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The John Batchelor Show is a breaking-news program that focusses on global politics, economics, war-fighting, hard sciences, space exploration, literature and whimsy. Four hours a night, seven days a week; most rigorous news analysis in the New World; followed daily in 192 countries.

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The John Batchelor Show is a breaking-news program that focusses on global politics, economics, war-fighting, hard sciences, space exploration, literature and whimsy. Four hours a night, seven days a week; most rigorous news analysis in the New World; followed daily in 192 countries.

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The best podcast available for variety of subjects. A very well read and knowledgeable host.

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The best podcast available for variety of subjects. A very well read and knowledgeable host.

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The John Batchelor Show is a breaking-news program that focusses on global politics, economics, war-fighting, hard sciences, space exploration, literature and whimsy. Four hours a night, seven days a week; most rigorous news analysis in the New World; followed daily in 192 countries.

Best of @RichardAEpstein 2017: 1 of 2: Single-payer Blues.

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Best of @RichardAEpstein 2017: 1 of 2: Single-payer Blues.

http://www.hoover.org/research/single-payer-siren

The United States is facing another crisis in organizing its health care system. It is clear that the private exchanges concocted under the Obama administration are failing at a record rate for the simple reason that they violate all known sound principles of insurance. The planners who put these programs together unwisely thought that universal coverage would overcome the standard insurance problems of adverse selection and moral hazard. But that didn’t happen. The failure of the Affordable Care Act was predictable before the ink was dry on the page. But now that the results are in, there are all too many people who think that the cure for excessive government regulation is the complete takeover of the health care market, here in the form of a single-payer system. They couldn’t be more wrong . .

Dec 01 2019

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Neoskepticism is the new new: 1 of 2: Paul C. Stern @ScienceMagazine

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Neoskepticism is the new new: 1 of 2: Paul C. Stern @ScienceMagazine

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6300/653.full

“Opponents of policies to limit anthropogenic climate change (ACC) have offered a changing set of arguments—denying or questioning ACC's existence, magnitude, and rate of progress, the risks it presents, the integrity of climate scientists, and the value of mitigation efforts (1). Similar arguments have characterized environmental risk debates concerning arsenical insecticides in the late 1800s (2), phosphates in detergents in the 1960s (3), and the pesticide DDT in the 1960s and '70s (4). Typically, defenders of business as usual first question the scientific evidence that risks exist; then, they question the magnitude of the risks and assert that reducing them has more costs than benefits. A parallel rhetorical shift away from outright skepticism (5–7) led us to identify “neoskepticism” as a new incarnation of opposition to major efforts to limit ACC (8). This shift heightens the need for science to inform decision making under uncertainty and to improve communication and education.”

Nov 27 2019

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1/1 Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, by Justin Martin

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Image: Portrait of Frederick Law Olmsted. Public domain.. Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted; Justin Martin (Author), Richard Ferrone (Narrator), Audible Studios (Publisher). Audible Audiobook – Unabridgedhttps://www.amazon.com/Genius-Place-Life-Frederick-Olmsted/dp/B00IIWT6LQ/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1573356596&sr=1-1Frederick Law Olmsted is arguably the most important historical figure that the average American knows the least about. Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York's Central Park to Boston's Emerald Necklace to Stanford University's campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. This momentous career was shadowed by a tragic personal life, also fully portrayed here.        Most of all, he was a social reformer. He didn't simply create places that were beautiful in the abstract. An awesome and timeless intent stands behind Olmsted's designs, allowing his work to survive to the present day. With our urgent need to revitalize cities and a widespread yearning for green space, his work is more relevant now than it was during his lifetime. Justin Martin restores Olmsted to his rightful place in the pantheon of great Americans.

Nov 11 2019

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1/4 The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History, by Lee Smith @DevinNunes Kindle Edition

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The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History, by Lee Smith    Kindle Edition

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MFKR1KN/ref=chrt_bk_sd_nf_1_ci_lp The superb investigative journalist Lee Smith uses his unprecedented access to Congressman Devin Nunes, former head of the House Intelligence Committee, to expose the deep state operation against the president--and the American people.  The investigative journalist Lee Smith's The Plot Against the President tells the story of how Congressman Devin Nunes uncovered the operation to bring down the commander-in-chief. While popular opinion holds that Russia subverted democratic processes during the 2016 elections, the real damage was done not by Moscow or any other foreign actor. Rather, this was a slow-moving coup engineered by a coterie of the American elite, the "deep state," targeting not only the president, but also the rest of the country. The plot officially began July 31, 2016, with the counterintelligence investigation that the FBI opened to probe Russian infiltration of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. But the bureau never followed any Russians. In fact, it was an operation to sabotage Trump, the candidate, then president-elect, and finally the presidency. The conspirators included political operatives, law enforcement and intelligence officials, and the press.

The plot was uncovered by Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and his investigative team. They understood that the target of the operation wasn't just Trump, but rather the institutions that sustain our republic. A country where operatives use the intelligence and security services to protect their privileges by spying on Americans, coordinating with the press, and using extra-Constitutional means to undermine an election, then undo a presidency, is more like the third world than the republic envisioned by the founding fathers. 

