The John Batchelor Show

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The John Batchelor Show is a hard news-analysis radio program on current events, world history, global politics and natural sciences. Based in New York City for two decades, the show has travelled widely to report, from the Middle East to the South Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula and East Asia.

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1452: #GenevaSummit: "You cannot achieve peace in cyberspace unless you achieve deterrence." @AmbJohnBolton @DailyTelegraph
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Photo: Unknown engraver - Humani Victus Instrumenta - Ars Coquinaria  (cyborg).

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#GenevaSummit: "You cannot achieve peace in cyberspace unless you achieve deterrence." @AmbJohnBolton @DailyTelegraph

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/06/12/rooky-biden-taking-huge-risk-going-face-face-putin/
Jun 17, 2021
1452: The Delta Variant strikes London; & What is to be done? @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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The Delta Variant strikes London; & What is to be done? @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/delta-variant-fuelled-50-rise-english-covid-prevalence-study-2021-06-16/
Jun 17, 2021
1452: Did Erdogan win or lose at the NATO summit? @AykanErdemir @FDD
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Photo: Erdogan: the neo-Ottomanist.  Here: Opening of the first Ottoman Parliament after the proclamation of the Ottoman Constitution of 1876.

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Did Erdogan win or lose at the NATO summit? @AykanErdemir @FDD


https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2021/06/12/biden-remind-erdogan-natos-basic-values/
Jun 17, 2021
1452: Temporary inflation hangs around. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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Photo: Inflation waltz..

"The Great Inflation was the defining macroeconomic period of the second half of the twentieth century. Lasting from 1965 to 1982, it led economists to rethink the policies of the Fed and other central banks."  —https://www.federalreservehistory.org/essays/great-inflation

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Temporary inflation hangs around. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion


https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/16/fed-holds-rates-steady-but-raises-inflation-expectations-sharply-and-makes-no-mention-of-taper.html
Jun 17, 2021
1452: Cosmonaut Krikilev refuses Russian Hollywood onboard ISS.Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev dons a training space suit.

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Cosmonaut Krikilev refuses Russian Hollywood onboard ISS.Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com


https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/russian-astronaut-fired-for-opposing-filming-of-movie-on-iss/
Jun 17, 2021
1452: Watching out for prisoner-of-conscience Jimmy Lai condemned by the PRC. Mark Simon. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo: The globally-admired Jimmy Lai, senior Hong Kong publisher, democracy activist, and currently a prisoner of Beijing, possibly being tortured.

"So pleased to welcome Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee and Janet Pang to the U.S. Capitol. My full support and admiration goes to those who have taken to the streets week after week in non-violent protest to fight for democracy and the rule of law in Hong Kong."

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Watching out for prisoner-of-conscience Jimmy Lai condemned by the PRC. Mark Simon. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill


Mark Simon, Jimmy Lai's long-time deputy, on the latest on Jimmy Lai and Apple Daily.

https://hongkongfp.com/2021/06/15/hong-kong-media-tycoon-jimmy-lai-could-face-life-in-prison-as-security-law-trial-moved-to-higher-court/
 
Jun 17, 2021
1452: Journey to the restored Azerbaijan-Iran border at the Khoda Afarin Bridges; & What is to be done? @ProfBShaffer @ElinSuleymanov
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Photo: A Khudafarin bridge; screen grab

Khoda Afarin Bridges are two Khudafarin arch bridges which are located at the border of Azerbaijan and Iran connecting the northern and southern banks of the Aras River.  (The 11-span bridge was restored in the 13th century during the Ilkhanate era due to the movement of huge masses of people in that period. The northern bank of Aras used to be a battlefield between the Ilkhanate and Golden Horde, and therefore there was a need to transport numerous troops.)


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Journey to the restored Azerbaijan-Iran border at the Khoda Afarin Bridges; & What is to be done? @ProfBShaffer @ElinSuleymanov

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khodaafarin_Bridges
Jun 17, 2021
1452: All Erie politics is as local as Sara's diner for milkshakes. @SalenaZito
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Photo: US-Pennsylvania(1891). ERIE, CENTRAL SCHOOL
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All Erie politics is as local as Sara's diner for milkshakes. @SalenaZito

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/in-erie-local-politics-is-practical-before-it-is-historic
Jun 17, 2021
1452: America's farmer's markets cannot be hacked for ransomware. @SalenaZito @DCExaminer
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Photo: Drawing by Marguerite Martyn of Soulard Market, St. Louis, in 1912, showing shoppers bargaining with merchants, women comparing notes, a uniformed chauffeur holding a basket, a child, and various items being sold or bought..

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America's farmer's markets cannot be hacked for ransomware. @SalenaZito @DCExaminer


https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/wheres-the-beef-thanks-to-russian-hackers-its-ever-closer-to-home
Jun 17, 2021
1452: Moscow TV and the measure of the American people. Felix Light @CBSNews
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Photo: VGTRK logo (2012). "RUSSIA. Television and radio"  

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Moscow TV and the measure of the American people. Felix Light @CBSNews
Jun 17, 2021
1452: "It would be a catastrophe to see our embassy overrun." @JeffMcCausland @CBSNews "That's why it's an open question how many US troops will remain."
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Photo: US embassy in Kabul, July 4th celebration .


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"It would be a catastrophe to see our embassy overrun." @JeffMcCausland @CBSNews "That's why it's an open question how many US troops will remain."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/nato-allies-seek-clarity-on-maintaining-secure-facilities-in-afghanistan-following-troop-withdrawal/ar-AAKZZAE
Jun 17, 2021
1452: One year since the PRC attacked at the Line of Actual Control; & What is to be done? Nitin Gokhale @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo: Line of Actual Control between China and India (map by the CIA).

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One year since the PRC attacked at the Line of Actual Control; & What is to be done?  Nitin Gokhale @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill


Nitin Gokhale, strategic affairs analyst and media entrepreneur based in Delhi, on the one-year anniversary of the Galwan clash with China. https://eurasiantimes.com/galwan-anniversary-china-says-india-likely-to-ignite-border-conflict-in-ladakh-expert-says-no-disengagement/

 
Jun 17, 2021
1452: Why the PRC fails at high-end semiconductors. Andrew Collier. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo: .The metal-oxide-semiconductor FET (MOSFET, or MOS transistor), a solid-state device, is by far the most used widely semiconductor device today. Operation of a MOSFET and its Id-Vg curve: At first, when no gate voltage is applied, there is no inversion electron in the channel, and the device is OFF. As gate voltage increases, inversion electron density in the channel increases, current increase, and the device turns on.


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Why the PRC fails at high-end semiconductors. Andrew Collier. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill

Andrew Collier, managing director of Orient Capital Research in Hong Kong, on China's semiconductor ambitions..
Jun 17, 2021
1452: The self-interest in defending Taiwan from PRC aggression. Michael Cole, @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Phto: "Terror In Formosa", a news article from The Daily News of Perth, reported the status in March 1947.

In 1947, the invading forces from Mainland under Chiang Kai-shek, funder of the Kuo-min-tang (KMT) observed a peaceful demonstration and mowed down Taiwanese civilians.  Conservative estimates of the number murdered were 5,000.   Needless to say, this led to a semi-permanent antipathy by Taiwanese of the Chinese invaders—which, to this day, the Chinese who arrived with Chiang and their children and grandchildren believe does not exist.

Today's KMT is, regrettably, substantially in alliance with Beijing.
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The self-interest in defending Taiwan from PRC aggression.  Michael Cole, @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill

J Michael Cole, Senior Fellow, Global Taiwan Institute and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute:
Jun 17, 2021
1452: Why return to the JCPOA? Why not? @Russell Berman, @HooverInst
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Photo: Souvenir signatures of lead negotiators on the cover page of the JCPOA document. The Persian handwriting on top left side is a homage by Javad Zarif to his counterparts' efforts in the negotiations: "[I am] Sincere to Mr. Abbas [Araghchi] and Mr. Majid [Takht-Ravanchi]."
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Why return to the JCPOA? Why not? @Russell Berman, @HooverInst

https://www.hoover.org/research/why-iran-matters-american-national-interest
Jun 17, 2021
1452: Where in the world is the PRC probe Zhurong? Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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Image:  Zhurong riding two dragons, depicted in the Classic of Mountains and Seas, 1597 edition. 
             Zhurong (祝融) is an important personage in Chinese mythology and Chinese folk religion. According to the Huai-nan-zi and the philosophical texts of Mozi [Mo-tzu] and his followers, Zhurong is a god of fire and of the south. Today, a Chinese space probe has been given his name.

Where in the world is the PRC probe Zhurong? Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com,

https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/china-releases-more-images-from-zhurong/
Jun 17, 2021
1451: 2/2: A NYC election like no other before. @HarrySiegel @NYDailyNews
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Photo: Official seal of the New York City Board of Elections.
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2/2: A  NYC election like no other before. @HarrySiegel @NYDailyNews


https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-nycs-new-recipe-for-disaster-20210613-5zvt4adb6ffirklxnt7q57oxve-story.html
Jun 16, 2021
1451: 1/2 A NYC election like no other before. @HarrySiegel @NYDailyNews
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Photo: NYC Police Commissioner Roosevelt walks the beat with journalist Jacob Riis in 1894—Illustration from Riis's autobiography..

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1/2: A  NYC election like no other before. @HarrySiegel @NYDailyNews


https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-nycs-new-recipe-for-disaster-20210613-5zvt4adb6ffirklxnt7q57oxve-story.html
Jun 16, 2021
1451: Iran's two warships are provoking and testing the Biden Administration. Emanuele Ottolenghi @eottolenghi
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Photo: Velayat 94 Military exercise held in February 2016 in the range of Strait of Hormuz and northern Indian Ocean: a Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King and a Bell 212 flying over Lavan 

28 January 2016; https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/media/1394/11/08/983691/رزمایش-بزرگ-دریایی-ولایت-94-1   ;  Author | Erfan Kouchari .   All Content by Tasnim News Agency is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


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Iran's two warships are provoking and testing the Biden Administration. Emanuele Ottolenghi @eottolenghi

Jun 16, 2021
1451: Imminent Iran elections and the hard-line road ahead. Behnam ben Taleblu @FDD
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Photo: No known restrictions on publication.
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Imminent Iran elections and the hard-line road ahead. Behnam ben Taleblu @FDD


https://english.alarabiya.net/views/news/middle-east/2021/06/14/Khamenei-is-Iran-s-most-important-voter-and-he-wants-more-extremism-not-less
Jun 16, 2021
1451: "Technically known as enriched uranium, and it's a short step from making weapons-grade uranium." Andrea Stricker @StrickerNonpro @FDD
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"Technically known as enriched uranium, and it's a short step from making weapons-grade uranium."  Andrea Stricker @StrickerNonpro @FDD

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-says-produced-6-5-114559271.html

Jun 16, 2021
1451: After Netanyahu. @AaronKleinShow
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After Netanyahu. @AaronKleinShow

https://political-viewer.com/2021-06-06/aaron-klein-netanyahus-legacy-confirms-israel-as-a-global-superpower
Jun 16, 2021
1451: What Netanyahu leaves done. @AaronKleinShow
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What Netanyahu leaves done. @AaronKleinShow

https://political-viewer.com/2021-06-06/aaron-klein-netanyahus-legacy-confirms-israel-as-a-global-superpower
Jun 16, 2021
1451: "We're relying on the WTO to solve our problems with China." @LizPeek @TheHill @FoxNews
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"We're relying on the WTO to solve our problems with China." @LizPeek @TheHill @FoxNews


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/liz-peek-bidens-china-problem-–-president-wont-dare-confront-beijing-over-covid-origins-heres-why/ar-AAKANNU
Jun 16, 2021
1451: Supply Chain News: You cannot buy a bicycle in Nantucket; & What is to be done? @LizPeek @TheHill @FoxNews
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Photo: 1897 advertisement in The Graphic for Elliman's Universal Embrocation (manufactured in Slough), showing a relatively early example of an ordinary non-sea-bathing Western woman appearing skirtless in public (wearing "rationals" or "knickerbockers" or "bloomers" for bicycle-riding). The whole outfit (top and bottom) was known as a "bicycle suit"..

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Supply Chain News: You cannot buy a bicycle in Nantucket; & What is to be done? @LizPeek @TheHill @FoxNews


https://www.yellowpages.com/nantucket-ma/bicycle-shops
Jun 16, 2021
1451: What is the Indo-Pacific "Quad Plus"? @MichaelAuslin @HooverInst
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Photo: Quad:  Australia, Japan, India, and the United States.  Quad-plus addenda:  South Korea, Vietnam, and New Zealand.  Here:  25 pounder guns of the New Zealand Field Battery, Korea 1951

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What is the Indo-Pacific "Quad Plus"?  @MichaelAuslin @HooverInst

https://www.economist.com/asia/2021/06/12/the-quad-is-finding-its-purpose-at-last
Jun 16, 2021
1451: How does the Indo-Pacific Quad fit with NATO in the stand-off with the PRC? @MichaelAuslin @HooverInst
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Photo: Info-Pacific: map from US State Department.


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How does the Indo-Pacific Quad fit with NATO in the stand-off with the PRC? @MichaelAuslin @HooverInst

https://www.economist.com/asia/2021/06/12/the-quad-is-finding-its-purpose-at-last
Jun 16, 2021
1451: NATO back-to-the-future Cold War talk. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs
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Photo: NATO emblem.


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NATO back-to-the-future Cold War talk. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57466210.amp
Jun 16, 2021
1451: Why does NATO side with Egypt over Ethiopia in the Blue Nile dispute? Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs.
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Photo: 1719 Mallet Map of the Source of the Nile, Ethiopia (Abyssinia) - Geographicus - Nil-mallet-1719

"From his two springs, in Gojam’s sunny realm,
Pure welling out, he [the Nile] through the lucid lake
Of fair Dambea rolls his infant stream."
-- James Thomson: The Seasons: Summer
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Why does NATO side with Egypt over Ethiopia in the Blue Nile dispute? Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs.


https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/egypt-sudan-increase-pressure-ethiopia-over-nile-dam-crisis
Jun 16, 2021
1450: Russian-protected ransomware; & What is to be done? @MarkCMontgomery @FDD Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
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Photo: Principal street of ancient Kiev; Kiev an Rus.
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Russian-protected ransomware & What is to be done? @MarkCMontgomery @FDD   Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/ransomware-e2-80-99s-suspected-russian-roots-point-to-a-long-detente-between-the-kremlin-and-hackers/ar-AAKY1M8
Jun 16, 2021
1450: The day after the Iran Deal returns; & What is to be done? Chicago sports fan. @rich_goldberg @FDD @JIPodcast
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Photo: Art, Afghanistan, Herat, Safavid period - Persian Quatrains (Rubayi) and Calligraphic Exercises (recto); Persian Vers - 1983.1115 - Cleveland Museum of Art
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The day after the Iran Deal returns; & What is to be done? Chicago sports fan. @rich_goldberg @FDD @JIPodcast
Jun 16, 2021
1450: US-EU trade feuds quieting. Teri Schultz @terischultz @CBS terischultz.com
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Photo: Airbus A380-861


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US-EU trade feuds quieting. Teri Schultz @terischultz @CBS terischultz.com

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2021/06/15/boeing-airbus-trade-dispute-resolved/7698299002/
Jun 16, 2021
1450: Will Geneva speak of the nuclear arsenals? @KatrinaNation @TheNation
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Photo: A weapons-grade ring of electrorefined plutonium, typical of the rings refined at Los Alamos and sent to Rocky Flats for fabrication. The ring has a purity of 99.96%, weighs 5.3 kg, and is approx 11 cm in diameter. It is enough plutonium for one bomb core.  The ring shape helps with criticality safety (less concentrated material). .


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Will Geneva speak of the nuclear arsenals? @KatrinaNation @TheNation 

https://news.yahoo.com/anti-nuclear-campaigner-urges-biden-132649355.html
Jun 15, 2021
1450: Syria and Russia weaponize famine; & What is to be done? @JoshRogin @WashingtonPost
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Photo: Russians, hungry
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Syria and Russia weaponize famine & What is to be done? @JoshRogin @WashingtonPost

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/10/biden-putin-syria-conflict/


Jun 15, 2021
1450: 30 more Districts to the Taliban. @ThomasJoscelyn @BillRoggio @FDD
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Photo: Nightvision: An Afghan and coalition security force arrested two suspected insurgents while in search of a Taliban attack planner in Nad 'Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2012.

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30 more Districts to the Taliban. @ThomasJoscelyn @BillRoggio @FDD


https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/taliban-takes-control-of-30-districts-in-past-six-weeks.php
Jun 15, 2021
1450: Report Russia selling a spy satellite to Iran. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1 @ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness
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Photo: Cosmos 2542, a Russian inspection satellite

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Report Russia selling a spy satellite to Iran. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1 @ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-is-preparing-to-supply-iran-with-an-advanced-satellite-system-that-will-boost-tehran-e2-80-99s-ability-to-surveil-military-targets-officials-say/ar-AAKVgkS
Jun 15, 2021
1450: #NewWorldReport: The slow, unknown, strategically ambiguous path of the Iranian warship flotilla. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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Photo:  Iranian Navy IRIS 802
Photo is the property if the Supreeme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
http://english.khamenei.ir/photo/5933/Photos-Ayatollah-Khamenei-attends-graduation-ceremony-at-Naval.   Author: Khamenei.ir

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#NewWorldReport: The slow, unknown, strategically ambiguous path of the Iranian warship flotilla.  Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
https://www.securefreesociety.org


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-rare-move-iran-sends-warships-on-lengthy-atlantic-voyage/2021/06/10/c9a82aee-c9e5-11eb-8708-64991f2acf28_story.html


Jun 15, 2021
1450: #NewWorldReport: Colombia remains vulnerable to outside-actor agitation. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal. Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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Photo: Cartagena, partial view of the harbor
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#NewWorldReport: Colombia remains vulnerable to outside-actor agitation..  Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal. Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
https://www.securefreesociety.org

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/colombia-to-investigate-police-following-deadly-protests-as-tensions-escalate/ar-AAKBEdx
Jun 15, 2021
1454: NATO stares back at Russia and China. Theresa Fallon and Gordon Chang
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Image: Russian legation in Peking

NATO stares back at Russia and China.  Theresa Fallon and Gordon Chang
Jun 15, 2021
1450: #NewWorldReport: The Ortega-Murillo clan replace the Somoza dynasty forty years later. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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Photo: City of Leon, capital of Nicaragua

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#NewWorldReport: The Ortega-Murillo clan replace the Somoza dynasty forty years later. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
https://www.securefreesociety.org


https://news.yahoo.com/nicaragua-detains-5-more-opposition-030845196.html
Jun 15, 2021
1450: #NewWorldReport: Peru election unsettled, much advantage Pedro Castillo. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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Photo:The Chincha Islands, Peru - Illustration for The Illustrated Times, 1859
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#NewWorldReport: Peru election unsettled, much advantage Pedro Castillo. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
https://www.securefreesociety.org


https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-06-14/peru-waits-for-next-president-with-vote-count-stuck-near-completion

Jun 15, 2021
1453: The new Atlantic Charter and the ghosts of 1941 colonialism. Cleo Paskal and Gordon Chang
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Photo:  Printed copy of the Atlantic Charter

The New Atlantic Charter and the ghosts of 1941 colonialism
Cleo Paskal and Gordon Chang
 
Gordon and Theresa Fallon

 
Jun 15, 2021
1450: Pandemic-tempered expectations of POTUS in Cornwall, Brussels and especially Geneva. @DavidMDrucker @JohnFund @ThadMcCotter
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Photo: Members of the American Red Cross carry a body during the 1918–20 "Spanish flu" pandemic which resulted in dramatic mortality rates worldwide..

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Pandemic-tempered expectations of POTUS in Cornwall, Brussels and especially Geneva. @DavidMDrucker @JohnFund @ThadMcCotter
Jun 15, 2021
1452: 2/2 The new Global Taxman. Richard A Epstein
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Image:  The tax collector

2/2  The new Global Taxman.  

Richard A Epstein
Jun 15, 2021
1451: 1/2 The New Global Taxman, Richard A Epstein
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Photo: The tax collector

Richard Epstein  1/2  The New Global Taxman
 
 
Jun 15, 2021
1450: Afghanistan after NATO, the UN observation @ThomasJoscelyn @BillRoggio @FDD
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Photo: An Afghan girl looks around as coalition forces soldiers line the street of the village of Argan, Charkh District, Logar province, Afghanistan, July 14, 2011.

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Afghanistan after NATO, the UN observation  @ThomasJoscelyn @BillRoggio @FDD

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/ep-51-how-the-u-n-assesses-sl-qaeda-and-isis.php
Jun 15, 2021
1450: The tireless and resourceful small Haitian migrant family in Tapachula, waiting to go north. Michael Yon Patreon.com
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The tireless and resourceful small Haitian migrant family in Tapachula, waiting to go north. Michael Yon Patreon.com
Jun 15, 2021
1450: "Indiana" Hoenlein and the lost 1000-year-old egg. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1 @ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness
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"Indiana" Hoenlein and the lost 1000-year-old egg. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1 @ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness


https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1448746/archaeology-news-1000-year-old-chicken-egg-discovery-israel-evg
Jun 15, 2021
1448: Flying and driving Central America in the pandemic: few masks, little vaccine. Michael Yon, Patreon.com
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Flying and driving Central America in the pandemic: few masks, little vaccine. Michael Yon, Patreon.com


Jun 14, 2021
1448: Darién Gap migrants arrive in Tapachula, Mexico, waiting for the trail to the US. Michael Yon, Patreon.com
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Tapachula de Córdova y Ordóñez, simply known as Tapachula, is a city and municipality located in the far southeast of the state of Chiapas in Mexico, near the Guatemalan border and the Pacific Ocean.

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Darién Gap migrants arrive in Tapachula, Mexico, waiting for the trail to the US. Michael Yon, Patreon.com


https://www.dw.com/en/migrants-stuck-in-limbo-in-mexico-on-journey-to-us/av-57810752
Jun 14, 2021
1449: 1/2 The Biden-Putin Summit in Geneva addresses Ukraine; & What is to be done? H J MacKinder, Professor of International Relations.
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1/2  The Biden-Putin Summit in Geneva address Ukraine & What is to be done? H. J MacKinder, Professor of International Relations.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/why-ukraine-will-hang-on-every-word-in-the-biden-putin-summit/ar-AAL09OP
Jun 14, 2021
1449: 2/2 The Biden-Putin Summit in Geneva addresses Human Rights; & What is to be done? H. J. MacKinder, Professor of International Relations.
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2/2  The Biden-Putin Summit in Geneva address Human Rights & What is to be done? H.J MacKinder, Professor of International Relations.


https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/30/politics/biden-putin-human-rights-abuses/index.html
Jun 14, 2021
1449: Roya Hakakian #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. May 29, 2021
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Roya Hakakian #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. May 29, 2021


A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious. Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 16, 2021. by Roya Hakakian

https://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Guide-America-Immigrant-Curious/dp/0525656065/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1622853677&sr=1-1

A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Also, a mirror held up to America.

Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner's Guide to America is Hakakian's candid love letter to America.
Jun 14, 2021
1449: Terry Anderson #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. April 6, 2021
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            Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History.

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Terry Anderson #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. April 6, 2021


Adapt and Be Adept: Market Responses to Climate Change; Paperback – April 1, 2021. by Terry Anderson . (Editor)


https://www.amazon.com/Adapt-Be-Adept-Responses-Climate/dp/0817924558/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1619395663&refinements=p_27%3ATerry+Anderson&s=books&sr=1-1

How can markets help us adapt to the challenges of climate change? The editor Terry L. Anderson brings together this collection of essays featuring the work of nine leading policy analysts, who argue that market forces are just as important as government regulation in shaping climate policy—and should be at the heart of our response to helping societies adapt to climate change.

