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  1. Gary Young reported lengthy, in depth examinations of Muncie, Indiana before the election, in the Guardian. Now he's gone back to see what if anything in a year has changed. The old supporters say nothing bad has happened or even happened at all. Others, well they see it quite differently, particularly those struggling with health care providers an payments, particularly people with special needs children. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/22/trump-great-job-muncie-indiana-year-election
  2. Look at the sources you are relying on. Forbes even gets the Castro Brothers' father's assets wrong -- he was by no means at all a very wealthy man. He was better off than his laborers, among whom he lived and ate, but not rich, like say the family that owned Bacardi Rum, or the family of Desi Arnez. The Castro family's assets are known, and are measly compared to even a lot US mayors. They surely are a lot better off the average black family of Seguara Grande, but -- there are no off shore accounts, no investments in foreign real estate, etc., unlike the former Soviets and present Russians or corporate and political figures here. People have been looking for this for years. Not to mention the sorts of sanctions the US has put on anyone who does business with Cuba or Cuban politicos like that. Houses are their primary expense -- Fidel tended not to sleep in the same house more than one night and kept deliberately an erratic itinerary, which only his most trusted few people knew, due to the constant threat of US assassination. Fidel had a Caribbean resort-like retreat among these houses, because he loved deep sea diving, snorkling and viewing the sea life in the reef. Then there was his security detail. Raul's daughter takes the bus to work everyday. We've been on the bus with her. One of our friend's sons works in an office with one of Fidel's youngest sons from a late life romance -- and worked with him for more than two years before realizing who he was -- he's a clerk. If these people went to other countries to whoop it up with an extreme, lavish, lifeystyle of throwing money around, don't you all realize it would be splattered all over the global media? It's also pretty damned hard to hide this stuff within Cuba too -- it is an island and everybody is all up in everybody's business.
  3. That's what I understood too -- when Suleiman married Hurrem, it changed everything in a domino effect, because non of the previous Sultans had taken wives, who then, with their sons, expected the right of inheritance of the sultanate by virtue of the previous sultan being the father -- the way so many states operated all around them. I haven't seen season 2 of MC -- it's not streaming on netflix, dang, at least, not yet. I have been anxious to see the pasha get his. Not to mention the season closed on the cliffhanger of Hurrem and the artist eating the poisoned whatever it was -- I forget. That's how it is in South America and the Spanish speaking Caribbean and Spain too -- when it's the hour the streets are empty. It's actually pretty cool to know as one travels across Mexico or Cuba, for instance, that at a particular time everything is going to be quiet, and places without a television (of which there are so many, thank the lordessa!), will be almost empty.
  4. The fabrics and textiles of Magnificent Century were the richest most opulent most glowing shimmering deep piled stuffs (words used in the medieval sense) I have ever seen, even more so than those that are in some African films and television, where textiles are so important too, to indicate wealth and status. Some historical accounts say though that the harem wasn't as murderous a place in the time of Hürrem Sultan as it supposedly became soon after, when the brother who managed to win the throne had to kill all the other potential claimants. But in any case, locking up a bunch of people under constant surveillance and rivalry for the attention of a single person is not going to create heroic and adventurous tales. I really liked, as with Resurrection: Ertugrul, the very large numbers of women's significant roles, with enormous variety, as people are. Some are good, some are villainous, many are caught by the circumstances of their lives, but all of them are interesting. Yah -- these Turkish series are very popular in many, many countries outside Turkey too.
  5. The Cubans would not like at all to exchange what they have now for what we have in the US. But then, why would you believe me, since i am the only person in this discussion with wide, vast and prolonged real experience of the place and the people.
  6. You weren't / aren't there. It's personal. Not a cult. Though, yes, a very large percentage of Cubans have never known life without Fidel. And, shortly, when Raul steps down as he will this year, I believe, it will be the first time of a Cuba without a Castro running the government or the military. This impacts people emotionally in a very big way, as one could imagine. Heck, it impacts me. I never have known of Cuba without a Castro. Fidel remains a presence in my imagination for sure, inside or out of Cuba. Again, if one understood Cuba, one would never use the word cult. One would use the word, ancestor, in honor of those religions such as Lucumi and Palo, in which we have seen figures of Cuban history in the process of becming 'santos' - ancestors in their own right. It's a natural human reaction to try to understand something we don't understand and know by what we do know. Very often we get it wrong that way.