Without Nunes and his team, the plot against the president—and against the country—might never would have been revealed. Told from the perspective of Nunes and his crack investigators—men and women who banded together to do the right thing at a crucial moment for our democracy—the story of the biggest political scandal in a generation reads like a great detective novel, feels like a classic cowboy movie. The congressman from the cattle capital of California really did fight corruption in Washington. Devin Nunes took on the "deep state."

Nov 14 2019

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Sen Warren confused about Medicare for all; with Richard Epstein

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Image:  Mandrake (written 'ΜΑΝΔΡΑΓΟΡΑ' in Greek capitals). Naples Dioscurides, 7th century.  Public domain. .Richard Epstein, Chicago Law, New York Law, Hoover Institution, lays bare the realities of  Medicare fraud.  The classical liberal and the libertarian. Taxation, commerce, and liberty & property: a huge transformation [in the 1930s].


Sen Warren has put forth a Medicare for all proposal:  first, the power of the government, considering classical liberal jurisprudence; and second, how to pay for it.  Can the federal government dragoon all state taxes for [healthcare]?. . .  She’ll argue that it’s a giant form of regulation, and thus is Constitutional. “We’ll take a package of benefits you want and give you a package of benefits you don’t want.”  No compensation for the loss, thus possibly takings that are not legal.

The classical view was that states were co-equal with the federal government and neither could tax the other’s jurisdiction.  Garcia vs San Antonio, New Deal:  you cannot run your own government if someone can tell you what to pay people. Now, it takes all state money, and in exchange you get federal protection. The question of dual jurisdictions.

Nov 14 2019

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1/8 Flight of the Eagle, by Conrad Black

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Image: The Mayflower, which transported Pilgrims to the New World. During the first winter at Plymouth, about half of the Pilgrims died. Flight of the Eagle,by Conrad BlackTHE GRAND STRATEGIES THAT BROUGHT AMERICA FROM COLONIAL DEPENDENCE TO WORLD LEADERSHIP.Like an eagle, American colonists ascended from the gulley of British dependence to the position of sovereign world power in a period of merely two centuries. Seizing territory in Canada and representation in Britain; expelling the French, and even their British forefathers, American leaders George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson paved their nation’s way to independence. With the first buds of public relation techniques—of communication, dramatization, and propaganda—America flourished into a vision of freedom, of enterprise, and of unalienable human rights.

In Flight of the Eagle, Conrad Black provides a perspective on American history that is unprecedented. Through his analysis of the strategic development of the United States from 1754-1992, Black describes nine “phases” of the strategic rise of the nation, in which it progressed through grave challenges, civil and foreign wars, and secured a place for itself under the title of “Superpower.” Black discredits prevailing notions that our unrivaled status is the product of good geography, demographics, and good luck. Instead, he reveals and analyzes the specific strategic decisions of great statesmen through the ages that transformed the world as we know it and established America’s place in it.

Nov 16 2019

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Oliver Hazard Perry: 1 of 4: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy (Library of Naval Biography) Hardcover – October 3, 2006. by David Curtis Skaggs (Author)

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ing on the Great Lakes. These vessels are, however, notfully manned, and when they pass through the Canadian canalstheir guns are removed and shipped by land. Maiden is now Amherstburg (am erst burg), Ontario. Findit on the map. The Western Reserve of Connecticut comprised all theland between 41° and 42^2 North Latitude, extending 120 mileswest from the west line of Pennsylvania, with the exception ofsome portions previously assigned. Cleveland, therefore, wasabout the middle of the north line of the Reserve. Trace on a map the journey from Erie to Cleveland. Howfar is it? Some of the proper names in this chapter are pronounced asfollows: Conneaut (konneawf), Cuyahoga (ky a hoga). Spell, pronounce, and explain the following words: equipment cordage provisions militia opposite continuous established seaworthy burden anniversary souvenirs independence charter colony privations pioneers difficulties irresistibly waste factor development cupolas coke navigable CLEVELAND IN THE EARLY DAYS

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Oliver Hazard Perry: 1 of 4: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy (Library of Naval Biography) Hardcover – October 3, 2006.  by David Curtis Skaggs  (Author)


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Hailed for his decisive victory over a Royal Navy squadron on Lake Erie in September 1813 and best known for his after-action report proclamation We have met the enemy and they are ours, Oliver Hazard Perry was one the early U.S. Navy's most famous heroes. In this modern, scholarly reassessment of the man and his career, Professor David Skaggs emphasizes Perry's place in naval history as an embodiment of the code of honor, an exemplar of combat courage, and a symbol of patriotism to his fellow officers and the American public. It is the first biography of Perry to be published in more than a quarter of a century and the first to offer an even-handed analysis of his career. After completing a thorough examination of primary sources, Skaggs traces Perry's development from a midshipman to commodore where he personified the best in seamanship, calmness in times of stress, and diplomatic skills. But this work is not a hagiographic treatment, for it offers a candid analysis of Perry's character flaws, particularly his short temper and his sometimes ineffective command and control procedures during the battle of Lake Erie. Skaggs also explains how Perry's short but dramatic naval career epitomized the emerging naval professionalism of the young republic, and he demonstrates how the Hero of Lake Erie fits into the most recent scholarship concerning the role of post-revolutionary generation in the development of American national identity. Finally, Skaggs explores in greater detail than anyone before the controversy over the conduct of his Lake Erie second, Jesse Duncan Elliott, that raged on for over a quarter century after Perry's death in 1819.

