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Trump and Nixon

During his short address on Wednesday where President Trump officially recognized that Jerusalem was the capital of the state of Israel, he said these words: Jerusalem is today, and must remain, a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the...

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Ranking Generals

Who is the greatest general of all time? According to to an interesting - but I think flawed - data analytics approach, the answer is Napoleon: Among all generals, Napoleon had the highest WAR (16.679) by a large margin. In fact, the next highest performer, Julius...

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Jerusalem, Capital of Israel

If news reports are to be believed then, in a few hours time, President Trump will announce that it is the position of the United States of America that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. To that I say bravo, Mr President, and it's been a long time coming. There are...

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Anti Social (Media)

Yesterday I had one of my semi-annual meltdowns about social media and - once again - jumped off the social wagon. I've had areal love/hate relationship with social media and the swathe of social media channels is both fascinating to me while remaining potentially...

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Heart of Gold

Waiting to collect Jamie this afternoon after his fencing training I flicked through the catalogue on my iPhone until I (re)stumbled upon Neil Young's Heart of Gold. I tapped the screen and fell into the Canadian drawl, soft acoustic guitar, and understated harmonica...

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Saintelyon DNF

So for the first time since I started running ultras in 2015 I recorded a Did Not Finish, or DNF. The 2017 Saintelyon was the last race in a season built around a September objective (the Ultratour du Leman) and it was perhaps the only event I went into under-excepted...

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It’s Gonna Be Cold…

All things going to plan, about this time tomorrow I should be finishing (or already finished) the Saintelyon. It's going to be cold and it is going to be snowy, and while neither of those things is something that I can say I enjoy, at least it won't be wet. Given the...

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9:08 to sub-11:00?

Last year I finished the 72 kilometers of the Saintelyon in 9:08. This year I am shooting for a sub-11 hour finish. And that probably requires some explaining... I'm coming into this final ultra of the year with a completely different attitude to last year. Then it...

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Japan and Refugees

Japan is a country with a high population but not a high refugee population. How many refugees does Japan accept each year? Answer: not a lot. A week ago the United Nations refugee agency urged Japan to accept more refugees after it became clear the country had only...

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Slobodan Praljak

Slobodan Praljak killed himself today and all I can think is...well, good riddance to a terrible human being. Background from the ICTY: Praljak was informed of the fact that members of the armed forces were removing and placing in detention the Muslim population of...

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Missing Keating

I never voted for the guy nor for his party but, man, was Paul Keating a great politician. In the House of Representatives he would regularly flay the conservatives who opposed him and he held the entire chamber in his hand when he delivered his insults during...

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Ian Collins & News.com.au Shill for Kim

The editorial team at News.com.au have dropped the ball entirely and published a piece that does little more than offer a pro-North Korean take on the world, extolling the beauty of the place and the happiness of the people while ignoring the reality of a totalitarian...

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Wintry Walk

At the end of the afternoon today I decided to take a walk to settle my stomach after a very late lunch/early dinner of broccoli, lardons, and cheese. It was a great feed, you see, and I looked forward to the chance to enjoy the wintry air before heading back home to...

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The Rudd Error

Amongst all of the nostalgic pieces around this past week on the tenth anniversary of Kevin Rudd beating out John Howard in the 2007 Australian Federal Election and taking his place in The Lodge have been some interesting discussion threads on /r/australia on Reddit....

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Mitt Ain’t It in Alabama

As the Ray Moore debacle in Alabama draws closer to its car-crash like conclusion - because who can look away, honestly? - there is a lot of interesting commentary out there reflecting on just whether the new Senator will be a guy who is rumored to be more than a...

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Better Off Dead

It was only a few days ago that human rights in Australia took a nice step forward with the postal survey returning a strong 'yes' in favor of same sex marriage. I didn't - and still don't - like the idea of majorities voting on the rights of minorities but at least...

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100 Years, 100 MiIlion Lives Lost.

There have been a great many pieces recently written about the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution - I wrote about it myself a week back - including this new article in the Harvard Crimson by Laura Nicolae: Last month marked 100 years since the Bolshevik...

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