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Inside Edition: Ali Rosen- Legendary Chef and Traveler Anthony Bourdain Dies At 61: The Man Who Saw and Lived The World

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Source: Inside Edition– Legendary chef and traveler Anthony Bourdain

Source: The New Democrat

When I first heard about Anthony Bourdain’s show Parts Unknown coming to CNN in 2013 or 14, I thought this was another one of those so-called reality TV shows where the lead character is some loudmouth who makes an asshole out of himself ( to be frank ) in order to gain ratings. I’m not a fan of what’s called reality TV generally, except for what’s actually reality TV which are documentary programs even documentaries about Hollywood, so I was thinking Parts Unknown is not something I’m going to be interested in.

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Source: USA Today– Legendary chef and traveler Anthony Bourdain

But so-called reality TV is wasn’t Tony Bourdain’s show and what he wanted to communicate to people. He was a food and cultural documentarian who traveled the world to show people what other people eat and how they live. Who brought people together over good meals and got to learn about them by experiencing them, what they eat, the sites and sounds of their countries. And then he would show everyone else what he learned about Vietnam, Italy, Ecuador, Cuba, and wherever else he would travel to.

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Source: The Chive– One of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes

In a country and world where we’re so divided mainly on political and cultural grounds and now unfortunately even by race, ethnicity, and class, Bourdain brought different together with food and cultural. And showed millions of Americans and people outside of America, that even with all of our differences that we can still share a great meal together, get to know each other and realize we’re not that strange from one another after all.

I’m not a cook and all I know about food and cooking is that food can taste really good, it can taste really bad, and generally somewhere in between, in less you what you’re doing or where to eat and have the resources to eat great food on a regular basis. But I know what I like and how to cook for myself and what I got from Bourdain was that not all good food has to taste alike and look alike. That good food comes in all different forms made from all different types of people in different countries.

The other thing that I got from Bourdain which I already knew, but hopefully now millions of other Americans and people outside of America hopefully also know, is that it isn’t okay to be yourself, but that being yourself is the only person you should be. Because you’re the only person you know really well. When you try to be someone other than yourself especially a famous celebrity that you look up to, all you’re doing is acting. And I realize some people do that for a living and even do it on so-called reality TV. But the non-reality actors are professional actors. And when everyone else tries to be someone other than them self, they’re not only not just actors, but now they’re amateurs and amateurs actors.

In a country and world where so many people especially young people feel the need to be like their favorite celebrity and in many cases reality star, Tony Bourdain taught so many people how to be themselves and why they should always be them self. He taught us about individualism and how to be an individual. I think Ayn Rand would’ve loved Anthony Bourdain even if was just for that reason. And if you don’t like yourself, maybe it’s because you have character issues, or you suffer from low self-esteem, which is something that perhaps Bourdain also had issues with.

But that we’re the only person we know really well and the only person where we always know what we’re thinking and what we know. And when we try to be someone other than ourself, we’re just pretending. Anthony Bourdain’s belief in individualism and his ability to bring different people together with food and culture, is what I’m going to miss about him.

Inside Edition: Ali Rosen- Legendary Chef and Traveler Anthony Bourdain Dies at 61

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Christian Science Monitor: Jessica Mendoza- What is ANTIFA and Does Its Rise Mean?

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Source: CSM

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Jessica Mendoza at CMS, pretty sums up exactly what ANTIFA is. (Anti-Fascists Action) They’re essentially a collection of far-leftists, Communists even, of course Socialists, and Anarchists. They’re not the sons and daughters of the peace-loving hippies of the 1960s who were simply looking for their own way of life and tired of being told by their parents and others that this is how you should live and what it means to be a real American. Who finally decided to break away from the 1950s suburban dad works, mom stays home and raises the kids lifestyle. But instead wanted the freedom to be whoever they were and wanted to be even if that offended the cultural values of the older generations.

ANTIFA are more like the sons and daughters, grandchildren even of Tom Hayden, Bill Ayers, Jayne Fonda (when she wasn’t acting professionally) Mario Savio, Abbie Hoffman, and many others. People who hated our capitalist private enterprise economic system, because they believed it was racist and left too many people in poverty. As well as our liberal democratic traditions that allowed people they disagreed with to speak out and allowed for right-wingers to organize. Who hated the American system so much that they felt the need to try to destroy it and even use violence to do it.

