Friday, June 23, 2017

                                                    Adage For Today
The ideal society is one that's conservative enough to be orderly and disciplined while liberal enough to be flexible and open-minded.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

                                            Musing For Today
Why is it
...I can find so many intelligent and insightful writers on the internet?
...yet everyone I come into contact with face-to-face are all such closed-minded half-wits?

These folks are mostly the usual variety of current-day humanity:
*ill-mannered, undisciplined, uneducated "trailer-park" inbreds and inner-city "ratchet kings" and "ratchet queens"
*upper-status snobs and "trophy bitches" who behave condescendingly, routinely violate traffic laws driving pricey cars, and eschew anything resembling natural emotions and feelings
*gestapo style authority figures
*rowdy alpha "party animals"
*timid paranoid scaredy-cats
*officious "stasi"-minded citizens
*eternally rambling "motor-mouths" who can never figure out how and when to STFU
...and numerous other manners of clones, drones, gnomes and gremlins one routinely has to deal with when out in public.
                                                   Hierarchy
When I was growing up I was ruled over by two people---one grown male and one grown female.
They called themselves my "parents".

They knew all things.  They were my whole world.
And they had a duty to "protect me from 'danger', exposure to 'bad influences' and all manners of 'indecency'" ...which, apparently, was shorthand for "whatever we approve of is okay to expose you to, but if we don't like something it's also off-limits to you as well".

Years later, when I was finally ready to tell those two "adios" and strike out on my own, I figured I could finally "live the way I want".

I couldn't have been more wrong.
Instead, I found society had already assigned others to take my parents' place and pick up where they left off:
*The government
*The police
*The bosses
*The professional class
*The business owners
*The aggressive Alpha personalities
*The upper echelon status individuals

Song Analysis: In The Wee Small Hours Of Sixpence

An interesting and intriguing song by Procol Harum.  Apparently taking place during medieval times, as is indicated by the references to knights, swords, and armor.

On a deeper level, the ever-metaphorical lyrics seem to address the dilemmas of self-doubt and self-esteem issues as well as trying to keep one's head above water and continue on in light of experiencing extreme humiliation---those disenchanting occasions when one's forced to face the fact that one's "not as smart or clever as they think they are", that one's "not as strong and resilient as they thought", that one's "not as confident as they assumed themselves to be".

Also:
"...Although 'darkness' is no reason.
We are men of sturdy stuff.
Though our swords are old and rusty
and no longer sharp enough"

The song seems to address an inner distress connected with aging, or of situations in which one finds themselves in precarious positions.
Having to deal with the notion of no longer being fully in control of your own life, while still trying to convince yourself otherwise.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

CeleBirthdates

John Fogerty
Turned 72 on May 28th
Paul McCartney
Turns 75 on June 18th 
Carly Simon
Turns 72 on June 25th
Brian Wilson
Turns 75 on June 20th

Song Analysis: A Little You

Not exactly one of the biggest hits for Freddie and the Dreamers---this one didn't even make the top-40 of the national U.S. charts.

It's from late 1965, and by this time leader (and lead singer) Fred Garrity had long since quit "doing the Freddie" and started taking his group in a more conventional direction.

                                      "There's a little 'true' in all the lies you tell.
                                       A little 'good' in all the bad you do ...
                                      Instead of running away, listen to what I say,
                                      All I want is just a little you ..."

People are always so worried about how the other person will judge them should that other person ever find out about some "dark side" or character flaw they may have.  So afraid of rejection, they put up false fronts.

The main character in the song is telling his lover it's okay to simply be her true self, that he's okay with whatever quirks she may have, no matter how profound.  That he's ready to accept her the way she really is.
This is a song about someone making a desperate attempt to reassure another it's safe to just go ahead and "loosen up", that they're open-minded enough to not be taken aback by any idiosyncratic character glitches.
                Who's REALLY "In Charge"? (revisited)
The police, the authorities, and the government can seem very intimidating to a lot of people.
However, let it be known that they're but underlings themselves.
More specifically, the hatchet men for and spokespersons of the favored and privileged of society.

