Friday Night Open Thread

Not trying to direct the conversation, but I ran across this and found it appropriate for what’s going on in the U.S. today.

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Maybe we’ll have a post dedicated to this. For now, it’s Friday Night Open Thread. You direct the conversation. You control the topics.

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  1. As a quasi history person (someone with a degree but can’t get a job in the field because any idiot can DO history), I can tell you that the main reason we are in the position we are in is that we refuse to learn from history. Race, ethnicity, heritage, sex, age and whatever other label you’d like to attach, we refuse to see the mistakes of the past or if we see them we think WE are smart enough not to do (A) but then we do something else that is just as bad and if we’d paid attention we would have seen that another group tried that and it didn’t work either. We either have to confront the past, understand it, live with it and it’s consequences or we can continue to insanely flop and twice our way through life……Sorry I’m a little sensitive about the subject…..I bet you couldn’t tell.


  2. So, Basil, are you by any chance referring to the removal of Civil War statues (etc.) in the South?

    Each time I read about it, I think of the phrase “The South will rise again!”


  3. “existAnce”?

    Bill Hewlett, the Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard, was born May 20, 1913. He and his co-founder, David Packard, were not just good men. They were truly great men, generous with their wealth, and they established a company that, until rather recently, was a wonderful place to work. The two of them set an example that too many senior executives and company founders in Silicon Valley haven’t followed.

    Jimmy Stewart was born May 20, 1908. My source says that he was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania. I wish that the people who run that website would make up their minds (yes, I know that there is a municipality in Pennsylvana named Indiana; I had a graduate school classmate who had done her undergraduate study at Indiana University of Pennsylvania).



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