Hermit Crabs

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This House Is Not Our Google Home I say that I married into a year-long trip around the country in a travel trailer. It was a second marriage for both of us. For each of us, our first marriages were with someone philosophically incompatible. When searching for a second spouse, each of us had checklists […]

Ted and the Big Bird

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It’s been said that “you don’t change Texas, Texas changes you.” Granted, it’s not a quote you might attribute to anyone famous because I just made it up for the sake of this ridiculous short story. I mean, I’m sure someone somewhere has said it. Hell, I’ll Google it. With the comma. Three results. Two […]

Implosion

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Let’s be clear form the beginning. Martin Theroux was in no way responsible in the disappearance of Maryam Fadel. While his exoneration has been well documented in the news, it doesn’t change the fact that for six months he was harassed without end. The death threats rising to the point that he was pulled from […]

Footnotes in Foreign Relations 1:4 Blowback and Trying to do the Right Thing

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TLDR: The US passed some interesting legislation in the early 90s that would give victims of torture the ability to sue their torturers in US Courts. It is with some irony that the very first successful lawsuit under this law involved a US Citizen turned Roman Catholic nun suing a Guatemalan Defense Minister with ties […]

Footnotes in Foreign Relations 1:2

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The Reasons Behind the Zimmerman Telegram TLDR: Only the United States is allowed to interfere in Mexican politics Anyone who went through a middle school history class probably remembers something about British decoding the “Zimmerman Telegram” which prompted the US to actively enter World War I. It was an attempt by the German government to […]

Footnotes in Foreign Relations 1:1

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Feckless Negotiators TLDR: US policy or lack thereof in the early 1920s helped pave the way for Nazi Germany. Reparations after war were common in Europe, so it wasn’t unusual that Germany got stuck footing the bill for WWI in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. After all, the Germans did the exact same thing to […]

The Time Bank

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Grady blinked. Noting that he was blinking was actually his first conscious thought. The light was bright and startling.               “That’s probably why I’m blinking,” he thought. Then he spoke out loud but under his breath                 “What a silly thought. Who spends time thinking about their own blinking?” A young man in the corner sat […]

The Words Department

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This is a short story in Just Comply, a collection of short stories published in July 2021. If you like this story, please consider buying the book using the link at the end of the story. Ava Canady sat in her office, nervously clicking the top of a ballpoint pen. She clicked it faster like an engine […]

To The Source: Differentiating Ad Fontes from “Fact Checking”

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While Ad Fontes does not hold itself out as a Fact Checking organization, here is an example of how Fact Checking can dovetail with our methods to elevate quality sources and identify sources with poor credibility or bias. An article published on the website, Principia Scientific International on January 26, 2021 leads with the headline, […]

An Evening on Tinder as a Woman

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This was originally published on Medium. If you like this story, please give it an applause on Medium by following the link at the bottom of the page. An Evening on Tinder as a Woman I’ve been working on a novel with a female protagonist and wanted to get a better perspective from women on […]