HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM (94 YEARS OLD)
TODAY FROM THAILAND:
A. POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:
1. “This and that…”:
I have entered all of my 2010 posts of “This and that…” into a blog. The first five months or so include comments from some of you as well as Irwin’s correspondence and entries from my journal. You can access the first 3 months here they appear in reverse order of posting — (now that I think about it, if I entered them in the blog in the reverse order to when I originally posted them they would appear in the proper order in the blog — No, that would screw up my head too much). I have also completed the posting of the first quarters of 2011 and 2012. I look at it as sort of a partially interactive journal.
2. Followers and following:
I have written often about my fruitless quest to increase the number of “hits” on my various blogs. The application that sends bloggers to my site so that I may “follow” theirs has become a source of entertainment if not particularly effective for marketing. This mornings batch included the blog “Sex and the Shameless” by an ex-stripper who writes a lot about the various men she sleeps with. When I opened the site it began with these immortal words:
“I’m female, 23, single, a stripper, in therapy and completely clueless.”
She then proceeds:
“I have only slept with 2 men this week which isn’t two [sic] bad for me, one guy was Antonio who I have slept with a few times and the other guy was Keith who I hadn’t slept before and would never again!”
Actually I like this blog a lot. Here is the link. Read about the customer to the strip club that had the strippers crush toy cars with their bare feet.
This I get with my morning coffee. It is almost as good as the Thai soaps. Speaking of which:
3. Thai Soaps Update:
Since the end of the soap featuring the ghost or demon with horns and acne, I have begun following a few others. One that I may have mentioned before, concerns a young nubile female who is beaten or slapped around about four of five times per evening, mostly by the slapper in chief, her step-mother.
This formidable woman also has slapped around just about every other young woman in the show, as well as the obligatory comic relief ladyboy. She is often seen posed, preparing to strike with hand raised, elbow above the shoulder exhibiting the ideal form for an NFL quarterback getting ready to throw a pass.
The young ingénue’s boyfriend often comes upon his girl friend in the midst of being slapped around by several different cast members (and once in the middle of an attempted rape). But when the slapper explains what is going on, he just nods and goes on his way leaving them all to get on with their business.
Also the ingenue suffers from claustrophobia. So every once in a while she gets tied up by someone and thrown into a dark closet. Sometimes she is starved while she is in the closet. The boyfriend doesn’t do anything about this either.
After several months of this, the ingénue, and the ladyboy as well, seemed to have had enough and beat the hell out of the evil step-mother and her insipid daughter. Apparently it did not do any good because in the most recent episode, the ingenue was tied up and back in the closet.
The reason for all these assaults seems to be that the insipid daughter and another woman have designs on the ingenue’s boyfriend who also happens to be rich as well as stupid. The second woman is married to a man who seems unhappy with his wife’s obsession but does nothing about it but look sullen. LM says it is because he loves her.
B. NEWS STRAIGHT OR SLIGHTLY BENT:
1. Can an entire state win a Darwin Award?
Shades of King Canute! North Carolina’s State legislature is considering a bill that would require the government to ignore new reports of rising sea levels and predictions of ocean and climate scientists.
Other states may want then to close off their borders to people from North Carolina to keep them from breeding with their citizens.
2. Internet peril:
A woman who operates an on-line newspaper in Thailand was convicted of insulting the monarchy by allowing several comments to online news items to appear that were deemed a violation of the law.
It may interest you to know that now that I post these emails on the internet, I may be subject to fines and imprisonment under the “les majeste” laws of Thailand.
3. Turnabout is fair play, I guess:
Given the spate of recent news stories regarding severed members, I thought this provides some balance: In Afghanistan a man was arrested for trying to cut off his wife’s tongue during an argument.
It is the obvious symbolism behind severing the particular appendages mentioned in the various news stories that I find inane. People! let’s use a little imagination in our demonstrations of rage and revenge.
4. Social Media and the Advertising Industry:
Heat, a San Francisco-based ad agency, surveyed 150 advertising/marketing people and 150 civilians about their relationships with social media (and, oddly, their relationships with alcohol at office parties).
It turns out that not only do people in the ad world watch brands on Facebook and Twitter overwhelmingly more than normal people, but they are also way more likely to use drugs, throw up, and hook up with a coworker at office parties. Probably to numb the pain that no one is clicking on their sponsored stories.
(From my sister Mary Anne by way of Business Insider.)
This chart fascinates me. Some commentators have suggested that the decline in church building may represent a fall off in church membership or religious commitment. Others see current economic uncertainty affecting church finances. I suspect something a bit more complex may have influenced this particular decline, especially recently when the slide accelerated.
The sale of religious belief over the past few years, I suspect, to some extent has migrated from church pew first to the airways and now to the internet. It may become more profitable for ambitious divines to take their ministry out of the stationary pulpit and move it to wherever a believer may be at the time; home, car, work. Now through the wonder of mobile communication, social media and the internet, believers now can be reached from anywhere at any time by the Word of their choice. In addition, no longer need anyone sit silently in a pew while the sermon washes over them since they now can participate as well; comment on the message, share enlightenment with other believers, contribute to the ministry’s missionary work or political lobbying activity through Pay-Pal.
