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The First Samurai vs. The Last Samurai

Posted April 26th, 2011 at 04:06 PM by leakbrewergator

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Both Taira Masakado and Saigo Takamori are larger than life figures. Both of them achieved this notoriety after their deaths. (Moreso in the case of Masakado.) Both men were reluctant leaders of a failed rebellion against...
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The All-Engulfing Networks of Big Pharma

Posted April 26th, 2011 at 05:59 PM by Gile na Gile

When President Eisenhower on leaving office warned the American people to beware the disturbing expansion of the military-industrial complex he presumably looked to the executive and legislative branches of government as a bulwark. To whom or what do we look to today to spare us the invidious encroachments of the psycho-pharmaceutical complex? For the all-engulfing networks of "Big Pharma" are rapidly absorbing those independent institutions in whom we may have expected a counterbalance...
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Anthropocide - Our Progress So Far

Posted May 1st, 2011 at 01:19 AM by Gile na Gile
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The media's gaze has had a notable blind spot when it comes to reporting on climate change; though we continually hear talk of global mean temperature rises we are less often alerted to the non-uniform manner in which these rises take place. The public should have been made well aware by now that business as usual unregulated emissions will result in a differential distribution of temperature increases and the greatest increases will occur precisely in those areas that have the potential to produce...
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Part 1: Russia in the Post-Napoleonic World

Posted May 1st, 2011 at 10:24 AM by historian_dave

What were the causes of Russia’s defeat in the Crimean War?


In 1814, the Russian emperor, Tsar Alexander I, entered the gates of Paris behind his brigades of marching Cossacks, with crowds lining the streets shouting ““Vive l’empéreur Alexandre!”(1) As the Russian army swept across Europe on the heels of Napoleon’s Grande Armee, all were overawed by its might and power. In the post 1815 world, Russia gained unprecedented prestige for its part in defeating Napoleonic France(2)....
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Part 2: Russia in the Post-Napoleonic World

Posted May 1st, 2011 at 10:26 AM by historian_dave

How successful was Russian foreign policy from the Peace of Paris to its renunciation in 1871?


“I understand only one policy,” announced Tsar Alexander III, “to exact from every situation all that is needed by and is useful to Russia…We can have no other policy except one that is purely Russian and national; this is the only policy we can and must follow.”(1) The decades between the Treaty of Paris in 1856 that ended the Crimean War to the renunciation of the treaty’s terms...
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