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Allan Loudell
Evidence the Cold War never ended: Did Kremlin plan 'Wall Street bear raid'?

With the escalating crisis between East and West, stories of lingering Washington--Moscow intrigue long before the Ukrainian/Crimean crisis are emerging...
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Allan Loudell
Will Ukrainian/Crimean crisis unleash a separatist genie out of the bottle?

Most of the mainstream media accounts of the Ukrainian crisis allude to the start of a mini-Cold War or Cold War II. While true - as far as that analysis goes - that assessment is all too simplistic...
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Allan Loudell
Crimean secessionist vote was a fait accompli, an anti-climax

Just as I was leaving Friday morning for a radio hobbyists' winter conference, the SWL Winterfest, a member of the WDEL/WSTW sales department telephoned me at home; he wanted my prediction about Sunday's Crimean vote, and in turn, whether the Ukrainian crisis would continue (with the corresponding negative winds on Wall Street, his real motivation for asking)...
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Monte finally gets Blue Hens to the Dance

It has been 15 years since the Delaware men's basketball team has been to the NCAA tournament...they will learn who they play on Sunday. Delaware went 4 times in the 1990's...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

I'm posting this blog a little early as I will be in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Friday & Saturday for a radio hobbyists' gathering, the SWL Winterfest...
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Allan Loudell
Stranger & stranger: The disappearance of Malaysia Arlines Flight MH370

Nearly a week after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared without a trace, what really happened is even more a mystery. Things are even more confusing...
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Allan Loudell
U.D. explores total on-campus smoking ban while opposite psychology is on display elsewhere

You might have picked up the story earlier this week that the University of Delaware is exploring the possibility of banning all use of tobacco products on campus...
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Allan Loudell
Could lawsuits eventually drive out collegiate football?

Frequent visitors to this blog know my long-held distaste for collegiate (and often high school) sports, particularly football. The evidence mounts as to how bigtime sports programs not only pull away from the lesser sports; they can distort the supposedly central academic mission of a high school or university...
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Allan Loudell
Special Florida Congressional election outcome bad omen for the Dems in 2014

Both major political parties and special interest groups treated Tuesday's special election in a Florida Gulf Coast Congressional district north of St...
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Allan Loudell
Gallup: Delaware falls dead last among states for frequent exercise

Here we go again: Delaware plummets to the bottom in a Gallup State-of-the-State ranking of the states for adults reporting frequent exercise (at least half an hour more than 3 days a week)...
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Allan Loudell
Sending U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas to Ukraine faces number of obstacles

Over the course of the Ukrainian crisis, some Americans - seeking an option beyond economic sanctions but short of military intervention - have suggested sending U...
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Allan Loudell
Sharyl Attkisson Out at CBS News

Sharyl Attkisson - a CBS News veteran of two decades - has parted company with the Eye Network. She leaves unresolved a debate within the network, among media observers, and certainly among partisans - right & left - about her role...
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Allan Loudell
The one Ukraine analysis you should read this week...

I know, I know... For some, the Ukrainian story is probably getting a bit old. Either the story is irrelevant to the average American, or people are getting downright scared about the prospects for Cold War II, or worse, a shooting war in Europe that eventually sucks up other countries...
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Allan Loudell
U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear breast cancer "I (heart) Boobies" bracelet case; students win

Remember the case out of Easton, Pennsylvania, where a middle school ordered two schoolgirls, then 12 & 13, to remove their breast-cancer awareness bracelets because school administrators perceived them as disruptive because of their sexual innuendo? With an assist from the American Civil Liberties Union, the students sued...
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Allan Loudell
The mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner

I happened to be waiting in a line at a convenience store over the weekend when a man - waiting in line with a newspaper - shook his head as he read the headline about the missing Boeing 777, and told the clerk, "No way I'm flying again"...
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Allan Loudell
Brief intermission from Ukraine: VP Biden in South America, calls Venezuelan situation "alarming"

Just taking a brief break from discussion about Ukraine, Vice President Biden is in Chile for the Presidential inauguration in Santiago, and granted an interview to a Latin American newspaper about the mounting turmoil in Venezuela...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention this weekend? As WDEL reported exclusively, motorists were left stranded after filling up at the Getty service station along Basin Road in New Castle...
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Allan Loudell
'Russia Today' D.C. correspondent quits live on-air

I've posted blogs before about how the Russians (and the Chinese) have sought to expand their media platforms here in the United States -- without reciprocal accomodation for the Voice of America/Radio Liberty/Radio Free Asia on THEIR soil...
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Allan Loudell
Seeking re-election, Treasurer Chip Flowers will try to portray Dem. foe as a tool of Gov. Markell

In an interview with WDEL's Amy Cherry, state Treasurer Chip Flowers announces for re-election. Not surprisingly, he will characterize his Democratic primary opponent, Sean Barney, as nothing but a tool of the Markell Administration...
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Allan Loudell
Ukraine underscores global divisions

Remember the fall of the Soviet empire and controversial essay by Francis Fukuyama (later turned into a book), The END of HISTORY? I always regarded that notion as shortsighted, even stupid, that is the notion that Western liberal democracy would march on and perhaps represent the final form of governance...
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