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  1. Here's today's column. I think the editor wrongly "corrected" the Old Testament from Nethanel to Nethanael. https://www.omaha.com/entertainment/evans-hawthornes-work-has-helped-keep-the-name-nathaniel-famous/article_e08cbd78-bbb1-5fb7-89ce-1aa130e668dd.html
  2. Which is no more a "bromide" than "two steps forward one step back." Google at the moment gives 352,000 hits for "one step forward two steps back" and 363,000 results for "two steps forward one step back." I guess the optimists are just slightly ahead of the pessimists there.
  3. Because not all of the parties and get-togethers people had on Memorial Day were outdoors.
  4. Medical experts on the news networks in the USA this morning were saying it was 18 to 19 times less likely to catch the virus outdoors than indoors. One of the doctors who said he believed all dining indoors at restaurants should be banned across the country said he would still allow outdoor restaurant dining because of that. But of course tables should still be at least six feet apart.
  5. That is somewhat surprising and heartening. On the other hand, I sort of would expect that within Kentucky Fayette County would be the most likely place for this to happen since it's the seat of the University of Kentucky. Lexington should be particularly full of the sort of highly educated Republican voters that would be most likely to be anti-Trump. Was there any other county in Kentucky that came close to this percentage of "uncommitted" in the primary?
  6. If Trump could really be convinced that he was definitely going to lose the election by a wide margin, his narcissism would tempt him to drop out so that he could maintain his self-image of always being a "winner." If he leaves on his own terms, declaring he was the greatest President ever and had no more to accomplish, he could salvage some self-esteem. However, I think that is a really big "if". His narcissism is also so extreme that it will be hard for him to believe that he really can lose the election. It would take almost everyone around him telling him the same thing -- and probably especially his adult kids -- before there would be a chance of him believing it. And if there is even a chance that the election can be seen as "close" by him in any way, he will probably prefer to have the election and then just scream he was robbed by the corrupt Democrats. So although I would not totally dismiss him dropping out, I think the chance of it happening are no more than 5%.
  7. I am not sure that is the right way to read these statistics. Although the CDC website says there were 15,820 deaths among adults and adolescents diagnosed with HIV in 2018, it also says "These deaths may be due to any cause." That doesn't sound to me like they are just counting deaths due to "opportunistic infections" which would not kill someone who did not have a compromised immune system. Precisely because we have the medications that allow people to live with HIV as a chronic disease, we are now at the point where the majority of people living with HIV in the USA are over 50 years old. (New infections tend to be among the young, but so many have survived decades now that the young are no longer the majority of all of those living with HIV.) Many of those deaths may be due to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease that persons with HIV have, or even other issues that aren't related to their HIV at all. As the American Heart Association says, we still need a lot more research on the health consequences of living with HIV for a long time even when the drugs prevent a collapse of the immune system. https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/06/03/as-hiv-patients-live-longer-heart-disease-might-be-their-next-challenge
  8. The last two fiction books I read: Ill Met By Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt. This is a historical fantasy where a main character is a 19-year-old William Shakespeare. His wife Ann gets kidnapped by Sylvanus the king of the fairies. Actually the most important character is Quicksilver, the younger brother of Sylvanus who has had the throne stolen from him (in Hoyt's Fairyland it is the youngest child, not the eldest, who is supposed to have inherited the throne). Quicksilver is a very interesting character for a book published in 2001. He shapeshifts back and forth between male and female forms (though the male one is presented as being primary) and seduces Will while in the female form. He also grows over the course of the story, becoming less arrogant and more sympathetic. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would -- I especially liked the portrayal of Ann Hathaway Shakespeare, who here is l an intelligent and interesting character in her own right. The Hours by Michael Cunningham. A fairly short literary novel which one the 1999 Pulitzer prize, and was later made into a film which won Nicole Kidman an Oscar in 2002 (I have not seen the film). Cunningham's prose is excellent and I can see why this won a Pulitzer. It shifts back and forth between three different timelines, the oldest in 1923 where the characters are real people -- novelist Virginia Woolf and her family. The other two timelines focus on a 1950s housewife named Laura and a bisexual New Yorker named Clarissa, with these two parts linked by the fact that Clarissa's former lover and still best friend, Richard, is Laura's son. This is a novel which somehow manages to be somewhat hopeful about the human condition even though most of the characters are psychologically damaged or clueless, and two of them commit suicide. For anyone who does read literary fiction in addition to fantasy and science fiction, it's well worth your time.
  9. I do not think that is true about Maine. There doesn't seem to have been a poll conducted during the year 2020 that shows Susan Collins ahead. The most recent poll shows her losing by 9% to Sara Gideon, who is almost sure to win the Democratic primary, and even shows Collins 1% behind if Gideon's opponent, Betsy Sweet, were to win the primary. https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/28/opinion/new-poll-shows-gideon-leading-collins-by-9-points/ https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/senate/maine/
  10. Especially if you believe LDS (Mormon} theology where God has an actual physical body that he used to impregnate Mary with.
  11. It seems to me that it might be very relevant that this may have been created in October. There are unfortunately a lot of people out there who think putting up nooses as part of Halloween decorations is cool. I think that's sick myself, but it could just have been Halloween on the mind of the person who originally created this. And although it should be checked out, it sort of would boggle my mind if the person assigning stalls would have known anything about the configuration of small pull ropes in any garage. That may be part of it. However, on one of the news networks this morning it was said that the Trump campaign's strategy is to fire up his base and keep them enthusiastic, with the expectation that even though there is no way they can get the majority of potential voters to go for Trump, they might be able to get his voters to show up at the polls in higher numbers if they can later trash Biden enough that his potential voters become way less enthusiastic. It was said that some in the campaign know this is a dangerous strategy, but think it's the only one they can go with given the candidate they have. And trying to get rid of Obamacare again would be a way to show Trump's base he's trying to keep one of his major campaign promises.
  12. Oh come on. Arab Americans -- especially the 63% majority of them who are Christians -- certainly have benefited from White privilege. Prejudice against Arab Americans comes from the perception that they are Muslim, not that they aren't White. I have never anyone say that Arab American entertainment celebrities like Danny Thomas, Jamie Farr, Casey Kasem, Tony Shalhoub, MIchael Ansara, Paul Anka, etc. were not White. And I think if you showed Americans a photo of MBS in Western clothing, 90% of them would say he was White.
  13. Way past time to move this out of American politics, but if you want to start another thread, I'll respond.
  14. I just disagree with that. The official government definition is that natives of the Middle East and North Africa are "White", and most people of Arabic ancestry look generally Mediterranean, not very different from many Italians or Greeks, and almost all Americans would see them as "White".
  15. I think talking about this is good. But there are problems with it as a general public statement. First, in modern American culture, people of Middle Eastern descent, whether Jewish or Arabic, are both officially defined as "White" and seen as "White" by the great majority of Americans. I would assume that really what people are upset about when they dislike pictures of "White Jesus" are blond blue-eyed depictions, but the call is going to be heard in the USA as not depicting him as looking Middle Eastern, either. Plus there are some great depictions of Jesus out there are Black or Native American and as a woman which I think are great. "Jesus of the People" by Janet McKenzie is one of the most well-known: https://www.janetmckenzie.com/joppage1.html The problem with "White Jesus" is when people get the idea that's the only way to depict Him. I think there should be depictions of Him of all races and ethnicities, and it should not just be limited to racial types who lived in Palestine 2000 years ago.
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