Category Archives: military

The “not-so good” war


Often, as Americans we are told that World War II was “the good war.” But, is that really the case or is it just an example of the victors writing history to serve their needs? No one is disputing that … Continue reading

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America’s “Coast Guard Cities”


Provided below is a list of the 16 American communities which have been designated by Congress as Coast Guard Cities. T 15 cities and one county have been recognized  because “they have extended so many considerations to the Coast Guard family and … Continue reading

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The rise of the inland national capital


Below is my list of those 12 nations that have moved their capital to an inland location since 1900. The most common reason identified for these moves taking place was to: Centrally locate the government geographically (Brazil, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, … Continue reading

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Who will be today’s counterculture heroes?


We live in a very tumultuous world. Both similar to and different from the dangers faced by the Beat Generation at the dawn of the Cold War or by the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements of the 1960s. Activists of … Continue reading

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When land use planning turns EVIL


As professional planners, we like to think of land use planning as a fairly benign occupation that may stir controversy and discourse every now and then. I doubt many of us would consider the profession as being evil. But, as … Continue reading

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Review of “Inventing Los Alamos” – Atomic utopia and urban paradox


I just had the pleasure of reading a most interesting book entitled, Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community by Jon Hunner.  Part historical account, part urban planning study, Inventing Los Alamos is a worthwhile read for anyone … Continue reading

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Best film of 2014…reconsidered


Upon further review after seeing a matinee showing of The Imitation Game this morning, I think this movie is the best of 2014. Originally, back in December, I felt Interstellar was tops, but have changed my mind. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are … Continue reading

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“Mushroom” boomtowns of the early Atomic Age


  As a crucial part of the 20th Century, the early Atomic Age brought about profound changes to society and humankind. Not only were we faced with the horror of possible worldwide thermonuclear destruction for the first time, but we were … Continue reading

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Searching by bike for truth and reconciliation amid the minefields of Angola


A pretty compelling blog post title, if I do say so myself. It is deliberately so, as the Kindle book I just finished is just that – compelling. Normally, when one reads a book about bike touring, it is an … Continue reading

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War and peace in one image


A rather haunting image from the Korean Peninsula of children playing in front of a tank poised near the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea.

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