This is just another example of the many ways new communication technologies may affect society, community and physical development. Will a new community need a building in which to worship or will God dispense his grace electronically? If a building is still desired, does it have to be big or just plush? Does it require soaring ceilings, stained class windows and gleaming organs, or just a chair, a modem, i-tunes and a wandering u-tube crew.
Will fewer churches be built, office buildings constructed, shops opened, parking lots needed? Will city halls and governmental buildings be necessary? If not, what will new communities look like? What happens to already existing structures? What happens to the economy if we build fewer churches, offices, stores, parking lots, governmental buildings than we did in the past? What will all those people who built things now do to make a living? Will we live closer together or farther apart?
What will the society be like were fewer people to get their religion in churches, work in office buildings, shop in stores and drive about? What will we do with all that time we do not spend going to and from those places? We certainly will fill up the time. That is what people do. One thing we know we will not do with all that time; improve ourselves. That we never seem to get around to do.
None of these changes need to be universal or even particularly large in order to have a major effect on society. If say just five percent fewer churches, office buildings, stores and the like are built than past experience dictated would occur in similar populations, how great an impact would that be? What happens to jobs and profits? Is this what is already happening? Could it be that the whole foundation of economics is wrong? That neither demand creating supply or supply creating demand is anything more than a temporary phenomena generated by technological change?
MOPEY JOE’S MEMORIES:
1. Notes from my diary:
a. On January 13, 1963: “I had an argument with my mother over my refusal to teach her to drive on the grounds that we would only have an argument over how I was teaching her to drive.”
b. January 21, 1963, weather report: “Today was very cold.”
c. I was one of the founders of the Young Democrats of Yonkers. On February 14, 1963, we met to elect the organizations first officers. I was expected to be elected president. Later that day I wrote:
“Tony Russo was elected president. I was forced to admit that I was a registered Republican. I must get that changed if I am ever to do anything in the organization.”
Do you really think so genius? I can see you are going to have a very successful life ahead of you.
2. Assumption Church:
This is a photograph of the Assumption Church in Tuckahoe NY. It is the Catholic church that, when I was a child, I and other italian immigrants and their families in the village had to attend if we wanted to attend a Catholic church, because the Church “discouraged” us from attending the “American” Catholic church nearby that was reserved for “white people” only. The few black Catholics and Puerto Ricans in the village also attended the Assumption Church.
My grandfather Joe donated the statue of St Francis standing in the niche in front. He brought it back with him from Italy when he was rich. After he lost his money in the 1929 crash, my grandmother became deranged and could be found some nights in her underwear lying in front of the statue of the Saint of the Poor, praying for his help with the return of the family’s wealth.
A. 17 Century New York City
1643 – The start of Kieft’s War between Lenape or Wappinger Native Americans and Dutch colonists took place within what would become the five boroughs of New York City. Allied with their trading partners, the powerful Mohawk, the Dutch defeated the Wappinger by 1645. The Mohawk and Dutch killed more than 1500 Wappinger in the two years of the war. This was a devastating toll for the Wappinger, whose population in 1600 was estimated at only 3,000.
1668 – First yellow fever epidemic strikes New York City.
Probably in punishment for what they did to the Wappingers.
B. How the 60s began:
1961 – Chico Marx and Carl Jung die.
Carl Jung’s final words are, “Does Chico yet live?”
POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:
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A recent series of studies by a Brown University political scientist and by others at UCLA has revealed that most issues that conservatives disagreed with Obama about were closely associated with race.
When asked two similar sets of questions regarding a particular issue, one connecting the issue to Obama the other not, the conservative respondents answered negatively to those where Obama was mentioned and positively when he was not.
To test their conclusions, they associated one set of questions with a well known white liberal and the same ones to Obama and the same results ensued. There was no such difference when liberals were given the tests. To further verify the results, the scientists resorted to such things as showing a picture of Obama’s dog to the participants. Those shown just a photograph of the dog received generally positive reactions to questions regarding the dog’s “cuteness.” When informed that the dog was Ted Kennedy’s, the responses were essentially the same. For those told that the dog was Obama’s, the conservatives became overwhelmingly critical about the dog’s looks.
BONUS QUOTE FROM THE PAST:
“The world is a ball of dung and we are the worms that live in it and eat each other. The one who eats all the others wins — but he is still the last living worm in a lump of shit.”
Tad Williams, Shadowrise.
I am not sure this chart tells us anything we did not already know, but I like the graphic. What I do know is that if a real (not corporate) individual did something like this to a corporate (not real) individual he or she may be looking at some serious jail time.
Elmo wishes you all have a good day.
Elmo is considered by some to be a communist [he is red after all] and efforts are underweigh to ban him and Big Bird from appearing at events in some American schools.