The Kensington Review

24 November 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 139
Marines Looking for Even More Good Men -- Commandant of the US Marine Corps James Conway, who has been in the job all of eight days, has said he doesn’t have enough troops to do all that is demanded of them. Actually, he said it using much kinder words, but the effect was the same. The top Marine says his men and women are being asked to do too much. The choice is to increase the number of Marines or to make fewer demands on those he commands now. Iraq-Nam has stretched even the Marines to the breaking point.

Former Russian Security Officer Dies from Poisoning -- Alexander Litvinenko was at one time a lieutenant colonel in the FSB, (Federalnaya sloozhba byezopastnosti for those who can read Russian with Latin letters), the post-communist successor to the KGB. He had a falling out with Vladimir Putin in the 1990s when the current president of Russia was just the top spook. In 2000, he fled to Britain and received political asylum. Last night, he died after being poisoned on November 1. Naturally, the Kremlin denies any involvement.

New York Art Auctions Bring in $1 Billion -- November was a very good month for Christie’s and Sotheby’s New York operations. Combined, they sold off $1 billion of art. And the artists weren’t just the usual suspects of Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso. Andy Warhol’s portrait of Mao set a record at $17.3 million, and Andy’s not been dead 20 years yet. All of this is a sign that money is running out of places to go.

Cosmonaut Hits Golf Ball in Space Fundraising Stunt -- Both the Russian space program and astro-geophysics have had better days. A lifetime ago, a little Russian pup named Laika became the first earthling to slip “the surly bonds of earth and touch the face of God.” Thanks to the research that followed, humanity has learned more about the universe in the last half century that in all of history before that. Yet, as Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin hit a golf ball into orbit from the International Space Station yesterday, one clearly felt that the legacy of Gagarin and Armstrong has turned to ashes.

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