50,000 Imperial Romans

. . . . . . . The Emperor strikes a pose. . . . . . . . Notice the bas reliefs on the sculpture’s “metal” armor? . . . . . . . It’s a beautiful work of art. I especially like the emperor’s hair. It’s simply done, but powerful — much like […]

A vicious legacy of militarism

. . . . . . . Sneaking in the jungle, the American elite soldier prepares for all environments. . . . . . . . Who is this jungle critter? He is the Special Forces tip of the American military spear. The Pentagon spends lavishly on his kind — but then again, the Pentagon […]

New elites for old

“God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.” — Otto von Bismarck . . . . . . . Independence Day represents the victory of a new elite over an old one. When the American elite wanted to displace its British cousins, they stirred up a bunch of bullshit […]

The Lord Protector

“Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.” — R. Buckminster Fuller . . . . . . . Lord Cromwell would have appreciated the Mersey (River) of present day. Its bubbling brownness would reflect his moods, his religiosity, his general sourness on life. It’s typical of […]

The quality that produces gemstones in abundance

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” — Thomas Carlyle . . . . . . . Persistence. Think about it. Think about being under the earth, coming under the vast pressure of rock on rock […]

Fantasy novels and fantasy worlds

“I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.” — Luis Barragan . . . . . . . A world war in a fantasy world would be a funny thing. The catapults would hurl fireballs, the front line soldiers would be skeletons in leather armor, and the prize […]

Winning for the nazis during world war II

“Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.” — George Bernard Shaw . . . . . . . The Nazis see two scenarios for victory during WW2. The first scenario involves Dunkirk, the second scenario — longer and more costly […]