Dec 02 2019

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1/8 The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, by David Reynolds

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Image: Cartoon of the Berlin satirical journal Lustige Blätter. In the Triple Alliance, an adult Germany drags the Austrian boy along, while the Italian child throws a tantrum to stay with the French cockerel.

The Triple Alliance was an agreement between Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. It was formed on 20 May 1882[1] and renewed periodically until it expired in 1915 during World War I. Germany and Austria-Hungary had been closely allied since 1879. Italy was looking for support against France shortly after it lost North African ambitions to the French. Each member promised mutual support in the event of an attack by any other great power.

The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, by David Reynolds; with John FitzGibbon as narrator. Audible Studios are publisher. Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

https://www.amazon.com/Long-Shadow-Legacies-Twentieth-Century/dp/B00KPO7DZG/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Long+Shadow&qid=1574810803&s=audible&sr=1-3

One of the most violent conflicts in the history of civilization, World War I has been strangely forgotten in American culture. It has become a ghostly war fought in a haze of memory, often seen merely as a distant preamble to World War II. In The Long Shadow, the critically-acclaimed historian David Reynolds seeks to broaden our vision by assessing the impact of the Great War across the twentieth century. He shows how events in that turbulent century— especially World War II, the Cold War, and the collapse of Communism—shaped and reshaped attitudes to 1914-18.

By exploring big themes such as democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism, as well as art and poetry, The Long Shadow is stunningly broad in its historical perspective. Reynolds throws light on the vast expanse of the last century and explains why 1914-18 is a conflict that America is still struggling to comprehend. Forging connections among people, places, and ideas, The Long Shadow ventures across the traditional subcultures of historical scholarship to offer a rich and layered examination not only of politics, diplomacy, and security but also of economics, art, and literature. The result is a magisterial reinterpretation of the place of the Great War in modern history.

Nov 27 2019

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Proto-Brexit: King John: 1 of 8: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Marc Morris (Author), Ralph Lister (Narrator), Tantor Audio (Publisher)

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Photo: The Magna Carta (originally known as the Charter of Liberties) of 1215, written in iron gall ink on parchment in medieval Latin, using standard abbreviations of the period, authenticated with the Great Seal of King John. The original wax seal was lost over the centuries.[1] This document is held at the British Library and is identified as "British Library Cotton MS Augustus II.106".[2] Original authors were the barons and King John of England. Uploaded by Earthsound. - This file has been provided by the British Library from its digital collections. It is also made available on a British Library website. Catalogue entry: Cotton MS Augustus II 106
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Proto-Brexit: King John: 1 of 8: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta  Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Marc Morris (Author), Ralph Lister (Narrator), Tantor Audio (Publisher)


https://www.amazon.com/King-John-Treachery-Tyranny-Medieval-dp-B015NOBIFS/dp/B015NOBIFS/ref=mt_audio_download?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1573941260
King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood - greedy, cowardly, despicable, and cruel. But who was the man behind the legend? Was he a monster or a capable ruler cursed by bad luck? In this new book, best-selling historian Marc Morris draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to bring the real King John vividly to life. John was dynamic, inventive, and relentless but also a figure with terrible flaws. In two interwoven stories, we see how he went from being a youngest son with limited prospects to the ruler of the greatest dominion in Europe, an empire that stretched from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees. His rise to power involved treachery, rebellion, and murder. His reign saw oppression on an almost unprecedented scale: former friends hounded into exile and oblivion; Wales, Scotland, and Ireland invaded; and the greatest level of financial exploitation since the Norman Conquest. John's tyrannical rule climaxed in conspiracy and revolt, and his leading subjects famously forced him to issue Magna Carta, a document binding him and his successors to behave better in future

Nov 18 2019

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The New American Civil War: 1 of 2: Storming Castle Davos. Michael Vlahos, Naval War College. @JHUWorldCrisis

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Photo: Cartwright, Thomas, fl. ca. 1816, engraver.Walmsley, Thomas, 1763-1806, artist. |
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The New American Civil War: 1 of 2: Storming Castle Davos. Michael Vlahos, Naval War College. @JHUWorldCrisis

https://www.economist.com/britain/2019/11/16/the-party-of-davos-is-the-biggest-loser-in-britains-election

Nov 23 2019

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1/4 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, by Charles C. Mann

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, by Charles C. Mann; with Robertson Dean as narrator. Published by Random House Audio. Audible Audiobook– Unabridged  https://www.amazon.com/1493-Uncovering-World-Columbus-Created/dp/B005GIH22A/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

From the author of 1491 -—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas — a deeply engaging new history that explores the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. 

More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed radically different suites of plants and animals. When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended that separation at a stroke. Driven by the economic goal of establishing trade with China, he accidentally set off an ecological convulsion as European vessels carried thousands of species to new homes across the oceans. The Columbian Exchange, as researchers call it, is the reason there are tomatoes in Italy, oranges in Florida, chocolates in Switzerland, and chili peppers in Thailand. More important, creatures the colonists knew nothing about hitched along for the ride. Earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African grasses; bacteria, fungi, and viruses; rats of every description — all of them rushed like eager tourists into lands that had never seen their like before, changing lives and landscapes across the planet. 

