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February 21, 2008


In the 70s at a British university, I attended international relations lectures given by a Czech emigre professor; who claimed Wilson's example as proof that professors of international relations should never practice what they taught.

After the Velvet Revolution he suddenly became deputy foreign minister of the Czech and Slovak Republic...

Thanks for the good story, Saif! I think he may have been right!

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.