Miss Marple said we are all alloted three score and ten years, and like Miss Marple I shall soon be overdrawn.
Now, having lived 70 years, I will use this blog to record my observations and try to answer the question, "Is the hokey-pokey really what it's all about?
You people are great. In my post on Bundy I misspelled Hells Angles (the Angle - not the Hell) and no one point out my ooops. But hell I am old - and that is now my excuse for every time I fuck up. There are hell's angles but they are the ones you use trig to construct: but - again my bad. You would think someone who rode around in the mid sixties with a Free Sonny Barger bumper sticker on his car would have that down - but again I am old.
Just suppose that a rusty ass
old biker like me decided to grow some pot in his basement - feeling that it is
a victimless crime and an asinine law I would be breaking. Then suppose that the local John Law and
DEA, with nothing better to do, decided that they would suit up and bust my
Here is where the story takes
a Bundy parallel: Suppose when they
arrived they found fifty Hell’s Angels (now we know this is just fiction – the
Angels always get a bad rap – sorry bros) armed to the teeth and looking for a
fight – defending my property.
How long do you think it
would be before the local law, the local sheriff’s department, the Maine State
Police, the Federal Marshalls, the FBI and the DEA, with all sorts of backup,
would show up in battle gear and kick ass?
12 hours? 24 hours? 36 hours?
I am just asking.
If it was scary bikers the Maine Governor (now
there is an asshole) would call out the real militia: the National Guard.
Why do these soldier
sniffing, Mad Max wannabee, sub-intelligent, small dick, grown men playing army
– militia assholes get a pass?
And why do members of
Congress come out in their defense?
It is just the two of us, my
wife and me. We often (usually) eat in
the living room in front of the television (because it is hard to eat while
reading a book.)
There is no dishwasher in our
house, and never has been. We do the
dishes together. My wife washes
(because she says I won’t get the dishes clean) and I dry. That is not the conundrum.
Once every couple of weeks we
will order pizza from a local mom & pops deli. My wife will make a salad while I go pick
up the pizza (it is a small town – no delivery here.) After we finish eating the standing joke is
(way overused) that I say,” I’ll do the dishes tonight;” and then I take the paper plates into the
kitchen and throw them away. Here lies
the problem: about once a month we end up with one less piece of
My wife claims I
absentmindedly throw away a fork or knife with the paper plates. I will admit this is not impossible – but
hell I am old (standard excuse.)
I don’t see the problem. It seems to me the issue is that perhaps we
have too much silverware. Why do two
people need six knives and six salad forks, six dinner forks, six desert spoons and six soup spoons?
Hell, if I were by myself I would only need
one plate, one bowl, one fork one spoon and my pocket knife. Now that would be a dilemma if one of them
came up missing; but when you have six of everything and come up missing one
you still have five (or four or three…) left.
There is still plenty to eat with.
Don’t get me wrong: I am not
complaining. You can see how I would be
living if I didn’t have my better half.
I know when I am well
off, so we will buy more silverware (I know better than to say anything about plastic utensils.)
If you only read one book on
science this year it should be Field Notes from a Catastrophe – Man, Nature and
Climate Change; written by Elizabeth Kolbert and published in 2006. This book addresses the issue of climate
change with startling examples that verify legitimate science predictions.
For the decades after the
industrial revolution the idea that mankind could be instrumental in changing
the environment was never considered.
Because of concerns of some
scientist a study was undertaken in 1979 by members of the National Academy of
Science and NASA on the effect of increase carbon dioxide emissions in our
atmosphere. The findings were so startling
that President Carter commissioned a special panel led by a distinguished
meteorologist from MIT for further study.
In the three decades since the predictions of this panel have come to
fruition, but at an accelerated rate.
There have been hundreds of
more peer reviewed studies since, all verifying the results: until at last we
can make a definitive statement that the CO-2 in our atmosphere is increasing
beyond the predictions of normal climate variation and that the results is an
increase in global temperature – and the results are verifiable by visible and
Starting in 1991 the earth
temperatures have exceeded all temperatures recorded since instrumental
temperature recording began. The
results are most startling in the Arctic where
glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.
As CO-2 increases more of the
suns energy is trapped in our atmosphere.
As glacier ice recedes solar energy is absorbed by the ocean causing water
temperatures to rise, which results in more glacial recession… As permafrost melts CO-2 trapped in the ice
for millions of years is released into the atmosphere… Add this to population increase and
industrialization of third word countries and the outcome is bleak.
“Computer models of the
earth’s climate suggest that a critical threshold is approaching. Crossing over it will be easy, crossing back
quite likely impossible.”
Elizabeth Kolbert has just
released a second book The Sixth Extinction; and I have my name on the reserve
list at the local library for when it becomes available.
