“Where Soldiers Come From”

(Courtesy of Heather Courtney)

[ A  FILM  REVIEW ] Last Tuesday, September 13th, I was back in one of my old neighborhoods, the Stuyvesant Square area of Manhattan, where I lived when I first moved to New York City in 1972. The neighborhood is contiguous with the sprawling Beth Israel Medical Center, where I was both a client and later worked as an alcoholism counselor in the mid-70s, my first job as a medical professional. It was a nostalgic trip … [Read more...]

Esophagus and I: A Medical Tale

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Early on a recent, bright late Summer morning, I entered the emergency department of a hospital in suburban Philadelphia.  It was my second experience of American emergency medicine.  The first, almost 20 years ago for complications of a spinal surgery, was on a early Fall Sunday afternoon at a large teaching hospital in central Philadelphia where I sat and waited among the stabbing victims, the survivors of domestic … [Read more...]

Coming Home: A Military War Resister Returns From Canada

Mike SQ

Forty two years ago, I was a soldier in the U. S. Army. It was 1969. The Viet Nam war was raging. Over 500 unarmed old men, women, and children had been murdered at My Lai by U.S. soldiers, and a pattern of war atrocities and White House lies about the war was being exposed. The South Vietnamese government was shown to be hopelessly corrupt and ineffective, and the South Vietnamese Army was unable to hold their own … [Read more...]

Return of the Malaise: Up to our Asses in Alligators

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It’s a sad reality of our day that denial and bullshit seem the most useful talents to getting elected and to govern in America. Bullshit is meant in the sense used by Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt in his popular book titled On Bullshit. He defines bullshit as language with no basis in truth or fact focused on obtaining power. A liar knows the truth and tries to sell falsehoods; bullshitters simply don’t care … [Read more...]