The hot variety…
(Some of which contributes to global warming, mostly because it prevents finding a cure.)
Many people think that the United Nations is a forum to solve problems in the world. That might be a side benefit—occasionally— but the actual purpose is to provide a stage for national leaders to posture. Case in point: the British prime minister boasting about (possibly) joining the fun in the Middle East. Most tend to forget that he was unable to obtain parliament’s approval to join in the carnage last time he tried, but that is irrelevant for any politician that has reached the UN pulpit.
Few of these posturings are noticed beyond the politician’s local media, with a paltry few being granted a few seconds on cable television. But, that’s all they want: a chance to impress the local electorate with their imagined greatness.
Another case in point: the president of the United States promising to do something about climate change and carbon emissions. No chance. Congress will never agree (see the numbers in the below link). This is a body peopled with ignorant—some naturally, some wilfully, some paid to be—men and women, guided by something other than the good of their country and the good of humanity. But, they are some of the best politicians money can buy!
And, now, for some stream of consciousness. I must be conscious, because I am putting words on a “page”…
Ever since I started this blog—because someone suggested that a blog would help sell my trash fiction, which it hasn’t—I have felt obligated to post something each day, in case somewhere in the world, some poor soul with nothing better to do might want to read something witty or worthless, to take his or her mind off all the troubles of the day, big or small, at home or abroad. Some days, I offer a link to something worthwhile—of course, written by someone talented. There are a few regular favorites, some humorous, some intelligent, and some both: Borowitz, Collins, Jenkins, Non Sequitur, and so on. If I like and respect them, then everyone should. Duh!
Today, when thinking about what to write, I could find nothing to offer the world…except my thoughts, as I was trying to take a nap. I have found that a nap is a good way to waste time, when I can think of nothing better to do or as an excuse to avoid things I could do. Ronald Reagan took naps and look at all the damage he did. This line of thinking led me to consider what I should be doing. At the highest level of consciousness, I realised that the only thing required of me—as a human being—is to eat and sleep. I have fulfilled my purpose on this earth by reproducing two fine children, who are attractive, intelligent, and good humans. I have no other purpose.
Because of that, there is no crime in taking a nap…whenever I want. As far as the eating part goes, I am lucky. When I consider the fate of overweight Americans, I know that there but a good metabolism go I. At times, I will eat an entire bag of potato chips or a pint of ice cream. The appealing flavor helps me to understand why folks put on pounds: it tastes good, therefore I eat. Self-discipline—which I have—is not at issue, it’s metabolism. Either one puts on weight or one does not. I am lucky.
So, I can eat and sleep all I like, being content that I am harming no one and not avoiding any useful purpose. That’s what I call a good life. The only aggravation comes at the times when I am foolish enough to flip through the news channels and pause at Fox News or glance at the headlines on Salon, which scream about the idiots on the right side of the political spectrum. And, believe me, these people are evil idiots.
Which reminds me to finalize my next trash novel, in which some bad folks play a role. I have written a rough draft, but can’t find the needed motivation to finish the damn thing and share it with the world…which is not interested in another trash novel…
Scary fools can be rather entertaining, when dealt with by a clever writer...
Here is a line from an article by Gail Collins of the New York Times:
“...the United States is the only country outside of South Sudan and Somalia that has failed to ratify the U.N. convention on children’s rights.”
This basically displays what is wrong with the current US government. These are just the kind of country one wants to be allied with.
With emphasis of strange...
I was forced to reside in Texas for over two years, compliments of Uncle Sugar. Those were the worst years of my life. From news headlines and the occasional story I can stomach, I discern that things have become worse...
And, then, there’s this...
NB. Even the Gulf News, the English language newspaper of the Emirates has had articles trying to explain these yahoos...which they failed to accomplish.
Here’s a great line about Republican turkeys from Gail Collin’s column:
“It’s not easy leading a political movement that believes the federal government is at the core of all our problems while depending heavily on the votes of citizens who get both their retirement money and health care from the federal government.”
And, heres’s a quote from a true American hero/patriot/politician:
“Democrats keep talking about our refusal to compromise. They don’t realize our compromise is defunding Obamacare. ... Our endgame is to leave the whole thing shut down until the President defunds Obamacare. And if he does not defund Obamacare, we leave the whole thing shut down.”
How can one believe in a country “led” by such idiots?
And, then there’s this piece in Salon about Repulican success:
7 signs America has regressed — to the 19th century
Workers aren't unionized, and some pols are now advocating child labor.
I'm not the only one to feel that the U.S. has gone back in time...
While we’re on the subject of absurdity...
The always-clever, but unfortunately insightful, Gail Collins on how stupid US politicians are.
While reading Gail Collins’ column in the New York Times this evening, I noticed a change in the ambient noise. Paying attention, I realized that rain was pouring down, a change from the early drizzle I had discovered upon looking out the front door before walking upstairs to the computer...which led me to the column.
I paused my reading to walk to another room to open a window, which is larger than the windows in my computer room. The sound level increased, but I was greeted with the wonderful aroma created by rain falling on earth and vegetation and cool air of the evening. Nature can be so pleasureful...
Whereas humans, especially men, can be so stupid.
Each article or discussion about recent revelation of the US Government’s program of “spying” on all telephone and internet exchanges usually contains a quotes along the lines of “you have nothing to fear, if you have done nothing wrong”.
I am willing to wager than every human has broken some law. No one can know all laws, especially esoteric and historical statutes. Daily practices often eclipses rule, which all have forgotten, never known, or ignore.
That makes the government surveillance program an ideal tool for anyone wishing to screw up an opponent’s life. And, some over-ambitious civil “servant” can harass whoever he or she chooses to target. Or, worse, a contract employee can earn a bonus by fingering as many suspects as possible. The following column is scary (especially since my fingerprints are on file and I live in Europe)...
Of course, governments never break a law, because they make laws to suit their practices...
I liked this bit from the Los Angeles Times:
Derelict 112th Congress sets new record for low achievement
The 112th Congress worked hard on just one thing: competing to be known as the most worthless, incompetent, do-nothing gathering of lawmakers in the nation's history.
And, of course, Gail Collins always has the last word on that gaggle of dunderheads.
And, the cheat goes on...
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.