They "protect and serve" the normal "well-adjusted" of their communities---the ones who actually live the "collective narrative" of the race, gender, and social class stereotypes. The ones who think the "right way", whose very existence is one of "commitment to community" and of all manners of obsessive socializing---where it's essential to "have friends and a lover".
The ones who wear the "right style" of clothes, drive the same cars, who buy into the collective consensus regarding beliefs, dogmas, social prejudices, paranoia, and lifestyles.

To the favored of society the police and authorities are their "heroes", their courageous "first responders", always ready and "at their disposal".

And the police and authorities are, themselves, just as sycophantic towards these favored as these favored are towards them.
In fact, the police in particular make it a high priority to always "stay in good with" the favored.  Which makes sense as the best way to ensure continued support and acceptance from one's society is to side with whoever the winners of society are.
Those-in-charge would hardly have anything to gain by gravitating toward the reclusive loners, or the oddballs and freaks, or the outcasts.   Those are the losers of society, its eternal rejects.  Society's "no counts".  The ones who "don't matter".  The ones who exist to incur society's wrath, the ones accused and mistrusted, "in the way", unwanted and offensive.

In fact, one of the main functions of the police and the courts is to keep such misfits "in their place"---to prevent them from attempting to assimilate themselves into the society or community, to never allow such types to be a part of anything.  To keep them eternally "removed".

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The "Climate Change"/"Global Warming" dilemma

As is usually the case with most subjects, there, likewise, seems to be only two antithetical viewpoints allowed when it comes to the controversy surrounding "climate change".  In this case, either one believes it is real and is caused by man-made pollution and the toxic byproducts of such---or one thinks it is a propaganda hoax, and that the concerns are blown out of proportion, and that the earth is simply "going through another one of its 'natural cycles'".

As with most subject matters there seems to be no room for a third view, or for any others beyond.
Frankly, my personal view is that, taking the concept of "cause and effect" into consideration, it's most likely a combination of those factors, and probably even more.

What if, let's say, the main cause of global warming might be something happening within the earth itself?  Maybe a massive build-up of magma within the deep core of the planet itself, eventually bubbling up to the point of producing a humongous global eruption?

However, assembling a group of nonpartisan open-minded scientists who would be willing to conduct a thorough investigation into this matter without being hampered by politics, special interests, and "obligation to" cater to popular dogmas first and foremost, seems quite improbable at present.
Not altogether impossible----just highly unlikely.
            Reasons why The Law Is An Ass (revisited)
I've said it before and I'll say it again ....
The reason "the law is an ass" is simply because, once written and enacted, the law becomes "set in stone".  It becomes a separate entity in its own right, with "a mind of its own".

And, with "a mind of its own", the law only exists to serve itself.  It's stipulations and clinical definitions are its only concerns, its only reason for existing.   That's why laws are so inflexible, unable to accommodate individual circumstances and unusual situations.
Laws only exist for their own sake once enacted and "set in stone".
                  The "Siberian Express" Strikes Again
It's that time of year again.  When the warm weather is once again upon us to stay for awhile.  Even getting hot here and there to boot.

Which also means it's "air conditioning" season as well.
And, as we all well know, the air conditioning units in most commercial and public establishments have only two settings:  OFF and BARROW ALASKA IN MID-JANUARY.

You would think that, being the 21st century, they would have developed better units by now, capable of having more versatile temperature settings, but apparently industries are more focused on advancing digital high-tech gadgets than they are further developing the more ordinary day-to-day basic amenities. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

   Dear Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA):
There's a state law forbidding passengers to play or use audio devices onboard city buses except with headphones or earphones.

Yet lately every time I ride your buses I find myself constantly bombarded by full-volume loudspeaker ads and public-service messages.
Everything from "radio commercials" advertising various online colleges, or online websites that specialize in "booking your next hotel room when on your next vacation", or commercials for ordering specialty t-shirts online, or job offers from DHL shipping services.
...all in addition to the usual public-service fare ("see something, say something").

