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I don't go to our local political meetings.... I'm relatively conservative, but unfortunately this takes in all the developers who want to destroy the forest where I live, so I've stopped giving them Oxygen. I have no investment in local politics at all... I just read bios when the ballots come around and cast vote for the best qualified. Sounds like the loud mouthed lady there has p'o'ed a silent majority.
The point should be, are we solving issues that concern citizens? Or just throwing money around because we CAN and holding forth on a platform because we CAN... sounds like you need a new chairman. One that can keep order. Politics is like a mad huge "group therapy" circle. If you don't have a good facilitator, no work or growth will take place. Because, the ones with the big yaps will monopolize it all... while the mayor sits there and pulls down a good paycheck for doing absolutely nothing. What a racket.
I highly recommend reading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, take two aspirin and get a good night's sleep.
Too cold for open windows here... in fact I'm skipping my walk AGAIN because I feel cold and miserable and just want to stay in.
I already read Heinlein's book, under duress.
Remember, I used to be a Libertarian and hung out with the best of them. It's the best policy. I quit because the party kept putting people up for office I could not defend. Besides, I hate political parties. I could write a book on why, but nobody would read it.
We have our dysfunction here. The former county manager is under federal investigation, so the county is restructuring. Everything here is left of me, though. Nobody wants to obey the rule of law. Most don't know what it is. Leaders encourage magical thinking with no supply side. Revenue streams are infinite, and so we need to create monuments, build synergies, create energy, vision, and hire consultants to give us numbers no self-respecting economist could look at without laughing. We give mega-dollars to crony multinational corporations in the name of "economic multipliers," which used to be called "trickle down," except that theory was debunked - except it wasn't. "Communism failed because it wasn't green enough," would be the mantra. It's the way it's been here since I started covering politics 20 years ago or so. Then, the city and county to pay for housing for everybody, food for everybody, daycare for everybody. We've been at this for 20 years, and still half the kids are food-insecure and the other are on free and reduced meal programs at the schools. And this with all the charitable food kitchens. I am so inclined to write an article advocating harvesting roots for mush like they do in Sub-Saharan Africa. What's the question? Government's the answer. Government is perfect. Parents cannot be trusted to feed their own children. And we care, because we can say "opioids."
Why do I do it? It's the peter principle, and I'm at the bottom of the barrel. Everybody else has constructive pursuits preventing them from listening to psychos babble for six hours every week. And, yes. Most people who talk at public comment are stoned or schizo or something. It used to seem you had to be a character, with a costume and stage name, for public comment. I thought of parodying that on occasion, but it was mere fantasy.
And while I'm harping, I shall remind you of the time I went to the hospital because I suspected a broken foot. They would not give me a wheelchair, so I had to walk the length of the hospital concourse. So, when I was signing in, I was in tremendous pain, and I passed out. That required them to give me every cardiac test they could imagine - and bill me - and then test me for drugs. "She said her foot hurt, and then she passed out!" So, after changing into a hospital gown and sitting around for a few hours, they decided they could discharge me. The nurse said my X-rays were fine and asked if I had been totally unconscious, and I said I didn't remember going to radiology. She said she didn't remember that, either. Then, the doctor came in and said he had been looking at the X-rays of the "guy next-door." So, yeah. If I go to hospital with a broken wrist, I'll leave with another bill for $25,000 and a foot sticking out of my eye socket, I fear.
I do have a problem with them sticking a needle in one when you walk in the door.... like I got the one time I went in for esophageal issues. I agree there....
Well you're a big girl. Do what you must.
I think the problem with government is, we PAY them. Make it voluntary service, such as... maybe you get citizenship if you donate some time to serving your country in some capacity... at least lower their wages to minimum. Politicians are like cats. Feed them and they will come, and do absolutely nothing for the free food.
NO ONE should be forced to read Robert Heinlein!!!! That's an Oxymoron! Sad, sounds like the Libertarians went the same way the Tea Party did... I chatted with some of them once, and it seemed yes it was attracting people with agendas, power mad schemes, and the inevitable political beasts wanting to tap a cash flow. Which is why the TEA parties have faded out, they realized it happened, and backed off. I worked with a small local community organization, and the same thing happened. Everyone had advice on what to spend the money on, but no one was willing to be treasurer, be accountable for where the money went, nor did they get the reality of the situation. Reminded me of small children playing "house" with all the external appearance of doing something, and doing nothing in reality. I got tired of it and handed them back the files. Over five years ago and my digital copies of everything were erased.
I think *Moon is a Harsh Mistress* is very very funny, I'm sorry it was spoiled for you.
Actually, it was a friend who recommended it to me when I enjoyed being apolitical. I did it out of courtesy to him, though I despise fiction and try to keep my brain G-rated, which is really difficult with this job. The boss must always have the TV or radio on, and he is not into music.
