- Producer29/11/2016Castro...Good Guy or Bad Guy? Kinda Depends On Your Perspective.I never really wrote anything immediately after Fidel Castro's death because he was a genuinely polarizing figure in modern history. It's always sad when somebody dies. But a lot of people, especially Cuban refugees have been celebrating his...
- Producer28/11/2016The end of days? Peace out dude.This recent election in the Excited States caused a bit of a ruckus. Don’t know if you knew about it but it was in most of the major papers. (Not that they’re necessarily relevant anymore!) We had a bit of a ruckus up here in Canuckistan as well...
Comments01/12/2016 #19 Brian McKenzieThai Chili peppers will make me tear up and eyes to leak . Not much else. Certainly never a tie dyed college 'radical' that is burning nostalgic for socialism while ignoring the piles of corpses that such ideology always generates. I care not whether the meme is from the 60's nor the contemporary millennials - if you are going to 'embrace' socialism, Marxism, Leninism and the shining path of the communal "WE" - step out of the philosophy department tripe and go read some history. Millions of dead bodies abound under the progressive push to the 'Left'.01/12/2016 #17 Malcolm MacNeilI was just reminded by your comment,"Hell, I didn’t even venture into the Cuban Missile Crisis and being taught to hide under my desk at school when the air raid sirens went off." I experienced the same thing, and was telling my students about this just last Friday.
I was a roommate of a school friend from the U.S. When the 6 day war started he was sure it was going to become a bigger event spread through the middle East. He also believed that in turning 18 the following year he would be drafted into the army to fight. We are still here. So yes I see there will be a calming of the minds eventually and then hopefully some good beneficial progress can be made.30/11/2016 #10 Nicole ChardenetThanks for reminding us, Don, LOL! I sometimes am tempted to ask my mother, "How did you and Dad ever survive the '60s?" Because they were old married farts raising their kids back then but I imagine it must have been a terrifying time...they were in central Florida when the Cuban Missile Crisis went down and no one was entirely certain they were going to live to see the weekend. And then there were the race riots, the civil rights movement, the assassinations...all the things you listed. We got through the '60s, we'll get through this. All of us, no matter where we live. Hell, we all lived through 9/11, didn't we? And didn't that seem like the end of the world back in the day?30/11/2016 #9 Randy Keho#8 You old softy, Don. Just when the world needs its diaper changed, you grab the handy wipes and go to work.
The temper tantrums will eventually subside and we'll make the best of it. That's all we can do. As you've clearly indicated, we've weathered much bigger storms and lived to bitch about it. Peace, brother.29/11/2016 #3 Chas Wyatt@Don Kerr, dude, I can relate; I was there. Just for some juxtaposition and perspective, however, we didn't have Bernie, but, Bobby, and he was gunned down. Nixon opened up trade to China, removed the Gold standard's connection to the dollar and created the Environmental Protection Agency. He also resigned before he would face impeachment hearings. Just for the record, while Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were both impeached by the House, they were later acquiited by the Senate.29/11/2016 #2 David B. GrinbergThank you, Don, for sharing your keen insights and historical perspective. Hopefully, this will cause some folks to calm down a bit (at least here on beBee...you know who you are). It's always helpful to look at the big picture and remember that everything is relative. Keep buzzing!
- Producer27/11/2016Time for a US History LessonThe unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America Then in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the...
Comments29/11/2016 #3 Pamela L. WilliamsPart 2
Are we doomed to repeat our bloody history? Our newly elected dumb*** has a vested interest in the Dakota pipeline being built. He has threatened everybody, do you think he would hesitate to once again slaughter the only true Native Americans in this country if it meant earning another nickel for himself? This will not end well I fear.
The extent to which these events are affecting America is the fact that US veterans are preparing to go to the site to defend the Lakota Sioux. Our veterans! Those who have defended this country now feel the need to defend a band of people from the country. It does not speak well for the path this country has chosen.
