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The tautological law

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments

“Shinto doctrine holds that women should make offerings to aborted foetuses to help them rest in peace. If one believes that abortion is killing and yet is still pro-choice, one could try to use contraception for every single sex act; if one had to undergo an abortion, one could then work to provide contraception, or […]

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The font

November 10th, 2017 · No Comments

The Valley Spirit never dies. It is named the Mysterious Female. And the Doorway of the Mysterious Female Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang. It is there within us all the while; Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry. – Tao Te Ching (trans. Arthur Waley)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

He’s got his work cut out for him

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“The task of the human-hearted man is to procure benefits for the world and to eliminate its calamities. Now among all the current calamities of the world, which are the greatest? I say that attacks on small states by large ones, oppression of the weak by the strong, misuses of the few by the many, […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Verandah

Even in seven-league boots

November 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“From the child of five to myself is but a step. But from the newborn baby to the child of five is an appalling distance.” – Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

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Sir yes sir

October 26th, 2017 · No Comments

“The Army’s the greatest teacher in the world. There’s only one answer for any question and you learn that answer because your life depends on it.” – M. F. McAuliffe, “The Cohort of Mist, Fog, and Fire”

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Bliss of ignorance, folly of man

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“A woman’s life is quite different from a man’s. God has ordered it so. A man is the same from the time of his circumcision to the time of his withering. He is the same before he has sought out a woman for the first time, and afterwards. But the day when a woman enjoys […]

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It’s not on the sofa

October 20th, 2017 · No Comments

“The only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and it can be reached only through suffering.” – Igjugarjuk (quoted by H. Ostermann, Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition)

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In case you’ve been wondering

September 21st, 2017 · No Comments

“All life is a loss of balance and a struggling back into balance. We find this return home in religion and art.” – Karl Joël, Seele und Welt (trans. R.F.C. Hull)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Hold me back

September 20th, 2017 · No Comments

“You don’t need people to tell you you’re right all the time. You need people to tell you that you’re wrong.” – John Bogle (interviewed by Michael Regan in Bloomberg Markets)

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

Perpetual motion

September 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“What say you? It is useless? Ay, I know! But who fights ever hoping for success? I fought for lost cause, and for fruitless quest! You there, who are you?—You are thousands! Ah! I know you now, old enemies of mine! Falsehood! Have at you! Ha! and Compromise! Prejudice! Treachery! Surrender, I? Parley? No, never! […]

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Rolling in the gloaming

September 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction.” – Francis Picabia

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If

August 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“If the deity is one who delights in charity and mercy and purity more than in oblations of blood, the chanting of hymns, and the fumes of incense, his worshippers will best please him, not by prostrating themselves before him, by intoning his praises, and by filling his temples with costly gifts, but by being […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Sir James George Frazer · Verandah

Let’s make one, then

August 1st, 2017 · No Comments

“The absence of God spells the ruin of man in the sense that it demolishes or robs of meaning everything we think of as the essence of being human: the quest for truth, the distinction of good and evil, the claim to dignity, the claim to creating something that withstands the indifferent destructiveness of time.” […]

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Score’s thirty-love, love

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“You can love the game, but the game loves no one.” – Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life

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Tags: Atticus Lish · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War · Verandah

It already passed

July 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“There are times when most cards you are dealt come up aces, when forces you cannot control—or even influence—combine to push you forward. Such a moment does not often last long.” – Michael Scheuer, Imperial Hubris

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War · Verandah

File under ‘R’

June 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“Reorganization is the classic technique to avoid problems that are too complex or deeply rooted to solve.” – Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The Age of Sacred Terror

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Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · The Forever War · Verandah

Try as we might

June 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“You should know that there is little you can seek in this world, that there is no need for you to be so greedy, in the end all you can achieve are memories, hazy, intangible, dreamlike memories, which are impossible to articulate.” – Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain (trans. Mabel Lee)

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The great leveller

June 13th, 2017 · No Comments

“War brings out the worst in everybody. No matter how honorable you are in carrying out your cause, things happen that you feel ashamed of later on.” – Maurice Greenberg, “We Were So Naive”

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A well-founded opinion

June 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“The rejection of facts; the rejection of reason and science—that is the path to decline.” – President Barack Obama, Rutgers University Commencement Speech, 2016  

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

Scintillating information

June 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“Scintillation is the term used to describe communications disruptions caused by high-altitude nuclear explosion.” – “Army Weaponry and Equipment,” 1991 Army Green Book (ed. L. James Binder, et al.)

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Sounds like a plan

June 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“The best defense against nuclear weapons is to be somewhere else when they detonate.” – John M. Collins, U.S.-Soviet Military Balance, 1960-1980

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The desire of Khan

April 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“Mexico is my mother; the United States the best friend I will ever have. And so I dream of the day when my mother will say, ‘Ricardo, you have chosen a wonderful friend.’ And the day when the friend will say, ‘Ricardo, you have a sensational mother.’ That is why it is very important to […]

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Ask not what the one hand does

April 19th, 2017 · No Comments

“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Middlemarch

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Priorities

April 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I’ll spell it our for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusory—property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit · Verandah

Some weather we’ve been having

April 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“The first prerequisite to civilization is an ability to make polite conversation.” – W. H. Auden (interviewed by Michael Newman in The Paris Review)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah · W. H. Auden

Traveling light

April 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“Own nothing! Possess nothing! Buddha and Christ taught us this, and the Stoics and the Cynics. Greedy though we are, why can’t we seem to grasp that simple teaching? Can’t we understand that with property we destroy our soul? . . . Own only what you can carry with you: know languages, know countries, know […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Economics · Lit & Crit · Verandah

Fries up crispy

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments

“Pride grows in the human heart like lard on a pig.” – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (trans. Whitney)

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An unintended side-effect

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments

“There is no getting around the fact that cops and sergeants spoil your fun.” – T. E. Fehrenbach, This Kind of War

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Tags: The Korean War · Verandah

Mr. Fix-It

February 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“Gender roles are often a predominant factor during fire and explosion incidents. Research indicates, for example, that women are more likely to report a fire or explosion immediately, while their male counterparts may delay reporting the incident, opting rather to engage in suppression or other mitigation efforts.” – “Roles and Norms,” Sec. 10.3.2.4.2, NFPA 921 […]

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From here to eternity

February 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“People say that life is short, but it isn’t short, it’s very long. When you make a mistake, you have to live with it for the rest of your life.” – Frank Abagnale (author of Catch Me If You Can)

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah