Pushing a little close to eighty my maternal grandfather had been sick for quite some time. My mother told me he had less than a week left the other day and she was right. He had four daughters, quite a few grandchildren, and even more great-grandchildren. I'm not as upset as I could have been, we weren't as close as I would have liked. My mother was from his first marriage, and his 2nd wife prevented him from showing up to events that would have my grandmother there. My paternal grandfather Blair was much older than Terry, so he died about a decade before I was born. Nevertheless he was still my grandfather, and now I have none living.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
I think the first time I've heard of Gangs of New York was some time last year. Back in 2002, I was just fourteen years old and this movie was certainly not on the radar. The only person I knew of in it back then that I liked was Cameron Diaz. I came to respect Leonardo DiCaprio more as I grew up. I didn't know who he was for a long time, but Daniel-Day Lewis is an amazing actor. Unlike Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel-Day Lewis can go years without being in a movie. I do respect that he'd rather be in something he believes in that have his reputation tainted by acting in a dud of a movie. The movie was directed by Martin Scorsese who like Daniel-Day Lewis focus more on quality of films than quantity of films. The film went on to be nominated for quite a few Oscars, but brought home no wins even for Daniel-Day Lewis. The movie is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Herbert Asbury.
While crime is down in recent decades in America, the United States leads the world in incarceration rates. About 700 individuals per 100k people are behind bars in America, which is much higher than even countries like China and Russia. Japan is one of the lowest with about 50 folks per 100k people in prison.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
During the 2016 Presidential Election, Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson stumbled on a question when he was asked on which world leader he admired most. Granted that can be difficult as differences in languages and culture can make us feel separated from truly knowing other world leaders. But mine is Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I've taken notice to him since he became Prime Minister, and he's a really awesome guy as he seems to have all Canadian's interests at heart, and is a champion for embracing Canada's diversity in gender, religion, and race. It's a shame Justin Trudeau isn't American, someone so young, handsome, and sane would have won in a huge landslide against America's biggest electoral mistake last year. It's a shame we can't trade with Canada on that one.
What world leader do you admire?