ANTIFA are not the Bernie Sanders-Jill Stein peace-loving Socialists of today who simply want to bring social democracy to America and combine it with our private enterprise system. But instead are people who again like the New-Left of the 1960s, who hate our capitalist private enterprise system, as well as our liberal democratic form of government, but hate racism and bigotry towards non-European-Americans, non-Christians, gays, women, so much that they’ll literally by force even attempt to shut up right-wing groups.

Even right-wing speakers and thinkers who aren’t necessarily bigots and don’t hate non-European-Americans. People like Ben Shapiro who is a Jewish-American and proud of his heritage, but who does have homophobic views, but who isn’t a racist. ANTIFA are people who claim to hate fascism and yet will use their free speech rights to try to physically prevent people they disagree with from using their free speech rights simply because they’re offended by what right-wingers have to say.

I label ANTIFA as a collection of far-leftist and Far-Left groups, because that it what they are. They’re a movement of illiberal (not liberal) political factions including Communists. People who are so diehard and hard-core with their political and cultural views and believe in them so strongly, that everyone else is not just wrong, but dangerous and offensive and therefor according to them don’t have a right to speak and perhaps even live peacefully.

You could be a Center-Left Liberal or Progressive, or perhaps even a Far-Left Democratic Socialist, who doesn’t believe in using violence to accomplish your political objectives and believe in free speech even for people you disagree with and you could get labeled by ANTIFA as a traitor and sellout to right-wing corporatists. To compare ANTIFA with Occupy Wall Street of 2011-12, would be inaccurate and perhaps even insulting. Because OWS of earlier this decade is the Bernie Sanders-Jill Stein social democratic movement od today. Who don’t believe in using violence to accomplish their political objectives. ANTIFA instead are the violent anarchist wing of the Far-Left in America.

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Source: CNN

CNN: The Lead With Jake Tapper- Inside Violent Anarchist Group ANTIFA

CNN: Inside Politics- President Obama and President-Elect Trump, React to The Death of Fidel Castro: The Legacy of Cuba’s Communist Dictator

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Source: CNN: Inside Politics- President Obama & President-Elect Trump, React to The Death of Fidel Castro

I’m not going to say I’m surprised that President Obama didn’t hit Fidel Castro harder and point out President Castro’s ruthless authoritarianism and dictatorial rule over Cuba for the almost fifty-years that he was in power there. Because President Obama has gone out-of-his-way many time to appease the Far-Left in America who at the vert least respect and admire Fidel Castro. They don’t see communism as a bad thing and instead see it as misunderstood or misapplied in many countries. But when you’re down to your last three months as President of the United States and you’re never going to run for office again, now might be the time to say, “the hell with what my fringe believes and says. I’m going to say what I think and just speak the truth. Damn who might it offend.” But that is not Barack Obama, at least when it comes to his own base.

Donald Trump on the other hand, who I rarely agree with on anything and voted against him and for Hillary Clinton, nailed it. When he called Fidel a brutal dictator. The Castro Regime has locked of thousands if not millions of Cubans simply for speaking out against the Castro Regime, the Cuban Communist State. And with their Marxist takeover of the Cuban economy, they’ve imprisoned millions of Cubans in jail and poverty, because government’s can’t run economy well on their own, because of how inefficient and unproductive state-run industries are. When democracy and capitalism, came to Central America, the Caribbean and South America, in the 1990s Cuba was left as the only Marxist state in the America’s. Thanks to one man, Fidel Castro.

What President Obama could’ve done was give a strong statement about how horrible Fidel Castro was. While at the same time speaking to the Cuban people directly and talking about their courage and saying now they have an opportunity to move past Castro Communism and join the civilized developed world and have a real relationship with America that could lead to prosperity in Cuba. Criticize Fidel while at the same time praising the Cuban people. Because Fidel Castro at least since the end of the Cold War when Russia was no longer able to subsidize the Castro Regime, hasn’t been very popular in his own country. This was aa missed opportunity for President Obama.