MANY PEOPLE WOULD RATHER DIE THAN THINK; IN FACT, MOST DO. — BERTRAND RUSSELL

June 2011

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Book review: “Tried by War”

The issue of national sovereignty of the United States over the states is “indistinct, simple, and inflexible. … It is an issue which can only be tried by war, and decided by victory.” — Abraham Lincoln,…



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Our daily universe: solar storms

Most people don’t realize that solar activity can have a profound effect on certain operations on Earth, ranging from drilling for oil, power grids, railway signaling and other areas of industry. The United States and…


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Palin the historian, ctd.

In reference to an earlier post in which I made light of Sarah Palin’s gaffe about Paul Revere riding through Boston to warn the British, not the colonists, about the former’s movements, I need to…


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How philosophers die

In this opinion piece, Costica Bradatan, assistant professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, examines how philosophers and thinkers through the ages have dealt with the reality of their own demise: It happened…



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Palin the historian

I know I’m being a little dated here, but I wanted to briefly address this Sarah Palin/Paul Revere business. For anyone unfamiliar with the story, here’s the incriminating video: Here, Palin indicates, while on a…


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Post-vacation musings

I have felt a bit out of the blogging groove as of late. Even in years past when I have left town for vacation, I still found time for a post or two, as in…


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