I posted this because like the idiots we are, despite all our technological advances we are still fighting the same ridiculous bloody battles over and over again. As a post recently written here on beBee was titled: How Stupid are We? Sorry I can't remember the author's name, but I like the post!!29/11/2016 #2 Pamela L. Williams#1 Ken, this is what the D of I means to me: That the government is to serve the people they govern and not the reverse. That power corrupts and in this corruption it is the people who suffer. This is what was happening almost exactly 240 years ago as the colonist were being used to support the elite. It was not about the Brits, for the citizens of that nation were as used and abused. History constantly repeats itself as we humans seem incapable of learning from our mistakes. My fears, in Truth? Are we about to relive a time when everything was owned by a few while all others lived in poverty and servitude or are we about to see a country turn into our version of the Third Reich. I don't see anything positive coming for my country if this administration is allowed to happen. A perfect example is the battle going on right now between the Lakota Sioux and DAPL Energy as we once again strip their sacred lands of life and beauty for use by the powerful.
As I drove home tonight (I don't listen to music or the news, its my time to think and contemplate different issues) I thought about our leaders and the current debate about conflict of interest as our so called President Elect thinks he can give this country sufficient attention and still run his hundreds of businesses around the globe? But apparently there is no conflict of interest when you're the president. BULLSH**. I have actually considered starting a petition for the laws to be changed that if you hold an elected or appointed position that you must divest yourself of all interest, holdings, and investments in any organization/company that is regulated by the government body to which you have been elected/appointed. It's time they stop serving themselves, making themselves rich, at the people's expense. Isn't that the exact accusation the colonist made against King George and his court? End Part 128/11/2016 #1 Ken BoddieDifficult reading this document in its original form, Pam, particular for one who was not schooled in your country or who is not over familiar with your history, except that it would appear that Jefferson and the then thirteen states really and successfully pissed off King George III and his peers. My ignorance drove me to find a "simple English translation" of the 'Preamble' in Wikipedia. One sentence of this translation really appears to sum things up well:
"That governments which have existed for a long time should not be changed for small reasons. However, if a government abuses its people over and over again, the people have the right to get rid of that government."
What say you, Pam?
- Producer19/11/2016On this date in history - The Gettysburg AddressThe Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, one of the best-known in American history. It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the...
Comments19/11/2016 #4 CityVP Manjit#1 All great nations and cultures tend to honour their nations sacrifice and historical moments, which in turn honours their future. It also represents one of the great speeches of history, so the Gettysburg Address inspires even more at the global level, as it should do at the national level of the United States of America - to ensure that which is called United remains United.19/11/2016 #1 Pamela L. WilliamsThe photograph is fabulous Tony, great work on bringing the sense of history to the image. Especially during this time in history these words strike me as ironic: "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."
He was wrong;
Every child is taught the Gettysburg address, I myself can recite the majority of the speech..But apparently we have forgotten what the men and women of that horrific war died for; That all men and women are created equal. We honor their graves, we have made the ground sacred, but we have forgotten why they lay there, and in doing so dishonor their sacrifice, the sacrifice of all those who fought for freedom. It's a mockery of the American ideal.
- Producer17/11/2016Why 1978 demonetisation didn’t hurt IndiaThis graphic published in The Times of India on November 16, 2016 conveys the panic that must have gripped India after currency notes of Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 were demonetised on Monday, January 16, 1978. Comparisons with the prevailing...
- 16/11/2016Kubrik 1968: "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Strauss 1896 "Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30"2001: A Space Odyssey monkey scene Richard Strauss: Also sprach...
- 14/11/2016ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY - MOBY DICK IS PUBLISHED Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by American writer Herman Melville, published in 1851 during the period of the American Renaissance. Sailor Ishmael tells the story of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler the Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale that on the previous whaling voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. The novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891, but during the 20th century, its reputation as a Great American Novel was established. William Faulkner confessed he wished he had written it himself, and D. H. Lawrence called it "one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world", and "the greatest book of the sea ever written"."Call me Ishmael" is among world literature's most famous opening sentences.
