commented on The Morning News: Happy Thanksgiving!
Um, I'm concerned with public health. It was noted on the NYT "front" page. I thought it important news. No?
@27 & 28 Fnarf,
Yeah, I gotta say that's pretty good scholarship. I concur. Thanks to you I will read more about the 1st Thanksgiving in St. Augustine in what is now Florida. That fascinated me.
My nephew informed me that he wrote a paper in HS that explored the documentation that the early English Colonists were the first (?) to use biological warfare. Apparently, they distributed "tainted" blankets with smallpox. As you noted, indigenous peoples were virtually exterminated by disease not force. Also, I recall that American homesteaders in the 19th century tried to destroy the buffalo with the secondary intention of destroying the American Indian because the latter depended so much on that critter. Indeed, it may have varied by European Colonists but Conquest of the Western Hemisphere and eventually the American West was ghastly. I'm pretty certain James Fenimore Cooper, author of "The Last of the Mohicans (Mohawks)" and Edward S. Curtis, photographer of the North American Indian knew that. That is, they feared the N. American Indian would eventually be extinct. In addition, I'll read up more on Bartolome de las Casas.
commented on Blacks Attacking Jews in Crown Heights
Good Morning Charles,
That is extraordinarily unfortunate news. I hope the victims recover. Unfortunately, I recall these types of crimes a few decades ago in Crown Heights. Sigh. I agree with your first three sentences. And, like you I wish for the extinction of racism. But for the future of socialism, not so much.
Alas, the extinction of racism will not happen anytime soon. Why? Because the human instigated social construct of categorizing humans based on salient or other features won't go away anytime soon. I'm not speaking for anyone else but, I belong to one race the human race.
As a visitor to at least 70 countries on this rare planet, the first thing I notice when I visit another country/culture is to be sure, the differences in the human family. The first thing I look for is what I have in common with them.
This is not easy task to undertake. That is necessarily search for what is common. However, it can be done.
The young men who perpetrated these vile acts must be apprehended and taught a lesson (no, not in the corporeal punishment sense). They must be taught how to be human first.
I wish you & yours a Happy Thanksgiving.
commented on It Took Me 5 Seconds...
Good Evening Charles,
I reckon it's "Waldo". Noticed his look of exasperation within 5 secs. Pretty funny.
commented on Some Top Israeli Analysts Are Not Upset With the Iranian Deal
Good Morning Charles,
I read a lot about this last night. I remain guardedly optimistic about it but I endorse it. However, the hard part is yet to come (after 6 months). I had read that the sanctions were working and Iran was getting stung by them. So, it frees up some cash for them as well. Let's see if they, the Iranians keep up their end of the bargain. As Reagan would say, "Verify, verify, verify".
As has been mentioned, this is a better deal than the one attempted a few weeks ago. In fact, I didn't believe a deal would come through at all. But, kudos to the diplomats' efforts. All of them not just the US ones.
commented on It Is Not Time to Re-Evaluate George W. Bush
@36 Fnarf & 46 DJ Riz,
Disappointing to read that invective against former Pres. Bush. You do understand that the very same vocabulary can be used against Pres. Obama? I'm assuming you understand "true equivalences"? Strange to read such vile language from you. I thought you guys were informed & civil? To be sure, you can utter those words but you won't be able to engage in a relevant conversation about him with a political opponent if that's the kind of contempt you have in the first place.
Look, both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama were/are Presidents of the USA. They have much in common. Both are human, American, highly educated and gentlemen. My understanding is they like each other. They served/serve this Republic for better or for worse. While I voted for the former not the latter, both deserve my respect.
commented on Sawant Just Says It: Boeing Workers Should Take Over the Factories
I agree with you. This is a lot of hooey from Sawant. Not a good way to start a city council term. I didn't vote for her anyway and was surprised she won. Still, I wish her the best and a civil run in the council. But, I don't think she's going to last there.