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


Saturday, November 11, 2017

OSCILLATING POWER TOOL FROM HARBOR FREIGHT




In June I made a trip down to the new Harbor Freight store in Auburn, Maine.  

I have bought other tools from Harbor Freight through the mail, and find them good enough for my amateur DIY (do it yourself.)   Granted, you get what you pay for and Harbor Freight tools are cheap; but they come with a ninety-day guarantee and they replace defective tools with no question.  I have had their table saw for fifteen years.  

I had downloaded a sales chit for an oscillating tool: a normally $39 tool on sale for $24.  



I felt guilty buying the tool wondering how much I would actually use it; but I needed to install cedar siding after having done some sill work and thought the tool might be useful in that instance.  

As it turns out, I have used the hell out of this tool since I have had it: cutting tricky pieces of siding to fit, installing a dead bolt lock and cutting pipe while doing some plumbing work (I HATE PLUMBING!)



This video is of a Makita oscillating power tool that cost about $150 – the Harbor freight tool serves my needs and is affordable.   







The problem is that I inadvertently bought the tool that is battery operated.   No problem with the battery but when I wanted to use the tool yesterday the charger wouldn’t work.   A new charger cost $12 with $7 shipping and I can buy another oscillating tool for only five dollars more (plus shipping.)     I am going to buy another one, but this time, one with a power cord.  I find battery operated tools a pain in the ass.   The battery always needs charging when I need to use the tool.

the Ol’Buzzard



Friday, November 10, 2017

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIE FUNK


Take a little break from Trump




Then spend the rest of the day unplugged with TCM.
the Ol'Buzzard

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE:






BULLETS KILL PEOPLE





With two mass shootings over the last five weeks you would think that the Congress would move to address the issue of the ability of disturbed people to easily commit mass carnage. 



But then again, after 27 children were killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Congress did nothing, why should we expect any different now?

I honestly feel that the focus on assault weapons is a distraction.   Semiautomatic rifles have been used by hunters for almost one hundred years; and the assault rifle is simply a semiautomatic rifle dressed up to look like a man killer. 




 

The problem is the capacity of the clip.   In Maine, hunting rifles have historically been limited to a clip size of five rounds.   Five rounds of ammunition are enough to hunt any large game animal in America and more than enough to protect your home. 

At the church slaughter in Texas the killer fired approximately 450 rounds of ammunition.   If clip sizes were limited to five rounds he would have had to reload 90 times. 

A federal law limiting clip size, a buy back and a stiff fine and imprisonment for possession of a large capacity clip would not stop disturbed people from committing acts of terror; but it would limit their ability to commit mass murder – and it would still allow the bad-ass wannabees to sport their assault weapons. 



All the males who feel their manhood depends on being seen carrying a ‘man killer’ rifle could still play their game; but the ability of their weapon to commit mass carnage would be greatly decreased - and lives would be saved.   







Common sense restrictions to control gun violence will never happen as long as Republican lawmakers are in control of Congress 

the Ol'Buzzars






Thursday, November 2, 2017

HALLOWEEN WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT!






Early Monday morning of the thirtieth, a category 1 hurricane wind roared through Maine with gust in excess of sixty-five miles per hour.  

There are approximately one million people in the state and over 400,000 people were without electricity – in other words, about half the state – we are a rural state with a lot of trees.

Losing electricity in the winter is usually not a big deal for us, as we have a wood stove and gas lights for a backup; but this time of the year the temperatures were around sixty – and we have a freezer full of meat.  Fortunately, we were only out for a little over thirty-six hours – getting power back late Halloween eve.  The freezer kept everything frozen so we only lost food in the refrigerator.   

We lived without electricity for four years while we went through college, and for short periods off and on here in Maine and when we were in Alaska.   We didn’t realize how dependent we have gotten on TV and the computers until this outage.  The first afternoon we played five games of Scrabble and went to bed about nine-o-clock and read by lamp light.   The next day we did another Scrabble marathon, read – floated around the house aimlessly.  We actually cheered when the lights came back on and we immediately turned on the TV.

the Ol’Buzzard


















We have had electric linemen from as far south as New York up here to help reconnect power lines.  The local electric company says they expect everyone will have power back by Sunday.  




     

Sunday, October 22, 2017

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN







I never bring up the subject of religion with people (except expressing my views on the Buzzard blog.)   But I was in a waiting room the other day and reading Salman Rushdie’s new book Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights – which has nothing to do with religion.  A man near me said he had tried to read Rushdie’s Satanic Verses but couldn’t get through it because the Muslim religion doesn’t make sense.

 I should have let it go, but I couldn’t help myself.    I told him all religious beliefs are a matter of geography.    If he had been born in Saudi Arabia he would be a Muslim, if he had been born in Tibet he would be a Buddhist, if he had been born in China he would probably be Taoist.

