Friday, June 22, 2018


Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator, has died at the age of 68. Like Jordan Peterson, who has featured on this blog several times over the past year, Krauthammer had a psych background. He was known for his many books and articles and round-table discussions (with, for example, the DC-famous "Inside Washington") and panel talks on Fox News. Recently, Krauthammer had been both supportive and critical of Donald Trump and his policies, criticizing Trump for his handling of the Charlottesville incident (during which one woman died after being struck by a car) but praising Trump's efforts to build a border wall.

Krauthammer was famously confined to a wheelchair following a swimming accident in which he hit his head at just the wrong angle and severed his spinal cord. In the end, though, it was cancer—initially abdominal cancer that eventually metastasized—that did Krauthammer in. He leaves behind a wife and son. While I didn't follow his writing closely and almost never watched him on TV, Charles Krauthammer was always somewhere on the periphery of my consciousness, and it was partly because of him and his writing that I have any political awareness at all. RIP, Mr. Krauthammer.

ADDENDUM: Koko, the sign-language-using gorilla, is also dead. She was 46.

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