by | Jun 11, 2019

One of television’s most anticipated and talked-’ shows in recent years, Black Mirror, has just released its fifth season straight to Netflix. The show is a series of vignettes that discuss the dangers and absurdity of our technological culture and…

by | Jun 6, 2019

Contrary to popular opinion, the United States has long been a Pacific potentate. Ever since the 19th century, when American settlers journeyed from their East Coast enclaves and into the great American West, the United States was destined to become…

by | Oct 19, 2018

In a week that saw members of Congress plead to President Trump to help companies affected by his tariffs, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office indicated it was opening trade discussions with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. “We…

by | Nov 29, 2017

The monopoly power of Silicon Valley remains a massive public policy issue. Nowhere was this clearer than in the recent announcement by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that he was seeking to end net neutrality, a set of regulations beloved by…

by | Nov 20, 2017

On President Trump’s twelve-day Asia trip he visited South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, met with those nations’ leaders and — at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam — with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump and…

by | Nov 12, 2017

When President Trump made his first overseas trip in May, I wondered how he would top it. After all, he started in Saudi Arabia — home of Mecca — made the first direct flight ever from Riyadh to Israel, and…

by | Apr 18, 2017

They were called Doolittle’s Raiders. It was a raid planned in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was an intrepid plan staffed with all brave volunteers on a one-way trip to bomb Tokyo and then try to bail…

by | Oct 21, 2016

When Martin Scorsese makes a movie, attention must be paid. His films have been nominated for an Oscar, in various categories, 80 times, and have won the Oscar, in various categories, 20 times. Now Scorsese has a new film, Silence,…

by | Jul 8, 2016

These civilian warriors, trained in the U.S. Army, Navy, or Marines before resigning their commissions to go to China, were members neither of the American nor Chinese air force, making them outlaw pilots. Outlaw or no, they seriously slowed the ongoing annexation of China by military forces of Japan, and provided some of the few things Americans could cheer about in the early days of the Pacific war.

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