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Explaining China, Part IV: A Response to “War with China” Hysteria

[Note: the “Explaining China” series began here, and the source for the map above is given there as well.] A persistent worry in the Western world, particularly among the political right, concerns a supposedly-coming-soon war with China, as if China … Continue reading

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The American Historical Clock of War and Peace

The yellow years are ones in which the USA was getting into or out of major wars — or both, in the case of the brief Spanish-American War. The red years are war years, and the blue years are years … Continue reading

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How the Homunculus War Begins: A Short Story

Detective Bruce Kelley put out his cigarette, took a sip of his nasty-tasting, long-cold coffee, made a face of disgust, swallowed the sip of old coffee anyway, and took his time lighting a second cigarette, carefully watching the suspect every moment, as he did … Continue reading

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For John Lennon’s Birthday, the True Story of How I Observed This Holiday in 1983

I’ve been a fan of John Lennon for as long as I can remember, and October 9, his birthday, has always been a special day for me. In 1983, when I was a high school junior, celebrating his birthday changed … Continue reading

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A Timeline of the Major Wars of the United States of America, in Our Brief History

Because it was, in some ways, a precursor to the American Revolutionary War, this timeline begins with the pre-American-independence French and Indian War. American independence was formally declared during the Revolutionary War, in 1776. Light blue areas are for pre-American … Continue reading

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How Richard Feynman Saved Eastern Tennessee from Getting Nuked

I’m reading the book shown above for the second time, and am noticing many things that escaped my attention the first time through. The most shocking of these items, so far, is finding out that history’s first nuclear explosion almost … Continue reading

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The Origin of an Interplanetary War: Itaumiped vs. Almausoped

Itaumiped and Almausoped are artificial rogue planets, each an identical member of a double-planet system bound into orbit, and tidally-locked, by gravity. The energy source used by the planets’ inhabitants, which uses a radioactive isotope with a very long half-life, … Continue reading

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