03/25/19 -G. Orwell

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I’ve read a lot of books on the fall of the Roman Republic and the key personalities of that period. I wish this book provided more details about some of these key people, but overall I enjoyed the book.

In Mortal Republic, prizewinning historian Edward J. Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy.

For centuries, even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean’s premier military and political power, its governing institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise.

By the 130s BC, however, Rome’s leaders increasingly used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents. As the center decayed and dysfunction grew, arguments between politicians gave way to political violence in the streets. The stage was set for destructive civil wars–and ultimately the imperial reign of Augustus.

The death of Rome’s Republic was not inevitable. In Mortal Republic, Watts shows it died because it was allowed to, from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last forever. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIE OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve seen this film a couple of times and watched it again last week and it is still pretty good. Unfortunately, I could not find a trailer that had decent sound, but the sound is fine on both a VCR and a DVD that I have watched.

Terror By Night (1946)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

ART OF THE WEEK

Sometimes, art can be so confusing.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

I always feel sorry for people who think you can’t have friends at work. Bryant and Ken were two of the best people I ever met in my life and I worked with them for years. They are both gone now, but I always remember Ken’s birthday on March 29 and Bryant’s birthday on March 31.

Happy Birthday Bryant and Ken.

Bryant Green

Ken Shelton

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Just in case some of you are feeling sad because you aren’t always running around doing things with people.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you think the US Congress is a bunch of clowns?

Yes  55%  (11 votes) 

Maybe  25%  (5 votes) 

No  20%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Are you a reader of books?

Yes  85.71%  (18 votes) 

No  14.29%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

If you do read books, are you willing to read those outside of your comfort zone?

Yes  84.21%  (16 votes) 

No  15.79%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Have you seen the actual Mona Lisa, that is in Paris?

Yes  47.06%  (8 votes) 

No, but I hope one day to see it in Paris  35.29%  (6 votes) 

No and not interesting in seeing it in Paris  17.65%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Escalators vs. stairs?

I generally take the stairs  40%  (8 votes) 

I generally take the escalators.  30%  (6 votes) 

It depends upon the situation.  30%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Do you believe anger is punishment we our-self, for someone else’s mistake?

Sometimes  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Yes  35.71%  (5 votes) 

No  21.43%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Do you believe in evolution?

Yes  73.33%  (11 votes) 

No  13.33%  (2 votes) 

Maybe  13.33%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Do you know who the artist is in the above picture puzzle?

Yes  75%  (12 votes) 

No  25%  (4 votes) 

As will all polls, you are welcome to leave a comment in the “Comments” section of this post.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

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