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Month: December 2016

Superhuman Warfighters

Written by on 29 December 2016

Superhuman abilities are emerging, and they will become more pronounced and widespread in the future. Advances in research and development are such that civilian and military leaders are now discussing how they will change the world. One of the more interesting aspects to explore is how they will alter national security. And I spoke with […]

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Villains as Evildoers

Written by on 28 December 2016

Villains are tortured souls, somehow wronged years ago (often in childhood) and they only turned to evildoing because of that pain … or so the modern storyteller portrays them. This is wrong. Villains, generally speaking, are villains because they are evil. Let’s state up front that there are exceptions to what I’m about to put forth. […]

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U.S. Should Deny Afghan Pilot’s Asylum Request

Written by on 27 December 2016

American troops have fought and died in Afghanistan for 15 years under a strategy designed to give Afghans a safe and free nation. And because of this, the U.S. should deny Afghan Capt. Niloofar Rahmani’s asylum request. President Bush decided that American troops would fight and die in Afghanistan as part of a nation-building strategy. […]

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Gifts Of The Year 2016

Written by on 26 December 2016

Omniscience is a blessing and a curse. Those possessed with omniscience, to one degree or another, have the ability to see into the future, and make predictions. The ability to see the future is usually a vision of a rather narrow field. Nevertheless, foresightedness, is a powerful ability. Seeing the future accurately tends to create […]

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This New Year, Enable A Junkie

Written by on 26 December 2016

In January, before the craziness of 2016 got going, I wrote post for GeekMom called “Bad Advice To Follow in 2016.” It included this advice I sincerely hope everyone heeds in 2017: Enable a “junkie?” Whoa, there, before you protest this one, I am in no way advocating nor promoting recreational drug use, or feeding […]

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‘The Quiet Man’ and How to Treat a Lady

Written by on 26 December 2016

The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara is one of the all-time great movies. Hollywood initially released it in 1952. It is fascinating to watch it today while considering the relationship between the two lead characters. And it’s interesting to think about how people would be horrified if anyone treated a lady in […]

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Russia & the Election Narrative Continues Crumbling

Written by on 24 December 2016

American leaders and media continue claiming that Russian interference with the U.S. presidential election resulted in Donald Trump winning. Yet others are beginning to find problems with this accusation, lending support to my assessment that the dominant narrative for this story is wrong. I wrote a lengthy analysis at the Security and Culture Intelligencer on […]

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The Case for Rebooting Old Movies

Written by on 22 December 2016

Rebooting (or remaking) old movies has been a trend for the past few years. People are divided on whether this is a good or bad thing. But here is the case for remaking some old films: Rebooting them makes them known to generations of people who otherwise never would have heard of them. “Oh, great! […]

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