Archive | August, 2017

If Damned we are Then Damned we be

16 Aug

My country ‘tis of thee                        

 ‘fore sliding low in infamy. 

Sing not for her with patriot glee

 she now lacks such quality.

 

One grand nation untimely rift

 shown abroad as meanly split. 

 From that chasm comes a whift

 of loathsome and unseemly grift.

 

A people unhinged seek out a faction

that heeds a more chaotic fraction.

Bountiful whole once clasped for traction

we’re shunning now as poor attraction.

                                      

At early morn this does unfold

that fragile center will not hold.

The shrill voice of every scold

seeks approbation to withhold.

 

We fail to see what others espy

writ bold then told with every lie.

The sin lies elsewhere we oft decry

when found in us we lamely sigh.

.

Concealing fear that has us in hand

we trembling take one final stand.

There we dissemble and there we cant

to stave off some judgmental rant.

 

We go about with face so brave

masking well we courage crave.

But if caught out we rant we rave

and dismiss all with scornful wave.

 

For it is my country that you see

steeped in dauntless history.

If damned we are then damned we be

but proud as hell from sea to sea.

 

Should we flounder should we fail

none can say we did weakly quail.

Alas tho’ soldiering manly toward the grail

our long search for wisdom did not prevail.

 

near end

 

Sage words outflowed the page when victors’ prose

told how and why the better standard justly rose.

The globe was wrapt with our colors round ‘til when

mad red splat others’ blood on white and blue. Amen.

 

 The world aghast did gape dumfound as we leaked out energy

in battles lost the cost unpaid as if no great emergency.

Our final end came slower on then any seer knew to say

still when it came the pundits cried ’we knew it was today’.  

                                               

end

 

 

 

Americans Cannot do Equations

13 Aug

After 200 years of public education and a higher education system with gross revenues now rivaling Amazon or Ali Baba, Americans have yet to master simple equations.

For example:

20 to 26,000 Iraqi military personnel and 100,000  civilians killed

plus                                     +

92 per cent of electric power stations + 80 percent of petrochemical complexes, + 135 telephone networks + 100 bridges  +  roads, highways, railroads, hundreds of locomotives and boxcars full of goods, radio and television broadcasting stations, cement plants, and factories producing aluminum, textiles, electric cables, and medical supplies destroyed..

plus                                            +

Permanent military presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia after the 1st Gulf War was one of the stated motivations behind the 11 September attacks.

 

Equals    =

 

2996 deaths + 7 buildings destroyed or damaged in NYC, 1 in DC. + 4 airliners destroyed

DOES NOT COMPUTE

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Another Example:

 

2996 deaths + 7 buildings destroyed or damaged in NYC, 1 in DC. + 4 airliners  destroyed.

Equals     =

1,033,000  violent deaths from the conflict in the 2nd Gulf War.

Plus                                        +

Cost to the US of $3 trillion to $6 trillion, including interest rates, by 2053. The upper ranges of these estimates include long-term veteran’s costs and economic impacts.

Plus                                        +

Over 100 million Iraquis displaced.

Plus                                   +

al-Qaida established in Iraq. ISIS everywhere.

Plus                                   +

U.S provides political, military and logistic support to the opposition as well as rebel groups in Syria throughout the Civil War.

*DOES NOT COMPUTE

(All statistics from Wikipedia)

What’s wrong with these equations? How could people fail this simple math? Time to rethink our conclusions.

 

A Doomer Crank Tale

6 Aug

Two amazing events occurred at almost the same time and radically changed the future for humankind.  In and around the Fertile Crescent  in Western Asia and other equally promising edens, agriculture was developed . In the eastern steppes and the southern deserts animal husbandry was perfected.  These two events introduced food surplus into the lives of humans for the first time.

With this surplus (none dared call it capital) an element of control of future events came within the grasp of humans. No longer totally subject to the vagaries of the hunt or caprices of nature, these Late Bronze age stalwarts yearned to leap forward after a million years of restraint. Great possibilities were presented them for trade, for travel, for smiting and smoting of rivals and nothing could hold them back

Nothing, that is, except human biology of the female kind.  The distaff  members were  proud of accomplishing,  mainly through their efforts, the bountiful crops that filled the newly built granaries that had sprung up all about them.  They noticed a tendency for males to be impatient now of needs that are mammalian in nature and part of reality.  The high flying gents were annoyed that the ladies still had a certain something that kept the guys from lording it over them and all of creation.  Why, oh why, must we go to them for our needs and let them make decisions.

So a relationship that had been fair and equal between the sexes since they labored together to evolve in the wilderness and then learn to build permanent settlements was compromised.  Males were to be lord and master and females lesser.  The species long equal partnership was thereby dissolved and females were to become chattel.  The battle was on and the outcome soon settled and the gender relationship remains to this day  a Stockholm Syndrome in which a captive, in time, comes to be fond of and even love her captor.

The fundamental natural relationship which exists between the sexes in all of animal life is now missing in action in humankind. The balance, harmony and respect of gender differences  is gone from us. From that fateful time until now, through these thousands of years of human existence, all major decisions affecting humankind, including life and death matters, are decided by males. Even the simple courtesy of inclusion of females for the appearance of equality is not deemed necessary.  The notion of changing this imbalance rarely reaches the level of serious discussion in male circles of influence. So…

 The tale ends here.

{Narrative to be resumed when the species, by default, nears extinction.}