Tuesday, August 30, 2016

MAINERS AREN'T CRAZY REGARDLESS OF THEIR GOVERNOR.



HERE IS A LESSON WE SHOULD LEARN!

There is no use to go into the racist, homophobic, psychotic ravings of Maine's twice elected governor Paul (Pepe) LePage as it has been dominating the airways for the last few days.

   
In both of the last two elections a liberal third party candidate ran and split the democratic vote and so we ended up with LePage for two terms.   

Just as  the Republicans have a far right Tea Party component, the Democrats also have an ultra-liberal component that will vote issues rather than party.   

It is not a bad thing to have ultra-liberal views, but when voting on principal will obvious throw the election to the far right wingnuts of the other party, purism becomes foolish. 

I am an ultra-liberal and I would have voted for Bernie had he been the nominee; but we all should suck it up and get behind Hilary.   She will be a good President, and there is only one alternative and it is frightening.

the Ol'Buzzard


Monday, August 29, 2016

THE ALT RIGHT


The Alt Right is a new faction that has been introduced into the Donald Trump campaign.    Like most people I had never heard of that term, though I had occasionally heard of the website breitbart.com in connection with extreme views.

Today Dian Rehm on National Public Radio did a 40 minute show on racism in the Trump campaign and its connection to the white supremacist website Breitbart.  

This is a program well worth listening to.  

I don't know how to download a audio program so I have attached a link to the MPR Dian Rehm show; you will have to scroll to the podcast of August 29, 2016: Rise of the Alt-Right.




Alt-Right

here is the address if the link doesn't work

http://www.npr.org/podcasts/381443514/the-diane-rehm-show

the Ol'Buzzard

WHAT THE HELL: WITH ALL THE CRAP NEWS WE NEED A LITTLE REPRIEVE








the Ol'Buzzard

Friday, August 26, 2016

THE NEW PRESIDENTIAL DONALD TRUMP





HYPOCRISY


We have heard the new, presidential Trump soften his stand on immigration.   Trump now says Mexicans that have entered the U.S. illegally to work minimum wage jobs should now be allowed to stay provided they pay back taxes…  etc.  

This from a billionaire who is suspected of paying zero taxes for decades.



Why doesn't the press highlight this hypocrisy 
the Ol'Buzzard  







Thursday, August 25, 2016

APOLOGIES FOR RECENT DOWNER POST: SOME SWEET CAT PICS















You are welcome
the Ol'Buzzard

WE ARE ONE OF THE MOST UNINFORMED PEOPLES OF THE WORLD








In a nation where half of the schools teach creationism as a viable alternative to science, we start out from a base of indoctrinated ignorance.  Add to that a media which feeds us a steady diet of reality TV, always focusing on the latest exaggerated sensationalism; and we end up with an uninformed, and uncaring citizenship.

You turn on any news program and all you will see is the latest scandal of Trump or the latest scandal of Hillary, with a side note on the death and destruction from an earthquake in Italy. 

Our nation is under threat, but not from ISIS.    No one is paying attention. 


 

North Korea is a nuclear nation run by an egotistic dictator.   They have detonated two nuclear bombs in the past two years.  They have been test firing mid-range missiles, and this week launched a mid-range missile from a submarine into the Sea of Japan.   

Their leader Kim Jong-il, son of a man who never defecated and could walk on water – along with other miracles, has recently made the statement that he intends to bomb South Korea with a nuclear weapon.

North Korea claims to have miniaturized a nuclear weapon

Why aren’t we covering this story as our top concern?   I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but are we being purposely distracted by our own government with the threat of ISIS, in order to downplay the real threat of North Korea?   Are we being purposely kept uninformed by the government, while the press raves on about the latest sensational un-newsworthy story?

Why isn’t North Korea the lead news story; and why are we so complacent in our ignorance?




Have a good day
the Ol’Buzzard


   

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

THE HOKEY POKEY IS NOT WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!



THE MEANING OF LIFE;
 I WAS WRONG;
 IT’S NOT THE HOKEY POKEY



I have always said that the Chaos Theory described life, and that everything is chance.   I have used the analogy of the Hokey Pokey; but in retrospect the Hokey Pokey is choreographed: you put your left foot out, you put your left foot in, you put your left foot out and you shake it all about…

After 4 a.m. consideration it is obvious to me that life is a play without a plot.   All the actors are improvising, and every actor believes he or she is the star.  New actors show up while other actors disappear, but the show goes on.   The script is babble and the movement senseless.   

