FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER

In this installment of Redmond's Review, he imparts his views of the series, 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier'.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier and its article image are presented courtesy of Marvel.

FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER

Did you watch the “Falcon and the Winter Soldier”? The show on Disney+ from the wonderful creative minds at Marvel was a wonderful follow up to “Wandavision”. Both shows seemed to help keep us all entertained at a time when many of us really needed to be. I was asked not too long ago, by a college teammate of mine who is also a friend, “What did I think of the words of Captain America toward the end of the final episode?” Upon reflection, I could sum up my thoughts in one word, BRAVO!

THE ‘SAILBOAT’ CONCEPT

I do not enter into the world of name calling and identifying politics. Rather I vacillate like a tacking sail depending upon the variables I find myself in. Meaning, I look at all the variables (metaphorically speaking using the example of the weather and the sail) to let me know the best course to take or if I should even sail at all. While, at the same time, understand that as a ‘sailboat’ I am built for water transportation and not expect the ‘sailboat’ to fly in the air.

I believe a fictional character can and should, if the screen writer, author, or poet decides to express views that are important to the person who is ‘breathing life into the fictional character’. As followers of the world of Marvel or DC comics, we accept the multiverse concept, if this is so, how can we say if whatever is spoken from Captain America (remember ‘Hail Hydra’) is anything but the “dramatic license” of the creators of the show?

CAPTAIN AMERICA – NEXT GENERATION

Now I know what you may be thinking, Darren, you answered the question but you did not go to the heart of the question. This is true but it really is a different question. Maybe, it is do I agree with some, part of all of the comments made by Captain America? I find it ironic in a way because during my college years my nickname was ‘Cap’ or Captain America. Blond hair and blue eyes tend to make that nickname come to life (along with others I won’t mention they were funny and salty and best left to the imagination). So, to answer the question I would respond in this way, BRAVO. Yes, there’s that word again. To me, Anthony Mackie plays the character Captain America! Not the Black Captain America, Not the Black Falcon who is now Captain America. He is Captain America plain and simple.

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Courtesy of Marvel, Darren Redmond reviews Season One of ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’.

As for his soliloquy at the end of the season finale, I believe the points he raised not only have merit and substance but allow the viewer, if they want to, the opportunity to look up aspects of the points he raised. There was nothing “Woke” about his words, rather I saw them as ‘we can do better’.

THIS COUNTRY WAS CREATED FROM SKIN SHADES OF EVERY HUE

This country was created by skin shades of every hue. It has been fought for and protected by skin shades of every hue. And it survives today because of skin shades of every hue. Hate, evil and oppression come in every hue as well. So does love, charity and grace.

Captain America pointed out to me, my interpretation, that women and men of his skin hue helped create this country. It belongs to him and people with similar skin hues, and to people with the hue of the first peoples in North America and the Pacific Rim and everywhere else in the world. If you feel slighted I did not mention your skin hue, respectfully I ask you to please understand I include your skin hue as well.

As for Captain America and the Winter Soldier, I look forward to season two.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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PLYMOUTH SETTLEMENT, THE HISTORY

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PLYMOUTH SETTLEMENT, A HISTORY 1608-1650

Plymouth was settled by Pilgrims arriving from England in 1608. In this week’s rendition of REDMOND’S REVIEW, this book review details some of the history of the time Plymouth settlement.

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William Bradford wrote the “Historie of ye Plymouth Settlement, 1608-1650” and it is free to read in the public domain.

THE HISTORY OF THE PLYMOUTH SETTLEMENT, 1608-1650 AD

As the political narrative, along with the mandated tenured professors indoctrination on the current interpretation of the Pilgrim’s, it morphs and changes with the current times, far from an agenda-driven perspective. Here one reads the compelling writings of William Bradford. These valuable insights and historical writings were thought lost for many years. And, the world is a better place that they were not.

Whatever side of the logical prism you may reside, other forms of information for an accurate historical perspective need to be researched. And, I for one have spent quite a bit of time doing so. This is not the platform to discuss the historical inaccuracies being put forth by many in the educational system today. But, please understand fabrication of facts are alive and well today.

