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Tour, Trocadero, and Triomphe

I'm up in Paris for a couple of days and I wanted to take advantage of the fact to get in a couple of runs. Sadly, thanks to a hotel screw up, I spent about an hour and a half traipsing from the hotel I was meant to be in to the one that I snagged at the last minute...

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Riveting Racing

On Saturday afternoon I got the first updates from an ultra race in the US: Big's Backyard Ultra. It's a timed race and it was expected to go on for at least a day so I didn't pay too much attention to the early updates as the field thinned down from nearly 60...

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Riverside Running

It's going to be a very big week at work with major meetings Monday and Tuesday, a trip to Paris from Wednesday, and then an event all day Thursday and Friday - perhaps the most important event for the year so far. What's going to get me through this week of high...

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Just a Little Bit Longer

After yesterday's baby steps, I was out again this morning to push things just a little longer. Still no long distance, still no high speed, and still running every step with a quick on-the-run review of how my left leg is feeling, just a little longer than the day...

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Baby Steps

After nearly three weeks of not running I took my first baby steps back towards things today. The last run I did was the Run in Lyon Marathon and while I finished, I knew I was doing damage to my tendon. I iced, I rested, I biked a little, I walked a little, and...

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Tarzana Joe Rocks

One of the best things about the Hugh Hewitt Show on Friday's is the appearance of Tarzana Joe, the resident poet of the show. I've been listening to him for years now and his takes on the news of the week is always amusing and his vocabulary is incredible. Sure, the...

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Saving the World

I was reading a piece in The Federalist today complaining about the Nobel Peace Prize recipients for 2017: The world’s highest humanitarian honor, the Nobel Peace Prize, went this year to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Considering what we’ve...

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The Democrat Delusion

In her book about the 2016 US presidential election Hillary Clinton lays out a lot of reasons for her loss. There were the Russians and their $100,000 spend on Facebook in an election where $2 billion was spent on convincing voters what box to tick. There was James...

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The Oldest Hatred is Alive and Well

On October 2nd the Prime Minister of France gave a speech: French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced "a new plan to combat antisemitism" during a speech at Paris’s Buffault Synagogue. Speaking at a ceremony on Monday following the Jewish New Year, Philippe said...

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Hillary on Harvey

Hillary Clinton has weighted in on the whole Harvey Weinstein mess while taking interviews in the UK. Here's what she told the BBC: I think it’s important that we not just focus on him and whatever consequences flow from these stories about his behavior but that we...

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Proximity to Instability

How close is Lyon to a country that has a reasonable chance of collapsing? The thought occurred to me yesterday evening as I followed a link to a chart, and then the chart to a site, and then the site to the homepage of the Fund for Peace's Fragile States Index. This...

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On Khaled Qasim

The Guardian is running a pretty shocking headline: I am in Guantánamo Bay. The US government is starving me to death. The first few paragraphs suggest that the US government is heart-set on killing the author and his colleagues: I haven’t had food in my stomach for...

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May, Corbyn, or None of the Above?

So who do the British think is best placed to lead the country? On the one side there is Theresa May, the Conservative leader, current Prime Minister, and the preferred choice of 33% of voters. On the other side is Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, socialist...

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Random Citations

It's been some time since I have published anything academic yet, from time to time, I'll get an email letting me know I've been cited in a paper, a published article, or a thesis. Thanks, Google Scholar! I pretty much stopped writing academic papers in 2015 or so,...

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Australian Attitude?

There's an article in the Sydney Morning Herald today about the difficulties that university graduates are having getting a job these days. It's not a long piece but, man, if there isn't some atrocious thinking uncovered in there. On my reading it seems like there is...

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A Challenge for January

So I am still not running - week two of the recovery/rest for the tendinitis is underway - but I am thinking about running and specifically about what I will be running next year. I ran a nice Fat Ass 100K this past January and it seemed to set me up well for the...

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No London Marathon For Me

The Virgin Money London Marathon is not the Boston Marathon. There's no qualifying time to get in and you just throw your name in the hat and see if you are drawn out with a bib for the race. Oh sure, there are other ways of a guaranteed run if you are mighty quick or...

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Ultrarunning and Racing Yourself

A few months back I ran the Challenge Contre La Faim in Lyon. It was a kilometer or so around the loop and I ran as hard as I could for the ninety minutes we had on the course. Most everyone else running the event did the same, and those that walked did the same at a...

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