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Kurt F. Stone
Hollywood, California
I am an ordained rabbi who spends most of his time as a writer and college lecturer, teaching courses in political science, American history and cinema. I have published two massive histories of the United States Congress which can be found in just about every library in America. For the past 20 years I have also worked as a medical ethicist; first for the Cleveland Clinic Florida and currently for Schulman Associates IRB.
Interests: dashiell hammett, antiques, silent movies, raymond chandler and the los angeles dodgers.
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Audio Link to "On My First Day I'll . . ." If we are to take the various Republican presidential candidates at their word, their first day in the Oval Office will need to consist of somewhere around 35,000 hours.... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to A Memo to the Fourth Estate To: Members of the Fourth Estate From: Kurt F. Stone Re: Professionalism, Culpability and Journalistic Ethics It is as both a producer and a consumer of political news and views that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Weather is Not the Same Thing as Climate" Climate change deniers from Ted Cruz to Rush Limbaugh are enjoying the hell out of Winter Storm Jonas. To them, the massive, one-in-a-generation snow storm and attendant floods attacking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Criminal Intent?" Over the past ten days or so, I've been spending a lot of time preparing for a major lecture on ISIS - the "Islamic State." This lecture, which is part of the Foreign Policy Association's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Give Me Imbruvica or Give Me Death (Los Angeles): First the good news: Back on September 28, 2015 (the day on which our newest granddaughter, Claire Emily greeted the world), I posted a piece entitled Cat Crap... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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In a lengthy 1852 essay entitled The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, Karl Marx famously wrote that "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce." (In reality, Marx cribbed the comment from his future writing partner Friedrich Engels, who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Every Break He Takes" Damn Donald Trump. Every time you think he's finally sunk about as low into the primeval ooze as is humanly possible, he descends yet further. Every time you figure he's sucked up the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Chanukah 101" Truth to tell, Chanukah - the Jewish "Festival of Light" or "Feast of Dedication" - is a very minor holiday. Although about as devoid of any religious or spiritual import as a holiday can be,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Shame - 'A Soul Eating Emotion'" Although this is not specifically an essay about Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina, they do figure into its construction, for this is a piece about that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "When One Person's Terrorists is Another's Hero" No sooner does one mind-numbing act of terror occur than another - and another and another - goes down, turning so-called civil society into a lumpen mass of insensate zombies.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Thanksgiving - The Ultimate Repast For Refugees" This coming Thursday, families and friends from Maine to California will gather together in observance of Thanksgiving. And though its history is steeped more in myth than in fact, Thanksgiving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Will We 'Always Have Paris'"? Celui qui contemple les profondeurs de Paris est saisi de vertige. Rien de plus fantastique. Rien de plus tragique. Rien de plus sublime." "Whoever contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Subtext" As I begin composing this essay, it is a little after two o'clock here in South Florida, and a little after nine P.M. in Jerusalem. In theory, Israeli P.M. Bibi Netanyahu should be hitting the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Mannatech, Menshevik and the Great Wall of China" Without question, this past Wednesday evening's Republican debate did little to boost any candidate's standing with voters. Come to think of it, the evening didn't do much for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Amateurism's Allure" He who shall not be mentioned by name made a campaign stop here in South Florida last night, lamenting that "our country doesn't win anymore," and decrying the "incompetent people running our government." Moreover, he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Which Debate Did You Watch?" While not nearly as historic - or quotable - as the seven Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, this past Tuesday night's Democratic presidential gathering certainly had its moments. It contained a maximum of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Thinking Outside the Box" Although neither the origin nor history of the expression "May you live in interesting times" is certain, most literate folk agree that whether it be of ancient Chinese or modern British pedigree, it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Definitely Not Ready For Prime Time" Like many, I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of baseball legend Yogi Berra at age 90. Although largely known nowadays for his Goldwynesque malapropisms, Berra was, simply stated,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Cat Crap and Capitalism" Up until a couple of days ago, few people - outside of his family, his classmates from Baruch College and perhaps a handful of vulture (uh, venture) capitalists - had ever heard of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Laudato Si This week's essay is adapted from my sermon for Kol Nidre -- the evening service for Yom Kippur -- which will be delivered this coming Tuesday. For nearly 4 decades it has been my custom... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to A Fool and His Questions A quotable source - who for the nonce shall remain anonymous - once noted: "A wise man knows what he knows; a wiser man knows what he does not know; a truly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to The Lord Made Me Do It! Most readers of The K.F. Stone Weekly remember the late comedian Flip Wilson. Back in the '70s, Wilson (1933-1998) was at his peak, hosting his own Emmy-winning television show, doing stand-up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Redwings, Tylenol and Other Deadly Weapons How many remember Richard Reid? He's the British-born psychopath who, on December 22, 2001, failed in his attempt to detonate explosives packed into the shoes he was wearing while on an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Inspect This!" Question: When is a fact not a fact? Answer: When it is either presented by a person or source with whom one disagrees, or goes against one's preconceived notion of what is true. Question: When... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
Audio Link to People Who Live in Glass Houses . . . In recent days, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) has been all over the news and the Internet. The reason? She's been asked -- not once,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly