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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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    Monsters among us

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 13/01/2017

    » There are killers, serial killers and mass killers -- murderers all. The police make a distinction, a different branch designated for each. Mass killers bring in the FBI to assist. While all killers are regarded as psychopaths, mass killers are sociopaths.

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    An enduring spirit

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/01/2016

    » With the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the world entered the atomic age. More devastating hydrogen bombs were tested, weapons of mass destruction indeed. The US and USSR rattled theirs at each other over the next 44 years, until the Soviets called it a day and the Cold War was over.

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    Quantum thriller

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 02/02/2018

    » The upside of the digital age is our ability to contact one another in moments. The downside is our lack of privacy. The powers that be intercept and record our conversations and messages. Our thoughts and expressed feelings are common knowledge to authorities determining whether we are security risks.

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    A treaty for peace

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 23/11/2017

    » Following the two-decade-long Napoleonic Wars, Europe, not least France, licked its wounds and agreed "never again". Then they set about making a lasting peace. They felt able to do it. It was the Age of Reason and they were was intelligent as one could be in 1815.

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    Taking the long view

    Life, Sawarin Suwichakornpong, Published on 19/10/2017

    » In Greek mythology, Mnemosyne is the goddess of memory. Impregnated by Zeus, she gave birth to the nine muses with whom artists, poets, musicians, writers and historians are familiar. As a daughter of Uranus, Mnemosyne is also a goddess of time; she provides the role of rote memorisation and invents language and words where her daughters, the muses, pick up and render them. She is a goddess that makes memory alive and is often acquainted with vivid remembrance.

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    The enemy is them

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/10/2017

    » Yank seafarer and treasure hunter Clive Cussler is a prolific author of adventure stories, several co-authored. His series include Dirk Pitt, Sam and Remi Fargo, Isaac Bell, Kurt Austin and The Oregon Files. To his credit they are all popular. Dirk Pitt perhaps the most.

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    Open season on IS

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 27/04/2017

    » Though the president of the United States is a character in more than a few novels, he is a product of the authors' imaginations and bears little if any resemblance to the actual incumbents. In some stories he's idealised, in others vilified.

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    Combating the beasts

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 24/03/2017

    » The world is a jungle and its beasts -- humans and animal -- are out to get us. Can the forces, sworn to protect and defend us, keep them at bay? It's touch and go. The basic task is not to catch them after they've struck, but to prevent them from striking.

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    Two wives, one husband

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 17/03/2017

    » For multi-millennia, marriage has been about possession. Hands of he/she belong to me. To be sure, in most societies the husband got the best of it as the wife's belongings became his. Why else wed? Well-to-do widows, with both her and her late spouse's goods in her hands, were the prize catch.

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