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Human beings of any age need to approve of themselves; the bad times in history come when they cannot.
    —    Barbara W. Tuchman
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On This Day In:
2016 Me Too
2015 A Proper Price
2014 Well Hard
2013 Because I Can
Eloquence, n.
2012 Why Bother?
2011 Peculiar Notions

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It is not the nature of the military man that accounts for war but the nature of man.   The soldier is merely one shape that nature takes.
    —    Barbara Tuchman
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On This Day In:
2014 Seeing The Light
2013 Requirements
2012 Tricked Again
2011 Liberty And Justice For Earth
2010 Home Again, Home Again, Jig-A-De, Jig…

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Disaster is rarely as pervasive as it seems from recorded accounts.  The fact of being on the record makes it appear continuous and ubiquitous whereas it is more likely to have been sporadic both in time and place.  Besides, persistence of the normal is usually greater than the effect of the disturbance, as we know from our own times.  After absorbing the news of today, one expects to face a world consisting entirely of strikes, crimes, power failures, broken water mains, stalled trains, school shutdowns, muggers, drug addicts, neo-Nazis, and rapists.  The fact is that one can come home in the evening — on a lucky day — without having encountered more than one or two of these phenomena.  This has led me to formulate Tuchman’s Law, as follows: “The fact of being reported multiplies the apparent extent of any deplorable development by five – to tenfold” (or any figure the reader would care to supply).
    —    Barbara Tuchman
From her book: “A Distant Mirror
[Unless the reporting is done by Fox (“Faux”) News, in which case the equation is: Reality == 0.  Note to readers: There is a substantial difference between reporting bias in the news and reporting falsehoods (aka lying).    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Tear Da Roof Off Da Sucka
2013 Exposed Spirits
2012 Ow-ow
2011 Focused Relatives

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Books are the carriers of civilization…  They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind.  Books are humanity in print.
     —    Barbara W. Tuchman
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On This Day In:
2014 Not Quite Exceeded Reach
2013 Who’s Side?
2012 Why I Joined The Army And Not The Navy…
2011 Is It Your Turn Yet?
Just Trippin’

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