Author Archives: marknesop

The Credibility Gap That Ought To Be

Leap aboard the Lyttenburgh Omnibus; what follows is a looonnngg guest post by Lyttenburgh, one which is going to be like the blind men who are trying to describe an elephant. “An elephant is like a rope”, says the one … Continue reading

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Flirting With Disaster

…Speeding down the fast lane, honey Playin’ from town to town; The boys and I have been burnin’ it up, can’t seem to slow it down. I’ve got the pedal to the floor, our lives are runnin’ faster, Got our … Continue reading

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A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

…I saw a white ladder all covered with water I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s … Continue reading

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It Is What It Isn’t: Fake News Comes of Age as Ideology Trumps Evidence

Our deeds still travel with us from afar; and what we have been makes us what we are. George Eliot, Middlemarch We have arrived, in my opinion, upon the moment in the course of human history which marks the nadir … Continue reading

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A Trial of Spiritual Resolve: Sergey Lavrov’s Speech to the Military Academy of the General Staff

“Regimes planted by bayonets do not take root… Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle … Continue reading

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As the Quicksand Closes Over WADA’s Head…a Lifeline is Thrown From the Unlikeliest Quarter

On so many evenings in Moscow, when the working day is done and it’s Miller Time, and Vladimir Putin goes home to his disgustingly decadent Italianate palace, he must run up to his bedroom, throw himself upon his giant four-poster … Continue reading

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When I Fight Reality, Reality Always Wins.

When I hear the phrase, “American rocker”, I frequently think of John Mellencamp. He started out in the 1970’s, professionally, as ‘John Cougar’ because his manager said nobody would ever buy a record by someone named John Mellencamp. Eventually, when … Continue reading

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Get in There and Win One For Mom and Apple Pie: Non-Combatant Molly McKew Pounds the War Drum

Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the … Continue reading

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What Does Freedom Mean to You? Putin at Valdai, 2016

American protest songs, lyrically at least, showcase that as an expression of national consciousness, Americans lost their understanding of what freedom means somewhere in the early 1970’s. Sentiment against dictatorships and enslavement of populations gave way to more America-centric problems, … Continue reading

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What if Trump Were Running Against Putin? The Struggle to Sell Clinton as a Democratic Inevitability.

The fortuitous discovery of perhaps thousands of emails exchanged with Hillary Clinton’s private email server, recovered from the computer belonging to sexual cluster bomb Anthony Weiner and his estranged missus – Clinton Chief of Staff and vice-chair of her election … Continue reading

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