Does that mean that our life is worthless?   On a personal level, of course not: we come on stage and then we exit, but the journey between is up to us.  We can play out angry and bitter or we can Zen out and play to the beauty in every minute and try to make the journey as pleasant as possible.  







Because in the end it’s bugger-all.

The Ol’Buzzard  




Sunday, August 21, 2016

YELLOWDOG GRANNY GET YOUR PENCILS OUT: YOU MAY WANT TO PUT YOUR EYES OUT AFTER SEEING THIS


THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES

I have really big hands.   They are huge.


Women really like me.




You number ten Donald Trump
You dinky dow









There can only be ten billion reasons 
that Ivanka would go to bed with this.
the Ol'Buzzard  

The statue was placed in front of a bank in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.   The police have given the owner thirty days to claim it.  

Read the story here: Naked Trump



Saturday, August 20, 2016

CARS, CARS AND MORE CARS





 50 Pontiac: like my first car






Nan, All The Good Names Were Taken, recently wrote a 4 a.m. blog of rambling thoughts.   I often do the same, but more often wake up at 4 a.m. and just lay in bed and think random thoughts and later try to recover them.  We are kindred spirits there.

In one of her bullets she talked about buying a car and driving it until it falls apart.   In other words, she pays off a car and gets her money’s worth by keeping it.  

I wish I could say the same.
 
Since 1958 (my first car) I have owned 24 automobiles (not counting motorcycles.)   I carried a car payment from 1960 until 1991 when I finally paid off a vehicle – by then I was married to my wife.  It seems ridiculous when I now think about it, but cars were my addiction.  

In 2013 we traded our GMC pick-up that got 10 miles to the gallon for a Toyota RAV-4.   At that time, we purchased the 10-year warranty.   Toyotas last forever and we plan to keep this vehicle at least until the end of the warranty – actually we only drive about eight-thousand miles a year so we think the vehicle can outlast us – at least me anyway.  
Think of the money I have paid out to finance companies and banks on car payments.

MY CARS
1.     50 Pontiac
2.     49 Ford
3.     56 Ford
4.     52 Pontiac
5.     51 Ford
6.     62 Rambler wagon
7.     62 Rambler sports
8.     63 Chevrolet Corvair
9.     49 Packard
10.     62 Pontiac station wagon
11.     57 Dodge 4x4 truck
12.     69 Mercury station wagon
13.     52 Dodge pick-up
14.     76 Chevrolet 4x4 truck
15.     78 Chevrolet diesel truck
16.      80 Chevrolet van
17.      68 Dotson pick-up
18.      72 Ford car
19.      84 Toyota 4x4 pick-up
20.      86 Ford 1 ton 4x4 (paid off in 1991)
21.      96 Saturn (paid off)
22.       02 GMC ¾ ton 4x4 (paid off)
23.       12 Toyota RAV-4
24.       98 Four Winds motorhome (paid off)



the Ol’Buzzard



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

HYMNS FOR AN ATHIEST



Debra, She Who Seeks, wrote a post about Hymns.  

The absolute only thing I find good about religion is the music it has spawned.   From classical, to gospel, to country, to hill music, to conventional church hymns, religion has been the basis for beautiful expression, regardless of the emptiness of its meaning.  

Religious music just plain makes people feel better; the beats, rhymes and melodies are good listening.  A true art form.  

Spending my earliest years in Kentucky I was aware of a rural American church music known as Shape Note or Sacred Harp Singing.    

This music sprang from the hills of Appalachia.  It was contrived for people who could not read music and even for people who could not read.   There are many versions of Shape Note Singing with melody runs from four note singing to seven note singing. Each note is given a specific shape and sound.  First the sound of the notes are sung and then the words of the song are substituted.   The last shape note singing my wife and I attended was in the town of Marion, Kentucky back in the late 1980.   

Even if you are not religious, religious music can feed your soul.

Sacred Harp: an original American art form. 






Just one example

Saturday, August 13, 2016

PARTY TIME



Had to share



I think the Asian man in the background is getting into it.
Enlarge and enjoy
the Ol'Buzzard

UPDATE ON BREAST CANCER IS NOW PERSONAL.




Friday, my wife went in for her third radiation treatment.   The staff at the Cancer Center are so supportive that she now feels comfortable during the treatments.   The treatment time is only fifteen minutes and most of the time is spent programming and aiming the machine, the actual radiation only lasts a couple of minutes.  

