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?
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We live under the threat of
total devastation and the apocalypse purveyors are quick to describe how we all
will demise – except themselves, who are constantly preparing for the great
We have the nuclear
apocalypse; the asteroid apocalypse; the global warming apocalypse; the
pandemic apocalypse; the zombie apocalypse; and of course the God apocalypse
(God so loves the world the He kills everybody – except the chosen few.)
Now, according to MotherJones we need to worry about the Jellyfish Apocalypse. It seems that ocean warming along with
overfishing (decreasing the natural predators of jellyfish) has caused a jellyfish
population explosion and an expansion of jellyfish range and habitation.
This increase has been
startlingly visible throughout the Mediterranean and around Australia and
the southern Pacific region. In Sweden
jellyfish blocked the cooling ducts of a nuclear plant caused a shut down and
jellyfish caused a problem at a coal fired plant; and even more appalling
jellyfish have caused the closure of beaches throughout the Mediterranean
resulting in loss of tourist revenue.
It is estimated that world
wide there are 150 million people stung by jellyfish each year: 500,000 in the
Chesapeake Bay area and over 200,000 off the coast of Florida.
There are very few fatalities from jellyfish stings though an encounter
can be painful. The box jellyfish found
and the Philippians is considered deadly and a sting usually results in death
within a few minutes.
encroachment has not posed a problem in North America
at this time, but as ocean waters warm …
The solution seems pretty
obvious to me: increase predation.
Perhaps peanut butter and jelly fish sandwiches.
800 dead in the 18 day
conflict between Israel
There is nothing I can do about it.
Fighting continues in Iraq and Pakistan.
There is nothing I can do about it.
Fighting in Syria, atrocities in Africa.
There is nothing I can do about it.
I am powerless.
A dysfunctional U.S. Congress
Prisoners inhumanely put to
death in Oklahoma, Ohio
Obama Care is being
challenged in court.
Bigotry, Racism, Sexism,
I vote but my vote is canceled by
the Tea Party.
In my mid-seventies, my days
are limited, the grim reaper rides bitch on my bike.
It is what it is.
Today I am going to prepare
the west side of my house for painting.
I painted the front (south side) first of the week. I have one more cord of wood to order and
stack for winter fuel; and I plan to replace the front storm door before winter
sets in. I haven’t meditated in a long
time. I need to take a few minutes this
morning for Zen time. It is suppose to
be a beautiful day today – sunny with temps in the low seventies.
Change what you can and
accept what you can’t change: live in the moment: appreciate this day.
Yesterday we traveled down to
Portland for my
wife’s doctor appointment. I know that
the traffic on the highways in Maine is
nothing compared to the highways around Boston,
New Your, Minneapolis…
but every time I have to drive south from our rural western mountains I am
appalled by the insanity of the people driving the freeways.
I was doing seventy in the
right lane and groups of cars were passing me in the left lane traveling at least eighty
- bumper to bumper – only a car length between them. It would only requires one driver to hit the
brake to avoid a dog or deer, or drop his cell phone and the cars would pile up
like falling dominoes.
Why in the hell do drivers
feel they have to ride the bumper of the car in front of them – especially at
high speeds on the freeways?
And then there was the car
that drifted into my lane causing me to swerve almost to the rumble strip and
blow my horn to avoid collision. She
pulled back into her lane, passed and then a few car lengths ahead of me
swerved back in and then out of the right lane… obviously reading text on her
phone instead of focusing on her driving.
I sometimes wish I had a Mad
Max vehicle with a plow on the front and could just run these people off the
In this age of information
you have to choose to be ignorant. It
is obvious to anyone except the blatantly ignorant that man has and is effecting
the world climate by unchecked population growth, unchecked pollution and
unregulated consumption of natural resources.
Not only is mankind decimating the environment,
but through continual war and genocide with more and more advanced weaponry in
the hands of religious and political extremist we are approaching an apocalyptic destruction of societies.
Meanwhile governments stand
by fiddling while the world burns.
Initially some governments
were founded with good intentions. But
actually, governments never end up about the good of the people. Governments become a product of men that
wish to mold societies to their own ideals – ideals that best benefit
Politicians that have the ability and
charisma to influence others eventually set themselves up as a ruling class – a
Politicians always sell the
goods that they are primarily concerned with the welfare of the people; but in
the end the people exist for the good of the government – and the government is
always about the politicians at the top and the wealthy that can influence them. Even in the great socialism experiments the
people in charge always decided for ‘the
grater good’ – themselves being included at the top tier of ‘the grater good.’
Term limits are the only
means of breaking up the ruling class and reestablishing a democratic
In America presidents come and go; but
the real political royalty exist in the Senate and the House. You might say that the Presidency is our House
of Commons and the Congress is the House of Lords.
I can’t take religion
seriously. Man has created a God in his
own image and by extension deified himself.
At some point man believes he will ascend into the realm of God (s)
where he become eternal – a demigod.
Why women fall in line for
Christianity is a mystery. Christianity
is a patriarch construct in which women were created as lesser beings. According to Christian doctrine women are
responsible for sin and pain and suffering in the world; they are the seducers,
and harlots and defiers of God: …turned to salt…”get the away from me woman.”
