Once A Fan

During the late 1960’s and 70’s I was a quasi- boxing fan chiefly because of the ‘trash talk’ of one its best known prophets of the sport, as I aged it became quite clear that it is one of the most primitive of activities dating back to ancient Rome and the so called games performed in the Colosseum. I was so enticed that I would listen to an event on the radio, a visual event on the radio, go figure. Which brings me to the point of this post; what is driving people to a political rally these days, not some logical wisdom suddenly coming to the forefront, no, it’s ‘trash talk’. It’s a kind of ‘give the people what they want’, blood and guts all over again, reason and a sound cure will always be a hard sell and would take time to explain and put into action, ‘kill the son of a bitch’ is quick and easy to understand, never mind the long term consequences. Just pick a suspect out of the crowd, ‘water board’ them to the jarring of the mob. A confession if obtained is not worth the water spilled or the time taken to wipe it up or to get one.

At a recent press conference in Turkey, The President had to drill down at least three times his winning war policy against ISIS that was not well received, when all he had to utter was some ‘trash talk’, all who heard it would have been well satisfied, however, they would or may have asked for more…

 

Too Old To Look Young

Wayne Newton, born 3 April 1942; have you seen a recent image of Wayne Newton? Be prepared to view age denial taken to the extreme. I’m sure there was a stage in your life when for whatever reason the urge to increase your age could not be denied, but then came a tipping point when more and more time is spent lowering your age either on paper or in person.

Sumner Redstone, born 27 May 1923; too old to fully engage in age denial? Perhaps someone is making sure his hair is dyed?

Have just watched Tom Jones, being interviewed on Charley Rose, the contrast could not be more striking between his seventy-five years and the ages of the two above, who has found the secret of how to age in place.

Our tillage of cultivation will not allow us to accept a romancer of songs with a head of gray hair or bald for that matter, as if with age, personal appeal or physical attractiveness is lost, the worse is how we see ourselves, spending millions over a life time to alter the aging appearance. No matter how much is spent, with the help of an aid or walker to help entering into a room, the silent thoughts rang out, ‘just look at that old fool’…

 

Civil War…Simplified

 

The peasants have no bread, ‘let them eat cake’, there is no record of this phrase ever having been uttered by a French princess or anyone else, no matter the meaning stuck a cord.

‘No taxation without representation’ a slogan ignited the American Revolution.

‘Bloody Sunday’, events in 1905 when unarmed demonstrators were fired upon by soldiers of the Imperial Guard wanting to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

A malicious four-year drought (climate change) incited the people to march on the capital of Syria demanding government action, who displayed indifference.

When government or the ruling class seem not to be responding to the needs of the populace the time is ripe for revolution and or civil disobedience that often can lead to civil war. So when it is heard that civil war in Syria is implausible because of climate change, you now have the tools to laugh in their face because of their lack of insight that you now possess…

 

 

 

War Is…

It was quite easy for the American population to grow increasing against the war in Viet Nam, the government in Saigon was viewed as a remnant of a colonial power, the nationalist foe did not wear a uniform, was able to blend into the civilian population, which increased the likelihood of collateral damage among the civilian population and most importantly no known threat to the home front. Fast forward to 2015 and the current war against ISIS, again a foe that does not wear a uniform, able to blend in with the civilian population, but able to cause and effect great damage on the home front, and with that concern for the civilian population of those in and around the battle zone greatly diminished, with the anthem of ‘better them then us’, yet to be set to music…and yes ‘war is hell’ on earth…to be continued…

 

The Group

The fundamental dispositions and traits of humans, human nature, is faulty, the standard by which we make judgments, rules we live by that influence our actions in almost all situations. Let us take any tight-knit community that has been in existence for generations, inter on the fringe a group unlike themselves. A sudden and intense crime is learned to have been committed, it is never considered to have been perpetrated by anyone inside the community even if some slight evidence points to one of their own gone bad. Why? It is much easier though clumsy and awkward to blame one or more of the members of the fringe group, and with that comes peace and a good night’s sleep…as the immigrants pack up and run away as guilt and incriminatory trait becomes an inherited perceived distinction within that fringe group for generations…

 

The Group

The fundamental dispositions and traits of humans, human nature, is faulty, the standard by which we make judgments, rules we live by that influence our actions in almost all situations. Let us take any tight-knit community that has been in existence for generations, inter on the fringe a group unlike themselves. A sudden and intense crime is learned to have been committed, it is never considered to have been perpetrated by anyone inside the community even if some slight evidence points to one of their own gone bad. Why? It is much easier though clumsy and awkward to blame one or more of the members of the fringe group, and with that comes peace and a good night’s sleep…as the immigrants pack up and run away as guilt and incriminatory trait becomes an inherited perceived distinction within that fringe group for generations…

 

Securty vs. Safety

As much as I hate to admit it fire arm weapons in the home are here to stay in America it would take something more powerful than a crowbar to wrench it lose. That having been said let us consider the degree of protection needed to do the job. A single shot six shooter pistol should do quite well for the average store of family values, values higher than average various stages of weaponry can be available. Law enforcement and national defense weaponry should by design be set at the highest level available.

A minimum evasive communication devise for average conversation between family and friends should suffice, communication higher than average at various stages should be available.

(The point of this post). The weaponry and the encryption software should fit the task, a AK 47 pistol for the home would be overkill, as would the most sophisticated encryption software to communicate the time dinner will be served.

Security and privacy has always been at odds in this modern age but without both of them playing equally on the same field in the same game both can and will be severely hampered…