My wife is in good spirits, accepting the necessity of the treatment.   We know that at some time there will be skin discomfort and fatigue, but so far the two hour round trip for a fifteen-minute treatment is the fatiguing part. 

To make the procedure somewhat more comfortable we have scheduled the appointments just before noon which allows us to explore local restaurants, book stores or points of interest in conjunction with each treatment, as long as she feels up to it. 

I will continue to post general information about her treatment, hopefully to help inform people about to be involved in, or supporting someone through, the cancer treatment process. 

the Ol’Buzzard


SO MANY BOOKS SO LITTLE TIME






Books are timeless.  What was written yesterday is often still an explanation for today. 

 I went to the library and picked up Little Scarlet, from Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins' series.   It takes place in 1965, in the time of the Los Angeles riots.   Mosley explains, through Easy Rawlins, the feelings of that time that sparked the riots; that same feeling seems to be the motivate of the Black Lives Matter movement.    Times change, but social issues don’t change.

I don’t often read westerns; but for some reason I picked up the first of a four-part series, Sin Killer, by Larry McMurtry who wrote Lonesome Dove.    The story is about a wealthy English aristocratic family chartering a hunting vacation in the American west during the Indian wars of the 1830’s.   Every member of this family is so self-absorbed and feels so privileged and superior that you don’t actually feel sorry for the loses and hardships they bring upon themselves.  As I read it I can very easily replace Lord Berrybender and his family with Donald Trump and his family. 

I expect that the people alive today will probably be the last book readers.   It seems likely that future generations will receive their news and stories solely via video; that books and periodicals will be considered passé.   Information, stories and history will have to be formatted in 3-d, virtual reality and holograms in order to keep people’s attention.

To me, reading is a quiet and contemplative endeavor; it activates the imagination portion of the brain and places you as an observer in a story.  As such, imagination is a requirement for reading enjoyment.  

When I was young I could take half a dozen toy soldiers, go outside, construct forts, imagine scenarios and entertain myself for hours.  I built many of my toys and often occupied an imaginary world.  

Today’s children are raised in front of a TV.  As soon as they are old enough to understand cause and effect parents switch them to computers.   By pre-teen they have been grafted a new appendage called cell phone.     A day without a cellphone would be like an amputation.  These children will probably not be readers – except perhaps on-line.  

It begs the question whether these children, constantly entertained by technology, will develop the area of the brain that allows imagination.  It is an evolutionary trait that if you do not use a function of your physical or mental facility, over generations, you lose it.

We live in a college town; we constantly frequent the library; I observe very few children reading or being encouraged to read.   When I see students with reading material they are usually wearing ear buds.

Where am I going with this?   Hell I don’t know.    I’m old – I am expected to ramble.   That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
the Ol’Buzzard





Monday, August 8, 2016

IT IS THE SAME OLD TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS




I have said before that I don’t get too invested in Presidential elections, because I don’t elect the President; that is done by an Electoral College – the actual vote tally of one man one vote doesn’t apply.  

I marvel at the uninformed, middle income voters of this country that line up behind a Republican ticket strictly on social issues, when Republican economic policies are devastating and even insulting to middle and lower income people.

Donald Trump’s economic speech, which he read off teleprompters, was ridiculous to any thinking person.  He proposes to drastically cut taxes, sustain social programs, with the exception of The Affordable Health Care Program which he would end, and at the same time cut the deficit.  

Trump proposes to cut corporate taxes for big business in half, reduce the tax on the upper incomes by establishing a much lower flat tax, cutting out the inheritance tax that only effect people inheriting over five million dollars; while at the same time continuing social programs and increasing military spending.    

This is typical Republican boiler plate trickledown economics on steroids, with the exception of supporting social programs which Republicans always want to slash. 

Donald Trump obviously has no idea what he is talking about, but is willing to read a prepared speech in an attempt to turn around his pole numbers.   

Every family knows you can’t decrease your income while increasing your spending without running up credit.    

Of course, the boiler plate Republican answer is that we will grow the economy as the rich get richer which will take care of the deficit and trickle down to the rest of us. 

What do you call it when you try the same failing thing over and over while expecting a different result?

Here is a picture of our spending.   Common sense would tell us that in order to decrease our national debt we must either raise our income or cut our spending. 





