Sunday, August 13, 2017

5104 All the news that's fit to .... whatever.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

 "Trump: a poor person's idea of what a rich person is, 
a stupid person's idea of what smart person is, 
a weak person's idea of what strong person is." 
Fran Leibowitz, Chris Falcinelli, and others


On Korea.  I almost died of eyeroll when Trump did his tough-guy act.  Having no concept of history or motivations, he's played right into Kim's hands.  The Kim dynasty is terribly afraid of revolution and of being deposed, so they've been ruling through fear, convincing the populace that the Americans want to invade and conquer them, and "only we can save you".  The people have no access to outside news/views, and they still remember the war in the 50's, so that used to work.  But that was a long time ago, and people are forgetting, so Kim needs to refresh that fear.

Please watch the following video.  This is an Australian guy who has lived in Japan for many years (Japanese wife and children and the whole bit), and he expresses exactly what the rest of the world sees.  I don't claim to know much of anything about international stuff, but I agree with his observations 100%.  And he's living in Japan, where if anyone should be freaking out like the US is, it should be them!  Unlike the US, however, they know what's going on.   (He's just driving and talking, so it's not necessary to actually watch the video.  You can just listen.)



On Charlottesville.  This blog post from Greg expresses my thoughts perfectly.  Enjoy.


On Medicare and health care insurance.  I just realized something horrifying!  Republicans would love to gut Medicare, but are afraid to.  Medicare doesn't (normally) kick in until you are into your mid-60s.  So all they have to do is make sure that people who would cost Medicare the most (the least healthy seniors) simply don't make it into or much past their mid-60s!  Voila!  Medicare costs cut.


On American Exceptionalism. I believe the following came from The Newsroom (2012–2014), an American drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin, airing on HBO, that chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel.
There's absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're seventh in literacy. Twenty-seventh in math. Twenty-second in science. Forty-ninth in life expectancy. A hundred and seventy-eighth in infant mortality. Third in median household income. Number four in labor force and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending,

And with a straight face, you're gonna sit there and tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we're the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The U.K. France. Italy. Germany. Spain. Australia. BELGIUM has freedom. Two hundred and seven sovereign states in the world, like, a hundred and eighty of them have freedom.

Now none of this is the fault of a twenty-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst, period, generation, period, ever, period. So when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I dunno what the f**k you're talkin' about.  


On art. I discovered the Museum of Bad Art, and therein discovered the painting "Lucy in the Field with Flowers".  I am madly in love with it, and have scoured the internet trying to find a print.  Doesn't exist, except as a small part of a poster for the museum.  I don't know why I like it so much.  I just do.   Scroll down a bit, it's the second painting on the page.


On my health.  Stuff going on.  NEXT POST, I promise.

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