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  • Whiskey Wisdom & the Difference Between Dogma & Doctrine

    September 15th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 5 Comments

    Chapter 36   The difference between dogma and doctrine is the difference between faith and thought. The extent to which an ideological system is taken on faith is the extent to which it is dogmatic. The extent to which an ideological system is by its leaders expected to be taken on faith is the extent […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom & the Engine of Civilization

    September 14th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Chapter 9   There is no sort of freedom other than the sort which voluntary exchange brings about. In its truest form, freedom has only one fundamental meaning: it is the absence of force and compulsion, whether that force is direct, as in assault, or indirect, as in extortion. It means only that you are […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom & the Power to Educate Ourselves

    September 13th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Most humans don’t think too much about the great problems of existence, concerning which, most behave as most around them behave. Most people perform certain daily acts without paying particular attention to their acts, nor to the ideological theories or hierarchal structures undergirding them. Most people do most things because most people became accustomed throughout […]

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  • The Power of Ideas [addendum]

    September 12th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    It was toward the middle of the twentieth century that the inhabitants of many European countries came, in general unpleasantly, to the realization that their fate could be influenced directly by intricate and absturse books of philosophy. Their bread, their work, their private lives began to depend on this or that decision in disuputes on […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom and Language As Thought

    September 11th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Excerpted from my forthcoming:   Chapter 4   Independent thought is critical thought – it is the critical faculty at its best: the faculty of identification, evaluation, discernment, grasping. Thought, in turn, is accomplished by means of language, which is precisely why the more you understand the words you’re using, the clearer and more streamlined […]

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  • What Is Independent Thinking?

    September 10th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Excerpted from Chapter 3 of my forthcoming.     Chapter 3 Independent thinking is you, your car, and an auto-mechanic you don’t really know. Independent thinking is you taking your car in for a biannual tune-up, strictly routine. After handing the auto-mechanic your car keys and then waiting in the lobby for approximately five minutes, […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom & the Actual Truth about Egalitarianism & Inequality

    September 9th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Excerpted from my forthcoming: Chapter 30 Since humans are each discrete, individuated beings, with a singular consciousness, born into a complex system of nature, humans are because of this infinitely diverse. This is a good thing, and it is a beautiful thing. This infinite diversity means, however, that humans are inherently unequal – in countless […]

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  • Tribalism, Racial Theory, The Individual Human Being

    Tribalism, Racial Theory, The Individual Human Being

    September 8th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Excerpted from my forthcoming: Chapter 12 Tribalism is a form of collectivism, which is a philosophy that denies the primacy of the individual, subordinating her to a so-named collective. Tribalism is the logical result and the logical elaboration of postmodernist irrational philosophy. (Irrationalism is a school of philosophical thought, with a long and varied history.) […]

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  • Christopher Columbus, Howard Zinn, & A People’s History of The United States

    September 7th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    This is excerpted from Chapter 25 of my forthcoming. Chapter 25 Howard Zinn is the author of a cultic classic called A People’s History of the United States, which is a tour-de-force of historical misinformation, sloppy scholarship, and outright prevarications. This perhaps partially explains why on the subject of history and the role of the […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom and the Quiddity of a Culture

    September 5th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    This is excerpted from Chapter 22 of my forthcoming. Chapter 22   “Every serious civilization, like every serious person, possesses an essence or a spirit,” she said. “A soul, if you like.” Thus spoke the lady political refugee who was standing – and not sitting – at my bar one quiet Tuesday evening. She was […]

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  • A Bartender’s Guide to Liquid Learning

    September 2nd, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    The following is excerpted from my forthcoming. Chapter 1   The art of independent thinking is the art of individual inquiry, and individual inquiry is rooted in observation. When a child learns through personal experience, by bouncing it on a concrete surface, that a properly filled basketball can be dribbled, but then after testing the […]

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  • SARS-CoV-2 And Herd Immunity: One More Time

    August 20th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    As many among us stated in the beginning: absent a cure or vaccination, you simply cannot stop the spread of any coronavirus or rhinovirus, novel or non-novel. Nor does the virus get bored or tired and so move on to another planet. This is why I’m posting a recent thread I read (click on each image […]

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  • Individuality

    August 13th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Thinking and acting are for humans indivisible and inseparable. They can for the purpose of study be broken down into component parts, but in actuality — i.e. in how they function — thinking and acting are entirely unified and symbiotic: two inextricable pieces of an elegantly integrated whole. Thinking and acting are another way of […]

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  • The Heartbreaking Truth About The History Of Human Enslavement

