CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS LIKE THERE’S A WAR GOING ON: learning from LBJ

I’m almost ready to say that when it comes to achieving a goal — especially an ambitious one — I believe your outcome isn’t so much determined by what you do, but who you do it with. Outcomes, like math problems, are determined by a factorization of known quantities. Math is never magic. There is an inescapable fatalism in it. Embrace it, because you cannot outwit it or outrun it. Make the absolute most of every piece you’ve got on the board, and remember what every good chess player knows: pawns win games. Spend no time mourning the weakness of your fellow cast. Improve it whenever you can, but if you make an enemy, never let it be by accident. After all, in real life pawns don’t wear pawn costumes and queens wear no crowns.

Gen. James Mattis full statement on President Trump, the protests, James Madison, and using the military to clear peaceful protesters “for a bizarre photo op.”

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.

Ukraine: seven persons involved in the organization of Russian elections in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol added to EU sanctions list (Council of the European Union)

The European Council of the European Union reports that they have added seven persons to the list of those subject to “restrictive measures” over “actions undermining or threatening the territorial … Continue reading Ukraine: seven persons involved in the organization of Russian elections in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol added to EU sanctions list (Council of the European Union)

How We Play Chess: version Well, We Had Really Better Be Getting On With It, Then

Now, back to the focus. Which is not the queen, not at first, not yet. She is not in space. She is on a board and there is not a single square she can not occupy. So we know all that. That’s cursory for now.