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Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek out and value information that confirms pre-existing beliefs while discarding information that proves these ideas wrong. The independence of the intelligence community was intended to offset confirmation bias in the rest of the government. During the Cold War,...

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Putin Lived, Putin Lives, Putin Will Live

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he agrees with the provisions of Russia's Constitution barring a president from seeking a third consecutive term in office. Putin became Russia's president on January 31, 1999, winning elections in 2000 and 2004. In 2008, upon completion of his...

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Taking the Hype out of Hypersonic

Didn't Roger Stone say it is better to be notorious than anonymous? Kim Jong-il said that everyone was talking about him, so he must be doing something right Putin 2018 Avanguard This whole hypersonic thing is a hoax. As is well known, the Soviets...

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Failure of Maximum Pressure on Iran

It is not over until its over, but at least for the moment, it appears that the "Maximum Pressure" policy towards Iran has more or less failed. Not that any other policies have been notably successful, To review the bidding, at the conclusion of...

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None Dare Call it Genocide

On 24 November 2019 the PBS Newshour Weekend edition reported on a performance reenactment reimagining the largest slave uprising in American history. The organizer was artist Scott Tyler, known professionally as Dread Scott, whose adopted name is a nod to the past - Dred Scott....

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Sanctity of Borders

The international system since the end of the Second World War has been founded on the equal legal sovereignty of states, non-interference in internal domestic affairs, and the preservation of existing territorial boundaries. Of course, juridical equality is perhaps less important that the practical inequality...

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10 Megadeaths From Victory ??

Trumps' Nuclear Threat at one time the word "psychic numbing" was in current usage and I think it presently describes the general attitude towards Trump "oh, it is just Donald running off at the mouth again" it is very important that we not allow...

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Migrants? or Refugees?

I would not open windows into men's souls. When interviewed, these poor wretches espouse various reasons for their journey in the wilderness: Economic opportunity is one, which makes them migrants. A well founded fear of persecution is another, which makes them refugees, even if...

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