Bad news for western, christian, white supremacists: researchers have discovered that people of Mesopotamia (that’s Iraq, the country destroyed by Bush-Cheney crowd) discovered astronomical geometry 1400 years before Europeans. These are the same folks that “discovered’ mathematics and farming and…beer. It appears that the fertile crescent was the Silicon Valley of BC times. For anyone interested in broadening his or her horizon, here is the article:
Being on a different time zone, I arose early and went to the gym. On the television, I noticed an item on the news crawler. Someone--surely with a reputation for intelligent thought (otherwise he would not be quoted, because no mention was made of Twitter)--stated (roughly) that the popularity of the clown with the funny hair proves the dumbing-down of Americans.
Half the population of any country, even god’s chosen one, reside on the left side of the standard distribution of intelligence. That number would be about 150 million in the United States. So, if the clown has a few million followers, there are many more “dumb” people that are not enamoured. Anyone that has spent time in the states of the Confederacy will know that there are a whole bunch of ignorant folks not interested in learning anything contra to their prejudices.
Secondly, there have always been plenty of people willing to fall for a charlatan. Just look at the number that listen to talk radio or watch the schlock on television or folk cult-like churches. Weak people are always looking for perceived strength in others and fall for promises of things they’ll never have or achieve.
Thirdly, the US has a history of such snake oil salesmen. There was the preacher, Father Coughlin (I think that’s the name) in the 1930s. Millions fell for the garbage peddled by Senator McCarthy in the 1950s. Barry Goldwater was almost as radical in the 1960s. Look how many people worshipped Reagan, then and now, despite what he did to the country. And, how many voted for Bush for a second term, after he damaged the economy, the reputation, and the moral fiber of the country?
Finally, the media plays a role in any hype or hysteria. It was radio before television and network television before cable news, and cable news before internet. Now, everyone and anyone (even me!) has an outlet…like the guy on the news crawler that caught my attention this morning. And, more people around the world are learning about the Emperor’-New-Clothes aspect of the Land of the Mass Shootings and the Home of a Whole Bunch of Dummies.
More garbage is being spread wider than ever before, and lies and hyperbole “sell” better than truth. The masses hardly know what to believe, because too many believe that anything with the word “real” attached to it is reality.
In all shops selling greeting cards, one can find those for having missed a birthday. Some are humorous; all are pathetic. How can one forget so important a day (unless the person is unimportant)?
Well, I forgot to wish the Fool On The Hill "Happy Birthday".
The old fool began ranting and raving five years ago. Unbelievable. How is it possible to keep up such drivel for so long? Partly, the craziness of the human race provided enough fodder for several blogs. And, the glorious world provides wonders that must be shared. And, there seem to be enough people (all you need is one!) who stop by to marvel at the ingenious content.
So, Happy Birthday to me?
plague or cholera
Millions Resent Being Put in Horrible Position of Siding with Megyn Kelly
BY ANDY BOROWITZ
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans are expressing their resentment and outrage at being put in the appalling position of siding with the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, a state of affairs that many are calling “intolerable.”
“Never in a million years did I envision a situation where I would be on the same side as Megyn Kelly,” Tracy Klugian, of Butte, Montana, said. “Now that I find myself in just such a situation, let me say this: it’s horrible. Truly horrible.”
“Putting people through the ordeal of siding with Megyn Kelly could be the worst thing Donald Trump has done in this campaign,” Jervis Kentwell, of Norwalk, Connecticut, said. “I know he thinks he’s invulnerable or whatever, but it’s hard to see him recovering from this.”
Harland Dorrinson, a psychologist from Akron, Ohio, has created an online community for people who are suffering from the emotional trauma of momentarily siding with Megyn Kelly.
“People who have despised Megyn Kelly for years are experiencing a sudden loss of identity and a feeling of emptiness,” he said. “They’re complaining of persistent headaches and nausea. There is a lot of hurt out there.”
Carol Foyler, of Tacoma, Washington, worries about the “long-term implications” of being forced to side with Megyn Kelly. “Is there some scenario where I might be forced to side with Bill O’Reilly, or Hannity?” she asked. “It’s a goddam slippery slope.”
flower of the day
Being a cynic, I am skeptical about the current spat between the clown with the funny hair from New York and the Republican propaganda machine (aka Fox News). I am certain that this is aimed at gaining notoriety for one and ratings boost for the other. These bedfellows, regardless of how strange, are partners in crimes against America (as I imagine it should be).
When younger, I was an avid hockey player. I lived in a time of few artificial ice rinks, so eagerly awaited cold weather each year. In the town where I lived—wealthy enough to afford an artificial rink, but not having one—many schoolmates had parents and grandparents that traveled to Florida in the winter. I could never understand why anyone would do this, certain that Florida had no artificial ice and was too warm for lakes to freeze.
Now, as I sit in the warmth of Dubai and read weather reports from Europe, I can understand all those folks wanting to escape Massachusetts winters. Of course, if I had understood then, it would have done no good. My family did not have money for such luxuries as warm vacations in winter.
Now that I appreciated escaping winter, I have to money to travel to Florida. But, I prefer Dubai. It is closer. The streets are safer. Things are new. Few, if anyone, has a gun. And, it’s closer.
Flower of the day
I frequently notice headlines about some food being good or bad for your health. Eating some food will prevent cancer or obesity or early death. I do not read any of these articles, because I will not change my habits. I know that everyone must die, so minor adjustments in diet will not prevent the inevitable. Why should I eat something I do not like, when any positive effect is negligible?
Adding to what I read the other day...
Anyone thinking of buying property in Florida, should read the above New Yorker article.
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.