“We have come to work,” promised Bennett. “To remove the barriers, to free up the jams, and to turn our country into what it can be.”

Israel’s Knesset in 2018. (Photo by Rafael Nir on Unsplash)

“The new government will be a government which strives for real, practical solutions to the problems faced by the country and its citizens,” newly minted Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett bravely told the assembled members of the Knesset this week, as loud booing chorused back at him.

“The work-plan which we are presenting today is the most detailed in years,” the Prime Minster said, undaunted. “We have come to work. …

After over a decade of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a new Israeli government is forming with Naftali Bennett at its head.

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After a loud chorus of boos and jeers drowned out the speech of newly-elected Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, it is no surprise that his alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid decided not to bother giving his speech at all.

The hecklers in the Knesset were a tough act to follow, and Lapid must have decided there was no sense in trying.

This is perhaps very unfortunate, as for many members of the Jewish community worldwide and the citizens of…

Benjamin Netanyahu is out; Naftali Bennett is in. With Iran looming large, what’s next for the world’s only Jewish state?

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“Honored ladies and gentlemen, this is a special moment,” the new Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, told the assembled crowd. “The moment in which the baton of leading the people and the country passes — as in a relay race — to the next generation. It’s a sacred endowment.”

The speech was practically inaudible, drowned out as it was by boos, jeers, and hecklers who don’t approve of the newly minted government and weren’t shy about making their displeasure known.

There is an epidemic of rudeness in our society, which is frequently manifesting as something much darker.

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“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” lamented Twitter founder Evan Williams to the New York Times in 2017.

“I was wrong about that,” he concluded.

Yeah, no kidding.

Mr. Williams must not have gotten out much. Had he actually met people? Some of them are completely out of their minds if not downright dangerous.

Driving advice from three decades ago is still some of the best life…

Without the wealthy to invest in emerging technology, we’d all still be subsistence farmers.

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“Imagine no possessions,” crooned John Lennon, in a ballad that soon became, and remains, the anti-capitalist anthem of the socialist/communist cool kids in-crowd who want to “eat the rich”.

At the very same time “Imagine” was written- about people “sharing all the world”- the Beatles, with John Lennon leading the charge, were busily trying to shelter their newly minted millions from tax authorities at every available opportunity.

John Lennon should have been singing, “redistribution of wealth via higher taxes for thee, but not for me, mate.”

After 2020, science is going to need to come bearing gifts.

On a rain-soaked day, thousands marched on Washington DC to fight for science funding and scientific analysis in politics. April 30, 2017. Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash.

Was 2020 the year mankind was finally blinded by science?

Other historic years have boasted scientific achievements that changed the world and the future.

Electricity was a big one. The internal combustion engine was another. The man who invented anesthesia has his own statue in the U.S. Capitol, as well he should. We are all grateful for anesthesia, and if you aren’t, one quick search for what triage was like before anesthesia should change all that.

The year mankind landed on the moon was a big year for science…

You’ve changed.

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Polling in America has changed.

Many pollsters are no longer making a good-faith determination of public opinion on any particular issue or politician. Instead, polls are being commissioned and deployed strategically to influence public opinion, the outcome of upcoming elections, the direction of public policies, and all sorts of other things.

None of this is good of course.

In spite of the fact that polls are breaking increasingly favorably for Democrats, such does not necessarily translate into success at the ballot box. Without reliable polls, Democrats can’t even be certain that their strategic polling is having any effect.

The French President was once a darling of the U.S. progressive movement. Lately, he’s been disappointing them.

French President Emmanuel Macron. November 23, 2017. (photo: Jacques Paquier)


The country gets left out of discussions about Brexit, about the equally unexpected election of Donald Trump.

Strangely, in the U.S. and in other countries seriously considering strategies of dealing with the environmental toll human industry has taken over the previous century, France doesn’t come up much either.

Not even as a cautionary tale, which is perhaps unfortunate.

Environmental austerity measures in France, culminating in an extremely unpopular tax on fuel, gave rise to the “Yellow Vest” movement in 2017, which is…

Being wrong is the human condition.

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If you happened to be out of the country when Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, you could be forgiven for any shock you felt upon returning to the states the following day.

“New Orleans Spared!” screamed the headlines of U.S. newspapers in Mexico that morning.

New Orleans, of course, had not been spared. Not at all. Not even a little bit.

Thing was, to the great chagrin of news media giants, as of press time, the storm had indeed shifted and appeared to be about to just miss the Big Easy. …

Burger King picked a fight with Chick-fil-A to boost sales during Pride Month. Is BK fighting the good fight or just cashing in?

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If you were to have asked your average progressive what they though about massive corporations five years ago- post-Occupy Wall Street, pre-Trump- you might have received a completely different answer to the one you’d get today.

Progressive views about big corporations have…changed.

Five years ago, average progressives, by and large supportive of the Occupy Wall Street movement, viewed corporations in askance. Some progressives had even started to notice that under the auspices of “globalism”, these corporations had…

Dr. Munr Kazmir

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