Sunday, November 27, 2016

                   I don't really care that much about moral issues myself

...I usually find most concerns about morality to be subjective, actually.

Like:  If someone smacks me upside the head everyone is "You must have really said something awful to offend him.  Or, maybe, did something awful to him.  You have to be careful you know.  Always try to be aware of other people's feelings and sensitivities".

But, if I get outraged at something someone says or does and I smack that person upside the head, everyone is "God!!! Did you see THAT? He assaulted that guy!  Someone call the police.  This guy's dangerous!! He's displaying 'violent tendencies'!!  A psychopath!!"
              Studies on alcohol consumption and stroke risk
          Two alcoholic beverages per day:  8% decrease in stroke risk
       Three or more alcoholic beverages per day:  14% increase in stroke risks

                  "Hold it!  I already had two beers.  If I have another one now I'm done for.
                    I'll just have to wait until tomorrow night to have my next one."

Song Analysis: First Of May

If one listens closely to the lyrics of this song one notices the song addresses a long-standing romance between the main character in the song and his one-and-only lover which apparently started in their early childhood.

And I don't mean their young teen years.  More like, maybe, grade school.  Or even before.

That's what makes this song so unique.
Most songs about either "young love" or about romances that start early address "teenage romance".  It's a common belief one doesn't start dwelling on romantic fare or have desires for the opposite sex until "the hormones start kicking in" during periods of particular physical changes and developments.  But most of human desires are as much emotional and psychological as they are about hormones.

This is what gives FIRST OF MAY a degree of credibility and believability.  I can remember, myself, having feelings and urges for attractive girls as far back as first grade.

But popular social prejudices (coupled with a kind of collective amnesia) always dictate that "suddenly, overnight, one's mind suddenly turns to matters of romance and sexuality upon entering adolescence".
And that prior to adolescence one's mind is focused on just the "basics" of the-existential-in-general.

It's good that a song exists that addresses a prepubescent romance, especially one that winds up lasting into and through adulthood.

      (Side note:  Some of those early hits of the Bee Gees were a bit quirky and eccentric)

Friday, November 25, 2016

                         Adage For Today
     You can guess what another might be guilty of by whatever it is they're accusing you of.

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                     Is Donald Trump simply a pawn?
I think the U.S. government is about to embark on making a number of radical changes.  The kind of changes that'll affect the lives of a substantial number of its citizens.  And not in a good way.  The kind that can create a lot of collective unrest.

Perhaps ...changes affecting social security? Or ...Medicare?  Medicaid?  Private property rights?  The rights of the disabled?  Regulations on business, industry, the medical professions and government agencies?

Maybe the reason the U.S. government wants a Republican in the White House at this point in time is so when these changes are implemented they have a convenient scapegoat for the average person to pin all the coming atrocities on.

It's no trade secret the Democrats are stereotyped as the party of compassion and concern for the disadvantaged and fringe members of society, and crusaders of the Constitutional rights of the average person.
While Republicans are stereotyped as being more hard-nosed, insensitive, catering to the whims of the financial and business interests, favoring laws and law enforcement over personal rights.

And, since so many adhere to their partisan beliefs so religiously, having these radical changes correspond with the advent of a Republican administration (especially one following a Democratic administration) makes for a perfect red herring, one that obscures the fact that the U.S. already has its agendas mapped out by whatever secret organizations and factions actually control its governmental systems.
Recently read about the passing of guitarist/composer/bandleader Al Caiola (he was 96).

I always liked following up his 1961 instrumental hit THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN with Arthur Conley's 1967 hit SWEET SOUL MUSIC.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

                                                 Musing For Today
Are people still "dumpster diving" in this day and age?

I know it was "fashionable" among the homeless sector during the 1980s  (I also remember it was during the 1980s when the term "homeless" was coined to refer to the winos, vagrants, destitute and those who no longer have a place of residence and now have to "join the ranks of" those other three types).

I knew some guys who would dumpster-dive a McDonald's after closing time to recap assorted "surplus" unsold Big Macs and pies to chow down on later on when they returned to their "unofficial" hang-out.
I took a bite out of one of those Big Macs and spit it right out immediately.  Too rank.  Plus, I know not to eat cooked food that's been sitting out in the open for more than a couple of hours (especially meat).  About the risk of botulism that one learns about in Biology class and from working in restaurants.

There seems to be this tendency among people who are despondent and desperate to look for gold and treasures in landfills and sewers as a sort of "last resort".