Category Archives: politics

Working list – Favorite fictional spies of film and TV

FILM James Bond – multiple actors (see image above) and multiple James Bond 007 films Ethan Hunt – Tom Cruise in multiple Mission Impossible films Jason Bourne – Matt Damon in multiple Bourne films George Smiley – Gary Oldman in … Continue reading

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Ugly two-digit Interstate Highway segments and thoughts on how to improve them

The following list identifies some segments of two-digit Interstate Highways where the aesthetics along the freeway are far less than pleasing. The list represents segments where there is little to impress a traveler and may in fact repel them from … Continue reading

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The global network of subsea digital communication cables and the coastal hub cities that stand to benefit from them

Despite the fanfare surrounding satellite networks, subsea cables still transmit 99 percent of all data between continents. Much like the interstate highway system, airline networks, and railways, undersea global communication cables form a hub and spoke system, albeit being somewhat … Continue reading

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Working list – Favorite spy sagas based on true events

To this blog author, spy stories are among the most thrilling and intriguing literature that can be read. This is especially the case for those stories that are based on actual historic events. The working list below identifies my favorite … Continue reading

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15.3 million footsteps from Istanbul to Xian!

Over the course of four years (1999-2002), author and retired journalist Bernard Ollivier trekked the ancient Silk Road on foot from Istanbul, Turkey to Xian, China. He accomplished this monumental 7,500 mile (12,000 km) feat by overcoming aches, pains, illnesses, … Continue reading

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Creating LA’s starlit aura – “The Mirage Factory”

What an outstanding book! Perhaps, my favorite the best city biography ever read. Author Gary Krist simply nails it with The Mirage Factory. It’s entertaining, enthralling, infuriating, and thoroughly engaging to read. You will definitely learn some amazing and eye-opening … Continue reading

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Tallest American peaks named for Indigenous peoples

The following list identifies the tallest mountain peaks in the Unites States that are named for indigenous peoples, nations, and individuals. The fourteen that are named for specific individuals are shown in italics. The list includes, mountains, hills, peaks, towers, … Continue reading

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“Here Comes the Sun” displayed on flags worldwide

Listed below are those nations, tribal nations, states, provinces, counties, and cities whose flag depicts the sun. Some of my favorites are shown throughout the post. There are likely more examples from around the globe, so as always any additions, … Continue reading

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Can certain cloud formations warn us of earthquakes?

This fascinating debate has been ongoing in the geology community for several decades. Using satellite imagery, retired Chemist Zhonghao Shou has found that certain cloud formations can foretell upcoming earthquakes with remarkable accuracy. Between 1994 and 2001 alone, his notifications … Continue reading

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Wealthier “nearburb” communities close to downtown

The list included at the bottom of this post identifies those wealthier communities that are located close to the central business district of the metropolitan area they are located. These wealthy “nearburbs” demonstrate that local gentry of each metropolitan area … Continue reading

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