Republican economic policy has always been the we can cut our income by issuing big tax cuts, increase military spending, and balance it all out by cutting social programs (notice the orange slice.)     It makes you wonder what alternative reality they live in.   

the Ol'Buzzard




Sunday, August 7, 2016

BREAST CANCER IS NOW PERSONAL




Two months ago my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is a private person so I will not post her personal experience; but I feel I might cover the procedure, giving a non-medical account for anyone about to go through, or with a friend or love one about to experience this traumatic disease.

The cancer was found by comparing routine mammograms; this is why women should conform to a yearly breast exam schedule.  Within a week my wife had returned for a second exam, an ultrasound and a needle biopsy.  The biopsy result was an invasive lobular cancer, but it had been caught at a very early stage and was quite small. 

We met with the surgeon and he explained the procedure for removal of the cancer.  The hospital assigned my wife a great support person that has been actively with us throughout this whole time.  

We scheduled the surgery and all went well.   An area about the size of an egg was removed from my wife’s breast along with four lymph nodes under the arm – this is done to see if the cancer is traveling beyond the breast.  The removed tissue and lymph nodes were sent to the lab for diagnosis and came back with the best possible outcome… the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes. 

After the surgery we met with our oncologist – a doctor that specializes in the treatment of cancer.   She will be the doctor that coordinates treatment and monitors my wife into the future.  

A sample of tissue was sent off to California for an oncotype dx test to determine the potential for re-occurrence, and whether the patient would be best treated with radiation therapy or chemotherapy. 

You are given the choice of mastectomy- complete or partial; chemotherapy; radiation or no treatment.  Viewing the results of the oncotype dx test we decided that radiation therapy would be appropriate – and our oncologist agreed.

Next we met with the radiation oncologist who performs radiation therapy.   He reviewed our records and our oncologist recommendations and agrees with our preference of treatment.  

This past Thursday we were called back in for the preliminary procedure prior to the actual radiation treatments.  

The nearest cancer center in 35 miles away.   We arrived before noon and again met with the radiation oncologist and he explained the procedure along with percentages of all the scary possible side effects.  

Next we met with two nurses that escorted us to a treatment room with modified cat scan equipment.  The nurses were very supportive, they explained the procedure about to take place, reviewed the process and answered our questions.   This is not the radiation treatment, but the process necessary to program the machine.  

I was shooed out of the room, my wife put on a hospital robe.  She was placed on a table with her arms raised where she would pass through a doughnut shaped x-ray.  She said the only thing bothering about the procedure was her arms were placed in restrains to prevent her from moving.   It only took a few minutes for the doctor to get the information he needed.  

The purpose of the procedure is to predetermine the exact focus of the machine that will administer the radiation.   The focused is critical so the cancer area and not the heart or lungs receive the radiation dosage.   When the exact location was determined a small dot was tattooed on the right and left side and middle of my wife’s chest.    This will be used for focusing the radiation machine.   This whole process took about twenty minutes, but my wife said it felt much longer.  

When the procedure was over and my wife was dressed the nurses led us to the room where she will be actually receiving the radiation treatments.   The machine and procedure was explained and all our questions were answered. 

I can’t emphasize how supportive, caring and professional the nurses and staff were.   They made this scary pre-radiation therapy appointment seem very personal and doable.  

My wife will not start the actual treatment for another week as the radiation oncologist will be on vacation this week and we do not want to be passed to a stand-in doctor for the first week of treatment.  

The radiation treatment will be five days a week for three weeks and then we will meet back with our primary oncologist and she will direct the rest of the treatment and observation over the next five years. 

I will continue to relate our experience for the edification of others that may be facing this scary disease.  

We are very fortunate to be living in this era.  Twenty years ago the treatment and outcome would have been indeterminable – now cancer is considered a curable condition if detected early enough. 

I love my wife above my own life.   I am much older then she and I have always expected that at some time I would face a terminal condition – but not her.   This has scared the hell out of me.

the Ol’Buzzard



BREAST CANCER IS NOW PERSONAL




Two months ago my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is a private person so I will not post her personal experience; but I feel I might cover the procedure, giving a non-medical account for anyone about to go through, or with a friend or love one about to experience this traumatic disease.

The cancer was found by comparing routine mammograms; this is why women should conform to a yearly breast exam schedule.  Within a week my wife had returned for a second exam, an ultrasound and a needle biopsy.  The biopsy result was an invasive lobular cancer, but it had been caught at a very early stage and was quite small. 

