I am surprised that Republicans worship Ayn Rand, when really Nietzsche is their guy. His philosophy suits the words and actions of the Republican Party.
Perhaps, the fact that Hitler misappropriated some of Nietzsche’s ideas made him less attractive as a figurehead for an American party. Whereas Hitler stressed the superiority of the German “race”, Republicans have been clever enough to stress the superiority of the “nation”, when they really men white men.
Or, could it be that Nietzsche attacked christianity, which is opium of masses of Republican voters. Few have read Ayn Rand, who also has less critics as old Freddie N., so most accept that she has something meaningful to say. If Alan Greenspan liked her, than she must be wonderful. Even fewer have read Nietzsche, but he has received enough bad press to have achieved name recognition, even if very few know what he wrote.
Today, while eating strawberries, I thought about the misfortune of the younger and future generations. They will be so enamored of virtual reality and processed food/drink, that they will never experience life or fresh produce.
Down the street are strawberry fields, where one can pick as much as one needs. It is also permitted to eat as many as one wishes while picking. Only those carried to the weighing station are charged. Children can enjoy to pleasure of gathering and sampling real fruit, not the kind processed in a factory or produced with artificial flavoring. Strawberries might be available all year, but only those grown in the natural cycle and sourced within shouting distance provide the true taste I recall from my youth.
I recall seeing reports of taste tests conducted by conglomerates and their huge advertising agencies. In one example, the powdered drink won out over real orange juice. No wonder kids chose that one: it was mostly sugar. Sweet wins over true flavor. There is nothing wrong with sugaring strawberries or salting a tomato to bring out the flavor, but there it is a crime to mix chemicals to produce facsimile of a natural flavor.
So, even if future generations will never know the true flavor of things, they wont care. As long as sugar keeps them happy…
PAUL RYAN SETS GOOGLE NEWS ALERT FOR THE MOMENT WHEN TRUMP BECOMES UNPOPULAR ENOUGH TO BETRAY
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—House Speaker Paul Ryan has set a Google News alert to notify him of the instant that Donald Trump becomes unpopular enough to turn against, Ryan revealed on Thursday.
The news alert, which Ryan said was set to the phrase “Trump approval rating falls below fifty per cent among Republican voters,” will inform the House Speaker of the precise moment “that I can bail on President Trump at no political cost to me,” Ryan explained.
“There’s this sense out there in the media that Washington is consumed by drama and nothing is getting done,” Ryan told reporters. “I think it’s important for people to know that important things are, in fact, getting done, and setting this Google News alert is one of those things.”
Asked by a reporter when he anticipated turning on Trump, Ryan dismissed that as a hypothetical question, adding, “There is no timetable for my inevitable betrayal of him. Once I receive that Google News alert, it will most likely happen a split second after that.”
Ryan ended his press conference by reassuring the American people that he is hard at work for them. “I am checking my phone every ten—and sometimes every five—minutes,” he said.
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All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
The internet gives people access to virtually limitless choice. In some cases, this might be beneficial, but not in the case of food shopping. I like to seek out the best sources and test products to find the ones I enjoy the most. Take bakers for example (I know, not possible in the United States): I source white bread from one, dark bread from another, croissants from still another, and so one. This takes remembering and driving around, but the resulting enjoyment is worth the trouble. Some might say that bread is bread, but they are idiots.
I have bought books and a few consumer goods on the internet, but doubt that I will ever buy food. I have sent food as a gift (lobster from Maine to Florida and baskets from Harry & David), but that was convenience. I have never sent myself anything from Harry & David, although I spent many a snowy night in my dormitory in Vermont looking at their ad in a New Yorker magazine. I was a long time and distance from the fruit they offered to ship. Of course, that was before the internet, but they proved that one can source good product from afar. Still, I will continue to drive to bakers, butchers, and green grocers…
OBAMA WILLING TO SERVE AS TEMP PRESIDENT WHILE TRUMP RECEIVES PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Amid concerns about Donald Trump’s fitness to be President, former President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he was willing to serve as “temp President” while Trump undergoes psychiatric evaluation.
“It would just be a temp thing,” Obama told reporters. “As soon as psychiatrists determine that Donald Trump is mentally stable and fit to serve as the most powerful officeholder in the world, I’d step aside.”
Obama said that he was a “logical choice” to serve as temp President because of his eight years in the White House. “For starters, I know how the light switches work,” he said.
Obama said that, once installed as temp President, he would look after the day-to-day running of the White House: “You know—vetoing bills, naming Supreme Court Justices, that kind of thing.”
Asked how he envisioned his working relationship with Vice-President Mike Pence, Obama said, “I think Mike has been working so darn hard, he really deserves a vacation. Joe Biden has said he’ll fill in for a while.”
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There have always been poor people in the United States, even if one discounts descendants of slaves. This is not something that I was confronted with on a daily basis…or even at all.
My first and only encounter with truly poor people did not make a real impression on me at the time. Only much later did I understand the significance of what I had seen. I have mentioned this before, but am reminded of it when reading or seeing news reports from the country of my birth.
I recall seeing shacks off the highway on the way south to visit relatives, but they were too far away for me to know about the life inside. I might or might not have remembered my short visit to a ramshackle house with dirt floor on an island in Maine. I was too young to understand the meaning of a dirt floor in a house and paid little attention to details in the dark room.
My life was too sheltered to know the true meaning of poverty. Reading about it was not enough. I do not think that seeing the peasants of Vietnam made a real impression, because that was Asia, not the United States. What hit home for the first time was seeing homeless people on the streets. I recall wondering how a country could let this happen to its citizens.
Since then, the phenomenon has only grown worse.
There is no such thing as equality: every Communist government has proved that, where the well-off remained hidden behind closed doors. There will always be people with less, but I find little excuse for letting people suffer for the benefit of the few (like communist countries do), which has been increasing in the United States.
THREE RUSSIAN SPIES MEET IN THE OVAL OFFICE
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Three men alleged to be prominent Russian spies inexplicably gained access to the Oval Office last week and held a high-level meeting there, according to reports.
Eyewitnesses to the meeting said that the three Russian agents spoke at length and shared sensitive intelligence material, at times laughing uproariously.
After approximately an hour, the meeting broke up, with two of the spies leaving the Oval Office and the third remaining behind.
News that agents of the Russian Federation had somehow eluded the Secret Service in order to hold a meeting in the Oval Office sent shock waves through Washington on Monday evening.
“The fact that three well-known Russian agents were able to hold a meeting in the Oval Office suggests that something has seriously broken down,” Harland Dorrinson, a national-security official who served in the Reagan and Bush Administrations, said. “None of these three men should be anywhere near the White House.”
On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan called the meeting of the three Russian spies at the White House “a tempest in a teapot” and “much ado about nothing,” before adding, off-microphone, “I am screwed. I am so screwed.”
I find much to criticize about fellow humans in “advanced” societies. One aspect I find particularly strange—perhaps even telling about the mental state/insecurities of popular press readers/tv viewers—is the popularity of—not celebrities—celebrities sisters, wives, or children. I cannot understand why so many salivate at seeing members of the British “royal” family, but am dumbfounded at why anyone would be interested in a sister, who is not an aristocrat.
I am impressed by merit, by success, and by positive personality traits. Vicarious fame is about as interesting as leftovers I put on the compost…and far less useful.