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Date: 2014-01-05 14:27
Subject: The Myth of Western Civilization
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TNC has written a very interesting column:


http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/the-myth-of-western-civilization/282704/

I don't know if I disagree with him. I don't know if the arc bends toward justice or if there is an arc. I haven't read Postwar or Bloodlands, but I have read a lot lately about German history, in first real academic excursion into it of any depth. I don't believe in Sonderweg, I don't believe that Nazi Germany was the inevitable result of German history. German history followed a path not all that different from the rest of western Europe. I do know that since 1945, Germany has been a model western liberal democracy. So there is that. Russia is a country that, unlike Germany, has almost no tradition of rule of law or constitutional government.
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Date: 2012-01-13 23:09
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Date: 2012-01-12 23:04
Subject: Brideshead Revisited
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Today the Times had an article on the popularity of "Downton Abbey" and how it's driving viewers into bookstores looking for books on the Edwardian era and the British aristocracy. I have tried watching it a couple of times, but couldn't get into it. One reason I think is I don't need it, because I've already had my Downton Abbey exactly 30 years ago, when in the winter of 1982 PBS showed the Jeremy Irons -Anthony Andrews "Brideshead Revisited" miniseries on American TV for the first time. Coincidentally, that semester I was taking in college a course on 18th and 19th century British history. These two events happening at the same time had a profound effect on me and made me an Anglophile and a scholar of English history. It especially increased my interest in the British aristocracy and their country houses. I was less interested in Waugh's religious theme, and did not like how in the end Charles converts to Catholicism, but that was a minor quibble. Everybody who saw "Brideshead" then knew they were seeing one of the greatest TV programs in history. I have been looking at it recently on Youtube over and over and can't stop watching it. So, who needs "Downton Abbey"? After "Brideshead Revisited", every other British program since, no matter how well made, looks like a pale imitation.
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Date: 2009-06-08 12:07
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Date: 2009-05-04 15:43
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Stephanie.

My girl.

Thank you, sweetheart.

*hug*
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Date: 2009-04-15 10:12
Subject: Aaaaaaargh!!!
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Date: 2009-04-14 16:50
Subject: Obama the pirate-killer
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Date: 2009-04-14 15:24
Subject: Marilyn Chambers dead
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Porn star Marilyn Chambers found dead in L.A. County home

Marilyn Chambers, a former Ivory Snow detergent model who became a porn star, died Sunday at her Canyon Country home. She was 56.

Chambers, whose real name is Marilyn Ann Taylor, was found unresponsive at 8:51 p.m. at her residence it the 16000 block of Vasquez Canyon, said Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter. The cause of death is under investigation but foul play was not suspected and an autopsy is pending.

Chambers became a pop culture phenomenon when she gave up work as a model advertising Ivory Snow laundry detergent to star in the X-rated "Behind the Green Door" in 1972.

The movie also sparked a buying frenzy on boxes of Ivory Snow soap, then graced by Chambers' angelically complexioned face.

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Date: 2009-04-10 09:35
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Date: 2009-04-09 12:17
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Today at my job I am dealing with books on WW2, mostly British, some of them about the RAF. So, I am thinking of this:

A squadron leader, just off on a mission, runs past, and dashes into a Nissen hut

CAPTION: Somewhere in England, 1944

The squadron leader enters an RAF officers' mess and takes off his helmet

Bovril (Terry J.)
Morning, squadron leader.
Squadron Leader (Eric)
What-ho, Squiffy.
Bovril
How was it?
Squadron Leader
Top hole. Bally Jerry pranged his kite right in the how's your father. Hairy blighter, dicky-birdied, feathered back on his Sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harper's and caught his can in the Bertie.
Bovril
Er, I'm afraid I don't quite follow you, squadron leader.
Squadron Leader
It's perfectly ordinary banter, Squiffy. Bally Jerry ... pranged his kite right in the how's yer father ... hairy blighter, dicky-birdied, feathered back on his Sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harper's and caught his can in the Bertie.
Bovril
No, I'm just not understanding banter at all well today. Give us it slower.
Squadron Leader
Banter's not the same if you say it slower, Squiffy.
Bovril
Hold on, then. (shouts) Wingco!
Wingco (Graham)
Yes!
Bovril
Bend an ear to the squadron leader's banter for a sec, would you?
Wingco
Can do.
Bovril
Jolly good.
Wingco
Fire away.
Squadron Leader
(draws a deep breath and looks slightly uncertain, then starts even more deliberately then before) Bally Jerry ... pranged his kite ... right in the how's your father ... hairy blighter ... dicky-birdied ... ... feathered back on his Sammy ... took a waspy ... flipped over on his Betty Harper's ... and caught his can in the Bertie.
Wingco
... No, don't understand that banter at all.
Squadron Leader
Something up with my banter, chaps?

A siren goes. The door bursts open and an out-of-breath young pilot rushes in in his flying gear.

Pilot (Michael)
Bunch of monkeys on your ceiling, sir! Grab your egg and fours and let's get the bacon delivered.

General incomprehension. They look at each other

Wingco
Do you understand that?
Squadron Leader
No, didn't get a word of it.
Wingco
Sorry old man, we don't understand your banter.
Pilot
You know ... bally ten-penny ones dropping in the custard ... (searching for the words) um ... Charlie Choppers chucking a handful ...
Wingco
No, no ... sorry.
Bovril
Say it a bit slower, old chap.
Pilot
Slower banter, sir?
Wingco
Ra-ther!
Pilot
Um ... sausage squad up the blue end!
Squadron Leader
No, still don't get it.
Pilot
Um ... cabbage crates coming over the briny?
Squadron Leader
No.
Wingco, Pilot and Bovril
No, no ...

Stock film of a German bombing raid.

Voice Over (Michael)
But by then it was too late. The first cabbage crates hit London by July 7th. That was just the beginning...


http://www.orangecow.org/pythonet/sketches/rafbante.htm
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