Eight decades after Columbus, a Spaniard named Legazpi succeeded where Columbus had failed. He sailed from western Mexico across the Pacific to establish continual trade with China, then the richest, most powerful country in the world. In Manila, a city that Legazpi founded, silver from the Americas, mined by African and Indian slaves, was sold to Asians in return for silk for Europeans. It was the first time that goods and people from every corner of the globe were connected in a single worldwide exchange. Much as Columbus created a new world biologically, Legazpi and the Spanish empire he served created a new world economically.

As Charles C. Mann shows, the Columbian Exchange underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest research by ecologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City — where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted — the center of the world. In such encounters, he uncovers the germ of today's fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars.

In 1493, Charles Mann gives us an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequalled in its authority and fascination.

Dec 01 2019

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Heretics and Heroes: 1 of 4; How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Thomas Cahill (Author, Narrator), Random House Audio (Publisher)

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Heretics and Heroes: 1 of 4; How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World  Audible Audiobook – Unabridged.  Thomas Cahill (Author, Narrator), Random House Audio (Publisher)


https://www.amazon.com/Heretics-Heroes-Renaissance-Artists-Reformation/dp/B00G3KOHXM/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=thomas+cahill&qid=1573429080&s=audible&sr=1-2
From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history - this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary audiobook. 

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.

Nov 11 2019

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Expecting several hundred pages of Horowitz. @AndrewCMcCarthy @NRO

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Expecting several hundred pages of Horowitz. @AndrewCMcCarthy @NRO

Nov 24 2019

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“Deep state HQ is where the snakes are.” @ChristianWhiton

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Christian Whiton, Center for the National Interest, covers Fiona Hill, McMaster and Vindman.  McMaster and Mattis went on to Hoover. Vindman spoke poorly of the president — saying, “he went against US policy” — abrogating the Uniform Code of Military Justice and disgracing himself. He lacked even the dignity to resign. Only the president is entitled to formulate US policy. CW: “Back to [D.C.] headquarters is where the snakes are.”   This Administration has not taken great care in keeping out these deep-state swamp critters. The one institution not yet ruined by leftist baby boomers is the military . . . [so far].

Nov 22 2019

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1/12 Wilson, by A. Scott Berg. Scott Berg traces the rise of Woodrow Wilson, his decline, and 'the greatest conspiracy that had ever engulfed the White House.'

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Treaty of Sèvres. Wilson, by A. Scott Berg.    Scott Berg traces the rise of Woodrow Wilson, his decline and 'the greatest conspiracy that had ever engulfed the White House.' 

Until he was 55, he had never run for public office. Indeed, he was merely the silver-tongued head of a small university campus in a quiet New Jersey town. Two years later, in November 1912, after less than two years' (658 days') public service, he was elected to the White House.

Woodrow Wilson's extraordinary story now becomes historic. Within five years, he would be the first American president to send US troops to war in the Old World, a decision that inaugurated the American century. As hostilities ended, Wilson became the international champion of those who hoped that "the war to end all wars" would be matched by an equally comprehensive peace. It was Wilson's hope that this dream should be moderated by a global peacemaker, the League of Nations. How this vision was frustrated is a tragedy for which the 28th president holds a profound responsibility.

At the opening of the Paris peace conference in 1919, even Wilson's most severe critics conceded his mastery of the world stage. JM Keynes, who eviscerated Wilson with his Economic Consequences of the Peace, remarked that "he enjoyed a prestige and moral influence throughout the world unequalled in history". The unprecedented adulation of Wilson makes uncomfortable reading. "No such an evangel [sic] of peace," enthused Herbert Hoover, "had appeared since Christ preached the Sermon on the Mount." But Wilson's presidency became first a disaster, and ultimately a bizarre personal tragedy whose horror has never, until now, been fully reported. Scott Berg, the distinguished biographer of Lindbergh, Samuel Goldwyn and Maxwell Perkins, deals briskly with Wilson's pre-political career and the preamble to the Paris peace conference, well-travelled ground. He does not add much that we did not already know, but it's a classic American story.

"Tommy" Woodrow Wilson was born in 1856correct to a Scots-Irish Presbyterian family. The young man, says Berg, was "indelibly scarred" by the civil war and, inspired by his father, devoted himself to getting a place at Princeton. He stormed through his education, winning a reputation as an undergraduate debater. Thereafter, he became a lawyer with an eye on a political career, fell in love and married a childhood sweetheart, Ellen Axson, returning to Princeton, to lecture, aged 34.

Like Barack Obama, whose career Wilson mirrors, his rapid rise was attributable to some brilliant speeches. In 1902, he became president of Princeton and embarked on a drastic programme of reform – the college was little more than a gentleman's club – that put him at the forefront of American national consciousness. His admirers were dazzled by his oratory and charm. He attracted the attention of Democratic party kingmakers, and in 1910 was invited to run for the governorship of New Jersey. Tommy Wilson was about to step into history. Two years later, in a messy national election campaign, he became the Democratic party standard-bearer and arrived in the White House in November 1912. Within two years, the world was at war. Wilson, tragically widowed in the summer of 1914, had remarried, to the formidable Edith Bolling Galt. Just four years later, the president and his wife were making that momentous crossing to Paris to negotiate the peace of the world.

