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Two Epidemics in Three Chinas

Emperor Renzong, Xi Jinping’s ‘Party-State,’ and democratic Taiwan

As the coronavirus pandemic that began in China makes its way among us, with a modest cough and a friendly handshake,  it brings to my bookish mind another epidemic in that Silvrback blog imagecountry, the one that sets in motion the classic Chinese novel “The Outlaws of the Marsh.” That was in the reign of Emperor Renzong (AD 1022-1063), the . . .

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April 05, 2020

Freeman Dyson: Great Minds Around the Billiard Table

"In the end I won the game"

The Guardian’s obituary for the British-born mathematician, physicist, and general genius Freeman Dyson, who died on February 28, aged 96, says that:

Silvrback blog image“his happiest ever school holiday – from Winchester college – was spent working his way, from 6 am to 10 pm, through 700 problems in Piaggio’s Differential . . .

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March 05, 2020

What’s Different About This Impeachment?

In the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof offers to explain “What’s Different About This Impeachment” compared to Watergate:  

“The essential difference between Nixon and Trump lies not in their misconduct or in their unsuitability for office, but in the grim refusal of today’s Republican Party to notice . . .

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December 15, 2019

“Along Hurricane Dorian’s Tortured Path”

Disaster Journalism High and Low

Silvrback blog imageThe New York Times has a human interest story, “Along Hurricane Dorian’s Tortured Path, Millions are United in Fear,”  a fine example of quality upper-crust American journalism, against which it is interesting to contrast “’Waffle House Index’ is a real thing during disasters. How does the restaurant . . .

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September 05, 2019

Twitter Suggests...

No political bias here, you think?

The other day I at last forced back my terror and signed up for Twitter. I reckon if I stay quiet, lie low, and wag my tail submissively I won't be "doxxed," humiliated, have my life destroyed; get hunted down, disemboweled and eaten on the hot, asphalt pavement by a pack of mad dog SJWs. 

To help me on my way, Twitter kindly offered . . .

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July 21, 2019

Macron and the crisis of the managerial elites

"He had a rendezvous with history and failed to show up"

An essay by Philippe Lemoine on the rise and political demise of French President Emmanuel Macron contains these perceptive remarks on the managerial elites that now run France, and, more or less, the other liberal-democratic states of Europe and North America:

“Macron is a product of the French meritocracy. He went to the . . .

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March 16, 2019

Fox Force Five and the Great 'Women's March' Heist

Antisemitism as career strategy

Leah McSweeney and Jacob Siegel have a splendid investigative report at Tablet magazine - “Is the Women’s March Melting Down?” - on the capture of the “Women’s Silvrback blog imageMarch” by a band of racial go-getters, and the movement’s subsequent and ongoing crackup. Here is an abundance of insights into the pitiless . . .

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December 18, 2018


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