Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bloodshed

But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood in my sight on the earth. 
- 1 Chronicles 22:8

3 guesses as to modern nation which closely models that described above?

Could we say 'tis the country which unleashed the nuclear sword on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Couljd we use the example  lof a country which fnnought 2 land wars in Asia: 1 which has not ended on the Korean peninsula and another where our Vietnamese allies became abandoned, the latter where US experts told politicians we could not win.

Or could we use the example of country which declared a global war on terror which will last for generations since we can't kill an idea?  This war recently claimed the lives of 4 American patriots in some homeless, misbegotten jungle.  Our leaders claim the right to blow anyone anywhere to bits, even Americana.

Whither our cival rights?  Whither the Constitution?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Primer on History and Communication

Way back when--when humans invented language or God created the first modern human (Homo Sapien) from Cro Magnon stock--we had to walk over to another to talk.

Then we domesticated animals and could ride over a distance and speak or deliver a message. This took some thought prior as one had to think of what to say or transcribe said message.

Men still invariably said the wrong thing to women or their mates yet still the human race survived.

With the harnessing of electricity, came the invention of the telegraph, and messages could get sent over greater distances which took some thought, more if having to write the message if for giving it to the telegraph operator--less if sent by telegraphists to each other, which latter state allowed the operators to shoot the fecal matter over greater distances which still took some reflection even to communicate "wassup" to the receiver on the other end, also allowing first recorded LOL message.

Then came the invention of the telephone, which enabled communication with no thought other than dialing some numbers: "Wassup?  Blah, Blah, Blah."

This gave us the ability to initiate communication over longer distances, with less thought except perhaps thinking of what to say on  "break up calls" if done caringly rather than coldly, the latter usually done by men; yet still the race survived even after "white supremacists" got invented to codify slavery.  One wonders whether this electronic invention advanced the species or detracted from it.

Then came the accursed invention of the computer and then progeny: ICBMS, messageboards, email,  hook-ups, intertubes, web pages, laptops (the latter 2 which allow dissemination of stupidity, obnoxious crap, and wry drollery such as mine over the whole wide world and even outer space.

One shudders and hopes and prays humans will survive and civilizations thrive even as we fear the whole damn thing will burst into flames made by ourselves.























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Thursday, October 26, 2017

I Hate...

"Strategizing."

This turns a noun and turns it into a verb.

Not that i'm a grammar nerd--too many things to point to--but please leave a noun a noun instead of obfuscating English to sound educated and well-spoken but instead bastarding a fine language.

Happy almost Halloween.  When do Christmas lights come into play?

Monday, July 17, 2017

I changed to LED bulbs (LOL)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2017/jul/17/neoliberalism-has-conned-us-into-fighting-climate-change-as-individuals?CMP=share_btn_tw

Monday, December 19, 2016

"Italian Monastery Seeks Savatiooon in Beer

Praise the Lord and pass the beer!

They seem to have edged closer to my church, Lutheran.

[After the Oct. 30 quake, one of the few things left standing at the monastery was a small brewery, where for the past four years the monks have been making Nursia, a beer named for Norcia’s ancient Latin appellation.

Their brew may now be the salvation — symbolically, at least — not only of the monks’ sanctuary, but also of Norcia itself. This ancient walled city is a ghost town of ravaged churches and cracked palazzi, and is still struggling to recover from the strongest earthquake to strike Italy in 36 years.]

Praise the Lord and pass the beer!

Saved!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Washington Post Sinks HMS Trump: "Uniquely Unqualified"

WaPo tells the truth in this season of electoral madness:
The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.  (emphasis added) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/donald-trump-is-a-unique-threat-to-american-democracy/2016/07/22/a6d823cc-4f4f-11e6-aa14-e0c1087f7583_story.html

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Meaning of Memorial Day

After perusing various adverts for Memorial Day furniture sales in the paper, had to remind myself of the true meaning of the Day: to remember those who gave their lives for these United States, fighting our wars. 

My good fortune and that of my family's means we have not lost any one close to us in war.   Nevertheless the Viet Nam War reached long tentacles of death to my sleepy ocean side town, claiming one Robert Gordon Birdsell  in 1969.  

Precisely because  blood of our soldiers pays a price so dear, also you'll see a photo of protesters against that war to remind that wars our country undertakes ought to become considered as business of the people, aired in public discussion rather than behind closed doors.

That constitutes democracy.


                                               
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