Heard of it? I have vivid childhood memories of bouncing up and down in the back of the car, trilling “…go to the place that’s the best!” while my dad groused, “Who the hell is this Jewish kid named Norman yelping about Jesus?”
More on Judge Balthazar Garzón, whose name may be familiar because he was the judge had Pinochet arrested for the deaths of Spanish citizens in Chile. Now he’s committed to opening the mass graves of the massacred of the Civil War as well as prosecuting the long-deceased Franco. My hero!
The veracity of Robert Capa’s famous photo of the militiaman caught at the moment he was shot to death, has long been doubted. El Pais newspaper says they’ve found the identity of the real subject of the photo, but others claim it’s not what Capa says it was. This article in The Guardian examines the controversy.
“The rewards of adversity will go even deeper. The dingdong of political debate in the past two decades has depended on a dichotomy of free markets and state control. The market has had the best tunes. It has now met a cataclysm similar to that which afflicted state planning in the 1970s – if not the 1940s. Thatcherism has for quarter of a century assumed an ideological supremacy. Now it seems in ruins. From thesis and antithesis should emerge a mature synthesis
Social economists such as Richard Layard and Richard Sennett have long emphasised noneconomic gains in contributing to the good life. They point out that human happiness depends not on ever-rising incomes but on the ordering of leisure and a sense of self-worth. The downfall of the masters of the universe leaves space for the rise of the masters of realism and personal satisfaction”
For some reason, I woke up yesterday and decided that this crisis was just a good reason to start all over again. It’s good to read an opinion that insn’t all doom and gloom.
The government of Spain is going to offer joint nationality to British citizens who fought and suffered to try to keep Spain free from fascism in the Civil War.
In a way, it’s just a sentimental gesture, but it’s an enormous sign of respect.
I’ve lived in this country 19 years and have enjoyed it’s culture and social services, as a foreigner who did nothing else but have the luck to find a job and get residency. These people, though their efforts didn’t win the war at that time, shed blood in the service of democrary, a democracy that finally took root and flourished in the late 70’s. The country we now happily live in in peace owes a lot to their struggle. ¡MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS, COMPAÑEROS!
It’s not quite like that. I live in a country with government funded healthcare and nobody ever screams that here, even the staunch right-wingers.
There is a middle ground… and is it so wrong to help people? Help everyone? An even playing field…
I know you have a long way to go, but with respect, you’re not looking at the bigger picture…
Totally agree. I work in the public health system in cancer services. What alot of the poor souls pouring in the door would do without health care access, I hate to think. We take private patients too and there are certainly advantages to private health care but everybody is cared for. I certainly don’t see this as advocating socialism, rather it is humanism.
I was lucky enough to be young enough to benefit from the old days of free university education. I was a young single mother with scant resources who would never have been able to get qualified without it. Because of that I have independently raised my son, have two reasonable mortgages, one my home and another an investment property, always payed taxes, have never required welfare benefits in any fashion and am now supporting my son as he studies. Without that wonderful gift of the old days my current reality would be very different. I would have required endless government welfare over the years and my son would be requiring it now.
How can investing in everyone’s health and education be anything but positive.
I agree folks. There are moments when I wish I could go home and live in the US again for a while, but then the health insurance thing…and what’s amazing is how much of the population is convinced that it would wreck the economy (ha!).
Not having universal health care is like not having plumbing and sewers. You may live in a beautiful house, but it smells like shit.
Last week I read a story in The New York Times about people who have accidents while texting and walking. “Ha”, I said, “who’d be that careless and stupid? GAWD people are dolts”. Yesterday I was leaving a class in an office building and thinking I was heading into an outward opening door, knee and left elbow poised to open it while I dialed a number, crashed right into a glass panel instead. The glass resounded booooiiiiiiiiinggggggg like something out of a Road Runner cartoon, the security guard came running, and I, mortified, limped away. Today I have a large lump right in the middle of my forehead and my left knee is twice normal size. I am breathless still at my own idiocy.
Today’s G2 supplement in The Guardian is dedicated to aspects of life for deaf people today. Eons ago, when I was first tutoring Remedial English in a writing center in a community college in New York, I had some deaf students (the college specialized in support services and training for the handicapped). I ended up studying American Sign Language for a while, first because I wanted to understand their understanding of language, and then because I got to love it. Read this. You’ll learn a lot.