Anderson notes in his introduction that most current climate policies such as the Paris Agreement require hard-to-enforce collective action and focus on reducing or mitigating greenhouse gases rather than adapting to their negative effects. Adaptive actions can typically deliver much more, faster and more cheaply, than any realistic climate policy. The authors tackle a range of issues: the hidden costs of renewable energy sources, the political obstacles surrounding climate change policy, insurance and financial instruments for pricing risk of exposure to the effects of climate change, and more.

Reliance on emerging renewable energies and a carbon tax are not enough to prevent the effects of global warming, they argue. We must encourage more private action and market incentives to adapt to a rapidly changing climate.

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Jun 14, 2021
1449: Josh Rogin #Unbound: the complete, eighty-minute interview, March 21, 2021
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Josh Rogin #Unbound: the complete, eighty-minute interview, March 21, 2021

Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century, Kindle Edition by Josh Rogin   Format: Kindle Edition


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B364SKG/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

The explosive, behind-the-scenes story of Donald Trump’s high-stakes confrontation with Beijing, from an award-winning Washington Post columnist and peerless observer of the U.S.–China relationship

There was no calm before the storm. Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory shattered the fragile understanding between Washington and Beijing, putting the most important relationship of the twenty-first century in the hands of a novice who had bitterly attacked China from the campaign trail. Almost as soon as he entered office, Trump brought to a boil the long-simmering rivalry between the two countries, while also striking up a “friendship” with Chinese president Xi Jinping — whose manipulations of his American counterpart would undermine the White House’s already disjointed response to the historic challenge of a rising China. All the while, Trump’s own officials fought to steer U.S. policy from within.

By the time the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in Wuhan, Trump’s love-hate relationship with Xi had sparked a trade war, while Xi’s aggression had pushed the world to the brink of a new Cold War. But their quarrel had also forced a long-overdue reckoning within the United States over China’s audacious foreign-influence operations, horrific human rights abuses, and creeping digital despotism. Ironically, this awakening was one of the biggest foreign-policy victories of Trump’s fractious term in office.

​Filled with shocking revelations drawn from Josh Rogin’s unparalleled access to top U.S. officials from the White House and deep within the country’s foreign policy machine, Chaos Under Heaven reveals an administration at war with itself during perhaps our most urgent hour.
Jun 14, 2021
1449: John Tamny #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. March 28, 2021.
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            A proof, printed on paper, for a small campaign badge or banner for 1860 Republican candidates Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin. The badge has interesting similarities to "Lincoln and Hamlin" (no. 1860-10), featuring oval bust portraits of the two candidates surmounted by an eagle emanating rays of light and stars. Here the eagle spreads its wings and clutches arrows and an olive branch in his talons. Below the eagle is an olive branch. Directly above the portraits is a streamer with the motto: "Free Territory for a Free People."  Between the portraits is a landscape with a rail fence with a break in the center. Below, an olive and an oak branch join.
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John Tamny #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. March 28, 2021.

When Politicians Panicked: The New Coronavirus, Expert Opinion, and a Tragic Lapse of Reason. Hardcover – March 30, 2021 by John Tamny  (Author), George Gilder (Foreword)


https://www.amazon.com/When-Politicians-Panicked-Coronavirus-Opinion/dp/1642938378/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

When Politicians Panicked tells the tragic story of how, in response to a spreading virus, global politicians mindlessly pursued economic desperation, starvation, and death as the cure.

The global economy was booming as 2020 dawned but, within a few short months, wreckage, death, and desperation born of economic contraction were the new normal. What happened?

In When Politicians Panicked, the economic commentator John Tamny tells the heart-wrenching story of a time when politicians were tragically relieved of basic common sense in their response to the new coronavirus.

In March of 2020, the virus quickly became a major news item as political panic about it traveled around the world. Even though anecdotal and market-based evidence from the virus’s epicenter indicated very low lethality, politicians quickly imposed economy-crushing lockdowns on the rather specious assumption that unemployment, bankruptcy, and starvation would somehow halt the virus’s spread.

Tamny methodically dismantles the political consensus by showing how economic growth has long been the first and last answer to death and disease. He then shows how politicians, having mindlessly crushed a growing economy, proceeded to double down on their mistakes by throwing taxpayer money at their shocking errors.

Throughout When Politicians Panicked, Tamny makes a relentless case that free people don’t just produce the wealth that renders today’s killers yesterday’s news. They also produce crucial information about health threats that shines a light on that which threatens us. Lockdowns suffocate economic progress, but they also blind us to how we can progress—as Tamny makes plain in what will go down as an essential history for anyone seeking to understand the coronavirus panic of 2020
Jun 14, 2021
1449: Jerry Hendrix #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, March 23, 2021
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Jerry Hendrix #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, March 23, 2021

To Provide and Maintain a Navy: Why Naval Primacy Is America's First, Best Strategy, Hardcover – December 19, 2020 by Henry J Hendrix (Author)

https://www.amazon.com/Provide-Maintain-Navy-Americas-Strategy/dp/0960039198


The national conversation regarding the United States Navy has, for far too long, been focused on the popular question of how many ships does the service need? To Provide and Maintain a Navy, a succinct but encompassing treatise on sea power by Dr. Henry J "Jerry" Hendrix, goes beyond the numbers to reveal the crucial importance of Mare Liberum (Free Sea) to the development of the Western thought and the rules-based order that currently govern the global commons that is the high seas. Proceeding from this philosophical basis, Hendrix explores how a "free sea" gave way to free trade and the central role sea-borne commercial trade has played in the overall rise in global living standards. This is followed by analysis of how the relative naval balance of power has played out in naval battles and wars over the centuries and how the dominance of the United States Navy following World War II has resulted in seven decades of unprecedented peace on the world's oceans. He further considers how, in the years that followed the demise of the Soviet Union, both China and Russia began laying the groundwork to challenge the United States's maritime leadership and upend five centuries of naval precedents in order to establish a new approach to sovereignty over the world's seas. It is only at this point that Dr. Hendrix approaches the question of the number of ships required for the United States Navy, the industrial base required to build them, and the importance of once again aligning the nation's strategic outlook to that of a "seapower" in order effectively and efficiently to address the rising threat. To Provide and Maintain a Navy is brief enough to be read in a weekend but deep enough to inform the reader as to the numerous complexities surrounding what promises to be the most important strategic conversation facing the United States as it enters a new age of great power competition with not one, but two, nations who seek nothing less than to close and control the world's seas
Jun 14, 2021
1449: Holly Fretwell #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. April 12, 2021.
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Holly Fretwell  #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview.  April 12, 2021.

Fix America’s Forests: Reforms to Restore National Forests and Tackle the Wildfire Crisis. Holly Fretwell , Jonathan Wood April 12, 2021

 
https://www.perc.org/2021/04/12/fix-americas-forests-reforms-to-restore-national-forests-and-tackle-the-wildfire-crisis/

In 2020, the largest wildfire in California history scorched six counties in the northern part of the state. The August Complex Fire burned more than one million acres across three national forests and destroyed hundreds of structures. But devastating fires are not limited to California. Across the West, more than 10 million acres burned in 2020—a record in modern history. These fires consumed more than 17,500 structures and more than $3.5 billion in firefighting costs.Tragically, dozens of lives were lost, and many more people were displaced by evacuation orders. Fires released smoke that degraded air quality nearby and hundreds of miles away. They also destroyed wildlife habitat, including for imperiled species, and the fires’ aftereffects will soon lead to erosion that harms water quality in local watersheds.
Jun 14, 2021
1449: Russell Shorto #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, April 22, 2021.
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Russell Shorto #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, April 22, 2021.

Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob. Hardcover – February 2, 2021, by Russell Shorto   (Author)

https://www.amazon.com/Smalltime-Story-My-Family-Mob/dp/0393245586/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Family secrets emerge as a best-selling author dives into the history of the mob in small-town America.

The best-selling author Russell Shorto, praised for his incisive works of narrative history, never thought to write about his own past. He grew up knowing his grandfather and namesake was a small-town mob boss but maintained an unspoken family vow of silence. Then an elderly relative prodded: You’re a writer―what are you gonna do about the story?

Smalltime is a mob story straight out of central casting―but with a difference, for the small-town mob, which stretched from Schenectady to Fresno, is a mostly unknown world. The location is the brawny postwar factory town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The setting is City Cigar, a storefront next to City Hall, behind which Russ and his brother-in-law, “Little Joe,” operate a gambling empire and effectively run the town.

Smalltime is a riveting American immigrant story that travels back to Risorgimento Sicily, to the ancient, dusty, hill-town home of Antonino Sciotto, the author’s great-grandfather, who leaves his wife and children in grinding poverty for a new life―and wife―in a Pennsylvania mining town. It’s a tale of Italian Americans living in squalor and prejudice, and of the rise of Russ, who, like thousands of other young men, created a copy of the American establishment that excluded him. Smalltimedraws an intimate portrait of a mobster and his wife, sudden riches, and the toll a lawless life takes on one family.

But Smalltime is something more. The author enlists his ailing father―Tony, the mobster’s son―as his partner in the search for their troubled patriarch. As secrets are revealed and Tony’s health deteriorates, the book becomes an urgent and intimate exploration of three generations of the American immigrant experience. Moving, wryly funny, and richly detailed, Smalltime is an irresistible memoir by a masterful writer of historical narrative.
Jun 14, 2021
1449: Michael Auslin #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 12, 2021.
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Michael Auslin #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 12, 2021.

Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific,  by Michael R. Auslin   Format: Kindle Edition


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08563RW9H/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0


 The Indo-Pacific is fast becoming the world's dominant region. Now, as it grows in power and wealth, geopolitical competition has reemerged, threatening future stability not merely in Asia but around the globe. China is aggressive and uncooperative, and increasingly expects the world to bend to its wishes. The focus on Sino-US competition for global power has obscured "Asia's other great game": the rivalry between Japan and China. A modernizing India risks missing out on the energies and talents of millions of its women, potentially hampering the broader role it can play in the world. And in North Korea, the most frightening question raised by Kim Jong-un's pursuit of the ultimate weapon is also the simplest: Can he control his nukes? In Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, Michael R. Auslin examines these and other key issues transforming the Indo-Pacific and the broader world. He also explores the history of American strategy in Asia, from the 18th century through today. Taken together, Auslin's essays convey the richness and diversity of the region: with more than three billion people, the Indo-Pacific contains over half of the global population, including the world's two most populous nations, India and China. In a riveting final chapter, Auslin imagines a war between America and China in a bid for regional hegemony and what this conflict might look like
Jun 14, 2021
1449: J. H. Gelernter #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 3, 2021.
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J. H. Gelernter #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 3, 2021.

Hold Fast: A Novel.   Hardcover – May 4, 2021, by J. H. Gelernter 


It’s 1803. The Napoleonic Wars are raging, Britain is on her heels, and His Majesty’s Secret Service has just lost its best agent, Thomas Grey. Deeply depressed by his wife’s untimely death, Grey resigns from the service and accepts an offer to join a lumber firm in Boston. But when a sea battle with a privateer forces the ship carrying him west to make port in neutral Portugal, Grey is approached with a counteroffer: become a wealthy man by selling out Britain’s spy network to France. The French take Grey for a disgruntled ex–naval officer, blithely unaware that Grey had lost his wife to an unlucky shot from a French cannon.

Now, after many years serving King and Country, Grey seizes the opportunity to fight a covert war of his own. He travels to Paris, and―playing the part of the invaluable turncoat the French believe him to be―proceeds to infiltrate the highest levels of Napoleon’s government. If he can outwit his handlers, outmatch his French counterparts, and outrun Napoleon’s secret police, Grey may just avenge his wife’s death and turn the tide of war in England’s favor. Bursting with action and intrigue, Hold Fast sends readers headlong into an unrelenting spy thriller
Jun 14, 2021
1449: Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education — Hardcover. April 12, 2021., by James Tooley
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James Tooley #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview. May 14, 2021. 

Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education —  Hardcover – April 12, 2021.by James Tooley


“James Tooley has taken his argument about the transformative power of low-cost private education to a new and revelatory level in Really Good Schools. This is a bold and inspiring manifesto for a global revolution in education.”

—Niall C. Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Almost overnight a virus has brought into question America’s nearly 200-year-old government-run K-12 school-system—and prompted an urgent search for alternatives. But where should we turn to find them? 

Enter James Tooley’s Really Good Schools.

A distinguished scholar of education and the world’s foremost expert on private, low-cost innovative education, Tooley takes readers to some of the world’s most impoverished communities located in some of the world’s most dangerous places—including such war-torn countries as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and South Sudan. 

And there, in places where education “experts” fear to tread, Tooley finds thriving private schools that government, multinational NGOs, and even international charity officials deny exist. 

Why? 

Because the very existence of low-cost, high-quality private schools shatters the prevailing myth in the U.S., U.K., and western Europe that, absent government, affordable, high-quality schools for the poor could not exist.

But they do. And they are ubiquitous and in high demand. Founded by unheralded, local educational entrepreneurs, these schools are proving that self-organized education is not just possible but flourishing—often enrolling far more students than “free” government schools do at prices within reach of even the most impoverished families.

In the course of his analysis Tooley asks the key questions:

■ What proportion of poor children is served?

■ How good are the private schools? 

■ What are the business models for these schools? 

■ And can they be replicated and improved? 

The evidence is in. In poor urban and rural areas around the world, children in low-cost private schools outperform those in government schools. And the schools do so for a fraction of the per-pupil cost.

Thanks to the pandemic, parents in America and Europe are discovering that the education of their children is indeed possible—and likely far better—without government meddling with rigid seat-time mandates, outdated school calendars, absurd age-driven grade levels, and worse testing regimes. And having experienced the first fruits of educational freedom, parents will be increasingly open to the possibilities of ever greater educational entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Thankfully, they have Really Good Schools to show the way.
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Jun 14, 2021
1449: Jeff McCausland #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. May 21, 2021.
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Jeff McCausland #Unbound. The complete forty-minute interview. May 21, 2021.

Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler(Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged

https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Tested-Gettysburg-Leadership-Lessons/dp/1642934534

In order to be a truly effective leader, it is necessary to learn as much as possible from the examples of history—the disasters as well as the triumphs. At Gettysburg, Union and Confederate commanders faced a series of critical leadership challenges under the enormous stress of combat. The fate of the nation hung in the balance. These leaders each responded in different ways, but the concepts and principles they applied during those traumatic three days contain critical lessons for today’s leaders that are both useful and applicable—whether those leaders manage operations at a large corporation, supervise a public institution, lead an athletic team, or govern a state or municipality.  

In the twenty-first century, leadership is the indispensable quality that separates successful organizations from failures. Successful leaders communicate vision, motivate team members, and inspire trust. One must move both people and the collective organization into the future while, at the same time, dealing with the past. A leader must learn to master the dynamic requirements of decision-making and change
Jun 14, 2021
1447: Taliban: "Look, we know that harboring Al Qaeda and Bin Laden before 2001 was disastrous." @LievenAnatol @QuincyInst
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Taliban: "Look, we know that harboring Al Qaeda and Bin Laden before 2001 was disastrous." @LievenAnatol  @QuincyInst
Jun 13, 2021
1447: #PacificWatch: Is California prepped for the next big earthquake, three decades later? @JCBliss
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#PacificWatch: Is California prepped for the next big earthquake, three decades later? @JCBliss



Here’s what would happen if a huge quake hit Los Angeles -- If a large earthquake ruptures the San Andreas fault, the death toll could approach 2,000, and the shaking could lead to damage in every city in Southern California — from Palm Springs to San Luis Obispo, seismologist Lucy Jones has said. Los Angeles Times 


These are some of the major earthquake risks facing California -- It’s been three decades since two disastrous earthquakes shook California into looking more seriously at its seismic vulnerabilities. In 1989, Northern California was rocked by the Loma Prieta quake. Five years later, the Northridge quake hit Southern California. Los Angeles Times

Japan and Mexico have earthquake early-warning systems. How does California’s compare? -- When it comes to building a state-of-the-art earthquake early warning system, California is behind. Los Angeles Times

Earthquake apps: Which ones are worth downloading? -- Apps cannot predict when and where an earthquake will strike, but there is a relatively new early warning system for the U.S. West Coast. Those warnings will come through an app called MyShake. Madalyn Amato in the Los Angeles Times

How earthquakes happen: The science of a shake -- Californians have no doubt seen warnings about a major earthquake in headlines, science textbooks, Hollywood and more for years. And experts say we’re overdue. But to prepare for the Big One, it will help to know what one is. Los Angeles Times

Lucy Jones says this is the most important thing you can do to prepare for a quake -- People, not kits. If you really want to be ready for the next big earthquake, forget the earthquake kit and go talk to your neighbors. Los Angeles Times
Jun 13, 2021
1447: #PacificWatch: Drought-watering the tule elk of Tomales Point. @JCBliss
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#PacificWatch: Drought-Watering the tule elk of Tomales Point. @JCBliss

https://www.sfchronicle.com/drought/article/Drought-prompts-National-Park-Service-to-truck-in-16242598.php


Drought Prompts Supplemental Water for Point Reyes National Seashore Elk



Jun 13, 2021
1446: #CivilWar?: Why do the America Empire elites embrace the Church of Work (as did the Roman Empire elites)? Michael (Germanicus) Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis
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#CivilWar?: Why do the America Empire elites embrace the Church of Work (as did the Roman Empire elites)?  Michael (Germanicus) Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis


https://philosophyandletters.org/2021-conference/
Jun 13, 2021
1446: #CivilWar?: Is the Church of Woke a spontaneous Millenarianism? Michael Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis
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#CivilWar?: Is the Church of Woke a spontaneous Millenarianism? Michael (Germanicus) Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis


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Jun 13, 2021
1446: #CivilWar?: The swift rise of the Church of Woke in the Later American Empire. Michael (Germanicus) Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis
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#CivilWar?: The swift rise of the Church of Woke in the Later American Empire.  Michael (Germanicus) Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis


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Jun 13, 2021
1445: Weapons-laden (and fuel-laden) Iranian warships slow down in the South Atlantic. @USNINews @NavalInstitute @samlagrone
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Jun 12, 2021
1445: The joyful newlyweds at the Cornwall G-7. Vicki Barker @CBSNews.
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The joyful newlyweds at  the Cornwall G-7. Vicki Barker @CBSNews.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/carrie-johnson-dons-a-floral-gown-as-she-arrives-at-the-g7-reception/ar-AAKWYVz
Jun 12, 2021
1445: 8/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell
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8/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell

https://www.amazon.com/Indispensables-Diverse-Soldier-Mariners-Washington-Delaware-ebook/dp/B08M12FQ85


On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington’s army against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. One of the country’s first diverse units, they pulled off an “American Dunkirk” and saved the army by navigating the treacherous river to Manhattan.

At the right time in the right place, the Marbleheaders, a group of white, black, Hispanic, and Native American soldiers, repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the American Revolution. As historian Patrick K. O’Donnell recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and helped shape the United States through governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy.

The Marblehead Regiment, led by John Glover, became truly indispensable. Marbleheaders battled at Lexington and on Bunker Hill and formed the elite Guard that protected George Washington, foreshadowing today’s Secret Service. Then the special operations–like regiment, against all odds, conveyed 2,400 of Washington’s men across the ice-filled Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776, delivering the surprise attack on Trenton that changed the course of history . . .

The Marbleheaders’ story, never fully told before now, makes The Indispensables a vital addition to the literature of the American Revolution.

Jun 12, 2021
1445: 7/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell
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7/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell 



https://www.amazon.com/Indispensables-Diverse-Soldier-Mariners-Washington-Delaware-ebook/dp/B08M12FQ85


On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington’s army against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. One of the country’s first diverse units, they pulled off an “American Dunkirk” and saved the army by navigating the treacherous river to Manhattan.

At the right time in the right place, the Marbleheaders, a group of white, black, Hispanic, and Native American soldiers, repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the American Revolution. As historian Patrick K. O’Donnell recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and helped shape the United States through governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy.

The Marblehead Regiment, led by John Glover, became truly indispensable. Marbleheaders battled at Lexington and on Bunker Hill and formed the elite Guard that protected George Washington, foreshadowing today’s Secret Service. Then the special operations–like regiment, against all odds, conveyed 2,400 of Washington’s men across the ice-filled Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776, delivering the surprise attack on Trenton that changed the course of history . . .

The Marbleheaders’ story, never fully told before now, makes The Indispensables a vital addition to the literature of the American Revolution.
Jun 12, 2021
1445: 6/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell
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6/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell

https://www.amazon.com/Indispensables-Diverse-Soldier-Mariners-Washington-Delaware-ebook/dp/B08M12FQ85


On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington’s army against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. One of the country’s first diverse units, they pulled off an “American Dunkirk” and saved the army by navigating the treacherous river to Manhattan.

At the right time in the right place, the Marbleheaders, a group of white, black, Hispanic, and Native American soldiers, repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the American Revolution. As historian Patrick K. O’Donnell recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and helped shape the United States through governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy.

The Marblehead Regiment, led by John Glover, became truly indispensable. Marbleheaders battled at Lexington and on Bunker Hill and formed the elite Guard that protected George Washington, foreshadowing today’s Secret Service. Then the special operations–like regiment, against all odds, conveyed 2,400 of Washington’s men across the ice-filled Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776, delivering the surprise attack on Trenton that changed the course of history . . .

The Marbleheaders’ story, never fully told before now, makes The Indispensables a vital addition to the literature of the American Revolution.
Jun 12, 2021
1445: 5/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell
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5/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell

https://www.amazon.com/Indispensables-Diverse-Soldier-Mariners-Washington-Delaware-ebook/dp/B08M12FQ85


On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington’s army against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. One of the country’s first diverse units, they pulled off an “American Dunkirk” and saved the army by navigating the treacherous river to Manhattan.

At the right time in the right place, the Marbleheaders, a group of white, black, Hispanic, and Native American soldiers, repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the American Revolution. As historian Patrick K. O’Donnell recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and helped shape the United States through governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy.

The Marblehead Regiment, led by John Glover, became truly indispensable. Marbleheaders battled at Lexington and on Bunker Hill and formed the elite Guard that protected George Washington, foreshadowing today’s Secret Service. Then the special operations–like regiment, against all odds, conveyed 2,400 of Washington’s men across the ice-filled Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776, delivering the surprise attack on Trenton that changed the course of history . . .

The Marbleheaders’ story, never fully told before now, makes The Indispensables a vital addition to the literature of the American Revolution.
Jun 12, 2021
1445: 4/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell
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4/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell 


https://www.amazon.com/Indispensables-Diverse-Soldier-Mariners-Washington-Delaware-ebook/dp/B08M12FQ85

On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington’s army against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. One of the country’s first diverse units, they pulled off an “American Dunkirk” and saved the army by navigating the treacherous river to Manhattan.

At the right time in the right place, the Marbleheaders, a group of white, black, Hispanic, and Native American soldiers, repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the American Revolution. As historian Patrick K. O’Donnell recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and helped shape the United States through governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy.

The Marblehead Regiment, led by John Glover, became truly indispensable. Marbleheaders battled at Lexington and on Bunker Hill and formed the elite Guard that protected George Washington, foreshadowing today’s Secret Service. Then the special operations–like regiment, against all odds, conveyed 2,400 of Washington’s men across the ice-filled Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776, delivering the surprise attack on Trenton that changed the course of history . . .

