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The Middle East Through a New Lens

As America emerged as a superpower in the late-1940’s their strategic thinking was understandably dictated by the lessons they had learned in the global war they had just fought. The outcome of World War Two had hinged primarily on the…

The Unimaginable Irony of Rick Santorum

We know today that racial categories are arbitrary from a scientific point of view. They make sense only subjectively, and what qualifies as “white” is changing all the time. After World War One, when Congress sought to design a new…

A Trip into Polar Bear Country

Just before Christmas, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced their finding that 2014 would be the hottest year in recorded history. This was in accord with preliminary findings by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

We Deserve Corporate Reparations

I’ve known for a long time that the United States’ passionate opposition to the Castro regime in Cuba was driven at the outset largely by powerful people who lost assets when the economy there was nationalized. Some of these people…

The Danger of Lowered Standards

Sometimes I wish we could magically take the partisanship out of our political disagreements long enough for people to make objective determinations about who, if anyone, has the better of the argument. One of the dangers of the Conservative Movement…

The CIA is Still a Rogue Elephant

I apologize for the low quality of the following images, but it was the best I could do in retrieving the testimony that former CIA Counterintelligence Chief James Angleton gave in front of the Church Committee on September 25, 1975.…

World Cup Thread

Mexico had two goals disallowed in the first half of their match with Cameroon. Both calls were for offsides that did not appear to exist. Add this to a bogus penalty kick that was awarded to Brazil yesterday, and the refs are off to a terrible start.

I’m also bummed that I am going to have to miss the Spain/Netherlands match today. I’ve been looking forward to it ever since they announced the schedule like a year ago. Somehow Chile/Australia doesn’t have the same allure for me.