Back home – shades of Obama – Wilson's Republican opponents plotted to destroy whatever peace treaty he brought back. For his part, Wilson played into the hands of his enemies, becoming obsessed with "nothing less than a world settlement". While the negotiations dragged on, Wilson aged visibly. On the basis of the medical record, Berg identifies the symptoms of at least one minor stroke. By the time Wilson returned to the White House in July 1919, he was losing his memory and his powers of oratory. "I know I am at the end of my tether," he confessed.

Determined to campaign for the ratification of the treaty across the US, he embarked on a barnstorming train journey that became a kind of death march. In Los Angeles, he addressed record crowds of 200,000, but, in private, he was having a breakdown. "I seem to have gone to pieces," he said. Eventually, Wilson abandoned his campaign, and was rushed back to Washington, a broken man. On the night of 2 October 1919, Edith Wilson found the leader of the free world on the bathroom floor, unconscious.

What followed is the extraordinary climax to an astonishing tale, narrated with moving efficiency and precision by Scott Berg. With Wilson paralysed on his left side, and looking "as if he were dead", according to one insider, the White House went into lockdown. The order of the day – unthinkable now – was "no details, no explanations". Edith Wilson took over, orchestrating what Berg calls "the greatest conspiracy that had ever engulfed the White House".

Incredibly, not even the Veep (Thomas Marshall) was fully informed. For the first month no one saw the president, who, unshaved, grew a long white beard. The all-important Versailles treaty languished as badly as its architect. By early 1920, with Wilson still bedridden and inarticulate, the treaty was defunct, and the inter-war tragedy had begun. Wilson reportedly whispered: "If I were not a Christian, I should go mad." In the fall of 1920, still barely able to function, he watched his Democratic party trounced by the Republican forces of Warren Harding. Three years later, Wilson was dead, having uttered his farewell to history: "I am a broken piece of machinery." Rarely did politics mete out a crueller fate.

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Debated evidence of symbolic representation by Anatomically Modern Humans up to 65,000 years ago in South Africa. @MBalter @ScienceMagazine, March, 2010

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Tales of the New Cold War: I of 2: Why is Ukraine corrupt? "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.

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1/8 Churchill's Bomb: How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race, by Graham Farmelo

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Image:  Lord Cherwell, scientific advisor to the Prime Minister; Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal; Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound, and Winston Churchill watching a display of anti-aircraft gunnery in June 1941.Perhaps no scientific development has shaped the course of modern history as much as the harnessing of nuclear energy. Yet, the twentieth century might have turned out differently had greater influence over this technology been exercised by Great Britain, whose scientists were at the forefront of research into nuclear weapons at the beginning of World War II. 

As the award-winning biographer and science writer Graham Farmelo describes in Churchill's Bomb, the British set out to investigate the possibility of building nuclear weapons before their American colleagues did. But when scientists in Britain first discovered a way to build an atomic bomb, Prime Minister Winston Churchill did not make the most of his country's lead and was slow to realize the bomb's strategic implications. This was odd — he prided himself on recognizing the military potential of new science and, in the 1920's and 1930's, had repeatedly pointed out that nuclear weapons would likely be developed soon. In developing the bomb, however, he marginalized some of his country's most brilliant scientists, and also failed to capitalize on Franklin Roosevelt's generous offer to work jointly on the bomb — and ultimately ceded Britain's initiative to the Americans, whose successful development and deployment of the bomb placed the United States in a position of supreme power at the dawn of the nuclear age. Churchill came to be terrified by the possibility of thermonuclear war and emerged as a pioneer of détente in the early stages of the Cold War. 

Contrasting Churchill's often inattentive leadership with Franklin Roosevelt's decisiveness, Churchill's Bomb reveals the secret history of the weapon that transformed modern geopolitics.

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Sydney and Violet: 1 of 4: Their Life with T.S. Eliot, Proust, Joyce and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndham Lewis Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 3, 2013 by Stephen Klaidman (Author)

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A Canadian Gun-pit
Object typepaintingDate1918Mediumoil on canvasDimensionsHeight: 363.2 cm (11.9 ft); Width: 304.8 cm (10 ft) Collection
National Gallery of Canada   
Accession number
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Object history1921: transferred to National Art Gallery from Canadian War Memorials collection
Exhibition historyCanada War Memorials Exhibition, Burlington House, London, January 1919–February 1919References

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"I write primarily to pay homage to a beloved friend, but also in the hope that some future chronicler of the history of art and letters in our time may give to Sydney and Violet Schiff the place which is their due."
—T. S. Eliot, in a letter appended to Violet Schiff's obituary, Times of London, July 9, 1962

Largely forgotten today, Sydney and Violet Schiff were ubiquitous, almost Zelig-like figures in the most important literary movement of the twentieth century. Their friendships among the elite of the Modernist writers were remarkable, and their extensive correspondence with T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Proust, and many others strongly suggests both intimacy and intellectual equality. Leading critics of the day considered Sydney, writing as Stephen Hudson, to be in the same literary league as Joyce, Eliot, and D. H. Lawrence. As for Violet, she was a talented musician who nurtured Sydney's literary efforts and was among the first in England to recognize Proust's genius and spread the word. Sydney and Violet tells the story of how the Schiffs, despite their commercial and Jewish origins, won acceptance in the snobbish, anti-Semitic, literary world of early twentieth-century England, and brings to life a full panoply of extravagant personalities: Proust, Joyce, Picasso, Mansfield, Wyndham Lewis, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, and many more. A highly personal, anecdote-filled account of the social and intellectual history of the Modernist movement, Sydney and Violet also examines what divides the literary survivors from the victims of taste and time.

