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Epitaphs of the War 1914-1918

June 25, 2016

I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?

A Dead Statesman, Rudyard Kipling

John Oliver on Brexit

June 20, 2016

As always, John Oliver is spot on.

Terrorism for Martians

March 2, 2016

Me: Look, we’re just trying to promote stability.

Martian: On Earth, war makes things more stable?

Me: It’s…complicated. But really, America is a peace-loving culture.

Martian: But you have more wars than anyone. On Mars, this does not seem peaceful.

Me: Okay, but it’s not terrorism. Terrorism is when, you know, you terrorize people.

Martian: But did you not, alone among the peoples of your planet, use atomic weapons against your fellow humans, when you bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Me: Only to end the war.

Barry Eisler on the how you would explain the difference between war and terrorism to a Martian. Well worth a read.

Canadian Politics

August 12, 2015

Rhetological Fallacies

August 4, 2015

arguments

From Information is Beautiful. Click through for the full list.

Grexit?

July 1, 2015

A handy primer on what’s going on in Greece.