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The Moon Plus Fifty Years

The Moon Plus Fifty Years By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/science/apollo-moon-space.html It is more than likely that more people who read this blog were not alive when the moon landing occurred fifty years ago on July 20, 1969, than were. I was about to turn 21. I watched Neil Armstrong descend to the lunar surface on a ...

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Fear: Trumping Stupidity As The Most Powerful Force In The Universe

Fear: Trumping Stupidity As The Most Powerful Force In The Universe By Leonard Zwelling According to the Internet, Roland Barthes first said “stupidity is the most powerful force in the universe.” I must admit I had come to believe this to be the case as so much of what moves populations and the fate of ...

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Getting It Right The First Time: Is That Professionalism?

Getting It Right The First Time: Is That Professionalism? By Leonard Zwelling There may be nothing more challenging than handling a home crisis of the infrastructure kind at a distance, but on Friday, July 5, that was my fate. I was on vacation in Santa Fe, New Mexico when I learned that two large problems ...

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Making Things Greater

Making Things Greater By Leonard Zwelling Even in Manhattan, I saw the MAGA hats starting to sprout. We must be getting close to 2020 and another election season. It also must mean that Mr. Trump’s announcement that kicked-off his re-election bid has been heard by his followers and they are breaking out the old gear. ...

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Yesterday

Yesterday By Leonard Zwelling This is not a movie review. I will not be outlining the full plot of this excellent film. I will not be talking about the performances or the actors or the director. I want to talk about two things. First, what this film is really about is what the world would ...

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How Being A Liberal Has Changed

How Being A Liberal Has Changed By Leonard Zwelling https://www.wsj.com/articles/liberalism-isnt-what-it-used-to-be-11561069996?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1 In this excellent op-ed piece from The Wall Street Journal on Friday, June 21, Michael Blechman, who considers himself an old-fashioned liberal, bemoans liberalism’s loss of many of its key principles. Mr. Blechman was a staffer for the Robert Kennedy presidential campaign in 1968. He ...

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Transparency

Transparency By Leonard Zwelling When people can synthesize videos on YouTube so that celebrities appear to be saying things they never have, there is going to be a growth in cynicism. In this age of “fake news” and Russian malware, how is one going to acquire true information on which to make decisions? The commonest ...

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Are You As Confused As I Am?

Are You As Confused As I Am? By Leonard Zwelling https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/nih-probe-foreign-ties-has-led-undisclosed-firings-and-refunds-institutions http://houston.culturemap.com/news/innovation/06-25-19-top-ceos-peter-pisters-md-anderson-cancer-center/ https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/no-one-should-die-blood-transfusion-so-why-did-it-n1021506 This blog has been writing about the persecution of Chinese faculty members, even faculty members who are naturalized American citizens, for weeks now. The blog has recently also focused on the CMS action against MD Anderson which appears to be connected to ...

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The Democratic Debates: Where Does A Centrist Go?

The Democratic Debates: Where Does A Centrist Go? By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/28/opinion/democrats-debate-2020.html I watched every minute of the two debates on June 26 and 27. Twenty candidates are a lot to get through and surely some would have advantages over the others. This was guaranteed as the moderators tended to ask questions of those at ...