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Thinking Aloud: American Fireworks, Cold-War Style

July 4, 2015 by Darius 

If you’re American, there’s a good chance you’ll see some fireworks this weekend as part of Independence Day celebrations.  Half a century ago, though, the US military put on a fireworks display that will probably never be surpassed. 137 more words

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Never forget the—ehhh who am I kidding, I forgot

One of the things that I keep forgetting to do is to get the ink in my printer refilled.

This is *really* ironic because not only am I smack dab in the middle of a draft, there’s another project in the back of my head that basically requires working printer ink and glossy paper. 134 more words


been thinking about empathy

Reading a Ludlum novel and pondering a metaphor…


Thinking Aloud: Darius's Rules of International Engagement, #5

July 3, 2015 by Darius 

Here’s my fifth rule: international politics is not always about big ideas; it often reflects highly specific personal politics.

Nixon and Kissinger, for example, backed Pakistan over India, not entirely because of some sort of grand strategy but because they thought Indira Gandhi was a bitch (Nixon’s word) while Pakistan’s whiskey-swilling general was a genial dolt they could deal with.  376 more words

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Thinking Aloud: The Last Civil Rights Frontier?

July 2, 2015 by Darius 

According to a 2012 poll profiled in The New York Times recently, more than 90% of Americans would be willing to vote for a black, female, Catholic, or Jewish president.  184 more words

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So Much Good Reading, So Little Time

One of the keenest problems in a comfortable life, that. So much great stuff that I would love to read, and such a short life. So many beautiful pages of literary jewels and deliriously fun junk, paper and zine, novel and blog, that I would happily devour, if only there weren’t so much other Stuff to be done in the finite hours of the day. 307 more words

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Thinking Aloud: "The Rook"

July 1, 2015 by Darius 

If Robert Ludlam’s The Bourne Identity and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series somehow had a child, it might be something like… 244 more words

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