This blog is part of my attempt to be informed and understand the world around me. Previously, I generally posted original essays that were backed up with substantial reading and research. Due to the time involved in this, posting on this blog slowed and eventually stopped. I am adopting a new format that will hopefully make it more manageable to consistently post. Most posts will only have one or two sources and possibly a paragraph or two of commentary. Original essays will still be posted but only on rare occasion. Also, the main theme of this blog will continue to be politics and global affairs, however, topics will be broadened to include philosophy, science, or anything else that strikes me as interesting.