Sadly, the man that wrote the article below does not rule Britain (not that he wants to), because he is far more intelligent than those in power.
Latest news is that, yippee, the UK will be sending 6 (six!) aircraft, since politicians ignored the wisdom of the above writer. The enemy—whoever that might be—must be cowering in their “dens”.
After watching the news, I watched a program on Bob Dylan’s folk years. One line from one of his songs struck me in the context of what’s happening in the news: “You don’t count your dead, when god’s on your side.” Both sides seem to agree. This reminds me of the sentiment raised in the first line of my first novel, Sister Sisteron, “Jack Synder had learned to doubt any god in the hands of man”.
Differences of opinion seem to be the curse of humanity…
I wrote yesterday about Chrysler Super Bowl ad, which I had read about but not seen. Below is an opinion piece from The New Yorker, by one of their excellent editors, which describes the ad and its missing the target. I am happy that I did not see it, because the short time I have on this earth is surely better used than watching bad advertising.
She also describes the Coke ad that run during the Super Bowl, which sounds better than the Chrysler one. This ad had already caused a stir and made headlines. I had read about panic attacks in the Right Wing media that this commercial caused. When they started turning on Coke, the essence of America, then the apocalypse must be near. I never doubted that these people are stupid fools/idiots/jerks/hypocrits...take your pick.
Of course, some find humor in everything...
This morning, I noticed a piece in one of the “newspapers” about the Chrysler ad aired during Super Bowl.
Dylan might be a great poet, but his latest effort indicates that he might be off his game. Or treading on unfamiliar ground. Or selling out to corporate strategists. He should stick with poetry and leave marketing hype to others.
According to the article, the ad included the following line:
"Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone. We will build your car."
Perhaps, Mr. Dylan should try a German car. I have tried Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors automobiles. Not only is German beer better, but the cars are, too. And, not only does Budweiser make some of the world’s worst beer, their ads are stupid.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.