• Culture,  History,  Politics

    Goodbye to Berlin

    Christopher Isherwood was a British/American novelist and screenwriter whose best known works, Goodbye to Berlin and Mr. Norris Changes Trains, became the basis of the hit Broadway musical Cabaret. Originally, these novels, based on Isherwood’s diaries of his life as a language teacher in Weimar Berlin, were to be part of a larger work to be called The Lost. Instead, desperate for money, he sliced and diced his diaries into a number of articles, the novel Sally Bowles, and these two overlapping novels. Isherwood went to Berlin to see prep school friend and poet W.H. Auden in March, 1929 and moved to the city in November, 1929. There he discovered…

  • Health,  Politics

    Public Health Care is Big Brother

    Critics of state medicine have missed the fatal flaw at the heart of public health care. It’s not the quality of the care, the availability, the wait times, or the cost to taxpayers. The core problem with public health care is that doctors instinctively want to curb activities they deem too risky in order to lighten their case loads. The same goes for health care administrators and the politicians responsible for the health care system. Reducing the risk society is exposed to makes the health care system look good because it has less to do. That, in turn, makes officials look good. The problem with this approach is that all…

  • History,  Politics

    Did Churchill sleep with his Daughter-in-Law?

    It is well known Sir Winston Churchill did everything he could to influence the United States to enter the Second World War. This almost certainly included having his Daughter-in-Law, Pamela Churchill (pictured), seduce the married American millionaire, Averell Harriman, President Roosevelt’s special envoy to Britain. He also likely had his Daughter, Sarah, get together with the new American ambassador, “Gil” Winant. The two girls could translate their intimate pillow talk with the Americans into private brefings for the Prime Minister, an invaluable source of information on the United States’ intentions. It was while researching those relationships that I ran across some startling, and incriminating, evidence that Winston had intimate pillow…

  • Globalism,  Politics

    Chernobyl is the Model for the Future

    The nuclear plant disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine resulted in the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from a 1,000 sq mile exclusion zone due to high levels of radiation. Besides those affected by acute radiation poisoning in sealing the plant, an estimated 9,000 to 16,000 people in Europe will suffer shortened life-spans. So, a bad thing, no? Well, not entirely. An article in the UK magazine, The Conversation, reprinted by the PBS Newshour, says “life is now thriving around Chernobyl. Populations of many plant and animal species are actually greater than they were before the disaster.” The author, Stuart Thompson, a senior lecturer in plant biochemistry at the University…

  • History,  Nationalism,  Politics

    German Guilt is Built on Fake News (Part 4)

    The popular view is that the National Socialists in Germany were anti-intellectual, anti-science and anti-literature, based on the notorious book burnings in 1933. The popular view is wrong because it’s based on fake news. First, some context, as described in part two of this series, Jews around the world declared economic war on Germany in March of 1933. This, naturally, led to a reaction in Germany against Jews, Jewish thought and Jewish intellectuals. Among those targeted was Magnus Hirschfeld, a Jew, a homosexual and an early promoter of deviant sexuality. Wikipedia says this about him: An outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee. Historian Dustin Goltz characterized…

  • Politics

    Liberals and NDP Erase History

    Maxime Bernier, Leader of the People’s Party of Canada, says all the major political parties are in favour of curbing free speech. Here’s a note he sent out yesterday to his supporters. Attacks against free speech continued this week in Ottawa. And they come from all the other parties. It started when Andrew Scheer kicked out his MP Michael Cooper from the justice committee for speaking his mind. Then the Liberals and NDP voted to erase what he said from parliamentary records. They are rewriting history, just like in the novel 1984! The Conservatives did not even oppose this. Then all parties voted to remove the video feed when defenders…