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Yesterday in History XIV

The Wars of the Roses (May 22, 1455) Two arms of the Plantagenet family duke it out for control of the English crown. On this day in 1455: The Wars of the Roses begin with the First Battle of St. … Continue reading

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Writing Yourself into the History Books

Veni, Vidi, Vici I remember reading The Gallic Wars by Julius Caesar in Latin in Grade 10. The above-noted statement cannot be found there. (And for those whose Latin is a bit rusty, it means “I came, I saw, I … Continue reading

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Honestly, Do You Believe You Know the Difference?

Propaganda Everybody has an opinion: that’s a fact. But is that opinion based on fact or propaganda? In times of war, or even ‘Special Military Operations’, the people need to be behind their leaders or else it will all fail … Continue reading

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Context: How Dehumanizing Encourages Abuse

Standford Prison Experiment (1971) Under the chapter called the Power of Context, Malcolm Gladwell discusses this experiment in his book “The Tipping Point”. I had previously studied the results of this setup in my Psychology AS class in the UK … Continue reading

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How Anything Happens, Against All Odds

The Tipping Point (2013 Edition) My son got this book for me, for my 72nd birthday. Thanks, Derek. After reading most of my other books from my birthday, I am starting to settle on this one. The title alone has … Continue reading

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Question: Who Will Succeed, Zelenskyy or Putin?

Psycard Reading, Today Seems dumb to even attempt a double-headed question, but it came out that way as I was shuffling the cards. As you can see I got a NO on one side and a YES on the other, … Continue reading

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War Is Hell, for Everyone Involved

An Army Marches on Its Stomach Admittedly, this quote has been floating around my mental space for a week, now. It was prompted by the idea that Putin wanted to ‘conquer’ Ukraine as quickly as possible. Having a 61 km … Continue reading

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Spiritual “Brothers in Arms”?

‘WWG1WGA” Does this thinking still apply, today? Is this why Zelenskyy is chiding the Western powers for standing at a distance and watching the events unfold in his precious country? And why didn’t NATO allow Ukraine to become part of … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Resistance to the Russian Invasion

Better Dead Than Red It’s a Cold War slogan, but one that encapsulates the unexpected strength of feeling among Ukrainians. Putin thought that the very fact that his troops could cross the line between their two countries with impunity would … Continue reading

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Yesterday in History IV

Russia Invades Ukraine (February 24, 2022) Will this be another day in infamy? I expect so. What really surprises me is how anyone thought that diplomacy could have prevented this from happening. Putin only wanted one thing: assurances from the … Continue reading

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