Nov 25, 2015
commented on Watch Seth Meyers (Nicely!) Hand Sarah Palin Her Ass
Funny, Seth obviously felt she was wrong, but asked his questions respectfully in such a way as to make her contradict herself, which she did, but he kept her from becoming enflamed in a shouting match. And she responded as well as her intellect allows - but you've got to admit, with relative grace.
This is exactly how I speak to my conservative family members at Thanksgiving. Maybe Seth was just rehearsing?
Oct 22, 2015
commented on Post-Nazi Germany Faces the Dark Truth in Labyrinth of Lies
I've often wondered how modern Germans perceive the war and the holocaust. We traveled in Bavaria two years ago and came upon a pretty striking museum in Berchtesgaden. The written displays were strictly and intentionally in German - their point that this museum was for Germans first. We tourists used hand-held translators pressed to our ears. It basically explored how/why Hitler and his party were able to gain power and commit such unspeakable crimes. It was presented as a shameful, cautionary tale. It was powerful.
Aside from that though, folks I spoke to kind of brushed off the history. They didn't deny anything, but didn't really want to talk about it.
Upon returning home, I read a good deal online and this one person's comment stuck with me: "as German students, we are told that 'there was a horrible war. We started it. We lost.""
Thanks for the tip on this film. I'll check it out.
Oct 5, 2015
commented on A Few Things I Noticed About the Washington Coast
Also a Nothern CA native, and our first trip to the WA coast felt very much the same - especially the lack of super-expensive properties. And the beach-driving. Since then we've explored other spots mentioned above. This place is mind-blowing. Stark, diverse and pristine. (Sorry to expose your secrets, natives). One thing missing up here though are those damned magical coast redwoods.
Sep 24, 2015
commented on Urgent Call for Blood Donations to Help Victims of Aurora Bridge Crash
@15, that's an interesting (and kind of sad) point, but it makes sense. I donate regularly, but I admit it's all about convenience. They come to my workplace every eight weeks and I take an hour to give a pint and chat with the usually very nice folks. Then I feel fully justified grilling up a big bloody steak for dinner.