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Vietnam 40 years on: how a communist victory gave way to capitalist corruption | News | The Guardian

The long read: After the military victory, Vietnam’s socialist model began to collapse. Cut off by US-led trade embargos and denied reconstruction aid, it plunged into poverty. Now its economy is booming – but so is inequality and corruption Source: Vietnam 40 years on: how a communist victory gave way to capitalist corruption | News […]

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The Interview movie

Just finished watching The Interview as as usual for this blog I won’t be rehashing the same themes splashed all over current news. In short I did laugh at a few parts but on the overall found it just the same old crude high school humor fart joke type of movie that Hollywood continues to […]

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The difficulty with truth in public – Ferguson

Another very long dry spell with no posts!  The reason is simply that I now have two kids instead of one.  With one kid you’re still afforded a modicum of free time, yet with two, the concept of 100% individual free time no longer exists.  Today I read an article in the New Yorker regarding […]

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The ISIS takes a page from Spanish Conquistadors!

While reading my Lapham’s Quarterly I came across the “Requerimiento” (Requirement).  This was a written declaration of sovereignty and war, read by Spanish military forces to assert their sovereignty over the Americas.    “It was used to justify the assertion that God, through historical Saint Peter and appointed Papal successors, held authority as ruler over the entire Earth; and that the Inter […]

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Ebola Virus – Kent Brantly and God

I was watching the news this morning and they went to a live feed where Dr. Kent Brantly survived the Ebola virus and is going to be released from the hospital.  It is wonderful that he has survived and he is very courageous going into an extremely dangerous zone to try and help people.   […]