Monthly Archives: September 2013

AUSTRALIA, DAY 4 – PART 3


Across the river, then, where we tour the old Government House, a lovely Classical Revival building with woodwork to kill for. (Note the 1885-vintage Ubrique leather jacket on the suspicious-looking character who is casing the rare book display.) We walk … Continue reading

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VONNEGUT ON TOTALITARIANISM


On rereading some old Vonnegut writings, in this case Mother Night, I came across a fascinating definition of the totalitarian mind.  He writes thus: I have never seen a more sublime demonstration of the totalitarian mind, a mind which might … Continue reading

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28TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION


The following Amendment to the United States Constitution , the 28th in number, is hereby proposed: All legislators, regardless of level of government, before casting any vote in their respective legislative bodies, shall, in person and before their constituents, demonstrate … Continue reading

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AUSTRALIA, DAY 4 – PART 2


Having emerged into the pleasant sunlight, we start strolling through the riverbank area of South Brisbane, partly to look around, partly to get something to eat.  It’s a picturesque and pleasant place, with restaurants, little shops and attractions aplenty. There … Continue reading

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ASSAD, OBAMA AND BASIC MAP SKILLS


Looking at a map of the Middle East here, and trying to think… United States and coalition forces had defeated Saddam Hussein’s regime and managed quite a bit of nation-building, to include reducing violence to an unprecedented level, removing a … Continue reading

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AUSTRALIA, DAY 4 – PART 1


A day full of anxieties, surprises and pleasures big and little. We land on time, at 0700 Brisbane time, on a lovely day that is just breaking.  We are all a little groggy, but it’s not too bad.  We get … Continue reading

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TROUBLE IN THE ROMAN PROVINCE OF BELGICA


Uh, sorry. Today the place is known as Belgium, but there is trouble there.  The Czech news site iDNES reports that the perennial friction between the French-speaking Wallonie region and Flemish-speaking Flanders region has been exacerbated by the Chinese gift … Continue reading

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VOYAGER 1, 36 YEARS LATER


Voyager 1, which was launched in 1977, has officially left the solar system. This brave little NASA craft was designed to explore Jupiter and Saturn, which it did in November 1980.  But it continued to function for another thirty-plus years, … Continue reading

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BACKFIRES, BADGERS AND BEARS, OH MY!


Well, just a Bear, this time! I’ve had this photo since around 1977.  Date and location unknown, but hopefully nowhere near a carrier, or else heads would have rolled: Intel Officer, Cryptologic Officer, Operations Officer, possibly even the Commanding Officer!  … Continue reading

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