The Ice Queen Cometh

What was it like to be a sexy girl in the olden days, Auntie Dreamer? Let me tell you, Sweet Pea, it weren’t no bed of roses! A young woman contacted me through LinkedIn, and when I followed her internet trail to answer the question, ‘Why did she contact ME?’ I discovered that …

Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications

I’m not sure what gets into me, sometimes. I was browsing around The Internets and noticed that the DI Style Manual, the CIA’s guide to excruciatingly precise writing, has been made available by the legal nonprofit National Security Counselors, following a Freedom of Information Act* request. So I OCR-scanned it …

Civil or Savage?

In listening to broadcasts on world affairs today, it occurred to me that there is a basic philosophical question at issue: are the people of certain countries, ethnicities, colors, or creeds inherently or hopelessly mired in savagery, or are all people essentially and on average equally capable of rational thought, …