Category Archives: Current events

Connecting the dots

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (August 28th), Michelle Alexander (whose book, The New Jim Crow, I mentioned and quoted from here) posted the following Facebook status update: For the past several years, I have spent virtually … Continue reading

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The New Jim Crow

[I am currently reading Michelle Alexander’s landmark book, The New Jim Crow.  In it, she lays bare the ugly truth that America has constructed a system for racial control that is more subtle than, in that it has a veneer of … Continue reading

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Dissent by Durr: The conscience of an American lawyer

Although I recently posted his photo here on the right-hand side of my blog, I have not yet mentioned Clifford Judkins Durr (1899-1975) in any of my posts, and it’s past time I did.  Both he and his wife, Virginia Foster Durr (1903-1999), are heroes of mine … Continue reading

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The network of global corporate control

The title of this post is taken from a recent paper by three complex systems theorists from ETH Zurich: Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, and Stefano Battiston.  I learned of this paper from a Twitter post by Glenn Greenwald that linked … Continue reading

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And justice for all?

I wonder how many Americans who rightly celebrated yesterday Amanda Knox’s release from an Italian jail – in a long-delayed act of justice – will spare a thought today for those detainees who are unjustly accused, denied a trial, and … Continue reading

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The Mozart of physical comedy: Curly Howard of The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges have never received much critical appreciation – most unfairly, in my view – but even those who take a dim view of the violent, unsophisticated humor the Stooges reveled in generally acknowledge that Curly Howard (real name: … Continue reading

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Autism

Autism spreads like a latter-day scourge. Battalions of scientists look for a cause, but find nothing. Just their own eye staring back in the microscope. What if it’s like global warming – a runaway, whose cause is nowhere but in … Continue reading

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