A Lot of Pissed-off People ………. (thoughts from Belgrade)

The city of Belgrade Serbia has been conquered 100 times since its founding in 100 BC, our guide tells us, then laughs as he offers to give us a sixty second history lesson. He begins reciting. “Romans, Byzantines…….. Turks, Hungarians, Turks, Austrians, Turks, Germans, Russians …”  Turks are clearly a big part of this recitation.Continue reading “A Lot of Pissed-off People ………. (thoughts from Belgrade)”

And that’s the way it is…..

I’m old enough to have once been a fan Walter Cronkite, whose calm and mostly objective delivery of the evening news earned him the title of “most trusted man in America.” Today, I grab my news from my email provider and supplement it with Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” which is often great fun butContinue reading “And that’s the way it is…..”

Latitudes and attitudes

Three years ago this month, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the  Gulf of Mexico. Eleven people were killed and it took experts three months to stop the flow of oil onto the sea floor. Those living along the gulf suffered significantly, and t shirts saying FUBP were selling well in New Orleans. YouContinue reading “Latitudes and attitudes”