The Marbleheaders’ story, never fully told before now, makes The Indispensables a vital addition to the literature of the American Revolution.
Jun 12, 2021
1445: 3/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell
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3/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell 


https://www.amazon.com/Indispensables-Diverse-Soldier-Mariners-Washington-Delaware-ebook/dp/B08M12FQ85

On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington’s army against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. One of the country’s first diverse units, they pulled off an “American Dunkirk” and saved the army by navigating the treacherous river to Manhattan.

At the right time in the right place, the Marbleheaders, a group of white, black, Hispanic, and Native American soldiers, repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the American Revolution. As historian Patrick K. O’Donnell recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and helped shape the United States through governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy.

The Marblehead Regiment, led by John Glover, became truly indispensable. Marbleheaders battled at Lexington and on Bunker Hill and formed the elite Guard that protected George Washington, foreshadowing today’s Secret Service. Then the special operations–like regiment, against all odds, conveyed 2,400 of Washington’s men across the ice-filled Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776, delivering the surprise attack on Trenton that changed the course of history . . .

The Marbleheaders’ story, never fully told before now, makes The Indispensables a vital addition to the literature of the American Revolution.
Jun 12, 2021
1445: 2/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell
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2/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell 


https://www.amazon.com/Indispensables-Diverse-Soldier-Mariners-Washington-Delaware-ebook/dp/B08M12FQ85


On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington’s army against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. One of the country’s first diverse units, they pulled off an “American Dunkirk” and saved the army by navigating the treacherous river to Manhattan.

At the right time in the right place, the Marbleheaders, a group of white, black, Hispanic, and Native American soldiers, repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the American Revolution. As historian Patrick K. O’Donnell recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and helped shape the United States through governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy.

The Marblehead Regiment, led by John Glover, became truly indispensable. Marbleheaders battled at Lexington and on Bunker Hill and formed the elite Guard that protected George Washington, foreshadowing today’s Secret Service. Then the special operations–like regiment, against all odds, conveyed 2,400 of Washington’s men across the ice-filled Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776, delivering the surprise attack on Trenton that changed the course of history . . .

The Marbleheaders’ story, never fully told before now, makes The Indispensables a vital addition to the literature of the American Revolution.
Jun 12, 2021
1445: 1/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell
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1/8: The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware. Kindle Edition. by Patrick K. O'Donnell 


https://www.amazon.com/Indispensables-Diverse-Soldier-Mariners-Washington-Delaware-ebook/dp/B08M12FQ85


On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington’s army against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. One of the country’s first diverse units, they pulled off an “American Dunkirk” and saved the army by navigating the treacherous river to Manhattan.

At the right time in the right place, the Marbleheaders, a group of white, black, Hispanic, and Native American soldiers, repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the American Revolution. As the historian Patrick K. O’Donnell recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and helped shape the United States through governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy.

The Marblehead Regiment, led by John Glover, became truly indispensable. Marbleheaders battled at Lexington and on Bunker Hill and formed the elite Guard that protected George Washington, foreshadowing today’s Secret Service. Then the special operations–like regiment, against all odds, conveyed 2,400 of Washington’s men across the ice-filled Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776, delivering the surprise attack on Trenton that changed the course of history . . .

The Marbleheaders’ story, never fully told before now, makes The Indispensables a vital addition to the literature of the American Revolution.
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Jun 12, 2021
1445: #PacificWatch: The Jerry Brown–inspired bullet train rises from the wooden stake. @JCBliss
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#PacificWatch: The Jerry Brown–inspired bullet train rises from the wooden stake. @JCBliss

https://www.sfchronicle.com/home/article/California-s-high-speed-rail-project-to-get-16240565.php


California's high-speed rail project to get back nearly $1 billion in federal funding that Trump cut — California will receive $929 million in grant funding toward its high-speed rail project — funding that former President Donald Trump had previously canceled in 2019 — under a deal announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office late Thursday night.  San Francisco Chronicle 


Biden restores $929 mln for California high-speed rail withheld by Trump - The Biden administration late on Thursday restored a $929 million grant for California's high-speed rail that then-President Donald Trump revoked in 2019. Reuters


Unions are the powerhouse behind California’s troubled bullet train. A big test awaits -- The brawny bodies in yellow hardhats and orange vests have been hard to miss in the audience over the years at California bullet train board meetings, legislative hearings and other key events. Los Angeles Times
Jun 12, 2021
1445: Normalcy interrupted. @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion
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Normalcy interrupted. @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion


https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-bungles-his-crisis-11623277137?st=9e2m30oxt3s1o2s&reflink=article_copyURL_share
Jun 12, 2021
1445: US Government lessons learned about ransomware. @FRoseDC WJLA
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US Government lessons learned about ransomware. @FRoseDC WJLA


https://govmatters.tv/former-federal-chief-information-security-officer-says-banning-ransomware-payments-is-impractical/
Jun 12, 2021
1445: The Americans are coming back! Lorenzo Fiori, Ansaldo Foundation.
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Photo: From, A . . . handbook for English and American tourists ... With seven maps, etc.

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The Americans are coming back! Lorenzo Fiori, Ansaldo Foundation.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sylviebigar/2021/06/08/italy-opens-to-us-travelers-for-summer-2021-and-villa-rental-market-explodes/?sh=6de63bbfb26a
Jun 12, 2021
1445: Brave little flying toaster Ingenuity leads the way. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: Ingenuity on Mars.

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Brave little flying toaster Ingenuity leads the way. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com


https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/ingenuity-completes-7th-flight-on-mars/
Jun 12, 2021
1445: Russian space tourism for cheaper? Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com
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.           Distinguished guests look on during a ceremony in which NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson, and Russian Cosmonauts Valery Korzun and Gennady Padalka were recognized for their achievements in space flight on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 in Jhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.  Whitson, Korzun and Padalka were in Jhezkazgan in preparation for the Expedition 24 Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft landing.  Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)


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Russian space tourism for cheaper? Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/russia-announces-new-tourist-flight-options-to-iss/
Jun 12, 2021
1444: Daniel Ortega suddenly arrests the opposition. Anatoly Kurmanaev @AKurmanaev @NYTimes
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Photo: An ancient petroglyph on Ometepe Islan, Nicaragua.

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Daniel Ortega suddenly arrests the opposition. Anatoly Kurmanaev @AKurmanaev @NYTimes


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/world/americas/nicaragua-ortega-opposition-leaders.html?smid=url-share

Jun 11, 2021
1444: Justin Trudeau and the Keystone Pipeline; and the Quebec Nationalist Bill 96. @ConradMBlack @NationalPost
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Justin Trudeau and the Keystone Pipeline; and the Quebec Nationalist Bill 96. @ConradMBlack  @NationalPost

ttps://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-the-quebec-secessionist-strategy-disrupt-the-status-quo-of-indifference

Jun 11, 2021
1444: Suspect Iran floods Twitter with hatred; & What is to be done? Joel Finkelstein (@ncri_io) ; Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
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Photo: The stamped acronym of the Iranian state-owned and operated Shahid Hemmat Industries Group (SHIG) appears on an Iranian Qiam class missile guidance component remnant on display at Joint Base Anacostia-Boling in Washington, D.C. Jan. 29, 2018. United Nations Security Council members viewed the display Jan. 29, 2018 along with a multi-national collection of evidence proving Iranian weapons proliferation in violation of United Nations resolutions 2216 and 2231. (DdoD photo by EJ Hersom)

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Suspect Iran floods Twitter with hatred; & What is to be done? Joel Finkelstein (@ncri_io); Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
 
Joel Finkelstein is the Director and Cofounder of the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI). NCRI  is a neutral and independent third party whose mission it is to track, expose, and combat misinformation, deception, manipulation, and hate across social media channels. Joel holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton and is a fellow at the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
 
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1444: #TheScalaReport: The post-pandemic future of high end office buildings with canine privileges and Bermuda shorts. Chris Riegel, CEO @ScalaInc @STRATACACHE
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#TheScalaReport: The post-pandemic future of high end office buildings with canine privileges and Bermuda shorts.   Chris Riegel, CEO @ScalaInc @STRATACACHE

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1444: Resolving Ukraine at Geneva now. Anatol Lieven, @QuincyInst
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Resolving Ukraine at Geneva now. Anatol Lieven, @QuincyInst



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1444: Crimea is Russia. Anatoly Lieven @QuincyInst
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Crimea is Russia. Anatoly Lieven @QuincyInst


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1444: What do we know about the two Iranian warships headed toward the Caribbean? Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
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What do we know about the two Iranian warships headed toward the Caribbean? Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1


https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rare-move-iran-sends-warships-lengthy-atlantic-voyage-78194100
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1444: The trouble in Guatemala is long-term and well-known corruption in the leadership. @MaryAnastasiaOG @WSJOpinion
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The trouble in Guatemala is long-term and well-known corruption in the leadership. @MaryAnastasiaOG @WSJOpinion


https://www.wsj.com/articles/kamala-harris-goes-to-guatemala-11623007280
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1444: Is the Latino vote in McAllen, Texas, a trend? WJMcGurn @WSJOpinion
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Is the Latino vote in McAllen, Texas, a trend? WJMcGurn @WSJOpinion


https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-latinos-bid-adios-to-democrats-11623104251


Jun 11, 2021
1444: Planetary EV is the new new. Simon Wright @TheEconomist
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Planetary EV is the new new.  Simon Wright @TheEconomist


GEOPOLITICS AND BUSINESS: The new geopolitics of global business. China and America dominate as never before. 
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Jun 11, 2021
1444: The relentless building of a global tax cartel. @VeroDeRugy @Mercatus
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The relentless building of a global tax cartel. @VeroDeRugy @Mercatus

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/the-g-7s-tax-cartel-is-bad-news/
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1444: Dutch Shell confesses. Vijay Vaitheeswaran @TheEconomist
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Dutch Shell confesses. Vijay Vaitheeswaran @TheEconomist



https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-09/shell-to-accelerate-emissions-cuts-after-court-ruling-ceo-says
Jun 11, 2021
1444: Is OPEC planning for a change in the weather? Vijay Vaitheeswaran @TheEconomist
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Is OPEC planning for a change in the weather? Vijay Vaitheeswaran @TheEconomist

https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2021/06/09/aint-easy-being-green-the-bottlenecks-threatening-the-energy-revolution




Jun 11, 2021
1444: The most recent Israeli election explained. Gil Hoffman (@Gil_Hoffman) ; Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
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The most recent Israeli election explained. Gil Hoffman (@Gil_Hoffman); Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
 
Gil Hoffman is the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post. Well-connected to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, he has interviewed every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum, has been interviewed by top media on six continents and is a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets. Called "The most optimistic man in Israel" by Israel Television.
 
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Jun 11, 2021
1444: Who would build a war tunnel under a school? Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer, @UNWatch); Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
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Who would build a war tunnel under a school?
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Hillel Neuer, International lawyer, diplomat, writer and activist, Hillel C. Neuer is the Executive Director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
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Jun 11, 2021
1444: #HotelMars: Supersonic when? Alan Boyle CosmicLog.com; David Livingston SpaceShow.com
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Photo: .Unitary Plan Supersonic Tunnel.  NASA.

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#HotelMars: Supersonic when? Alan Boyle CosmicLog.com David Livingston SpaceShow.com

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/can-united-e2-80-99s-new-boom-deal-bring-supersonic-flight-back/ar-AAKUNEF
Jun 11, 2021
1443: Mass-murder of HALO Trust in Afghanistan; & What is to be done? Jeff McCausland @CBSNews
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Photo: At 21:50 local time on June 8, ten HALO staff were killed and 16 injured by an unknown armed group at a demining camp in the Baghlan Province of Afghanistan. The group entered the camp and opened fire. We strongly condemn the attack on our staff, who were carrying out humanitarian work to save lives. We are focused now on care of the injured staff and supporting the families affected.
—James Cowan, HALO CEO

Here: PROM-1 bounding landmine. Normally, it's buried so only the prongs are visible.
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"HALO partners with other NGOs in many of our programmes, including Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), Danish Church Aid (DCA), Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), Action Against Hunger (ACF), Development Assistance Organisation (DAO), Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR) and Hand in Hand."

"HALO’s daily work involves the removal and clearance of explosives designed to kill and maim."

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Mass-murder of HALO Trust in Afghanistan; & What is to be done? Jeff McCausland @CBSNews


Dr. Jeff McCausland is the Founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC


https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/official-10-halo-trust-staff-killed-northern-afghanistan-78167728
Jun 10, 2021
1443: What does the Kremlin want to achieve in Geneva? @felix_light @CBSNews
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Photo: Moscow Kreml.  

Photo labelled as Kremlin from the Moskvoretsky bridge, probably a mistake in the signature. Moskvoretsky bridge (especially the old one, which stood in the alignment of the Balchug) is much to the right, it was removed from Sofiyskaya.


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What does the Kremlin want to achieve in Geneva? @felix_light @CBSNews

themoscowtimes.com/2021/06/09/russia-outlaws-navalnys-extremist-political-and-activist-movements-a74159…
Jun 10, 2021
1443: Reported PRC abduction of Uyghurs from Moslem countries. Nury Turkel @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo: Xinjiang, China:Street construction with shovel and spade; Urumchi, Xinjiang, China.

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Reported PRC abduction of Uyghurs from Moslem countries. Nury Turkel @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill


Nury Turkel, co-founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project and a commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, on these:
Jun 10, 2021
1443: North Korea threats; Moon's disappointment. Greg Scarlatoiu. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo: Pyongyang Times.

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North Korea threats; Moon's disappointment. Greg Scarlatoiu. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill


Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, on the attached letter and this: 


   
Jun 10, 2021
1443: 2/2: Flying down to Puerto Obadila to trace the migrants flooding the jungle. Michael Yon, Patreon.com
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Photo: Kuna Indians.
            Kuna Yala is limited in the north by the Caribbean sea, in the south by the province of Panama, in the East by Colombia and in the west by the province of Colon.

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2/2: Flying down to Puerto Obadila to trace the migrants flooding the jungle. Michael Yon, Patreon.com


https://www.prokerala.com/travel/airports/panama/puerto-obaldia-airport.html
Jun 10, 2021
1443: 1/2: Flying down to Puerto Obaldila to trace the migrants flooding the jungle. Michael Yon, Patreon.com
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Photo: Guna children in 1927. The child in the center is albino.

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1/2: Flying down to Puerto Obaldila to trace the migrants flooding the jungle. Michael Yon, Patreon.com

https://www.prokerala.com/travel/airports/panama/puerto-obaldia-airport.html
Jun 10, 2021
1443: Bezos not in orbit; Musk to Mars. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: Milky Way over Split Mountain
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Bezos not in orbit; Musk to Mars. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com


https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/bezos-to-fly-on-first-manned-new-shepard-suborbital-flight-in-july/
Jun 10, 2021
1443: The rugged, winding road ahead for Curiosity on Mars. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches Dingo Gap, Mastcam View
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The rugged,winding road ahead for Curiosity on Mars. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com


https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/curiositys-dramatic-path-forward/
Jun 10, 2021
1443: Threats and challenges to the proposed new Israeli coalition. @AaronKleinShow; Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Netanyahu.
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Photo:Rabbi Avraham Aminoff, Chief Rabbi of the Bukharian community .

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Threats and challenges to the proposed new Israeli coalition. @AaronKleinShow; Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Netanyahu.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/no-love-lost-between-biden-and-bibi-but-what-might-an-israeli-pm-bennett-mean-for-the-us/ar-AAKEygS
Jun 10, 2021
1443: The violence and the disappointment in the Mexican midterms. Adrienne Bard @CBSNews
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"In the July 5 midterm elections, Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) swept elections at all levels of government. The PRI seized five of the six governorships at stake, won important municipal seats, and with a likely alliance in Congress, will hold a majority in the Chamber of Deputies. Panelists attributed the dramatic resurgence of support for the PRI, the party that Mexicans voted out in 2000 after seven decades of near-complete dominance of the political system, to its unified and mobilized campaign which overcame the other major parties' poor strategies and internal ruptures. The election will impact President Felipe Calderón of the National Action Party (PAN), who must now negotiate his entire reform agenda with the PRI." 


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The violence and the disappointment in the Mexican midterms. Adrienne Bard @CBSNews

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/07/mexico-elections-midterms-amlo
Jun 10, 2021
1443: The EV to to exclusion of all else; & What is to be done? Bernard L. Weinstein is professor emeritus of applied economics at the University of North Texas and a Fellow of Goodenough College in London.
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Photo: Electrical Vehicle, 8/12/1977.

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The EV to to exclusion of all else; & What is to be done? Bernard L. Weinstein is  professor emeritus of applied economics at the University of North Texas and a Fellow of Goodenough College in London.



https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/555936-lets-not-put-all-our-cars-in-the-ev-basket


Jun 10, 2021
1443: China bullies Canada; & What is to be done? Charles Burton. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo:  Buster and the bully. (Rememberthat "yellow-bellied" meant cowardly.)

A twelve-frame comic strip that begins, in frames 1-6, with Buster getting hit in the head with a snowball thrown by a bully; Buster then makes friends with the bully and proposes an amusement, setting him up to take a fall. In frames 7-12, Buster knocks the hat off a passing gentleman with a snowball, the man thinks the bully is responsible and the two of them fight; the roughed-up bully looks at Buster who runs off with sweet revenge. Outcault presents a resolution in frame twelve.

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China bullies Canada; & What is to be done? Charles Burton. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill


Charles Burton, senior fellow at the Centre for Advancing Canada's Interests Abroad at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, on this:
Jun 10, 2021
1443: 2/2: Ethiopia moves to reunite with Eritrea to build a power of 120 million in the Horn of Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs
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Photo: Ethiopian medley
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2/2: Ethiopia moves to reunite with Eritrea to build a power of 120 million in the Horn of Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs


https://www.theafricareport.com/93867/eritrea-ethiopia-a-string-of-near-chances-to-fully-normalise-relations/
Jun 10, 2021
1443: 1/2: Ethiopia moves to reunite with Eritrea to build a power of 120 million in the Horn of Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs
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Photo: 1818 Pinkerton Map of Abyssinia (Ethiopia), Sudan, Nubia 

This fascinating hand colored 1818 map by Edinburgh cartographer John Pinkerton depicts Abyssinia, Sudan and Nubia.  Covers from the Great Desert of Selima south to Donga and west through the “Dominons of a Princes called Ibbe”, Caffa (a Christian State), Bali and the Gulf of Aden. Covers the modern day regions of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and southern Egypt (Nubia). The whole offers beautiful and fascinating notations such as “The Supposed Ancient Island of Meroe”, inexplicable comments such as “Here the Portuguese found King David Encamped in the year 1520”, caravan routes and desert oases, and religious comments. Also includes details of the politically and socially volatile regions of Darfur (Darfour) and Kordofan in modern day Sudan. Possibly the finest map of the Abyssinia to appear in the 19th century. The map comes from the scarce American edition of Pinkerton’s Modern Atlas, published by Dobson & Co. of Philadelphia in 1818
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1/2: Ethiopia moves to reunite with Eritrea to build a power of 120 million in the Horn of Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs


https://www.theafricareport.com/93867/eritrea-ethiopia-a-string-of-near-chances-to-fully-normalise-relations/
Jun 10, 2021
1443: PRC Wolf Warriors meet stony stares in Europe. Theresa Fallon, CREABrussels.com ; @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo: Queue of Chinese warriors, central sector of China's Salween front
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PRC Wolf Warriors meet stony stares in Europe. Theresa Fallon, CREABrussels.com ; @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill

Theresa Fallon, director of the Center for Russia Europe Asia Studies in Brussels, on this: 
 
Jun 10, 2021
1443: #NewWorldReport: The Peru count goes Castillo's way. Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
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Photo: International socialists.
            A group of socialists from different countries standing around a large glue pot referred to as the international sealant glue of the brand the dove of peace. On the right Pieter Jelles Troelstra, also Wibaut, the Swedish Prime Minister Branting, the Danish Prime Minister Stauning and the Belgian politician Camille Huysmans. Design for a political cartoon.
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The Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo, who is narrowly leading the count from a presidential election at the weekend, would maintain a "market economy" if he becomes president, a key economic aide said on Wednesday.
         "Our idea is not to have massive interventionism in the economy," Pedro Francke, a leftwing economist and adviser, told Reuters.

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 #NewWorldReport: The Peru count goes Castillo's way.  Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
https://www.securefreesociety.org


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/perus-castillo-to-respect-market-economy-if-declared-election-winner-says-adviser/ar-AAKSAzS
Jun 10, 2021
1442: 2/2: Meet the Democratic candidates: Two weeks to the New York City mayoralty primary: Wiley, Gonzales, Stringer, Yang, Adams, McGuire, Donovan, Garcia.
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Photo:  "Herman A Metz for Comptroller."
              A collection of 77 leaflets, pamphlets broadsides and sample ballots of the New York City election of 1905.

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2/2: Meet the Democratic candidates: Two weeks to the mayoralty primary: Wiley, Morales, Stringer, Yang, Adams, McGuire, Donovan, Garcia.

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-eight-is-more-than-enough-20210605-gk6jl63y4zgi7f2ft6wwlbjhzu-story.html
Jun 09, 2021
1442: 1/2: Meet the Democratic candidates: Two weeks to the New York City mayoralty primary: Wiley, Gonzales, Stringer, Yang, Adams, McGuire, Donovan, Garcia.
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Photo: "Our choice for mayor, and his record."
            A collection of 77 leaflets, pamphlets broadsides and sample ballots of the New York City election of 1905.
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1/2: Meet the Democratic candidates: Two weeks to the New York City mayoralty primary: Wiley, Gonzales, Stringer, Yang, Adams, McGuire, Donovan, Garcia.

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-eight-is-more-than-enough-20210605-gk6jl63y4zgi7f2ft6wwlbjhzu-story.html
Jun 09, 2021
1442: 2/2:The promising, discouraging, confounding, humbling Brazil in the pandemic. @sarahmaslin @TheEconomist.
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Photo: Hospital das Clínicas - S. Paulo Fotolabor, São Paulo, Brazil
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2/2:The promising, discouraging, confounding, humbling Brazil in the pandemic. @sarahmaslin @TheEconomist.

https://www.economist.com/special-report/2021-06-05?utm_medium=pr&utm_source=us-e
Jun 09, 2021
1442: 1/2: The promising, discouraging, confounding, humbling Brazil in the pandemic. @sarahmaslin @TheEconomist.
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Photo:  Brésil.  Etched by Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)
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1/2: The promising, discouraging, confounding, humbling Brazil in the pandemic. @sarahmaslin @TheEconomist.

https://www.economist.com/special-report/2021-06-05?utm_medium=pr&utm_source=us-e
Jun 09, 2021
1442: Global taxes and the markets. @LizPeek @TheHill
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Photo  World Peace Tax Fund People morally opposed to paying taxes for war will be forced to pay a share . . .  

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Global taxes and the markets. @LizPeek @TheHill


https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/global-markets-shares-range-bound-as-markets-digest-u.s.-jobs-data-global-tax-deal-2021-06
Jun 09, 2021
1442: The jobs reports and America's Help Wanted. @LizPeek @TheHill @FoxNews
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Photo:  "Boy! Did we do a day's work! They give the job all they've got!" Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. Between 1941 and 1945.
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The jobs reports and America's Help Wanted. @LizPeek @TheHill @FoxNews


https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/may-jobs-report-shows-there-e2-80-99s-nothing-normal-about-the-post-pandemic-labor-market/ar-AAKNor2
Jun 09, 2021
1442: Guatemala: "Nobody wants to leave their home." @edokeefe @CBSNews
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Guatemala: "Nobody wants to leave their home." @edokeefe @CBSNews
Jun 09, 2021
1442: Before the EU-US trade war over digital taxes. @ChristineMcDan @Mercatus
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Photo: . The last emperor of Rome's Golden Age, Marcus Aurelius (161-180 A.D.) struggled to maintain the low tax and stable money principles of Augustus. ... In an effort to avoid raising taxes, Marcus sold even his own personal assets to fund the state. As this avenue was eventually exhausted, he debased the coinage to 75% silver. [Permissions: I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide.]

