Happy New Year… If You Want It

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There’s an especially soul-searching song, which gets frequently aired and streamed during each year-ending holiday season; aptly titled Happy Xmas.

In the time it takes for a scant, human inhalation and exhalation, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the teamed Harlem Community / Children’s Choirs present the problem and offer up the (conditional) solution; all neatly, lyrically summed up within these scant seven words:

“War is over if you want it.” [full lyrics here]

John Lennon / Yoko Ono • c1971

As we know, all too well… wars, are not necessarily of the literal “rockets red glare”, “bombs bursting in air”, shoot ‘em out variety.

In words and deeds, such confrontations wind up “duking it out” as shouting matches taking place on metaphorical battlefields, alas, regrettably of human-UN-kind’s own making.

Let’s briefly flush and flesh them out…

  • Microbially: Humanity v. Corona-V
  • Ideologically: Progressives v. MAGA Maniacs
  • Environmentally: Cool Ecologists v. Hot Headed Deniers
  • Socioeconomically: Dirt Poor Impoverished v. Obscenely Wealthy
  • Racially/Culturally: People of Color v. White Supremacysts (not a typo)

This distills down to… whether or not humanity gets conquered. Without a concerted cooperative spirit, We WILL lose that war; what few “survivors” that may still exist becoming an endangered species, heading towards extinction. However, the dismal doomsday scenario need not play out IF:

  • Microbially: We stop fighting each other; let science referee us.
  • Ideologically: We tell Trumpers to shove Fascism up their asses.
  • Environmentally: We all concur it’s high time to clean up our act.
  • Socioeconomically: We finally put an end to class war / casteism.
  • Racially/Culturally: We evaluate others only as being good or bad

If that’s not a sufficiently convincing presentation… doubters must ask themselves:

  • Microbially: Do you really want to be conquered by a mindless microbe?
  • Ideologically: Does a Fascist’s asphyxiating choke hold really turn you on?
  • Environmentally: Do you really wanna get blown away by freakish storms?
  • Socioeconomically: Who are you to deny any human being a decent life?
  • Racially/Culturally: Can you not grasp how, deep down, we’re all the same?

You may have noticed the liberal usage of the word We. That’s because We is Key to establishing the very cooperative spirit necessary to motivate people.

To encourage humanity to take that first baby step upon the high road to a grown-up, civil society.

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Year End Riddle: Who Is He?

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He’s stoned high on himself; drunk on raw power
High on his high horse; holed up in high tower

He cedes high road to reign; his reins: ball and chain
Seeds storm clouds with filth, “green” eyes downpour rain

He stows stone beneath sternum; rocks between ears
Boasts high on hog’s life; toasts Fascist pig peers

Brutal Cops, Nazis, Klansmen, are best buds he treasures
Feeding off their vile vibe; he cops pervy pleasures

Depictions / descriptions; depressed regions; war-torn
All human suffering and death; are that sicko’s porn

Triple X starlets role play; become cheating cad’s crushes
Their bejeweled, plastic bods; afford him gold rushes

He shuns “raincoats” and masks, that fend off infections
In both daydreams and nightmares; he plots insurrections

His rallies roll out; all the known nasty “isms”
That fracture society; with too tough to fix schisms

He beds down, best bud bedlam; they cohabit and mate
They hate to make love; yet, love to make hate

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Protoplasm Puddles, Anyone?

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This past week, Michigan has weathered two windstorms that transcend the garden variety of yesteryear.

While it’s unsettling enough for humans to need to fight the climate change intensified, (now unnatural) forces of nature; e.g., just to force open a screen door to egress one’s domicile, it’s that one other aspect that’s utterly uncanny; namely, the sound of the gales, themselves. There are no apt words, to date, that adequately describe what I’ve been hearing.

I guess I’ll just have to settle for the word, UNEARTHLY, for indeed, climate change / global warming (as I type / as you read) is, full speed ahead, morphing our home world into an alien world. And if we don’t tend to this, STAT, our planet will become uninhabitable.

I mean, what the hell good would a respiration assist from a cooling, air-conditioned spacesuit do if overpowering gusts of wind body slam each of us into a puddle of protoplasm?

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A Stuck in the Grooves Stylus

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The resurgence in popularity of the vinyl record, at least, will spare this oldie-but-goodie man the task of writing an extensive blog opener re what this music delivery system was… correction… is all about. And what it IS all about transcends the obvious. More about that by blog’s end.

And oh, what a particular vinyl recording was… correction… is the Song is Over; penned by Pete Townshend; performed; recorded, and released by the Who on 14 August 1971; yep, just four scant torn off 2021 calendar pages beyond that half century mark.

