On April 24, I joined Armstrong on the radio once again after a week-long hiatus while I was in Paris for work on behalf of HSH. We started off the show with a brief recap of my trip to Paris. I highlighted two experiences as unforgettable although it is hard to even think of them in the same thought given their individual context.
The first was an interview with Daniel Knoll. Daniel Knoll’ s mother, Mireille, was murdered in an anti-Semitic hate crime in March of this year by her Muslim neighbor and his friend. She was 85, in a wheel chair and suffering from Parkinson’s at the time of her murder. Perhaps most chilling is the fact that Mireille had known her killer since he was a child and that he had joined her a few nights prior to murdering her for a glass of “Porto”, a tradition between Mireille and her killer. The second, profound, conversation was one that I had with a reformed former Al Qaeda member. Known as the Emir of Buttes-Chaumont, Farid Benyettou was responsible for mentorship of one of the Charlie Hebdo terrorists which resulted in the murder of 12 people at the magazine’s headquarters in France. As I said its hard to talk about those two experiences in the same sentence and its certainly something that I am still processing.
Following the Paris recap, we were joined by Nathaniel Jordan, The Minister of Wellness, and Rock Newman for a discussion on the role of nutrition regarding longevity and overall wellness. The biggest take home from this discussion, in my opinion, was that people need to make LIFESTYLE changes in order to see the results and the health benefits of healthy eating and exercise. Simply dieting for 6 months, to reach a goal, and then reverting back to old habits will not prove successful long term.
After the first hour, Nathaniel and Rock left us and we were joined by our usual Tuesday guest, Shelby Emmett. We kicked off the last hour with a discussion on Alfie Evans, the British toddler who was removed from life support, despite his parent’s wishes, by the British government. This sparked a conversation about government funded, universal healthcare. For me this dilemma boils down to one question. Who, the government or Alfie’s parents, has the right to make life decisions for the child. In my opinion, the prognosis of the child is irrelevant to the conversation. The fact that the government is forcibly preventing the parents from acting in what they view as Alfie’s best interesting is disgusting to me and a massive overstep. However, is this not what the British people “signed up” for? Americans’ should think long and hard about cases like this and the potential negative implications of universal health care.