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Thursday, May 17, 2018

RONAN FARROW...Perfection?

We are now into the third week of the current Kilauea eruption, which is a continuation of what started more than 35 years ago.  Apparently, there was no 21st fissure, but 34 earthquakes have occurred during the past 24 hours, and, at 4:15 this morning, a loud explosion at Halemaumau Crater, sending a plume up to around 30,000 feet.  In 1924 Kilauea experienced a phreatic explosion, tossing 16,000 pound rocks a kilometer (1093 yards) away.  USGS volcano scientists keep saying that the worst is yet to come.

When this plume was only 12,000 feet high yesterday, with trade winds, only the Kau region and parts west got the brunt of the air pollution.  However, mid-level winds over the Big Island move from south to north, so now Hilo and the Hamakua Coast are being alerted for ash and other fallout.  Yet, here is the following Air Quality Index for Hawaii as of 8AM this morning:

Green is good and yellow is moderate.  But PM 2.5 means particulates 2.5 micrometers and smaller.  The affected eruption air pollution warning zones wrap around the Big Island from North Kona through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park up east and north to Hilo to Kohala.  If I find the official map I'll later show it here.

Earthquakes also caused cracks near the entrance of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the only road connecting Hilo to Naalehu and Pahala, where I lived for five years.  I recall floods then closing this Belt Highway.  But it was passable after a day or so.  If a fissure forms over the road, that would be a calamity.


A month ago I was watching Fareed Zakaria interview someone named Ronan Farrow on his new book, War on Peace, and was impressed.  A young writer who seemed to know a lot about a range of subjects.

He this year won a Pulitzer in an article for The New Yorker with The New York Times, for courageously exhuming what became the end of Harvey Weinstein, initiating the #MeToo movement.  On May 7, his article with Jane Mayer brought down New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for abusing four women.

Soon to come, his new book, Catch and Kill, to report on the darker details of harassment and abuse.  That title is a term used in journalism when someone with higher influence can bury a story.  Weinstein was one who did, and Donald Trump for sure.

So who is Ronan Farrow?  His mother is Mia Farrow.  Father?  Woody Allen, probably.  Mostly in spite, I suppose, Mia has hinted that the real father might be Frank Sinatra.  No genetic test has been run, but Ronan joked:  Listen, we're all possibly Frank Sinatra's son.  In any case, he doesn't today communicate with Woody.

Farrow's full name begins with Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan, for Satchel Paige (famed black pitcher) and his grandmother, actress Maureen O'Sullivan.  Said The New York Post, Ronan has Woody's wit and Sinatra's charm.

He graduated from Bard College in philosophy at the age of 15, immediately entered Yale School, got his J.D., and was admitted to the New York bar.  So he's also a lawyer.

His mother served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, so he travelled with her throughout Africa.  He joined the Obama administration and dealt with Afghanistan and Pakistan under Richard Holbrooke.  He served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Special advisor for Global Youth Issues.

He then became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, but left to write for all the top foreign policy magazines and hosted a television program on MSNBC.  He has voiced English-language characters in two Japanese animated films, From up on Poppy Hill and The Wind Rises.

He lives with Jon Lovett.  Ronan was recognized by the Point Foundation

Ronan Farrow certainly had a tumultuous upbringing and flaws within his family.  But there is no standard of perfection when it comes to a human life.  He could well be more perfect than most.  However, it all depends on what you consider to be ideal.  We are all different in assorted ways.  Soon, my posting on Who am I?.


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