    August 4th, 2020 | Politics | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    The heartbreaking truth about human enslavement is that it’s existed across all races and all major cultures, and it has existed since the dawn of humankind: Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Jewish, African, Asian, European, Mayan, Aztec, and countless others. As long as there have been human beings, there have also been purveyors of force enslaving their […]

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  • “Black Lives Matter Will Come Out And Start A Race War, But They Won’t Come Out And Deal With Our Race”

    June 17th, 2020 | Black Lives Matter | journalpulp | No Comments

    Today is the 90th birthday of the American economist Dr. Thomas Sowell — a true genius and independent-thinker, who’s been an inspiration to me for a long time, and from whom I’ve learned a great deal. I sincerely believe that it has never been more important to read and understand Thomas Sowell. In his autobiography […]

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  • Covid-19 Creates One Of The Greatest Scandals In Medical History

    June 4th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    This is for all those who don’t believe that science has become totally politicized and therefore totally corrupt — climate science perhaps most especially — who have hounded and harassed me and others like me a long time now for pointing out that the peer-review process has long become a farce and the scientific method, […]

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  • Work

    May 29th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    It’s not merely for money that healthy humans work. Before free-exchange which created specialization which created the division of labor, the vast majority of human exertion was directed toward one thing only, and that was the production of food. For most of human history, people labored their entire lives, from sun-up to sundown, six or […]

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  • Wildly Inaccurate Predictions & U.S. Health Secretary Admits: “No Spike In Coronavirus In Places Reopening”

    May 22nd, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

     continued … As the graphics above indicate, there is no proof that lockdowns decreased transmission of the Covid-19 virus. That is the first thing to note. The notion that “lockdowns saved a million lives,” as Snopes recently put it, is not merely an unsubstantiated claim: it may well turn out to be the precise […]

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  • A Morality Tale Of Two Playgrounds

    May 17th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    These are both recent photos — and they pretty well encapsulate everything significant about the Covid-19 disparities and vicissitudes and inanities: This first one is Malmo, Sweden — one of the few countries which, as you know, did not succumb to mass hysteria, nor conform nor cave to the intense consensus pressure which is still […]

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  • “This virus doesn’t change who your friends are: it reveals who your friends are”: Covid-19 Is Not Like The Flu In These Two Important Ways — And We Should All Be Grateful 

    May 17th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    Covid-19 may have an overall lethality that’s closer to seasonal flu than previously thought, but in the following two ways it is not like seasonal flu: If it were like the flu, 700 children would now be dead and 150 infants would be deceased. As it is, 17 deaths across both age brackets have been […]

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  • Empirical Evidence Lockdowns Don’t Accomplish Much [UPDATE: “STAGGERING NUMBER OF EXTRA DEATH” In England and Wales Attributed To Lockdowns]

    May 16th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

      Today Denmark, which reopened its schools on April 15th, declared its first day of no Covid-19 deaths since the pandemic began. Denmark’s state epidemiologist also recently said a second wave is “very unlikely.” Full article via Reuters: The following if from 2006 survey of disease mitigation strategies by several top epidemiologists, who back then […]

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  • BREAKING: Lockdowns Kill, Sunlight Promotes Health

    BREAKING: Lockdowns Kill, Sunlight Promotes Health

    May 15th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    Light is life. Light is light. This fellow has been indefatigable. The real scandal and outrage in this whole ghastly spectacle has been the criminal policies enacted anent nursing homes and the elderly. Remember that. It is not going away, and I, for one, will make sure that this bureaucratic abomination be exposed. Assuming 10:1 […]

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  • Covid-19 In Florida As Early As December Or January, And A New Interview With Sweden’s State Epidemiologist Dr. Anders Tegnell

    May 14th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    This is from the Miami Herald: At least 26 people who contracted COVID-19 started showing symptoms in late December or January — and at least eight of them both had not traveled and did not have contact with another person infected by the virus. The trend continued into February. Read the full article here. The […]

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  • Starvation Has A 100 Percent Fatality-Rate: What The Lockdowns Are Doing To Africa Is Appalling

    May 5th, 2020 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    This video clip shows real human beings, young and old, lining up for the food pantry in South Africa. This is a glimpse of the appalling toll that forced lockdowns are already taking upon Africa. You may be certain that it will get much worse quickly. Starvation has a 100 percent fatality-rate. Covid-19 has a […]

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  • Keep Asking Why

    May 4th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    In that late autumn of 1968, a novel virus swept across the entire world, entering America in December of that same year– a virus that quickly became known as the Hong Kong virus. It was, as Bojan Pancevski recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal, a virus “responsible for eventually killing more than 1 million […]