In this country we seem to
fear Islam’s Sharia Law; but if fundamentalist Christians were ever able to
usurp the government their Christian Law would be as horrible and violent as
Islam's. After all they both believe in
the Old Testament and Leviticus reads the same for Christians as Islamist.
Besides that Christians have been there and done that before.
Warning! This post contains
explicit sexual language that may piss you off.
WARNING WILL ROBINSON!
Yesterday we were in Rangeley, Maine
at a restaurant and out on the deck were a man and woman trying to eat their
lunch in the company of a pouty, obnoxious teenager. It makes me glad we decided to have cats.
THE PERFECT ANSWER FOR A BELLIGERENT TEENAGER;
If only I had been able to convince
your mother to finish with a blow job, she could have cannibalized you – eating
her young like the black widow spider - and we wouldn't have to be putting up
with your snarky shit now.
Maybe I wouldn't actually say
that to a kid; but a blowjob is good birth control from a man’s point of view.
In my last post I harangued
about the computerization of automobiles which has transformed cars from icons
to mere modes of transportation.
Back in the 1960’s Alvin
Toffler wrote the book Future Shock
which premised that society would be unable to adjust to rapid change: this, of
course has been disproved by the advent of computers.
In 1983 I was introduced to
basic computing while attending college.
Since that time computers have brought about unbelievable change in only
thirty years. It is as though we stepped
out of the mechanical dark ages into a time of unlimited technology.
To understand the quantum
advancements in computers you must understand the basic unite of byte.
Basically one byte is eight
binary digits which compose one character or one letter.
·1 Kilobyte =
·1 Megabyte =
1,000 Kilobytes or 1,000,000 (one million) Bytes
·1 Gigabytes =
1,000 Megabytes or 1,000,000000 (one million) Kilobytes or 1,000,000,000,000,
(one billion) Bytes.
The standard for computers in schools in 1985
when I began teaching was the Apple II with 48 kilobytes of memory. In 1990 I bought an Apple II-C+ with 500
Kilobytes of memory, and about that time Apple came out with the Macintosh with
1 Megabyte of memory.
Today inexpensive desktop
computers handle Gigabytes and more expensive units – Terabytes (trillions of
At this point it seems that
the only limit to computer expansion is money for research and
development. Computer scientists are
already working on computers that can learn, program and troubleshoot themselves (it seems
science fiction writers are always the catalyst for science.)
Orwell’s 1984 gave us a
picture of a world run by Big Brother: society totally manipulated by a ruling
class. But, 1984 was before the advent
The next logical jump is a
society completely run by computers – or a God Computer: a self-learning computer
that has downloaded all the computer data in the world and manipulated and
finally stored all relevant data for immediate access; and with the ability for
logical decision making.
This would not necessarily be
a bad thing. It would means that we
would have to turn over authority from elected men of various and dubious
intelligence to a logical intellect with unlimited intelligence and amassed
Take medicine: If all the
medical information in the world was stored for immediate access then doctors
would only need to input a patients symptoms and the computer would diagnose
and prescribe the proper treatment.
Look at our judicial
system. I have served on jury duty and
it is a circus. You have twelve
individuals of questionable intelligence deciding the merits of a case, and a judge
with religious, personal, racial and social biases passing sentence. I had much rather have a judicial computer
containing all US and State laws and regulations, with the ability to think and
reason based on said laws, make a logical and impartial judgment on a case
Of course there would be
technical, cultural, social and psychological hurtles to overcome. But the end results would be that instead of
our lives being controlled and manipulated in the chaotic fashion of 1984 we
would all be tied into a logical and impartial mainframe possessing all
In 1962, a third class in the
Navy, I drove a fifty-two Pontiac with the left
brake line crimped off and the power steering disconnected from Argentia, Newfoundland to
A friend of mine drove his family in a VW bus from Kentucky
to Alaska. A Navy buddy of mine blew his engine
traveling through Maine: we had to pawn almost
everything we owned to get money to rebuild the engine so he and his new wife
could continue on to Kansas City. These were driving adventures: people don’t
do that today
As a young man I worked on my
cars: big eights with four barrel carbs.
I rebuilt the engines, installed gauges, a floor shift, glass packed
mufflers with a cut out and amplified speakers for my AM radio. I probably drove to fast; but I was in
control – the car responded only to me and my commands. My cars were always special: an extension of
who I wanted to be.
Today cars are mainly
transportation; and in the case of some people a symbol of money and status. But that personal relationship of a man and
his car rarely exist nowadays.
We don’t drive our
automobiles any more – we ride in them.
We turn more of our decisions over to the automobiles: a vehicle with a
little computer chip that monitors all mechanical and operating functions. We have GPS, Blue Tooth, OnStar, self
deploying air bags, back up warning and camera, self parking programmed,
automatic braking, blind spot warning, automatic light dimmers... Our vehicles
are capable of making their own decisions.
We click on the air conditioner and select our satellite radio station
and read our text messages as we are transported with minimum effort and input to
I have a cell phone, but it has no camera and is not
capable of texting; anyway, I never turn it on unless I need to make a call.