Notes, 7-10-20

As he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” — Luke 19:41-42

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(A couple of glitches in this entry were corrected on 7-12-20.)

As previewed, HERE, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, and Berkshire Eagle executive editor Kevin Moran, met virtually last night in an online chat. Today’s Eagle reported that the event’s host, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, estimated that it netted more than 900 viewers, presumably including people like me who listened by phone.

Many more can view the whole Zoom conversation, titled “The Enemy of the People: One Impeachment, and One Pandemic Later,” via the local OLLI’s Facebook page, HERE. (Click “Videos” and then select the leftmost square in the top row.)

At the beginning, Acosta and Moran were introduced by Lisa Sharkey, senior vice president at HarperCollins, which published his 2019 book, Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, and is publishing the new paperback version with an afterword on President Trump’s impeachment in the House of Representatives.

Eagle subscribers may read the newspaper’s coverage of the event HERE. On page 1 today it is headed “Acosta talks Trump, virus, journalism.”

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Notes, 7-11-20

* See Wednesday’s New York Times HERE and HERE for prominent and massive attention given to Mary Trump’s Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, news and analysis beginning over the fold on page 1 and a page and a half inside. Repetitive but highly readable for this certain best-seller-to-be published by Simon & Schuster.

* Much less prominent but still helpful , the AP story “Pete Buttigieg has a new book set for fall release,” in the Berkshire Eagle’s “People” roundup on Thursday.

The former South Bend, Ind., mayor and former 2020 Democratic hopeful: had this to say in a statement on the book, Trust: America’s Best Chance, to be published by W.W. Norton/Liveright:

“In order for our country to move forward in the years ahead, it will be more important than ever to build trust—trust in our institutions and leaders, trust in each other, and trust around the world in America itself. Now is the time to consider the foundational role trust plays in our democracy, and what it will take to build the trust we’ll need to recover and to advance as a country.”

In short, don’t question authority. Trust is sure to be another best-seller as was Buttegieg’s 2019 Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future, and will be I Have Something to Tell You, by his husband, Chaten Buttegieg, when published by Simon & Schuster in late summer.

* Try this out:

”This is our country, right or wrong. When America goes wrong, we do wrong, not the government, nor uncontrollable forces, but we the people. It is dangerous to think that because our personal intentions are right, we are therefore not involved.”

This quote is taken out of context. It is part of Shannon MacVen-Brown’s reflection, HERE, on the passage up top from Luke. The bishop of Vermont’s Diocese of the Episcopal Church, she is talking about her fellow Christians and their roles in the world.

What I often think about is how “the things that make for peace” are hidden from our eyes.

— Mark Channing Miller

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