Words For the Wise

Michael Balter
Politics, science, academia, #MeToo, investigations
Created 30 Oct 2020
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  • A terrible decision by the Eighth Circuit in the Nunes v. Lizza case threatens press freedoms
    16 Sep 20211 day ago • 9 min read • 1 0
    DonkeyHotey/ Wikimedia Commons Get 60 day free trial On September 30, 2018, Esquire published a piece by journalist Ryan Lizza entitled “Devin Nunes’s Family Farm is Hiding a Politically Explosive Sec...
  • A note to subscribers
    13 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Get 60 day free trial Hello everyone, I hope your end of summer/getting ready for fall plans are going well, with sympathies and bon courage to those with kids in school or going back to work in the o...
  • Portraits of France: Audierne in Brittany
    03 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    The port of Audierne/ Fafner/ Wikimedia Commons Get 60 day free trial The sea, the sea. France has over 2000 miles of coastline, but nowhere do the waves crash harder than on the shores of Brittany. T...
  • Portraits of France: PĂ©rouges in the RhĂ´ne Valley
    30 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Benoît Prieu/ Wikimedia Commons Get 60 day free trial Pérouges, a fortified medieval village in the Rhône Valley near Lyons, was originally founded by settlers from the Italian city of Perugia, who we...
  • Portraits of France: BrantĂ´me in PĂ©rigord
    26 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 2 2
    BrantĂ´me panorama/Sylvain Le Breton/ Wikimedia Commons The PĂ©rigord, a lushly forested plateau cut by deep river valleys, is a justly celebrated region of France, noted as much for its grottoes and pa...
  • Give a gift subscription to "Words for the Wise"
    24 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Jonathan Lim Yong Hian/ Wikimedia Commons Dear reader, I hope you are enjoying “Words for the Wise,” and the wide variety of topics it covers: Science, politics, culture, travel, and pretty much anyth...
  • Once upon a time in Wuhan: Will we ever know the origins of Covid-19? [Updated August 24]
    23 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    What don’t we know and when didn’t we know it? Get 60 day free trial This week, as early as tomorrow, U.S. intelligence agencies are expected to deliver their report on the origins of Covid-19 to Pres...
  • Portraits of France: Cordes-sur-Ciel in Languedoc
    20 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Adrien Béron/ Wikimedia Commons Get 60 day free trial “The traveler who looks at the summer night from the terrace at Cordes,” wrote Albert Camus, “knows that he need go no further.” This walled town,...
  • Portraits of France: Riquewihr in Alsace
    18 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Riquewihr’s main street/ Jpkrebs/ Wikimedia Commons Give a gift subscription The Alsace region is renowned for its wines, and some would argue that its Rieslings and Gewürztraminers are superior to th...
  • Portraits of France: Bonneval-sur-Arc
    16 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Bonneval-sur-Arc /Florian Pépellin/ Wikimedia Commons Get 60 day free trial Although life in a French village might seem idyllic to outsiders, the survival of France’s rural communities is increasingl...