Friday, December 23, 2016

Random Thoughts!

I finished watching “Goliath” on Amazon Prime.  Enjoyed it a lot.  While Billy Bob Thornton has been getting most of the attention, and I thought he was excellent, William Hurt deserves equal credit for an outstanding performance.

Good news that executions in the U.S. are down this year and support for abolishing the death penalty is on the rise.  Bad news is that we do it at all and continue to incarcerate so many.

Reading the newspapers takes less time these days since I’m paying little attention to Trump and Trump-related articles.  A head in the sand approach?  Probably, but that’s where I’m at.

And on the same subject, my current advice:  To avoid being disappointed expect the worst.  Expecting anything other than the worst is futile wishful thinking.

Insane scheduling:  The English Premier League plays three rounds of games between Dec. 26 and Jan. 4.  All the other leagues in Europe take the holidays off.

Book report:  I found “The Undoing Project” interesting and dense in spots.  I’m in the middle of “The Violet Hour,” which details how some famous people faced death.  I’m also in the middle of  “The Story of a Brief Marriage,” a brutal story set in the middle of the civil war in Sri Lanka.  I think a change of pace is in order.

Terrorism these days is like a game of Whack-A-Mole.  Ankara yesterday.  Berlin today.  The Congo tomorrow.  Jordan yesterday.  Yemen today.  The Philippines tomorrow.  And so on.  Good luck if you’re looking for a safe place.

Merry Xmas.  Happy Chanukah.


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