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Anthony Mercando
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6/1/16
I. CREATION AND CONSUMPTION Words Written Yesterday: 204, unincluding e-mails chasing down leads. Things Read: Several pages of Stalin and Togliatti, one essay. Yes We Khan by Brendan Caldwell Things Listened to:  Judgement at Nineva by Dan Carlin Things Wa...

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Nonzero Days, Paid Work, Shrinking From the Tasks, and Radishes
In an attempt to keep a diary I can go back to, this blog will most likely convert into just that. With paying writing work about more meaningful politics or local happenings what's the real point of doubling up? If I can break it into three parts that'll b...

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Not Voting: Disgust and Apathy
As the primaries crawl agonizingly to their ends, I'm seeing more and more clash between pragmatists and independents over the two party candidates. Conceptually there's a great uproar over voter apathy and protest no-voting, but these are symptoms, not cau...

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The Professional by W. C. Heinz (Pt. I)
The Professional is a book I wish I could write. Heinz keeps it simple, but with plenty of flavor. His characters pop and show differences without them being cliche or insane extremes. His descriptions don't get too technical, but still convey skill and ene...

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris (Pt. II)
Teddy resigns his post as assistant secretary of the navy to volunteer to fight in Cuba against the Spanish because that's what rich sporting men did in those days. Now they ride around on exploding hoverboards, commit triple homicide and get community serv...

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Political Purity and Pragmatism
Being an independent in the United States has it's perks. Technically I'm the elusive voter everyone wants to have in their corner. In many states, I can vote in any primary I want without making a pledge of membership. But that outlook is wrong. For many, ...

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris (Pt. I)
Theodore Roosevelt is one of my favorite people in history. When my wife got me this book I was excited, and I started reading it immediately. It’s easy to see why it won the Pulitzer. But a part of why I admire Teddy so much is his boundless energy and act...

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The Problem with Labor
I was at a Dropkick Murphy's concert a few years ago when they did a short acoustic set. They decided to perform "Shut 'Em Down," a new age and simplistic pro-union ballad from their latest album, and while it wasn't distinctly detailed or poignant, it was ...

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John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Life (Pt. II)
Can we just talk about how France could have struck a decisive blow against England in the middle of the American War of Independence? This footnote in history deserves a lot more attention. We tend to think of the invasion of the British Isles as a possibi...

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The Impossible Party and the Impossible Candidate
I don't know if the mutual distrust has grown too great, or if the dedication to single causes is to blame. I don't know if I'll ever see it. I hope so. It's fully possible, though, that one day somebody will arise who can cut to the quick and show us all h...
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