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  • Peaceful Protestors Arrested For Not Social Distancing By Police Who Aren’t Social Distancing, Or Wearing Masks

    May 3rd, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    Protests are springing up everywhere, and they are doing so for good reason: It’s fascinating and incredible to watch how Covid-19 coronavirus has created a deep partisan divide. The primary issue is this: end the lockdowns or not. Let human beings act voluntarily, or use state coercion to force humans into the behavior you want. […]

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  • Huge New Sero-prevalence Findings Out Of Iran & Japan, Fatality-Rate Continues To Plummet; Swiss Public-Health Expert: “Lockdows An Imbecile & Lethal Policy”

    May 1st, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    These are huge new findings — the first one out of Iran (click the image to read the report): “A true random antibody sample of households finds that 21-33% of people [in Iran] have been infected and the true infection fatality rate is roughly 1 in 1,000 — among the lowest figures yet published.” This […]

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  • The World Health Organization Shocking Reversal Of Opinion: Sweden’s Voluntary, NonCoercive Approach Had It Right

    April 30th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    The following is a transcript of an interview with Professor Johan Giesecke, M.Sc., M.D., Ph.D., the State Epidemiologist from 1995 to 2005 and the leading consultant on the so-called Swedish model — so-called, I say, because it is in my opinion a horribly sad testament to the indoctrination that’s taken place in one-month’s time: indoctrination […]

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  • Credulity Is Always Greatest In Times Of Calamity And The Cost Of Conformity Is Colossal

    April 28th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    “Emergencies” have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded. — Friedrich Hayek During seasons of great pestilence men have often believed the prophecies of crazed fanatics, that the end of the world was coming. Credulity is always greatest in times of calamity. — Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness […]

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  • The Deadliest Virus In All Of Human History — By Far [UPDATED]

    April 25th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | 2 Comments

      Do you think that people of today, in our woke and sophisticated society, where social-media and all the other headquarters of communication are lightning-fast and global, could never fall for the propaganda tactics of old? Think again. It just happened at record speed across an entire planet. From the New York Times: As more […]

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  • Individual Rights And The Meaning Of Freedom

    April 16th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    Individuals possess rights because of which there are things that no person and no group or institution may rightfully do to each individual. To do them is to be in violation of those rights — which is to say, it is to be in the wrong. The proof of rights is found in the fact […]

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  • Moral Courage is Among the World’s Rarest and Most Precious Qualities

    April 13th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | No Comments

    “Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded.” — Friedrich Hayek When the shutdown happened, it was a panicked, random, sweeping irrational decision made by scared politicians responding to howling media freaks. Regular people were horrified. All these three weeks later, you can see people coming around and […]

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  • This Is Why Everything Will Ultimately Be Okay: Because Knowledge & Understanding Bring Calm

    April 8th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    It’s sometimes called Farr’s Law, named after William Farr (1807 – 1883), and it states that all epidemics — all of them — follow an epidemiological curve (also known as an epi-curve or S-curve). These curves start out with an alarmingly steep incline. But over time, in natural progression, they slope downward and eventually flatten. This […]

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  • Some Good News About Covid-19

    April 5th, 2020 | Coronavirus | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    As the state of affairs becomes increasingly polarized in America — degenerating with clockwork predictability into partisan polemics of the most concrete-bound sort (with, however, this bizarre twist, which, if you think about it, follows a certain contorted logic: the left now angry at Donald Trump for not being fascist enough in his refusal, so […]

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  • The Inescapable Fact & Nature Of

    April 2nd, 2020 | Philosophy | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    For those who don’t believe that political-economic questions and their answers are entirely grounded in philosophy and that philosophy underpins all knowledge, scientific and otherwise, I ask you to observe the nightmarish spectacle unreeling before us now: because in your lifetime you’re not likely to see a greater global-wide testament to the inescapable fact and nature of […]

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  • Justus Quidem Tu Es, Domine, Si Disputem Tecum, Verumtamen Justa Loquar Ad Te

    March 20th, 2020 | Poetry | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    Justus quidem tu es, Domine, si disputem tecum; verumtamen justa loquar ad te: Quare via impiorum prosperatur? Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend With thee; but, sir, so what I plead is just. Why do sinners’ ways prosper? and why must Disappointment all I endeavour end? Wert thou my enemy, O thou my […]

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  • First, There Was The Scent Of Thyme

    February 9th, 2020 | Literature | journalpulp | No Comments

    First, there was the scent of thyme. It seeped through her body in the form of fevers — an invisible emanation, soft and swirling, like a gentle drift of water. The imperceptible scent of a thing, she thought, like an essence or a soul continually released — but by what or whom? Of what chemistry […]

