Thursday, April 26, 2012

Control for the sake of control

I am filling out forms and writing checks for address signs with new numbers for each of the little houses we own.  I do not want the new addresses and I do not want to dig holes for  sign posts that will allow me to comply with my town's readdressing project. We each get a new number and instructions on how and where to display it.  They say that these numbers will allow emergency personnel to come to our aid more quickly. I say that is good motive and likely, at conception, a sincere one. However, new rules and more efficient data management often morph into more effective control of the public.  I think our new numbers will help bill collectors and the police more than it will help the local fire and ambulance volunteers. 

On a larger scale, here's a link to an old but still pertinent discussion of the Patriot Act:

It is stressful being a socialist and an anarchist at the same time.


Trying hard to detach from politics and cultivate a serenity based on appreciation of how ridiculous and unfair the process is. Trying to do this without going the extra step to pathos.  So, I'm reading David Foster Wallace and Colin Thubron, Shadow of the Silk Road.  (The latter has been stored, half read, on my Kindle for quite awhile.) 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I predict

Obama is going to win by a landslide, Democrats will easily win control of the House and keep control of the Senate. Because Voters know the buy-now-pay-later economic mess is the lingering result of Bush's wars, deregulation of banks and Wall Street, and deep corruption at the highest levels. Middle and lower class Americans are done with being patsies, manipulated by abortion and gun rights hysteria, to ensure the corrupt, degenerate 1% keep their strangle hold on wealth. Because we're done paying for their private jets, endless vacations, whores, obscenely huge estates, polo ponies, mega yachts, sky boxes, face lifts, breast enlargements, hair transplants, nannies, butlers, butt wipers, body guards and the whole tumbling clown parade of entourages and retainers. (I predict.)

Monday, April 23, 2012


Mainly, he feels different from others because he is certain he carries an unusual amount of Neanderthal DNA. This accounts, he says, for his unusually large chest, shorter, slightly bowed legs, big head and a habit of leaning forward, bent over like a man older than he actually is. He keeps all of this secret, of course. Though he does believe that his Neanderthal DNA has given him a larger brain than  the more models and a greater capacity for compassion and sensitivity which accounts for how vulnerable he is to hurt feelings.

Old hat

Because of the age difference between them she rarely knows what he is talking about. It doesn't concern her however, and hasn't since she realized what he took as breaking news or up and coming phenoms she knew to be old hat.