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Fear And Loathing In France And Britain
2018-12-11 14:26
France is having a meltdown; a toddler’s screaming tantrum, pounding its fists and kicking its legs. Convulsed with truly scary violence around protests against Emmanuel Macron’s… Read More
Coming To America
2018-12-09 13:25
Olga Porterfield, a friend of mine, gave a talk to the Capital District Humanist Society, about Jewish refugees exiting the Soviet Union. She was one of them, at age 20, in 1979. She began w… Read More
George H. W. Bush
2018-12-03 13:25
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” That was a novel’s famous first line. George H.W. Bush was president in just such a foreign country. It i… Read More
Movie Review: The Grinch, A Humanist Film
2018-11-30 13:25
For our anniversary we decided on dinner and a movie. After carefully studying reviews of all current offerings, my wife chose The Grinch. (She’s a big Benedict Cumberbatch fan.)* For… Read More
Do People Still Need Religion?
2018-11-24 13:15
My daughter asked my opinion about an essay in the New York Times, by philosophy professor Stephen Asma, titled, “What Religion Gives Us (That Science Can’t).” (Here’… Read More
Trump, China, And The Axis Of Evil
2018-11-21 13:36
For a long time we imagined China’s rise would be its growing up — into a mature member of responsible world society. But now that society itself is looking ever more ragged, its… Read More
2018-11-18 15:30
That was the all-caps heading on a blast email, to me and some others, from a Texan acquaintance. He’s pro-Trump and always saying Democrats are commie criminals. This one had the atta… Read More

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