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A Downed Jetliner, A World War?

I spent most of today traveling and unaware of events, so when my son piped up with the merry question “Are you read for World War 3?” I answered with a glib, “is it really scheduled for tomorrow? Good thing I didn’t bother with that

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U.S. Congress Not Really Bothered By Ukraine Crisis

In the Ukraine, pro-Russian fighters have taken over a Ukranian naval base on the Crimean peninsula. Russian soldiers have entered the peninsula, as the Russian government formally claimed the territory as its own. In the United States, members of the U.S. Congress have given angry

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What The Ukraine?

This weekend’s big story has been the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. (What’s up with the muted reaction to the Optic Nerve story?) It’s a complex situation, but I find that I just can’t move beyond the dread that the United States and

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The Internet Now Officially Sucks

Irregular Times has been online during three different decades now. We saw the Internet begin as a nerdy curiosity, and then emerge into an awesome tool that empowered its users. Those days are over.

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Does Antagonizing Others Keep You Safe?

The Soviets became weaker, and weaker, because they accepted Reagan’s idea, and presumed that the United States would attack unless the Soviet Union appeared to be strong. Saddam Hussein made the same mistake, creating a show of dangerous military power in the thought that such a display would protect him from attack.

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Social Security Trouble Solved With More Peaceful Budget

If the United States were to reduce its military spending to 20 percent of its current level, the result would be 568.8 billion dollars in savings every year. That would be more than enough to make up for gaps in the projected budget of Social Security for as far as anyone could project, and to keep Medicare and Medicaid financially solid far into the future as well.

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North Korea And Iran Agree On Nuclear Weapons!

If we here in the USA are freaking out about the idea of North Korea or Iran having just a handful of nuclear weapons, then we cannot reasonably expect the world to be impressed with an agreement to reduce our nuclear arsenal to 1,500, plus a whole lot of spares in the atomic closet.

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?