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Laogai Planet

Recently, China passed a law that appears to claim some sort of extraterritoriality in enforcing its laws against anyone who is viewed as a critic.  It has not been enough for China, apparently, to oppress its own people, especially its … Continue reading

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On The Internal Contradictions Of The Fifth Ammendment: A Constitutional Essay

The fifth Amendment is perhaps most famous for its use in legal dramas relating to the avoidance of self-incrimination, as “pleading the fifth” has becoming a common expression when we do not wish to say something that would negatively rebound … Continue reading

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Book Review: Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Waterdeep:  Dragon Heist, by Wizards RPG Team As someone who has read a great many books relating to tabletop role playing games, I am always intrigued when someone attempts to do something different, and this complex campaign does manage to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rescue Of Belle & Sundance

The Rescue Of Belle & Sundance:  One Town’s Incredible Race To Save Two Abandoned Horses, by Birgit Stutz and Lawrence Scanlan This is a fascinating book more for its context than for its contents.  And to be fair, its contents … Continue reading

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Book Review: Soul By Soul

Soul By Soul:  Life Inside The Antebellum Slave Market, by Walter Johnson Admittedly, the slave market is not what contemporary people tend to think of the most when they think of slavery.  It is easy to think of the plantation, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lost Island Of Maps

The Lost Island Of Maps:  A True Story Of Cartographic Crime, by Miles Harvey At the basis of this book is a compelling story.  As is often the case, though, with a story like this, the author felt it necessary … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ohio Frontier

The Ohio Frontier:  Crucible Of The Old Northwest, by R. Douglas Hurt I must admit this was not the most exciting book in the world to read.  It was not written by someone who approached the subject of Ohio’s relatively … Continue reading

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Book Review: Putin’s Kleptocracy

Putin’s Kleptocracy:  Who Owns Russia?, by Karen Dawisha The short answer to the titular question of this book’s subtitle is that Putin and his KGB and Petersburg cronies own much of Russia and have converted Russia into a kleptocratic state … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thieves Of State

Thieves Of State:  Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, by Sarah Chayes In a more perfect world, it would not be necessary to justify anti-corruption efforts based on their threats to security.  One would simply be able to point out that … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case Of The Sabbath Homeless Altercation

During the course of Sabbath services this afternoon, my mother sent me two messages about a mysterious altercation involving some homeless people that happened right outside the location where the Tampa congregation of my church organization has their church services … Continue reading

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