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Turkish Culture Due to History, not Nature

Turkish Culture Due to History, not Nature

Old Feb 6th, 2020, 09:17 AM
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Old Feb 27th, 2020, 01:04 PM
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Things had been heating up with Turkey and Northwestern Syria (mostly inhabited by jihadists and their dependents) against Syria and Russia, for quite some time.

It finally came to serious blows, with Turkey attacking Russian/Syrian forces with drones and Russia responding by bombing a Turkish battalion.
Turkey is about to clamp down on all social media and possibly the few critical TV.

The Turkish government's first move was to punish the EU for not siding with turkey, by declaring that Turkey will now allow free passage of Syrian refugees to Europe.

Tonight is a hot night, more news to come. I hope turkey will not start something against Russia which supplies natural gas to Turkey and lots of tourists, depending on Trump to assist.
This seems unlikely because Turkey already severed ties with US by purchasing Russian S-400 missiles against US warning. Currently some major sanctions, mostly military, have been voted in by both the Congress and Senate.

Watching one of only three critical TV stations. Youtube, Facebook and twitter down.
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Old Feb 27th, 2020, 06:01 PM
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Best wishes, other, and be safe.
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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 07:13 AM
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Things are moving in dangerous directions.
Turkey continue its invasion of Idlib province and fighting against the Syrian forces together with the jihadists who were trapped in Idlib during the last three years of cleaning out ISIS and Al Qaida fighters and their dependenst.

Polls show 63% of respondents in Turkey wish Turkey out of Idlib.

Turkey made mess of relations with both Putin and Trump, both of whom have been trying to play their own advantage to the hilt.

US Congress and Senate voted for sanctions against Turkey, which includes military aid, because Turkey bought defensive missile systems from Russia against wishes of US and Nato.
On the other hand, when Turkey was threatened/blackmailed with the US sanction of investigating the finances of the political leaders and their families, the Russian S-400 missiles were put away to gather dust but not to be replaced by US Patriot missiles which could not be sold because of the sanctions.

In an attempt to blackmail the EU, Turkey, this time, opened borders to let over a hundred thousand Syrian, Afghani and what not refugees move towards Greece and Bulgaria. Tens of thousands are now stuck in the no-man's-land, teargassed
and shot at by Greek soldiers. A terrible human tragedy perpetrated by total lack of compassion by all parties.

The meaningless war in Idlib reminds me of Vietnam, when casualty figures were being released saying xx of ours and xxxxxxxxx of theirs. Although I have not yet heard it, "domino tiles" may also enter the picture one of these days.

Going for an angioplasty tomorrow morning to take care of a partially blocked artery and to check on aorta valve which will need replacement in the near future. Scared as hell of suffering but not of death. Making list of all nasty people I may haunt.
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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 07:29 AM
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Best wishes for a successful procedure and a speedy recovery.
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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 01:00 PM
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Oh gosh, Other. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 04:05 PM
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OC, you are in our thoughts. Are you still planning to come visit here? You know you are welcome to as much time chez nous to recuperate and regenerate as you need.The weather here is dreadful, but it's peaceful and we have good doctors at hand and a comfortable bedroom with beautiful valley views.. And you know we can feed you well

Wishing the best for you personally and for your country.
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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 06:20 PM
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My thoughts are with you, too, otherchelebi! And, of course, with Eser and the rest of your family. Please keep us posted on the ways in which you give your surgeon good reason for pride and the ways in which you charm each and every person who contributes to your recovery.
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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 09:09 PM
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Thank you all for your best wishes. You have my best wishes for health and fortune also. (I won $80 on a lottery yesterday. Second time in twelve years)

Off to the hospital in ten minutes. packed a small bag just in case, Otherwise back to let you know in about seven hours or so.

had a light breakfast of small toasted five grain slice, a bit of white cheese, half a heirloom tomato and five olives.

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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by otherchelebi View Post
Thank you all for your best wishes. You have my best wishes for health and fortune also. (I won $80 on a lottery yesterday. Second time in twelve years)

Off to the hospital in ten minutes. packed a small bag just in case, Otherwise back to let you know in about seven hours or so.

had a light breakfast of small toasted five grain slice, a bit of white cheese, half a heirloom tomato and five olives.
Such a classic Turkish breakfast! It's hard for me to think of a better way for you to have started your day .
Hoping you are on a winning streak, OC.
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Old Mar 5th, 2020, 08:55 AM
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I come to this party far too late even to add my best wishes for your trip to hospital to day, OC.

But they will be waiting for you when you return, hopefully after a successful and pain free angioplasty.
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Old Mar 5th, 2020, 11:48 PM
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My trip took longer than I expected.

It started on the wrong foot after a few good moments. There was a pleasant receptionist who took me to up to a new wing of the large hospital after forcing my wife to sign many many documents.

I was placed in a regular room which soon filled with DD,SIL, BIL and Eser none of whom showed any interest in leaving when I was told to strip, put the hospital gown, lie down and prepare for shaving of the groin, by a lean, evil looking
mustached man who seemed too strong for me to resist.

My cardiologist came to tell me what to expect, which I new and dreaded.

After some meaningless chatter and laughter among the crowd, and Eser and DD upset the cardiologist with some unnecessary questions finally allowing him and his partner in crime leave,two more similar guys came to wheel me on my bed with a nurse following at a corona safety distance.