We met with the surgeon and he explained the procedure for removal of the cancer.  The hospital assigned my wife a great support person that has been actively with us throughout this whole time.  

We scheduled the surgery and all went well.   An area about the size of an egg was removed from my wife’s breast along with four lymph nodes under the arm – this is done to see if the cancer is traveling beyond the breast.  The removed tissue and lymph nodes were sent to the lab for diagnosis and came back with the best possible outcome… the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes. 

After the surgery we met with our oncologist – a doctor that specializes in the treatment of cancer.   She will be the doctor that coordinates treatment and monitors my wife into the future.  

A sample of tissue was sent off to California for an oncotype dx test to determine the potential for re-occurrence, and whether the patient would be best treated with radiation therapy or chemotherapy. 

You are given the choice of mastectomy- complete or partial; chemotherapy; radiation or no treatment.  Viewing the results of the oncotype dx test we decided that radiation therapy would be appropriate – and our oncologist agreed.

Next we met with the radiation oncologist who performs radiation therapy.   He reviewed our records and our oncologist recommendations and agrees with our preference of treatment.  

This past Thursday we were called back in for the preliminary procedure prior to the actual radiation treatments.  

The nearest cancer center in 35 miles away.   We arrived before noon and again met with the radiation oncologist and he explained the procedure along with percentages of all the scary possible side effects.  

Next we met with two nurses that escorted us to a treatment room with modified cat scan equipment.  The nurses were very supportive, they explained the procedure about to take place, reviewed the process and answered our questions.   This is not the radiation treatment, but the process necessary to program the machine.  

I was shooed out of the room, my wife put on a hospital robe.  She was placed on a table with her arms raised where she would pass through a doughnut shaped x-ray.  She said the only thing bothering about the procedure was her arms were placed in restrains to prevent her from moving.   It only took a few minutes for the doctor to get the information he needed.  

The purpose of the procedure is to predetermine the exact focus of the machine that will administer the radiation.   The focused is critical so the cancer area and not the heart or lungs receive the radiation dosage.   When the exact location was determined a small dot was tattooed on the right and left side and middle of my wife’s chest.    This will be used for focusing the radiation machine.   This whole process took about twenty minutes, but my wife said it felt much longer.  

When the procedure was over and my wife was dressed the nurses led us to the room where she will be actually receiving the radiation treatments.   The machine and procedure was explained and all our questions were answered. 

I can’t emphasize how supportive, caring and professional the nurses and staff were.   They made this scary pre-radiation therapy appointment seem very personal and doable.  

My wife will not start the actual treatment for another week as the radiation oncologist will be on vacation this week and we do not want to be passed to a stand-in doctor for the first week of treatment.  

The radiation treatment will be five days a week for three weeks and then we will meet back with our primary oncologist and she will direct the rest of the treatment and observation over the next five years. 

I will continue to relate our experience for the edification of others that may be facing this scary disease.  

We are very fortunate to be living in this era.  Twenty years ago the treatment and outcome would have been indeterminable – now cancer is considered a curable condition if detected early enough. 

I love my wife above my own life.   I am much older then she and I have always expected that at some time I would face a terminal condition – but not her.   This has scared the hell out of me.

the Ol’Buzzard



AMERICAN APATHY




We Americans are happy to be uninformed of conditions throughout the world that  don't effect us directly or have some salacious story or massive death tole. 


We should all be concerned with Russia's aggression into Ukraine.   This is why, if you don't already, you should follow  The Blog Fodder; a blog by a Canadian living in the Ukraine. 

If the link doesn't work here is the web address: 
http://dablogfodder.blogspot.com/2016/08/update-on-ukraine.html

the Ol'Buzzard

PENNY DREADFUL





If you are a macabre soul, as I am, that likes a great horror move you must see Penny Dreadful: available on Netflix.  

This series has everything: Dracula; the wolf man; Dr. Frankenstein, his monster and his female monster; witches; even the ageless Dorian Gray.

The story will keep you on the edge of your seat.  This is not only a great script, but well-acted.










the Ol'Buzzard





Saturday, August 6, 2016

A DAY OF INFAMY


We lost 3000 people on 9-11 and our nation was horrified.   







On August 6, 1945 a United States B-29 bomber released a nuclear weapon over Hiroshima Japan.

The bomb, nicknamed Little Boy, exploded 1900 feet above the city instantly killing 140,000 of the 350,000 inhabitants, completely destroying 2/3 of the city.
















