Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WINTER IS COMING






This year in Maine weather scientist are predicting a record breaking snow season.  

1.    The warm temperatures this October broke all previous records.   October temperatures have been a hall mark for predicting snow levels:  Of the twenty years of highest recorded October temperatures, seventeen of those years were the seventeen highest recorded snow falls.

2.    A  La Na Nina in the Pacific is an indicator of winter trade wind routs across New England.  The Alberta Clippers follow the trade winds, and the more advanced the La Nina the more snow fall we received in Maine.    This year there is a La Nina in the Pacific and it is due to peak in mid-winter.

3.    Ocean waters off the coast of Maine are the warmest on record.   Warm waters in the Gulf of Maine tend to create more frequent winter storms and more severe snow events (nor-easters.)

This year we are looking at a trifecta, with snow falls in the western mountains of Maine expected to be in excess of 100 inches.  



 My wife and I are winter people, and I love this.
the Ol'Buzzard



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

AN UNCOMFORTABLE PERSPECTIVE ON SEXISM




OFF WITH THEIR HEADS






Roy Moore is despicable and doesn’t belong in the Senate.   Harvey Weinstein is getting his just deserts.    

However, we need to step back and realize that if we destroy every man who made a pass or disrespected a woman, most men over forty are destine for the chopping block.

I almost feel that there is a mob mentality being stoked by ultra-feminist like Mika Brzezinski who vents her outrage on MSNBC. 




 Men have been behaving badly toward females from the beginning of time; and this is a moment we can change cultural norms – but not a time to extract vengeance on every male who touched a tit or stole a kiss.  This is not the time to light the torches and march against all mankind.  Though most are guilty in degrees, it is an over reaction to paint all men with the brush of Moore and Weinstein.  

Cultural norms are changing, and what was acceptable fifty years ago is not acceptable now.   And that is a good thing. 

I am as guilty as most other men of my generation for having considered all good-looking women as possible sexual conquest.

I   have been married for almost forty years.   I adore my wife, and during our time together I have never even considered the company of another woman.   My wife has changed my life and made me a better man.

But am I guilty in my earlier life – yes.

“One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being.”
Solzhenitsyn – The Gulag….

the Ol'Buzzard



Monday, November 20, 2017

BIONICS BRAIN MODIFICATION






Back in the 60’s the TV program The Million Dollar Man (a mechanically modified super hero) was considered way out Sci Fi.  



Today, men and women with mechanical prosthetics are a reality.   Without us realizing it, technology has taken us one step further.  The cell phone, though not implanted, has become an attachment to our brains, to the point that many people go through severe withdrawals when deprived, for a few days or even hours, of access to their cell phone. 



Especially young people are known to check their phones two to three times within every waking hour.  Technology and social networks are now an addiction, and likely modifying the brain patterns of the younger generation, as children are introduced to computers and cell phones at a very young age. 



On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, a scientific research was discussed; the results found that adolescent girls who spend an excess of five hours a day plugged to social media have a seventy percent increase in depression and suicide attempts.   Boys don’t seem to be affected.




For many professionals their life is on their cell phone and separation from their phone is unthinkable; but, it goes further – the average person has become dependent on this technology, and feels naked without their phone.  Cell phones have truly become the opioid of the masses.





 There are a few of us that are hold outs.
the Ol'Buzzard

Sunday, November 19, 2017

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OF MEN







About three and a half million years ago a hominoid climbed down from a tree, walked across the savanna, spied another hominoid, killed him with a rock and raped his woman.

About two hundred thousand years ago a Homo sapiens walked across a quarry in France, spied a Neanderthal, killed him with a spear and raped his woman.



This has been the hallmark of our species from the very beginning.

We are a violent society by nature, and men are all predators at some level.   The males of our species are driven by self-aggrandizement and sex.

Women have always been the victims of our patriarchal nature, and were often painted as a defiler and emotionally unstable.

Prior to the last four decades, women were simply considered by men as an available piece of ass; wife mother and homemaker; or bitch/slut.    Man’s rules.





Throughout the last forty years we have been moving toward a genderless society; a society where women will no longer be the habitual victims of men.     

It has taken women moving into positions of power previously monopolized by men to affect this change: a woman twice running for President has, more than anything other incident, moved to shatter the glass ceiling.

 

Men’s accomplishments are outweighed by the outcome.  In only a few thousand years men have moved this world to the brink of environmental disaster and nuclear annihilation. 





I am old, and no longer have a stake in the outcome; but it is my observation that the only hope for humankind to avoid extinction is to replace men in power with women in power.    There are more women then men and they could affect and change the outcome.

However, I am not optimistic, for over 50% of the white women in this country voted for Donald Trump.   If women are not united, then gender equality will be the least of humanities’ problems.



Shiva - the destroyer of worlds.


the Ol’Buzzard





Friday, November 17, 2017

SCAM WARNING!








Twice this week I have received a telephone call from a woman identifying herself as a police officer and giving a badge number; she states that the IRS has found discrepancies in my filings and that a warrant has been issued for my arrest.   She said that Federal Marshals have been dispatched to apprehend me, and that if I would like to avoid arrest I should call a number XXXXXX.

You hear about these scams but don’t expect them to be operating in the rural western Maine mountains.  

If you have concernes with young inexperienced couples or older people you should probably discuss this with them immediately.


the Ol’Buzzard

Thursday, November 16, 2017

THINGS HAVE CHANGED




This man and his music has followed me through my life.







People are crazy
and times are strange
I'm locked in tight
I'm out of range
I use to care
But things have changed.




the Ol'Buzzard

Monday, November 13, 2017

GEORGE CARLIN IS SPEAKING FOR ME



He says exactly what I feel better than I can express it.



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Nothing can ever change for us - because we don't have control.
"It's a big club - and we're not in it." 





But in the end, the earth will out; and our puny little existence, and the Gods we have created in our image will all pass, and the earth will heal itself as if we never existed.

I don't have a dog in this fight any longer - I'm just an observer.
the Ol'Buzzard