Archive for May, 2018

i rather liked the roseanne show and am sorry to see it go…

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

I heard about this app, created by a teenager to combat “online bullying”, inspired by current brain science on how teenagers make bad or too immediate decisions — there’s a delay in accessing consequences.  The effect of the app is simply a delay and a question of “Are you sure you want to post this?” that gives the person on social media a chance not to post something.

Roseanne Barr would have benefited by such.  Or maybe she wouldn’t have.  She was, by her claim, under the influence of Ambien — and cue the makers of Ambien crying foul — and to be sure it may be the case … would she be drowsy or aggressive or both?

I’m a bit puzzled by some things — this 2012 Presidential candidate of the Peace and Justice Party, Cindy Sheehan her running mate.  (Failed utterly in her attempt to get the Green Party nomination, something on the level of Mike Grave’s failure in getting the Democratic nomination — and with her bid for vice president slot immediately similarly rebuffed) —

OK.  Looking over history:  I know what, say, would prompt Jimmy the Greek — it’s an attempted pop anthropology or sociology, botched perhaps but with a line of logic in it.  Actually, ironically I’ve heard the basics of the racial and slavery angle thrown out in criticism of the “economic system of college football and how ingrained it is in the South, with historical precedent”.  Rush Limbaugh’s statement on McNabb makes some sense, (sure, you’d have to buy McNabb as overrated — and maybe even uniquely/ exceptionally overrated — and ameliorate the racial resentment implied).  And oddly enough, in the following year we’d there was a black sports writer with a bizarre column calling McNabb out for betraying his black qb credentials as quarterback for shifting his playing style.  Mike Richards was throwing out the most offensive thing he could think to say in frustration at his heckler.  Mel Gibson was drunk.

Explainable, if not excusable.  Or maybe partially excusable, if not fully.

And to be sure, I don’t know what Beth Ditto was doing… though, strangely I’ve read and seen interviews and reviews of her from publications that would care about the matter that don’t even mention her anti-gay tirade… which, given the audience for folk music and “I always assumed she was a Lesbian” sentiments strikes one as career suicide… though, maybe she’s just niche enough that it doesn’t matter?

Roseanne Bar puzzles me.  I suppose I could divy up her moving to looks as “been thrown at me all my life, made it part of my comedy routine” fair game, even if… bluntly the insult doesn’t make any sense (as her response that — hey!  Muslims not a race!  What the physical features implied by her would then be, dunno…)– but … why, in Roseanne Barr’s ambien or not ambien filled mind on the person of Valerie Jarret?  How is she a contemporary Trump era person of mass public rage for the small segment of Trump supporting former Peace and Justice Party presidential candidates when she isn’t much on anyone else’s radar screen right this minute?

OK… lost in the mainstream news reports… Barr came to Jarrett from … a wikileaks document dump by Julian Assange, retweeted to Barr from the site of “SGT Report”, after hacking away at Chelsea Clinton by suggesting she married a Soros…

News details you need to know?  Dunno.

when the two top news stories of interest collide

Monday, May 21st, 2018

The news show is broken into two halves.  On the right side, the correspondents — two women — from Windsor, up about the royal wedding.  They abruptly segue, with quick facial expression shift to announce the move to the correspondent on the left screen — live from Santa Fe, Texas — where apparently the one grim faced (and “gravitas” filled) man had just flown in and is standing there before the school.

I suppose if we flip the order of news coverage, whoever is standing in Texas wouldn’t have to wipe the face off and segue abruptly to a move to the chatty grinning for whoever is out in Windsor.


Friday, May 18th, 2018

Notable in the aftermath of day’s school shooting in Texas… the argument that after a 1996 incident Australia (and under the conservative John Howard Administration) enacted strict gun control law, and after that mass shootings ceased… becomes moot in en toto terms and asterisked in broad statistical terms… due to events in Australia a week ago.

gauging Tom Wolfe’s legacy

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

11,600 google news results for Tom Wolfe and “Kool Aid”.  248,000 for Tom Wolfe and “Right Stuff”.  12,900 for Tom Wolfe and “Radical Chic”.

Strangely, “Acid Test” brings in 11,300.

I do see obituaries whose headline notes him as the author of “Electric Kool Aid Acid Test”, though — as you would expect from the search results here, the headlines highlighting “Right Stuff” are picked up by more sources.

You’ve been warned

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Interesting to note.  Like assembling a new Beatles song out of old recordings, I suppose… John F Kennedy’s speech warning about the coming era of Trump (oh, if your partisanship fits that screed, you can read it that way), to be delivered right after he was shot in Dallas… now… delivered, out of old components of speeches.

The effect is powerful, if not perfect. At its best, Kennedy is clearly doing the talking; hearing him complete his mission for that day has moved many listeners to tears. At its worst, a robotic inflection on some phrases makes it sound like JFK inhabits an automated voice mail system.

Or, like South Park disassembling old episodes of Jerome “Chef” McElroy, when killing him off because of Issac Hayes’s dispute with the show over Scientology.  Which is pretty much how Kennedy is being automated here, right?  Just gotta find the right inflection of when Kennedy said the word “of” and “the”, or … autotone it, I guess.

And how is this being set up in the conspiratorial land of Trump?  Wait for it.

They’re about to fake a sex tape with Stormy Daniels!

Or, the They of the Deep State Industrial Complex New World Order can find tape of Stormy Daniels engaged in sex (is that available anywhere?) and merge it with the same of Donald Trump (I think the Ruskies may have some).


“twittering” through history

Thursday, May 10th, 2018
Surveying the diaries of an ancestral relative.  A frequent lament of the current era of social media has it that people drop in with banalities — oh, the lunch you are right now eating.  I am reminded of that here, and have a sense that maybe when later ages excavate such tweets, it won’t be anything new.
Curious to see if she had any observations on the events of the big days, I flip about …
Sun Dec 7,1941
Mass.  9:30.  Jane came and took us to their house for dinner.  We took Aunt Ceal to the car and came home after some grocery shopping.  Japan started war on U.S.  Lovely weather.
I don’t think the war is mentioned again, but I suppose I should check in on VE and VJ days.  Surely she would have taken note of the atomic bomb, but my best guess is … it wasn’t important enough for this.