Update on NOTEFLIX’s production of “Troubles in the Garden”: We see, (from her backside) Mamazelle Pinkie looking through the Gaze-Ball into the Future…and what does she see? She sees herself with our hero, The Multicolored Bluebird of Happiness. But wait! Maybe they are looking into the Gaze-Ball and into the Future and what do they see? They see only Mamzelle…looking for her mate and next to her is Bork, the Angry Purple Slug, smiling and up to no good. Who knows what is what? What is past? What is Future? No one knows anything, anymore. Come back next week for more action.
Trying to clear out my desk, I found some old notes, which might be more interesting today than they were when I took them:
- (Oct. 31, 2010): “Sarah Palin announces she is considering running for President in 2012. (The Editorial writer in the NYT was astonished he was still writing about her – although he did state the Left-leaning media mentioned her much more than did the Right. (For example, CNN mentioned Sarah 800 times in the month of November, 2010. Apparently Palin-bashing was good for ratings and no one knew it served counter-productive purposes in the end – whenever that is.
- (Circa 2010, Car Pollution): “Last week the Supreme Court heard an argument on whether or not carbon dioxide coming out of car exhausts was in fact a pollutant. They will render a decision in a few months. #1 Who pays for these attorneys who argue car exhaust is not a pollutant? #2 And could they win? #3 Why does it take the Justices so long to figure out whether car exhaust is a pollutant? #4 Aren’t they smarter than that? #5 Is this Court as bad as the Court can get?”
- (Sept. 2005, Afghanistan) “This note says I read an article which claimed we were pulling out of Afghanistan (20,000 U.S. troops) within the next 18 months.”
- (Circa 2005) “A study shows 49% of the people think poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return. Most of these 49% ers think a good solution would be to teach the poor not to have kids out of wedlock. Have these people lost their minds? Are they allowed to vote? Aren’t some of those 49% ers poor themselves?” I must have made this note, at the time, because I thought that was as bad as it was going to get.
- (2004): “It was estimated that of the Fortune 1000 CEOs, more were likely to have watched “The Simpsons” than the Presidential Debates at the time.” Tell me things have changed for the better.
- (2003): “A candidate for public office was accused of having “Literary Tendencies”. See there? Politics has been on a rough road for a long time now.
- (2003) For you history buffs: “Roosevelt tripled tax collections, rationed food and gas and capped prices…then Truman came in and paid for Korea with a 91% tax on high income.” Those were different times; and the Past is not always Prologue
- (2004) Money & Athletes: “An article states a Football coach has made $30 million. A soccer player has made $250 million. I see the day when we will have an athlete who is a billionaire.” (Wow, am I good, or what? Tiger Woods, Floyd Maryweather, Michael Jordan – and many more since this note are all Billionaires. However, before we brag, these men are not near the richest sportsmen in History. No. A Gaius Diocles – a Roman Charioteer – (circa 100 AD ) “…His earnings were enough to provide grain for the entire city of Rome for a full year or pay every single soldier of the Roman Army at the strongest point of its imperial reach for more than two months.” His wealth: $15 billion adjusted for inflation.
Enough with the past for now, here come a few words from our Resident Rodent Guest Columnist MATHUZALA:
- “Are you having difficulties keeping up with the times? Just when you learn how to do something on your phone, do they change the way it works and you have to either learn anew, or go without? …We came over on the boats with you. As a matter of fact, we were there on the Mayflower – and our lives have not become one jot more complicated over time. We scurry about and have a good time of it. No worries. Come hither! Join our happy group and live as if you were in simpler times.
Ed. note: If you want a more ‘Down to earth’ way of living, consider what MATHUZALA is offering in “THE RAT PAPERS” – a book which you can buy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And now for something completely different:
NOTES FROM TUSCANY:
All summer long, on the weekend nights, we are provided with entertainment in our little piazza. It is a pleasant way to spend time – if time you have.
And now a quote;
“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”
— George Orwell.
That’s all the time we have for now, and a fond “Hello’ to Jan, wherever you are.