Reprisals and the Killing of Civilians in War

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"In Belgium there are many towns whose cemeteries today have rows and rows of memorial stones inscribed with a name, the date 1914, and the legend, repeated over and over: "Fusille par les Allemandes"...

Thoughts About Squishing Bugs

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Every spring, in the bathroom sink, dozens of little black ants come out of the woodwork and dance around the basin. After 65 years of either squishing them with my finger or washing them...

Scratch a Russian and you’ll find a ……?

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(Footnoted, 3/10) Rudyard Kipling once wrote:                 "I had six honest serving men who taught me all I know. They were, Who, What, Where, When, Why and How" This simple life-rule has been virtually absent in news...

The Parable of the Grannies

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As I've mentioned in other contexts, I spent a lot of time in the USSR before it fell, and then both Russia and Ukraine, as well as the Soviet Empire, after it fell, from...

Making Mock of Communism; How East Europeans Would Respond to Antifa

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Every country of the Soviet East European bloc hated Russians. And every one of them, with the possible exception of East Germany, hated the Communists. Within the old Soviet bloc; the Balkans, Bulgaria and much...

Judging Beauty, Goodness and Virtue

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"If you judge Beauty or Goodness or Virtue solely based on what you see in the mirror you will likely die a painful death...whether old or young. Just ask Kurt Cobain" from St George Frederick, an old friend returned.