Sunday, 28 February 2016
And Yet...
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by Christopher Ward-Greene (March 2016)


And Yet...
By Christopher Hitchens

Simon & Schuster (November 24, 2015)
352 pp.

Christopher Hitchens’ chatty prose style and wide-ranging erudition returns in a new collection of writings entitled And Yet... Consisting of essays and reviews from the likes of Vanity Fair, Slate and The Atlantic between 2005 and 2010, the pieces are wide-ranging, giving us the full span of Hitchens’ interests, from politics and history to travel and literature. And yet - I am forced to conclude that this collection has a watered-down feel to it, lacking something of the fieriness that was Hitchens’ trademark.

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:32 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Why I Don’t Read Newspapers
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(written in 1971)
by Richard Kostelanetz
(March 2016)


A prime blight of serious political discussion in this country is newspaper literacy, which is to say that too much talk and writing reveals facts and awarenesses gleaned largely, if not exclusively, from daily newspapers. The surest sign of newspaper literacy is a sense of worldly significance reflecting a journalistic distribution of emphases, particularly with the inference that the lead stories on the front page report the most important occurrences of the moment.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:24 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Social Justice Warriors' War Against the Enlightenment
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by Lorna Salzman (March 2016)


The Enlightenment of the 18th century, whose principles enabled the rise of secular democracy, egalitarianism and human rights, was made flesh in the French Revolution and inscribed in our Constitution as the foundation of our country’s statutes and political identity. It also made possible the scientific revolution that began in the previous century even as it provoked persecution of scientific free-thinkers by the Catholic church, whose doctrines and power structures were directly threatened.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:17 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
The Vote for the Greatest Portuguese and its Leading Candidates
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A Fascist, a Communist and a Righteous Gentile
by Norman Berdichevsky
(March 2016)


When Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, Portugal’s authoritarian ruler since 1932 finally was unable to rule effectively and his regime subsequently deposed by a military coup in 1974 (“The Carnation Revolution”), there was universal agreement that he left Portugal the poorest and most backward nation in Western Europe. Reporters on the scene in Lisbon reported signs of jubilation equaling V-E Day in London or Paris.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:13 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
“Stand Up for Bastards”: Natural Issue in the 1571 Act of Parliament, 13 Eliz., c. 1
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by David  P. Gontar (March 2016)


“We are bastards all.”    -- Posthumus Leonatus

“I am a bastard, too.  I love bastards.  I am a bastard begot, bastard instructed, bastard in mind, bastard in valor, in everything illegitimate.”    --  Thersites


Introduction: The Act in Question  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:07 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Brittania Waives the Rules
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by Michael Curtis (March 2016)


In 1930 the British Daily Mirror issued a weather report, “Fog in the Channel, Continent is Isolated.” Britain is an island nation, with no borders except the sea. It has not been invaded by foreign troops on the ground since 1066, nor has it had or claimed possessions on the European content since 1558, when Calais was lost, though the 2.6 square miles of Gibraltar are still British territory.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:02 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Nuclear War or Nuclear Peace? Israel's Post-Iran Pact Options
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by Louis René Beres (March 2016)


For by Wise Counsel, Thou Shalt Make (Proverbs  24,6)

The more things change, the more they remain the same. This is especially true in the Middle East. It follows, even after the July 2015 Vienna Agreement on Iran's nuclear program, that Israel's core survival problems remain pretty much what they have always been.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 2:58 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Can Our Ballistic Missile Defense System Shield Us from Rogue Regime ICBMs?
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by Jerry Gordon (March 2016)


February 2016 brought several concerning ICBM threats from both North Korea and Iran amid official government reports that the US and NATO allies lack an effective Ballistic Missile Defense. On February 7, 2016, North Korea successfully placed in a polar orbit a 200kg. satellite using an Unha-3 space vehicle launcher (SLV). That sent alarm bells ringing as a game changer. Ten days later, Iran announced a prospective launch of its version of a satellite launcher, the Smorgh, capable of putting an object into a near earth orbit. This massive multi-stage liquid fuel rocket was built using North Korean technology and clearly aimed at demonstrating ICBM capabilities.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 2:52 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
A Tempered Heart: Valentine’s Days in a Chinese Odyssey
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by Lizhi He (March 2016)


