Repost & Reconsider: The Spanish Flu, in the Age of COVID-19

I’m avoiding the pandemic coverage. Once you understand what you can/should do, it seems needlessly depressing to continue to watch the coverage. But earlier today, I heard part of a radio interview with an epidemiologist, i.e., a person who studies disease. She said that most people in her field believe that there is a devastating…

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World War One’s Miracle Christmas Truce

One hundred and five years ago tonight, on the first Christmas Eve of World War One, a curious thing happened. World War One, or the Great War, began in 1914. Like other long conflicts in history, many soldiers had gone to the battlefields enthusiastically, believing the war would be brief. When the first wave of…

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The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: Clandestine Operations (Part III)

Gretha, now reborn as Mata Hari, soon had the whole of Europe at her feet. She was a popular exotic dancer who presented herself as someone thoroughly acquainted with the dancing of the East. And she did not confine herself to Paris. Men in Milan, Vienna, Berlin, and Madrid flocked to her shows.   Mata…

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