"In the terminal collapse of the Roman Empire, there was perhaps no greater burden to the average citizen than the extreme taxes they were forced to pay The tax ‘reforms’ of Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century were so rigid and unwavering that many people were driven to starvation and bankruptcy. The state went so far as to chase around widows and children to collect taxes owed. . . . Under such a debilitating regime, both rich and poor wished dearly that the barbarian hordes would deliver them from the burden of Roman taxation."
"In his book Decadent Societies, [the] historian Robert Adams wrote, '[B]y the fifth century, men were ready to abandon civilization itself in order to escape the fearful load of taxes.' ”


By the 4th century, the Roman economy and tax structure were so dismal that many farmers abandoned their lands in order to receive public entitlements.



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Before the EU-US trade war over digital taxes. @ChristineMcDan @Mercatus


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/g-7-agreement-tech-giants-pay-fair-taxes/
Jun 09, 2021
1442: The courtroom saga of the Obama Presidential Center @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst
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Photo: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
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The courtroom saga of the Obama Presidential Center @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/obama-pitches-future-presidential-center-as-a-bridge-to-unite-communities/ar-AAKID0a
Jun 09, 2021
1442: SCOTUS on retroactive taxes. @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst
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Photo: Egyptian peasants seized for non-payment of taxes. (Pyramid Age).

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SCOTUS on retroactive taxes. @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst


United States v. Carlton, 512 U.S. 26 (1994)

, https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/512/26/
The earlier cases are listed here:
But "the Court has never intimated that Congress possesses unlimited power to 'readjust rights and burdens ... and upset otherwise settled expectations.''' Connolly v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 475 U. S. 211, 229 (1986) (O'CONNOR, J., concurring) (brackets omitted), quoting Usery v. Turner Elkhorn Mining Co., 428 U. S. 1, 16 (1976).
Jun 09, 2021
1442: The glamourous future for big-city, high-end commercial offices post-pandemic. Vinjeru Mkandawire @vinjerum @TheEconomist
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Photo: Hearst Tower, New York.

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The glamourous future for big-city, high-end commercial offices post-pandemic. Vinjeru Mkandawire @vinjerum @TheEconomist

https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2021/06/03/what-a-work-from-home-revolution-means-for-commercial-property
Jun 09, 2021
1442: Planning officers and your corrected micropark in pandemic, backyard London. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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Photo: A little park.

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Planning officers and your corrected micropark in pandemic, backyard London. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion

https://www.landscapeinstitute.org
Jun 09, 2021
1442: The global taxman approaches. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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Photo: The tax collector
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The global taxman approaches. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion

https://www.wsj.com/articles/forget-companiesthe-global-taxman-wants-the-middle-class-11622737450


Jun 09, 2021
1442: Brexit risks a sausage war in Northern Ireland. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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Photo: "The Wurst Girl" Series 20, copyright 1908 by Chas. Rose


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Brexit risks a sausage war in Northern Ireland. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/06/07/eu-threatens-sausage-trade-war/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_iosshare_AxRF9M86VKWs


Jun 09, 2021
1442: London locks down Manchester and calls off summer vacation. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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Photo:  The Massacre of Peterloo! Or a specimen of English liberty, August 16th, 1819  / Marks, fecit
             Print showing the Manchester Yeomanry slashing and beating a crowd gathered to demand parliamentary reform as the Riot Act is read from a window..


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London  locks down Manchester and calls off summer vacation. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-news-covid-vaccine-lockdown-june-restrictions-indian/
Jun 09, 2021
1442: The noisy silence of Victoria Park on Tiananmen Day, 2021. @Crosett @IWF
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Photo: Victoria. Hong Kong. China
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The noisy silence of Victoria Park on Tiananmen Day, 2021. @Crosett @IWF

https://pjmedia.com/claudiarosett/2021/06/04/xi-jinpings-tiananmen-vision-for-us-all-n1452120



Jun 09, 2021
1441: Endemic Covid-19 likely requires vaccines and remedies indefinitely. @HenryIMiller @PacificReasearch
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Photo: NATIONAL VACCINE & ANTITOXIN INST.
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Endemic Covid-19 likely requires updated vaccines and crisis remedies indefinitely. @HenryIMiller @PacificReasearch


http://www.henrymillermd.org/25439/vaccines-are-pivotal-in-the-war-on-covid-19-but
Jun 08, 2021
1441: The Nation challenges Google; & What is to be done? Katrina vanden Heuvel, TheNation.com @KatrinaNation
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Photo: .Justice Department Hits Google With Antitrust Lawsuit

We’re Suing Google. Here’s Why.

Together with The Progressive and Genius Media Group, Inc., we’re fighting back against the tech giant’s predatory pricing and monopolistic practices that put independent journalism at risk.
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The Nation challenges Google & What is to be done? Katrina vanden Heuvel, TheNation.com @KatrinaNation


https://www.thenation.com/article/society/google-lawsuit-monopoly-antitrust/
Jun 08, 2021
1441: Roscosmos planning a Moon sample return and a Moon manned lander. Anatoly Zak @RussianSpaceWeb, David Livingston SpaceShow.com
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Photo: NASA Expedition 9 backup Commander jogs on the grounds of the Cosmonaut Hotel, Friday, August 16, 2004, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.  Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
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Roscosmos planning a Moon sample return and a Moon manned lander. Anatoly Zak @RussianSpaceWeb , David Livingston SpaceShow.com


http://www.russianspaceweb.com/protected/luna-grunt-2021.html
Jun 08, 2021
1441: Is Puerto Rico looking purple? @DavidMDrucker @DCExaminer @ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness
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Photo: The President at Caguas, P. R.  From http://loc.gov
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Is Puerto Rico looking purple?  @DavidMDrucker @DCExaminer @ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness




Jun 08, 2021
1441: "Indiana Hoenlein" and the Lost Bone Arrowheads of Goliath's Gath. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1 @ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness
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Photo: National Cathedral interiors. Tapestry of David and Goliath story in National Cathedral
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"Indiana Hoenlein" and the Lost Bone Arrowheads of Goliath's Gath. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1 @ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness


https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/gath-arrowhead-0015387
Jun 08, 2021
1441: Reopening California awash in Help Wanted signs. @DevinNunes CA-22
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Reopening California awash in Help Wanted signs. @DevinNunes CA-22


https://news.yahoo.com/small-business-owners-struggle-staffing-231557496.html
Jun 08, 2021
1441: Does the PRC leadership believe in UFOs? Rick Fisher, @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo:  The Hopeh Incident refers to a UFO that was supposedly spotted and photographed over Hebei, China, in 1942. .

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Does the PRC leadership believe in UFOs? Rick Fisher, @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill

Rick Fisher, senior fellow on Asian Military Affairs of the International Assessment and Strategy Center, on this:  
Jun 08, 2021
1441: UN Report identifies Hattin Shura as Al Qaeda high command for all of the ummah. @ThomasJoscelyn @BillRoggio @FDD
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Photo: Arabic document found in an Al Qaeda safehouse.
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UN Report identifies Hattin Shura as Al Qaeda high command for all of the ummah. @ThomasJoscelyn @BillRoggio @FDD

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/u-n-report-cites-new-intelligence-on-haqqanis-close-ties-to-al-qaeda.php

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/ep-50-the-unknowns.php
Jun 08, 2021
1441: Taliban overrun a dozen districts, offer reconciliation to Afghan soldiers who surrender. @ThomasJoscelyn @BillRoggio @FDD
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Taliban overrun a dozen districts, offer reconciliation to Afghan soldiers who surrender. @ThomasJoscelyn @BillRoggio @FDD

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/taliban-seizes-six-districts-in-the-past-week.php
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Jun 08, 2021
1441: PRC vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac reported absent trial data and inadequate for recipient nations such as Bahrain. Sean Lin, @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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PRC vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac reported absent trial data and inadequate for recipient nations such as Bahrain. Sean Lin, @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill


Sean Lin, former lab director of the viral disease branch of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, on these:
 


Jun 08, 2021
1441: The hate-filled damage to the synagogues of Lod. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1@ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness
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The hate-filled damage to the synagogues of Lod. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1@ThadMcCotter @theamgreatness


https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/lods-violence-shocked-my-core-but-didnt-bewilder-my-mind/
Jun 08, 2021
1441: Report from Pompeo's Mahogany Row at the US State Department: China, Russia, EU. @MaryKissel
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Report from Mike Pompeo's "Mahogany Row" at the US State Department: China, Russia, EU. @MaryKissel

https://www.foxnews.com/media/pompeo-china-evidence-wuhan-lab-leak-covid


Jun 08, 2021
1441: #NewWorldReport: Guatemala's longstanding corruption challenge; & What is to be done? Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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#NewWorldReport: Guatemala's longstanding corruption challenge; & What is to be done? Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
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https://www.ganintegrity.com/portal/country-profiles/guatemala/
Jun 08, 2021
1441: #NewWorldReport: What is the balance between preserving the Amazon forest and prospering from Amazonia? Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal, Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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#NewWorldReport: What is the balance between preserving the Amazon forest and prospering from Amazonia? Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
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https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2021/0607/Deforestation-isn-t-helping-farmers-in-Brazil.-So-what-might
Jun 08, 2021
1441: #NewWorldReport: Turmoil continues in Colombia. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal, Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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More than 50 people have died since a wave of protests started to sweep across Colombia at the end of April. Protesters have blocked key roads leading to shortages of fuel and food in some areas and there have been violent clashes between the security forces and demonstrators.


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#NewWorldReport: Turmoil continues in Colombia. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal ,Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-57378994



 
Jun 08, 2021
1441: #NewWorldReport: Surprise election results for Peru president and Mexico midterms. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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#NewWorldReport: Surprise election results for Peru president and Mexico midterms. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/peru-s-presidential-runoff-election-too-close-to-call/ar-AAKNClp

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/07/mexico-midterm-election-lopez-obrador/

Jun 08, 2021
1440: 2/2: Russia-US Summiteers in Geneva, 2021: What does the US want & What is to be done? Professor H. J. Mackinder, International Relations.
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Ryska militärer. .Foto Gustaf Sandberg..sls1849_719..Ur boken Helsingfors i ord och bild..Utgiven av Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, 2012..www.sls.fi ( http://www.sls.fi ) Russian Military in Finland.
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2/2: Russia-US Summiteers in Geneva, 2021: What does the US  want & What is to be done? Professor H. J. Mackinder, International Relations.


https://www.reuters.com/world/biden-putin-have-summit-geneva-soon-swiss-daily-says-2021-05-24/
Jun 07, 2021
1440: 1/2: Russia-US Summiteers in Geneva, 2021: What does Russia want & What is to be done? Professor H. J. Mackinder, International Relations.
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1/2: Russia-US Summiteers in Geneva, 2021: What does Russia want & What is to be done? Professor H. J. Mackinder, International Relations.


https://www.reuters.com/world/biden-putin-have-summit-geneva-soon-swiss-daily-says-2021-05-24/
Jun 07, 2021
1439: Jeff McCausland #Unbound. The complete forty-minute interview. May 21, 2021.
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Jeff McCausland #Unbound. The complete forty-minute interview. May 21, 2021.

Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged

https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Tested-Gettysburg-Leadership-Lessons/dp/1642934534

In order to be a truly effective leader, it is necessary to learn as much as possible from the examples of history—the disasters as well as the triumphs. At Gettysburg, Union and Confederate commanders faced a series of critical leadership challenges under the enormous stress of combat. The fate of the nation hung in the balance. These leaders each responded in different ways, but the concepts and principles they applied during those traumatic three days contain critical lessons for today’s leaders that are both useful and applicable—whether those leaders manage operations at a large corporation, supervise a public institution, lead an athletic team, or govern a state or municipality.  

In the twenty-first century, leadership is the indispensable quality that separates successful organizations from failures. Successful leaders communicate vision, motivate team members, and inspire trust. One must move both people and the collective organization into the future while, at the same time, dealing with the past. A leader must learn to master the dynamic requirements of decision-making and change
Jun 07, 2021
1439: Josh Rogin #Unbound: the complete, eighty-minute interview, March 21, 2021
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Photo: Peking observatory.   John Thomson:  "Peking consists of two cities: one the Tartar or Manchu city, with the Imperial palace in its centre; the other, the Chinese, containing the altars of Heaven and Earth, where the State worship is carried on." Exceptional text here below at the end.*
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Josh Rogin #Unbound: the complete, eighty-minute interview, March 21, 2021

Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century, Kindle Edition by Josh Rogin   Format: Kindle Edition


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The explosive, behind-the-scenes story of Donald Trump’s high-stakes confrontation with Beijing, from an award-winning Washington Post columnist and peerless observer of the U.S.–China relationship

There was no calm before the storm. Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory shattered the fragile understanding between Washington and Beijing, putting the most important relationship of the twenty-first century in the hands of a novice who had bitterly attacked China from the campaign trail. Almost as soon as he entered office, Trump brought to a boil the long-simmering rivalry between the two countries, while also striking up a “friendship” with Chinese president Xi Jinping — whose manipulations of his American counterpart would undermine the White House’s already disjointed response to the historic challenge of a rising China. All the while, Trump’s own officials fought to steer U.S. policy from within.

By the time the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in Wuhan, Trump’s love-hate relationship with Xi had sparked a trade war, while Xi’s aggression had pushed the world to the brink of a new Cold War. But their quarrel had also forced a long-overdue reckoning within the United States over China’s audacious foreign-influence operations, horrific human rights abuses, and creeping digital despotism. Ironically, this awakening was one of the biggest foreign-policy victories of Trump’s fractious term in office.

​Filled with shocking revelations drawn from Josh Rogin’s unparalleled access to top U.S. officials from the White House and deep within the country’s foreign policy machine, Chaos Under Heaven reveals an administration at war with itself during perhaps our most urgent hour.

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*  John Thomson:

Peking consists of two cities: one the Tartar or Manchu city, with the Imperial palace in its centre; the other, the Chinese, containing the altars of Heaven and Earth, where the State worship is carried on.

The Tartar city is enclosed by massive walls, nearly in the form of a square, each side measuring about three miles and a-half. These walls are pierced with nine gates; three on the south side and two on each of the others. The Tartar city is supposed to contain nothing except the Imperial palace, the abodes of the nobles, and the barracks for the accommodation of the bannermen, already described, who form the body-guard of the Emperor. Several causes, however, have contributed to alter this, the original state of things; the most prominent of which are, the long residence of these bannermen in the capital; their familiar intercourse with the less warlike Chinese; their proud disdain for trades or handicrafts of every sort; and the inadequate support which the government allowances can supply. Many of the old families of the Manchu bannermen have thus become impoverished, and the lands allotted to them at the time of the conquest have been sold, and have passed to Chinese proprietors; so that now there is a considerable Chinese population to be found within the Tartar city.

The Chinese city adjoins the southern wall of the Tartar city. It is also walled, in the form of a parallelogram, and covers an area five miles long by three broad. Access to this division of the metropolis is gained through seven gateways; two on the north, one eastward, one westward, and three others on the southern side.

The Chinese town is thinly populated, and a great portion of the enclosed area is under cultivation. Mr Edkins estimates the entire census of Peking at something over a million, whereas, he says, the Chinese set it down at two millions and a-half.

Having ascended one of the well-built slopes of stone which conduct to the summit of the city walls, I found myself traversing a paved surface thirty feet in width, and commanding a view of the capital from an elevation of about fifty-five feet.

The prospect from the walls is by no means a striking one; the eye ranges over a multitude of low roofs, and brick walls enclosing the pleasure grounds of the rich, with shrubs and trees overhanging them; or over the mud hovels of a multitude of poor, proud, bannermen, divided by broad thoroughfares in well defined lines, and cut across also by narrow lanes of communication to the walled-in dwellings.
When one gazes upon a Chinese city, such as Peking, one cannot help being struck by its labyrinth of walls. You must first mount the ramparts to see them, and, this done, you may descry beneath your feet countless lanes hedged in with high brick walls, where every dwelling of any pretensions is shut in round about by brick enclosures all its own. Thus each family seems fortified against vulgar or offensive intrusion.

The houses are so arranged that the inner family dwelling is isolated in a sort of sacred seclusion. The only approach is by a small outer doorway, through a dead wall, leading into a court and outer chamber, beyond which a stranger may not intrude. Next to this succeeds a reception room for guests, and further in are the apartments devoted solely to the family circle.

I cannot help holding it to be a defect in the national character, which renders such formidable barriers necessary. Moreover, when I looked towards the centre of the city, my eyes caught the light reflected by the yellow roofs of the Imperial palace, and I found the idea of family isolation carried out in the strong walls and moat which encompass the grounds of the "sacred purple capitol," within which the Emperor and his family reside, and his eunuchized retainers are condemned to dwell in splendid misery. In addition to the palace of the Emperor and the abodes of the Princes, a few stately temples rear their heads close by, and break the monotony of the prospect.

Near to the palace, and on the east side of the Tartar city, rising a considerable height above the battlements, the Observatory is to be seen. This Observatory was erected during the Yuen or Mongol dynasty, towards the end of the thirteenth century, Ko-show-king, one of the most renowned astronomers in Chinese history, being chief of the astronomical board at the time. The instrument shown at No. i [, constructed under his directions, now stands below the wall at the east end of the court. It is of huge dimensions, cast in solid bronze, and is of the most beautiful workmanship. The stand of this piece of mechanism has a mythological significance, and its design is of remarkable artistic excellence. Four of the dragons, which play such an important part in Chinese geomancy, are there seen chained to the earth, and upholding the spheres. The perfect modelling and solidity of the metal prove that the art of casting was well understood in those days.

A substantial metal horizon, crossed at right angles by a double ring for an azimuth circle, forms the outer framework. The upper surface of this horizon is divided into twelve equal parts, marked respectively by the cyclical characters, "tsze, chow, yin, maou, chin, szi, woo, wei, shin, yu, seih, hae," being the names applied to the twelve hours into which the Chinese divide their day and night.
Round the outside of the ring these twelve characters appear again, paired with eight characters of the denary cycle, and four of the Book of Changes, designating the points of the compass, thus, "jin-tsze, kwei-chow, kan-yin, kea-maou, yih-chin, seuen-szc, ping-woo, ting-wei, kwan-shin, kang-yu, sin-seih, keen-hae."

The inside of the ring bears the names of the twelve states into which China was anciently divided : every part of the empire being supposed to be under the influence of a particular quarter of the heavens.

An equatorial circle is fixed inside this frame, within which a movable series of rings turns on two pivots at the poles of the azimuth circle. The latter consists of an equatorial circle, and a double ring ecliptic, an equinoctial colure, and a double ring solstitial colure. The equator is divided into twenty-eight unequal portions, marked by the names of so many constellations of unknown antiquity. These are, "keo, kang, te, fang," &c. &c.

The determinant points of each of these constellations are used for so many meridian lines, from which all distances are measured, just as we use the vernal equinox for right ascension.

The ecliptic is divided into twenty-four equal parts, into which the year is portioned out. Inside this, again, there is a double revolving meridian, with a double axis; and in it a tube is fixed, turning on a centre, for taking sights.
All these circles are also divided into 365° corresponding to the days of the year, and each degree is subdivided into a hundred equal parts; for at that time the centenary division prevailed for everything less than degrees, and was abandoned only on the arrival of the Jesuit missionaries in the seventeenth century.

At the corners of the base, and outside the dragons, are four miniature rocks in bronze, with the respective inscriptions, "keen shan, north-west or celestial mountain; kwan shan, south-west or terrestrial mountain; seuen shan, or south-east mountain; kan shan, north-east mountain."

These are probably symbolical in reference to an old tradition.

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Jun 07, 2021
1439: Jerry Hendrix #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, March 23, 2021
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Photo: US Navy (USN) sailors assigned to the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Team from the USN Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), prepare to board an Iranian Fishing Dhow, in the Persian Gulf, after the vessel called for assistance for an injured crew member. USN Medical Personnel provided assistance to the injured Iranian fisherman. The GERMANTOWN is deployed as part of a routine rotation of US Maritime Forces in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO). 
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Jerry Hendrix #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, March 23, 2021

To Provide and Maintain a Navy: Why Naval Primacy Is America's First, Best Strategy, Hardcover – December 19, 2020 by Henry J Hendrix (Author)

https://www.amazon.com/Provide-Maintain-Navy-Americas-Strategy/dp/0960039198


The national conversation regarding the United States Navy has, for far too long, been focused on the popular question of how many ships does the service need? To Provide and Maintain a Navy, a succinct but encompassing treatise on sea power by Dr. Henry J "Jerry" Hendrix, goes beyond the numbers to reveal the crucial importance of Mare Liberum (Free Sea) to the development of the Western thought and the rules-based order that currently govern the global commons that is the high seas. Proceeding from this philosophical basis, Hendrix explores how a "free sea" gave way to free trade and the central role sea-borne commercial trade has played in the overall rise in global living standards. This is followed by analysis of how the relative naval balance of power has played out in naval battles and wars over the centuries and how the dominance of the United States Navy following World War II has resulted in seven decades of unprecedented peace on the world's oceans. He further considers how, in the years that followed the demise of the Soviet Union, both China and Russia began laying the groundwork to challenge the United States's maritime leadership and upend five centuries of naval precedents in order to establish a new approach to sovereignty over the world's seas. It is only at this point that Dr. Hendrix approaches the question of the number of ships required for the United States Navy, the industrial base required to build them, and the importance of once again aligning the nation's strategic outlook to that of a "seapower" in order effectively and efficiently to address the rising threat. To Provide and Maintain a Navy is brief enough to be read in a weekend but deep enough to inform the reader as to the numerous complexities surrounding what promises to be the most important strategic conversation facing the United States as it enters a new age of great power competition with not one, but two, nations who seek nothing less than to close and control the world's seas
Jun 07, 2021
1439: David Grantham #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview, April 5, 2021.
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Photo: USS Liberty, a "technical research ship," in 1967.
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David Grantham #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview, April 5, 2021.

Consequences: An Intelligence Officer's War; Paperback – November 11, 2020. by David Grantham 


https://www.amazon.com/Consequences-Intelligence-Officers-David-Grantham/dp/098440631X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

“Very little has been written on the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations efforts in the global war on terror. Consequences, by David Grantham, provides a unique and fascinating window into the nuts and bolts of OSI counterintelligence operations. You won’t be disappointed.”– Fred Burton, author of Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America   

In 2020, ISIS followers are being encouraged to use COVID-19 to sicken Westerners. An ISIS supporter attacked a Naval base in Corpus Christi, Texas.   Iran and the United States exchanged blows in Iraq. We are still living in the long shadow of the Iraq War.

In 2006, David Grantham was fresh out of college and serving as a counterintelligence officer with the elite and secretive Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Iraq was veering toward civil war. The U.S. military desperately needed better on-the-ground intelligence to turn the tide. Grantham found himself in Kuwait and Afghanistan, then at Iraq’s infamous American prison, Camp Bucca. Not only was Bucca the breeding ground for the Islamic State, it was in southern Iraq, where America’s deadly fight with Iran was an open secret.

