Category: commentary

The Problem of Denial

March 16th, 2017, No Comments

Aeschylus said it best. “In war, truth is the first casualty.” I’m not feeling too well today because of an incident that never happened. A 1993 lawsuit over holocaust denial – a popular form of amnesia among fascists and disappointed humanists – was filed in London. Truth won in that suit but remains a flexible […]

The Attorney General – Your Public Servant

February 11th, 2017, No Comments

I have enough regard for Elizabeth Warren to have sent her a plan for helping the homeless at minimal public expense. Her observations are generally ‘on point’ so I have to admit to some degree of puzzlement about her congressional grand-standing over the appointment of Jeff Sessions to the office of attorney general. The sacrifices […]

Israel In Flames

November 24th, 2016, No Comments

Terrorism has taken another route in Israel – fires have been burning out of control while multiple countries sent additional planes to drop water on our desert nation.  The city of Haifa, home to many University students and hi-tech industries is the latest blaze requiring tens of thousands to be evacuated.  The latest bulletin stated that […]

Is Your Home in Ruins?

September 9th, 2016, No Comments

We’ve seen the awful sights of Syria’s ruined cities, smoke emanating from the rubble of buildings that used to be homes. The story of those abandoning the destruction is well known to newspaper readers and television viewers via the images of the Syrians trudging towards transportation and the hope of shelter. Earlier blog posts here […]

HUMAN(IST) – Do Not Assimilate!

August 24th, 2016, No Comments

In my slow travels through the warmer places of the world, I’ve visited countries where neo-Nazis like ‘Golden Dawn‘ hold parliamentary seats. But then, I’ve lived in New Hampshire, USA where swastikas adorned the necks of young men who beat up elderly Jews in supermarket parking lots. In Holland, two elderly Jewish survivors of the […]

What About The Hague? International Answers for ISIS Prisoners

June 15th, 2016, No Comments

The Netherlands is also the hinterland for international justice. An international appeal is now warranted to that August body for help with an international crisis. We are faced with a quandary in the form of ISIS that you may not understand first hand from your living room sofa. I divide my time between America, where […]

The Pregnant Male

March 27th, 2016, No Comments

Men are faced with an interesting problem when a wife (or girlfriend) tells them they are about to become a father. Paternity ought to give leave to thoughts about a father’s role in the birth process. Perhaps paternity leave for fathers should be offered during the wife’s pregnancy instead of afterwards? It’s an undeniable fact […]

The Fearless Classroom

January 21st, 2016, No Comments

Today’s campuses are in a state of war. The battle for an education needn’t draw blood when the teacher is prepared to rethink the design of the typical college classroom. Check your assumptions at the door and read this free, 12 page pamphlet to determine where the risks -and rewards- remain in higher education. http://www.lulu.com/shop/barbara-rubin/a-fearless-classroom/ebook/product-22535075.html […]

The Diagnostic Dilemma – Physician Detectives

December 12th, 2015, 2 Comments

Physicians today are faced with a problem in diagnostics that was historically rare rare in medical science. Formally, disease and injuries affected single organs or bodily systems. Today, the frequency of multi-system illness has led to remarkable discoveries in areas of autoimmune disease and the origins of multiple organ failure. A frequent cause of both […]

“If You See Something, Say Something”

December 3rd, 2015, No Comments

From Sarin in the Tokyo subways to anthrax in the post offices of the Eastern Seaboard in the USA, biological injuries are not to be ignored. The public is remarkably reticent about reporting these problems despite a frightening familiarity with headache onset at the dry cleaner, dizziness at the nail salon and nausea when passing […]

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