This was an attack on a civilian population, not a military encounter. 



We don't teach this in our history classes; but we should never forget. 

the Ol'Buzzard  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

WHY DON’T REPUBLICAN LAW MAKERS DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM DONALD TRUMP?






All the news talk-shows are wondering why Republican law makers don’t distance themselves from Trump.   The Republican pundits avoid answering this question.

Trump supporters reflect the actual base of the Republican Party.  Their base is made up of low information, religious bigots, ignorant fundamentalist, southern racist, ammosexuals and the poorly educated.


For years the Republican Party placated these groups with hollow lip service to insure their vote, while actually enacting legislation to benefit the rich and powerful.      

This was the perfect combination: the rich furnished financial backing allowing the politicians to influence the easily manipulated in order to stay in office. 



The primary goal of every politician is to remain in office- what’s best for the Nation is the inside joke.  Being a Senator or Congressman insures good pay, excellent benefits, a secure retirement, and is as close to Royalty as you can achieve in the United States. 

It all started coming apart for the Republican Party when a black man ran for President, and the billionaire supporters and Republican strategist decided the sure way to soundly defeat the Democratic Party at every level was to fire up, organize and unleash their base against the black Presidential candidate.    They hired organizers to recruit the angry, and buses to transport them to Democratic events – they named them The Tea Party and gave them fifteen minutes of fame in front of TV cameras.   Unknowingly they had unlocked the doors in the asylum and it was only a matter of time before the inmates would take over.  

Now the ol’boy Republicans find themselves in a dilemma.   Donald Trump is the personification of their base and he has established himself as their leader.    To publicly distance themselves from Trump could anger the Tea-Trump voters and very easily cost themselves their reelection. 


And remember, remaining in office is the primary goal of every politician.

It seems like a common sense conclusion to me.
the Ol'Buzzard




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A PLEA TO YOUNG MOTHERS



BABIES FOR TRUMP




Please make it a point to attend the next Donald

Trump rally with your babies and young 

children.





The goal is to have at least one hundred 

mothers  with young children scattered 

throughout the audience.




the Ol’Buzzard

IN DEFENSE OF TRUMP







I never thought I would say it; but I agree with trump. 

Trump is a seventy-year-old man and like all seventy-year-old men we are not fond of babies.    

I have been in movie theaters, play houses and restaurants where there was a screaming baby; and like Trump, I felt like standing up and saying ‘get that baby out of here.’      No one really enjoys eating or watching a movie or playhouse production, or being in a car or a room with a screaming baby.  

I have seen women make over babies, and perhaps they have some female genome that makes them susceptible – but no man I know wants to be in a room with a baby, screaming or otherwise – unless he is the father. 

So I give Trump a pass on this one: “Get that baby out of here.”
the Ol’Buzzard

  



A DYSTOPIC IMAGE OF THE FUTURE





Our town has sidewalks and tree lined streets.  A couple of days ago I was driving through town and saw a man and his wife walking toward the college and behind them were two small boys that looked about eight and ten years old.   Both of these boys had a cellphone out and were totally absorbed in whatever was on their individual phones.   This left me wondering what these boys will be like as grownups. If they are so enmeshed with technology at their age, what sort of social change will technology have brought about fifty or seventy-five years from now?  




Now I know I am out of touch – I am supposed to be out of touch: I am old and of a different generation. 

Historically, when old men yell at clouds it is because they have seen it all before; except with a different cast of characters.  

But, this time it is different.   I am still a repository of cultural change; but change has never happened at this speed before.  

I lived through a time when AM radio and newspapers were the standard for communication; where passenger aircraft flew at 125 miles per hour; where telephones had a real person answer instead of a dial tone.   I have lived through and witnessed changes, but these changes came along at a comfortable rate.  

There has been more technological and cultural change in the last sixteen years that there was in the prior sixty years of my life.  

Those two boys should have been pushing and shoving and grabassing instead of walking like two zombies controlled by an electronic media.   What will their generation be like after a youth void of human interaction and after a childhood void of imagination and wonder?   I am sure they will fit into their future; but I can’t help but wonder what kind of alien future they will exist in.




 Change has come at a remarkable speed.   Technology has replaced personage and redefined human interaction. 


If you are a young person, fasten your seatbelt - because the world of tomorrow is going to look nothing like the world of today. 

the Ol'Buzzard

Monday, August 1, 2016