Lessons from the past

7 July 13 “When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.” Richard Dawkins The beautiful Krag-Jorgensen Rifle was officially adopted...

The Making of Nations

4 July 13 The term “Manifest Destiny” had been on the lips of many Americans since Jefferson’s presidency. It represented the “superior morality” associated with pell-mell Western expansion, bringing goodness and light to vast expanses of real estate, occupied only by...

Ominous warning, from a higher-up IT friend

24 June 13 Ominous warning, from a higher-up IT friend: “I was recently sent to and expensive, high-end ‘executive-development course’ with a vendor who purports to discover and refine ‘executive qualities’ of up-and-comers within large corporations. I was subjected...

The way great nations go to war

3 June 13 The Congressional “Tonkin Gulf Resolution” of 7 Aug 1964 was the beginning of our big troop build-up in Vietnam. I didn’t get there until the summer of 1968, four years later. As it turns out, the Tonkin Gulf Resolution was a fraud. President LBJ insisted...