Tag Archives: Russia

The Evil Empire That Never Was

Old enemies are the best enemies, because they’re always out there as a reference point. They’re bad and we’re good, or if we’re not good about many things, at least we’re better than them. That was the Cold War. We … Continue reading

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The Work in the Background

One of the advantages of being old – and not dead quite yet – is that you can talk about the good old days, when they were really good, if anyone will listen. Talk of the sixties can be tiresome, … Continue reading

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The Elusive Principle of the Thing

Crimea is gone, or Crimea has come home. It all depends on your point of view. Crimea has been part of the Ukraine since 1954, when as a “symbolic gesture” – marking the three hundredth anniversary of Ukraine becoming a … Continue reading

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Magic Realism in Everyday Life

Nostalgia is fine, but some decades should be forgotten. Old folks know this. The sixties, for example, were epic, but the seventies brought us Disco and polyester leisure suits and young women with feathered Farrah Fawcett hair out to forever, … Continue reading

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The Joy of Argument by Analogy

Rush Limbaugh has been saying Obama is Hitler for a long time now, ticking off various Jewish groups – there was only one such guy, and whatever you think of Obama, you don’t make such comparisons for a quick, cheap … Continue reading

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Star Wars Was Just a Movie

Okay, maybe you had to be in the middle of it, in the mid to late eighties, working out here in the aerospace industry, at the factory that pumped out military satellites and the odd payloads they carried, and bopping … Continue reading

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