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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

". . .He who controls the past, controls the future."

This was as close as I dared to get to Ed McMahon's star on the Walk of Fame today.  From my just before 8 a.m. arrival to Hollywood through my 5:15 p.m. departure from the area, there were professional photographers, TV cameras and, at one point, up to three satellite TV news vans in the area.

If you squint and stare far enough into the distance, you may see a few fronds and some flowers arranged around the star.  This was in stark contrast to the scene around David Carradine's star a few weeks ago.  Just after his death, candles were lit, floral arrangement abounded included a TV funeral style ring of flowers mounted on an easel.

I will leave it to those who are much better versed in the finer points of the entertainment business, the death of its stars and why some people receive a different reception than others.

Sadly, it appears the government in Iran has put its own spin on the heartbreaking death of a young woman in Tehran days ago.  People much better versed in the politics and the mood of the country than I are even now still stumped about whether toned-down versions of protests (strikes, work slowdowns, etc.) later this week will move things forward, push things backward or become a slow, steady drip of change.

Still, it stands to reason that those who are in control of the story of people's deaths are bound to be in control of so much more than that.

And, uh, Allahu Akbar!

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