Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Iran: You Cannot Bomb Knowledge and Technical Expertise

Very wise piece on the complexities of negotiating with Iran by Philip Stephens in today’s UK Financial Times. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/af170df6-4d1c-11e3-bf32-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2kiP31htK ©Ingram Pinn The who-said-what game  about last weekend’s talks in Geneva has become a distraction. The six-power negotiations  with Tehran to … Continue reading

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Today’s New Word: Teahadist

I try to learn a new word each day: today’s word is Teahadist….’a fundamentalist member of the Tea Party engaged in Jihad against President Obama’… Meanwhile talking of Teahadists Sarah Palin is getting worked up over Catholic Pope Francis attitude … Continue reading

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The Impact of Chinese Economic Policy on the US and Europe

I worry about the total lack of understanding of how the US economy is affected by China. I just read Michael Pettis’s interesting book ‘The Great Rebalancing’ and summarize its argument/implications for the US because it will effect everyone reading … Continue reading

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Learning to Die (as a Civilization) in the Anthropecene:

 Great and profound article by Roy Scranton in today’s New York Times: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/learning-how-to-die-in-the-anthropocene/?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0 Jeffery DelViscio 1. Driving into Iraq just after the 2003 invasion felt like driving into the future. We convoyed all day, all night, past Army checkpoints and burned-out … Continue reading

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President and General Dwight Eisenhower’s Take on War

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Conflict Poem: Waiting for the Barbarians by C F Cavafy (1863-1933)

I have always liked the C F Cavafy poem ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ and today I found a perfect cartoon to go with it: What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why … Continue reading

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Liberals and Big Government

My friend Mark asked why liberals who in theory are all about creativity and fresh thinking like big government which is clumsy, costly and cramps liberty. This is how I answered this interesting conflict or dilemma in how we organize … Continue reading

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Carl Jung (1875-1961) Presciently Nails the Tea Party

Because it so brilliantly applicable to Tea Party folk, I am posting this quote from Carl Jung, via my friend John,  who after a visit from a Tea leaning neighbor, applied it to said Tea Party folk. Thanks John: nailed it. … Continue reading

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Civilizations Bite the Dust via Elite Blindness Driven Suicide

As a one time historian, who still reads a lot of history, I am fascinated by the fact that civilizations never seem to notice what has destroyed previous civilizations. It’s like it’s off their radar screen, but in a nutshell … Continue reading

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