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May 16, 2012 | by James Arger | 0 comment

"Noekken" by Theodor Kittelsen

The morning after

It is with mixed feelings that I sit down to write today. As I am still trying to recover from the loss of Igor Drukov, new information has emerged indicating that Boris Tchevchenko might have been killed by a team of special forces, somewhere in Russia. He might have already more

May 15, 2012 | by James Arger | 0 comment

"Paradise Lost" by Gustave Doré

A Time For Fear

When I was a kid, I was afraid of the monsters under my bed. At night, I could hear them scratching and growling, bodies moving in anticipation of the feast. And however reassuring my father was, even bringing a flashlight to show me that there was nothing to be scared more

May 9, 2012 | by James Arger | 2 comments

Dante's Inferno - XXVI

Need to know

“This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln, from the Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863) It’s no wonder this speech is one of the most more

May 4, 2012 | by James Arger | 1 comment


The Devil’s Name

There is a certain appeal to codenames. In a world turned mundane, where corporate crime has replaced highway bandits, where tax evasion becomes headline material rather than runaway killers, where even major stories too often turn out to be the result of petty manipulations and the basest of motivations, the more

April 25, 2012 | by James Arger | 0 comment

Cheshire Cat

Big Brother

The information age is upon us. What was but a visionary’s tale in the 60s, the Internet has made a reality. Be it the latest news from the other side of the world, expert studies on complex issues or obscure works from classical poets, it’s all out there at the more