Tim Blagg

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about heat recently — for obvious reasons. When I look at the windows of my 1852-vintage home, for example, I’m less likely to dwell on their lovely thin mullion sash windows than I am to consider the enormous amount of heat that I lose to the frigid air outside, despite my collection of storm windows, deadlights and window quilts. The mud room door, which I … 1

Blagg: In defense of science

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In my opinion, it’s one of the thorniest problems we have to deal with in the United States — in fact, the world — today ... and I don’t have the foggiest idea of what to do about it. I’m talking about the fact that surveys continue to show that a huge fraction … 3

Blagg: Snipers now the target

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I must confess, I’ve been bemused — and sometimes amused — by the earnest debate generated by the recent success of the movie “American Sniper.” The discussion has ranged from continuing unhappiness with the whole idea of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (which I share) to the idea of war as a … 1

Blagg: Rules of engagement

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The phrase “rules of engagement” — or ROE — is a familiar one to soldiers and police officers around the world. The rules, which should be drilled into anyone going into combat, or who routinely carries a weapon … 0

Blagg: Nothing to fear

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s a ghastly disease. Its victims suffer terribly, sweating and drooling and racked with pain — and they pass their malady on through the exchange of bodily fluids. Once the symptoms appear, only herculean efforts on the part of attending physicians can save an afflicted person’s life. Despite … 0

Blagg: Switch from gasoline to ethanol linked to higher ozone levels

Sunday, August 3, 2014

We’re all familiar with the fact that when we fill up our cars with gasoline these days, what flows into the tank is really not all gas. Ten percent of that very expensive liquid with which we fuel … 0

Blagg: Before war was unleashed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It was nearly 100 years ago next month that the opening salvos of the Great War thundered across the Belgian countryside — the Great Powers of the world were throwing their manpower and industrial might at each other in a titanic struggle that would change the world forever. … 0

Blagg: Middle East missiles

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news from the Middle East just keeps getting worse and worse. Teenagers kidnapped and murdered, young children hit by artillery fire, thousands of rockets being fired at random into neighborhoods and now the Israeli army is making … 2

Blagg: More meow than roar

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was 1931, and the League of Nations, formed after World War I to “prevent wars through collective security and disarmament and settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration,” was just a dozen years old. Since its formation, … 0

Blagg: Shipwreck mysteries

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Reading about the purported discovery of the wreck of the Griffin, the first real ship ever to sail the Great Lakes, took me back to my Bermuda days. One summer in the ’60s, while I was living with my parents during summer break, I worked as an instructor … 0

Blagg: Ivory ban enforcement hits sour note

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The other day, poachers used a poison arrow to kill Satao, one of Kenya’s most adored elephants. They then hacked off his 61/ 2-foot-long tusks and carried them off to sell for their ivory, reaping a large reward … 1

Blagg: Still searching for Earhart

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Most people have heard of Amelia Earhart, even though she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared into thin air 77 years ago over the South Pacific during an attempt to be the first woman to fly around the … 0

Blagg: Violence now a disturbing norm

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The good news is that the statistics for all types of violent gun deaths in the U.S. have been essentially flat since about 2000, following a sharp drop since the 1990s, when such deaths peaked. There were about … 0

Blagg: Nightmare just beginning

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It was interesting, and sobering, to watch the various memorials to the D-Day landings on Normandy back in June of 1944. Dignitaries went to ceremonies honoring the dead and soldiers of different nations who had participated were asked, … 0

Blagg: ‘Korengal’ worth seeing

Sunday, June 1, 2014

After the Civil War, Union veterans formed the Grand Army of the Republic, and posts — which offered convivial settings where members could reminisce about the war and offer support for each other — were established all across the country. Greenfield’s was Post No. 174, named after Edwin … 0