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    Religion and warfare

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/09/2019

    » What all religions, sects, cults have in common is that each believes it is the true one, the others not only unworthy but spawns of the devil, deserving to be liquidated.

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    The Future isn't now

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 29/08/2019

    » A term I keep encountering is "The Future". You see it on billboards everywhere. Stadiums, department stores, condos, supermarkets, restaurants, theatres, whatever. They eschew the current autos and mobile phones and computers. Space rockets are only a generation or two away.

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    How honest are you?

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/08/2019

    » Those finding a wallet or purse, particularly when stuffed with money or gems, have their honesty sorely tested when the owner's ID is included. Ought they notify him or her? They need the valuables themselves. Was it just luck? Didn't God mean for them to have it? Likely as not the loser is rich and shrugged it off to experience. Or not.

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    What if?

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 25/07/2019

    » A cine buff -- contemporary, silent, foreign -- since my childhood in the Big Apple, still with a good but not photographic memory, I recall a French movie about a wealthy widow who decided to satisfy her curiosity by looking up her old boyfriends. She wondered what would her life have been like had she married one of them.

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    Desert graveyard

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 27/06/2019

    » While not as prestigious as Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize awardees are highly regarded in the US. The annual recipients are rewarded for works a giant step above their colleagues.

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    Just a thought

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 30/05/2019

    » I don't mind admitting that I winced when I plucked an 800-page novel from my review bag, having long advocated that authors don't need more than 400 pages to say what needs be said. The back cover describes it as an espionage novel. I don't recall Ian Fleming or John le Carré penning tomes.

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    Weapon of choice

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 25/04/2019

    » In my army days, we were issued used M1 rifles. They were heavy and either had hair triggers or they had to be pulled way back before firing, by which time the target had moved.

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    The end is nigh

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 28/03/2019

    » It has been determined that we've been around for 4.5 billion years, Earth the only habitable planet in the solar system.

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    Flight of fancy

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 22/03/2019

    » Intelligence agencies the world over see Russia's cloak-and-dagger operations as the greatest danger. But Russia's chief enemy is the US, to which it causes endless mischief, both directly and indirectly.

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    Fact or fiction?

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/02/2019

    » It is common knowledge that the KGB weren't above using sex in its spying activities. Books were written and movies made about it. What isn't generally known is that the Russian Federation's FSB are not only continuing the practice but expanding it.

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