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Hear the First Japanese Visitor to the United States & Europe Describe Life in the West (1860-1862)

“Oh, would some Power give us the gift / To see ourselves as others see us!” wrote poet Robert Burns. “It would from many a blunder free us, And foolish notion.” I cannot vouch for a being blunder-free, but reading historical accounts of our nation from foreign visitors does help to increase our worldly perspective, and hopefully question what often we take for granted. The 19th century was a particularly ripe time for the narratives, as oceanic commerce (and on its tail tourism) was mak...
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The nation's top general is considering ending commanders' roles in reviewing military sex assault cases

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley arrives to the chamber ahead of President Joe Biden speaking to a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Melina Mara/The Washington Post via AP, Pool Gen. Mark Milley says he is dropping his opposition to a proposal to take decisions on sexual assault prosecution out of the hands of commanders. He said sexual assault in the military continues to happen despite efforts to stop it. ...
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Robert Burns manuscript 'coming home to Ayrshire'

Sir Tom Hunter's philanthropic foundation bought the handwritten song for £27,500 at auction.
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Robert Burns manuscript sold for £27,500 at auction

Bidding went far beyond the £12,000 guide price at Bonhams' fine books and manuscripts auction
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Rediscovered Robert Burns' manuscript to go under hammer

The copy of the poet's song The Banks of the Cree was put in an album for safekeeping more than 200 years ago.
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US airstrike in Syria kills 1, wounds several, says militia official

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, LOLITA C. BALDOR, and ROBERT BURNS | Associated Press BAGHDAD — A U.S. airstrike in Syria targeted facilities belonging to a powerful Iranian-backed Iraqi armed group, killing one fighter and wounding several others, an Iraqi militia official said Friday, signaling the first military action undertaken by U.S. President Joe Biden. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U...
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Defense Secretary: Taliban must reduce violence in Afghanistan

By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in his first news conference as Pentagon chief, said Friday that progress toward peace in Afghanistan and an end to U.S. military involvement there depends on the Taliban reducing attacks. “The violence must decrease now,” he told reporters. Austin, a retired four-star Army general who oversaw U.S. forces in Afghanistan and across the Mideast for three years during the Obama administration, said ...
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Burns Night goes virtual: 'It might be even bigger this year'

Thousands join events in Scotland and far afield, and post-a-haggis service is in high demandIt’s the night when Scots emerge from mid-winter hibernation, says the Burns scholar Pauline Mackay. On the poet’s birthday, 25 January, or thereabouts, thousands of societies, clubs and groups of friends across Scotland and around the world gather to celebrate the life and work of the national bard Robert Burns. The ritual elements of a Burns supper – addressing those gathered with his poem To a Haggis,...
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Lloyd Austin confirmed as 1st Black secretary of defense

By ROBERT BURNS and ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first Black secretary of defense. The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his second Cabinet member; Avril Haines was confirmed on Wednesday as the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence. Biden is expected to win approval for other...
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Source: Biden to propose 5-year START treaty extension

By Matthew Lee and Robert Burns | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is proposing to Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty limiting the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said Thursday. Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan planned to convey the extension proposal to Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, on Thursday afternoon, said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter not y...
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Australian Open tennis stars urged not to feed mice in hotel rooms

"Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie," wrote renowned Sottish poet Robert Burns in his poem "To a Mouse."
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'Tim'rous beasties': Australian Open tennis stars urged not to feed mice in hotel rooms

"Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie," wrote renowned Sottish poet Robert Burns in his poem "To a Mouse."
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17 ways with whisky: from Burns Night drams and hot toddies to cranachan and ice-cream

Celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns on 25 January with a traditional scotch. But there’s more you can do with whisky than drinkingTraditionally, Burns Night ,which takes place on 25 January, celebrates the life and work of the poet Robert Burns. With Covid restrictions in place, the usual gatherings full of poetry, revelry and haggis will have to be curtailed, but it is still a convenient excuse to drink whisky on a weeknight. Continue reading...
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Report: Iran starts enriching uranium to 20%

By Jon Gambrell and Isabel Debre | Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran began enriching uranium Monday to levels unseen since its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and also seized a South Korean-flagged tanker near the crucial Strait of Hormuz, a double-barreled challenge to the West that further raised Mideast tensions. Both decisions appeared aimed at increasing Tehran’s leverage in the waning days in office for President Donald Trump, whose unilateral withdrawal from the atom...
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Guest Post: Laurie-Annya Linfoot 

  Since I could not decide on my story, so I am giving you vignettes of my 69 years.      ​​ Annya and her son Jackson  My daughter Annya was one of the last babies born in the Yosemite National Park hospital, called Lewis and Memorial. When it came time to deliver my baby, we had to drive from the southern area of the park called Wawona (4,000 ft elevation), up and over a mountain pass of 6000 ft to get to Yosemite Valley where the hospital was located. It was the firs...
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The dark history behind Halloween is even more chilling than you realized

