Blood Diamond

Movies, Drama

Blood Diamond

No Comments 3 July 2017

If you are about to get married and want to celebrate this significant event with a diamond, I do not recommend you watch Blood Diamond. Your enthusiasm for diamonds will be greatly diminished. You will no longer sing, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” It is hard to get the idea out of one’s head because of these sparkling objects many people to lost their lives and one may literally wear blood on one’s hands. We also learn how prices for diamonds are kept artificially high because large companies buy up supply and store tons of diamonds in vaults. The film tells a very good story that seems to be in large measure true.

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Peggy Noonan: “Democracy Is Not Your Plaything”

Diary, Politics

Peggy Noonan: “Democracy Is Not Your Plaything”

No Comments 20 May 2017

Peggy Noonan just published (May 18) this very strong piece in the WSJ.

When the circus comes to Washington, it consumes everything, absorbs all energy.
This will be unpleasantly earnest, but having witnessed the atmospherics the past 10 days it’s what I think needs saying:
Democracy is not your plaything.
This is not a game.

The president of the United States has produced a building crisis that is unprecedented in our history. The question, at bottom, is whether Donald Trump has demonstrated, in his first four months, that he is unfit for the presidency—wholly unsuited in terms of judgment, knowledge, mental capacity, personal stability. That epic question is then broken down into discrete and specific questions: Did he improperly attempt to interfere with an FBI criminal investigation, did his presidential campaign collude with a foreign government, etc.

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Surprising New Finding: “Get Married, Get Healthy? Maybe Not.”

Surprising New Finding: “Get Married, Get Healthy? Maybe Not.”

No Comments 19 May 2017

By BELLA DEPAULOMAY (NYT)

In a nation as divided and contentious as our own, it is rare to find a belief we all share. But trust in the transformative power of marriage is close to universal — and it has endured for decades. This isn’t just a matter of faith, we’ve been assured. It’s science. Research is said to have established what our fairy tales promised: Marry and you will live happily ever after. And you will be healthier, too.

A new study challenges the claim that people who marry get healthier.

 

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