Part I: A Valentine's Day in the US: No Enemy

Being a native Chinese, I had no knowledge of the Valentine’s Day until in February 1992 when I was visiting the US for the first time as a member of Chinese engineering team working on a project in northeast China. A Milwaukee-based company was the contracted equipment vendor for the project. The team was composed of a few engineers from different disciplines and a client representative who played the lead role for the group.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 2:49 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Culturism and Modernism: An Academic Odyssey
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by John K. Press (March 2016)


Let’s take a journey together, towards my explosion, shall we? I recently spoke at the annual English Language Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK) conference in Busan, Korea. On my panel, a young Chinese woman explained a book under the title "race, modernism, and modernity." The book’s 1930s protagonist, she told us, was racist because she believed that London was more modern than her Caribbean Island home. The young Chinese woman argued that book’s presumption that London was modern and that the Caribbean was not justified imperialism.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 2:45 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Progressivism is Hostile to Humanism
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by Patrick Frank (March 2016)


Abstract: Ethical Humanism honors the individual and is the basis of classical liberalism, modern libertarianism. Progressives advertise their program as humanely compassionate, asserting compatibility with Humanism. However, Progressives allied themselves to every single totalitarian state of the 20th century, including Nazi Germany. They have moralized mass murder on the grounds of utopian necessity. Progressive intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn have falsified history and assassinated character to compose politically expedient morality tales. Progressivism's social justice has censored speech and its educational justice has produced uneducated children and a nation-wide scandal of cheating teachers.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 2:40 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Muslims and Atheism
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by Ibn Warraq (March 2016)


The occupation of God in our minds is one of the most oppressive types of occupation.
-- Abdullah al-Qasemi,  1907-1996

One could call the present age as the Golden Age of Atheism in the West. I have already cited the Pew Research Center’s polls about the large change in the number of people in the USA who describe themselves as “non-religious.” The American Religious Identification Survey [ARIS] gave Non-Religious groups the largest gain in terms of absolute numbers - 14,300,000 (8.4% of the population) to 29,400,000 (14.1% of the population) for the period 1990 to 2001 in the USA.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 1:47 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Where Have You Gone, Vinegar Joe?
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Thoughts on the Profession of Arms
by Samuel Hux
(March 2016)


Only a very few years ago, from the time just after 9/11—I am confident of this generalization—there was no institution in the United States that enjoyed the nation’s respect to the degree that the American military did. Not a smidgin of the irony that the political class for instance, or the press for another, unintentionally invited. I can even recall hardened journalists and other unsentimental types confessing they felt they had missed something in their lives by never having been in uniform, never having experienced the profession of arms. Now? 2016? Well, that question is what drives these almost-but-not-quite random, but certainly serpentine, thoughts. Simon and Garfunkel sang “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” but I’m not sure this nation longs for the military greats of the past.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 1:40 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Islam: What Is To Be Done?
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by G. Murphy Donovan (March 2016)


Yes, Islam! The politics and theology of Muslims is now the dominant source of global instability; although any separation of the two is moot in most nations with an Islamic majority. This is not to discount criminals, militants, extremists, terrorists, various Muslim small wars/insurgencies, or even “nefarious characters” and “lone wolves.” All of these euphemisms are symptoms; unfortunately, now also doing service as rhetorical burkas for metastasizing religious instability, a theopolitical movement of global dimensions. Call it Islamism, if a short hand is necessary.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 1:34 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Signs of Hope for Fresh Thinking in the U.S. and the U.K.
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by Conrad Black (March 2016)


The greatest single political problem in the Western world is sclerosis of the imagination. In Congress, on the hustings, and in the media, the United States is reduced to two camps. One side is calling for swingeing strokes of a spending scythe on the government with the threat of a shutdown behind it, and the other side is offering more redistributive taxing and, through the quaint and incompletely recycled ex-communist Bernie Sanders, a trillion-dollar bribe in the forgiveness of all student loans. In the media, we have shrieking heads with very few people saying anything intelligible.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 1:31 PM by NER
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