Some Insight into Hungarian Political History

This post is about a tour guide's insight into the emergence of Hungary from foreign domination. The guide was Agnes K, a retired schoolteacher. Her tour concentrated on the Pest side, particularly government and political sites, followed by a traditional Hungarian restaurant that was partly a museum of cultural history.  Agnes showed us a statue… Continue reading Some Insight into Hungarian Political History

The Flat Earthers

In today's Albany Times Union (March 10, 2017) , my friend Rex Smith writes about the confidence we should place in the scientific pronouncements of athletes or politicians. For an athlete he chooses Kyrie Irving, a basketball player who claims to believe the earth is flat. For a politician, he chooses Scott Pruitt, the Trump… Continue reading The Flat Earthers

Betrayal of the People, III

Predictably, Trump is backing up the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The provisions of this proposed law restrict Medicaid payments, likely forcing millions of poor and elderly people to lose their health insurance. This is in stark contrast to Trump's promise to have coverage for everybody. Opposing this law are doctors, hospitals, and… Continue reading Betrayal of the People, III

Betrayal of the People

Every day, each new policy announced further confirms the allegiance of Donald Trump to many components of a standard right wing agenda. Here is a headline: “White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency” – Washington Post (March 3, 2017). The agency is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which surveys weather… Continue reading Betrayal of the People

The Spirit of Revenge

"Take all the prophets of Baal, and let not one of them escape you; Bring them down to Kishon’s brook, and there let them be slain". Elijah, by Mendelssohn   This example, drawn from a Jewish book written several centuries before the current era, calls also to mind the events of the French Revolution, in… Continue reading The Spirit of Revenge

The Boy Who Cried Wolf – a Letter to the president (sic)

Did your parents tell you the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf? It is one of Aesop's fables. Wikipedia sums it up: "The tale concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking wolves are attacking his flock. When one actually does appear and the boy again calls for help, the villagers… Continue reading The Boy Who Cried Wolf – a Letter to the president (sic)