War on Health

The ouroboros, or serpent that its its own tail, a mythological figure to illustrate the limitations of sanctioned health care.Trust not the physician. His antidotes are poison and he slays more than you rob.


(Timon of Athens, act 4, sc. 3)

Medicine and religion share much of their structure of belief. To quote the inimitable George Carlin, “Religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And he has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do – and if Continue reading

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Burkini and Bikini

Comparison bwtween burkini and bikini. Illustration to Shakespeare quote, "Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not expressed in fancy, rich, not gaudy."“Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy…”

The debate about the admissibility of burkinis on European beaches has mostly spared the American audience. But the issue is sufficiently grotesque to deserve a few related notes. Continue reading

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Death of an Unsung Hero

Image of Jim Traficant, unsung American Hero“Now cracks a noble heart.
Good night sweet prince:

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2

I discovered by chance that a true American hero died two years ago, in a tractor accident, on his farm in Ohio. Continue reading

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Erdowin, Erdowon, Erdogan

Illustration of blog on Erdogan by Enzo Apicella… hing, hang, hog…
Hang hog is Latin for bacon, I warrant you.

(Merry Wives of Windsor, act 4, sc.1)

To the articulate speculations of many analysts on the failed coup in Turkey I will not add the vanity of my conjectures – for, clearly, everything and its opposite seem equally possible. I cannot guess the past, nor sound the bottom of the aftertimes (1) – hence just a few serendipitous observations. Continue reading

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The Clintons’ War on Women

clinton cartoon 2“I do condemn mine ears that have so long attended thee”

(Cymbeline, act 1, sc. 6)

This is an unpleasant blog to write and I apologize in advance for the language, to my twenty-five readers.
As a mitigating factor, the unpleasant language is extracted verbatim from Roger Stone’s book titled “The Clinton’s War on Women.” Nevertheless, sometimes a rough truth is better than circumvoluted euphemisms. Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Brexit

Shakespeare cartoon, much ado about brexit, much ado about nothingThe championship of exaggerations is over and the first dust of time is settling on the Brexit referendum.

In the circumstances, it may be somewhat amusing to evaluate the reactions rather than the results. Considering that opinions are formed in abysses of approximation, prejudgment and passion. Eventually a new fact is evaluated less for its accuracy than for its possibility to serve or disserve a system of interpretations, a feeling of emotional comfort or, as with the Brexit case, a network of alliances. But all this you know. Continue reading

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Orlando’s Horror

Image of wounded person moved on a stretcher following the Orlando's shooting. Illustrating Shakespeare's quote, "Twill vex thy soul to hear what I shall speak; for I must talk of murders" from Titus AndronicusTwill vex thy soul to hear what I shall speak; for I must talk of murders…

Titus Andronicus, act 5, sc. 1

I will not repeat comments and reflections on the Orlando massacre. Rather, I will follow an imaginary trail from the denouement to the origins of the horror – or I should say horrors, for the Orlando mass-killing was spectacular in size, but replicated in occurrence. Continue reading

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Chicago Burning

An image of South Chicago, in the context of the continued killings and illustration of the Shakespearean line, “...a man's life's no more than to say 'One.'”“…a man’s life’s no more than to say ‘One.’

Hamlet, act V, sc. 1

During the recent Memorial Day week-end in Chicago, eight people were killed, and at least 57 more wounded.

For somewhat  folkloristically funereal reasons, it is a tradition to count the murdered, the shot and the wounded  during this quintessential American holiday. Which may lead the uninformed to think that crime increases during this special week-end, while abating afterwards. Continue reading

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Spectacle, Ornaments and Marionettes

marionettes illustrating a shakespearean quote, "...The seeming truth which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest"“Thus ornament is but the guiled shore
To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf
Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word,
The seeming truth which cunning times put on
To entrap the wisest.”

(Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2)

When I sat down in the coffee-shop, the conversation between the two clients at the next table was ongoing. I did not want to intrude and ask their names. I will call them A and B.

A. Surely by now, you must have a preference among the candidates for the next presidential elections? Continue reading

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Victory Day Memories

commemorative banner for victory in WW2, comment on shakespeare's line in macbeth, ...memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume...…memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume…

Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7

Seventy-one years ago, May 9, 1945, was Victory Day. Nazi Germany officially signed the unconditional surrender to the Soviet Union. For Russia, WWII became the “great patriotic war”, celebrated each year, as you know, in Moscow’s Red Square.

“Nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defence,” (1) but in Russia the years did not quench the enthusiasm, and memories have not sunk into “the swallowing gulf of blind forgetfulness and dark oblivion.”(2) Continue reading

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