19 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-24-18

  1. Why is it that Robinson Crusoe was able to eventually build a raft or boat and get off his island, but the seven folks on Gilligan’s Island couldn’t manage that?

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  2. Kizzie, because a novel demands a conclusion and resolution (at least in theory), whereas a tv series demands an endless series of trivial conflicts to keep us from the deep thinking that might prevent us from coming back to be mesmerized all over again ? ;–)

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  3. The American Conservative article linked above references CS Lewis’ “Men Without Chests” which is a chapter in his book The Abolition of Man. Sometimes when I am working at the computer or in a single room, I will put something on Youtube and let it play so I can listen while I work. There is a very interesting series of CS Lewis’ work done in doodles, including ‘Men Without Chests’. I confess the drawings suck me in from time to time, but it’s an easy way to hear some very good writings when you don’t have the time to sit down and read.

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  4. Debra, clearly, you’ve never read Robinson Crusoe 😉 The novel does not resolve after Crusoe gets off the island – it just keeps going. It doesn’t even resolve after Crusoe gets married. I cannot remember all that happens, since I read it some fifteen or so years ago and it was not the most memorable of books, but I do remember a chapter towards the end of the book where he is traveling in the mountains that border two European countries – cannot remember if it was a mountain pass between France and Italy or between France and Spain, though I incline to the latter – and there is a terrible blizzard and his party is pursued by ravenous wolves, which they fight off desperately using fire. When Crusoe got off the island, the book was only about halfway done. Daniel Defoe was a very early English novel writer, and the art of wrapping the story up neatly after a happy even had not yet been developed – the old Anglo Saxon epics such as Beowulf or Celtic tales about King Arthur only end when the hero dies.

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  5. On the article about ‘voluntarism’ @12:07, I’d like to see evidence that the chemical attacks were not by Assad. I see people asserting that there is no proof that Assad did not do it, yet those who assert that do not produce evidence for their assertions. Chemical attacks are well within the Assad modus operandi as Assad, like his father before him, has repeatedly shown himself willing to torture and slaughter his own civilians; just like poisoning rogue agents is Putin’s modus operandi. The burden of proof is on those who insist it is not business as usual with those two leaders, not with those who are not surprised when the leopards do not change their spots.

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  6. Speaking of Syria, one of the rebel groups to whom the U.S. gave arms, has returned the favour by capturing one of the masterminds behind 9/11: https://world.wng.org/content/us_allied_forces_capture_911_planner_in_syria

    U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured more than a month ago in Syria a man linked to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, praised “violent jihad.” In December 2001, Zammar, believed involved in recruiting the 9/11 hijackers, was detained in Morocco by CIA agents and later turned over to Syria, where he ultimately joined ISIS.

    Note that the SDF captured Zammar and the Kurds first reported it. Yet, in northern Syria, the United States abandoned both forces over the last two months, as Turkish forces forced them out of Afrin. The SDF and YPG (the mainly Kurdish People’s Protection Units) requested air cover from U.S. forces 70 miles away and didn’t get it…

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  7. This guy has served as the White House physician for 3 presidents, and NOW this comes out?

    Yikes……..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/04/senate-postpones-hearing-for-trumps-va-secretray-nominee-ronny-jackson/#more-248006

    “The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has postponed a confirmation hearing for Dr. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick for VA Secretary, after hearing allegations of hostile work environments and overprescribing drugs from whistleblowers.

    The thing that gets me is that Jackson has served as the White House physician for three presidents and received praise from all of them.

    These allegations are just now getting out? I’d think claims of overprescribing drugs would have come out a long time ago because we don’t need a careless doctor taking care of our presidents.

    Anyway, committee Chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and ranking member Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) have asked for “‘any and all communication’ between the Defense Department, the White House Military Office and the White House medical unit ‘regarding allegations or incidents’ involving Dr. Jackson back to 2006.”

    2006! And this information is just now getting out!?”

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  8. Interesting. I thing a large percentage of Americans are overmedicated. It starts with kids in school and never ends. The “drug pushers” at my son’s high school were selling prescription drugs from their mother’s medicine cabinets.

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  9. Did Robinson Crusoe get himself off the island by boat? My memory is that he made it around to the other side of the island and was spotted and rescued–but it has been a few years since I have read it. (I’ve read it twice.)

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  10. Roscuro, I guess even writers keep us mesmerized and coming back for more, but somehow I find it a more meaningful experience. :–) Debra

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  11. I was a bit fuzzy about that myself, Cheryl. That he got off the island is not in doubt, but how he did so was unclear to me. It seemed to me that a ship came along and picked him up. My niece insists Crusoe was not really an innovative survivor since he got most of his tools from the wrecked ship.

    Debra, I greatly prefer a good book over a TV show. The trouble is, I’m always short of good books. Being a precocious reader has its drawbacks. I once saw part of an episode of that hit TV show ‘Lost’ and there was a character who had read all of the Dickens novels, except the last one Our Mutual Friend, because he was saving it so that he always had one more Dickens to read. I really related to that character. When I read Our Mutual Friend in my late teens, I was left with no more Dickens to discover, and the works of several other classic authors have since suffered the same fate 🙂

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  12. Cheryl – Now that I think more about it, you are probably right. It has been years since I read the book. There was a section in which he had built a boat or raft, but he’d built it too far inland, and it was too heavy to move to the shore. I guess he didn’t try again, or was rescued before he could finish another one.

    There’s also a sequel, “The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe”. I had to look at the book twice, but it does indeed use “Farther” instead of “Further”.

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  13. Debra, thank you for the link at 12:14. It has been several years since I read the book–I need to re-read it–but that fills in more detail than Lewis included (showing quotes he only alluded to) and is very helpful.

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