Month: April 2024

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 7:13 am

“Myth is alive at once and in all its parts, and dies before it can be dissected.” – J. R. R. Tolkien, “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics”

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 7:55 am

“They often worked under pressure against time. During early periods of the war, many actions were taken without prior precedent in the War Department. One of the foremost requirements seemed to be, ‘get a sound, workable solution’ and apply the lessons learned in meeting subsequent problems of a like nature.” – Lt. Col. J. P. McKnight, U.S. Army (quoted in Ray S. Cline, Washington Command Post: The Operations Division, United States Army in World War Two)

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 6:49 am

“What I appreciated about New York was that it didn’t pretend to safety. On the best of days it was like living in a glorious brawl. Surviving this year by year was an honor mark that people wore proudly. After five years you earned bragging rights. At seven you began to fit in.” – Alice Sebold, Lucky

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 7:37 am

“What the American public doesn’t know is what makes them the American public.” – Justin King, “The Roads to Aid and Foreign Policy Dynamics”

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 7:23 am

“Stalemate is not armistice or ceasefire. It is a condition in war in which each side conducts offensive operations that do not fundamentally alter the situation. Those operations can be very damaging and cause enormous casualties. The World War I battles of the Somme, Verdun, and Passchendaele were all fought in conditions of stalemate and did not break the stalemate.” – Frederick W. Kagan, et al., “Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 19 [2023]” Institute for the Study of War

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 7:20 am

“Mammals and dinosaurs diverged from a common ancestor about 260 million years ago. Dinosaurs subsequently evolved to fill every possible ecological niche, from which they ruled the earth for 160 million years and became the most successful vertebrates in the history of the planet. During all that time we mammals managed to evolve into nothing larger than a cat.” – Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, “First Fine Careless Raptor”

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 6:32 am

“The MacDonald of Saddell Castle was a very great man indeed. Once, when dining with the Lord-Lieutenant, an apology was made to him for placing him so far away from the head of the table. ‘Where the MacDonald sits,’ was the proud response, ‘there is the head of the table.’ ” – Joseph Jacobs (ed.),Celtic Fairy Tales

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 7:31 am

“It seems clear that untreated trauma arising from abuse during childhood constitutes a major risk factor for a variety of mental health and social problems later in life. The implications of this relationship are substantial. They suggest that some significant proportion of the psychological and psychosocial difficulties of adolescents and adults are directly attributable to childhood maltreatment.” – John M. Briere, Child Abuse Trauma: Theory and Treatment of the Lasting Effects

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 7:51 am

“In the 21st century, a tendency toward the elimination of the differences between the states of war and peace is becoming discernible. Wars are now not even declared, but having begun, are not going according to a pattern we are accustomed to.” – General Valeriy Gerasimov, “The Value of Science Is in the Foresight: New Challenges Demand Rethinking the Forms and Methods of Carrying Out Combat Operations”

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 7:49 am

“I am grateful for the knowledge that people who love us do so because it is they who are good, not us.” – Mikhail Iossel, author of Love Like Water, Love Like Fire

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 7:01 am

“We were proved right. It didn’t seem to matter.” – Dr. Kate Marvel, “I’m a Climate Scientist. I’m not Screaming Into the Void Anymore”