HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

July 9, 2007
Potpourri

Ernest Cassara


Shooting Oneself in the Foot

Although I am very sympathetic to the Palestinian people, I sometimes wonder how dumb some of their groups can be.  How stupid to kidnap Alan Johnstone, who was reporting from Gaza for the BBC. 

Thank goodness he has now been released.  But, is the BBC likely to replace him? If not, the Palestinian people in Gaza will suffer from Israeli actions, without the world hearing about it.


The Urge to Collect

Why is it, I wonder, that I am typing this commentary in a room lined with thousands of books?  Why is it that we human beings desire to collect.  And, when I am in our living room below, not only do I see more books lining one long wall, but VHS tapes, and, now DVDs.  Some of the latter are, also, piled on the piano. 

Now, the theory is, I suppose, that we may want to consult a book on some topic or other, but, are we likely to watch the DVDs again?


American Inanity

Well, the 4th of July has come and gone, and, I hope, for awhile at least, some of the foolishness that passes for celebration.  I have the hot dog eating contest on Coney Island particularly in mind.  If I heard correctly, the winner consumed 59 dogs!

Now, I wish, some year, that they would film him later in the day, and the next day.  How is his stomach?  Not to mention his bowels!


Cameras Here, There, Everywhere!

On our recent trip to London, I took a particular delight in pointing out the cameras to my sister-in-law who accompanied us this time, telling her to smile!

The Brits have them all over the place.  In the case of private buildings, there sometimes is a notice re “CCTV.”  That is, Closed Circuit Television.  But, all over London, if you keep your eyes open, you will see them in public places.  I am, often, tempted to smile up at them and take a bow!

I find it hard to believe that all of the camera are manned.  Could be that tape machines are recording, so that, if there is a reason, the tape can be checked?


Flight Paths

Those of us in the environs of Harvard Square have noticed planes zooming overhead, taking off or landing at Logan International Airport in East Boston.  I understand that some towns raised hell over the noise, so that many planes are diverted in our direction!


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