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Post by horace on Wed May 31, 2017 4:39 pm

These can be about life, culture and the times we live in. Rather than bury them in the US Presidential election or Oz politics thread I decided to create a new topic. I have been going through a spate of on line reading and found a number of interesting pieces.

HERE is one such article written by a journo reflecting on the death of two men and an injured third who intervened on a train when a white supremacist was abusing a young African American woman and a young Muslim woman. Well worth a read.

Will try and find another article based on an interview with a Republican Senator who has written a history about Lincoln.
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Post by horace on Wed May 31, 2017 4:46 pm

HERE is the second. Ben Sasse is a conservative and highly erudite Senator reflecting on the world we live in, our diminishing attention spans in this era of social media and Lincoln (among other pollies from that era). Qmy3, in particular may enjoy it.
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Post by lardbucket on Wed May 31, 2017 9:55 pm

The first essay is well argued ... but the words of the (survivor) poet and (dying) younger man are even more potent, IMO.

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Post by furriner on Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:53 am

Horie the link to essay 2 leads to the same as the Portland knifing news story for me.
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Post by horace on Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:56 pm

furriner wrote:Horie the link to essay 2 leads to the same as the Portland knifing news story for me.

Sorry Furri (construct another effigy for me!)

Try this. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/30/ben-sasse-trump-off-message-238924

Senator Sasse is that rarity - an intelligent, sensible and decent Tory.
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Post by horace on Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:11 am

Here is an interesting essay post the Charlottesville events which inter alia compares the University town with the South African University town of Stellenbosch. 


Both are genteel, liberal towns initially built by African blacks for the privilege of whites. (African American slaves, some 'owned' by Jefferson in the case of the Uni of Va)


Here is the link


Both Unis and towns are associated with many famous figures eg Thomas Jefferson initiated the University of Va.  One of the grads of the University of  Stellenbosch was Verwoerd, one of the architects of apartheid. 


The article makes the point that post apartheid and post abolition of slavery the benefits continue to accrue to whites.


While not mentioned or discussed a similar case can be made for Australia.


Well worth a read.
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Post by horace on Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:21 am

I admit to an unhealthy obsession with Trump. Along with many others I think of him as a psychopath. But should that disqualify him from office or provide grounds for removal. No in my view. 

Here is an interesting article by two US psychiatrists.

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