Anticipating continuing annoying newsnot bits as a result of the recent special election in Pennsylvania, I have spent the day avoiding both the MSM and exposure to those addicted to getting their daily outrage adrenaline kick from it. My fallback coping mechanism is to allow my mind to find refuge wandering about in the land of droll and dry, and frequently, deplorable. Following thoughts were found in that area of my mind this afternoon, after reading the following in an article about Stephen Hawking:
If global warming doesn’t wipe us out, Hawking believed Earth would be destroyed by an asteroid strike. ‘This is not science fiction. It is guaranteed by the laws of physics …” he said (1) (italics mine).
I began to wonder… So we’re doomed either way? If it is true “science” that Earth isguaranteed to be destroyed by an asteroid, then does it follow we don’t need to actually worry about global warming after all?
How ironic this could turn out to be, imagine, the day after murdering the last known natural living cow(2), which was found hiding in a cave in India, that the Earth is smitten by an asteroid! I wonder, would this be an example of a Karmic event?
The Oscars is one of those shows that has become a touchstone of popular culture. Because movies are such an important element of modern American culture, many people entertain themselves by following who is nominated and then anticipating the awards and the patter of the show’s hosts, along with snippets from the films and some video and stage presentations. It is supposed to be a star-studded celebration of celebrities associated with films, and it generally delivers that. (I have not watched the Oscars in many years, and am speaking from memory.)
The big news that came out of this year’s Oscars show was the low ratings of the show. Conservatives blamed the Oscars, saying many former viewers tuned out because they are tired of the tedious and tendentious speechifying and moralizing that have become hallmarks of the show in recent years. Leftist mass media blamed President Trump.
Here is the Washington Post, who were so incensed that Trump voters mostly skipped the Oscars that they lowered themselves to quoting Breitbart News:
John Nolte of Breitbart News said the “writing was on the wall for this ratings catastrophe,” calling Kimmel, this year’s host, one of the most “divisive and polarizing figures in the country” and a “Trump-hating Democrat.”
“On top of insulting Trump voters, this Oscar telecast also promised to be a lecture in favor of gun control (by elitists protected by hundreds of armed guards) and against sexual harassment (by elitists who are either harassers or enablers),” Nolte wrote. “As the early ratings show, even Democrats were not interested in watching that kind of self-serving hypocrisy.”
You should read the entire article. They quote from several other conservative sources, and complain bitterly about conservative gloating over the low ratings of the Oscars show. Of course, this is what unnerves them the most:
There’s a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.
It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of the day I’ve forgotten –
If I ever read it.
The Great Man here gives us pure snark on a subject that deserves it. For those who live in places where in winter the ground freezes only shallowly, the image of frozen ground to a depth of three feet or more is helpful. As winter gradually gives up, the soil near the surface thaws long before the deeper dirt. Snowmelt and and spring rains in many areas have nowhere to drain, so they sit there and make mud.
Mud season, New England’s Fifth Season, brings further delights: melting snow – dirty old snow shrinking and collapsing – reveals the winter’s dead grass, sticks, and bark, as well as litter of other sorts. Just when snowdrops and daffodils come to mind, this squelching intervening reality pops up. Sure, sure, stoicism and a will to patient labor are what we call forth – but it is so sweet to hear some unadulterated annoyance from the master.
The latest update about Jared Kushner and the fact that his administrative role and security clearance have been reduced doesn’t bother me in the least. Even as Trump’s #1 fan, I was leery of Kushner because I didn’t approve of the family background.
His real estate mogul father served 5 years in the pokey for fraud and money laundering yet had the nerve to give Ivanka a hard time for being a Gentile and basically forced his son to pressure her to convert. Even as a criminal, he proclaims religious devotion so much so that Ivanka was required to adopt a Hebrew name to observe Shabbat.
Even as a secular type of person, I have an enormous amount of respect for religious beliefs, but… I cannot tolerate hypocrisy.
Anyone think this could have been avoided if Secretary Clinton hadn’t sold 20% of our uranium ore supply to Putin for a cool $145 million dollar contribution to the Clinton Foundation or accepted a $500k speaking fee for Bill in Moscow?
There are no such things as accidents. I don’t think any of us truly know the full extent of treason that has been thriving fruitfully during the last administration.