August 2016 archive

Aug 28

How to Make an Enemy

In Brief—A examination of American policy on assassinations and how they have served to make more enemies than they kill. Hypocrisy Fosters Contempt— A wedding celebration turns into a scene of horror. If the attack were only one wedding celebration it could be claimed that it was a tragic mistake, but American policy has assured …

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Aug 21

Men Crying—Personal or Cultural?

In Brief—The author looks at his own history and whether his tears represent just one man or whether the display of emotion is imposed by culture or environment. Tears are the silent language of grief. (Voltaire)— ”Oh, God! That’s the last news I ever wanted to hear!” As I write this, it’s been four months …

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Aug 14

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 9

In Brief—Change comes to the warehouse where the author lives. The One Unchanging Thing in the Universe is Change— Bengt may never run away again. He looks shrunken. He sleeps a lot. The vigor and sense of humor seems to be gone. The man I saw as active and alert now sits sleeping while lunch …

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Aug 07

Cannon Fodder: Draftee or Volunteer

In Brief—A discussion of the author’s experiences and views on whether a mandatory draft of men and women is preferable over an all-volunteer military. Frying Pan or Fire— I sat there in my suit and tie talking to a young man who had just received his draft notice. I might as well have been speaking …

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