As of late I have been not only discouraged, but pissed off by the level of decorum on a lot of sites and blogs that I visit. It seems that people can’t make informed opinions about anything remotely related to politics, current events or anything even the slightest bit controversial without being greeted by swarms of ideologues, sycophants, and idiots.
I rarely have time to plow through lengthy comment threads. I was really interested in the comments to a recent post that I enjoyed (at another site), but the thread was over 250 comments long at the time I saw the post. And that was just six hours after the original post was put up.
Don’t people work?
I have decided to simply read posts, enjoy them, and try not to get too caught up in trying to soldier forth in comment threads where idiots seem to rule the day.
Along these lines, something really caught my eye yesterday at one of my daily reads. Lou Minatti has taken a wonderful new tack. Here is his quote:
I’ve been posting the SOS lately, so I think this will be an early post-WWII photo blog for a while. What more remains to be said about the housing bust and the state of US politics?
Ain’t that the truth.
Lou has a treasure trove of slides that his wife’s grandfather (a Lt. Col. in the army) took from the post WW2 occupation of Japan and Germany. His wife’s dad is featured in some of the photos, as a toddler. As an aside, the photographer looks to be pretty competent. It seems that most old photos I have seen are always better than the modern photos I look at today. I think since resources were more scarce that photographers of a long time ago framed their content better. I wonder if everyone took photography classes back then.
Lou has decided not to moralize or editorialize, rather to present this collection of slides as simply a factual record of how it was in Germany and Japan just after the war, during the occupation. This one of MacArthur is my favorite so far. I simply can’t wait until the next posting. Things like these are of the utmost historical importance for understaning the post WW2 time period and may help us to understand other military occupations. Perhaps one of you readers may be able to help him identify a face or a place. Go forth and enjoy.