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Sydney and Violet: 2 of 4: Their Life with T.S. Eliot, Proust, Joyce and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndham Lewis Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 3, 2013 by Stephen Klaidman (Author)

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Photo: English: Drawing of Aldous Huxley.
Date1929
SourceAldous Huxley: A Man of Two Minds by William Leon Smyser. The Sphere Newspaper. October 12, 1929.
AuthorDrawing by Eric Pape (1870-1938).

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"I write primarily to pay homage to a beloved friend, but also in the hope that some future chronicler of the history of art and letters in our time may give to Sydney and Violet Schiff the place which is their due."
—T. S. Eliot, in a letter appended to Violet Schiff's obituary, Times of London, July 9, 1962

Largely forgotten today, Sydney and Violet Schiff were ubiquitous, almost Zelig-like figures in the most important literary movement of the twentieth century. Their friendships among the elite of the Modernist writers were remarkable, and their extensive correspondence with T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Proust, and many others strongly suggests both intimacy and intellectual equality. Leading critics of the day considered Sydney, writing as Stephen Hudson, to be in the same literary league as Joyce, Eliot, and D. H. Lawrence. As for Violet, she was a talented musician who nurtured Sydney's literary efforts and was among the first in England to recognize Proust's genius and spread the word. Sydney and Violet tells the story of how the Schiffs, despite their commercial and Jewish origins, won acceptance in the snobbish, anti-Semitic, literary world of early twentieth-century England, and brings to life a full panoply of extravagant personalities: Proust, Joyce, Picasso, Mansfield, Wyndham Lewis, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, and many more. A highly personal, anecdote-filled account of the social and intellectual history of the Modernist movement, Sydney and Violet also examines what divides the literary survivors from the victims of taste and time.

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Sydney and Violet: 3 of 4: Their Life with T.S. Eliot, Proust, Joyce and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndham Lewis Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 3, 2013 by Stephen Klaidman (Author)

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Photo: Fiat is an Italian make, but this postcard was mailed by their agent in Paris in 1905. Advertising postcard.

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"I write primarily to pay homage to a beloved friend, but also in the hope that some future chronicler of the history of art and letters in our time may give to Sydney and Violet Schiff the place which is their due."
—T. S. Eliot, in a letter appended to Violet Schiff's obituary, Times of London, July 9, 1962

Largely forgotten today, Sydney and Violet Schiff were ubiquitous, almost Zelig-like figures in the most important literary movement of the twentieth century. Their friendships among the elite of the Modernist writers were remarkable, and their extensive correspondence with T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Proust, and many others strongly suggests both intimacy and intellectual equality. Leading critics of the day considered Sydney, writing as Stephen Hudson, to be in the same literary league as Joyce, Eliot, and D. H. Lawrence. As for Violet, she was a talented musician who nurtured Sydney's literary efforts and was among the first in England to recognize Proust's genius and spread the word. Sydney and Violet tells the story of how the Schiffs, despite their commercial and Jewish origins, won acceptance in the snobbish, anti-Semitic, literary world of early twentieth-century England, and brings to life a full panoply of extravagant personalities: Proust, Joyce, Picasso, Mansfield, Wyndham Lewis, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, and many more. A highly personal, anecdote-filled account of the social and intellectual history of the Modernist movement, Sydney and Violet also examines what divides the literary survivors from the victims of taste and time.

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Sydney and Violet: 4 of 4: Their Life with T.S. Eliot, Proust, Joyce and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndham Lewis Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 3, 2013 by Stephen Klaidman (Author)

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Photo: Français : La Musique à la Mi-Carême à Paris 1905.
Date1905
SourceCarte-postale d'époque
AuthorC. L. C.
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"I write primarily to pay homage to a beloved friend, but also in the hope that some future chronicler of the history of art and letters in our time may give to Sydney and Violet Schiff the place which is their due."
—T. S. Eliot, in a letter appended to Violet Schiff's obituary, Times of London, July 9, 1962

Largely forgotten today, Sydney and Violet Schiff were ubiquitous, almost Zelig-like figures in the most important literary movement of the twentieth century. Their friendships among the elite of the Modernist writers were remarkable, and their extensive correspondence with T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Proust, and many others strongly suggests both intimacy and intellectual equality. Leading critics of the day considered Sydney, writing as Stephen Hudson, to be in the same literary league as Joyce, Eliot, and D. H. Lawrence. As for Violet, she was a talented musician who nurtured Sydney's literary efforts and was among the first in England to recognize Proust's genius and spread the word. Sydney and Violet tells the story of how the Schiffs, despite their commercial and Jewish origins, won acceptance in the snobbish, anti-Semitic, literary world of early twentieth-century England, and brings to life a full panoply of extravagant personalities: Proust, Joyce, Picasso, Mansfield, Wyndham Lewis, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, and many more. A highly personal, anecdote-filled account of the social and intellectual history of the Modernist movement, Sydney and Violet also examines what divides the literary survivors from the victims of taste and time.

