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Diocletian and Constantine - our future? by Jack on Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:05 pm
The growing complexity of society, along with the reduced returns produced by such complexity, has been considered by Dr. Joseph Tainter. He's produced a paper that gives pause.

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In planning or preparing for the future, we face the challenge of first discerning the future. What might it hold? Let us consider the following quotation from the cited paper:

In the half-century from 235 to 284 the empire nearly came to an end. There were foreign and civil wars almost without interruption. The period witnessed 26 legitimate emperors and perhaps 50 usurpers. Cities were sacked and frontier provinces devastated. The empire shrank in the 260s to Italy, the Balkans, and North Africa. By prodigious effort the empire survived the crisis, but it emerged at the turn of the fourth century AD as a very different organization....

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Book IV: Stone Warriors by eastbay on Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:17 pm
I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Chapter Three of Book IV, "Stone Warriors."

He told CJ the story of that day in early March when six brave explorers from Corbett walked up the Columbia River...

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If confronted by a mob, by wisconsin_cur on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:04 am
I heard the question asked recently, how do you defend yourself from a mob. Assuming you have...

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Buck, a Survivor of the Shut Down by eastbay on Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:45 pm
Deleted the rough first few chapters, just like last time.

The book is done, submitted and should be on Amazon (paperback and Kindle) and available through major bookstores this spring.

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Reflection on something lost by Jack on Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:46 am
I'm not usually into poetry, but this reminds me of what we've lost. It's been years since I've seen one of these -

POETRY
Monarchs of the 70s
By Sheila E Sanchez Hatch

More astounding than snow in...

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Ten Years and Done Waiting by wisconsin_cur on Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:50 am
On September 11th 2001 my wife and I arrived home from night shifts at a metropolitan hospital to the news that one of the two towers of the World Trade Center was burning. We followed events closely...

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by eastbay on Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:08 pm
The tae kwon do instructor where my kids studied (a few years back) wouldn't give out a black belt unless the student could run fast and far ... I don't recall exactly the time/distance, but it was about...

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by General Doom on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:30 pm
I've been in one (out in the street), and barricaded inside my house for 3 days from another one.

In the first one I was a young adult and I ran - it's always good to have an escape route planned ahead....

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by Newfie on Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:49 am
You are correct, we mostly agree. In fact I went back to edit my post after rereading you and couldn't find an edit button. I realilized that in my actions where the girl was being beaten I did just...

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by Newfie on Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:49 am
You are correct, we mostly agree. In fact I went back to edit my post after rereading you and couldn't find an edit button. I realilized that in my actions where the girl was being beaten I did just...

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by wisconsin_cur on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:29 am
If I may quibble but on a distinction that I think is important?

Quote: "a mob occurs when the collective instinct over rides the individual rational thought process."... "Fighting is ineffectual...

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