Category: News and politics

I don’t have to tell you things are bad.  Everybody knows things are bad.
The dollar buys a nickel’s worth.  Banks are going bust.  Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter.
Punks are running wild in the street.  There’s nobody anywhere that seems to know what to with this.  There’s no end to it!
We know the air is unfit to breath; our food is unfit to eat.  We sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homocides and 63 violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be!
We know things are bad!  Worse than bad!  They’re crazy!
It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore.  We sit in the house and slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller and all we say is, "Please" and, "Please leave us alone in our living rooms.  Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials, and I won’t say anything.  Just leave us alone!"
Well I’m not going to leave you alone.
I want you to get mad!
I don’t want you to protest.  I don’t want you to riot.  I don’t want you to write to your congressman; I wouldn’t know what to tell you write.  I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.
All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad!
You’ve got to say, "I’m a human being, God Damn It!"

So, I want you to get up now.  I want all of you to get up out of your chairs.  I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,

"I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!"

~ Howard Beale (Peter Finch), fictitious TV newscaster, the movie Network. US, 1976

Paradox of our Time

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings,
but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend
more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less
time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less
judgment; more experts, but fewer solutions, more medicine, but less

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our value. We talk too
much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a
living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing
the street to meet a new neighbor; we’ve conquered outer space, but not
inner space; we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve
split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We have higher incomes, but lower morals; we’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of tall men, and short characters, steep profits,
and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but
domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun. These are days of two
incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.

Think about it.

First entry

My space is now open, and some more of what compiles me is included in this site.  Maybe you’ll learn something new about me, maybe not, but that’s up to you.  Have fun with it!

Peace out.