One should not try to do away with a myth by making up a fable. For example, many people point to the fact that William Bradford did not write about a ‘Thanksgiving’ so, they look at that as a cause to show that it did not ever happen. But, when one conducts the research on other writings of the time, you find that maybe William Bradford, and, I stress the word ‘maybe’, did not write about it because giving thanks was quite commonplace.

THANKSGIVING WAS SOMETHING COMMONPLACE

The writings about that Thanksgiving talk of games being played and meals being shared to celebrate a wonderful crop and harvest.

Battles, between diverse groups was commonplace, and so was negotiation, compromise, and the sharing of best practices.

William Bradford’s writings give a detailed accounting of what it was like to move from your birth place to another country. Then, set sail across the vast ocean to a world that you did not understand where an unknown future awaited.

Had the Pilgrims planned to land at Plymouth or was their another location in Virginia where they wanted to go?

Did you know one of the ships the original pilgrims went on had to be sunk?

Do you know the name of the first Pilgrim child to be born in America?

All of this information is free to read in the public domain. Those who want to enrich their scholarly understanding of the pilgrims and their plight at the Plymouth settlement will learn much.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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DERINKUYU: AN UNDERGROUND CITY

DERINKUYU: AN UNDERGROUND CITY

In 1963, a simple home renovation in the town of Derinkuyu, Turkey led to an extraordinary discovery when a cave wall was opened, revealing a passageway to an underground city thousands of years old and more than 280 feet deep.

It is said that Derinkuyu could house as many as 20,000 people as well as special areas for their livestock and supplies. It also has several wells drilled that could deliver fresh drinking water to many levels of the city. Derinkuyu would have been a massive undertaking to build for anyone, even in modern times with modern equipment.

A project of this magnitude would have required specific equipment, planning, and knowledge of the terrain’s geological composition. At Derinkuyu, because of the softness of the stone, one would have had to been very careful that was enough pillar strength to support the floors above otherwise there would have been catastrophic cave-ins. What is very interesting is that there is absolutely no evidence of any catastrophic events. So, obviously the builders were extremely clever and knew their material. Even by today’s standards it is an impressive masterpiece of construction. Please click on pictures to activate carousel. To exit, just press the ESC key or click on the X in the upper left corner of carousel.

The question here is why would anyone want to live underground? Why was this underground city built in the first place? The Cappadocia region where Derinkuyu is located was part of the Zoroastrian Empire, which was Persian. The Zoroastrian religion, based on opposing forces of good and evil is widely believed to have influenced both Hinduism and Judeo-Christianity. Scholars say it was founded sometime before the sixth century BC. Its chief God is the creator Ahura Mazda. In the second chapter of the Zoroastrian sacred text, the Vendidad, Ahura Mazda saves mankind from a worldwide environmental disaster. The great prophet, Yima was instructed to build an underground refuge similar to Derinkuyu by the sky God Ahura Mazda.

According to the sacred texts, Yima built a multilevel underground city to protect a select group of people and animals from a global ice age. The Vendidad called this event “the evil winters.” The underground city at Derinkuyu also has an unusual security system: 1,000-pound doors on rollers that allow them to be moved by a single person, but only from the inside. This was a very complex security measure and obviously the inhabitants of the underground city wanted to hide something from the outside.

According to the ancient Zoroastrian texts, Ahura Mazda flew through the sky in a divine chariot and waged war against his eternal enemy Angra Mainyu, the demon of destruction. So, there we have a description of possible “extraterrestrials” with the capability of flight. Is it possible that people searched for shelter in an underground city because of a war?

Was Derinkuyu built to hide from terribly freezing winters or out of fear of an aerial enemy?

Consider this, if you will: Something flies over the underground city at high speed it would not be possible to spot the ventilation shafts. If it were an enemy that was on foot or on horseback it would be easy for them to just close all the ventilation shafts and everyone inside would have to come out for lack of air. During recorded history we know that many different people did, in fact, hide in the underground city of Derinkuyu to escape everything from desert raiders to Roman legions. But, some experts wonder whether such conventional attacks can really explain why Derinkuyu was built in the first place.

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