Dec 08 2019

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The Known Unknowns of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune: 1 of 2: Uranus sideways. Ken Croswell @SkyandTelescope

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Photo: Uranus: NASA Voyager 2
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The Known Unknowns of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune: 1 of 2: Uranus sideways. Ken Croswell @SkyandTelescope

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The Known Unknowns of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune: 2 of 2: Neptune's Rogue Moon Triton. Ken Croswell @SkyandTelescope

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Photo: Neptune NASA Voyager 2
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The Known Unknowns of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune: 2 of 2: Neptune's Rogue Moon Triton. Ken Croswell @SkyandTelescope

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New American Civil War: 1 of 2: Congress spies on Congress. Michael Vlahos @JHUWorldCongress

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Photo: Inauguration of President Lincoln. U.S. Capitol dome under construction in background. Print on salted paper.
Date | 4 March 1861
Source | Library of Congress CALL NUMBER: LOT 12251, v. 2 [P&P]
Author | UnknownLicensing
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New American Civil War: 1 of 2: Congress spies on Congress. Michael Vlahos  @JHUWorldCongress

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New American Civil War: 2 of 2: Congress spies on Congress. Michael Vlahos @JHUWorldCongress

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Photo: Unknown
Title | Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, March 4, 1861
Description | English: Photograph shows participants and crowd at the first inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln, at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Lincoln is standing under the wood canopy, at the front, midway between the left and center posts. His face is in shadow but the white shirt front is visible. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 87) "A distant photograph from a special platform by an unknown photographer, in front of the Capitol, Washington, D.C., afternoon of March 4, 1861. 'A small camera was directly in front of Mr. Lincoln,' reported a newspaper, 'another at a distance of a hundred yards, and a third of huge dimensions on the right ... The three photographers present had plenty of time to take pictures, yet only the distant views have survived." (Source: Ostendorf, p. 86-87) The 1861 inauguration is believed to be the first ever photographed, and some sources credit it to Scottish photographer, Alexander Gardner[1]
Date | Taken on 4 March 1861
Medium | 1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
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New American Civil War: 2 of 2: Congress spies on Congress. Michael Vlahos  @JHUWorldCongress
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Pacific Watch: 10,000 drug related deaths in the Bay Areas while homeless encampments thrive. Jeff Bliss.

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Photo: The Golden Gate and Mount Tamalpais in 1900 — from Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, California.
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Restoration by trialsanderrors: The Golden Gate and Mount Tamalpais from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco Bay Area, California, 1900

AuthorDetroit Publishing Co.
Camera location37° 48′ 10.68″ N, 122° 24′ 22.25″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earth

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Pacific Watch: 10,000 drug related deaths in the Bay Areas while homeless encampments thrive. Jeff Bliss.

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Recession Search: November Jobs report sensation. @McTagueJim, author "Follow the Leader."

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1900-02 Fessenden made his first radio broadcast from his lab in Brant Rock, MA on 24 December 1906 (Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives) 

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Recession Search: November Jobs report sensation. @McTagueJim, author "Follow the Leader."

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SpaceX the workhorse and the race horse. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

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Photo: venska: Hästspårvagn vid Berzelii park.
Date | circa 1900
Source | Horse drawn tram in Stockholm around 1900
Author | Unknown, Stockholm Transport Museum Camera location | 59° 19′ 58.13″ N, 18° 04′ 32.93″ E  | View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earth
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SpaceX the workhorse and the race horse. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com
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Touching down on perilous Bennu. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

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Photo: These are images of the four candidate sample collection sites on asteroid Bennu: Nightingale, Kingfisher, Osprey and Sandpiper. One of these four sites will ultimately be the location on which NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will touch down to collect a sample. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

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Touching down on perilous Bennu. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

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Acting Secretary of the Navy Tom Modly: 1 of 2: re the Spencer departure, the Navy base shootings, the future force structure, the challenged USS Ford, and the Navy education renaissance.

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Photo: South Dakota (Armored Cruiser No. 9) moors outboard of Milwaukee (Cruiser No. 21, left) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Calif., late 1907. The ship in the stream is probably California (Armored Cruiser No. 6). (U.S. Navy Photograph NH 99357, Naval History & Heritage Command)
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https://seapowermagazine.org/acting-secnav-modly-force-structure-is-top-focus/

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Acting Secretary of the Navy Tom Modly: 2 of 2: re the Spencer departure, the Navy base shootings, the future force structure, the challenged USS Ford, and the Navy education renaissance.