Consequences is both a riveting, behind-the-scenes look at intelligence operations at the height of the Iraq war, and a charming and sobering story of one man’s journey through the pleasures and consequences that come with wartime intelligence
Jun 07, 2021
1439: Terry Anderson #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. April 6, 2021
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Photo: Climate Change.  Terminal moraine, Exit Glacier, AK. Exit Glacier has retreated over 1.25 miles from it's 1815 maximum. September, 2006. 
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Terry Anderson #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. April 6, 2021


Adapt and Be Adept: Market Responses to Climate Change; Paperback – April 1, 2021. by Terry Anderson . (Editor)


https://www.amazon.com/Adapt-Be-Adept-Responses-Climate/dp/0817924558/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1619395663&refinements=p_27%3ATerry+Anderson&s=books&sr=1-1

How can markets help us adapt to the challenges of climate change? The editor Terry L. Anderson brings together this collection of essays featuring the work of nine leading policy analysts, who argue that market forces are just as important as government regulation in shaping climate policy—and should be at the heart of our response to helping societies adapt to climate change.

Anderson notes in his introduction that most current climate policies such as the Paris Agreement require hard-to-enforce collective action and focus on reducing or mitigating greenhouse gases rather than adapting to their negative effects. Adaptive actions can typically deliver much more, faster and more cheaply, than any realistic climate policy. The authors tackle a range of issues: the hidden costs of renewable energy sources, the political obstacles surrounding climate change policy, insurance and financial instruments for pricing risk of exposure to the effects of climate change, and more.

Reliance on emerging renewable energies and a carbon tax are not enough to prevent the effects of global warming, they argue. We must encourage more private action and market incentives to adapt to a rapidly changing climate
Jun 07, 2021
1439: Russell Shorto #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, April 22, 2021.
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Photo:  Italy. Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, 1810-1812.

Risorgimento, (“Rising Again”), 19th-century movement for Italian unification that culminated in the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. The Risorgimento was an ideological and literary movement that helped to arouse the national consciousness of the Italian people, and it led to a series of political events that freed the Italian states from foreign domination and united them politically. Although the Risorgimento has attained the status of a national myth, its essential meaning remains a controversial question. The classic interpretation (expressed in the writings of the philosopher Benedetto Croce) sees the Risorgimento as the triumph of liberalism, but more recent views criticize it as an aristocratic and bourgeois revolution that failed to include the masses.

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Russell Shorto #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, April 22, 2021.

Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob. Hardcover – February 2, 2021, by Russell Shorto   (Author)

https://www.amazon.com/Smalltime-Story-My-Family-Mob/dp/0393245586/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Family secrets emerge as a best-selling author dives into the history of the mob in small-town America.

The best-selling author Russell Shorto, praised for his incisive works of narrative history, never thought to write about his own past. He grew up knowing his grandfather and namesake was a small-town mob boss but maintained an unspoken family vow of silence. Then an elderly relative prodded: You’re a writer―what are you gonna do about the story?

Smalltime is a mob story straight out of central casting―but with a difference, for the small-town mob, which stretched from Schenectady to Fresno, is a mostly unknown world. The location is the brawny postwar factory town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The setting is City Cigar, a storefront next to City Hall, behind which Russ and his brother-in-law, “Little Joe,” operate a gambling empire and effectively run the town.

Smalltime is a riveting American immigrant story that travels back to Risorgimento Sicily, to the ancient, dusty, hill-town home of Antonino Sciotto, the author’s great-grandfather, who leaves his wife and children in grinding poverty for a new life―and wife―in a Pennsylvania mining town. It’s a tale of Italian Americans living in squalor and prejudice, and of the rise of Russ, who, like thousands of other young men, created a copy of the American establishment that excluded him. Smalltimedraws an intimate portrait of a mobster and his wife, sudden riches, and the toll a lawless life takes on one family.

But Smalltime is something more. The author enlists his ailing father―Tony, the mobster’s son―as his partner in the search for their troubled patriarch. As secrets are revealed and Tony’s health deteriorates, the book becomes an urgent and intimate exploration of three generations of the American immigrant experience. Moving, wryly funny, and richly detailed, Smalltime is an irresistible memoir by a masterful writer of historical narrative.
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Jun 07, 2021
1439: John Tamny #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. March 28, 2021.
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Photo: Free territory for a free people

A proof, printed on paper, for a small campaign badge or banner for 1860 Republican candidates Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin. The badge has interesting similarities to "Lincoln and Hamlin" (no. 1860-10), featuring oval bust portraits of the two candidates surmounted by an eagle emanating rays of light and stars. Here the eagle spreads its wings and clutches arrows and an olive branch in his talons. Below the eagle is an olive branch. Directly above the portraits is a streamer with the motto: "Free Territory for a Free People."  Between the portraits is a landscape with a rail fence with a break in the center. Below, an olive and an oak branch join.
Engraved by J.D. Lovett N.Y.

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John Tamny #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. March 28, 2021.

When Politicians Panicked: The New Coronavirus, Expert Opinion, and a Tragic Lapse of Reason. Hardcover – March 30, 2021 by John Tamny  (Author), George Gilder (Foreword)


https://www.amazon.com/When-Politicians-Panicked-Coronavirus-Opinion/dp/1642938378/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

When Politicians Panicked tells the tragic story of how, in response to a spreading virus, global politicians mindlessly pursued economic desperation, starvation, and death as the cure.

The global economy was booming as 2020 dawned but, within a few short months, wreckage, death, and desperation born of economic contraction were the new normal. What happened?

In When Politicians Panicked, the economic commentator John Tamny tells the heart-wrenching story of a time when politicians were tragically relieved of basic common sense in their response to the new coronavirus.

In March of 2020, the virus quickly became a major news item as political panic about it traveled around the world. Even though anecdotal and market-based evidence from the virus’s epicenter indicated very low lethality, politicians quickly imposed economy-crushing lockdowns on the rather specious assumption that unemployment, bankruptcy, and starvation would somehow halt the virus’s spread.

Tamny methodically dismantles the political consensus by showing how economic growth has long been the first and last answer to death and disease. He then shows how politicians, having mindlessly crushed a growing economy, proceeded to double down on their mistakes by throwing taxpayer money at their shocking errors.

Throughout When Politicians Panicked, Tamny makes a relentless case that free people don’t just produce the wealth that renders today’s killers yesterday’s news. They also produce crucial information about health threats that shines a light on that which threatens us. Lockdowns suffocate economic progress, but they also blind us to how we can progress—as Tamny makes plain in what will go down as an essential history for anyone seeking to understand the coronavirus panic of 2020.

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Jun 07, 2021
1439: J. H. Gelernter #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 3, 2021.
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Photo: On turncoats: 'Satrire on clergymen who changed denominational allegiance according to political  convenience with an etching showing the interior of a tailor's shop. On the left, a clergyman tries on a gown asking his tailor, "Can't you make this [High Church] Gown into a [Low Church] Cloak upon Ocasion"; the tailor replies, "Yes Sr. I can very easily". In the centre, a tailor holds out a measuring tape to another clergyman, saying "Sr. let me take ye length of your Conscience"; the clergyman replies, "Let ye Gown be lin'd with a Cloak to turn at pleasure" indicating a cloak lying on the floor in front of him. Behind, a man enters through a door, saying "My Masters Customers are Viccars of Bray". To right, three men sit sewing on a tailors' board, one saying, "We need not fear Cowcumber time", another, "My Master can please Trimmers", and the third, "I'll go to St Mary Overs and pray for the Doctor [Sacheverell]"; in front of these tailors lie a pair of shears, a ball of thread, a tailor's goose (smoothing iron) and a bodkin; on the wall behind hang a coat and a cloak.  Engraved title, inscriptions, and verses in three columns in which mention is made of two "turncoat" clerics, Samuel Palmer and Charles Leslie. (London: c.1709).'


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J. H. Gelernter #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 3, 2021.

Hold Fast: A Novel Hardcover – May 4, 2021, by J. H. Gelernter 


It’s 1803. The Napoleonic Wars are raging, Britain is on her heels, and His Majesty’s Secret Service has just lost its best agent, Thomas Grey. Deeply depressed by his wife’s untimely death, Grey resigns from the service and accepts an offer to join a lumber firm in Boston. But when a sea battle with a privateer forces the ship carrying him west to make port in neutral Portugal, Grey is approached with a counteroffer: become a wealthy man by selling out Britain’s spy network to France. The French take Grey for a disgruntled ex–naval officer, blithely unaware that Grey had lost his wife to an unlucky shot from a French cannon.

Now, after many years serving King and Country, Grey seizes the opportunity to fight a covert war of his own. He travels to Paris, and―playing the part of the invaluable turncoat the French believe him to be―proceeds to infiltrate the highest levels of Napoleon’s government. If he can outwit his handlers, outmatch his French counterparts, and outrun Napoleon’s secret police, Grey may just avenge his wife’s death and turn the tide of war in England’s favor. Bursting with action and intrigue, Hold Fast sends readers headlong into an unrelenting spy thriller
Jun 07, 2021
1439: Holly Fretwell #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. April 12, 2021.
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Holly Fretwell  #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview.  April 12, 2021.

Fix America’s Forests: Reforms to Restore National Forests and Tackle the Wildfire Crisis. Holly Fretwell , Jonathan Wood April 12, 2021

 
https://www.perc.org/2021/04/12/fix-americas-forests-reforms-to-restore-national-forests-and-tackle-the-wildfire-crisis/

In 2020, the largest wildfire in California history scorched six counties in the northern part of the state. The August Complex Fire burned more than one million acres across three national forests and destroyed hundreds of structures. But devastating fires are not limited to California. Across the West, more than 10 million acres burned in 2020—a record in modern history. These fires consumed more than 17,500 structures and more than $3.5 billion in firefighting costs.Tragically, dozens of lives were lost, and many more people were displaced by evacuation orders. Fires released smoke that degraded air quality nearby and hundreds of miles away. They also destroyed wildlife habitat, including for imperiled species, and the fires’ aftereffects will soon lead to erosion that harms water quality in local watersheds.
Jun 07, 2021
1439: Michael Auslin #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 12, 2021.
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Photo: Entrance to Ballygunge, Calcutta by Francis Frith
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Michael Auslin #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 12, 2021.

Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific,  by Michael R. Auslin   Format: Kindle Edition


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08563RW9H/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0


The Indo-Pacific is fast becoming the world's dominant region. Now, as it grows in power and wealth, geopolitical competition has reemerged, threatening future stability not merely in Asia but around the globe. China is aggressive and uncooperative, and increasingly expects the world to bend to its wishes. The focus on Sino-US competition for global power has obscured "Asia's other great game": the rivalry between Japan and China. A modernizing India risks missing out on the energies and talents of millions of its women, potentially hampering the broader role it can play in the world. And in North Korea, the most frightening question raised by Kim Jong-un's pursuit of the ultimate weapon is also the simplest: Can he control his nukes? In Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, Michael R. Auslin examines these and other key issues transforming the Indo-Pacific and the broader world. He also explores the history of American strategy in Asia, from the 18th century through today. Taken together, Auslin's essays convey the richness and diversity of the region: with more than three billion people, the Indo-Pacific contains over half of the global population, including the world's two most populous nations, India and China. In a riveting final chapter, Auslin imagines a war between America and China in a bid for regional hegemony and what this conflict might look like.

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Jun 07, 2021
1439: James Tooley #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview. May 14, 2021.
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Photo: Berea College students present quilt, 6/3/26
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James Tooley #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview. May 14, 2021. 

Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education -  Hardcover – April 12, 2021.by James Tooley (Author)


“James Tooley has taken his argument about the transformative power of low-cost private education to a new and revelatory level in Really Good Schools. This is a bold and inspiring manifesto for a global revolution in education.”

—Niall C. Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Almost overnight a virus has brought into question America’s nearly 200-year-old government-run K-12 school-system—and prompted an urgent search for alternatives. But where should we turn to find them? 

Enter James Tooley’s Really Good Schools.

A distinguished scholar of education and the world’s foremost expert on private, low-cost innovative education, Tooley takes readers to some of the world’s most impoverished communities located in some of the world’s most dangerous places—including such war-torn countries as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and South Sudan. 

And there, in places where education “experts” fear to tread, Tooley finds thriving private schools that government, multinational NGOs, and even international charity officials deny exist. 

Why? 

Because the very existence of low-cost, high-quality private schools shatters the prevailing myth in the U.S., U.K., and western Europe that, absent government, affordable, high-quality schools for the poor could not exist.

But they do. And they are ubiquitous and in high demand. Founded by unheralded, local educational entrepreneurs, these schools are proving that self-organized education is not just possible but flourishing—often enrolling far more students than “free” government schools do at prices within reach of even the most impoverished families.

In the course of his analysis Tooley asks the key questions:

■ What proportion of poor children is served?

■ How good are the private schools? 

■ What are the business models for these schools? 

■ And can they be replicated and improved? 

The evidence is in. In poor urban and rural areas around the world, children in low-cost private schools outperform those in government schools. And the schools do so for a fraction of the per-pupil cost.

Thanks to the pandemic, parents in America and Europe are discovering that the education of their children is indeed possible—and likely far better—without government meddling with rigid seat-time mandates, outdated school calendars, absurd age-driven grade levels, and worse testing regimes. And having experienced the first fruits of educational freedom, parents will be increasingly open to the possibilities of ever greater educational entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Thankfully, they have Really Good Schools to show the way.
Jun 07, 2021
1438: D-Day 2021: Remembering the Boys of Pointe du Hoc and Gap Assault Team #13 on Omaha Beach, Lt. Calvin R. Batchelor. Patrick K. O'Donnell @combathistorian
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Photo: No known restrictions on publication.1944.

New York, New York. June 6, 1944. Preschool age children at L'Ecole maternelle francaise on D-day

Photographed by Howard Hollem, Edward Meyer or MacLaugharie.
Title and other information from print in lot.
Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944.
More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsaowi
Temp. note: owibatch6
Film copy on SIS roll 19, frame 2279.

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D-Day 2021: Remembering the Boys of Pointe du Hoc and Gap Assault Team #13 on Omaha Beach, Lt. Calvin R. Batchelor.  Patrick K. O'Donnell @combathistorian



Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc - the Rangers Who Landed at D-Day and Fought Across Europe  Audible Audiobook– Unabridged. Patrick K. O’Donnell (Author), John Pruden (Narrator), & 1 more

Jun 07, 2021
1438: Flash floods and Tom Tiffany from Wisconsin. Michael Yon, Patreon.com
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Photo: The border shows how it needs additional barrier support from the 937th Route Clearance Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade in Bisbee, Arizona, November 6, 2018. U.S. Northern Command is providing military support to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the southern border of the United States. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Bradley McKinley)
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Flash floods and Tom Tiffany from Wisconsin. Michael Yon, Patreon.com

https://www.maciverinstitute.com/2021/06/44915/






Jun 06, 2021
1438: Flying the Darién Gap. Michael Yon, Patreon.com
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Photo: Along the Atrato Rive.  Map of South America, showing its political divisions ; Map showing the proposed Atrato-inter-oceanic canalroutes, for connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans [inset].

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Flying the Darién Gap. Michael Yon, Patreon.com



https://www.patreon.com/MichaelYon

Atrato River
Jun 06, 2021
1438: #PacificWatch: The decline and fall of Venice Beach, @JCBliss
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Photo: Aerial view of Venice Beach, California
Jun 06, 2021
1438: #PacificWatch: Earthquake yarns from 1989 to 2021. @JCBliss
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Photo: Spectators sitting on hillside watching fires consume the city after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
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#PacificWatch:Earthquake yarns from 1989 to 2021. @JCBliss

https://news.yahoo.com/5-3-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-191311847.html
Jun 06, 2021
1438: 2/2: #CivilWar? Is Woke weakening & What is to be done? Michael Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis
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Photo: Cover of Appletons' Journal.
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2/2: #CivilWar? Is Woke weakening & What is to be done? Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis

https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-drives-conspiracism-11622759795?mod=opinion_lead_pos9

"Newsrooms are undergoing their own revolution, with woke progressives vs. journalistic traditionalists, advocacy versus old-school news values. It is ideological. “We are here to shape and encourage a new reality.” “No, we are here to find and report the news.” It is generational: The young have the upper hand and the Slack channel. The woke are winning. If a year ago you thought the obvious—maybe the coronavirus that came from Wuhan leaked out of the Wuhan lab where they were studying coronaviruses—you were shut down as racist, bigoted, divisive. The progressives’ great talent is policing, and they are always on patrol. Everyone, even the most unsophisticated news consumer, can kind of tell." 


Jun 06, 2021
1438: 1/2: #CivilWar? Is Woke weakening & What is to be done? Michael Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis
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Photo:  1882    Baths of Trajan (Sette Sale, Villa Brancaccio, Rome)

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1/2: #CivilWar? Is Woke weakening & What is to be done? Michael Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis

https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-drives-conspiracism-11622759795?mod=opinion_lead_pos9

"Newsrooms are undergoing their own revolution, with woke progressives vs. journalistic traditionalists, advocacy versus old-school news values. It is ideological. 'We are here to shape and encourage a new reality.'  'No, we are here to find and report the news.' It is generational: The young have the upper hand and the Slack channel. The woke are winning. If a year ago you thought the obvious—maybe the coronavirus that came from Wuhan leaked out of the Wuhan lab where they were studying coronaviruses—you were shut down as racist, bigoted, divisive. The progressives’ great talent is policing, and they are always on patrol. Everyone, even the most unsophisticated news consumer, can kind of tell." 



Jun 06, 2021
1437: Remembering Tiananmen: Confiscation in Hong Kong, PRC style. Elisha Maldonado, @NYPost @IWF @elishamaldonado
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Photo: No known restrictions on publication.1905
 Title: Rio Blanco factory near Orizaba
Creator: Waite, C. B. (Charles Betts), 1861-1927
Date: 1905
Part Of: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/search/collection/wes/searchterm/Ag1983.0281
Place: Rio Blanco, Veracruz-Llave, Mexico
Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 20.2 x 12.6 cm
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Remembering Tiananmen: Confiscation in Hong Kong, PRC style. Elisha Maldonado, @NYPost @IWF @elishamaldonado

Jun 06, 2021
1436: "Zero-Trust" is the new new cybersecurity. @FRoseDC @WJLA
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Photo: Put No Trust in Any of the Trusts
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Here:  a political meeting and a speaker shouting to an audience. The Speaker has 'Municipal Reform' written on his belly and is saying (in speech bubble) 'Our Policy is- All for us, and, the remainder-for our friends!'. He is flanked by two men to his right, who are marked 'Capital Trust'. To his left, seated behind a table marked 'Municipal Reform', are three figures, one of whom declares, 'That's what I've always done!'. At the bottom of the cartoon are the heads of the audience from the back. On these heads are written various terms, such as 'Gas Trust','Landlords Trust' and 'No Parks and Music for the People, Primrose League'.

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"Zero-Trust" is the new new cybersecurity. @FRoseDC @WJLA

https://govmatters.tv/federal-agencies-implementing-cybersecurity-measures-ahead-of-executive-order-deadlines/
 
 
Jun 05, 2021
1436: Hints that the Biden Administration is slowing. @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion
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Photo: "Slowly drifting"   -  01/01/1889; Little, C. E. (composer)
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Hints that the Biden Administration is slowing. @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-pelosi-january-6-commission-fiasco-11622065772
Jun 05, 2021
1436: Both Houses of Congress equivocate before the PRC threat. @JoshRogin @WashingtonPost
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Photo: Chinese communists celebrate Joseph Stalin's birthday, 1949.

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Both Houses of Congress equivocate before the PRC threat. @JoshRogin @WashingtonPost

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/03/compete-with-china-washington-must-fix-its-own-dysfunction/


Jun 05, 2021
1436: #CivilWar?: The secretive Roman cults of Londinium; & What is to be done? Michael Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis
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Photo: Excavating a Roman floor from Londinium.
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#CivilWar?: The secretive Roman cults of Londinium, 90 A.D.; & What is to be done? Michael Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis


Jun 05, 2021
1436: #PacificWatch: NIMBY Camp Roberts. @JCBliss
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Photo: The Oxford Spanish Civil War memorial, erected near South Park after all planning permissions for an anti-fascist memorial in Oxford city center were rejected. The six names are volunteers from Oxford who died fighting with the International Brigades against fascism in Spain. The red star is the logo of the International Brigades, and the fist gripping the scorpion symbolises freedom crushing fascism. The memorial stands near South Park, Oxford, where Morrell Avenue meets Headington Road.
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#PacificWatch: NIMBY Camp Roberts. @JCBliss

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/camp-roberts-wont-house-migrant-children-slo-county-congressmans-office-says/ar-AAKEiQf
Jun 05, 2021
1436: #SmallBusinessAmerica: The ice cream man who failed (in SF). @GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer
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Photo: Zaharako's Ice Cream Parlor, 329 Washington Street, Columbus, Bartholomew County, IN
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#SmallBusinessAmerica: The ice cream man who failed (in SF).  @GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer

The ice cream seller who tried, failed – and now owes $200,000

Texas earns top spot for small business jobs growth: report

Jersey Shore staffing shortages create concerns for small business owners

FOX News Videos
Small business owners frustrated as production prices skyrocket

Firms are dialing back on video calls to avoid ‘Zoom fatigue’



Square may soon offer small-business checking and savings accounts, app code shows


Jun 05, 2021
1436: Newsom tries Game Show MC to advance vaccination rates. @HooverWhalen @HooverInst
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Photo: A famous Finnish game show, Tesvisio.

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Newsom tries Game Show MC to advance vaccination rates. @HooverWhalen @HooverInst

https://www.hoover.org/research/californias-governor-monopoly-money-man


Jun 05, 2021
1436: #SmallBusinessAmerica: Lots of small business, not enough workers. @GeneMarks @GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer
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Photo: A close-up of the 1911 Dempster employee picnic photo. Employees and their families gathered in Chautauqua Park to celebrate the company's 33rd Anniversary.

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#SmallBusinessAmerica: Lots of small business, not enough workers. @GeneMarks  @GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer

ADP: small businesses added 330K new jobs


Nearly Half of Small Businesses Unable to Fill Job Openings


Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries

Uber and Lyft rides are pricier due to a lack of drivers (and the waits are longer, too)



Why This Summer's Supply Chain and Labor Issues Are Bad News…For Republicans
(attached - it's pubbing on The Hill later today)

ISM Services: May All-Time High





People age 55+ make up 21% of the U.S. population, but own a disproportionately high 50.9% of U.S. small businesses, according to new survey data from 3,000 entrepreneurs published by SCORE, mentors to America's small businesses.


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Jun 05, 2021
1436: 2/2: The miraculous engine inside Operation Warp Drive was DARPA. David Adler. American Affairs @AmericanAffrs
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Photo:  The ARPA Vela program developed sensors to detect nuclear explosions in space, the upper atmosphere, and underwater to support the 1963 Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
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2/2: The miraculous engine inside Operation Warp Drive was DARPA. David Adler. American Affairs @AmericanAffrs



ttps://americanaffairsjournal.org/2021/05/inside-operation-warp-speed-a-new-model-for-industrial-policy/

Jun 05, 2021
1436: 1/2: The miraculous engine inside Operation Warp Drive was DARPA. David Adler. American Affairs @AmericanAffrs
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Photo: From a DARPA video: For sixty years, DARPA has held to a singular and enduring mission: to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security. The genesis of that mission and of DARPA itself dates to the launch of Sputnik in 1957, and a commitment by the United States that, from that time forward, it would be the initiator and not the victim of strategic technological surprises.


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1/2: The miraculous engine inside Operation Warp Drive was DARPA. David Adler. American Affairs @AmericanAffrs



ttps://americanaffairsjournal.org/2021/05/inside-operation-warp-speed-a-new-model-for-industrial-policy/


Jun 05, 2021
1436: Another Webb Gremlin delay, this time the booster. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: Webb telescope in a NASA video.

