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We're being social-engineered into complacency about privacy and democracy.

I’m catching a whiff of fatalism on the internet. While discussing Facebook’s malfeasance with user data, a good friend of mine said, “The horse is out of the barn,” followed by a virtual shrug, as in “Whadya gonna do?” 468 more words

News & Commentary

On Celebrating Birthdays

There could be many reasons to celebrate a birthday:

  • came a year closer to adulthood
  • survived one more year
  • chance to party!
  • gifts! Cake! food! Drinks!
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The Disaster Philosopher [You Know Nothing, Sam Caton]

I am not a philosopher.  I have read philosophy, but not for years.  In high school, somewhere around 2006 I got rather infatuated with reading philosophy.   941 more words

Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge is the the consummation of french-director Jean-Pierre Melville’s career. The 1970 film would not be his last, 1971’s Un Flic would be, but it was final great picture before his death in 1973. 1,202 more words


The Shot and The Fatalist - When Fiction turns into Reality

A comparison of Pushkin’s story The Shot (The Belkin Stories – 1830) with Lermontov’s story The Fatalist (A Hero of Our Time – 1838).

On the eve of the anniversary of Pushkin’s death 181 years ago, I thought it’d be interesting to see how Pushkin wrote about fate and death and to compare one of his most famous stories with a strikingly similar story by Lermontov. 900 more words

Russian Literature

I'd Love to Change the World

When we were kids, one of my best friends was a huge fan of the band Ten Years After. Led by the singer/songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Alvin Lee, the band put out several albums during the late 1960s and 1970s, and had one of the best performances at Woodstock—their classic ‘I’m Going Home.’ But for all of his guitar virtuosity, Alvin Lee was not the greatest songwriter. 848 more words


Was it His Time?

As a pastor, death is part of my job.  I’ve done over 500 funerals in my time.  Once, I did three in the same day. 560 more words

You Matter To God