The proverbial glass ceiling seems to be a ubiquitous fixture within the halls of power. Given the opportunity, can women perform? Can they compete with their male counterparts?

By J.C. Scull

The Glass Ceiling

She became a spy for France during World War I but was suspected of being a double agent. She was executed in 1917.

The US Capitol has witnessed numerous acts of violence over the years. However, the murders that took place on this particular day were especially abominable.

A Capitol Police Honor Guard salutes the coffins of Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson in the Capitol Rotunda as they lie in repose. — Public Domain,

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Many women defied conventions and impersonated men in order to join armies in battle.

Women in the Military

Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet shaking hands with Henry Kissinger in 1976 By Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile. — Archivo General Histórico del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores ([1]), CC BY 2.0 cl, — Source:

The governments of eight Latin American countries feared being overthrown by Communist guerrillas

Latin America and the Cold War


Cats have been around for thousands of years and will most likely be around for thousands more

Photo by Hannah Troupe on Unsplash

The Assassin Awaits


Strong in body and mind, sled dogs have been around for thousands of years.

Sled dog (husky) — By Denali National Park and Preserve — Source: Public Domain,

Over 100,000 people traveled to the Yukon searching for adventure and fortune. Few acquired the riches they sought.

Prospectors with supplies at the Chilkoot Pass. In front: The Scales, left: Golden Steps. c. March 1898. - Public Domain,

The Klondike Gold Find

Racially, religiously, ethnically, culturally or nationality mixed couples, all face challenges. Ultimately, it is an issue of cultural norms and attitudes.

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Most Americans Are of Mixed Ethnicity

Now referred to as new religious movements (NRM), cults are tight-knit groups often led by a charismatic leader who claims to be everything from God on Earth to the Messiah who will save humanity. Cult followers are often abused mentally and sexually as well as exploited for their labor.

Rajneesh greeted by sannyasins on one of his daily “drive-bys” in Rajneeshpuram, circa 1982 — By Samvado Gunnar Kossatz, Attribution,“Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh” by agreste3000 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Cult” Etymology

Religious Cults

J.C. Scull

I write about culture, international trade, and history. Taught international business at two universities in Beijing, China.

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