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Shakespeare and leaked-out Video of Torture inside US Prison

“I might not this believe Without the sensible and true avouch Of mine own eyes.” (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1) Comment. The video (link following comment) speaks by itself. It is posted here because there are still some who believe … Continue reading

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To Be or not to Be (an Accomplice of the Argentine Junta)

“… that is the question, Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? …” (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1) … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Primroses, Austerity and Hypocrisy

…. The primrose path of dalliance threads And recks not his own rede” (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3) Comment. If yesterday it was daffodils, today it is primroses (primula vulgaris, for the botanists), another floral emblem of Spring. Equally laden, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on the Pope Blessing the CIA Director

“’Tis too much proved – that with devotion’s visage And pious action we do sugar o’er The devil himself.”  (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1) Comments. If the director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, can get a blessing from the Pope, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Hounding to Death of a Noble Heart

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”  (Hamlet, act 5 sc. 2) Aaron Swartz, Internet pioneer, crusader for open access and a social justice activist, took his life last … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Murder, Anniversary of Wounded Knee, Freedom and Democracy

“Murder most foul, as in the best it is; But this most foul, strange and unnatural” (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5) Comments. Dec 29 is the 122nd anniversary of the Massacre of Wounded Knee. The story has not been forgotten … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Hypocrisy or Blindness to Facts or Both

POLONIUS We are oft to blame in this, – ‘Tis too much proved–that with devotion’s visage And pious action we do sugar o’er The devil himself. KING CLAUDIUS [Aside] O, ’tis too true! How smart a lash that speech doth … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Unspeakable Crime and Murder by Drones

 “O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t, A brother’s murder” (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 3) Comments.  The picture of this child shows the effects of a drone visit to North Waziristan … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on the End of the Shuttle Era

“Thou know’st ‘tis common – all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity.” (Hamlet, act 1.2) Comments. Appropriate lines to accompany the end of the Space Shuttle Era, with the spectacular return of the Shuttle Endeavour to Los … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Romney and Shamelessness

O, shame, where is thy blush? (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 4) Comments and Tips for Use. Comment on any action, words or proposal with which you strongly disagree. In the instance, as we know, Republican presidential nominee Romney just released … Continue reading

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