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Assessment: Earth Day and the Shifting Baseline Syndrome

The April assessment is usually a busy time here. It coincides with Earth Day, my wife’s birthday, and birds singing to celebrate the arrival of spring. Today is no different. The last three months have been kind of dark. Accordingly, … Continue reading

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The Urban/Rural Voting Split: a Global Perspective

Last week’s blog looked at the separation between the rural and urban vote in the just-concluded US presidential elections. This week I will examine whether this split is a unique American phenomenon or part of the global transition as we … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Apathy

1938 Interior of Berlin synagogue after Kristallnacht I am starting to write this blog on Thursday, November 10th. Today is a commemoration of Kristallnacht (November 9 – 10, 1938), the infamous night of violence that preceded the Nazi atrocities during … Continue reading

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Election: Clustering

By the time this blog goes up, we will be exactly one week from the election. Most of us will be greatly relieved (almost independent of the results) when this presidential campaign is over. This was probably the most disturbing … Continue reading

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Assessment – Fall 2016: Global Issues, Personal Perspectives and Climate Change

Shana Tova! The Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) is here. For me, it’s a family celebration. According to tradition, we are entering into the year 5777, but nobody that I know of dwells too much on the origin of this … Continue reading

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My Global Family Vacation Part 5: France and Sense of Security

Figure 1 – a weekend scene Near Canal Saint-Martin in Paris Before the international meetings on climate change started in Paris (COP21 – see the four December 2015 blogs), I asked my younger family members there to monitor the street … Continue reading

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Fear

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny” -Thomas Jefferson   This election, as characterized by the media, is dominated by fear: The vast majority of Americans say they are afraid … Continue reading

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Global Family Vacation Part 3: Israel: Palestinian and Jewish Refugees, Resettlement, and the Right of Return

Figure 1 – A map of refugee camps in the Middle East Successful resettlement is probably the most important aspect of the global refugee issue. Resettled refugees can make major positive contributions to their host societies. We have seen this … Continue reading

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How to Influence Polls and Win Elections

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato  Clinton is well ahead at the polls. Common opinion two weeks ago (August 9, 2016), was that convention bounces were … Continue reading

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My Global Family Vacation Part 2: England and Brexit

Family grave in Golders Green Jewish Cemetery I’m going to try to connect my personal history (August 2) and the pieces of my family history that I gleaned from my recent travels with the global refugee issues. Above is my … Continue reading

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