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Anti War Message in Greek Literature

Most readers believe that Greek literature is in its entirety an exercise in the glory of war with a great deal of violent anguish and death.  But a close reading reveals that the ancient texts may for the most part be an anti war message disguised as action stories.

 



Gun Crazy

Shocking information is now available connecting gun ownership with violence.  First, John Hopkins reports that domestic violence homicides are three fold greater in homes where there is a gun.  Second, Harvard reports that suicides are much higher among gun owners and this is confirmed by NPR.  Finally, Wikipedia reports 67% of homicides involved a gun.



Shooting Victoria

I once had an experience so horrible I just wanted to run as far away from it as I could.  I was on a subway platform when a man rolled down the stairs onto the platform and onto the tracks.  I heard all of this, but did not see it only the sound of his tumble, the screams of onlookers and the oncoming train.  They did manage to get the man off the tracks in time.



Buddhism, Chinese History and Neo Con Fallacies

Nobel Prize winning Chinese author Mo Yan in his novel Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out depicts modern China as a universe parallel to and in contrast to Buddhism with a series of deaths and rebirths symbolizing movement between eternal suffering and peace.

 



Jewish Muslim Summit in Spain

I recently took a DNA test through ancestry.com and I learned that I was not 100% Armenian but rather 36% European Jewish and 61% Turkish/Persian/Caucuses in origin.  My DNA crossed three great people – the Jews, Christians and Muslims providing unique perspectives.  Inspired I ordered the PBS Heritage Series, Civilization and the Jews.



The Serpent and the Rainbow

I have this recurring vision that political cartoonist Thomas Nast is still alive and he portrays the head of Goldman Sachs as a crouching beast with a serpent’s tail, devil horns and a long wet snake tongue.

 



The Serpent and the Rainbow

I have this recurring vision that political cartoonist Thomas Nast is still alive and he portrays the head of Goldman Sachs as a crouching beast with a serpent’s tail, devil horns and a long wet snake tongue.

 



Roman Influence on American Law

My tendency of late to draw comparisons between the Ancient Romans and modern America has drawn criticism from some quarters with these critics saying that both peoples are different, distinct and separated from each other by two millennia and therefore using Roman actions as a guide to implementing American policy is inapplicable.



The New Dharma Bums

In the 1950s and 60s Americans became fascinated by the freedom of cross county travel inspired by Jack Kerouac books like On the Road and Dharma Bums.  But today many Americans feel that these are bygone days.  This is absolutely untrue.  There is a new generation of Dharma Bums who just don’t travel the U.S. but the entire world.



A New Method for Selecting Judges

There is an ongoing dispute in the United States between bar associations, the legal profession and politicians as to how to select judges.  Should they be appointed by politicians or boards or elected after going through a political process.  None of these choices seems appropriate.

 



The Madness of McCain

Senator John McCain’s repeated attacks on President Obama over the years shows the senator for what he is, a bitter frustrated old man whose legacy as a self proclaimed “maverick” is a thin veneer over a partisan right wing fanatic.

 



The Rise of Civilizations

These are breath taking times as great civilizations rise again and hopes of world union and world peace begin to move in that direction.

 



Roman Model for Obama Immigration Reform

Everyone agrees immigration reform should be on President Obama’s second term agenda.  Such reform if done correctly could super charge the economy, strengthen the military and add new diverse ideas to the American mindset.

 



When Republicans Were Cool

Remember when Republicans were cool?  I do.  I think back fondly to Halloween 1993 a few days before the New York City mayoral election rocking out with Rudy Giuliani, Senator Roy Goodman and hundreds of Young Republicans from around the country to pulsating neo disco music and gyrating transvestite pole dancers at Webster Hall in Manhattan.



CNN Regurgitates Republican War Poison

Watching CNN late at night makes your realize how correct the New York Times is in reporting that the news network’s ratings are in the toilet as you watch these blasé talking heads blindly regurgitate poisonous Republican claims that the situation with the dissident in China is a humiliation to President Obama.



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