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by Turumarth
Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Trump's America
Replies: 2696
Views: 599322

Re: Trump's America

My wife (Japanese), hates Trump. But she's heard everything that I've told her about him. Other people, well, there have been a couple of television specials here in Japan explaining the shady character of many of Trump's business dealings over the years. All the people I have talked to about him se...
by Turumarth
Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Trump's America
Replies: 2696
Views: 599322

Re: Trump's America

It's horrible. This kind of "Office" is formed with the specific purpose of creating hate. That way they try to make the unthinkable thinkable. Trump will fail, however. The question is how long it will take for him to fail and how extensive and long lasting the damage will be. Trump can d...
by Turumarth
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Children of Húrin
Replies: 43
Views: 49361

Re: The Children of Húrin

Perhaps unlike some readers of Tolkien, I for one think it is perfectly valid to interpret much of his work in the light of his Catholic beliefs (which I no longer share). For me, Tolkien’s notion that his legendarium should not explicity contain the Christian mythos does not at all preclude the (to...
by Turumarth
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Self-driving cars
Replies: 20
Views: 15059

Re: Self-driving cars

I'm with (what I imagine to be) JRRT's position on this one. Self-driving cars are madness.

Of course, driver-driven cars are madness as well: Mr. Bliss
by Turumarth
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Children of Húrin
Replies: 43
Views: 49361

Re: The Children of Húrin

(Apology: I am sorry I am always so long-winded. I try to be clear, and I try not to be discourteous. This style of writing helps me do that. But it might be tiresome...) I've always seen Tolkien as a "Catholic" author since I grew up in a family who viewed him that way. After finishing th...
by Turumarth
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Children of Húrin
Replies: 43
Views: 49361

Re: The Children of Húrin

It seems that Voronwë and I independently arrived at more or less the same conclusion that C. Tolkien may have been mistaken in thinking that "The Second Prophecy of Mandos" was definitively abandoned by JRRT. I also feel it could have been retained as being part of those aspects of the my...
by Turumarth
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Children of Húrin
Replies: 43
Views: 49361

Re: The Children of Húrin

Voronwë, very interesting. This is one of the reasons I hesitate to post, because I know there's already been a huge amount of discussion on just about everything and I need to read through a lot of posts before I can really comment on a topic. However on this relatively short thread I hope to discu...
by Turumarth
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Children of Húrin
Replies: 43
Views: 49361

Re: The Children of Húrin

Perhaps I should apologize. To be clear, I wasn’t hoping to get any new readers for my version. And it’s a moot point anyway: due to neglect on my part as well as to the advance of technology, the PC where these files may have been stored was junked some time ago, and any other files were on floppie...
by Turumarth
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Children of Húrin
Replies: 43
Views: 49361

Re: The Children of Húrin

This is my personal favorite story from the First Age in spite of its darkness. I was really excited when this book was published, but was disappointed by some of the particular choices that Christopher Tolkien made in its editing. However, since I had long been dreaming of a beautiful illustrated s...
by Turumarth
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Health Care Reform
Replies: 3516
Views: 589254

Re: Health Care Reform

But then, according to the story, Jesus went on to extend his rather miraculous "health care coverage" to the foreign woman's daughter. Actually, I myself am not a believer. But I recognize that between Ayn Rand and the more traditional or "orthodox" forms of Christianity there i...
by Turumarth
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Health Care Reform
Replies: 3516
Views: 589254

Re: Health Care Reform

It never ceases to amaze me that Paul Ryan (and others) consider themselves followers of Jesus Christ and yet are admirers of Ayn Rand at the same time.
by Turumarth
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Trump's America
Replies: 2696
Views: 599322

Re: Trump's America

Hurray for Judge Derrick Watson! But I wonder what will happen to this (and other rulings) when Judge Gorsuch or someone else like him who passes judgement without compassion gets confirmed to the Supreme Court.
by Turumarth
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Terrorist or Freedom Fighter
Replies: 16
Views: 11426

Re: Terrorist or Freedom Fighter

Beutlin and Nin make some important and interesting observations. I would observe that the labels of "terrorist" and "freedom fighter" are not mutually exclusive. Reprehensible injustices are often committed in the name of just causes, which fact does not at all justify the injus...
by Turumarth
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Welcome to Our Messageboard! COME HERE FIRST
Topic: GREETINGS to our Newest Members!
Replies: 2767
Views: 732045

Re: GREETINGS to our Newest Members!

Thank you for the welcome. I don't see a thread for self-introductions, so I would like to introduce myself a bit here, if I may. I am originally from California [love those giant Sequoias!], which I consider to be my native land (rather than the USA) but I have been living in Japan for a number of ...