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And Now the Storm-Blast Came

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he Was tyrannous and strong: He struck with his o’ertaking wings, And chased us south along. In this verse the storm is a tyrannical winged man. He might … Continue reading

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Reducing Military Fitness

Via the comments: Smoking and vaping is to be banned at the UK’s only Army training centre for teenage recruits. Hundreds of junior soldiers pass through the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate each year. Its commanding officer Lt Col … Continue reading

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Great Migrations

Interesting: What we’re looking at is actually the biggest migration since the barbarian invasions of the Roman Empire. There will be tens of millions—scores of millions—of Africans trying to get into Europe. I don’t know how the Europeans will keep … Continue reading

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Hooked

I read somewhere recently that people go mad collectively, and come to their senses one by one. Couldn’t it equally be the other way round? Couldn’t it be that people go mad one by one, and then come to their … Continue reading

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Asymmetry

From time to time I try to understand the antismokers, but I never succeed. I suppose that antismokers must try to understand smokers, but they never succeed either. They can never understand why anyone should want to put a cigarette … Continue reading

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Hating Music

Following on from yesterday, I had the thought that hatred starts with dislike or disapproval. In fact, hatred is perhaps simply strong disapproval. Is dislike or disapproval a bad thing? Are we supposed to like everything? Isn’t it actually necessary … Continue reading

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Hot Wars and Cold Wars

Do wars ever end? These days I see myself as a soldier in a war. Which war? The war on smoking and tobacco. There are a lot of these sorts of wars under way. There’s also a war on alcohol. … Continue reading

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