Townshend’s song title (oft repeated within the lyrics) can either directly address the beyond repair romantic relationship or serve as metaphor to describe the capitulation one typically (m)utters when confronted by some it’s-too-late, no-win scenario; either playing out in real time or just as the aftermath’s fallout apparently buries that last glimmer of hope; the disheartening realization that one has likely reached this temporal roadblock:

• The PAST is inaccessible because the Laws of Physics say so.

• The PRESENT is insufferable due to the triple threat of feverish
global warming, corona-variants and hot headed insurrectionists.

• The FUTURE is… WHOA… wait a sec… future? WHAT FUTURE?

Which cycles us back to Townshend’s Song is Over. Or, more to the point, an actual, not all that long ago playback of my own vinyl recording; only to discover that 5:55 into that 6:16 long track, with a scant 21 seconds away from Song is Over being over, the needle got stuck in the groove (not due to any permanent damage; just a temporary, tiny glob of randomly positioned schmutz that decades of Michigan summer humidity had transformed into a barely seeable “roadblock”.

I literally busted out in laughter upon the realization that sans any intervention on my part, the Song was NOT only NOT OVER, it could NOT possibly ever BE OVER; this all playing out (uh, all not playing out) serving as metaphor to the read between the lines message from within (or was it from above?)…

The Song is NEVER Over if you hang in there, my friend!

Words of wisdom for me… indeed, for all of us… to take to heart.

Who says old school tech, even the stuck stylus, cannot teach us anything anymore, huh?

BTW, my kudos to KD; seeing how her 12/16 post inspired my 12/16 post.

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Nothing’s Left: Poetic Acrostic

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Society’s frayed fabric; integrity bereft
Unravels and strands; its warp and weft
Fevers of covid and climate; exhibit heft
Freaky white elephant trumpets; lies ‘bout ballot theft
Eager confederates dredge, hyper-partisan cleft
Repress the free press; free elections; until nothing’s left

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The acrostic’s message spells out / sums up the net effect on folks
who get oppressed by a stick-figure leader in a threadbare society

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Fortune Cookie Blog: Cookie 1 of 2

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Digging out from global warming driven (un)natural disasters;
rebuilding up from Ground Zero after each freakish hurricane,
tornado, snow / ice / fire storm may appear courageous, BUT,
in actuality, this exposes top-down governmental cowardice.
Climate Change denier “leaders” bury heads/bury Earth, too;
race the human race (all 7.9 Billion people) toward extinction.

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Fortune Cookie Blog: Cookie 2 of 2

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Digging out from global warming driven (un)natural disasters;
rebuilding up from Ground Zero after each freakish hurricane,
tornado, snow / ice / fire storm may appear rational, BUT that
fails to get to the very heart of the cause & effect relationship.
We’re treating symptoms; failing to reduce Global Warming’s
fever which makes future catastrophes inevitable. This brings
to mind Albert Einstein’s genius / apt quip, “Insanity is doing
the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

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The We / Me Scale

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It’s a forgone conclusion that We v. Me pretty much sums up today’s ugly, never the twain shall meet, THICK, hyperpartisan divide; especially Stateside. If your own homeland suffers from a similar mental malaise / meltdown, you do have my heartfelt sympathy and, for what it’s worth, my Get Well Soon wishes.

Naturally, dual connotations of a word, such as THICK, not only define that vast divides’ dimension, but also aptly describe the Me-oriented persons’ density. To get a better handle on this, we’ll need to…

STEP #1: Establish / Title a Scale and briefly describe each tier’s people…

The We/Me Scale

  • Free We: Progressives, who accept laws, which lead to society’s betterment
  • So-so We: Capitulators, who obey life enhancing laws only to avoid penalties
  • Sorta Me: Bellyachers, who seem to obey; yet, litigate virtuous laws to death
  • PO’d Me: Anarchists, who’d overthrow a nation to absolutely overturn all laws

STEP #2: Run a thought experiment to assess how each brand of beings will likely react to, oh, say, their local communities’ public safety motivated, public sidewalk snow / ice removal mandates; oh, say, in the wake of a climate change generated, freakish winter storm.

  • Free We folks will willingly shovel every several hours, throughout the entire, seemingly interminable event, in an eco-friendly manner; only resorting to snow blowers if they have medical issues.
  • So-so We peeps won’t venture outdoors until the bitter end; barely meeting the stipulated snow removal deadlines.
  • Sorta Me individuals might hire enterprising neighborhood youngsters to get ‘er done, but, typically, will await the spring thaw. In the meantime, these scofflaws, if/when fined, will delay payment while litigating till hell freezes over.
  • PO’d Me entities will flat-out flip-off all laws and fines; all the while fantasizing about off-the-beaten-path plots to browbeat civil society into submission or obliteration (whichever comes first); their responses varying; i.e., depending on the severity of their psychoses.

