Monday, January 24, 2022

Kidnapped 1978

 Kidnapped 1978 is a mini-series of 13 short episodes based on the novel by R.L. Stevenson (actually on the novel and its sequel, Catriona as most of the adaptations). The story proved so popular that it was adapted many times. I do remember watching a 2005 movie which was also quite good.

The plot goes as follows. David Balfour, a young lad of about 17 after the loss of both of his parents goes to stay with his uncle who is a lord of an estate but lives in pretty destitute conditions due to his extreme greediness and paranoia. In his house, David discovers that his father was actually the eldest son which makes him a wealthy heir, but his uncle uses his naivety to sell him into slavery. The ship which is  supposed to bring him to America takes a passenger, Alan Breck Stewart, one of the leaders of the Highland rebellion which had happened several years before.

When the ship captain discovers  that Alan has a belt full of gold, his decision is taken, Alan must die, but David has other plans. Here is his chance to do an honourable deed and to escape slavery and so he warns Alan and the two manage to escape, after killing half of the crew which leads to a shipwreck. Yet the way back goes through Highlands which are crawling with British soldiers and Alan has a price on his head. To make the matters more complicated, the two become chief suspects in a political murder case...

The 2nd novel is much less exciting and mostly deals with the relationship between David and Catriona, the daughter of James McGregor, the eldest son of Rob Roy. 

The story is ostensibly about David yet Alan somehow always manages to become at least just as important. It's no wonder since he is such an alpha male. Handsome despite his smallpox scars which gave him his nickname Breck, good with the sword, loyal and brave even when death seems imminent, never loses his head (unless alcohol and gambling are involved), popular with women, altogether a dashing hero, especially compared to David with his bourgeois prejudices. 

Stevenson was aware of the danger of him getting all the attention so he gave him some unpleasant character traits like arrogance, pride and certain pettiness, but in the1978 production they actually made him a better person than in the novel, which I was quite happy about. Alan is played by David McCallum, who was a very popular actor  and a quite handsome man himself, though he was probably a bit too old for Alan who should be in his late thirties, in my estimation. (McCallum was 45 at that time but still particularly good-looking). They also gave a bigger role to Catriona, which made the story more romantic.

Now in case you wondered, the novel is based on the historical events (the Appin murder) and Alan Breck Stewart really existed. Even though the original story doesn't tell us what happened to him in the end, (apparently he served in the French army and fought against the British in North America) according to his family he later moved to Ireland, married, set up a farm and lived happily ever after (to the good old age of 80, which was not bad at all for those times and considering the sort of life he led) and left many descendants who still live there.

I would recommend  this miniseries to anyone, young and old. I really enjoyed it. The only drawback was the dialect which they spoke that was difficult for us to follow. Here is the link to Ep.1 on YouTube:

Kidnapped Part 1


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Dear Seniors: Being Doped Is Not A Way To Go Through Life!

 Every medication has side effects, and many medications interact  with each other in harmful ways. That has become a major concern for our senior citizens because many of them end up on 5 or more medications, something the  medical profession refers to as polypharmacy...

If your doctor doesn’t really know for sure whether the medications you are taking help you, hurt you, or have no effect, you might be wondering whether  there is a better way. The answer is a clear YES!

Read the whole article over here

Friday, January 21, 2022

The One Command She Will Obey

Someone told it to me long ago, and in my experience, it is true. The one and only time most modern wives will obey their husbands is when the husbands tell them to find a job. She won't listen if he asks her to let her hair grow, or to wear feminine clothes. Or to become a homemaker, or to get another child. But money-making is sacred in our culture, so she will obey without even thinking whether there is another solution.

But if later their financial situation improves and the husband will ask his wife to quit working, suddenly marital obedience doesn't apply here. I have witnessed it first-hand. Now why is it?

In my opinion, it's because women are such horrible people-pleasers. Auto-correct tell me such a word doesn't exist, but you know what I mean. A housewife is lauded when she starts earning an income. Not so much when she quits doing it. It often begins with baby-sitting (and here I don't mean occasionally, but as a permanent side job). Many husbands who earn a decent living absolutely hate their wives' baby-sitting activities, especially when she neglects her own children and homemaking  (which mostly is the case). But, the neighbour lady is pleased and that's what counts.

There were Christian women who thought it was their mission to convert the toddlers of the unbelievers through home daycare, while their own daughters left the faith and started affairs with heathen men.  I mean how arrogant can you be...

But many won't want to work from home at all, because it's not glamorous enough. Their only reason is to get out of the house and become a part of a female clique at the working place. Something the NT expressly warns us about:

"And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 14I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully."

Here is John Gill's commentary on the verses:

1Timothy 5:13-14:

 “the gadding widow”; who, as the gloss says,

“goes about and visits her neighbours continually; and these are they that corrupt the world.”