Here he was; a chance to confound a non-believer.   He asked me where I thought the universe came from.  I told him that theoretical Physicist propose that the universe began with the Big Bang.  

Aaa-ha, now he has me.  His got-ya question was; what was before the Big Bang?   Someone had to initiate the Big Bang, so it must be God. 

I know you shouldn’t talk religion with these people, and if my wife had been there she would have given me an elbow and shut me up, but I was already on his hook – so I replied:

It is well accepted by the scientific community that the universe began when the celestial turtle farted – what we call The Big Bang.  Each time the turtle farts he creates a new universe.   According to String Theory there are at least eleven parallel universes attributed to our turtle; but there are probably countless celestial turtles creating unlimited universes.   One of these turtles is what you have just described as God.

His answer was; we can agree to disagree (no we can’t, but I let it go at that.)


the Ol’Buzzard

Friday, October 20, 2017

HALLOWEEN VIEWING







At this time of year my wife and I break out the old DVD’s and VCR’s of our favorite spooky movies.   We watch various versions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – including animated Disney version and the Johnny Depp.   We watch The Witches with Anjelica Huston and Hocus Pocus with Beete Midler. 


My favorite is Fearless Vampire Killers or Pardon Me but Your Teeth Are In My Neck.   This movie has so many subtle aping of the genera that I feel it should be a classic.   





 One of my favorite scenes is the Jewish Inn keeper that has been turned into a vampire comes back to the Inn to attack the serving girl.   She holds up a cross and he replys, Boy do you have the wrong vampire.  





There are numerous vampire movies with lesbian vampires, but this is the first with a gay male vampire.









The fearless hunters.



The scenery is authentic. 






The vampire ball








I know there is a stigma attached to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate; but that aside this is well worth seeing. 


the Ol'Buzzard

Thursday, October 19, 2017

SOUTH CAROLINA JUSTICE?








If you must drive through South Carolina, get in and out as fast as you can, drive under the speed limit and if you are not white – good luck!

October 12, New York Times reported on a homeless man caught in the perverted legal system that exist in South Carolina.   The article is provoking enough, but the paragraph that caught my attention stated that in South Carolina cops can act as prosecutors in court against an accused and judges are not required to have a college degree.  

“He is at the mercy of the South Carolina municipal courts, an idiosyncratic system in which police officers serve as prosecutors, judges are not required to have college degrees, and public defenders are often absent.”



What the fuck?
We are in the twenty-first century, aren't we?
Perhaps, not in South Carolina!
the Ol'Buzzard





Monday, October 16, 2017

KELLYANNE IS BACK













Have you missed her?   They all float down there!


the Ol'Buzzard

I AM IN OVERLOAD











I find it harder and harder to write post.   My everyday activities that are catalyst for a large part of blog post are over shadowed by catastrophic daily outrages committed by President Donald Trump supported by his base of the gullible.  

How can I write about the beautiful fall color that has peaked in western Maine, or the repairs of my fifteen year old snow blower in preparation for winter snows, or the bean soup recipe I made in my new slow cooker when Porto Rico has been devastated and abandoned, fires burn across northern California, the Affordable Health Care act has been defunded, the treaty with Iraq to halt production of a nuclear weapon has been withdrawn and a nuclear exchange with North Korea draws closer – all within this week. 

It all seems so……….

the Ol’Buzzard






Monday, October 9, 2017

BANGKOK TATTOO






Bangkok Tattoo published in 2005: the story of a Royal Thai policeman, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, who with his mother manages a brothel.   

Sonchai is a devout  Buddhist, able to accept the  corruption of the system, the violence in society and his own position in the Bangkok sex trade with true Buddhist mindfulness.



"You are a remarkable collection of coincidences held together by a desperate and irrational clinging, there is no center at all, everything depends on everything else, your body depends on the environment, your thoughts depend on whatever junk floats in from the media, your emotions are largely from the reptilian end of your DNA, your intellect is a chemical computer that can’t add up a zillionth as fast as a pocket calculator, and even your best side is a superficial piece of social programming that will fall apart just as soon as your spouse leaves with the kids and the money in your joint account, or the economy starts to fail and you get the sack, or you get conscripted into some idiot’s war, or they give you news about your brain tumor.   To name this amorphous morass of self-pity, vanity, and despair is not only the height of hubris, it is also proof (if any were needed) that we are above all a delusional species."  


excerpt from Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett.

namaste
the Ol'Buzzard 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

THE UNRAVELING OF AN INFORMED DEMOCRACY




Another storm threatens the Gulf states.   Tropical depression Nate is expected to  reach the southern coast of the U.S. this weekend.  

