Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
I might have mentioned in the past the fact that only a stupid person does not change his or her mind.
To prove that I am not stupid, I admit to changing my mind on an opinion I have often expressed over the years. I even put these words in the mouth of a character in my novel, Hell Is Other People. I believed that women should not play ice hockey; that it was a man’s sport.
After watching the US women’s team trounce Finland at the Olympic Games, I have revised my position. Not only that, I find that I like the style of play better than what has become NHL hockey. Over the years, I had come to appreciate college hockey and international competition, both of which had less violence. I find that my opinion parallels that of the one I have about soccer: I appreciate the women’s game more than the men’s: both are purer forms of the sport.
Men’s games have become too brutal and less refined and graceful. Moments of elegance do, occasionally, break out in a rush of excess physical contact.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
There is that well-known philosophical question about a tree falling in the woods and the noise it does or does not make...
I have a similar question about social media, such as the (almost) ubiquitous Facebook.
If you are not a member of any social media tool, do you exist?
I recall enjoying Dynasty, back when the program first aired. Having a friend, whose father was in the oil business in Colorado—although nowhere near as rich as Blake Carrington—I was intrigued by the concept and then liked the program. Although at times over the top, I liked it better than Dallas (which a rarely watched)…perhaps because I prefer Denver to Dallas and Colorado to Texas.
Anyway, I watched a bit of the first episode of the remake of Dynasty on Netflix. I did not like it, so will not continue. They try to hard to be “current” or “modern”. The story line has changed to meet what one sees in the media. Of course, there are more nationalities than only white folks, which all seems a bit forced. The actors are less appealing than those of the original, but this is very subjective.
My conclusion is, once again, remakes are never a good idea for anyone that has seen the original. In this case, the writing is inferior, the story is contrived, characterisers are less credible, and the acting is forced. Perhaps, the young audience will like the new version, but I will seek entertainment elsewhere.
Old can be…often is…better than new (or younger)!
Has anyone noticed that most, if not all, mass shootings in God’s chosen nation are perpetrated by white men. Not Black men, Not women. Not immigrants. Not gay men. Yes, men what tend to resemble the ones that prevent gun. control measures.
And, who is responsible for gun laws? White men, of course. It should be painfully obvious to anyone with a brain and a bit of compassion that something is wrong with a country that allows people on a terrorist no-fly list (safe to own a gun, but not sit in an airplane) and people with mental health issues to purchase firearms—even automatic rifles designed for combat—that last group recently allowed by a ruling signed by the idiot in the Oval Office.
Like Groundhog Day (the movie) the idiocy will keep on repeating itself and children will keep on dying needlessly, because prayers are meaningless…
Millions of Americans Demand $130,000 for Not Having Sex with Trump
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans on Wednesday demanded that Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, issue them checks in the amount of $130,000 for not having sex with Trump.
After Cohen revealed that he had issued such a check to Stormy Daniels, a porn star who he claims never had intimate relations with his client, there was widespread outrage among other Americans who had also not had sex with Trump but had not been paid for not doing so.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for Stormy Daniels,” Tracy Klugian, a florist in Santa Rosa, California, said. “I just want my check, too.”
Harland Dorrinson, a bank teller in Akron, Ohio, said that he had already e-mailed Cohen to demand payment. “I have never come close to having sex with Trump, and that should be worth something,” he said. “Specifically, $130,000.”
But, even as millions of Americans clamored to be compensated for abstaining from sex with Cohen’s client, others, like Carol Foyler, of Tallahassee, Florida, took a different view. “Never having sex with Donald Trump should be a reward in itself,” she said.
Has anyone besides me noticed that mass shootings are the favourite American pastime?
As with all such tragic events, some radical politicians foolishly are calling for stricter gun control measures, not realising that there are none, so anything would be stricter. Of course, gun control will never happen.
The Clown-With-The-Funny-Hair is calling for “safer schools”, which translates into more guns. I expect that SWAT teams will be hired for full-time duty at all schools. Sales of military grade equipment will increase to outfit these new school “assets”. The school principal will report directly to the commander of the security forces, because "safety" has priority over education. Getting to school will be more difficult and more unpleasant than boarding an airplane.
Children will grow more mentally disturbed than they already are, what with social media, reality television, and junk food diets...
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.