greg Sanders