Friday, October 6, 2017
Scovell was a linguist and had a talent for ciphers. He was largely responsible for breaking France's "Great Paris Cipher," reserved for the most sensitive communications--a cipher the French never suspected had been compromised. At times, Wellington was reading messages between Napoleon's generals, between Napoleon and his generals, and between Napoleon and his brother Joseph, installed as the King of Spain (while Napoleon himself was busy failing to conquer Russia). Urban makes a strong case for Scovell's critical importance to Wellington's success in Portugal and Spain fighting the French and the book goes a long way toward reviving the memory of Scovell who doesn't seem to have deserved his treatment at the hands of Wellington--or his obscurity. Meticulously researched, well written, and important. Highly recommended.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Maybe these senators should keep their thoughts and prayers to themselves and instead support commonsense reform of America's insane gun laws.
But I guess that's not as lucrative as supporting the NRA.
[Update: We have a new weapon in the arsenal for dealing with mass shootings: "warmest condolences."]
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