Death of Shimon Peres: Just read that the death has been reported of the legendary and extraordinarily gifted Israeli statesman, diplomat, and politician, Shimon Peres. Actually, I have long found it astounding on some of these very threads that the deaths of well known (but popular) mediocrities and talentless and witless 'celebrities' can attract a stupefying number of posts, threads, and replies, but that the death of genuine giants can pass without a whisper of acknowledgement. This man was a giant - a flawed giant, granted, - but was pretty much the last of that extraordinary generation of founding fathers (and mothers, I'm looking at you, Golda Meir among others) that gave rise to modern Israel. When studying politics as the art of the potential of compromise and negotiation, Mr Peres offer us an instructive series of examples of a what can be achieved by a genuinely idealistic, courageous, flexible and exceptionally creative practitioner of the art and craft and profession of politics and diplomacy. RIP. What an impressive individual.