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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Antony and Cleopatra is the seventh and final book in the Masters of Rome series of historic novels by Australian author Colleen McCullough. This tome covers the years 41-27 B.C. of the late Roman Republic. At 567 pages, it is shorter than the previous books in the series. Gaius Octavian, now calling himself Caesar Octavianus, divi filius contends with his fellow Triumvir, Marcus Antonius, and Antony's lover, Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt.(1)

In all of her books of this series McCullough's characters speak in a modern tone (which at times becomes needlessly vulgar). Characteristically, she makes no attempt to have speakers sound Shakespearean or archaic, but in this last tome, she is a bit more chatty, uses more dialogues, and is generally less informative of other historical events taking place contemporaneously. We are basically in tune, almost exclusively, with the fewer main characters left standing following Rome's civil wars, battles, and proscriptions.

Events covered in this tome include: events following the defeat and dramatic suicides of Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus after the Battle of Philippi in 42 B.C.; the ensuing rivalry of Mark...



Thursday, November 21, 2013

A book published last year by Brian Latell, a professor, scholar, and retired CIA officer who had been active in foreign intelligence for 35 years, has not received the attention it deserves. The book, Castro's Secrets — The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine (2012) relies extensively on information provided by half a dozen Cuban defectors and several retired CIA officers. However, the most intriguing and reliable revelations come to light from Florentino Aspillaga ("Tiny"), the most knowledgeable and valuable foreign intelligence officer to ever defect from Cuba's foreign intelligence service, the powerful Directorio General de Inteligencia (DGI). Why does the book require careful perusal and attention? Because it contains information on the role the DGI, which had been run by Fidel Castro himself (until 2006), played in the death of JFK.

Tiny Aspillaga defected that fateful summer in 1987 "the Cuban Year of the Spy," when six major Cuban defections took place. Aspillaga had served with distinction in the elite ranks of the DGI and had even received a personal commendation from Fidel Castro.

Prior Knowledge of JFK's Assassination

President Kennedy and his...



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Abstract — En la práctica de la medicina, el cirujano no puede garantizar el resultado porque pueden ocurrir complicaciones; lo mismo puede pasar con las armas de fuego, que pueden ser usadas indebidamente por personas que no deberían tenerlas. Los políticos no deben utilizar tragedias debido a tiroteos callejeros como pretexto para dictar leyes que restrinjan la libertad a los ciudadanos que respetan las leyes, son responsables y saben que la libertad va junto con sus derechos constitucionales y responsabilidades civiles.

La Sociedad Iberoamericana de Información Científica (SIIC) tuvo el agrado de entrevistar al Dr. Miguel A. Faria, Jr., en referencia al artículo “Shooting Rampages, Mental Health, and the Sensationalization of Violence" editado en la Surgical Neurology International 4(1):85-92 Enero, 2013.

Preguntas formuladas por los médicos que integran la agencia Sistema de Noticias Científicas (aSNC), brazo periodístico de SIIC.

Entrevista exclusiva a
 Dr. Miguel A. Faria Jr., Macon EE.UU. (especial para SIIC):

SIIC: Se ha reiniciado el debate acerca de la tenencia de armas de fuego en la sociedad civil a raíz del evento ocurrido en...



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On the DVD cover of the movie "The Good Shepherd," former late night, talk show host Larry King wrote in the blurb, "The Best Spy movie ever." He is completely wrong on this one! This film is, perhaps, one of the worst ever, but certainly not the best — not by a long shot! And this is so despite excellent performances by a great cast of actors, including Robert De Niro (Co-producer and Director) and William Hurt, two of my very favorite screen heroes.

This movie demonstrates how liberal politics in Hollywood and the entertainment industry is alive and well — Clint Eastwood and Ted Nuggent, notwithstanding.

This movie is pure fictional propaganda directed at embarrassing and discrediting the CIA, a perpetual punching bag of the liberal establishment of America. Research for this movie was nil; apparently the goal of the film was first to indoctrinate and obfuscate, while smearing a safe target, the CIA, which it probably did with gullible audiences; and second, to entertain, but at the latter it fails miserably. The movie basically has no substantial or believable plot, is boring, drags, and is way too long for its scant action and implausible intelligence...

Keyword(s): CIA, KGB


Sunday, November 17, 2013

The October Horse (2002) is the sixth tome in the Masters of Rome series of historic novels by Australian author Colleen McCullough. It spans the turbulent years of Roman history from 48 B.C. to 41 B.C. Beginning with Julius Caesar's campaign in Egypt and his romantic and political relationship with Cleopatra VII, Pharaoh of Egypt, the book proceeds with Caesar's war against the Republicans in Africa, led by the indomitable Marcus Porcius Cato, Metellus Pius Scipio, King Juba of Numidia, and Titus Labienus. In Spain and on the high seas, the Republicans are led by Pompey Magnus' sons, the maritime admirals, Gnaeus Pompey Jr. and Sextus Pompey. The book proceeds with the victories of Julius Caesar and his establishment of a virtual tyranny in Rome as dictator perpetuus, which ultimately ends with his assassination on the Ides of March in 44 B.C.

