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A DoubleTake too good to miss

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

[ by Charles Cameron — featuring a woman whose wings were clearly visible forty years ago, and her gentleman’s firebrand of a hairdo ]
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The story’s a neat one — see the rainbow?

Man Tracks Down People He Photographed in the Street 40 Years Ago to Recreate Their Pictures.

from My Modern Met, 2016.

The human race is wondrous in its diversity.

WaPo just can’t bear their faces?

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — the words “substitute teachers” come to mind ]
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There’s nothing like quoting the recent past to illustrate the near future, eh?

presidential-vice-presidents-wapo-savedhttps://twitter.com/postpolitics/status/785172785417125889

I guess these guys seem more presidential?

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Edited to add: Okay, revised version, 20 minutes later:

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/785177688839520257

October 8: ignore this till afterwards — or afterlife

Friday, October 7th, 2016

[ Charles Cameron — glance, okay, because it’s strange, and about tomorrow — no need to play the videos ]
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Nostradamus:

Brother Nathanael:


Sheikh Imran Hosein:

Illuminati:


And:

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Just dipping my toe in the strange waters of Matthew 24:36:

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

and Qur’an 33:63:

People ask you concerning the Hour. Say, “Knowledge of it is only with Allah. And what may make you perceive? Perhaps the Hour is near.”

So:

  • Socrates, The unexamined life is not worth the living…
  • Christ, That they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly..
  • Anais Nin, The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself..
  • Bob Dylan: It’s life and life only..
  • It is the Nine Eleven Century

    Sunday, September 11th, 2016

    [by Mark Safranski / “zen“]

    Thomas Wade, long time ZP reader reminded me this morning of the post I wrote on the 10th anniversary of September 11. If anything the world has changed for the worse. Will we change course?

    I don’t know.

    The Nine Eleven Century?

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    Ten years ago to this day, almost to the hour of which I am writing, commercial jetliners were highjacked by al Qaida teams armed with boxcutters, under the direction of Mohammed Atta, were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, believed to be headed to the US Capitol building, crashed in Pennsylvania when passengers led by Todd Beamer heroically attempted to stop the highjackers. The whole world watched – most with horror but some with public glee – on live television as people jumped out of smoke-engulfed windows, holding hands, to their deaths. Then, the towers fell.

    From this day flowed terrible consequences that are still unfolding like the rippling shockwave of a bomb.

    We look back, sometimes on the History Channel or some other educational program, at the grainy, too fast moving, sepia motion pictures of the start of World War I. The crowds wildly cheered troops with strangely antiquarian uniforms that looked reminiscent of Napoleon’s day, march proudly off to the war that gave Europe the Somme, Gallipoli, Passchendaele and Verdun. And the Russian Revolution.

    After the armistice, the victors had a brief chance to reset the geopolitical, strategic and economic patterns the war had wrought and in which they were enmeshed. The statesmen could not rise to that occasion, failing so badly that it was understood even at the time, by John Maynard Keynes and many others, that things were being made worse. World War I. became the historical template for the short but infinitely bloody 20th century of 1914-1991, which historians in future centuries may simply describe as “the long war” or a “civil war of western civilization”.

    There is a serious danger, in my view, of September 11 becoming such a template for the 21st century and for the United States.

    On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, as we remember the fallen and the many members of the armed services of the United States who have served for ten years of war, heroically, at great sacrifice and seldom with complaint, we also need to recall that we should not move through history as sleepwalkers. We owe it to our veterans and to ourselves not to continue to blindly walk the path of the trajectory of 9/11, but to pause and reflect on what changes in the last ten years have been for the good and which require reassessment. Or repeal. To reassert ourselves, as Americans, as masters of our own destiny rather than reacting blindly to events while carelessly ceding more and more control over our lives and our livelihoods to the whims of others and a theatric quest for perfect security. America needs to regain the initiative, remember our strengths and do a much better job of minding the store at home.

    The next ninety years being molded by the last ten is not a future I care to leave to my children. I can think of no better way to honor the dead and refute the current sense of decline than for America to collectively step back from immersion in moment by moment events and start to chart a course for the long term.

    The issue of women as sex-slaves in current news

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

    [ by Charles Cameron — why grokking is an important quality in analysts and diplomats, policy-makers and journos ]
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    Update on the long-running diplomatic snafu between S Korea and Japan:

    Welsh imam explains why sex slavery is okay:

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    And here we are in 2016 CE.

    I keep, keep, keep saying this: whether we’re dealing with Japan in WWII or ISIS today, we need to understand that worldviews differ, that the differences matter — and that knowing that intellectually is not enough, we need to be able to know it in the holistic, visceral-to-intellectual way Heinlein’s character Valentine Michael Smith in Stranger in a Strange Land called “grokking“.


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