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Wednesday, 3 March 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni in better days Political scandals are not unknown in France and are well documented but the list of well-known politicians, including former presidents and prime ministers, accused in recent years of financial misdeeds or corruption, is growing ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/03/2021 10:26 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 26 February 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Who killed President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963?  Why was he killed?  The puzzle about the mysterious assassination of the President and the exact nature of the events connected to it remains fascinating even if it does not have the tension of a suspense thriller. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/26/2021 4:19 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 21 February 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Bobi Wine The unsuccessful candidate for the presidency has called on the Supreme court to nullify the election result. He charged that the election was rigged. He was prevented from campaigning, he and his supporters were attacked, his bodyguard was killed by soldiers. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2021 5:12 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 18 February 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. In a letter of December 21, 1817 John Keats wrote of “negative capability,” that is when a person is “capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/18/2021 4:24 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 14 February 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The world is full of political and social movements advocating particular goals, whether civil rights, environmental, sexual and gender, vegetarian, or religious or revolutionary. Some of the most formidable, are the numerous feminist movements and ideologies that have been ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2021 4:23 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 11 February 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In recent years the word “woke,” originally associated with African-Americans fighting racism, has become ubiquitous largely as a result of the BLM movement. It has been increasingly used as a byword for social awareness, for being alert to racial or social discrimination, injustice, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2021 4:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 8 February 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The sea is calm tonight, the  tide is full, the moon lies fair upon the straits: the cliffs of England stand, glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. Though worlds may change and go awry, the song tell us that There’ll always be an England, while there’s a country lane, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/08/2021 5:02 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 5 February 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Laurence Olivier as Richard III Now in the winter of our Covid-19 pandemic there are two mysteries to be solved, though less diverting than a previous puzzle. In November 1980 more than 80 million people tuned in to watch the CBS Network program, the pop culture soap opera ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/05/2021 9:49 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 2 February 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Charles J. V. Murphy In this period of Covid-19, one in which new fast spreading strains of the coronavirus are developing and are transmissible, and vaccination has reached only a small part of the world’s population, travel, especially international travel, has been limited ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/02/2021 5:00 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 31 January 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis It is a truth universally acknowledged that general interest in the landed gentry and the aristocratic prosperous property owners of the Regency period, 1790-1820, in Britain has been stimulated by the six major novels written by Jane Austen. These novels, full of irony and ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/31/2021 4:44 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 27 January 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in Macbeth In a popular parlor game, all the presidents in the U.S. are placed in ranks for entertainment or competitive conversation. More seriously, since its inception in 1982 the Sienna College Research Institute has provided surveys by ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/27/2021 5:06 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 24 January 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis When April with its sweet-smelling showers has pierced the drought of March to the roots, then folk long to go on pilgrimages to distant shrines known in various lands. It may be too strong to say that a specter of uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions is haunting ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/24/2021 6:24 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 20 January 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Eppur si muove, and yet it moves. Galileo Galilei, 1564-1642, may or may not have uttered the words after being forced by the Catholic Church to recant his argument that the earth moves around the sun and not the converse. The aphorism exemplifies independent challenge of inaccurate ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/20/2021 6:21 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 17 January 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis John Stuart Mill Beware, lest we walk into a well from looking at the stars. In politics, John Stuart Mill told us, it is almost a commonplace that a party of order and stability, and party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2021 5:05 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 11 January 2021
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis French King Louis XVI in Versailles was awakened in the night by the Duke of Liancourt with the news that a mob had stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789. He said, “It’s a revolt.” No, replied the Duke, “It’s a revolution.” The Bastille was a state prison, which ironically at ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/11/2021 4:42 AM by Michael Curtis
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