We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There are many, many social constructs that are created to keep things humming along. There are many unspoken rules that we abide by because, well, respect and deference make for better human relations.
Legalism in relationships usually ends up with a punch in the face. Score-keeping and a blind adherence to following the rules at the greater cost of violating principles like decency, kindness and love are looked on with scorn because well, people don't like other people to be jerks.
Well said. We often speak about codes of conduct here. Civil behavior is more important than the laws, most of the time.
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Oh, I don't think it (the famine) was totally unknown. I still remember the "Clean up your plate, think of all those starving children in China" admonitions by parents and teachers in the very early 60's. I never really understood the saying until way later in my adult life. But like a lot of unpleasant history, the apologists and ostriches ignore it in the name of political expediency, and tell the really great lie about the grand and glorious life of the communistic state.
New York Times Archives 1960-1965 indicates some news of the famine coming out of China. Refugees to Hong Kong indicate famine: ChiCom government denies. China will accept gifts of grain.
There was very little real news coming out of China at the time in the local papers. This blackout worked both ways. I recall articles about John Downey, a Catholic priest the ChiComs had imprisoned. Free Father Downey, the newspapers said. Years later, it was revealed that he was a CIA agent. Twenty one years after he was captured, he was released the year after Nixon went to China. I do not recall any articles about the China famine, but I recall articles about “Father Downey.” [I was interested in China at the time, and started to read Edgar Snow's whitewash of Mao, but it was too heavy for my child's mind. So if the local paper had mentioned famine in China, I believe I would have remembered.
I doubt the “Eat : children in China was starving” referred to Mao's famine. China and famine had been associated with each other for a long time in American eyes, given the political turmoil in China during the 20th century, and the long-term missionary presence in China.
Such exhortations were common in American kitchens in the postwar era, and before. "Eat. People in Europe are starving." "You look like a starving Armenian." What your mother said was just a variation.
IIRC, I saw a cartoon that joked about "Eat: People in ...are starving" in a book of old visual humor that my parents had. That suggests the line went back way before the post WW2 era.
Fairly harmless thieving drunks with violins, aren't they all? Gypsies will never bring down a civilization.
Let's not forget guitar.
[That were an Eye-Talian on the violin. I heard Stefan Grappelli play when he was about 85. As good as 85 as he was at 40.]
Roger that. I don't condone persecution, nor would I group all people of gypsy stock - "Romani" and "Tinkers" into a single stereotype. But those among them who don't stray from tradition and choose to live the wandering, thieving lifestyle are a curse if they happen to hit you. It's a good con and 'joke's on you' when a friend gets defrauded out of tens of thousands of dollars or has his family heirlooms stolen. It's a major personal tragedy and possibly financially ruinous when it happens to you. Great music, lovely folks if they choose to take you into their arms, and a ****ing disaster if they roll into your town with loot and/or blood on their mind.