So far, they had not given me anything to relax and put on a show of false braggadocio. i was wheeled into the scene of the future crime and only then given a simple, tiny pill of Diapezam which had almost no effect on my suffering emotions.

I then waited ten minutes or so, trying to make some sense of the banter between the five people in the theatre. Then, someone started spraying something cold on the groin and rubbing something else over a much larger area than I though should interest them. A few more orders, instructions and calls for possible instruments of torture. The little guy started pushing down a certain area a long time (possibly ten seconds or so) and then the expected prick, a small tingling feeling, then some flutter, a bit of warmth, which was followed by lots of instructions, movement of some machinery, occasional singing by the cardiologist, and some discussions relating to some numbers which made no sense for me. I was trying to count down or up to make time go faster but I got confused and restarted when I realized that I was not sure if I was counting down from a thousand or up from one hundred.

At that point, I asked if I was due for a stent, answer came positive and I paid him back by requesting them to change the music to jazz which I knew the cardiologist did not enjoy.

Time still would not pass, so I forced myself to be brave and watch the screen, was shown how an artery had narrowed at a dangerous curve that you could not take at faster than 20 miles even with a Porche.
I was interested now to see how the stent was pulled or pushed into position but was required to turn my head right to make the movement of the stent easier, so missed the excitement. Yet, it did mot end there.
There was more discussion and some more movement in the groin, some more numbers thrown out. More time passed and just as I was starting to think they were all going to take a break and call for sandwiches, when there was a flurry of slightly painful activity in the groin and the cardiologist saying, "IT 's over"

It turned out that he had discovered an 80% blockage at another rtery and that the first one that we knew had reached to 79% and that I had barely escaped a heart attack.

The rest was a small tsunami after the quake. I was taken to IC, to an individual room, was cared for some more of the shifty typed men but also two cute young nurses as well as the evening shift of two not so cute ones. Lots of connections to IV, machines, blood pressure, oxygen measuremet, etc which made it difficult for me to turn and get comfortable. I alo made a mistake of asking for some fruit compote in lieu of plain water, which I had to consume a great deal. Result was the runs, and the task og having all connections disconnected, rush to bathroom and back repeated every ten minutes till all digestive spaces were filled with not so pure air instead of solid or liquid matter.

At exactly 115 AM Istanbul time, I made it home and now I'm writing to report to you.

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Old Mar 6th, 2020, 12:10 AM
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Glad to hear that all went well, which it must have done if you are home!
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Old Mar 6th, 2020, 12:42 PM
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Thank you OC for that incredibly lucid report which will be far better than any medic's description of the procedure should I ever need to have one. No idea how you managed to recall it all and in such detail whilst enduring it at the same time.

Take care of yourself while you recover.
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Old Mar 6th, 2020, 05:39 PM
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Many thanks, otherchelebi, for reporting back in! I'm glad you have taken those first few steps toward recovery, and I'm VERY glad your nearly blocked arteries were detected in time. I hope Eser and the rest of your family are able to rest a bit easier now, even as they watch over you.
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Old Mar 7th, 2020, 08:11 AM
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I forgot to say that the procedure took much longer than expected. It was just over two hours, difficult to handle almost fully awake, but I can understand what a thorough job my cardiologist did.

Tired now to follow fully the two major issues, one at the Syrian border which seems abated and the other at the Greek border where over one hundred thousan refugees have gathered at the noman's land trying to get to the EU,
pushed back by Greek armed forces with tear gas, water cannon and plastic bullets, and a large contingent of Turkish special forces wishing to stop them from getting back to Turkey.

Rumor is that only less than half of those refugees are from Syria and that the others are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Chines Turkistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq and some African countries.

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Old Mar 7th, 2020, 09:26 AM
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<<Rumor is that only less than half of those refugees are from Syria and that the others are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Chines Turkistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq and some African countries.>>

I read that too, OC, but I'm not sure how anyone knows where they come from, let alone the numbers from each area. And wherever they come from they are doubtless cold, hungry and desperate. And no, I don't have the answers either.

Glad that your cardiologist did such a thorough job.
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Old Mar 7th, 2020, 09:32 AM
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Wow, missed the start of the medical saga. So glad you are home and recovering!
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Old Mar 14th, 2020, 10:04 PM
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Hoping you continue to recover, otherchelebi. Keep us posted!
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Old Mar 16th, 2020, 06:44 AM
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We came to Iznik on Thursday to bright and warm weather., which turned sour yesterday. But in the meantime, on Friday, the travel urge took us to a sleepy town in a lush valley about two hundred clicks away. So me of the route was slowly climbing up and down a mountain range.
It was worth it. There was the saved remains of a 740 year old pine tree, an ugly statue in middle of a stream flowing through outskirts of the town where all the trout restaurants were closed because of the season.

And to reward us, a villager and his daughter had set up a food stall on the mountains at abput .85 mile altitude, on a dirty melting snow bank.

Town's name is Domanic and it lies on the scenic alternate route from Inegol to Kutahya.

I do not think our route took us all the way up these mountains, bu close.

This is what remains of the ancient black pine

Some of the eggs she packed for us were broken and some filthy, She probably thought we would never pass that way again. But the natural comb honey is terrific, as well as the black mulberry molasses.
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