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#42931 - 11/29/16 08:14 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Virtual1]
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Registered: 08/04/09
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Originally Posted By: Virtual1
I seem to recall hearing that Castro "opened his jails" on Florida. A rather bizarre thing to do, but makes sense in a certain context. What, you're accepting any refugees from Cuba? Here, we don't want these, take them!" Cuba wins big, US gets a political win with a social loss. Castro was probably greatly entertained by the whole affair.

As I recall the great majority of the "prisoners" Castro released to the United States were political not criminal prisoners. So Castro got rid of most of the Cuban troublemakers and turned what was becoming a nasty embarrassment into a magnanimous gesture. Had the U.S. failed to accept the released prisoners it would have made us appear as the villains in the eyes of the international community and our own people. So no matter what your opinion of him, Fidel Castro, once again, proved himself to be a brilliant political strategist. By-the-way the vast majority of those prisoners released to the United States are now hard working tax payers making substantial contributions to the culture and economy of this country. So don't sell them short either.

Castro very successfully played the role of an international political buffoon to lull the U.S. and the U.N. into consistently underestimating him. He was demonstrably an economic and social failure but his political buffoonery kept the U.S. and other world powers off his back and enabled him to retain power in Cuba long after his time had passed. The U.S. trade sanctions were successful in impoverishing the Cuban people but they also set up a "them and us", "big bully and little victim" situation that enabled Castro and his cohorts in remain in power.

To me, Castro and his political strategies are terrifyingly similar to those of our apparent president elect, Donald Trump. 👺
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#42934 - 11/29/16 09:44 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: tacit]
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Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: tacit
These Cubans are still wealthy and politically connected. They still nurse lifelong grudges against Castro, and feel that he took what was rightfully theirs. So they are, unsurprisingly, cheering his death.


During and after World War II many Jews fleeing Europe were not allowed to enter the United States. Cuba accepted them. When Castro came into power, the Jewish community feared that a Communist government would not allow freedom of religion (or worse; cf. Soviet Union with whom Castro had strong ties), so they left for the United States, which by that time allowed them entrance.

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#42937 - 11/29/16 10:14 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Ira L]
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Registered: 08/05/09
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Originally Posted By: Ira L
During and after World War II many Jews fleeing Europe were not allowed to enter the United States.

The same dismal behavior was exhibited by the Dominion of Canada.

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#43092 - 12/08/16 03:43 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
A true hero has passed: John Glenn
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#43177 - 12/14/16 12:08 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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#43183 - 12/15/16 09:35 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Bob_00001]
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Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
Alan Thicke, classic TV dad ("Growing Pains"), songwriter (themes for "Wheel of Fortune", "Diff'rent Strokes" and more) and late-night TV host ("Thicke of the Night").
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#43231 - 12/18/16 04:08 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Ira L]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Zsa Zsa Gabor, who proved that you don't need talent to succeed. Still, she had some great quips, including "How many husbands have I had? Do you mean apart from my own?"
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#43261 - 12/22/16 09:26 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
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Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
Lou Harris, pollster extraordinaire, dead at 95.

Where was he in this last election? tongue
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#43277 - 12/27/16 10:40 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Ira L]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Carrie Fisher, who had a successful career and an unhappy life. May she rest in peace.
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#43278 - 12/27/16 01:59 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/08/09
Loc: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, at the age of 96.
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#43279 - 12/27/16 02:13 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Paddy]
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Loc: New York State
I read Watership Down as an adult and loved it. It may be classified as a children's story, but it has so much more that it should appeal to adults. Many things in that book will go over a young person's head.
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#43280 - 12/27/16 11:29 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
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Registered: 08/05/09
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Originally Posted By: jchuzi
I read Watership Down as an adult and loved it. It may be classified as a children's story, but it has so much more that it should appeal to adults. Many things in that book will go over a young person's head.

One mustn't forget Shardik and The Plague Dogs.

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#43283 - 12/29/16 03:07 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Carrie Fisher, who had a successful career and an unhappy life. May she rest in peace.


And now, tragically, her mother. Debbie Reynolds
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#43284 - 12/29/16 10:10 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
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This year can easily be characterized as a "dumpster fire" of a year. (Read into that anything that you will.)
To say more than that would be overkill.
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#43308 - 01/02/17 10:20 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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Loc: California
Still in last year, William Christopher, better known as Father Mulcahy on the TV series of M*A*S*H.
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#43347 - 01/09/17 08:28 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Ira L]
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One of the most beloved trees in America, Pioneer Cabin Tree in California felled by storms
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#43497 - 01/26/17 03:43 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Comic and dramatic actress, Mary Tyler Moore, Some of the best belly laughs I've had were while watching exchanges between Mary and Lou in the newsroom.
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#43508 - 01/27/17 09:05 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: ryck]
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Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
"Mannix" TV star Mike Connors, at nearly 92 years.
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#43514 - 01/28/17 12:41 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Ira L]
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#43515 - 01/28/17 12:41 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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#43661 - 02/15/17 03:20 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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Registered: 08/05/09
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Stuart McLean, creator of and famed for "The Vinyl Café" in its many incarnations, as well as a national treasure qua storyteller extraordinaire

CBC radio personality and Vinyl Cafe host Stuart McLean has died

Addendum: "Canada's Storyteller: A Tribute to Stuart McLean" will be aired today (Feb 16) on CBC Radio One at 1300 local time. Following the airing it should be available as a podcast (cbc.ca/podcasts).


Edited by grelber (02/16/17 06:25 AM)
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#43666 - 02/16/17 08:37 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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Loc: California
Diversely talented musician Al Jarreau.
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#44044 - 03/18/17 05:49 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Ira L]
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Rock and roll great Chuck Berry. I remember his songs from my misspent youth.
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#44046 - 03/18/17 06:02 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
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I often find myself singing Chuck Berry songs to myself...know many of the lyrics by heart; in my mind he and early Elvis WERE Rock 'n' Roll!!!
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#44055 - 03/19/17 02:05 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: artie505]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Jimmy Breslin From the obituary: "Love or loathe him, none could deny Mr. Breslin’s enduring impact on the craft of narrative nonfiction."


Edited by jchuzi (03/19/17 02:05 PM)
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