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The Cold War and That Damned Berlin Wall

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On a cold, January day in 1961, in a world chilled by the threat of nuclear Armageddon, I sat near a radio with my family and listened intently to the words of a man that my very young mind idolized. Even as [...]

British Drug Pushers in China–The 2nd Opium War

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Last week, we began the sordid tale of the First Opium War, in which England pushed opium produced in India onto China to balance its trade deficit with that country. Today, we continue with the rest of [...]

British Drug Pushers in China–The First Opium War

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes China became involved in direct trade with Europe when the Portuguese established a trade center in Macau, China in 1557. Then, in 1565, Spain established a permanent colonial presence in the Philippine [...]

Penny Thoughts: Subversion, Division, and Unity

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard     Subversion, subversion, subversion . . . When Americans are divided and allow ourselves to see our own countrymen as the “other,” we give our enemies, such as Russia, opportunities [...]

Cotton Reigned Until Slavery Was Outsourced

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Today, Western nations are forced to consider the price and flow of crude oil in all foreign policy decisions concerning the Middle East. From Algeria to Iran, Oil is King. However, back in 1861, petroleum was [...]

Anzac Day–Memorial Day New Zealand Style

Memorial Day–New Zealand Style By Matthew Wright Guest Post at Bayard & Holmes     In one of the quirks of history, both New Zealand and Australia remember their war dead on 25 April – which isn’t when any war ended. It’s [...]

Revenge & Obsession from NYT Bestseller Allison Brennan–MAKE THEM PAY

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is only two weeks away from her wedding to Sean Rogan when Sean’s twin siblings, Liam and Eden, hit town, and they are intent on much more than congratulating the bride and groom. [...]

A Grain of Salt–Spy Ships, Officials, and Russian Missiles

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard Big Media, Big Politics, and Big Business all profit financially and politically when they keep the public worked up in fear and/or outrage. They are not our friends. Let’s take some of their power back [...]

Outrage and a Grain of Salt–NSC, Bannon, and The Washington Post

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard The Unholy Threesome of Big Media, Big Politics, and Big Business is never happier than when the public is outraged. Outrage means profits. Outrage means political steam. Outrage means the propaganda of foreign [...]

Annoying Relatives? Call the Spanking Santa!

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes The most wonderful stressful time of the year is upon us. Long lines, visiting relatives, and credit card bills that give bankers a warm, fuzzy feeling in their wallets. But fear [...]