Banned Books Week: Canceling Thought More Than Ever in 2021

Banned Books Week: Canceling Thought More Than Ever in 2021

It is that time of year again, and it is Banned Books Week, marked this year from Sept. 26 through Oct. 2. I wrote this piece last year, my first piece on Banned Books Week in three years since my previous posting on the subject in 2017. I’m repeating last year’s piece here since not only have there been no improvements, but things continue to move in the absolute wrong direction. We’ve now gotten an open admission of the juncture…

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Review: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War

Review: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War

  It’s back to world war again. Last month I reviewed 2034: A Novel of the Next World War. Now I’ll review Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. What’s that, you ask? Both books have the same subtitle? Yup. Apparently world wars sell books. Since Ghost Fleet came first, it would be the 2034 authors and publisher poaching the subtitle. Originality, anyone? Anyway, the same Foreign Service buddy who suggested I read 2034 suggested that I read…

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Why I’ve Moved From Medium to Substack

Why I’ve Moved From Medium to Substack

That’s the long and the short of it: I’ve moved to Substack with my writing and have given up on Medium. I’ll tell you why. From the time I started my blogs more than four years ago, I co-published most of my posts on Medium. I was attracted by the possibility of a large, pre-existing audience, and the reach offered by Medium. What I didn’t anticipate, and perhaps should have, is the inherent bias that exists within Medium and most…

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Review: 2034: A Novel of the Next World War

Review: 2034: A Novel of the Next World War

An old Foreign Service buddy of mine recently turned me on to the book 2034: A Novel of the Next World War. Co-authored by writer Elliott Ackerman and retired Admiral James Stavridis, my friend tells me the novel is all the buzz inside the Beltway these days. In no small measure, this is because in every war game simulation run in recent years, the ChiComs wind up handing the U.S. its ass on a platter. A sobering thought, it was…

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That Time of Year Again: Thoughts on “the Longest Day in the World”

That Time of Year Again: Thoughts on “the Longest Day in the World”

  This piece initially appeared four years ago, on June 21, 2017, the Summer Solstice. Today, June 21, 2021, it is once more the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and the actual solstice officially occurred at 3:32 a.m. UTC this morning/22:32 p.m. EDT last night. The time and other references and weather comments in the piece are as they were four years ago, when the post first appeared. I’m no longer living on the boat, and there have been…

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