Of this sort of women must the Jews be understood, when they say {a}, it is one of the properties of them to be twynauwy “going out”, or gadding abroad, as Dinah did; and that it is another to be

twyrbd, “talkative”, which agrees with what follows:

and not only idle, but tattlers also; full of talk, who have always some news to tell, or report to make of the affairs of this, or the other person, or family:

and busy bodies; in the matters of other persons, which do not concern them...

 I will therefore that the younger women marry,…guide the house; manage domestic affairs, direct, order, or do what is proper to be done for the good of the family...

 The apostle is talking about idle widows here but many of the female "caregiver" type jobs (think various shades of a social worker) fall into the same category, i.e. going from house to house and putting their noses into the affairs of others, only instead of the church they are on the payroll of the government. They're those who will try to have your children removed if crossed.

Personally I feel minding your own business should be much more commendable. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Great News From England

Restrictions including COVID-19 passes, mask mandates, and work-from-home requirements will be removed in England, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday. Johnson also suggested that self-isolation rules may also be thrown out at the end of March as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic becomes endemic.

Effective immediately, the UK government is no longer asking people to work from home.  The COVID pass mandate for nightclubs and large events won’t be renewed when it expires on Jan. 26. And from Thursday, indoor mask-wearing will no longer be compulsory anywhere in England.

Well done, Boris!

Sometimes I wish I could immigrate there...

Did He Or Did He Not?

 Here is a fascinating story about an Indian chief said to have lived to 137. Of course, the government officials disputed it and estimated that he was between 90 and 100 years old when he died, and his wrinkled look was due to a skin condition. And we just happen to know, that the government is always right and knows what's best for you, don't we???

Chief John Smith also had 8 wives but no biological children, and adopted a son, named Tom Smith; which shows that however healthy you are (and you needed to be very healthy to live even till 100 in those conditions), you still can have this kind of problems. I just wonder whether he had all those wives one after another, or simultaneously?

Monday, January 17, 2022

Why Did We Give These People Such Power Over Our Life?

 And under "these people" I mean doctors:

A Florida family fighting to give their loved one on a ventilator alternative treatments for COVID-19 have lost another battle—this time in Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.

 The wife and son of Daniel Pisano first squared off against Mayo Clinic Florida at an emergency hearing on Dec. 30 in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit. Before that, they’d been begging the hospital to allow them to try treating Pisano—who’s been on a ventilator now for 28 days—with the controversial drug ivermectin, along with a mix of other drugs and supplements, part of a protocol recommended by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC).

The family’s request for an emergency injunction to force the Mayo Clinic to allow treatments recommended by an outside doctor was denied by Judge Marianne Aho. They appealed the decision.

On Jan. 14, Aho’s decision was upheld by Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.

I mean WTF, the man is dying already, why can't the family try another treatment?

It all really began in Middle Ages when the governments decided that you needed a university diploma to be a doctor and started persecuting village healers as wizards and witches. Of course, only men could enter the university back then so that it effectively barred women from practicing medicine, and many a wise village Granny who knew a thing or two about herbs was executed for witchcraft.

A couple of centuries later male doctors started taking over midwifery. They told women to go to hospital to deliver their babies, where many of these women died from infection as the doctor would go from woman to woman without washing his hands, as they didn't know much about hygiene back then. A midwife, on the other hand, would take one patient at a time, so there was less possibility for infection.

Keep in mind that many doctors back then were not much better than quacks, despite their licenses. I read a story about some princess who when she became pregnant was told by doctors that bloodletting would make her labour easier. They bled her several times and as a result the poor thing became so anemic that she predictably died in childbirth.

The medical knowledge considerably improved through the 19th century and that's when they allowed women back into medicine but they had to become the part of the system and the system got even more connected to the state when the doctors and various government officials were given emergency powers to combat epidemics.

Think Typhoid Mary, who was accused of being an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever, the charge which was never 100% proved. Her story bears resemblance to those of witch hunt victims. A low class uneducated woman who worked as a cook in several families whose members succumbed to typhoid outbreaks yet Mary herself never became sick, the fact that made her very suspicious in the eyes of a (male) government official who was in charge of sewer system. He was sent to investigate these outbreaks and quickly decided that it was her fault.

Mary was involuntarily committed to a hospital where they kept collecting her stool samples and sending them to the lab, many returned as positive for typhoid while others didn't. And neither did those samples which she sent to a private lab. In the end they let her go but she had to promise never to work as a cook again. Yet cooks earned higher wages than maids so that Mary didn't keep her promise. The story goes that she caused another outbreak after which she had to spend the rest of her days on an island isolated from polite society.

In the light of modern paranoia about "asymptomatic covid spreaders" I started viewing her case in quite a different light. Whatever you think of the current situation, the roots of our modern problems go deep...

Friday, January 14, 2022

Congratulations To My American Friends

 The US Supreme Court has blocked the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test rule for US businesses, but allows vaccine mandate for most health care workers.


Supreme Court Blocks Biden's OSHA Vaxx Mandate

Another victory for the common sense.  

P.S. We also have good news! Non-essentials stores will open again tomorrow, and some other businesses, too. So it will be a day of shopping:)