Halloween will look a little bit different this year. Александр Довянский/Getty Images Halloween draws from both Celtic and Christian traditions. While it's always had a morbid, spooky vibe, the festivities have changed quite a lot over the centuries. Even amidst the pandemic, Americans are projected to spend $8 billion on Halloween. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Halloween is the spookiest night of the year.It's also a boon to the retail industry — even during a pande...
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Biden would push for less US reliance on nukes for defense

By ROBERT BURNS | AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden leaves little doubt that if elected he would try to scale back President Donald Trump’s buildup in nuclear weapons spending. And although the former vice president has not fully detailed his nuclear priorities, he says he would make the U.S. less reliant on the world’s deadliest weapons. The two candidates’ views on nuclear weapons policy and strategy carry unusual significance in this election because the United State...
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Trump touts secret new weapon: ‘What we have is incredible’

By ROBERT BURNS | AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expanding his arsenal of spectacular, but hard to explain, claims about U.S. military might. First, there were invisible airplanes. Then, a “super duper” missile. And now, a secret nuclear weapon. “I have built a nuclear, a weapon, I have built a weapon system that nobody’s ever had in this country before,” Trump said in an interview with journalist Bob Woodward for his book published this week. “We have stuff t...
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Maybank Wins Michigan Junior State Amateur

Cheboygan’s PJ Maybank III Claims Michigan Junior State Amateur. Grand Blanc’s Robert Burns Wins 15-and-under division The post Maybank Wins Michigan Junior State Amateur appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog.
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Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley says he was wrong to accompany Trump on church walk

By ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON  — Army Gen. Mark Milley, the nation’s top military officer, said Thursday he was wrong to accompany President Donald Trump on a walk through Lafayette Square that ended in a photo op at a church. He said his presence “created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.” “I should not have been there,” the Joint Chiefs chairman said in remarks to a National Defense University commencement ceremony. Trump’s June 1 walk through the park to pose with a Bib...
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Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman Privately Reached Out To Dem Leadership This Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top military officer, Gen. Mark Milley, spoke privately with congressional leaders and many other lawmakers as Pentagon officials came under fire for the military’s role in containing protests following the police killing of George Floyd. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to express her concerns on Tuesday, according to two people who were not authorized to publicly discuss the private conversations and w...
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Ellisland Farm's role in Robert Burns' story examined online

The importance of Ellisland in the life and work of Scotland's bard is put under the microscope.
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Defense secretary breaks with Trump, opposes using military for protests

By ZEKE MILLER, JONATHAN LEMIRE, MICHAEL BALSAMO and ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON — Breaking with President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes using military forces for law enforcement in containing current street protests. Esper said the Insurrection Act, which would allow Trump to use active-duty military for law enforcement in containing street protests, should be invoked in the United States “only in the most urgent and dire of situations.” He declared, “We are n...
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Defense secretary opposes using military to police protests

By ZEKE MILLER, JONATHAN LEMIRE, MICHAEL BALSAMO and ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes use of Insurrection Act, which would allow President Donald Trump to use active-duty forces for law enforcement duties. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Esper said active-duty troops in a law enforcement role should be used in the United States “only in the most urgent and dire of situations,” adding, “We are not in one of those situations now.” Use of ...
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Quest for `super-duper missile' pits US against key rivals

WASHINGTON — They fly at speeds of a mile a second or faster and manoeuvr in ways that make them extra hard to detect and destroy in flight.President Donald Trump calls them a “super-duper missile," though they’re better known as hypersonic weapons. And they are at the heart of Trump administration worries about China and Russia.For decades the United States has searched for ways to get ultra-fast flight right. But it has done so in fits and starts. Now, with China and Russia arguably ahead in t...
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Navy to widen carrier probe, delaying decision on commander

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON — The Navy will conduct a wider investigation of circumstances surrounding the spread of the coronavirus aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, a move that effectively delays a decision on whether to reinstate the ship’s captain, who was fired after pleading for more urgent protection of his crew. The investigation was announced Wednesday by James E. McPherson, the acting Navy secretary, who said in a brief written statement that an in...
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The Latest: India announces easing of lockdown restrictions

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.TOP OF THE HOUR:— Navy recommends reinstatement of fired carrier captain.—China says no new deaths from virus for 10th straight day—South Korea reports only 10 new cases of virus and no new deathsNEW DELHI — India announces easing of a stringent lockdown for 1.3 billion p...
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United States: Force Majeure In The Time Of COVID-19 – FAQS For The Middle Market Executive - Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

In these exceptional times, to paraphrase the Scottish poet Robert Burns, "The best laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry." The millions of contracts, agreements, purchase orders, arrangements...
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Navy Captain Begs To Isolate Crew As COVID Spreads: ‘Sailors Do Not Need To Die’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives. In a memo to Navy leaders, the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt said the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating, and said that removing all but 10% of the crew is a “necessary risk” in order to stop the spread of the...
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‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ and Who Launched a Podcast During a Global Pandemic?

The best laid schemes o‘ mice and men often go astray —Robert Burns (1759-1796) When I hit a period of transition almost 20 years ago, one of the books that was recommended to me was Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Changes in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer […]
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