In the past no government had the power to keep its
citizens under constant surveillance.
George Orwell: 1984
My wife and I have been gone
from home for a number of days. Today,
after a five day hiatus, I turned on my computer and within minutes my disk
drive started to whirl and I had a pop-up notice from Norton showed that a
download was in progress and was deemed safe.
I clicked the info tab for more information and found that GOOGLE was
downloading something named ‘widevinecdmadapter.dll’ into a folder with other
GOOGLE downloads that I didn't know existed.
Every other program asks for
permission to update or modify its existence on my computer; but GOOGLE does it
totally without my knowledge (if it weren't for my Norton virus program.)
This has happened before:
perhaps when we download Google Chrome on our machines the permission for
shadow downloads is in the fine print of the agreement that we never read but
Just think of the information
that GOOGLE can collect on us: it can read our G-Mail, our Blogs, see our map
searches and know our travel plans, catalog our searches, identify our banks
and financial info, see our income tax submissions – and have programs running
on our cell phones and computers that we are not aware of. Why are we worried about the NSA: our info
is out there – much of it hosted by GOOGLE.
Conspiracy theory? No, just a fact. Government information gathering tied in
with all the major communication companies is, like global warming, a fact of
life. And, like global warming, it has
gone too far to be reversed. Our
information is out there.
This is the new world we live
in that has resulted from global technology.
We are in the big brother world and for the most part we remain unconcerned
The similarities to 1984 are
startling. But fuck, I am too old to
worry about it: my major concern is how I am going to afford new tires for my
I just had a bible rant
complete with chapter and verse as a comment on one of my blogs.
The biggest lie that
permeates our society – the foundation of our American philosophy – is that all
men are created equal.
All men should have equal
rights; but the old argument between nature and nurture addresses the fallacy
that all men are created (born) as equals.
Severe retardation is not an
inherited trait; but borderline retardation (barely functional IQ’s) is passed
through the genes. All people are not
equal in their mental and physical abilities: an indisputable fact.
People with low IQ’s are
easily influenced by any movement that will give them recognition and praise:
these are the people that are prayed on by religious fundamentalist churches,
political propaganda and charismatic snake oil salesmen.
However, our individual make
up is more complicated than just our intellect.
Who we are can be generally defined by our DNA; our social environment;
and our education or access to information.
Our color of hair and eyes,
general appearance, disposition, and in some degree our intelligence is
influenced by our DNA: traits handed down from our parents and their blood
Our belief system, values,
dress, actions and civility are primarily determined by the social environment
we are raised in and to some extent live in as adults. We all had little control of our
indoctrination during childhood.
Our prospect to live
logically and process information at a higher level is determined by our access
to information, the depth of our experiences and opportunities.
This is all generalization;
but does offer some food for thought on why people are the way they are.
Hear we are almost two years
away from a Presidential election and the news reporters are already starting
to talk about Iowa. As far as the Democratic Party is concerned
I don’t understand why they don’t just blow off Iowa and not show.
Iowa is one of those mid-western states that live in a
time warp. If you were unfortunate
enough to sit through the movie Nebraska, then
you have an understanding of the culture in Iowa.
This is a culture that views all non-white people who live in cities and
coastal areas with suspicion and distrust.
They are corn fed farmers and people that support the farming industry
that don’t understand a multi-cultural society and don’t want to
understand. They are Christians by
inheritance and critical by culture.
Policies don’t matter to the Corn Belt voters – their minds are made up. Education doesn't matter; because, like
throughout the deep south, you can have graduated from high school and even a
university and still be scientific and culturally illiterate.
Doesn't mean they are bad people - just entrenched in mid-twentieth century culture.
We have past the spring equinox and moved past the benchmark day of spring. Finally the temperatures are moderating and the snow is beginning to melt - leaving us with the beginning of mud season. March was hard with temps at night dipping to zero and day temps at or below freezing. It is not that we are not use to cold weather in Maine, but the tease of spring on the cusp had everybody anxious. I dug out the door to the motorcycle shed and removed the cover on my ride - and started looking at prices for new tires and a new battery; but the March weather would not relent.
Snow from our metal roof stacked up beside the house obscuring the view from the living room window.
In the kitchen the basil plant voraciously soaked up the short sun times between snow storms. But as all things pass: here in April (7th) spring has finally arrived - the dirt appearing through the snow pack on our road ( the harbinger of mud season.)
And the snow is starting to recede.
The basil plant has taken on a new life in the south facing kitchen window and yesterday we found a lady bug on the sill.
We still have a way to go, but the day temps are now in the forties and fifties and the nights are above freezing.
It is just a matter of time before I hear the deep throat roar of a motorcycle on the main road the Ol'Buzzard