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  1. Ignoring Iranian acts of war

    The USA has been ignoring that region's behavior since swordsmen on horseback seized the civilized world's energy reserves. JohnRGT
  2. Casino Royale (2006)

    A local paper ran a picture of Ian Fleming I thought FORUM members would enjoy. While searching for a link, I bumped into the following: For the pic, srcoll to the bottom of: JohnRGT
  3. Paris Syndrome

    I work in the food industry. For the approach taken to French cuisine (I assume you mean post-70s) to be similar to the one taken to Japanese cuisine would require the term "approach" to be cast very, very widely. JohnRGT
  4. Paris Syndrome

    This isn't a bash Paris thing. As I understand it, Paris is the most visit city in the world, and a significanr chunk of that tourism is from Japan. Obviously, many, many Japanese are surviving Paris. What I'd like to know is what is causing Japanese tourists and expats to collapse. JohnRGT
  5. Casino Royale (2006)

    That was the first time a sailing vessel has been down the Grand Canal in 350 years. If I hadn't heard that this Bond was radically different in the sailing press, I would've stayed away. I was very pleasantly surprised. I'm guessing Fleming has finally stopped spinning in his grave. JohnRGT
  6. Paris Syndrome

    Agreed. So perhaps the Japanese have certain assumptions as to how people that created the Parisian art and lifestyle they admire, their descendants, and those who migrated to Pairs since the turn of the century should act. Further, there's no guarantee that either the tourists that needed therapy, or the expatriates that were sent home, were Parisphiles that were devastated by the expected-actual gap. JohnRGT
  7. Paris Syndrome

    But New York is the politest city in the world... ;-) JohnRGT
  8. Paris Syndrome

    I should've made clear that the above was a comment on one of Joss Delage’s points, namely, that today’s Japanese were looking to Germany for models of industry and bureaucracy. I’m sure Joss is right. However, the Japanese love of turn of the century Paris has to be more related to factors like the old city’s joie de vivre than whatever industry or government structure was in place at the time. I therefore conclude that the Japanese look there for something more “primary”. (A sense of life echo/model?) Of course, I’m assuming that Japan’s love affair with old Paris plays a role in the unusual reaction some Japanese tourists and expatriates* are having when they experience today’s Paris. It may very well be that this assumption is way off. PS Northern Japan is now attempting to master cheese making. From what I hear, they’re currently at the “may never happen” stage. If, however, the French influenced confections I’ve had from Japan are any sign of what Japan’s cheese makers are shooting for, these cheeses may turn out to be untouchable. * In searching “Paris Syndrome” I found a piece that claimed that the Japanese Consulate in Paris has had to send a number of devastated expatriates back home. Something interesting is at play.
  9. Paris Syndrome

    My brother works for a major airline in Tokyo. Everyone who has held his position before him weeps when transferred out. They miss the civility, the cleanliness, the safety, the quality of public works, etc, and these people have lived all over the world. (I don't mean for these accounts to be taken as unanswerable stats. We all know how easy it is for people to tow the line.) My parents just came back from a week in Tokyo with a two-night excursion to Kyoto. They were stunned by what the Japanese consider the minimum amount of respect strangers are due. With all due respect to Joss Delage, I've heard very few favorable accounts of Parisian hospitality. Further, it seems that the Japanese are looking to turn of the century Paris for something far more personal, far deeper, than models for industry and bureaucracy. JohnRGT
  10. Paris Syndrome

    But what’s so challenged by the expected-actual gap that “triggers” this reaction? What mix of ideas and values turns perfect storm when it encounters that gap? JohnRGT
  11. Paris Syndrome

    The Japanese are in love with late 19th, early 20th Century France. -- They mastered classical French cuisine long ago. -- Their luxury isles are filled with French items, many of them made right in Japan. -- They collect a disproportionate amount of the period's art. -- They study the language. -- Cafe life is emulated. -- Visiting France is a must. -- Etc Obviously the gap between today's Paris and the one that created all the Japanese admire overwhelms them. What I can't figure out is why this difference leads to collapse. JohnRGT
  12. Paris Syndrome

    I meant to type "psychotherapy" in the Description, not "psycotherapy". My apologies. JohnRGT
  13. Global Orgasm for Peace -- December 22nd

    Ends up John Kerry did have a plan... Who knew? JohnRGT
  14. Gun Control

    Paul has it, I think. Each of us has the right to defend himself and his property against those who chose to initiate force (the police can't be everywhere.)Therefore, the government of a free nation has no business compiling the aforementioned database, as owning firearms is a perfectly valid, "natural" action. I can't however, see why a person has the right to own a nuke or a missile without needing to meet very stringent governmental requirements, including background checks, minimum land reqs, insurance, registration, inspections, tracking, sale monitoring, etc. JohnRGT
  15. Our trading friend China

    Why not? We drive and fly in vehicles assembled with parts made in China. JohnRGT
  16. Moonstruck (1987)

    Moonstruck is dominated by Puccini's La Boheme. This is one of the most beautiful scores ever. Unfortunately, there's no plot. (The saying goes something like: "La Boheme is all poetry no plot, while Tosca is all plot no poetry.) I strongly recommend the Metropolitan Opera's production of La Boheme. The opera is so beloved that the music is always executed well, while the sets are absolutely stunning -- there's even a huge moon...(For those who can't get to the Met, this production is available on video.) The recoding everyone owns: (Freni, in Karajan's hands particularly, may be the greatest soprano ever.) JohnRGT
  17. Moonstruck (1987)

    This thread had me thinking about _Moonstruck_ right before I fell asleep last night. The scene where Loretta is walking down the street the morning after, accompanied by some of the best of Puccini at theatre-filling volume, is one of my favorite movie moments. What a wonderful "I get it!" moment. JohnRGT
  18. Moonstruck (1987)

    Snap out of it! Italian opera rules!!! JohnRGT
  19. Response To Charges Against THE FORUM

    But a 5 minute SEARCH vindicates the FORUM. What gives? JohnRGT
  20. Nice Theocracy If You Can Get It

    Vespasiano, Thank you for posting this great essay. I'm still stunned by the fact that a man who has spent his entire life teaching people to stand on their own judgment, didn't support position(s) he knew would be controversial with an essay like this. JohnRGT
  21. Fred Astaire

    For those who don't know, Aistare was one of the hardest working movie stars of his day. Whatever the method(s) behind his fluidity, it took a lot of practice to bring that level of fluidity to the screen. JohnRGT
  22. Peikoff on gay marriage

    As Dr. Binswanger has said, the state has no business deciding any part of this issue -- neither who does what with whom nor how the term "marriage" is used by its citizens. What about the union between man and goat? The goat has no rights. JohnRGT
  23. "Selfish" Sports Stars

    The great Leonard Marshall just gave an interview on NYC's 660 WFAN. He said he works with various college programs, would love to do color for sports broadcasts, but would refuse any offer to coach in the NFL. He can't stand what he called the hip-hop player; TO was the example sited. JohnRGT
  24. Fred Astaire

    I don't know how anyone can call Fred Astaire a dancer -- the man never touched ground. JohnRGT
  25. Cardinals Win the World Series

    I wasn't talking about just the '06 post-season. The wild card winners have been doing very well since the introduction of the wild card. I'm just wondering what the cause(s) may be. I also don't get how a team that's designed to win a best of seven round can be expected to handle a best of five -- not in baseball, anyway. JohnRGT