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The Krusher Gets Krushed

David Spagnolo, the photographer for boxing promotional company Main Events, caught this great image of light heavyweight boxer Sergey Kovalev and I enjoying a light-hearted moment during a livestream prior to Kovalev's bout with Andre Ward last weekend. Part of me blushes at it a little; the really good interviewers shouldn't allow themselves to get caught up in the jokes of a specific participant. But I let the mask slip here; although he's a divisive character, I enjoy Sergey. I have probably interviewed him and Gennady Golovkin more than any other boxers for HBO. It was to cover a Kovalev fight that HBO sent me to Russia last year. At this particular moment, he was cracking a joke about "shooting" Ward in the ring (he was partly trained by a biathlon coach), and just previously he had openly laughed when I told him that Ward's trainer Virgil Hunter said he had trained Ward to knock Kovalev off. But boxing has a great way of humbling you and making you look foolish, particularly if you are not 100% prepared, and that's just what happened last Saturday night. Although there was some controversy about the fight and the moment of the stoppage, centered around some low blows landed by Ward, the American did indeed knock out the Russian, hurting him badly with a booming right hand in the eighth round, and then launching an all-out assault until referee Tony Weeks stopped the contest.  Read More 

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Petulance and the Presidency

The recent firing by Donald Trump of FBI Director James Comey evokes the Saturday Night Massacre of Watergate; and Trump's admission that, “When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said: ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won’” has prompted speculation that the agency's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow was finding fire amid the smoke.

Democratic senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said: “I think the Comey operation was breathing down the neck of the Trump campaign and their operatives, and this was an effort to slow down the investigation.”

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, added: “If there was no ‘there there’, James Comey would still have a job.”

I'm not so sure.  Read More 
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Some Interesting Articles and News Items

A few articles and news items that have caught my eye of late: Read More 
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Big Little Lies

I'm warming to HBO's "Big Little Lies." I'm already more than won over by the opening credit sequence, and particularly the Michael Kiwanuka song that underpins it. He has also released a longer version of the track, which is itself but an edited version of the original 10+ minute opus




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Paranoia, Fake News, and Enemies of the People

Before 2017, forty-three men had been president; all of them have received criticism, at least some of it deserved; some of them have been venal, some incompetent, at least one genuinely criminal. But none have proven so intellectually, emotionally and temperamentally unsuited to the job as the incumbent. It is difficult to see where this all will end.  Read More 
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Watching the Hawks, Watching the Lonely Whale

I recently revisited the story of the "loneliest whale in the world", a topic I first wrote about in 2012, in an article for The Washington Post Magazine. The other day, I was interviewed about the article, and about this whale specifically and whales more generally, by Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace on "Watching the Hawks" on RT America. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable interviews I've done in a long time.  Read More 

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Kenya Book

Man, I find myself dreaming of, and reminiscing about, Kenya every day. It was such a fantastic trip, and provided so many wonderful memories. I sure do wish I was back there now. I have at least printed up some photographs for my walls, and also used a service called Shutterfly to produce some coffee table books. Dang, but it sure was expensive, but I figure it was worth it. It's great to just flip through the pages and find myself transported back to those incredible couple of weeks. Read More 

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Kenya

Just returned from two weeks on safari in Kenya. It was incredible. Everything I dreamed it might be and then some. We visited Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Mt Kenya, Samburu/Shaba/Buffalo Springs and the Masai Mara. Elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, wildebeest, hyenas, lions, and even some rhinos, a cheetah and a leopard. The accommodations were wonderful and most importantly the company was fantastic. One day, I'll sit down and write about it in more detail. For now, I'm still basking in the glow of it all. Read More 

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Return of the Climate Deniers

I wrote a thing.
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With Apologies to Peter King: Some Things I Think I Think

As the election gives way to the transition, feelings are still raw on both sides; heads continue to be scratched on one side and chests thumped on the other - although even the chest-thumpers include among the ranks plenty who are more than a mite apprehensive about what has been done and what lies ahead. Amidst all the recriminations and autopsies, both sides are still talking past each other and neither seems to be doing a great deal of soul-searching. Many are missing the fact that it is entirely possible that a number of seemingly contradictory statements can all be true: Read More 
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