Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis category.
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Saturday, 17 February 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis One of the memorable anecdotes of Hollywood concerns the film noir, The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall because of its complex story. It is puzzling, almost incoherent, with its convoluted plot, and many double crossing characters who come and go. Neither ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2018 5:14 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Imagine all the people living life in peace, a brotherhood of man. A world without barriers, religious, and national divisions was the dream of John Lennon in his highly successful solo song, Imagine. Yet, just as it is difficult to imagine this millionaire rock star living ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/31/2018 6:59 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 26 January 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The ongoing long running drama in political theater in the U.S. Congress depicting the story and fantasies of alleged relations and collusion between the presidential campaign team of Donald Trump and unnamed Russians bids fair to outlast any commercial offering on New York's ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/26/2018 4:40 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis A major argument for the corporate tax cuts by the Trump administration that went into effect on January 1, 2018 is that they would lead to greater business investment. So far they have propelled a rapid increase in the stock market as well as inducing Apple, the world's largest ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/23/2018 12:42 PM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 20 January 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Klaus Barbie In one of his essays Henry James remarked that "Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is  insolent and strong...goodness very apt to be weak." Recognizing that this is not illusion, it is heartening that individuals, rare though they might be, devote their life to one ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/20/2018 4:27 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier What is America to me, a name, a map, or a flag? In considering the answer, policy makers in Washington should confess publicly that as things stand, "this time the Dream's on me." Every reasonable American realizes the urgent need to fix the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2018 5:30 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 13 January 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Catherine Deneuve Political ambition in the United States should be made of sterner stuff than that possessed by successful performers who can and are increasingly manipulating their celebrity for material or political advantage. We know from Hamlet that the theatrical performer ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2018 9:43 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 11 January 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Commenting on President Woodrow Wilson's "long overdue " decision to enter World War I, Winston Churchill wrote that if the president had acted acted earlier it would have meant abridgement of the slaughter, sparing of the agony, prevention of ruin and catastrophe. Even if the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/11/2018 4:33 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 8 January 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis "And by the way, if you hate to go to school you may grow up to be a mule." In the compelling if sometimes soap opera-ish  British TV series The Crown, Season 1, Episode 7, the young Queen Elizabeth who has been taking private lessons at Eton becomes aware of the complex issues ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/08/2018 4:39 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 26 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael  Curtis The most moving and eloquent words spoken in the UN General Assembly, the assembly of hypocrisy, incitement, and lies, were articulated by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, after the UNGA on November 10, 1975  had passed the infamous Resolution 3379 that ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/26/2017 6:45 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Jean d'Ormesson The Chinese have a character for "double happiness." The French would benefit from a similar character of "double sadness" with the events of December 2017 when two giants of French culture, dissimilar in every way, died on successive days. This is not the first ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/13/2017 11:31 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 10 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis He and the song are gone but the melody lingers on. Outside of France he was the greatest rock singer you never head of. Yet on December  9, 2017 a large police convoy escorted his white coffin from the Paris suburb of Marnes-La-Coquette, via the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/10/2017 6:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 8 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Some lies have consequences, others do not.  No real political consequence resulted from the declaration of a well known politician on TV on January 26, 1998, that "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.  I never told anybody to lie, not a single time, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2017 6:39 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On December 3, 2017 members of the Trump administration, including Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that United States would no longer take part in the Global Compact on migration. That compact, the non-binding New York Declaration ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2017 6:44 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 1 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On the Banks of the old Raritan stands Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with its 30 schools and colleges making it one of the top 25 public universities in the United States. Committed to academic inquiry and scholarship it is dedicated to principles and values of ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2017 6:43 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 27 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis I've been convinced after thinking it through that the best thing for Saudi Arabia would be Israel. The figures on the chessboard of politics are forever changing with regard to each other. It is an agreeable surprise that for the first time a young Jewish woman is competing ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/27/2017 2:37 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 24 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis All or nothing at all, three quarters of a country never appealed to him, nor did the idea of a political entity called Northern Ireland that was created in 1920 comprising the six northeastern counties of Ireland in the province of Ulster. Gerry Adams is still adamant about ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/24/2017 4:51 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 18 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The meaningful, if unstated, question is whether the Beatles, the enormously sucessful rock band formed in Liverpool, northern England in 1960, can save William Gladstone, the British politician and leader of the Liberal Party who served as prime minister for 12 years in non-consecutive ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2017 8:44 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis That face, that face, that wonderful face. It shines, it glows, all over the place. Who would have thought that this face was the contenance of a Hollywood siren who was also a brilliant scientist whose invention helped pave the way for present day Wifi, GPS, and Bluetooth? We ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2017 10:16 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis One of the most popular arias in the opera catalogue, sung by the licentious Duke of Mantua in Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto is the tenor song, La donna a mobile. Its opening, qual piuma al vento ( woman is fickle like a feather in the wind) , is a cynical masculine put down sung ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/14/2017 6:34 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 9 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Chevalier of French Legion of Honor How long has this been going on? Once one could speak with sardonic reference about Hollywood, labelled that screwy, ballyhoey, superconey Hollywood. Now, it is the source of multiple allegations of harassment, sexual abuse, rape, and discrimation. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/09/2017 4:50 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 6 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Why can't the English, a pensive people of philosophical joys, meditation  and contemplation, learn to set a good example by ending left wing antisemism? The question has arisen in vivid form on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declation. The British Government did not ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/06/2017 5:05 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis By Jove, by Jing, by George is the thing! Can we say it isn't so?  We thought we knew Washington. As the Proverb says, a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. It's taken some time for the truth to be revealed, though no doubt a Special Counsel searching for less ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/01/2017 8:13 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 30 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The tension between political demands for self-determination on one hand and maintaining the sovereigny, the unity of a state on the other is a historically recognisable aspect of political life. Yet surprisingly, politics in Europe today are turpulent and unpredictable to an ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/30/2017 5:24 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 29 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Shakespeare knew the realities of political life: Who loses and who wins, who's in, who's out. No one wants to be viewed by others as some untutored youth, unlearned in the world's false subtleties. Certainly this issue is apparent in the furor around a petition issued in October ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/29/2017 10:54 AM by Michael Curtis
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