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Setanta
 
Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 07:06 am
I'm frankly amazed that this has not yet been posted:

KING FAHD DEAD AT AGE 84.

(Douglas Martin, The New York Times) King Fahd, the absolutist monarch of Saudi Arabia who guided his desert kingdom through swerves in the oil market, regional wars and the incessant, high-stakes scrimmage between Islamic tradition and breakneck modernization, died today, the Saudi royal court in Riyadh said. He was 84.

King Fahd ibn Abdul Aziz al-Saud, the fifth Saudi sovereign, transcended his early reputation as the playboy prince to become a leader of Arab states in the Persian Gulf region, a friend to the United States when that was not always easy and, most recently, though in a debilitated state due to repeated and deepening health problems, a principal in the war against terrorism.

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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 02:58 pm
I love the idea that he "transcended his early reputation as the playboy prince..."

To do what exactly? To lead a feudal society to the brink of violent revolution? Such an achievement...
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 03:53 pm
D'artagnan--

Some Arabs don't have the sense to take the fun and games behind closed curtains.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 06:53 pm
D'artagnan wrote:
I love the idea that he "transcended his early reputation as the playboy prince..."

To do what exactly? To lead a feudal society to the brink of violent revolution? Such an achievement...


In fairness, i don't think he lead anyone anywhere, D'art, i rather think all of that was the result of allegedly benign neglect.
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 07:03 pm
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Setanta wrote:
I'm frankly amazed that this has not yet been posted:

KING FAHD DEAD AT AGE 84.

(Douglas Martin, The New York Times) King Fahd, the absolutist monarch of Saudi Arabia who guided his desert kingdom through swerves in the oil market, regional wars and the incessant, high-stakes scrimmage between Islamic tradition and breakneck modernization, died today, the Saudi royal court in Riyadh said. He was 84.

King Fahd ibn Abdul Aziz al-Saud, the fifth Saudi sovereign, transcended his early reputation as the playboy prince to become a leader of Arab states in the Persian Gulf region, a friend to the United States when that was not always easy and, most recently, though in a debilitated state due to repeated and deepening health problems, a principal in the war against terrorism.



Well that has already been discussed in other places such as deathlist.net and other death watching places (yes they do exist and people even have betting pools on them. I don't myself make wagers but there seems to be quite an underground Rolling Eyes market for them.) It hadn't, for some reason, occurred to me to make mention of King Fahd here. Sorry for my error.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 07:17 pm
Why would you assume that you personally are in error? I only made that comment because this site draws an international audience, and such items usually are noticed more quickly--that's all.
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 07:46 pm
I'm still learning the intricacies of this place Setanta.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 07:46 pm
I think it did not seem especially earth shattering, cos he was ill for some time, and his brother has been runing the place, anyway.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 07:58 pm
Sturgis wrote:
I'm still learning the intricacies of this place Setanta.


You're doin' fine, Boss, i just wanted you to know that i was not making a personal criticism of anyone. If, however, you are found supporting the Red Sox, you will be in deep doo-doo.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 08:03 pm
dlowan wrote:
I think it did not seem especially earth shattering, cos he was ill for some time, and his brother has been runing the place, anyway.


That was exactly my thought. It did, however, have an effect on oil prices.
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neologist
 
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Reply Tue 2 Aug, 2005 12:18 am
Setanta wrote:
Sturgis wrote:
I'm still learning the intricacies of this place Setanta.


You're doin' fine, Boss, i just wanted you to know that i was not making a personal criticism of anyone. If, however, you are found supporting the Red Sox, you will be in deep doo-doo.
OHO! You're not a fan of them putrescent pinstripers are ya?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 2 Aug, 2005 02:08 am
Naw, i'm a Giants fan, have been since the Say Hey Kid played in the Polo grounds. That just refers to a different therad in which Sturgis has posted.
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neologist
 
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Reply Tue 2 Aug, 2005 10:16 am
Setanta wrote:
Naw, i'm a Giants fan, have been since the Say Hey Kid played in the Polo grounds. That just refers to a different therad in which Sturgis has posted.
I was a Giants fan for many years, even after I moved to Seattle. However, I've been taken over by the Mariners since their 1995 feat. (Though I must say, this year I visit their class AA and AAA teams more often.)

I still remember seeing on TV Bobby Thompson's 'shot heard round the world'.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2005 09:19 am
neologist: A fellow Seattlite--cool!

For a great fictional account of the Shot Head Round the World, read the first chapter of Don DeLillo's novel, Underworld. (That chapter has also been published as a separate novella, Pafko at the Wall, but it may be hard to find.)

Back to Saudi Arabia: I agree that the late king may be more guilty of benign neglect that anything else...
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neologist
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2005 09:35 am
Hi D'artagnan; I googled the Hermitage and found only an address and phone #. What is?
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2005 10:07 am
N--The Hermitage is a name for my house that I invented (similar, I'm guessing, to the Romulan Correctional Facility).

It's actually not far from the Arboretum...
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neologist
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2005 10:42 am
And my wife is the warden. Laughing
But the Hermitage is not the one listed in the phone book as a business, right?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2005 11:06 am
Andrew Jackson named his estate The Hermitage, so although an innovation with you, D'Art, it is not anything you invented. I rather suspect, though, that i would prefer your house to Jackson's, which has too much the air of "greatness" for my taste.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2005 11:17 am
My hermitage is not listed as such in any directories. Haven't been to Jackson's, but I suspect mine is less grand by far. Feral cats cavort outside and z compost pile smolders in the summer heat.

Quite rustic, it is...
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neologist
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2005 11:20 am
Reminds me of Joe Sixpack's place.
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