Even though  97 percent of climate scientist declare that the climate of the world is warming; according to Scientific America 72 percent of Republican Senators and 57 percent of Republican Congress persons still deny climate change. 

Moderate Republicans list climate change near the bottom, at 21 of the 23 most important issues and conservatives list it as last.  









"The good thing about science is that it is true, whether or not you believe in it.
Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Eighty percent of Republicans deny any connection between human pollution and climate change.   


MEANWHILE





Thursday, October 5, 2017

MORON



Donald Trump has always attached names to his adversaries in an immature attempt to degrade them.   

There has been;


 












LITTLE MARACO

















LOW ENERGY JEB

















CROOKED HILARY













LITTLE ROCKET MAN


Now we have a new one.   I can only hope that everyone who communicates on Twitter, Face Book, Blogs and all the other social media, from now on refer to this man only as 






MORON
















Tuesday, October 3, 2017

THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING IS A ONE-UP





I know this sounds tactless, but the carnage in Las Vegas is a one-up.  

If the Nation did not get incensed, and pass stricter gun control laws after the killing of elementary school children at Sandy Hook, then this mass shooting will just be another momentary outrage before going back to business as usual.  

To say that the easy availability of military type weaponry and semi-automatic pistols with large clip capacity is not the catalyst for all the killings that take place in the U.S. daily, and mass killings that now occur with some regularity, is like denying that tobacco causes cancer. 

No civilian needs to own a military assault weapon that is designed for the sole purpose of kill humans, and no civilian needs a semi-automatic pistol to protect his home.  A 44 mag. or 357 mag. six shot revolver is more than adequate home protection, and bolt action rifles and pump action shotguns with limited magazine capacity are adequate for hunting any game on the face of this earth.  

Assault rifles and semi-automatic pistols with large clip capacity make the action of mass carnage possible.

There is no justification for a civilian to own these weapons.

The bloody state of the Nation today, including this latest mass killing, is the direct culpability of Republican law makers who have been willing to whore themselves to the wing nut (Donald Trump) base of their party and the NRA.    Republicans are more concerned about their next election than what is obviously in the best interest of the Country.  Now they are proposing to allow the purchase of silencers.   

What civilian in this country needs to own a weapon with a silencer? 

This is where the Republican Party has taken the United States to today. 





the Ol’Buzzard


Friday, September 29, 2017

DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO PERMANENTLY GET RID OF A SPAMMER?





ly heng is spamming me with dozens of comments.   It is obviously a troll program as comments are generic.   Is there someway to report this to Blogger?
the Ol'Buzzard

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

HYPOCRISY RULES IN GREENVILLE MAINE







My wife and I went up to Greenville on Moosehead lake for a couple of days and had a very pleasant stay at the Greenville Inn. 









Just past Bingham we rode through an area of wind farms: majestic windmills scattered along high ridges – quite a sight.





I was surprised, when we shopped in Greenville, that many of the stores posted signs opposing wind farms.  




One of the shop owners told me she opposed the farms because they ruin the scenic beauty of the pristine wilderness, the noise created by the windmills drive the moose from their habitat and the rotating blades kill birds
 
I personally think the windmills are beautiful; and as far as ascetics, nothing is as sore to the eyes and foreign to the wilderness as a cell phone tower jutting from a distant mountain - and there are no complaints about cell phone towers.

Windmills do not disturb the moose population.  Moose do not inhabit the top of tall ridges – they seek low valleys and marshy lake shores.  I suppose the windmills may occasionally kill a bird, but most migrating birds will modify their flight paths to avoid these moving structures.

One of the last complaints is that the power from these wind farms is shipped out of state ‘to Massachusetts.’  




Actually, the power from the wind farms goes into the national power grid and Maine buys its power from that grid, which is mostly produced by oil and coal fired plants down south.
 
I found the woman’s explanation unbelievably hypocritical.
  
Every hour float planes roar off the Greenville docks taking tourist on sightseeing tours. 








 These planes fly at low altitude over the lake shore spotting moose and bear for tourist entertainment.   







 Power boats charge over the lake disturbing wildlife along the shores, occasionally killing waterfowl chicks and driving loons off their nest.






Hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails converge around Greenville, and hundreds of out of state snowmobilers convoy on these trails, roaring through remote wilderness areas, driving deer from their bedding grounds and pushing moose into deep snow. 




The economy of Greenville is based on tourism; and the disturbance to wildlife habitat caused by wind farms is only a minute percentage when compared to the damage caused by the huge influx of tourist, during all seasons of the year, into the Moosehead area.




If it were economically advantageous to Greenville businesses to conduct tours through these wind farms there would be no complaints.

This reminds me of Alaska, where they kill the wolves to save the moose, so hunters can kill the moose.

the Ol’Buzzard