- 10/11/2016BORN THIS DATE IN 1810 - George Jennings (10 November 1810 – 17 April 1882) was an English sanitary engineer and plumber who invented the first public flush toilets.
- Producer10/11/2016India repeatedly ruled out demonetization in the 1970sDemonetization of high-value notes took India by surprise on November 8, 2016, mainly because ‘high-value’ or ‘high-denomination’ is not very high these days. A Rs 500 note is not even a tenner in the US, UK or the rest of Europe. You can’t buy a...
Comments10/11/2016 #1 debasish majumderyes, demonetization is not perhaps the apt measure to curb black money, stash money or fake currency, which is truly running a parallel economy in the country. most importantly, black money are easily being transferred to foreign bank through net banking or electronic banking system. simply a gimmick and harassing ordinary mass. time will definitely tell about the callous move of the government, a dementia being reflected in their act. nice insight @Abhilash Gaur! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
- Producer01/11/2016When Pakistan helped India tackle a cross-border menaceCan India and Pakistan ever work together? Can they join hands to wipe out terrorism? When I wrote about the bandit Jagmal Singh who terrorised parts of Jaisalmer in the 1950s with help from Pakistan police (see A Forgotten Bandit and a Lesson in...
- 31/10/2016ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY - Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was an American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts . He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can.
- Producer31/10/2016A forgotten bandit and a lesson in India-Pakistan diplomacyWhenever terrorists attack India, many Indians expect their government to condemn Pakistan, if not go to war outright. Politicians humour the public with belligerent words but the government’s own response — not to be confused with the Prime...
- 30/10/2016ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY - "The War of the Worlds" is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on Sunday, October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds (1898). It became famous for allegedly causing mass panic, although the reality of the panic is disputed as the program had relatively few listeners
Comments30/10/2016 #1 Tony BrandstetterThe first two-thirds of the one-hour broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. The illusion of realism was furthered because the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a sustaining show without commercial interruptions, and the first break in the program came almost 30 minutes into the broadcast. Popular legend holds that some of the radio audience may have been listening to Edgar Bergen and tuned in to "The War of the Worlds" during a musical interlude, thereby missing the clear introduction that the show was a drama, but recent research suggests this only happened in rare instances
- 28/10/2016ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY - The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad
- 28/10/2016The Underwater City of Yonaguni, Japan
This ancient complex was discovered by chance by diving instructor Kihachiro Aratake. The underwater city has confounded all scientific theories. The rock from which it is carved was submerged underwater about 10,000 years ago — long before even the Egyptian pyramids were erected. Some archaeologists believe that during this primitive era, people still huddled in caves and lived off edible roots rather than hunted; they certainly couldn’t erect stone cities.
- 26/10/2016ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY - The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a 30-second shootout between lawmen and members of a loosely organized group of outlaws called the Cowboys that took place at about 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. It is generally regarded as the most famous shootout in the history of the American Wild West - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunfight_at_the_O.K._Corral
PHOTOGRAPH BY TONY BRANDSTETTER
- Producer24/10/2016When Indian films took Pakistan road to GoaFor two weeks, the Indian press and politicians have been preoccupied with the fate of the big budget Hindi movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that has a Pakistani actor in its cast. While India-Pakistan tensions are nothing new, 60 years ago the Portuguese...
- Producer22/10/2016Halloween As an American Holiday (link)by Jason Mankey - PatheosWe’ve been led to believe over the last 100 years that our holidays are timeless, and that they’ve been celebrated in a similar way for centuries. It’s a beautiful idea, but it’s not true. Christmas, Thanksgiving,...
- 22/10/2016ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY - 1966 – The Supremes become the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A' Go-Go). The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and it is said that their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success.
- Producer21/10/2016When India shot 007 for RussiaAmerica did not see it nor did Great Britain. It was a James Bond movie that released only in India, and behind that privilege lies a little story of friendship and paranoia.The year was 1967, and unlike now when Russia is playing footsie with...