Is Turkey’s Military Still One Of The Middle East’s Best?

The 2016 coup didn’t help.

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key point: Turkey remains a power that should not be trifled with.

Straddling two continents, Turkey has one of the most powerful armed forces in Europe or Asia. Over four hundred thousand strong, Ankara’s armed forces are divided into the Army, Air Force, and Navy.… read the full article

Elvira Mistress Of The Dark Hardcover Book

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Elvira Mistress Of The Dark Hardcover Book:

Celebrate the iconici horror hostess’ 35th Anniversary with this Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Hardcover Book! Actress and writer, Cassandra Peterson is known for her portrayal of one of pop culture’s most beloved icons, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.… read the full article

Battleships, 1500s Style: How This One Warship From Europe Changed History Forever

Carracks and their successors paved the way for European expansion and exploration.

by Steve Weintz | The National Interest

Key point: Concepts appeared in the 1500s which were not fully realized for centuries.

The 1500s were swashbuckling times, when vast empires fought each other for treasure, land and souls.… read the full article

Dr Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip — Who’s really in charge? You or your hidden attitude?

Your attitudes control your life.

That’s quite a statement … that “your attitudes CONTROL your life.”  But it’s true.

Author Tom Blandi adds, “Attitudes are a secret power working 24 hours a day for good or bad.” That being the case, “It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.”

Again, it’s true.… read the full article

Jordan retakes lands leased by Israel in 1994 peace accord

By OMAR AMOUR | Associated Press

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, speaks to Parliament in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The king announced “full sovereignty” over two pieces of land leased by Israel, ending a 25-year arrangement spelled out in the countries’ landmark peace agreement.
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The Falklands War: The Only Time Modern Aircraft Carriers (Almost) Went to War

A war neither country wanted.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: The weather saved the day.

On the afternoon of May 1, 1982, crewmen on the deck of the Argentine carrier Veinticinco de Mayo (“May 25”) scrambled to load six A-4Q Skyhawk attack planes with four Mark 82 bombs each.… read the full article

The Nick Brignola Sextet featuring Pepper Adams- Donna Lee

“Donna Lee” by Charlie Parker (Miles Davis) as performed by the Nick Brignola quintet on Baritone Madness.

Nick Brignola- Baritone Saxophone

Pepper Adams- Baritone Saxophone

Derek Smith- Piano

Dave Holland- Bass

Roy Haynes- Drums

Nick is the first soloist out of the gate, but Pepper takes the first chorus after the head.… read the full article

China’s top leadership will not tolerate change to ‘one country two systems’, official says

By Our Foreign Staff | The Telegraph

Members of the honour guard attend a welcome ceremony in Beijing CREDIT: REUTERS/JASON LEE

(This was first published on November 1, 2019)

China won’t tolerate challenges to the bottom line of the “one country, two systems” formula that governs Hong Kong, separatism or threats to national security there, a senior Chinese official said on Friday after a meeting of the top leadership.… read the full article

World War II Cage Match: How an Aircraft Carrier Fought a Battleship

Any guesses on who won? 

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: While World War II was the era where the aircraft carrier supplanted the battleship as the most prestigious vehicle for naval operations, the old class still had one light instance of glory.… read the full article