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USS Idaho BB-42 commissioning crew

This Is an original 12" X 20" photograph from the personal collection of REAR ADMIRAL Carl Theodore VOGELGESANG ( seated in wicker chair at center ) with all of his officers and commissioning crew on board the USS IDAHO in 1919. In January 1918, Rear Admiral Vogelgesang became Senior Member of the Naval Commission to Brazil in connection with the Brazilian War College. A year later he assisted in fitting out USS Idaho at the New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, New Jersey, and served as Commanding Officer of that battleship from her commissioning, 24 March 1919, until July 1920, when he was transferred to duty as Chief of Staff to the Commander, Atlantic Fleet. He served as Commandant, Navy Yard, New York, and Commandant, Third Naval District, New York from July 1921, until November 1922, when he had duty in connection with organizing the US Naval Mission to Brazil. He served as Chief of that Mission from December 1922, until January 1925.Rear Admiral Vogelgesang was Commander, Battleship Division 2, Scouting Fleet, from April 1925 until June 1926, when he was transferred to duty as Commander, Light Cruiser Division, Scouting Fleet. In December he entered Naval Hospital at Washington, DC, where he died 16 February 1927. www.navsource.org/archives/01/42a.htm
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Acting Secretary of the Navy Tom Modly: 2 of 2:  re the Spencer departure, the Navy base shootings, the future force structure, the challenged USS Ford, and the Navy education renaissance.

https://seapowermagazine.org/acting-secnav-modly-force-structure-is-top-focus/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/06/us/nas-pensacola-shooting.html

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1/2 Cuba tortures dissent after Obama normalization. Mary Anastasia O’Grady @MaryAnastasiaOG

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Image:  Jorge Luis García Pérez, a Cuban human rights and democracy activist, assailed the Cuban thaw as a capitulation to the Castro's regime. Pubic domain. https://www.wsj.com/articles/cuba-imprisons-a-humanitarian-11575229476

Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ, returns to explain how Cuban oppression has functioned in truth, never mind the wonderful, familiar romanticizations. NB: the insane, grinding racism of the decades-long Castro regime.

Dec 07 2019

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Hezbollah missiles and drones threaten Northern Israel from the Golan. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres

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Hezbollah missiles and drones threaten Northern Israel from the Golan. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres

https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/one-false-move-by-israel-or-iran-will-lead-to-war/2019/12/04/

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2/2 Evo Morales narcoterrorist shelters in Mexican cartel. Mary Anastasia O’Grady @MaryAnastasiaOG

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Breaking news: Morales travels to Cuba; and perhaps thence to Argentina as he strives to return to his income source, cocaine in Bolivia. 

Image: Coke lines, from Evo’s thugs.  Public domain. https://www.wsj.com/articles/morales-made-bolivia-a-narco-state-11574018858   ;   https://www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-loses-its-sovereignty-to-cartels-11573411956

Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ, recounts how Morales did all he could to stay in power, but when he was abandoned by the army saw that he had to flee.  AMLO offered him asylum on spurious grounds; sooner or later, Morales will endeavor to return to Bolivia where the coca and the fortunes are.

Dec 07 2019

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IRGC dictatorship falls down 40 years later. Michael Rubin @AEI @MRubin1971

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IRGC dictatorship falls down 40 years later. Michael Rubin @AEI @MRubin1971
Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he researches Arab politics, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran, Iraq, the Kurds, terrorism, and Turkey. He concurrently teaches classes on terrorism for the FBI and on security, politics, religion, and history for US and NATO military units. Related articles:·         https://www.the-american-interest.com/2019/12/03/its-not-us-its-him/ ·         https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-12-05/what-can-nato-really-do-about-turkey ·         https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-04/france-germany-and-uk-say-iran-has-nuclear-capable-missiles ·         https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/opinion/trump-nato.html ·         https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/fdad3668-4a4a-41d0-92be-b1589ef6af06 ·         https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/turkey-threatens-block-nato-baltic-defence-plan-ypg-191203083651527.html

Dec 07 2019

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1/2 The Impeachers Lose the Country. @SebGorka #AmericaFirst

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Image:  An FBI Evidence Response Team gathering evidence by dusting an area for fingerprints. Public domain.  No one at the inquiry acknowledged having any evidence of a crime.  
.Sebastian Gorka, The War for America's Soul, says plainly, “I agree with the non-Trump-voter Jonathan Turley.  This is the most rushed [lurch] toward impeachment in history. The Congressman asked, 'If anyone here has evidence of an impeachable crime, raise your hand.'  No one did.  When you bring in your star witness and are losing, you regret your decision." The Four Horsewomen of the Democratic Apocalypse.  AT&T telephone records, call logs, of not only a journalist, but also of the president’s lawyer Jay Sokolow, and Devin Nunes! And Schiff published it in a non-secure report.  The utter, complete silence of the major media on this — CNN, NBC, the New York Times. All media except the Wall Street Journal, which did report. Apparently they have no idea how to respond to this. I hear the silence as a measure of tactics. I think they're on their back foot; how to rationalize what Schiff has done. Why was only John Solomon targeted – because he’s done the most research on Ukraine, Burisma, Biden, and the rest?

The Horowitz report due on Monday coming. IG reports usually are written by a bureaucrat to protect bureaucracies.  I put all my money on AG Barr’s report.  Mifsud as a “Russian intermediary,” according to the New York Times?  The reporter must have been ordered to write in such a transparent misstatement of fact.

Dec 07 2019

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2/2 Trump Foreign Policy confronts Iran, China, North Korea. @SebGorka #AmericaFirst

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Image: Rogue states as of late 2019.  

Sebastian Gorka, The War for America's Soul, gladly points our attention to the fact that Trump is confronting Iran, China and North Korea: end of the Obama appeasement.

Dec 07 2019

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