BOOKS. I am in the middle of the heavy reading season, back from the US with a suitcase - a big one - full of books. I usually buy them at Borders and Barnes&Noble, many on Scott's advice, when in Athens,Ga.
I've been thinking about starting to read in one of the ebook devices and stop all this carrying weight business, particulary with my habit of mainly reading in English. The Nook at Barnes&Noble surprised me in that it really looks like a book page, not like a computer screen. May be when I finish reading this lot. But books are so versatile, so ubiquous. You can take them to the beach, throw them anywhere, read them anywhere, put them anywhere.
After The little history of the world it was the turn of The Imperial Cruise. A book about the trip to the Philippines and Japan in 1905 of Secretary of War Taft (later he became President too) under Theodore Roosevelt Administration.
They pushed - and then congratulated - Japan to invade Taiwan and Corea, to oppose the advance of Czarist Russia in the East. All that under the doctrine of the need to civilize (ie invade) "barbarian countries" by the "civilized powers". If they didn't do it someome else was going to take the "burden". On this way they persuaded the isolacionist Japan into becoming a member of the Imperial Club, the countries that were about to take control of the whole world: Great Britain, The United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium. The Japanese were going to be the only non White Christians admited in the Club. The Honorary Aryans. At least as long as the "little Jap monkeys" fitted within their plans.