Morning Joe and Ron Paul

Yea, I’ve been neglecting the blog lately. Wait until next week when I’m at the cabin for the duration. I. Can. Not. Wait. Nonetheless, I must.

By the way, does anyone else think that Cast Away with Tom Hanks is just a terrific film? I caught about the last 2/3 of it last night, just milling about the remote (I’ve seen the whole thing before). There are subtle things I like about it, which mostly reduce to Hanks’ skillful acting upon his return to the world. Without saying it, he artfully demonstrates the wondrous, unappreciated value of civilization in a material context; its many wonders. Did you get that? Those who’d like to send us back to caves ought to watch that about a dozen times.  Well, I think it’s brilliant. Nods to Zemeckis as well. He did Contact, too. Another fave.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Take particular note of the historical references to WWs I and II toward the end. In terms of depth, nobody is in Paul’s league. Not even close.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Kyle Bennett on December 21, 2007 at 07:46

    Re Castaway, the parts of that that struck me were when he opened a can of soda on the plane, and all the leftover food after the party – including crabs, which he'd managed to get a few of on the island, through hours of painful, bloody effort, having to learn spearfishing from scratch and make the spear himself.

    It's one of my all time favorite movies.

  2. Richard Nikoley on December 21, 2007 at 08:50


    Yep, exactly what I'm getting at, and the fact he doesn't say anything makes it as powerful as it can possibly be. Other similar moments: looking at the ice in his glass (a couple of times), laying in the hotel room, flipping the light on & off, and looking at the keys Helen Hunt presented him, and just turning the key and starting the car.

    I'm absolutely certain those subtleties (in the moral context of man as pursuer and producer of his own values) flew right over the heads of all but a few.

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