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Usable Intelligence.

The success of any mission depends just as much on the planning and intelligence behind it .By 1908, the time was right for a new kind of agent to protect America. The United States was, well, united, with its borders stretching from coast to coast and only two landlocked states left to officially…

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The Celtic War Queen Who Challenged Rome

Boudica slaughtered a Roman army. She torched Londinium, leaving a charred layer almost half a meter thick that can still be traced under modern London. According to the Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus, her army killed as many as 70,000 civilians in Londinium, Verulamium and Camulodunum, rushing ‘to cut throats, hang,…

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A Celtic Queen and Caractacus British leaders

Britain was a thorn in the side for Rome, requiring a disproportionate number of troops and proving a huge struggle to properly subdue. Author Mary Beard, compares the wars in Britian as Rome’s Afghanistan. However, it wasn’t fully conquered until only about  40 years after the initial invasion, when Agricola…

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A Celtic Queen’s Last Battle

Emperor Claudius was poisoned in 54, and Nero succeeded him. Perhaps to deflect the suspicion that he had been involved in his uncle’s murder, Nero elevated Claudius to the status of a god and ordered a temple to him built at Camulodunum. Now the British chieftains would be obliged not…

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Seeing Double

Conspiracy theorists got all worked up in 2016 about a rumor that Hillary Clinton had been replaced by a body double after feeling faint and leaving New York’s 9/11 memorial ceremony early. According to this extraordinaryily sketchy theory, the former secretary of state — who recently  had revealed she’s suffered from pneumonia…

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