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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The End of the Wall

I'll bet you didn't know this.

Wasn't it supposed to have been St. Ronnie, "with a sledgehammer?"


PJB-Chicago said...

That's a slice of history that I/we didn't know. It does show that there are individual decisions that amass to sway events in ways that we can't really predict. Sort of a viral surge. Those are the moments in history that I love to read about most: one small statement or act catches fire and spreads. Mixing metaphors there, oops.

My knowledge of world affairs stopped abruptly in 1988 when I abandoned a PhD program in International Relations, realizing I was being trained ("programmed") to be an academic and didn't want to move from the back of the classroom to the front without knowing a damn thing practical about anything. I went on to learn a proper trade and set of skills and don't regret the lack of PhD one bit. I do get to share my "craft" and my experience, so I'm happy.

My distaste for news lasted a good ten years or so, and slowly I got back into staying sort of on top of what's happening in the world. I don't read as widely as you do, and your grasp of party politics and economics is much more solid, but I try to apply whatever critical thinking skills I have to whatever I read. I question just about everything!

KEEP up the fine work JazzB. You have a great blog here and I'll try to spread the word.

Jazzbumpa said...


Thanks again, my friend.

It's all about critical thinking.