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Posts on 01/18/19

"Received Wisdom" and the Nicaraguan Contra War

(Timothy Brown, USA, 01/18/19 4:31 am) Gary Moore's reference to the Nicaraguan Contras reminds me of a question I'd like to ask my fellow WAISers: I served more than a decade in Central America (Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salv ...

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God the Universe, Revisited

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 01/18/19 4:10 am) After a heavy dose of philosophy from some heavy hitters like Kafka, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and a bunch of atheists, I am seriously thinking about a second edition for my book God for Athe ...

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Narrative Expectation: We Need Somebody to Demonize (from Gary Moore)

(John Eipper, USA, 01/18/19 3:11 am) Gary Moore writes: Thanks to Bert Westbrook (January 17th) for his insightful confirmation of my "Simple Media Narratives" post. As a journali ...

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Posts on 01/17/19

An Illustrious American Suicide: Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr.

(David Duggan, USA, 01/17/19 9:41 am) Lewis Burwell Puller Jr., the son of "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine in history, after being severely wounded in Vietnam as a Marine officer, finished law school, became a la ...

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50th Anniversary of Jan Palach`s Self-Immolation

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/17/19 6:05 am) Let us remember Jan Palach, who on January 19th, 1969 immolated himself in protest against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. However instead of committing suicide, I would have preferred t ...

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Fate of Sudeten Germans after WWII

(Nigel Jones, UK, 01/17/19 4:39 am) Paul Pitlick's post on the history of the Sudeten Germans (January 16th) is completely correct, except that his figure of 16,000 deaths during their forced expulsion after 1945 is probably too lo ...

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Bias, Narrative Expectation, and the "NYT Problem"

(David A. Westbrook, USA, 01/17/19 3:55 am) Within 24 hours I happened to read Gary Moore's thoughtful post (January 15th) and an old essay by my friend Jim Faubion, a philosopher and anthropologist at Rice. Faubion remarked that on ...

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Posts on 01/16/19

Czechoslovakia and the Expulsion of the Germans post-WWII

(Paul Pitlick, USA, 01/16/19 1:14 pm) JE's comment to Eugenio Battaglia's post of January 15th brings to mind a question I've been wondering about. It's a simple question, but some background is required. ...

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Taiwanese Investment in PRC; from Ric Mauricio

(John Eipper, USA, 01/16/19 3:36 am) Ric Mauricio writes: John E asked about Taiwanese investment in the PRC.  I found this:  "Since the 1980s, Taiwanese companies have been investing heavi ...

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China`s Scientific Output: "The Economist"

(Henry Levin, USA, 01/16/19 3:04 am) For those who have access to the Economist, January 12, there is an long article starting on p. 68 called "Chinese Science: The Great Experiment." It lauds Chines ...

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