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The Vance Integral Edition: A (New) Review

The Vance Integral Edition: A (New) Review

| February 8, 2019 | Reply

Back in 2006, I started what was intended to be a review of all 44 volumes of the Vance Integral Edition. I didn’t get beyond my introductory post, which I have largely reproduced below, with some updates. Over the past year, I have re-read (for the third time, now) all 44 volumes, and I intended […]

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Personal Preparedness — another resource

Personal Preparedness — another resource

| February 8, 2019 | Reply

Yes, I’m posting back here. Yes, it’s been a while. So, shoot me. Got a nice email from Heather at the National Home Security Alliance, pointing out a dead link in one of my older posts. In return, I thought I’d plug their website: How to Prepare Yourself and Your Community for Natural Disasters I’m […]

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In memoriam: Jerry Pournelle (1933 – 2017)

In memoriam: Jerry Pournelle (1933 – 2017)

| September 9, 2017 | Reply

I met and got to know Jerry Pournelle — and his sweet wife Roberta — over 30 years ago, when I started writing for BYTE Magazine. I already knew of Jerry because of his SF novels (“Lucifer’s Hammer” by him and Larry Niven remains my favorite end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it book) and his writings in BYTE. What I […]

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“Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”: a brief review (w/spoilers)

“Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”: a brief review (w/spoilers)

| April 22, 2017 | Reply

In architecting a new system, all the important mistakes are made in the first day. — Spinrad (1998) This book is destined to be a classic in American political literature. As has been reported already, the authors — Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes — made an early arrangement with dozens of sources inside and outside […]

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Infographics On Possible Oroville Dam Failure

Infographics On Possible Oroville Dam Failure

| February 13, 2017 | Reply

Two graphics that forecast the level of flooding and time of inundation from a possible Oroville dam collapse. Graphic showing flood levels from a possible Oroville dam collapse Courtesy of the hive mind that is twitter.

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What’s happening at Lake Oroville?

What’s happening at Lake Oroville?

| February 12, 2017 | 2 Replies

No, I don’t mean — at least, not directly — the current problems with the concrete and emergency spillways, nor the evacuation. I mean the chart above. Look at that chart. The solid color represents the historical average of the amount of water in Lake Oroville. The sharply rising blue line represents the current (2016-2017) […]

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Trump throws the brushback pitch

Trump throws the brushback pitch

| January 11, 2017 | Reply

After Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States, he began to interview many different individuals for possible Cabinet and Administration positions. Immediately, there were nearly daily leaks as to whom was being considered for what position, and whether a given individual’s stock was rising or falling. After this had gone on for […]

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Veterans Day 2016

Veterans Day 2016

| November 11, 2016 | Reply

  OK, since I’ve only made one post since last Veterans Day, I probably need to revive the blog a bit. In the meantime….   Here is our annual Veterans Day post listing the veterans, living and passed on, in our respective families: ============= Bruce Henderson: Andy Henderson, USN (active) — [nephew] Bruce Henderson, USMC […]

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Important article on ISIS

Important article on ISIS

| January 1, 2016 | Reply

I remain distressed at the general ignorance of history, political science, philosophy, religion, and social anthropology among those seeking to analyze — and, usually, dismiss — the very serious threat posed by ISIS and related movements. That’s why it’s so refreshing to read an article like this one by Scott Atran over at Aeon. His […]

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Veterans Day – 2015

Veterans Day – 2015

| November 11, 2015 | Reply

Here is our annual Veterans Day post listing the veterans, living and passed on, in our respective families: ============= Bruce Henderson: Andy Henderson, USN (active) — [nephew] Bruce Henderson, USMC (former) — Yes, I was a Jar Head Peter Anderson, USMC — My dear departed uncle Peter served with Marine Intel during Vietnam Jim Zimmerman, […]

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