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Engrained “truths”

The date was November 9, 1989. George Bush Sr. sat in the oval office, a host of senior intelligence officers before him. These officers were in the midst of explaining to the President why the Berlin Wall was most certainly...

April 22, 2014 4 Mins
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The mountains we climb: Failure and the pursuit of the extraordinary

It was pitch black and a frigid -30 degrees when we began our descent. What meagre light we had came from beat up headlamps and the muted glow of stars.

April 4, 2014 27 Mins
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An “escape” from Bangkok: Part 2

I had arrived in Bangkok⁠—without luggage (later found in Vietnam)⁠—after a nearly 24 hour flight. The hotel I chose was situated somewhere near the U.S. embassy; a fact I mention only because its location had been a real debate for me.

February 20, 2014 3 Mins
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An “escape” from Bangkok: Part 1

There was ample time to call off the research trip to Thailand. The stars were aligning to make this trip a nightmare. Intersections would be blocked, flash mobs would fill the streets, and political sermons would overtake a city decorated...

February 12, 2014 3 Mins
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Caution: Low flying planes

One sunny afternoon, Paul Moroz, our Deputy CIO, was driving along the highway when he spotted an unusual road sign: Caution: low flying planes. Now, Paul is a mildly paranoid man in the best of times.

February 6, 2014 4 Mins
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Question zero

The man in front of me wore a peculiar tweed jacket that matched his charismatic, if quirky, personality. He was the CFO of a large industrial company, but in a former life he had been the second in command at...

January 30, 2014 4 Mins

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