A word to the wise ain’t necessary. It’s the stupid ones that need the advice.
Here’s a question that comes to mind when scanning headlines: Which group of humans is the most stupid? Climate change deniers, religious cult (fill in name or names of choice), people questioning Obama’s birthplace, 2nd Amendment fanatics...I could go on? Imagine the Venn diagram of these groups.
The name Yahoo has been prominently featured in headlines recently. I seem to recall this name from the early days of the Internet (which I am old enough to remember). I have not seen or heard this name for...well, I simply can’t recall. Beyond that, I do not know what Yahoo does. I think that it was a search engine, but who needs anything besides Google?
The biggest mystery is why such an unknown brand can pay its CEO, who’s a woman making the headlines about upsetting women, $117 million a year. I do not understand how any company, even a successful one, can pay a CEO that much.
Not all chemicals are bad.
Without chemicals, such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example,
there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.
Anyone that read...and thought about...yesterday’s Saying of the Day will find a solid piece of evidence in this New Yorker piece on military spending.
Not surprisingly, the following headline in the Telegraph caught my attention:
Anheuser-Busch accused of watering down Budweiser
Beer lovers across the US have filed $5m class-action lawsuits accusing Anheuser-Busch
of watering down Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.
Duh! The stuff has always tasted like bad water.
One of the reasons I fled the United States is mediocre beer. Not that I am a big beer drinker, but when I do--maybe once a month--I want a good beer. Budweiser is not good beer, unless you are talking about the original name holder from Czechoslovakia (Yes, I know the name has changed, but I’m like to dwell in the past on some subjects.) I have better beer from a can in wilds of Vietnam. Beer brewed on the Bahamas is better. Japanese beer is in a different league. Etc. Etc. Etc.
For the uninitiated, beer sold in Germany comes in two forms: Pils (pilsner) and Export. As the name implies, Export is also for sales in foreign markets. The product contains chemicals to extend life. Pils may contain--by law dating back to the 14 hundreds--only water, hops, and malt. A glass fresh from the keg (supposedly needs seven minutes to fill properly with appropriate head) is a thing of beauty and a taste sensation. This is real beer, which has a shelf life...like any foodstuff. And, beer is listed as food, not an alcoholic beverage.
Anyone the buys...and drinks...Budweiser has only himself to blame. Although, believe it or not, there are worse beers sold in the United States...
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
I noticed in a headline that Obama’s guy will be confirmed for the Secretary of Defense position. Prior to this, all headlines have been about Republican attempts to block the appointment, despite the fact that the guy is a Republican. Most of the rationale I read was ridiculous...which is how the Republican Party likes to portray itself.
I try not to prejudge (that’s a lie, of course, because everyone prejudges), but news of the recent killing in South Africa compels me. I do not believe the guy.
And, I wonder if a famous white athlete can get away with killing a blond woman in a black country the way a famous black athlete got away with killing a blond woman in a white country.
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.