I refuse to waste my precious time on this earth with reading beyond headlines or listening to news reports of the circus, charades, dishonesty, hypocrisy, and crimes currently raging in Washington. Most of this is not new, but the extent of the shamelessness has reached unbelievable levels. And, the key figures are more blatant than ever, proving that the county has gone to the dogs and is on a slippery slope to worse.
The author, Douglas Coupland, wrote a book titled The Worst Human Being in the World. This was before certain creature rose to power in the United States. The one he wrote about was far less-odious than certain cretins infecting Washington.
The worst aspect of current life—which is no different from any time in history—is the complacency and gullibility of so many citizens. I see little hope for a better future, so the best place for my head is in the sand. I am happy that I am old...
Today is the last day of British membership in the European Union. Many are happy; many are not. Because democracy requires only 50% plus one vote, divisiveness is built into the system.
The Brits and the French/Europeans have been squabbling for as long as humans have lived in that part of the world. That’s human nature: to disagree, fight, and kill one another. If one studies history, one soon learns that nothing changes in the long run.
As mentioned already, I am reading the biography of Charles de Gaulle. He was an ally of the British during World War II, and he could not have risen to power without their aid and patience with him. Then, when the UK asked to join the European Union in 1966, France (ie. de Gaulle) vetoed their membership. Once they joined in the 1970s, many in the UK railed against joining. Margret Thatcher hated the EU and did everything she could to stick a pole in the spokes. She is surely smiling in her grave on this day.
To reveal—once again—how stupid people can be, one must only listen to what some UK members of the EU parliament—now former members—are saying. They are saying that they will now work from the outside to destroy the EU. These same hypocrites accept generous pension payments from the EU. Of course, the EU will do nothing to punish such behaviour and will continue to pay people who are laughing all the way to the bank.
Life will not improve for the majority on either side of La Manche (the body of water between France and the insignificant islands lying off its coast to the west, whose citizens arrogantly call this water the “English” Channel).
EL CHAPO OUTRAGED THAT HIS TRIAL INCLUDED WITNESSES
By Andy Borowitz
FLORENCE, COLORADO (The Borowitz Report)—The convicted drug lord known as El Chapo said on Thursday that he was “outraged” his 2019 trial had included witnesses. He also revealed that he was demanding a new trial without them.
Speaking from ADX Florence, a maximum-security facility in Colorado, the former drug kingpin complained that his trial would have resulted in a speedy acquittal had it not been for the irritating presence of witnesses.
“If I had to point to one reason why I was convicted of all of those crimes, it would have to be witnesses,” he said. “Once the decision was made to include witnesses, things really went downhill for me.”
Occasionally—but, lately, only occasionally—headlines can be entertaining. Not only entertaining, but symbolic.
A good question for school children would be: how many metaphors can you identify in the following sentence?
Trump border wall between US and Mexico blows over in high winds
And, what children’s story comes to mind?
And, finally, how does this affect your belief in the myth of god’s given country…if you ever believed in the first place?
I found an interesting passage in the De Gaulle biography.
Where others saw the ‘Soviet Union’ de Gaulle saw ‘Russia’, where others read the world through the lenses of ideology, de Gaulle read it through the lens of geography. As he had written already in 1919; ‘Bolshevism will not last eternally in Russia. A day will come, it is inevitable, when order will be restored and Russia, reconstructing her forces, will start to look around her again.’
He did not live to see his (correct) prediction come true 70+ years later. Too bad that the US CIA did not have such thinkers or people smart enough to see clearly what was happening and what could happen.
We’ve talked about this before: the difference between animals and humans. One believes in the myths and the other treats members of its own species well. Sadly, the ability to believe in myths does not always come with the necessary intelligence or knowledge needed to critically judge.
This thought occurred to me whenever I read about people flocking to rallies for a crooked charlatan…
I noticed a headline about the number of bombs dropped on Afghanistan by the world’s greatest military. You know, the one that did so well in Vietnam.
This thought caused me to recall my first night at Cham Ran Bay airbase, where I had landed after the long flight from Tacoma, with stops for fuel in Anchorage and Japan. Since the inner workings of my body were on the other side of the world, I lay awake at night and slept during the day. Each night, I was entertained by the sound of artillery shells blasting a mountain miles to the south. One day, I asked why the same spot was hit each night. The answer had something to do with preventing the enemy from using some trails.
My question, which was treated with scorn, was: if the same trail is always bombarded every night, won’t the enemy use a different route? And, after a pause, I asked about how often the base had been attacked. It hadn’t.
So, someone decided to blow off munition. The manufacturers and their shareholders must have been as happy as the enemy, who knew what route to avoid.
No wonder the war was lost……just like in Afghanistan. But, people made money and officers were promoted and life goes on.
TRUMP SAYS HE HAS NO INTENTION OF HAVING BOLTON’S BOOK READ ALOUD TO HIM WASHINGTON
(The Borowitz Report)--
Donald J. Trump has “no intention whatsoever” of having John Bolton’s book read aloud to him, Trump confirmed on Monday.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, had obtained a draft manuscript of the Bolton book and had offered to read it aloud to him “like she does with all of the other books,” Trump said.
“She reads the books to me slowly and stops when there’s a long word to tell me what it means,” Trump said. “But I told her that the Bolton book was the last book in the world that I wanted to hear.”
Trump acknowledged that Ivanka had previously read aloud to him other books that he had not enjoyed, such as “A Warning,” by Anonymous.
“That Anonymous guy has to be the worst writer,” he said. “After Ivanka read ten pages of that crap to me, I told her to throw the book across the room, and she did.”
Trump said that he hears “many books” a week, and that sometimes his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, takes turns with Ivanka reading them aloud to him.
“I’ve enjoyed hearing Sean Hannity’s books and Laura Ingraham’s books,” Trump said. “But John Bolton’s? Please. That’s the last book I want to hear when Ivanka and Jared tuck me in at night.”
A friend sent a message to me last night: “Poor Kobe”.
My first thought was recent news of LeBron James passing Kobe Bryant in lifetime scoring. We both had worked with Kobe many years ago, but I could not understand why this prompted him to write. I called…and learned the sad news.
In 1998, I traveled with Kobe Bryant on a promotional tour to Japan. He was still a teenager, but already an international star in the basketball world. Very few had joined the NBA direct from high school. He was already big in Japan. He was named for the Japanese city where his father had lived. The contract cost my company a lot of money, which was signed based upon the potential we saw. He did not sell shoes.
I remember him as a polite, shy young man, who was a bit bewildered by the adulation. On the basketball court, he was comfortable and sovereign. Off the court, he just wanted to be a kid. He went on to be a big star and grew up…and eventually sold shoes for another brand.
I feel sorry for his family.
No verdict has been reached on the cause of the crash, but I can speculate. I have been a helicopter pilot serving important people; I understand the pressure to reach a destination. I have refused to fly generals in bad weather, despite the pressure to do something foolish. Pilots can be overconfident in their own ability and/or lack bravery to stand up to someone they want to impress. The fear of losing one’s job or reputation can cause lapses in judgment. No one will know for sure what went on in the pilot’s mind or how he performed, but the suspicion lingers that it was his fault that his passengers died.
If you want to see how gullible, easily manipulated people are easily manipulated, just scan the headlines each day of tabloid newspapers. I am sure that internet media sites, which I ignore, do this even more and better.
Anyone with half a brain will notice how carefully selected and cropped photos are used with suggestive headlines and captions. Most, if anyone besides me, give no thought to veracity or context. Stupid people do not notice or admit their own stupidity. They believe what they want to believe, and no one or no facts can change closed minds.
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.