We put out a new casting call, and have got rid of the bad actors. The Garden set is safe now, until lunch – at least. Photo-shooting on the NOTEFLIX’s binge-look “Troubles in the Garden” will continue apace.


  • Chinese tourists go to Japan to see clear skies and to breathe clean air.  It is reported that over a million Chinese die each year from air and water pollution.
  • The Japanese used to give silver Sake cups to those who made it to 100.  Now, because so many make it to the max – they are giving Origami type cups instead.
  • The plumes from Chinese factories pollute U.S. air.  What goes around, comes around.
  • The Chinese eat more than a half billion pigs a year.  They produce pigs the same way we do.  Hog lagoons are a huge problem, here and there.
  • A short while ago, in Shenzan, a Chinese mega-city, a Waste Pile collapsed and 85 people went missing.  The question is: what is a ‘Waste Pile’? …and another: Is this a sign of the future?  Or of the present? 
  • Who do you want to own/claim the North Pole?  Russia?  Denmark?  Canada?  The U.S.?   The U.N. may decide soon. Lobbyists are running riot.  Some think the melting of the Polar Ice Cap is to be likened unto the unwrapping of a Christmas package.  Whose package is it?
  • In Jakarta millions of people wear masks all day.  This is not for robbery purposes; but for breathing purposes.
  • In vast regions of India, I am told, you need to be the owner of a toilet to be able to run for local political office.  Some say such a requirement favors the rich.  On the one hand this seems like a metaphor for our system, on the other hand I do not know what to say.
  • I have a note dated 6/2015 saying that “Syria has been beaten into the Dark Ages…83% of the lights are out & life expectancy has dropped by 20 years.  (What could the figures possibly be now?). “It is difficult to keep abreast – and to want to keep abreast – of these situations.  See RESPONSE FATIGUE – last post.
  • Here in America a study has concluded that an expensive placebo has a stronger effect on patients than a less expensive placebo. This clearly shows either how stupid we are, or how much better costlier placebos are than the lower priced ones. Your pick.
  • 9 out of 10 American dollar bills have a trace amount of cocaine on them.  The worst percentage is in Washington, D.C. (Heard on Fox News, so you know it’s right?)
  • Europe is hotter than ever.  The Middle East is hotter than ever.  I’m hotter than ever.  There are record floods in Missouri and all along the Mississippi, droughts, meltings. wildfires, lakes disappearing, reefs dying.  I hope this is all caused by man, because if an angry god is doing this, then there is nothing we can do.
  • Meanwhile, many of us are obsessed with the prospect of glowing skin.  The Chinese use horse fat. The Koreans use snail slime.  Bee venom is sought after in the Far East.  In the Middle East they use Camel’s milk…Coastal people have used jellyfish extract for years, but now jellyfish have protein in them that can prevent dementia – so jellyfish extract is not going to be cheap anymore.  In the U.S. we do not know what we put in our ointments, because it is a secret; for profit purposes.  But as long as you don’t swallow it or smoke it I am sure you will be fine.
  • Meanwhile, there are over 84,000 Americans who have told the IRS they are Elvis Presley impersonators.  I add this piece of information to show you that some people still know how to enjoy themselves, despite the odd things going on out there.

Here is how we will end it for the day;

“I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe.  Attack ships off the shoulder of Orian.  I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate.  All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”  (-Replicant Roy Batty in “Blade Runner”, Death scene.)  But did Roy see:  “The ‘Waste pile” in Shenzan?   The wildfires in California?   The melting of the Polar Caps?  Any of the 84,000 Elvis impersonators?  I think not.  Those are tears in the storm for you.

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