Signs of the Late Republic

October 21, 2018

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  History never repeats itself but it rhymes. — John Robert Colombo In 133 BC, Tiberius Gracchus, leader of the Roman Assembly, tried to enact land reform to help the poor cope with an unfair economic system. His fellow tribune, Marcus Octavius, vetoed the plan. Push turned to shove, and Gracchus’s henchmen dragged Octavius from […]

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The Billionaire Soirée — a short story

September 30, 2018

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A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth. — Sydney Madwed Shortly after I made my first billion, I got invited to a very swank, exclusive party. All the invitees were billionaires. This would be a […]

The Civilized War

September 9, 2018

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There are some who turn everything into warfare, who … would like to conquer others in everything they do. They have no idea how to live peaceably. — Baltasar Gracián We have met the enemy and he is us. — Pogo The Aztecs — who ruled a vast territory in the manner of the Roman […]

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Discuss or Argue? — a short story

August 19, 2018

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A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes there is no virtue but on his own side. – Joseph Addison “So, what do you think about climate change?” “You mean, which side am I on?” “Well…” “In my experience, nobody who asks that kind of question ever wants to hear my […]

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Science or Politics? — a short story

July 29, 2018

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Science is a process of discovery, not an end state, and its consensus of the moment should not be enshrined in the law and imposed at gunpoint. — Jeffrey Tucker “These small animals cannot get past a thirty-foot-tall barrier. It interferes with their ability to move about. And because of climate change — which we […]

Glakreg, cont. — a short story

July 8, 2018

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[Glakreg’s story begins at this link] No one knows they’re not dreaming. Not one of us. Not ever. Not for one single moment of our lives. — Doctor Who I was doing fine until I set off the quantum fluctuation. It’s been trouble ever since. I was finishing up my college physics project, an experiment […]

Superiority — a short story

June 24, 2018

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      “Are you ready?” “For what?” “The next natural disaster. They always happen eventually. I’m fully prepared to handle anything.” “Good for you.” “So have you made preparations?” “Let’s see, I’ve got extra food and water, flashlights—” “But is it enough?” “Well, I can’t be sure I’ve thought of every—” “It’s never enough!” […]