The Iconic Weapon Of The Red Army: The Soviet PPSh-41


There are some weapons that have become so identified with an era or organization that one only needs to lay eyes on them to be reminded of the same.  The Soviet PPSh-41 is one such weapon.  Its ribbed, chromed barrel, drum magazine, sturdy wooden stock, and downward sloping muzzle are all instantly recognizable.  If an historian had to pick one infantry weapon to symbolize the Red Army of the Second World War, he would unhesitatingly pick the PPSh-41 (affectionately known as “Pah-pah-sha” to its users).

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The Engrossed


Seneca had word for men who were consumed with the chase after worldly riches and pleasures to the exclusion of everything else.  He called them occupati, the past participle of the verb occupare.  They were so busy in this obsessive, single-minded pursuit of the phantoms of prosperity that they never properly set aside time for themselves.  The word occupati means engrossed, preoccupied, or obsessed.  And I think this word is a fitting description.

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Ancient Treatment For The Common Cold


In a recent article we discussed Celsus’s ideas on treatment for depression and melancholy.  We now look at his prescription for dealing with the common cold, an ailment that until this day has defied a consistent cure.  What is interesting about his treatment suggestions is that they seem to be about as effective as anyone could give a cold sufferer today.  Judge for yourself.  The following information is taken from his De Medicina (IV.5).

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The US Navy Adopts The Gender-Neutral Agenda


The US Navy overturned 241 years of tradition recently when it officially abolished all job titles for enlisted personnel.  The decision has turned out to be extremely unpopular, and by the time you’ve finished with this article, you’ll understand why.  The change was ultimately ordered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, but the original idea came from the top enlisted man Master Chief Petty Officer Mike Stevens.

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The Wisdom And Judgment Of Ibn Abi Duwad


Ibn Abi Duwad was a judge (القاضي) who was born in Basra around A.D. 776.  He lived during the reign of the eighth Abbasid caliph Al-Mu’tasim.  An Arabic historian relates the following wise sayings of his, along with an amusing anecdote.  We will relate them here.

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Sunday Film Roundup (10/16/2016)


And here.  We.  Go.

Cold In July (2014)

Director:  Jim Mickle

Southern gothic is alive and well in this independent, seedy little crime drama.  It’s a throwback to the great B-films of the 1970s, and well worth watching of this sort of thing is your bag.  This movie is a good companion film to No Country For Old Men, in that both take place in 1980s Texas.

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