The assassination conspiracy was led by the Republican Liberators, Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, as well as Caesar's former comrade-in-arms, Decimus Brutus and Gaius Trebonius, who deplored Caesar's dictatorship and his virtual abolition of the Republic and the mos maiorum. The book proceeds with the emergence...



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

At ninety-eight pages, The JFK Assassination Diary: My Search For Answers to the Mystery of the Century by Edward Jay Epstein is a slim tome, and like most of Epstein's books, it is worth the enthralling read and worth every bit of the price. The tome, clear and concise, is an essential narrative and puzzle-solver for all scholars of JFK and the avid readers of the disturbing assassination.

Researching his thesis in government as an undergraduate student, Epstein interviewed the who is who in the Warren Commission, including Gerald Ford, Arlen Specter, John McCloy, Allen Dulles, Chief Supreme Court Justice Warren's senior assistants and staff lawyers. Epstein was given boxes of the original files of the Commission and FBI reports on the assassination to study and unraveled the workings of the Commission for his student thesis! This thesis he later published in a best selling book, Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth (1964).

Epstein questioned Specter on the original autopsy findings (which had been filed away at the request of Robert Kennedy) as well as "the single bullet theory." He interviewed and spent time with flamboyant New Orleans...



Thursday, October 10, 2013

Abstract

The gravest challenge facing the USA and the nations of the world is the coming economic crisis of the world economies, if present policies are pursued. Few are aware or believe that this event could happen. The spread of centralized government control of the economies, the growth of the welfare state worldwide, the expenditures on entitlements beyond what any nation or even most states can afford, the cost of wars, the rapidly climbing debt of the USA and other countries and their inability to pay for these excessive expenses, the actions of many countries to print "fiat" (false) money to pay for their debts, the raising of taxes to pay for these debts, the rise in immigration to developed countries from the undeveloped world, the associated costs to their societies of this immigration, the promises made by politicians to get elected that cannot be fulfilled, and the desire of the public to have what they want, now, paid for by credit cards (debt), are all contributing to the coming economic crisis.

The unfunded promised benefits to the citizens of the USA in Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and pensions plus the USA debt amount to about $140...



Sunday, October 6, 2013

Caesar — Let the Dice Fly (1997) is the fifth installment of the Masters of Rome historical novel series by author Colleen McCullough. This tome encompasses the period from 54 B.C., when Julius Caesar invaded Gaul and Britannia, and ends with the heinous and treacherous assassination of Pompey the Great in Egypt in 48 B.C. The book opens with Caesar leading his legions in the second expedition into Britain, "the land at the western end of the world," accompanied by allied kings, Mandubracius, King of the Britannic Trinobantes, and King Commius, leader of the Atrebates of Gallia Comata ("Long-haired Gaul"). The campaign is directed north of the Tamesa (Thames) river against the undefeated Cassi tribe led by King Cassivellaunus. The Cassi fought valiantly using archaic chariots, reminding the Romans of the Homeric epics.

Although far away in the northwest, Caesar has kept himself informed of events in Rome by his paid agents as well as letters from his son-in-law, Pompey Magnus, who now married for six years to Caesar's lovely daughter, Julia, has contentedly improved his grammar and his manners. But then suddenly Julia dies following childbirth and his political link to...



Friday, October 4, 2013

With President Obama and his Democratic partisans in the Senate at loggerheads with the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, an impasse has arisen of troubling proportions. The House, though, has the constitutional power of the purse, and the funding or defunding of the flawed ObamaCare law, unwanted by the vast majority American people, falls within its purview. The House has indeed the right not to fund a calamitous and burdensome law. In anticipation of its dreaded implementation, the deleterious effects have already been felt among the senior citizens, those who have Medicare or even Veteran benefits. Let me explain.

Frequently, I read “Viewpoints,” the electronic version of my local newspaper, The Macon Telegraph (MT), which often has heated discussions in response to printed letters to the editor. On September 5, a discussion centered on a MT reader who stated that although in good health at age 75, his doctor would not perform a PSA test or a colonoscopy because "it was not needed," and besides, the doctor added, " given your age, something else would kill you before colon or prostate cancer does."

It is very unfortunate that physicians out...



Monday, September 23, 2013

Recently, Bill Ferguson, a local columnist in The Macon Telegraph, opined it is "time to call for a new constitutional convention." To make his points, he tells us about the public's general dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in our nation, and then tries to scare us to death with the frightening scenarios of a government shutdown, the U.S. defaulting on the national debt, and the gridlock in Congress, so that "these once-unthinkable situations could come to pass."(1)

No blame is placed on President Barack Obama (photo, right), who is at the helm of the ship of state navigating the "unchartered waters." But that is not all: "The stock market could collapse. Your cash and investments could become virtually worthless overnight. Government benefits like Social Security and Medicaid might be dramatically scaled back or not paid at all." And so Mr. Ferguson writes, "I think it’s fair to say that our government is fundamentally broken at this point, and I don’t see it getting any better unless we somehow shake things up and change the status quo. But how could we do that?" His solution is to call for a constitutional convention to set things right. That idea, of...