That said, I had another song in my dream last night. Again, it was lame, so very lame I considered it throw-away. Besides, it was too easy not to remember, so I rolled over. Then, in the morning, I only remembered it having 3 or 4 notes repeated in spaces (something I don't like but that is big in pop music). The problem is, the last time I thought the melody was ridiculously lame, it was really good in the morning. I'm used to letting chords write the music, but maybe my dreams are sending me another way. More likely, like the rest of my life, I keep going down, down, down.
Trying to get some skills, I decided to start at the bottom. (Remember, I once had a B.S. in math.) I took an online basic arithmetic quiz, and I'm spending on average four seconds per problem. My brain is really fried. This is not good.
I dreamed my father was wearing a kilt last night. Thankfully no music, the thought of my dad in a kilt dancing around gives me brain freeze.
It IS difficult to get past the "free love" aspect of Heinlein novels. If you are still of a Libertarian mind, you might try out *Red Planet* (same author) which is what we call the "juveniles" in the Heinlein community. They are G-rated believe me. same principles... deeply Progressive parents would get bent out of shape if they knew what the book was about.
I don't enjoy fiction, with few exceptions. I know what I believe socially and economically. It's not like I put the L on my forehead to get the mush from the L ladle poured under my scull cap. To clarify, I'm libertarian in the sense of the US Constitution, and don't consider myself libertine - though I respect the right of others to be what they choose. That said, I am often criticized for shaming/scorning/whatever when that is strictly against my values. My religion forbids me to judge people. So, you and whatever army can read your Heinlein.
Please don't take this personally. There are two types of books people like to shove at me which I despise. One are works of fiction they think I should read because I identify as libertarian. The other are cosmology garbage they think I should read because I practiced physics for fifteen years. I have one of the latter right here. To me, these books are, as a dear friend put it, trying to solve for thousands of variables with a single equation. You can't argue with speculation. Worse, the people taken in by the weirdness will not go back to established fact and connected logic if you try to reason why the book is garbage. "But the energy! But the energy!"
No worries. I find this fascinating! I'm such a sci fi nut I assume everyone is, and it's not true of course.
I look at fiction as "applied social psychology" like I'm watching a Star Trek episode right now (Gary Seven) which has in it technological "speculations" on amazon dots and cell phones which were fiction then, but are all reality today (I wonder if the authors took out patents on them)
The particular book I mentioned (Red Planet) has social themes based simply, in a "Harry Potter" sort of way, on the 2nd Amendment, and the basis for rebellion against totalitarian rule. It's a small group of humans, who resist stupid (and damaging) administrative decisions by "absentee landlords" and they solve the conflict simply. And I might add, the futility of the "town hall" concept is pointed out too; it all comes back to who has the greatest might of arms. It's an excellent educational tool for young minds who can't absorb something like the legal writing that is our Constitution, but who might very well grasp the concept in a work of fiction.
We have to start early with youngsters to teach them about these things.
Gonna go find some music, since we have veered far far off topic here.
He actually bears a striking resemblance to Ben Franklin. There was some very good editing in that video, they spent time on it. As Robert Heinlein said it (paraphrase) Politics is not a dirty word. It's how we figure out how to get along without pulling out rocks and guns and trying to kill each other. I hope Trump keeps holding hands with Putin, the Saudis etc all because it keeps us OUT of war. Notice how much the Middle East has quieted down since Trump went over to Saudi and partied with those guys? And you don't understand what a huge leap into the 21st century that was for them. ~~~~~CAMERAS~~~~~
It's good to see you Ghostie. Keep on keepin' on.
I don't feel very musical right now... the weather has gotten to me (SAD) (Seasonal Affect Disorder) and feeling stress of build up to Thanksgiving. Trying to keep my cool and level head. Trying to suppress my whiny "self" over not getting tickets to the solo shows on the cruise. Have to remind myself I do have many things too see and do in Florida, as well as on the cruise which are totally non-Moody, but plan to enjoy other music too.
Just hope John and Justin both grace us with their solo efforts somewhere west of the Rockies within the year.
Naw, MBT used to have another handle, I started calling her Ghostie.
As gluttonous as I am about Moody shows, I shall suffer with just ONE this cruise. So many other nice bands will be on there. And I'm looking forward to seeing some Mayan ruins too, I'll fill you in. Remind me to talk about my Native American DNA it's rolling out verrrry interesting.
Nice voice that gent has!
I've had this bopping through my head for a week or so now. Justin said something about "never too late to fall in love" in one of his recent interviews.... my drama department did some scenes from *The Boyfriend* long long ago in the 70s. (Said play is set in the 20s, flapper era) This song like gives you an ear worm! It's also a classic example of "English music hall" didn't realize that at the time... anyway enjoy. The gentleman has a pretty good voice.
For a few weeks the Partridge Family song "You Are Always On My Mind" was always on my mind, for the obvious reason. Farewell to David Cassidy; farewell to another pleasant yesterday.
But this week, as the season of Yule intensifies, another song elbowed aside the velvet-clad "Partridges": Louis Prima, "Shake Hands With Santa Claus". Nothing but the best in holiday music for decking some halls and nogging some eggs!!
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