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Another Webb Gremlin delay, this time the booster. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com


https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/problem-with-ariane-5-rocket-causes-arianespace-to-delay-webb-telescope-launch/
Jun 05, 2021
1436: Starship drafted by the DoD. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: The 2018 version of the Big Falcon Rocket at stage separation: Starship (foreground) and Super Heavy (background). [See: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/BFR_at_stage_separation_2-2018.jpg ]

The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of their rights to the work worldwide under copyright law,

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Starship drafted by the DoD. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com

https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/pentagon-getting-serious-of-hauling-cargo-with-starship/
Jun 05, 2021
1436: 4/4: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious. Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 16, 2021. by Roya Hakakian
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Photo:  Registering immigrants at Castle Garden, New York City.
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4/4: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious. Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 16, 2021. by Roya Hakakian 


https://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Guide-America-Immigrant-Curious/dp/0525656065/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1622853677&sr=1-1

A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Also, a mirror held up to America.

Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner's Guide to America is Hakakian's candid love letter to America.
Jun 05, 2021
1436: 3/4: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 16, 2021. by Roya Hakakian (Author)
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Photo: Qashqai-migration.

Qashqai are is a conglomeration of tribes in Iran consisting of mostly Turkic peoples but also Lurs, Kurds and Arabs. Almost all of them speak a Western Oghuz Turkic dialect known as the Qashqai language, which they call "Turki", as well as Persian (the national language of Iran) in formal use. The majority of Qashqai people were originally nomadic pastoralists, and some remain so today. The traditional nomadic Qashqai traveled with their flocks twice yearly to and from the summer highland pastures north of Shiraz roughly 480 km or 300 miles south to the winter pastures on lower (and warmer) lands near the Persian Gulf, to the southwest of Shiraz. Historically, of course they travelled by horse, on  foot, or occasionally by camel. 

"To survive, nomads have always been obliged to fight. They lead a wandering life and do not accumulate documents and archives. But in the evenings, around fires that are burning low, the elders will relate striking events, deeds of valour in which the tribes pride themselves. Thus the epic tale is told from father to son. Though versions differ, we believe that the arrival of our Tribes in Iran coincided with the conquests of Ghengis Khan, in the thirteenth century."

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3/4: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious. Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 16, 2021. by Roya Hakakian


https://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Guide-America-Immigrant-Curious/dp/0525656065/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1622853677&sr=1-1

A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Also, a mirror held up to America.

Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner's Guide to America is Hakakian's candid love letter to America.
Jun 05, 2021
1436: 2/4: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 16, 2021. by Roya Hakakian (Author)
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Photo  Crowds at shipping dock waiting to embark.
Engraving by Derbier after painting by Dawant in "Capitals of the World"
Illus. in: "Capitals of the World", p.87.:.

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2/4: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious. Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 16, 2021. by Roya Hakakian



https://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Guide-America-Immigrant-Curious/dp/0525656065/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1622853677&sr=1-1

A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Also, a mirror held up to America.

Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner's Guide to America is Hakakian's candid love letter to America.
Jun 05, 2021
1436: 1/4: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious. Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 16, 2021. by Roya Hakakian
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1/4: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious. Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 16, 2021. by Roya Hakakian


https://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Guide-America-Immigrant-Curious/dp/0525656065/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1622853677&sr=1-1

A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Also, a mirror held up to America.

Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner's Guide to America is Hakakian's candid love letter to America.
Jun 05, 2021
1435: The US bomber fleet: Waiting for the B-21 Raider. Tyler Rogoway @thewarzone
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Photo: A B-2 Spirit Bomber, cousin of the B-21. 
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The US bomber fleet: Waiting for the B-21 Raider. Tyler Rogoway @thewarzone


https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40803/plan-to-buy-145-b-21-raider-bombers-gets-endorsement-from-biden-air-force-nominee
Jun 04, 2021
1435: Of Fidel Castro: "Anyone who puts someone in jail for writing a poem is a bad person." —Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara . @MaryAnastasiaOG @WSJOpinion
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Photo: Ancient poetry: The Deluge tablet, carved in stone, of the Gilgamesh epic in Akkadian, circa 2nd millennium BC..


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Of Fidel Castro: "Anyone who puts someone in jail for writing a poem is a bad person." — Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara .  @MaryAnastasiaOG @WSJOpinion

https://www.wsj.com/articles/free-otero-alcantara-11622474168
Jun 04, 2021
1435: Debt is expensive, anti-growth, pro-taxes, even more expensive. @VerydeRugy @Mercatus
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Photo: Debt: Berryman Political Cartoon

The financial position of the United States includes assets of at least $269.6 trillion (1576% of GDP) and debts of $145.8 trillion (852% of GDP) to produce a net worth of at least $123.8 trillion (723% of GDP) as of Q1 2014.


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Debt is expensive, anti-growth, pro-taxes, even more expensive. @VerydeRugy @Mercatus

https://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2021/05/27/some_day_there_may_be_a_debt_crisis_so_sell_federal_assets_now_778667.html
Jun 04, 2021
1435: "Both history and Keynesian-influenced economic theory teach that . . ." @VerodeRugy @Marcatus
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Photo: In 1921, Keynes wrote that he had fallen "very much in love" with Lydia Lopokova, a well-known Russian ballerina and one of the stars of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

In 1921, Keynes wrote that he had fallen "very much in love" with Lydia Lopokova, a well-known Russian ballerina and one of the stars of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.[160] In the early years of his courtship, he maintained an affair with a younger man, Sebastian Sprott, in tandem with Lopokova, but eventually chose Lopokova exclusively. They were married in 1925, with Keynes's former lover Duncan Grant as best man."What a marriage of beauty and brains, the fair Lopokova and John Maynard Keynes" was said at the time. Keynes later commented to Strachey that beauty and intelligence were rarely found in the same person, and that only in Duncan Grant had he found the combination. The union was happy, with biographer Peter Clarke writing that the marriage gave Keynes "a new focus, a new emotional stability and a sheer delight of which he never wearied".  The couple hoped to have children but this did not happen.




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Keynes 2021: "Both history and Keynesian-influenced economic theory teach that . . ." @VerodeRugy @Marcatus


https://www.mercatus.org/publications/government-spending/keynesian-stimulus-virtuous-semicircle
Jun 04, 2021
1435: NATO is a success on defense and not a success on offense. Anatol Lieven, Quincy Institute
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Photo: NATO:  A main battle tank (M60A3) of the 3rd Armored Division drives through the Fulda Gap—an area between the Hesse-Thuringian border and Frankfurt am Main that contains two corridors of lowlands through which tanks might have driven in a surprise attack effort by the Soviets and their Warsaw Pact allies to gain crossing of the Rhine River.  1985. © US Army

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NATO is a success on defense and not a success on offense. Anatol Lieven, Quincy Institute


https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/05/29/whats-in-a-name-natos-staunch-defender-is-exercise-in-doublespeak/
Jun 04, 2021
1435: Belarus is a crisis red line for Moscow. Anatol Lieven, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statesmanship.
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Belarus is a crisis red line for Moscow. Anatol Lieven, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statesmanship.


https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/05/25/how-to-avoid-a-conflict-in-belarus/


Jun 04, 2021
1435: The carbon offset catnip beginnings. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, @TheEconomist
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Photo: Wind turbines near Aalborg, Denmark. Renewable energy projects are the commonest source of carbon offsets.

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The carbon offset catnip beginnings. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, @TheEconomist


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-02/carbon-offsets-turning-co2-offsets-into-catnip-for-commodities-traders?srnd=green

Jun 04, 2021
1435: OPEC denialism about the unknowns of Iran deal and American and European demand. Vijay Vaitheeswaran @TheEconomist
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Photo: Oil wells and camp of the Iraq Petroleum Company. (5 miles S. of Kirkuk). Kirkuk District. An oil driller. Showing full height of drill.tower.


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OPEC denialism about the unknowns of Iran deal and American and European demand. Vijay Vaitheeswaran @TheEconomist

https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2021/06/02/as-oil-demand-picks-up-opecs-discipline-will-be-tested


Jun 04, 2021
1435: "They will obstruct, obscure, and continue to play political warfare." Stephen Yates, @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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China’s wolf warriors bristle at Covid blame

Hindustan Times:  
  • As the Covid pandemic wreaks havoc across the world, there has been no conclusive answer on the origin of the deadly virus. While some believe that the virus transmitted into humans from bats, others believe the virus is linked to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. In the latest episode of In Focus with Hindustan Times' Senior Editor Aditi Prasad, British science author and journalist, Nicholas Wade explains why the lab leak theory deserves more attention and is the most plausible. He also speaks on the role of the World Health Organisation and China. Watch the full video for more.
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"They will obstruct, obscure, and continue to play political warfare."  Stephen Yates, @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill


Stephen Yates, former deputy national security advisor to Vice President Cheney and currently CEO of DC International Advisory, in re:
Jun 04, 2021
1435: The Russians in Burma with guns. Michael Yon, Patreon.com @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo: A view of the Cantonment Gardens (now Kandaw Minglar Garden) in 1868.

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The Russians in Burma with guns. Michael Yon, Patreon.com @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/17/russia-backs-myanmar-military-after-china-raises-concerns-a72983
Jun 04, 2021
1435: Quebec's French-speaking cultural elite once more seeks division in a bilingual land. @ConradMBlack @NationalPost
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Photo: Canada's First Lady Susan Agnes Macdonald, wife of Sir John A. Macdonald.


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Quebec's French-speaking cultural elite once more seeks division in a bilingual land. @ConradMBlack @NationalPost


https://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-we-bought-into-the-vision-of-a-bilingual-canada-but-quebecs-cultural-elite-betrayed-us
Jun 04, 2021
1435: #TheScalaReport: What if it isn't temporary inflation? China's leadership fears inflation above all else. Chris Riegel, CEO @ScalaInc @STRATACACHE
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Photo: No known restrictions on publication.1900. Street market in Shandong, China, later XIX century. Photo taken by the Fragata Sarmiento's crew during a trip to that country.
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#TheScalaReport: What if it isn't temporary inflation? China's leadership fears inflation above all else.  Chris Riegel, CEO @ScalaInc @STRATACACHE

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-03-
Jun 04, 2021
1435: President Nixon flies the Doomesday Plane, 1969. Tyler Rogoway @thewarzone
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Photo: White jet with blue cheatline in-flight over land, flying left. The aircraft features a distinctive bump above the usual 747's trademark nose profile.

The Doomsday plane is an unofficial denomination of a class of aircraft which is used as an Airborne Command Post in an event of nuclear war, disaster or other large scale conflict that threatens key military and government infrastructure. Known officially as National Airborne Operations Centers (NAOC), these planes allow leaders to issue commands and wage war from the sky. They also feature a vast array of defense mechanisms, including the ability to withstand electromagnetic pulses. The jet's crews also use traditional analog flight instruments to navigate as they are less susceptible to cyberattack.

Boeing E-4
Boeing E-6 Mercury (formerly E-6 Hermes)
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President Nixon flies the Doomesday Plane, 1969. Tyler Rogoway @thewarzone

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40661/the-presidents-and-the-doomsday-planes

Jun 04, 2021
1435: Covid-19, Hong Kong, Uyghurs genocide: "They’re testing Joe Biden." @WJMcGurn @WSJOpinion
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Photo:  Turkish courts-martial courtroom

CUP's leaders, Enver, Djemal, and Talaat, were involved in ordering the deportations and massacres of 1 and 1.5 million Armenians in 1915–1916 in what became known as the Armenian Genocide. After World War I and the signing of the armistice of Mudros, the leadership of the Committee of Union and Progress and selected former officials were court-martialled with/including the charges of subversion of the constitution, wartime profiteering, and the massacres of both Armenians and Greeks. The court reached a verdict which sentenced the organizers of the massacres, Talat, Enver, Cemal and others to death.
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Covid-19, Hong Kong, Uyghurs genocide: "They’re testing Joe Biden." @WJMcGurn @WSJOpinion

https://www.wsj.com/articles/joe-bidens-covid-science-11622494168
Jun 04, 2021
1435: Mexico: "We've had thirty-five candidates killed. Assassinated." Adrienne Bard, @CBSNews, Mexico City.
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Photo: The death of Capt. Walker, at Huamantla in Mexico

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Mexico: "We've had thirty-five candidates killed.  Assassinated." Adrienne Bard, @CBSNews, Mexico City.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mexico-e2-80-99s-deadly-elections-crime-groups-target-candidates-in-a-fight-for-turf/ar-AAKDHHj
Jun 04, 2021
1435: The Iran deal talks slow down. Behnam ben Taleblu,@FDD
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Photo: Kashan, a city north of Tehran. Here: ancient dwellings, called "caves." ..

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The Iran deal talks slow down. Behnam ben Taleblu,@FDD

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-nuclear-deal-parties-meet-090308972.html
Jun 04, 2021
1434: 2/2: A plane crash at Kaduna, Nigeria; and a war of all against all in Central Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs
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Photo: Northern and Central Africa
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2/2: A plane crash at Kaduna, Nigeria; and a war of all against all in Central Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/nigeria-army-chief-ibrahim-attahiru-dies-in-plane-crash/ar-AAKfnRK
Jun 03, 2021
1434: 1/2: A plane crash at Kaduna, Nigeria; and a war of all against all in Central Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs
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1/2: A plane crash at Kaduna, Nigeria; and a war of all against all in Central Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/nigeria-army-chief-ibrahim-attahiru-dies-in-plane-crash/ar-AAKfnRK
Jun 03, 2021
1434: Scotland reopens, except Edinburgh; and the price of hogs in China. @TheRealConstable Simon Constanble, Edinburgh.
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Photo: Scotia Depicta - Part of Perth from the north.
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Scotland reopens, except Edinburgh; and the price of hogs in China. @TheRealConstable Simon Constanble, Edinburgh.

Japanese Stocks Are Back on U.S. Investors’ Radar
https://www.wsj.com/articles/japanese-stocks-are-back-on-u-s-investors-radar-11617462000
What Investors Need to Know About ‘Geopolitical Risk’
https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-investors-need-to-know-about-geopolitical-risk-11617469200

COVID Dreams: More Americans Got Stoned In 2020, Study Shows
https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonconstable/2021/05/27/covid-dreams-more-americans-got-toked-in-2020-study-shows/
Pork Prices Set To Plunge As Chinese Demand Evaporates
https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonconstable/2021/05/31/pork-prices-set-to-plunge-as-chinese-demand-to-evaporate/
Another Blow To The EU — Its Population Is Divided
https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonconstable/2021/05/31/another-blow-to-the-eu---its-population-is-divided/
Simon Constable
Author of The WSJ Guide to the Fifty Economic Indicators That Really Matter: From Big Macs to "Zombie Banks," the Indicators Smart Investors Watch to Beat the Market
Jun 03, 2021
1434: The German tourists return; Americans, too. Lorenzo Fiori, Ansaldo Foundation. Genoa
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Photo: Pisa from "The Great Eastern Railway Company's Tourist-Guide to the Continent. ... With illustrations ... and a map"

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The German tourists return; Americans, too. Lorenzo Fiori, Ansaldo Foundation. Genoa

https://news.yahoo.com/italy-reopens-american-tourists-tries-124232656.html
Jun 03, 2021
1433: Origins: "No one has high confidence in any of these assessments." Gady Epstein @TheEconomist
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Photo:   Wuhan 120 years ago: foreign concessions along the Hankow Bund c. 1900.

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Origins: "No one has high confidence in any of these assessments." Gady Epstein @TheEconomist

https://www.economist.com/international/2021/05/26/joe-biden-orders-his-spooks-to-investigate-the-origins-of-covid-19
Jun 03, 2021
1433: "Biden would like to return to that kind of normalcy, but I don't think normalcy in relations is possible . . . " @AmbJohnBolton, John Bolton, @WashingtonPost
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Photo:   "The new diplomacy (formerly dollar, now 30 [cents])" on sign. Uncle Sam seated at table with Chinese official, possibly Yuan Shih-kai.  John Bull (Great Britain) writing order on "Bill against Guatemala" while Mexico and Japan watch.

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"Biden would like to return to that kind of normalcy, but I don't think normalcy in relations is possible . . ."  @AmbJohnBolton, John Bolton, @WashingtonPost


John R. Bolton served as national security adviser under President Donald Trump and is the author of “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/30/john-bolton-belarus-lukashenko-strategy-sanctions/ 



Jun 03, 2021
1433: The miraculous survival of the man from Ecuador who was trapped in the Darién Gap. Michael Yon. Patreon.com
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Photo: The Ecuadorean man is a special story.

However, here in the photo, a young Norwegian and a young German managed to drive a bike (or sometimes carry or tow it) through the Darién Gap; at the northernmost point, they visited an indigenous village.
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The "adventure motorcycle legend Helge Pedersen recounts his journey and lessons learned on his first R80G/S adventure motorcycle ride from Ushuaia to Panama, through the treacherous Darién Gap. Not just 'off-road' — in the Darién Gap there is NO road or vehicle trail, just the Cuna Indian foot paths. It took Helge 20 days to travel 80 miles, crossing the border from Colombia into Panama."

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The miraculous survival of the man from Ecuador who was trapped in the Darién Gap. Michael Yon. Patreon.com
Jun 03, 2021
1433: Upriver and into the Darién Gap with Congressman Tom Tiffany. Michael Yon, Patreon.com
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". . . In May 2013, the 20-year-old Swedish backpacker Jan Philip Braunisch disappeared in the area after leaving the Colombian town of Riosucio with the intention of attempting a crossing on foot to Panama, via the Cuenca Cacarica. The FARC admitted to killing him, having mistaken him for a foreign spy."

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Upriver and into the Darién Gap with Congressman Tom Tiffany. Michael Yon, Patreon.com


https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jun/2/tom-tiffany-goes-darien-gap-harrowing-checkpoint-i/


Jun 03, 2021
1432: Brave little Ingenuity glitches and recovers. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: Diagram showing the components of Ingenuity.

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Brave little Ingenuity glitches and recovers. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com


https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/ingenuity-has-issues-on-sixth-flight/
Jun 03, 2021
1432: Superheavy orbital flight is credible this year. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com.
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Photo: Views of rear of orbiter with cargo bay doors unopened

ENDEAVOUR (ORBITER), FLIGHT DECK, STS-47. 11/20/1998


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Superheavy orbital flight is credible this year. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com.

https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/spacex-barrelling-like-a-juggernaut-toward-first-starship-superheavy-orbital-flight-this-year/
Jun 03, 2021
1432: The vast, tireless, magical, beloved Appalachia. Salena Zito
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Photo: The Appalachian Trail traverses the dense, moss-covered spruce-fir understory near the summit of Old Black in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

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The vast, tireless, magical, beloved Appalachia. Salena Zito


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Jun 03, 2021
1432: Remembering Henry Peiffer (1837-1916), Company I, 201st Pennsylvania Infantry Volunteers, 1861-1865. Salena Zito.
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Photo: 12th Pa. Volunteers [i.e., 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry] at Bloody Angle
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Remembering Henry Peiffer (1837-1916), Company I, 201st Pennsylvania Infantry Volunteers, 1861-1865.Salena Zito.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/05/29/remembering_those_who_shaped_a_nation_130712.html#!

Jun 03, 2021
1432: PRC defeated by simple kindness in the Solomon Islands. @CleoPaskal @FDD @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said it is happy to see that a former diplomatic ally has confidence in Taiwanese healthcare after a Solomon Islands provincial premier arrived in the nation for medical treatment. Malaita Province Premier Daniel Suidani landed in Taiwan on Wednesday (May 26) to undergo CT scans five months after a possible brain lesion was discovered. Since the Solomon Islands does not have a CT scanner, the premier chose to fly to the East Asian nation."



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PRC defeated by simple kindness in the Solomon Islands. @CleoPaskal @FDD @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill

Cleo Paskal, non-resident senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, on updates of the treatment of Premier Daniel Suidani in Taiwan.
Jun 03, 2021
1432: PRC sudden three-child policy signals long-term defeat for the CCP central planners. Reggie Littlejohn @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill
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Photo:  Three Chinese children.

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PRC sudden three-child policy signals long term-defeat for the CCP central planners.  Reggie Littlejohn @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill


Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, on this:
 
Jun 03, 2021
1432: Will the US buy in to the Iron Dome success? @VictoriaCoates Center for Security Policy.
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Photo: .Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, Defense Secretary.  Photo cropped because the hardware behind the men is, in fact, what Iron Dome looks like from up close.

 
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Will the US buy in to the Iron Dome success? @VictoriaCoates Center for Security Policy.



https://www.jpost.com/opinion/the-real-iran-deal-needs-to-include-all-the-relevant-actors-664844
Victoria Coates is a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and former US deputy national security advisor for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs.
Jun 03, 2021
1432: NATO preps virtually for trouble in Kabul, Minsk, Ankara, Moscow. Terri Schultz @CBSNews Brussels
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NATO preps virtually for trouble in Kabul, Minsk, Ankara, Moscow. Terri Schultz @CBSNews Brussels

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/nato-still-unsure-who-will-protect-civilians-secure-kabul-airport-after-troop-drawdown/ar-AAKBTrN
Jun 03, 2021
1432: 2/2: Debating Civics debating about 21st Century Civics; or, not much debating about April 18/19, 1775. @PeterBerkowitz @HooverInst
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Photo:  To the people of America. Stop him! ... a traitor! ... Isaac Wilkins ... New-London, May 4, 1775.  Revolutionary War period broadside.
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2/2: Debating Civics debating about 21st Century Civics; or, not much debating about April 18/19, 1775.  @PeterBerkowitz @HooverInst

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/05/30/the_civic-education_battles_145849.html

https://www.educatingforamericandemocracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Roadmap-to-Educating-for-American-Democracy.pdf
Jun 02, 2021
1432: 1/2: Debating Civics debating about 21st Century Civics; or, not much debating about April 18/19, 1775. @PeterBerkowitz @HooverInst
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Photo: Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or give me death!", 2nd Virginia Convention, reported throughout the colonies .

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1/2: Debating Civics debating about 21st Century Civics; or, not much debating about April 18/19, 1775.  @PeterBerkowitz @HooverInst

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/05/30/the_civic-education_battles_145849.html

https://www.educatingforamericandemocracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Roadmap-to-Educating-for-American-Democracy.pdf

Jun 02, 2021
1432: Why did Turkey's Erdogan block NATO sanctions on Belarus? @AykanErdemir @FDD
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Why did Turkey's Erdogan block NATO sanctions on Belarus?   @AykanErdemir @FDD


https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2021/06/01/turkey-undermines-nato-yet-again/

https://www.theglobalist.com/turkey-undermines-nato-yet-again/
Jun 02, 2021
1432: Iranian warship loaded with weapons systems perhaps sailing for Venezuela waters; & What is to be done? Sam Lagrone @samlagrone Naval Reporter and Editor @USNINews
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Photo:  A group of Iranian navy ships.

