Invisibly, the Merchants of Death Manipulate Our World

Back in 1934, the year I was born, an American book called “The Merchants of Death: A Study of the International Arms Industry” caused quite a stir. Written by H.C. Engelbrecht and F.C. Hanighen, this low-key treatise spotlighted how companies like Krupp, DuPont, Vickers, Bethlehem Steel and to a lesser extent Colt, Remington, and Winchester […]
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Beware of a New Cold War, Ms. Rice! It Could Get Hot!

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the cold war is over, and she is supposed to be an expert in Russian-American relations so I don’t want to argue with her. But I wonder whether Ms. Rice has spoken to Vladimir Putin lately. It seems to me that by building a “missile defense shield” in eastern […]
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I Thought U.S. Had Progressed Beyond the Spanish Inquisition

Ask anybody today whether they believe the Spanish Inquisition was a Good Thing, and I bet they’ll say, “Of course not!” (Those who know what the Spanish Inquisition was, anyway. The others will say something like, “Duh?”) But the shadow of the Inquisition fell across a stage in California last night as a latter-day Fray […]
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Russians Still Thugs But U.S. May Share Blame for Tragedy

I have to admit that I was misled about the Georgian blood bath. From what I heard at first on television and read in the newspapers it seemed that – out of the blue – Russia had launched an unprovoked attack on its tiny neighbor. I was ready to believe this version of events because […]
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City Politicians Should Hasten the Day of the Electric Car

I was looking at a site called electricbikes.com and I was impressed by the progress that has been made in developing electric vehicles. Certainly, an electric car or bike is all most people need for urban transportation. But I would feel vulnerable driving one of those things in the midst of the mammoth vehicles that […]
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Olympics Telecasts Are Mystifying – to Put it Kindly

If I were (more?) paranoid, I would suspect the media of conspiring to sabotage the Olympics. Or maybe it’s the Olympics committee that’s to blame. But whoever the culprits may be, I find the telecasts and reports of this year’s games confusing and dull. Here’s an example: This morning, while the two men’s 100-meter dash […]
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Does America Still Have ICBMs and When Would They Be Used?

If you’re as old as I am you may recall the days of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles, the Strategic Air Command and the Nuclear Deterrent. If my memory can be trusted, these were parts of a strategy that would make America invulnerable. The missiles were aimed at targets in such threatening places as Russia, and they […]
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I Wonder… Could Democratic Convention Be Another Disaster?

I have an uneasy feeling about the Democratic Party convention. I realize that my fears are probably baseless, but this troubling picture looms at the edges of my mind… August is almost over, and the Democratic Party Convention is under way in Denver, Colorado. The mood is ugly, the delegates are on edge. Clinton supporters […]
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Who Is Qualified to Cast the First Stone? Certainly Not O’Reilly

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they said unto him, “Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?” This they […]
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