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Vol.106.04: THE PARADOX OF CHRISTIANITY

Recently, I read a sample from a new book titled I Wish I’d Been There, by Byron Hollingshead, that is a composite volume of essays by “twenty historians bring to life dramatic events Read More

Vol.106.3: THE CORRUPTION OF IDENTITY, Part 2

 Hong Kong is like a girl in the engagement period of an arranged marriage being physically abused by a fiancé who grins back at her protests knowing that he can soon rape her with impunity.

In Read More

Carpe Diem: 2019.09.05 EUROTRUMP

Trump Europe

Some readers might have missed Donald Trump’s fudgy cartographics with a map of the projected path of Hurricane Dorian in which the prez decided to extend the projection to the state of Alabama Read More

Vol.106.: ON CORRUPTION, Part 1

The Latin etymology of the word means “to break apart,” which, of course, aptly describes the process of an entity losing its integrity, like the putrefaction of an organic body. But, over Read More

Carpe Diem: 2019.08.21 SMACKIN’ ENDICOTT

See the entire scene from the 1967 “Best Picture” In the Heat of the Night here:

It is one of the most satisfying movie scenes—well, at least in some parts of this country (let’s not forget Read More

Vol.106.1: LOST TRIBE FOUND: THE JEWS OF CHINA

 

Former Jewish residences in Shanghai. Photo by the author, ©1990  UrbisMedia-Ltd.

The synagogue, just a few blocks from where I live, looks at first, with its Paladian architecture and stained-glass Read More

Carpe Diem: 2019.08.15 Act of Contrition

Vol.105.7: LET HONG KONG BE HONG KONG (PART 2): AN OPEN LETTER TO XI JIN PING

 

Read Part 1

Dear Jinping (if I may presume the familiar),

Have you read through Part One of this posting? Hopefully you have an attention span that it exceeds that of the current President of Read More

Carpe Diem: 2019.08.09 Brexit Brush

Vol.105.7: OUR BETTER ANGER

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Read More

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