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  1. "Potential" - that's the key word. One weighs potential by evaluating actual facts, statistics and real-world personal experience, rather than reacting to fear based upon improbable scenarios conjured out of someone's imagination...usually an imagination either steeped in groundless paranoia, or driven by some unseen agenda.
  2. I agree wholeheartedly. I've noticed ignorance, reliance on hearsay, extremely limited (or even singular) news sources, paranoia, a disdain for factual information, (unintentional?) hypocrisy, sweeping generalizations and fear are among the common threads which seem to run through most of Trump's supporters. And, as you pointed out, a large percentage of his supporters are extremely regional, meaning they don't have any real understanding of just how vast and varied the world truly is. This lack of worldliness only reinforces what I call an "echo chamber mentality". The fears and uncertainties they put out into their community are bounced back at them by people who are themselves caught in a sort of localism, or regionalized value set. One might think having access to the internet, or the world wide web, would alleviate this situation by broadening their horizons, but, due to the way search engines like Google and other data streams are set up, the echo chamber only increases in size. It's a sort of catch 22: you are only shown, or read, what you agree with because you only search for what you agree with...as in the case of the Facebook "News" feed. All you see are news items which reinforce what you already think, so, unless you actively seek out different sources, you won't see any Factual information that might challenge what Trump or Fox News is telling you. It's a potentially dangerous information cul-de-sac. And it's made much worse by being constantly told you can't trust this source or that source, because far too many people accept this blindly, without even trying to find out the truth. This is the sort of conditioning that causes people to act against their own best interests. Traveling and interacting with other cultures is comparable to seeking out other sources for news and information. The results are basically the same: both lead to greater knowledge and a better understanding of the world we live in, and to the realization that, like it or not, we now live in a global community. Our decisions and policies and even our behavior now carries consequences which we never used to have to consider.
  3. I just finished the Howard Hawks film "To Have And Have Not" featuring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. As we all know, this was Ms. Bacall's screen debut, as well as the first film she made with future hubby Bogey. Over the course of the next 5 years, they shared top billing in 3 more movies, all made by Warner Bros.. This is a really terrific movie. I've probably seen it at least 6 times, and I've thoroughly enjoyed it every time. The story of the behind-the-scenes budding romance between the two leads has become the stuff of Hollywood legend. The chemistry between these two jumps right off the screen, so much so that director Howard Hawks, knowing a good thing when he saw it, took advantage of their onscreen charisma by increasing Ms. Bacall's role by quite a bit. Unfortunately, this cost the other female lead, Dolores Moran, valuable screen time, even though she and Hawks were having an affair of their own during filming. There are so many great scenes in this film, the most famous being the one in which "Slim" (Lauren Bacall) delivers the line "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and ... blow ..." . Wow! What an all-time classic scene! I'm sure that line is up near the top of every Greatest Movie Quotes list going. And Bogey's reaction to that line is one of my favorite little Bogart moments. I also love the scene near the end of the film when Slim does her little shimmy move while the great Hoagy Carmichael ("Cricket") plays her out the door...with the hop-stepping "Eddie" (Walter Brennan) in tow. Absolutely wonderful. This movie is full of classic scenes. Howard Hawks has probably directed more 5-star movies than other director in the history of Hollywood, and To Have And Have Not is one of the best of his best. I doubt if there is anyone in this forum who hasn't seen this terrific movie, but on the off chance that you haven't, you are in for a real treat.
  4. My top 10....hmmmm......let me think. Well, I'll start with a few of my all-timers, and see where it goes. Although I like some better than others, these are in no particular order: 1) The Awful Truth - 1937 Directed by Leo McCarey. Starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. 2) It Happened One Night - 1934 Directed by Frank Capra. Starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. 3) Arsenic And Old Lace - 1944 Directed by Frank Capra. Starring Priscilla Lane and Cary Grant. 4) His Girl Friday - 1940 Directed by Howard Hawks. Starring Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant. 5) Adam's Rib - 1949 Directed by George Cukor. Starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. 6) Born Yesterday - 1950 Directed by George Cukor. Starring Judy Holiday and William Holden. 7) Sabrina - 1954 Directed by Billy Wilder. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden. 8) The Philadelphia Story - 1940 Directed by George Cukor. Starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart 9) Roman Holiday - 1953 Directed by William Wyler. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck 10) The Lady Eve - 1941 Directed by Preston Sturges. Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda I have several honorable mentions...most of them filmed more recently than this list...movies like Moonstruck, When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, You've Got Mail (and The Shop Around The Corner), Amelie, My Man Godrey....etc., etc.
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