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  • She Came Through The Mist & The Rain

    January 28th, 2020 | Poetry | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Here’s a short video of my transcribing an obscure but beautiful passage written by a little-know writer named Arthur Symons (1865–1945), in a poem called “Rain On The Down.” NIGHT, and the down by the sea, And the veil of rain on the down; And she came through the mist and the rain to me […]

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  • It’s Not How Good You ARE: It’s How Good You WANT To Be

    January 16th, 2020 | Talent | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    The most successful people in life aren’t particularly gifted or talented. They become successful, rather, by wanting to be successful. Genetic giftedness is a figment. There are really no such things as prodigies. Talent is a process. Have you ever observed that the smartest kids in school are almost never the ones who go on […]

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  • Basketball Jones

    January 9th, 2020 | Basketball | journalpulp | 13 Comments

    I need someone to set a pick for me at the free-throw line of life.

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  • All The Sand In All The Sea

    January 7th, 2020 | Bartending | journalpulp | 17 Comments

    I recently discovered this song — on an obscure FM radio-station — and I fell in love with it. So I decided to make a bartending video to go along with it.

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  • On Light, Darkness, December — And Fighting For Your Ideas

    December 25th, 2019 | Christmas | journalpulp | No Comments

    Relentlessly Optimistic  Her parents had never meant to mistreat her. On the contrary, they’d always meant to love her — and they did love her. But Stephanie, the youngest of four, had come unexpectedly and somewhat late in their lives, and on top of that, she was sickly and accident-prone, susceptible to mishaps.  She was […]

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  • 3 Strange & Wondrous Ways You Can Learn Poetry By Heart & Memorize Any Passage of Literature

    December 24th, 2019 | Poetry | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    Poems, unique among all literature, were for many centuries specifically meant to be learned by heart. They were meant to be memorized and then recited aloud. This is called the oral tradition of poetry — which in essence means holding literature in the mind and heart, and then reciting it. Thus we find in the oral tradition […]

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  • Oscar Wilde: Anniversary of His Death & the Wildest Misconceptions about Oscar

    November 19th, 2019 | Oscar Wilde | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Oscar Wilde, the last of the great and hopelessly flamboyant, whose full name was Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, is, perhaps because of his flamboyance and his fame — a fame which ended in scandal and tragedy — frequently misrepresented and misconceived. He died 119 years ago this month. I offer here three of the […]

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  • Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Sonnet 73

    November 15th, 2019 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    The Italian poet Petrarch (1304-1374) did not invent the Petrarchan sonnet. It was perhaps first used by Dante (1265-1321) and then later by many of Dante’s contemporaries and imitators. But Petrarch’s excellence with the form — especially when celebrating his beloved Laura — made the form much more widely known, so that even into the […]

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  • Two Poems

    Two Poems

    October 19th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    I You came to me in a dream last night.Ghostly and dark, you were dressed in flowing white.Your hair hung long. Your eyes were light. You stood nearand spoke in a whisper that I could not hear.Together we walked through the desolate roomsof a strange house, where faint perfumesspiked the air. Outside, the wind blew […]

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  • Highway 66

    Highway 66

    October 12th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Thin blue highway hugging the soft edge of night, along this strange western town burningwith tangerine lightlike a necklace laid across a swellof grass, over some vast New Mexican plain,it fills me with a yearningI’ve never quite been able to quell,or explain.

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  • Neck Between Two Heads: a story of civilization and superstition

    Neck Between Two Heads: a story of civilization and superstition

    November 5th, 2018 | Fiction | journalpulp | 76 Comments

    CHAPTER 1 This happened shortly after his mother died, when he was seventeen-years-old and the real violence had not yet begun. The day after her death, he dropped out of high school and went to live with his half brother, whom he’d only met once, eight years before. His half brother’s name was Jon. He […]

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  • Quiddity

    Quiddity

    September 6th, 2018 | Bartending | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    This certainly beats most of the other stuff I’ve had sent to me lately. Thank you TRD! And thank you Merrriam-Webster for using my sentence. “Quiddity” — Word of the Day, September 6th, 2018. That article, incidentally, which discusses the difference between mezcal and tequila, was part of a monthly series I once wrote for […]

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  • Beware the Ides of March

    March 15th, 2017 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    Ceasar: The ides of March are come. Soothsayer: Ay, Caesar, but not gone. — Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1. The word ides is derived from the ancient Roman calendar and comes from the Latin idus, which, as Oxford explains it, means “a day falling roughly in the middle of each month (the 15th day […]

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