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11 November 2014


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I discovered the British term for our Veterans' Day, Remembrance Day, about 40 years ago when I first came to Europe. I remember being disappointed when I learned the calendars would be adjusted to convert 11 November into a Monday "Bank Holiday," a rather unholy term itself. I imagine the timing of the posting of this long article is not coincidental: http://consortiumnews.com/2014/11/10/standing-in-an-adversarys-shoes/



I cried to this morning when ABC reported on a hostage situation. The man was a veteran from the Iraq and Afghan conflicts who came back home to NOTHING.
Asked that his hostage negotiate his safe handover to the authorities so at least he would be fed and housed in a prison.

It is DISGRACEFUL that any veteran isn't given the best that society has to offer them after service! Elected political whores should hang their heads in shame.


I remember memorizing this in grade school. The VFW or Legion would provide poppies for us all.

"In Flanders Fields...."


Is it true as two Americans just told me that the day is still a holiday in the US? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day
It looks to me that the markets are open: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/

For shame.

Babak Makkinejad


This great painting by David is in a gem of a museum in Toledo, Ohio.

An excellent museum surrounded by a residential area that is very unsafe; bullet proof glass is the norm in the gas stations.


Don't they have some amazing Jomon pottery ???


Problem with crockery is sometimes it photographs beautifully, but fizzles in person, and others, who make zero impression in pictures, enchant when you encounter them sitting on their little shelves. Same is true of paintings but it is less dramatic. Hmmm, I used who instead of which. Has to do with liveliness.


"a residential area that is very unsafe; bullet proof glass is the norm in the gas stations."

the produce of one of our earlier wars on nouns: poverty.

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