Most worrisome is how that last on the list ilk might even consider bizarre tactics, such as…

  • Setting up a “hunter’s blind” to ambush any enforcer who’d have the “audacity” to fine them.
  • Hiring a backhoe operator / helicopter pilot to excavate / evacuate the public sidewalk; airlifting each snow / ice loaded concrete section to a nearby airport; to be jetted off to some torrid locale; and, once everything melts, reversing the entire process.
  • Literally going ballistic by hacking into their homelands’ nuclear facilities; targeting and launching the nukes, thereby melting down every molecule of frozen H2O; HELL, every molecule / atom period (nation / worldwide).

Granted, even the possibility of that sounds astoundingly farfetched, BUT, then again, prior to January 6, 2021, so did the possibility of a sitting U.S. president, first, rallying HIS private army; next, deploying them to attack the very nation that he had sworn on the Holy Bible, to preserve, protect and defend.

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Four Top-Story Op-Eds

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While deep carbon footprints, leave our planet sore
Science deniers stomp down more, More, MORE
Sans a kick-ass, greenhouse gas curbing plan
Earth kicks the bucket, ‘cause fools kicked the can

Pandemic pooh-poohers, fret not ‘bout ill health
Pander to seekers of ill-gotten wealth
They likely pan the five mill Covid dead
And pant over their $pread$heet$, instead*

Orange snowflake melts down in his golden lair
Contests the election, that’s been proven fair
His Big Lie will spark doubt; do vast harm
Beyond the day that asshat buys the farm

The hardcore right, hazards Jan 6th rewrite
To morph OrangeMan, into what? Traitor-Lite?
To gaslight the TrueBlue, all still taken aback
By the fake prez who waged too real attack!

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*Alternate Line:
And pant over their $pread$heet$, in bed

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No Affinity For Xfinity

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For the benefit of anyone who may be wondering, Xfinity is a trade name of Comcast Cable Communications, LLC; AKA an ISP with a MO that doggedly barks at / hunts down / chases after new customers.

So, just how doggedly is their pursuit?

Well, I’ve been rejecting their snail mailed come-ons 52 times a year for (at least) the past 5 years (likely longer); which begs the question:

How long before the Xfinity Team geniuses connect the dots to conclude that I do not respond well to hard sell tactics; that I’m hardly unique in this regard.

Look, I have no problem when businesses promote their products and services in a reasonable, responsible manner. How would I define that?

  • Reasonable: No more than one advert campaign per Earthly season.
  • Responsible: Business practices, which do not destroy planet Earth.

Alas, it’d appear Xfinity’s bite is even worse than its bark. Yep, it’s bye-bye bark, branches, leaves and trunks when their hatchet men chop down entire forests just to restock that LLCs supply cabinets with untold, metric tons of paper stock.

BTW, I did take a few moments to pour over Xfinity’s latest one pager and nowhere within the voluminous fine print is there any mention of that text getting printed out on recycled paper.

Worse yet, their bad for the environment SOP doth not end with deforestation; seeing how they frequently, pointlessly, manufacture utterly nonredeemable PLASTIC “gift cards” to glue to their mailers. As if what? Simply stating their offered discounts would not suffice?

And, lest anyone forget, low demand for recycled plastic means that it oft ends up getting dumped into our oceans.

So, what’s a beleaguered junk mail recipient to do? Well, were it not against United States Postal Service regulations (and City Ordinance), I’d park my recycling cart next to my front porch and ask my letter carrier(s) to deliver all Xfinity correspondence (and other junk mail) therein.

Yet, such an extreme could never even begin to reclaim the energy needlessly wasted during the manufacturing stage of such adverts AND the subsequent, secondary energy waste when the recycling trucks make their never-ending, weekly rounds to collect this pitched paper and plastic.

After all, it’s impossible to defy the laws of Physics.

At issue, too, is how everyone doesn’t recycle conscientiously. One needn’t look any further than the Post Office lobby trash receptacles; typically over flowing with the junk mail discarded by the renters of on-premises P.O. boxes.

After all, it ain’t easy to defy the laws of Human Nature.

Going beyond even these concerns, one has to question the reliability of Xfinity’s Internet connection and speed. Look, advertising doesn’t come cheap, which means wasted bucks means less funds allocated for the upkeep and upgrades of their Internet infrastructure. In other words inadequate funding equals inadequate service OR Rubbish In equals Rubbish Out.

After all, it’s unwise to defy the GIGA* law of Computer Science.

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* Garbage In / Garbage Out

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COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference

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