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Iranian warship loaded with weapons systems perhaps sailing for Venezuela waters; & What is to be done? Sam Lagrone @samlagrone Naval Reporter and Editor @USNINews


Jun 02, 2021
1431: ". . . a lot of social spending—big and presumably permanent expansion in the government . . ." @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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". . . a lot of social spending—big and presumably permanent expansion in the government . . ." @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion


Jun 02, 2021
1431: Pandemic Britain on the beach; & What is to be done? @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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Pandemic Britain on the beach; & What is to be done?  @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uk-seeing-signs-of-early-third-wave-warns-scientist-llgvzsm79


Jun 02, 2021
1431: Boris Johnson surprise remarries as Britain celebrates his personality. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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Boris Johnson surprise remarries as Britain celebrates his personality. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion

Decoy dresses helped Carrie Johnson to keep her wedding secret.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/5ec7cac6-c248-11eb-8601-6a2ece3e4634?shareToken=7e0e5d48630bfc942cdf6074b4e461f3




Jun 02, 2021
1431: The EU and the "temporary inflation" explanation. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion
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The EU and the "temporary inflation" explanation. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion

https://www.ft.com/content/f83a2fb7-94fe-4944-94f3-830bed3b2c25

German inflation hits highest rate since 2018

Harmonised index of consumer prices shows a 2.4 per cent rise in May after jump in energy costs

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity expanded at the fastest pace this year in May as domestic and export demand picked up, though sharp rises in raw material prices and strains in supply chains crimped some companies' production, a business survey showed on Tuesday.




Economy can handle the sharp rise in inflation, market bull Ed Yardeni predicts
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Yardeni Research's Ed Yardeni sees inflationary pressures as a temporary byproduct tied to massive reopenings.



Restaurants raising prices across the country due to inflation
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Prices aren't just ballooning at the gas pump and grocery store.  Inflation is now hitting small restaurant owners and franchisees alike after more than a year of COVID-19, and it's leading many to raise the prices of menu items.
Jun 02, 2021
1431: No one drops out of the NY mayoralty election; & What is to be done? @HarrySiegel @NYDailyNews
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No one drops out of the NY mayoralty election; & What is to be done? @HarrySiegel @NYDailyNews


https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-progressives-primary-power-outage-20210530-yt6guhnnhfawhb46mqazx53edq-story.html
Jun 02, 2021
1431: Frenemies Lukashenko and Putin vs NATO. @FelixLight, CBSNews, Moscow.
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Frenemies Lukashenko and Putin vs NATO. @FelixLight, CBSNews, Moscow.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/26/world/europe/putin-lukashenko-belarus-ryanair.html

Jun 02, 2021
1431: The Biden Budget and the Roaring Recovery. @LizPeek @TheHill
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The Biden Budget and the Roaring Recovery. @LizPeek @TheHill

http://lizpeek.com/biden-white-house-made-four-big-economic-mistakes-just-four-months/

Jun 02, 2021
1431: ". . . that people are already expecting inflation will be 3% versus 2.5% . . ." @LizPeek @TheHill @FoxNews
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"...that people are already expecting inflation will be 3% versus 2.5%..." @LizPeek @TheHill @FoxNews


https://www.ft.com/content/1b075b3a-f307-44e0-b3a4-b1f3f267bea7


https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/inflation-has-risen-higher-than-fed-e2-80-99s-brainard-expected-but-she-says-it-will-fade-back-to-2-25-or-less/ar-AAKBGDt



Jun 02, 2021
1431: #NewWorldReport: Argentina Fernandez fails vaccine diplomacy. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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#NewWorldReport: Argentina Fernandez fails vaccine diplomacy. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
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https://manometcurrent.com/why-argentina-didnt-buy-a-vaccine-from-pfizer-which-has-been-tested-in-the-country/
Jun 02, 2021
1431: #NewWorldReport: AMLO aims to consolidate authority with the midterm elections. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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#NewWorldReport: AMLO aims to consolidate authority with the midterm elections.  Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
https://www.securefreesociety.org


https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-05-31/mexicos-amlo-has-a-big-vision-for-change-it-all-depends-on-midterm-elections

Jun 02, 2021
1431: #NewWorldReport: Indications of Venezuela hands in Cali and Bogota disorder. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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#NewWorldReport: Indications of Venezuela hands in Cali and Bogota disorder. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
https://www.securefreesociety.org


https://www.nhpr.org/post/examining-us-venezuela-relations#stream/0
Jun 02, 2021
1431: #NewWorldReport: Colombia rocked by sophisticated disruption at Cali. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org
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#NewWorldReport: Colombia rocked by sophisticated disruption at Cali.  Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc
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https://news.yahoo.com/un-human-rights-chief-calls-203212204.html
Jun 02, 2021
1430: "In the Tunnel of Love" #Unbound. A story from the collection, "Gordon Liddy Is My Muse," by John Calvin Batchelor. The complete 85 minutes. Read by John Batchelor.
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"In the Tunnel of Love" #Unbound.  A story from the collection, Gordon Liddy Is My Muse, by John Calvin Batchelor. The complete 85 minutes. Read by John Batchelor.



Gordon Liddy Is My Muse, Hardcover;  by John Calvin Batchelor  (Author)



https://www.amazon.com/Gordon-Liddy-My-Muse-Tommy/dp/080503790X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=


In nine darkly comic episodes that range from Moscow to Hollywood, conservative spy novelist Tommy "Tip" Paine offers this postmodern picaresque chase across our contemporary oral landscape
Jun 01, 2021
1429: #MicePlague1: March 27: The foundational #Ozwatch report of floods driving a plague of mice, snakes and all creatures onto high ground. Jeremy Zakis, #OzWatch.
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#MicePlague1: March 27: The foundational #Ozwatch report of floods driving a plague of mice, snakes and all creatures onto high ground. Jeremy Zakis, #OzWatch.

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/australia-endures-droughts-fires-floods-marauding-mice-76697017


Jun 01, 2021
1429: #MicePlague2: April 27: Celebrating ANZAC Day is no refuge as the mice plague quickens. Jeremy Zakis, #OzWatch
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#MicePlague2: April 27: Celebrating ANZAC Day is no refuge as the mice plague quickens. Jeremy Zakis, #OzWatch

https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/live-breaking-news-horror-as-bodies-wash-up-on-river-bank/live-coverage/14a4f722fa795398f15632a6ad6ad682
Jun 01, 2021
1429: #MicePlague3: May 15: The plague of mice threatens NSW, joined by a plague of Beijing threats. Jeremy Zakis #OzWatch.
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#MicePlague3: May 15: The plague of mice threatens NSW, joined by a plague of Beijing threats. Jeremy Zakis #OzWatch.


https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/australia-e2-80-99s-mouse-plague-six-months-ago-it-was-war-now-whole-towns-have-accepted-their-presence/ar-BB1gKo9v
Jun 01, 2021
1429: #MicePlague4: May 30: Mice turn cannibal as the farms and suburbs wait for winter to stem the plague. Jeremy Zakis #OzWatch.
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#MicePlague4: May 30: Mice turn cannibal as the farms and suburbs wait for winter to stem the plague.  Jeremy Zakis #OzWatch.


https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cannibal-mice-plague-threatens-sydney-210000534.html

https://nypost.com/2021/05/27/cannibal-mice-blamed-for-fires-diseases-across-australia/. 
Jun 01, 2021
1428: James Tooley #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview. May 14, 2021.
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James Tooley #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview. May 14, 2021. 

Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education -  Hardcover – April 12, 2021.by James Tooley (Author)


May 31, 2021
1428: Josh Rogin #Unbound: the complete, eighty-minute interview, March 21, 2021
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Josh Rogin #Unbound: the complete, eighty-minute interview, March 21, 2021

Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century, Kindle Edition by Josh Rogin   Format: Kindle Edition


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B364SKG/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

The explosive, behind-the-scenes story of Donald Trump’s high-stakes confrontation with Beijing, from an award-winning Washington Post columnist and peerless observer of the U.S.–China relationship

There was no calm before the storm. Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory shattered the fragile understanding between Washington and Beijing, putting the most important relationship of the twenty-first century in the hands of a novice who had bitterly attacked China from the campaign trail. Almost as soon as he entered office, Trump brought to a boil the long-simmering rivalry between the two countries, while also striking up a “friendship” with Chinese president Xi Jinping — whose manipulations of his American counterpart would undermine the White House’s already disjointed response to the historic challenge of a rising China. All the while, Trump’s own officials fought to steer U.S. policy from within.

By the time the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in Wuhan, Trump’s love-hate relationship with Xi had sparked a trade war, while Xi’s aggression had pushed the world to the brink of a new Cold War. But their quarrel had also forced a long-overdue reckoning within the United States over China’s audacious foreign-influence operations, horrific human rights abuses, and creeping digital despotism. Ironically, this awakening was one of the biggest foreign-policy victories of Trump’s fractious term in office.

​Filled with shocking revelations drawn from Josh Rogin’s unparalleled access to top U.S. officials from the White House and deep within the country’s foreign policy machine, Chaos Under Heaven reveals an administration at war with itself during perhaps our most urgent hour.
May 31, 2021
1428: Jerry Hendrix #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, March 23, 2021
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Jerry Hendrix #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, March 23, 2021

To Provide and Maintain a Navy: Why Naval Primacy Is America's First, Best Strategy, Hardcover – December 19, 2020, by Henry J Hendrix (Author)

https://www.amazon.com/Provide-Maintain-Navy-Americas-Strategy/dp/0960039198


The national conversation regarding the United States Navy has, for far too long, been focused on the popular question of how many ships does the service need? To Provide and Maintain a Navy, a succinct but encompassing treatise on sea power by Dr. Henry J "Jerry" Hendrix, goes beyond the numbers to reveal the crucial importance of Mare Liberum (Free Sea) to the development of the Western thought and the rules-based order that currently govern the global commons that is the high seas. Proceeding from this philosophical basis, Hendrix explores how a "free sea" gave way to free trade and the central role sea-borne commercial trade has played in the overall rise in global living standards. This is followed by analysis of how the relative naval balance of power has played out in naval battles and wars over the centuries and how the dominance of the United States Navy following World War II has resulted in seven decades of unprecedented peace on the world's oceans. He further considers how, in the years that followed the demise of the Soviet Union, both China and Russia began laying the groundwork to challenge the United States's maritime leadership and upend five centuries of naval precedents in order to establish a new approach to sovereignty over the world's seas. It is only at this point that Dr. Hendrix approaches the question of the number of ships required for the United States Navy, the industrial base required to build them, and the importance of once again aligning the nation's strategic outlook to that of a "seapower" in order effectively and efficiently to address the rising threat. To Provide and Maintain a Navy is brief enough to be read in a weekend but deep enough to inform the reader as to the numerous complexities surrounding what promises to be the most important strategic conversation facing the United States as it enters a new age of great power competition with not one, but two, nations who seek nothing less than to close and control the world's seas
May 31, 2021
1428: David Grantham #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview, April 5, 2021.
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David Grantham #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview, April 5, 2021.

Consequences: An Intelligence Officer's War; Paperback – November 11, 2020. by David Grantham 


https://www.amazon.com/Consequences-Intelligence-Officers-David-Grantham/dp/098440631X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

“Very little has been written on the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations efforts in the global war on terror. Consequences, by David Grantham, provides a unique and fascinating window into the nuts and bolts of OSI counterintelligence operations. You won’t be disappointed.”– Fred Burton, author of Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America   

In 2020, ISIS followers are being encouraged to use COVID-19 to sicken Westerners. An ISIS supporter attacked a Naval base in Corpus Christi, Texas.   Iran and the United States exchanged blows in Iraq. We are still living in the long shadow of the Iraq War.

In 2006, David Grantham was fresh out of college and serving as a counterintelligence officer with the elite and secretive Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Iraq was veering toward civil war. The U.S. military desperately needed better on-the-ground intelligence to turn the tide. Grantham found himself in Kuwait and Afghanistan, then at Iraq’s infamous American prison, Camp Bucca. Not only was Bucca the breeding ground for the Islamic State, it was in southern Iraq, where America’s deadly fight with Iran was an open secret.

Consequences is both a riveting, behind-the-scenes look at intelligence operations at the height of the Iraq war, and a charming and sobering story of one man’s journey through the pleasures and consequences that come with wartime intelligence
May 31, 2021
1428: Terry Anderson #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. April 6, 2021
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Terry Anderson #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. April 6, 2021


Adapt and Be Adept: Market Responses to Climate Change; Paperback – April 1, 2021. by Terry Anderson . (Editor)


https://www.amazon.com/Adapt-Be-Adept-Responses-Climate/dp/0817924558/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1619395663&refinements=p_27%3ATerry+Anderson&s=books&sr=1-1

How can markets help us adapt to the challenges of climate change? The editor Terry L. Anderson brings together this collection of essays featuring the work of nine leading policy analysts, who argue that market forces are just as important as government regulation in shaping climate policy—and should be at the heart of our response to helping societies adapt to climate change.

Anderson notes in his introduction that most current climate policies such as the Paris Agreement require hard-to-enforce collective action and focus on reducing or mitigating greenhouse gases rather than adapting to their negative effects. Adaptive actions can typically deliver much more, faster and more cheaply, than any realistic climate policy. The authors tackle a range of issues: the hidden costs of renewable energy sources, the political obstacles surrounding climate change policy, insurance and financial instruments for pricing risk of exposure to the effects of climate change, and more.

Reliance on emerging renewable energies and a carbon tax are not enough to prevent the effects of global warming, they argue. We must encourage more private action and market incentives to adapt to a rapidly changing climate
May 31, 2021
1428: Russell Shorto #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, April 22, 2021.
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Russell Shorto #Unbound: the complete, forty-minute interview, April 22, 2021.

Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob. Hardcover – February 2, 2021, by Russell Shorto   (Author)

https://www.amazon.com/Smalltime-Story-My-Family-Mob/dp/0393245586/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Family secrets emerge as a best-selling author dives into the history of the mob in small-town America.

The best-selling author Russell Shorto, praised for his incisive works of narrative history, never thought to write about his own past. He grew up knowing his grandfather and namesake was a small-town mob boss but maintained an unspoken family vow of silence. Then an elderly relative prodded: You’re a writer―what are you gonna do about the story?

Smalltime is a mob story straight out of central casting―but with a difference, for the small-town mob, which stretched from Schenectady to Fresno, is a mostly unknown world. The location is the brawny postwar factory town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The setting is City Cigar, a storefront next to City Hall, behind which Russ and his brother-in-law, “Little Joe,” operate a gambling empire and effectively run the town.

Smalltime is a riveting American immigrant story that travels back to Risorgimento Sicily, to the ancient, dusty, hill-town home of Antonino Sciotto, the author’s great-grandfather, who leaves his wife and children in grinding poverty for a new life―and wife―in a Pennsylvania mining town. It’s a tale of Italian Americans living in squalor and prejudice, and of the rise of Russ, who, like thousands of other young men, created a copy of the American establishment that excluded him. Smalltimedraws an intimate portrait of a mobster and his wife, sudden riches, and the toll a lawless life takes on one family.

But Smalltime is something more. The author enlists his ailing father―Tony, the mobster’s son―as his partner in the search for their troubled patriarch. As secrets are revealed and Tony’s health deteriorates, the book becomes an urgent and intimate exploration of three generations of the American immigrant experience. Moving, wryly funny, and richly detailed, Smalltime is an irresistible memoir by a masterful writer of historical narrative.
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May 31, 2021
1428: John Tamny #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. March 28, 2021.
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John Tamny #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. March 28, 2021.

When Politicians Panicked: The New Coronavirus, Expert Opinion, and a Tragic Lapse of Reason. Hardcover – March 30, 2021 by John Tamny  (Author), George Gilder (Foreword)


https://www.amazon.com/When-Politicians-Panicked-Coronavirus-Opinion/dp/1642938378/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

When Politicians Panicked tells the tragic story of how, in response to a spreading virus, global politicians mindlessly pursued economic desperation, starvation, and death as the cure.

The global economy was booming as 2020 dawned but, within a few short months, wreckage, death, and desperation born of economic contraction were the new normal. What happened?

In When Politicians Panicked, the economic commentator John Tamny tells the heart-wrenching story of a time when politicians were tragically relieved of basic common sense in their response to the new coronavirus.

In March of 2020, the virus quickly became a major news item as political panic about it traveled around the world. Even though anecdotal and market-based evidence from the virus’s epicenter indicated very low lethality, politicians quickly imposed economy-crushing lockdowns on the rather specious assumption that unemployment, bankruptcy, and starvation would somehow halt the virus’s spread.

Tamny methodically dismantles the political consensus by showing how economic growth has long been the first and last answer to death and disease. He then shows how politicians, having mindlessly crushed a growing economy, proceeded to double down on their mistakes by throwing taxpayer money at their shocking errors.

Throughout When Politicians Panicked, Tamny makes a relentless case that free people don’t just produce the wealth that renders today’s killers yesterday’s news. They also produce crucial information about health threats that shines a light on that which threatens us. Lockdowns suffocate economic progress, but they also blind us to how we can progress—as Tamny makes plain in what will go down as an essential history for anyone seeking to understand the coronavirus panic of 2020


May 31, 2021
1428: J. H. Gelernter #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 3, 2021.
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J. H. Gelernter #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 3, 2021.

Hold Fast: A Novel Hardcover – May 4, 2021, by J. H. Gelernter 


It’s 1803. The Napoleonic Wars are raging, Britain is on her heels, and His Majesty’s Secret Service has just lost its best agent, Thomas Grey. Deeply depressed by his wife’s untimely death, Grey resigns from the service and accepts an offer to join a lumber firm in Boston. But when a sea battle with a privateer forces the ship carrying him west to make port in neutral Portugal, Grey is approached with a counteroffer: become a wealthy man by selling out Britain’s spy network to France. The French take Grey for a disgruntled ex–naval officer, blithely unaware that Grey had lost his wife to an unlucky shot from a French cannon.

Now, after many years serving King and Country, Grey seizes the opportunity to fight a covert war of his own. He travels to Paris, and―playing the part of the invaluable turncoat the French believe him to be―proceeds to infiltrate the highest levels of Napoleon’s government. If he can outwit his handlers, outmatch his French counterparts, and outrun Napoleon’s secret police, Grey may just avenge his wife’s death and turn the tide of war in England’s favor. Bursting with action and intrigue, Hold Fast sends readers headlong into an unrelenting spy thriller
May 31, 2021
1428: Fix America’s Forests: Reforms to Restore National Forests and Tackle the Wildfire Crisis. Holly Fretwell , Jonathan Wood April 12, 2021
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Holly Fretwell  #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview.  April 12, 2021.

Fix America’s Forests: Reforms to Restore National Forests and Tackle the Wildfire Crisis. Holly Fretwell , Jonathan Wood April 12, 2021
 
https://www.perc.org/2021/04/12/fix-americas-forests-reforms-to-restore-national-forests-and-tackle-the-wildfire-crisis/

In 2020, the largest wildfire in California history scorched six counties in the northern part of the state. The August Complex Fire burned more than one million acres across three national forests and destroyed hundreds of structures. But devastating fires are not limited to California. Across the West, more than 10 million acres burned in 2020—a record in modern history. These fires consumed more than 17,500 structures and more than $3.5 billion in firefighting costs.Tragically, dozens of lives were lost, and many more people were displaced by evacuation orders. Fires released smoke that degraded air quality nearby and hundreds of miles away. They also destroyed wildlife habitat, including for imperiled species, and the fires’ aftereffects will soon lead to erosion that harms water quality in local watersheds.
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May 31, 2021
1428: Michael Auslin #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 12, 2021.
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Michael Auslin #Unbound. The complete, twenty-minute interview. May 12, 2021.

Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific,  by Michael R. Auslin   Format: Kindle Edition


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08563RW9H/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0


 The Indo-Pacific is fast becoming the world's dominant region. Now, as it grows in power and wealth, geopolitical competition has reemerged, threatening future stability not merely in Asia but around the globe. China is aggressive and uncooperative, and increasingly expects the world to bend to its wishes. The focus on Sino-US competition for global power has obscured "Asia's other great game": the rivalry between Japan and China. A modernizing India risks missing out on the energies and talents of millions of its women, potentially hampering the broader role it can play in the world. And in North Korea, the most frightening question raised by Kim Jong-un's pursuit of the ultimate weapon is also the simplest: Can he control his nukes? In Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, Michael R. Auslin examines these and other key issues transforming the Indo-Pacific and the broader world. He also explores the history of American strategy in Asia, from the 18th century through today. Taken together, Auslin's essays convey the richness and diversity of the region: with more than three billion people, the Indo-Pacific contains over half of the global population, including the world's two most populous nations, India and China. In a riveting final chapter, Auslin imagines a war between America and China in a bid for regional hegemony and what this conflict might look like.
May 31, 2021
1427: A plague of cannibal mice in NSW. A plague of State Security in PRC. Jeremy Zakis, Sidney.
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Photo: A plague of mice: "mice everywhere."  Screen grab  


>  “People are putting the legs of their beds in buckets or pots of water, but the mice are still climbing curtains, jumping onto their beds and biting them," vice president of the New South Wales Farmers’ Association Xavier Martin told the Telegraph of the problem.

“When they run out of food, when they run out of seeds to eat they start cannibalising, they start eating each other," Martin added to ITV News. “They’re pretty disgusting animals and of course they’ve taken over a lot of our homes, our sheds, our vehicles, our tractors, we’ve had machinery burn."

May 30, 2021
1427: #CivilWar?: The Roman Optimates embraced Christianity to maintain privilege. What of the American Optimates and the Church of Woke? Gaius and Germanicus reflect. Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins
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Photo: A statue of a member of the equestrian class from 176 CE. This statue is believed to be from the Capitoline Hill in Rome, and is the only equestrian statue that survives.

"Optimates stood against the ideological power of the populares to transfer powers from the senate to the popular assemblies."

#CivilWar?: The Roman Optimates embraced Christianity to maintain privilege. What of the American Optimates and the Church of Woke? Gaius and Germanicus reflect. Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins

https://www.anewcivilwar.com/vlahos-blog
May 30, 2021
1427: Risking the Darién Gap jungle ten thousand migrants a month from all continents, men, mothers, children, aiming for the USA. Michael Yon, Patreon.com
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Photo:  Bothrops asper (a fer-de-lance) photographed in Ecuador 2013 by Robert Wedderburn.  A commonplace visitor in the Darién Gap.  (See below for permissions.) 

The Fer-de-lance is a highly venomous pit viper species found from southern Mexico to northern South America. It is the most dangerous snake of Central and South America and is the main cause of fatal snakebite incidents within its range. 

Other common names applied to this snake are Mapepire balsain (Trinidad), Carpet Labaria (Guyana), Barba amarilla (Guatemala, Honduras; "yellow beard"), equis (Ecuador and Panama; "x"), Taya equis (Colombia), Cuaima (Venezuela), Nauyaca (México; from Nahuatl nahui, four, and yacatl, nose; "four noses"), and Yellow-jaw tommygoff (Belize)

Risking the Darién Gap jungle ten thousand migrants a month from all continents, men, mothers, children, aiming for the USA. Michael Yon, Patreon.com

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-20/panama-says-will-temporarily-close-border-with-colombia-over-covid-19-risk

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May 30, 2021
1427: #PacificWatch: Severe drought warning; water rationing begins, Russian River to Santa Clara County. @JCBliss
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#PacificWatch: Severe drought warning; water rationing begins, Russian River to Santa Clara County. @JCBliss

California drought enters dangerous territory. What’s ahead for fish, farms and cities -- In just a few weeks, California’s water conditions have gone from bad to terrible. Sacramento residents have been asked to cut water usage 10%. Their counterparts on the Russian River are being told to reduce their consumption 20%. Sacramento Bee 


Mandatory restrictions coming to Santa Clara County as feds cut water supply -- In the latest and possibly most severe evidence yet of California’s worsening drought, the federal government on Wednesday announced it will cut water deliveries to urban areas it serves by more than half — and to zero for many farmers across the Central Valley.  San Jose Mercury


State orders sweeping water restrictions for towns, vineyards along Russian River -- Several communities and hundreds of vineyards in California’s Wine Country are being cut off from their water supply because there’s not enough water to go around. San Francisco Chronicle


State orders halt to hundreds of Russian River diversions in Sonoma, Mendocino counties as drought imperils supplies -- The crackdown affects grape growers and other farm producers, as well as rural residents and several communities along the upper river — from Healdburg north to Ukiah — where groundwater and other rights are likely to be used more heavily in the coming months to keep crops alive and taps flowing. Santa Rosa Press Democrat 
May 30, 2021
1427: #PacificWatch: Container Ship Jam; the Return of Echo Park. @JCBliss.
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Photo: A starboard bow view of the container ship PRESIDENT TAFT tied up at the pier at the Naval Supply Depot freight terminal and warehouse compound


#PacificWatch: Container Ship Jam; the Return of Echo Park. @JCBliss.

