Category Archives: History

The worst year for human health

1492 must have been the worst year for human health. Latin Americans got deadly diseases, alcohol and bacon. Europeans got diarrhea, chocolate and tobacco.

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When politics was still civil

The letter left by George Bush Sr. for his successor Bill Clinton:

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Preparing my trip to Easter Island, memories of Kon-Tiki leaped into my mind, one of the first travel/adventure books I read. Thor Heyerdahl and his crew did not sail to Easter Island in 1947, but further north, yet the underlying question if the islands … Continue reading

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Timișoara: European Capital of Culture 2021

And now you have the 278th reason to visit Romania: Timișoara will be one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2021. Although I lived in Romania for a year, I just noticed that I have no photos of Timișoara. I have only been to the city … Continue reading

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Easily Confused (60) Dehumanization

Dehumanization of Jews in Nazi propaganda: (Source: Der Giftpilz by Ernst Hiemer, published in Germany in 1938.) Dehumanization of Syrian refugees by Donald Trump: All that reading of Nazi literature really left its mark.

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George Bush Sr. and Ronald Reagan on Immigration and a Fence with Mexico

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Book Review: “Golden Holocaust” by Robert Proctor

This will be a short book review because Robert Proctor’s book about the dangers of tobacco, smoking and cigarettes can be dismissed outright after reading the title and the introduction. Although I occasionally smoke cigars, I know it’s neither healthy … Continue reading

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