Category Archives: Trade

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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Seeing More of the Big Picture in Ukraine

They whisper still, the injured stones, the blunted mountains weep As he died to make men holy, let us die to make things cheap And say the Mea Culpa, which you’ve gradually forgot Year by year Month by month Day … Continue reading

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Who Needs Luck When Your Enemies Are Stupid?

“People always call it luck when you have acted more sensibly than they have.” -Anne Tyler “Luck is a word the bitter teach the ignorant” -Steve Maraboli; “Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience” Perhaps this would be … Continue reading

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The Madness of Anders Aslund; Economic Advice for Ideologues With Too Much Money

Unwrap yourself for a starving man Come drown your thoughts if they bite you Turn off the world if it makes you hurt I’m just a clown but I like you… Max Webster, from “Let Go the Line” What follows … Continue reading

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Ask Not What Lithuania can do for You…

But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. Ray Bradbury; Fahrenheit 451 Hey, remember that annoying nineties phrase, “Don’t go there”? It … Continue reading

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