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/californias-massive-container-ship-traffic-jam-is-still-really-jammed

Newsom’s top housing adviser says ‘start with yes’
-- With a key legislative deadline next week, Newsom’s housing adviser speaks about the governor’s priorities on affordable housing. The big takeaway: California is millions of housing units short, and cities hold the key. CalMatters

May 30, 2021
1427: Congressman Tom Tiffany, WI-7, goes to Panama's triple-canopy Darién Gap to meet the migrants. Michael Yon, Patreon.com
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Photo: Boa constrictor - 1734-1765 - Print - Iconographia Zoologica - Special Collections, University of Amsterdam

Boas, and the terrifying fer-de-lance, are common  in the Darién Gap

. . .  In recent years, the Darién Gap has become an excruciating ordeal for thousands of migrants traveling north from South America, without the visas or resources to choose a safer way. “There’s people from Somalia, from Ghana, from Bangladesh,” says Moráles. “Even from Nepal.”   In the spring of this year, Senafront, Panamá’s National Border Service, announced that 7,316 migrants had passed the Darién Gap by mid-April, a staggering number given the difficulty of the crossing. Some die along the way, while those who make it to Yaviza are often starving and exhausted.



Congressman Tom Tiffany, WI-7, goes to Panama's triple-canopy Darién Gap to meet the migrants. Michael Yon, Patreon.com

https://tiffany.house.gov/about-0

https://thecostaricanews.com/panama-closes-its-land-sea-and-river-borders-with-colombia/
May 30, 2021
1426: #CivilWar? Germanicus and Gaius weigh the Christian martyr threat to the Roman Empire, 90 A.D.; & What is to be done? Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins
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Photo: Roman Empire 1700-1900.

#CivilWar?  90 A.D.: Germanicus and Gaius weigh the Christian martyr threat to the Roman Empire; & What is to be done? Michael Vlahos Johns Hopkins 
May 29, 2021
1425: 2/2 Stare decisis and Roe v Wade: a history @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst
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Photo: Demonstrators in the first March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 1974, a year after Roe v. Wade was passed

CBS Eye on the World, with John Batchelor

2/2  Stare decisis and Roe v Wade: a history  @RichardAEpstein  @HooverInst

https://www.hoover.org/research/should-roe-v-wade-stand

May 29, 2021
1425: 1/2 Stare decisis and Roe v Wade: a history @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst
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CBS Eye on the World, with John Batchelor

1/2  Stare decisis and Roe v Wade: a history  @RichardAEpstein  @HooverInst

https://www.hoover.org/research/should-roe-v-wade-stand
May 29, 2021
1425: Not trusting the news or what you read; & What is to be done? @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion
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Photo:  First page of Tan, 23 November 1938

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Not trusting the news or what you read; & What is to be done?   @DanHenninger  @WSJOpinion

https://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-republicans-block-jan-6-riot-commission-11622218867?mod=hp_lead_pos2

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-pelosi-january-6-commission-fiasco-11622065772


May 29, 2021
1425: Four-star forum. Francis Rose, @FRoseDC ; @FRoseDC ; NationalDefenseWeek.com @FrancisRoseDC, WJLA-TV,
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May 29, 2021
1425: 4/4 Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged
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Photo: Gettysburg; the pictures and the story

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4/4   Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by   
Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged


https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Tested-Gettysburg-Leadership-Lessons/dp/1642934534

In order to be a truly effective leader, it is necessary to learn as much as possible from the examples of history—the disasters as well as the triumphs. At Gettysburg, Union and Confederate commanders faced a series of critical leadership challenges under the enormous stress of combat. The fate of the nation hung in the balance. These leaders each responded in different ways, but the concepts and principles they applied during those traumatic three days contain critical lessons for today’s leaders that are both useful and applicable—whether those leaders manage operations at a large corporation, supervise a public institution, lead an athletic team, or govern a state or municipality.  

In the twenty-first century, leadership is the indispensable quality that separates successful organizations from failures. Successful leaders communicate vision, motivate team members, and inspire trust. One must move both people and the collective organization into the future while, at the same time, dealing with the past. A leader must learn to master the dynamic requirements of decision-making and change.
May 29, 2021
1425: 3/4 Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged
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CBS Eye on the World, with John Batchelor

3/4  Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged


https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Tested-Gettysburg-Leadership-Lessons/dp/1642934534

In order to be a truly effective leader, it is necessary to learn as much as possible from the examples of history—the disasters as well as the triumphs. At Gettysburg, Union and Confederate commanders faced a series of critical leadership challenges under the enormous stress of combat. The fate of the nation hung in the balance. These leaders each responded in different ways, but the concepts and principles they applied during those traumatic three days contain critical lessons for today’s leaders that are both useful and applicable—whether those leaders manage operations at a large corporation, supervise a public institution, lead an athletic team, or govern a state or municipality.  

In the twenty-first century, leadership is the indispensable quality that separates successful organizations from failures. Successful leaders communicate vision, motivate team members, and inspire trust. One must move both people and the collective organization into the future while, at the same time, dealing with the past. A leader must learn to master the dynamic requirements of decision-making and change.
May 29, 2021
1425: 2/4 Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged
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Photo: Battle of Gettysburg cyclorama.   The greatest work of the celebrated French artist Paul Philippoteaux.

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2/4    Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged

https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Tested-Gettysburg-Leadership-Lessons/dp/1642934534

In order to be a truly effective leader, it is necessary to learn as much as possible from the examples of history—the disasters as well as the triumphs. At Gettysburg, Union and Confederate commanders faced a series of critical leadership challenges under the enormous stress of combat. The fate of the nation hung in the balance. These leaders each responded in different ways, but the concepts and principles they applied during those traumatic three days contain critical lessons for today’s leaders that are both useful and applicable—whether those leaders manage operations at a large corporation, supervise a public institution, lead an athletic team, or govern a state or municipality.  

In the twenty-first century, leadership is the indispensable quality that separates successful organizations from failures. Successful leaders communicate vision, motivate team members, and inspire trust. One must move both people and the collective organization into the future while, at the same time, dealing with the past. A leader must learn to master the dynamic requirements of decision-making and change.
May 29, 2021
1425: 1/4 Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged
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Photo: Round Top from Devil's Den, Gettysburg, Pa.

CBS Eye on the World, with John Batchelor

1/4  Battle Tested! : Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged

https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Tested-Gettysburg-Leadership-Lessons/dp/1642934534

In order to be a truly effective leader, it is necessary to learn as much as possible from the examples of history—the disasters as well as the triumphs. At Gettysburg, Union and Confederate commanders faced a series of critical leadership challenges under the enormous stress of combat. The fate of the nation hung in the balance. These leaders each responded in different ways, but the concepts and principles they applied during those traumatic three days contain critical lessons for today’s leaders that are both useful and applicable—whether those leaders manage operations at a large corporation, supervise a public institution, lead an athletic team, or govern a state or municipality.  

In the twenty-first century, leadership is the indispensable quality that separates successful organizations from failures. Successful leaders communicate vision, motivate team members, and inspire trust. One must move both people and the collective organization into the future while, at the same time, dealing with the past. A leader must learn to master the dynamic requirements of decision-making and change.
May 29, 2021
1425: #SmallBusinessAmerica. Chocolate-covered cicadas. @GeneMarks
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Photo: Seventeen-year old cicada 

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#SmallBusinessAmerica  Chocolate-covered cicadas. @GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer



This Is the World's Oldest Recorded Customer Complaint


Small Business Admin Yet To Distribute A Single Dollar Of Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

New House bill gives small businesses more incentives to start a 401(k) plan
Big impact on small business: Child tax credit is next coronavirus stimulus check: All you need to know

Time for a manicure? Israeli startup’s 3D imaging, AI has got your nails covered 


Maryland candy shop selling chocolate covered cicadas



May 29, 2021
1425: #SmallBusinessAmerica. Hotel occupancy surges. @GeneMarks
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Photo:  Hôtel de Crillon, Paris: one of the grand hotels of the world.  Fair use.

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#SmallBusinessAmerica.  Hotel occupancy surges. @GeneMarks  @Guardian  @PhillyInquirer



STR: Weekly US Hotel Occupancy Reaches 60%, a First Since Start of Pandemic
Occupancy Rate Down 15% Compared to Same Week in 2019

Las Vegas Visitor Authority for April: No Convention Attendance, Visitor Traffic Down 27% Compared to 2019

Forrester predicts 70% of US and EU companies planning full shift to hybrid work
A new survey from Forrester found that organizations are expecting some employees to spend at least two days working remotely.

Beware of all those small business 'surveys.' They're biased and partisan 

SBA launches $100 million grant program to help small businesses: What you need to know


NASA Invests $105 Million in US Small Business Technology Development


May 29, 2021
1425: #PacificWatch: Graduation day, 2021, in Angels Stadium. Jeff Bliss @JCBliss
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Photo: In Angels Stadium, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett stands in a football stadium prior to the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl football game in Anaheim, Calif., Jan. 4, 2013

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#PacificWatch:  Graduation day, 2021, in Angels Stadium.  Jeff Bliss @JCBliss

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/story/2021-05-26/legoland-ready-to-open-its-biggest-park-attraction-ever
May 29, 2021
1425: A 90-day search for the origins of the virus; & What is to be done? @JoshRogin, Washington Post
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Photo:  Yellow Fever Virus

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A 90-day search for the origins of the virus; & What is to be done?   @JoshRogin, Washington Post


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/27/bidens-announcement-is-beginning-not-end-real-covid-origin-investigation/
May 29, 2021
1425: Rules-based order for killer robots and killer satellites. Patrick Tucker, Defense One, @defPatTech
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Photo: Robot at machine fair in Jaarbeurs Utrecht, the Netherlands (1941). Photo by unknown photographer from Stapf Bilderdienst

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Rules-based order for killer robots and killer satellites.  Patrick Tucker, Defense One, @defPatTech



Rules Based Order





May 29, 2021
1425: Cybersecurity after the Colonial Pipeline hack. Patrick Tucker, Defense One, @defPatTech
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May 29, 2021
1425: The galactic center revealed. Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: Galactic center,

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The galactic center revealed.   Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com


https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/new-chandra-mosaic-of-galactic-center-reveals-spider-web-of-magnetism/
May 29, 2021
1425: Starship at the Equator. Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: The 2018 version of the Big Falcon Rocket at stage separation: Starship (foreground) and Super Heavy (background).
This file was donated to the public domain by SpaceX.

CBS Eye on the World with John Batchelor

Boca Chica, Texas: Starship  No. 15. which won't fly: some weeks ago it reached six miles high and was the first Starship to land correctly.  Then they removed the three Raptor engines and the legs to inspect. This week, brought in a crane, transported it to the assembly bldg. 

Starship at the Equator.  Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com

https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/starship-will-fuel-a-shift-of-spaceports-to-the-earths-equator/
May 29, 2021
1424: "Australia would like the US to do more." Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs
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Photo: Ship passing the U.S. Army base at Bulimba, Brisbane, ca. 1943
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"Australia would like the US to do more." Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs

https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/269655850/australia-reviews-china-port-lease-near-us-military-outpost
May 28, 2021
1424: The PRC moves to persuade Indonesia in the fishing village of Daru. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs
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Photo: Indonesian naval patrol boat.

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The PRC moves to persuade Indonesia in the fishing village of Daru. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs


https://www.mining-technology.com/news/zhejiang-huayou-indonesia-nickel-project/
May 28, 2021
1424: "Reaching out to do personal deals with the Taliban." Anatol Lieven, @QuincyInst @Georgetown.
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Photo: Coat-of-arms of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the proclaimed state of the Taliban.

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"Reaching out to do personal deals with the Taliban." Anatol Lieven, @QuincyInst @Georgetown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5z-eAeF-74
May 28, 2021
1424: No logical returning to the Iran Deal. David Albright. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
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Photo: Sunset provisions in the 2015 JCPOA: "LOSING LEVERAGE, WITH NO “PLAN B”.  Image: Foundation for the Defense of democracies.  https://www.rpc.senate.gov/policy-papers/bad-iran-deal-2-the-sequel-is-as-bad-as-the-original
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No logical returning to the Iran Deal. David Albright. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1 


Iran's Perilous Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons Kindle Edition. by David Albright  (Author), Sarah Burkhard (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B094DTRJFL/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0


David Albright is founder and President of the non-profit Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C. He has written numerous assessments on secret nuclear weapons programs throughout the world. David is the co-author of the new book Iran's Perilous Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons, Institute for Science and International Security Press.
 
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May 28, 2021
1424: Anti-semitism and the V-2s over Jerusalem. Chris Smith. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
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Photo: U.S. Army cut-away of the V-2.


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Anti-semitism and the V-2s over Jerusalem. Chris Smith Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1

Elected in 1980, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton, N.J.) is currently in his 21st two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves residents of the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey. (Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean counties). Rep Smith is the co-chair House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism
 
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May 28, 2021
1424: Reopening Canadian summer: Quebec electioneering in two languages. @ConradMBlack
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Photo:  Election publicity of Henri Lavigueur during the 1920 elections in Quebec.  Published in the 14 February edition of Le Soleil newspaper.

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Reopening Canadian summer: Quebec electioneering in two languages.  @ConradMBlack


https://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-quebec-language-law-is-a-political-gambit




May 28, 2021
1424: When you first heard the air raid sirens over Jerusalem? Dore Gold, @DrDoreGold. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
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Photo: Fire outside the al Aqsa Mosque (screen grab)..

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When you first heard the air raid sirens over Jerusalem? Dore Gold, @DrDoreGold. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1


Ambassador Dore Gold has served as President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs since 2000. From June 2015 until October 2016 he served as Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN (1997-1999), and as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
 
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May 28, 2021
1424: Recommending an ambassador to combat anti-semitism. @RepJoshG, Josh Gottheimer; Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1
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Photo: Swiss anti-Jewish engraving:  Solothurn Central Library —"Jewish man, you always cheated me."


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Recommending an ambassador to combat anti-semitism. @RepJoshG, Josh Gottheimer. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1

Josh Gottheimer represents New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District in the northernmost part of the state, which includes parts of Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties. He was first sworn in on January 3, 2017 and is now in his third term in office.
 
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May 28, 2021
1424: #HotelMars: A long line of tourists for Earth-orbit hotel rooms. David Livingston Spaceshow.com. Marcia Smith, SpacepolicyOnline.com
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Photo: Orbital Assembly Corporation, a new construction company run by former pilot John Blincow, is planning to open a luxury space hotel by 2027. Voyager Station, as it's being called, would accommodate 280 guests and 112 crew members while aiming to be the first commercial space hotel, upon completion. Here: an artist's view of the hotel.

The team working on Voyager Station hopes to partner with SpaceX in its aim to send passengers to the first-ever space hotel. All renderings are courtesy of the Orbital Assembly Corporation: fair use:


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#HotelMars: A long line of tourists for Earth-orbit hotel rooms. David Livingston Spaceshow.com. Marcia Smith, SpacepolicyOnline.com


https://spacepolicyonline.com/news/space-tourism-hitting-its-stride/https://spacepolicyonline.com/news/space-tourism-hitting-its-stride/


May 28, 2021
1424: Popular, authoritarian, shrewd, term-limited AMLO looks to Mexico's June 6 midterms. @MaryAnastasiaOG @WSJOpinion
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Popular, authoritarian, shrewd, term-limited AMLO looks to Mexico's June 6 midterms. @MaryAnastasiaOG @WSJOpinion

https://www.wsj.com/articles/mexican-democracys-big-test-11621804644?st=sxifvv3y50fe0ni&reflink=article_copyURL_share
May 28, 2021
1424: #TheScalaReport: The Icahn Short on American Malls; the Market Long on American Green. Chris Riegel, CEO @ScalaInc @STRATACACHE
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Photo: Galleria Mall, Houston, Texas
May 28, 2021
1424: Deregulating childcare and rewarding overtime lifts the burden on parenting. @VerodeRugy. @Mercatus
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Photo: Culbertson family portrait, c. 1863
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Deregulating childcare and rewarding overtime lifts the burden on parenting. @VerodeRugy. @Mercatus

https://www.creators.com/read/veronique-de-rugy/05/21/bidens-family-leave-plan-is-a-permanent-burden-for-a-temporary-problem
May 28, 2021
1424: Galileo and the bat cave in Southwest China; & What is to be done? @VDHanson
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Photo: Bat.  Drawing collected by Felix Platter, to be used in Historiae animalium.

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Galileo and the bat cave in Southwest China; & What is to be done? @VDHanson

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/05/25/china-China-Wuhan-Institute-Virology-Mojiang-region-cave/6791621960708/
May 28, 2021
1424: 2/2: Big Oil: The shot heard round the world. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, @TheEconomist
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Photo: 2/2 "Big Production", panographed from Middle States Lease block 96 featuring, from left to right, blocks 95-89-88-87, "Burkwaggoner Pool".
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2/2: Big Oil: The shot heard round the world. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, @TheEconomist

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/26/1000475878/in-landmark-case-dutch-court-orders-shell-to-cut-its-carbon-emissions-faster
May 28, 2021
1424: 1/2: Big Oil: The shot heard round the world. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, @TheEconomist
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Photo: "Big Production", panographed from Middle States Lease block 96, "Burkwaggoner Pool".

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CBS Eye on the World with John Batchelor
CBS Audio Network
@Batchelorshow

1/2: Big Oil: The shot heard round the world. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, @TheEconomist

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/26/1000475878/in-landmark-case-dutch-court-orders-shell-to-cut-its-carbon-emissions-faster
May 28, 2021
1424: Congress seeks protection from China; & What is to be done? Weifeng Zhong @Mercatus
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Photo: Chinese PLA.  Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal J.J. Harper.

2016: China’s Rise as a Predator State 
Recent developments have dispelled the myth that China’s rise will be peaceful.


CBS Eye on the World with John Batchelor
CBS Audio Network
@Batchelorshow

Congress seeks protection from China & What is to be done? Weifeng Zhong @Mercatus


https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/25/chip-shortage-democrats-gop-team-up-to-target-china.html


May 28, 2021
1423: Warplanes vs war drones vs war AI; 2 of 2, Tyler Rogoway, @thewarzone, @thedrive
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Photo:  Rare second edition of the very important early manual on gunpowder first published in 1529. Perhaps even rarer than the first, this edition is held by only three libraries worldwide, with the other two in Germany.

Warplanes vs war drones vs war AI; 2 of 2, Tyler Rogoway, @thewarzone, @thedrive
May 27, 2021
1423: Warplanes vs war drones vs war AI; 1 of 2, Tyler Rogoway, @thewarzone, @thedrive
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Photo:  Military technology:  An illustration of a trebuchet catapult, as described in the Wujing Zongyao of 1044.
May 27, 2021
1423: Italy opens its arms to American tourists. Lorenzo Fiori, Ansaldo Foundation
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Photo:  The welcome.  Mary's visit to her cousin Elisabet (Luke 1:39). Joseph and Zechariah shake hands. To the right of the stairs is a woman with a basket on her head.

Italy opens its arms to  American tourists. Lorenzo Fiori, Ansaldo Foundation
May 27, 2021
1423: Duelling with the dictators: Minsk and Moscow. BethKnobel@CBSNews; Fordham University
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May 27, 2021
1423: The PRC confiscates Jimmy Lai's stock in Apple Daily. Mark Clifford. Gordon Chang.
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Photo:   Confiscation; stolen treasure

The PRC confiscates Jimmy Lai's stock in Apple Daily.  Mark  Clifford. Gordon Chang.
May 27, 2021
1423: Why does the PRC buy private schools in Canada? . Charles Burton, Gordon Chang @gordongchang
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Photo: Toronto through its history has seen the development of multiple Chinese ethnic enclaves in its downtown and metropolitan regions.


Why does the PRC buy private schools in Canada?  .  Charles Burton, Gordon Chang @gordongchang  


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May 27, 2021
1423: Baku recovers from the pandemic. Brenda Shaffer, @profbshaffer; @fdd
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Photo: Hurshidbanu Natavan with her children

Baku recovers from the pandemic. Brenda Shaffer, @profbshaffer; @fdd

May 27, 2021
1423: More tragedy in Nagorno-Karabakh. Brenda Shaffer, @profbshaffer, @fdd
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Photo:   Historical photos of Azerbaijan - tschajchana

More tragedy in Nagorno-Karabakh.  Brenda Shaffer, @profbshaffer, @fdd

https://www.fdd.org/team/brenda-shaffer/

May 27, 2021
1423: The unknowns of asteroid Ryugu. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo:  Photograph of the full disc of the asteroid 162173 Ryugu, as it appeared to the Hayabusa2 spacecraft at 03:50 UTC on 26 June 2018. The photograph was taken by the spacecraft's Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic (ONC-T) at a distance of 20 kilometres (12 miles). 162173 Ryugu is the 23rd minor planet studied by a spacecraft in-situ, and is the target of the second ever sample-return mission to an asteroid, Hayabusa2.


162173 Ryugu, provisional designation 1999 JU3, is a near-Earth object and a potentially hazardous asteroid of the Apollo group. It measures approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) in diameter and is a dark object of the rare spectral type Cb.

https://behindtheblack.com/?s=asteroid+Ryugu.

For the image sequence showing the rotation of Ryugu: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/162173_Ryugu#/media/File:Ryugu_rotation.gif
May 27, 2021
1423: The early days of space tourism. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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Photo: Soyuz TM-32 departing the International Space Station

Soyuz TM-32 was a crewed Russian spacecraft which was launched on April 28, 2001, and docked with the International Space Station two days later. It launched the crew of the visiting mission ISS EP-1, which included the first paying space tourist Dennis Tito, as well as two Russian cosmonauts. 

The early days of space tourism.  Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com

https://behindtheblack.com/?s=space+tourism
May 27, 2021
1423: Clarence Thomas and the New-New Scotus. Bill McGurn, @wjmcgurn, @wsjopinion, Wall Street Journal editorial board
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Photo: US Supreme Court of long ago

Clarence Thomas and the New-New Scotus.  Bill McGurn, @wjmcgurn, @wsjopinion, Wall Street Journal editorial board.


God Save the Clarence Thomas Court

He’s not chief justice, but never before has he had the power and influence he has now.
       For Clarence Thomas, any chance he might become chief justice has long since passed. But at 72, he is coming into his own. For circumstances have now made it as plausible to speak of the Thomas court as the Roberts court.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/god-save-the-clarence-thomas-court-11621893168
May 27, 2021
1423: The historical case for the January 6 Commission. Gerald F Seib, Wall Street Journal
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Photo: Warren Commission

The Consequences of Not Creating a Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Commission

If Washington’s political system can’t come together, it may be showing it can’t reverse the dynamics that produced violence in the first place.
. . . In the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 attacks, similar commissions were created to investigate, though they actually pursued slightly different questions.

The historical case for the January 6 Commission.  Gerald F Seib, Wall Street Journal

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-consequences-of-not-creating-a-jan-6-commission-11621861473

May 27, 2021
1423: Boycott the Olympics because of the Uyghurs? Reggie Littlejohn and Gordon Chang @GordonGChang
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