Author: Robert Farley

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The Big Speech

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On September 7, 2022
I have thoughts on the Big Speech: This is the context of President Joe Biden’s speech. It should be understood as a forthright effort to make clear the stakes that face America – and by extension, the world. Biden has worked in American politics for 50 years, during most of which he has enjoyed the […]

Luck

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On September 7, 2022

Fascinating excerpt from David Milch’s memoir: To better understand some of our characters who were also degenerate gamblers, Michael asked me what I felt when I won. I told him, “Nothing. Abs

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Gorbachev

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On August 30, 2022
It looks as if Mikhail Gorbachev has passed. Major US outlets haven’t confirmed (now they’re starting to come in) yet so could be false alarm but news seems to be drifting in from a lot of places. There is absolutely no question that Mikhail Gorbachev was a deeply consequential figure in the most important event […]

An Offensive?

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On August 28, 2022

At what point does Ukraine need to risk an offensive? “There’s a desire to show international partners that their support will enable Ukraine to win, not just hold on,” said Jack Watling, a seni

Carriers!

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On August 26, 2022

I participated in a Red Line podcast on the past, present, and future of aircraft carriers… The aircraft carrier has been the crown jewel of national fleets for nearly 80 years, with these steel

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Autogolpe in Brazil?

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On August 24, 2022
Not my regular beat but some stuff going on in Brazil: Brazilian police have raided the premises of several prominent business supporters of president Jair Bolsonaro days after leaked messages appeared to show the men backing a coup d’état if the far-right leader loses his re-election bid in October. Acting on an order from Supreme […]

Bourbon!

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On August 21, 2022

Janet Patton of the Herald Leader has a fascinating several-part series on the relationship between the bourbon industry and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I regret to report that these are paywalled,

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Gentle Reader, Last week Disqus installed a new system of moderation that apparently flags every damn thing as either spam or “bullying.” While I think on balance that this will catch a lot of the spam that has proliferated over the past several months, at the moment it’s still learning the contours of the LGM […]
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