  7. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/18/britannia-review-jez-butterworths-epic-fantasy-rules-the-airwaves
  8. It's different in Spanish speaking countries though. Telenovella covers a LOT of ground in Spanish speaking countries.
  9. People, vast numbers of Cubans, wept, upon Fidel's death. Even now Cuban families travel to his memorial in Santiago to pay their respects and assure him they remember him. Every Sunday the lines to put a flower on his very simple memorial are very, very long.
  10. You forget -- the Revolution didn't start as a communist revolution. It went there, and to the Soviet Union because the US mafia, United Fruit Co., etc. put such pressure on the US to NOT recognize the Revolution after Batista flew off with millions of dollars in his trousers. You miss a whole lot between 'revolution' and keeping stuff. They didn't get to keep a sugar factory, merely a house, and they shared that house, generally, with other members of their family. Most of those mansions became public institutions or government offices, or homes for diplomats from other countries and even embassies. Other of these houses were awarded members of the Revolution who had done spectacular things -- very dark skinned members of the Revolution -- who have made these homes for vast, extended families (I live in one of these when in Havana). Others married into camposino families, etc. But writing anything here when it is all deep and complicated history is kind of a waste of time, right? I mean I am not going to write in this topic a history of Cuba from Loma de Chivo a/k/a San Juan Hill to 2018, which is what I'd have to do -- and which I know pretty darned well. Nobody would read or wants to know anyway, since they haven't done so on their own so far, but that isn't stopping anyone from announcing and pronouncing about Cuba either. Nor do they know Spanish, history, Cubans, have never been there, or if so, decades ago, only once. It's kinda frustrating, you know? Time for a glass of wine, one might think.
  11. Also, it's really important to know that NOT ALL TELENOVELLAS ARE SOAP OPERAS AND DEAL PRIMARILY WITH LOVE RELATIONSHIPS. Not by a long shot. Some are biographies, such as a wonderful one I've watched of Simon Bolivar. There are those like the story of the woman who rose from the direst poverty in a Brasilian favela by cooking, creating what Cubans then named their private home restaurants after -- Paladar. There are period action dramas galore, with some of the best horsemanship and swordplay anyone could ever see, in that Spanish tradition. If you haven't seen any of these you haven't a clue about South American television.
  12. Pacing is different in different cultures, as is what is effective emotive style. When work I have written has been translated into Spanish for theatrical presentation, the words are acted quite differently by a Spanish-speaking actor than to a Spanish speaking audience than English speaking actor would to an English speaking audience. If the English actor presented so emotionally it would be too much, but it worked effectively on the Spanish speaking stage and for that audience, where the more restrained and flat presentation of an English speaking actor and audience would not have. That it does't appeal to you is meaningless within its own culture, doncha think? Especially as you haven't actually, you know, seen any of the series about which I am so enthusiastic, right? Ah, it's wine time and I'm home from Spanish speaking cultures and I think I'll watch some Ertugul before meeting friends for dinner.
  13. I most certainly have watched Magnificent Century. Resurrection: Ertugrul is primarly historical period action drama. It's not soap opera at all, and even less so than Magnificent Century which is confined, in its first season, to the Harem. Ertugrul's people are nomads, looking for a homeland in the pressures of the mongolian invasions, within the other conflicting pressures of these lands from European crusaders and feuding Islamic powers.
  14. Some do, some don't. Just like the rest of tv.
  15. I wasn't addressing gratuitous fun either, whatever that means. Gratuitous violence is violence that is there for the delectation of audience sensation, not for character or story. Perhaps that applies to the term 'gratuitous' when it comes to fun too? it distracts from the action, the character development, confuses the tone and tends to make a mess to no point?