Tag Archives: Ukraine

Nothing Doing

The Vietnam War was raging and escalating rapidly and the war protests were beginning – the college kids, and then the clergy, and then “normal” people were taking to the streets – and in August, 1965, there were the Watts … 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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Never Quite in Charge

Any movie with Mel Brooks as King Louis XVI is bound to be good, even if his 1981 History of the World, Part I was a bit of a mess. Maybe it was supposed to be a mess, because the … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the Missing Crises

Crises are useful – they can rouse a sleepy and casual and self-absorbed public to action, even to war, but they can also be used to make good money. The news media figured that out. In the early sixties, the … 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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That Conspiracy of Cartographers

Angry old white men, retired and on Medicare, and drawing Social Security, and getting a pension check each month, from back in the days when there were such things as fixed pensions – and the company hadn’t cheated and used … Continue reading

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Our Own War

Forget the current Crimean crisis. It’s Wednesday evening, March 5, 2014, here on the West Coast, ten or so time zones away from Kiev, five days into this, and Russian tanks are not rolling into the Ukraine to take back … Continue reading

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