In short, I'm of the notion that, since you demand that us passengers use headphones when playing our audio devices, it's only fair that your public transit system does the same as well.
It's not fair when I'm riding one of your transit vehicles and it's one of those occasions where I'm lucky enough to not have any loud cell phone yakkers shouting away into their phones and am able to have my own thoughts in peace and quiet for a change, only to have your idiotic ads and messages blare out and interrupt my train of thought in progress.

                  Hey COTA:  Headphones required when using audio devices!
                                                    Adage For Today
                    A topical song is simply a poetic newspaper column set to melody, chords and rhythm

Song Analysis: The Thing

Most people may consider this 1950 novelty hit by Phil Harris as little more than simply "just another nonsense song", easily dismissed as only being "only for laughs".

And, while it may seem absurd to wax poetic a rather giddy "goofball" type number like this, there is a kind of underlying truth to the lyrics, even as cornball as they are.

Namely, the notion that we've all, at some point in time, made a bad decision or followed through on some act or spoken some words that ended up provoking such a strong reaction from others around us we found ourselves being held accountable for it to the point of never being allowed or able to live it down.

Or, maybe, just got a sudden impulse to do something, or made an on-the-spot decision that we realized, too late, would end up being detrimental to us---either financially, or would damage or destroy our reputation, or cause unrest and discord between family members, acquaintances, or close friends.

So, on a deeper level, even a giddy goofy song like this could wind up revealing subconscious truths hidden in the psych of the songwriters themselves.

                  Just for the record: This song was written by Charles Randolph Grean

Sunday, May 14, 2017

                     How many understand the concept of creativity?
In a recent special on the career of The Beatles, when they got to the stage in the group's career when they released their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band album, the statement was made that "many suspect that a lot of the strange lyrics found on that album had a direct link to all the experimentation with drugs the group's members were engaging in at the time".

Of course it could also mean that The Beatles were finally feeling more and more comfortable with their status and the increase in poetic license that came with it.  And were simply taking advantage of an opportunity to exhibit original ideas and concepts they may have otherwise suppressed earlier or with still having an "ordinary" type status.



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                                 The Bets Are On
                    The betting pool is now open
...those of you who can come closest to determining which city in which state (province/territory) in which country the next "active shooter incident" or next "terrorist attack" will occur in wins the Grand Jackpot, which now stands at a total of .....
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
                                                     H  L  Mencken
"...the F.B.I. is in complete turmoil.  You know it, I know it, EVERYBODY knows it ..."

How telepathic of you, Mr. President!
As a matter of fact that's always the first thing on my mind when I get up---even ahead of my "morning piss" and first cup of coffee.

All day long I'm constantly contemplating on "how screwed up our F.B.I. is".
It's not like I could ever have anything else to dwell on .....
...like, say ....personal interests ....hobbies ....tending to personal needs ....dealing with my own personal issues ....

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Song Analysis: Dang Me

This flippantly self-deprecating little ditty by singer/songwriter Roger Miller became an all-around top-40 single hit for him in the summer of 1964.

Literally an anthem of a chronic lack of personal responsibility and obsessive hedonism coupled with a guilty conscience that plagues the main character of the song afterwards---along with his unwillingness to change his ways in spite of his guilty conscience. 
                         Children EVERYWHERE!!!!
Why are there so many people running around with kids and babies?
They're ALL OVER THE PLACE!  Everywhere I go it seems.

Why are all these people so eagerly procreating?
Every place I go there are fuckin' kids all over the place!

Nothing against children personally.  It's just that any time there are children present one always has to be on their p's and q's---"watch your language", never discuss subject matters that are either too intense and involved or too intimate and personal.

And to find an "adult refuge" is such a herculean task anymore as just about any place one goes is "open space"---that is, not discriminating against persons based on race, gender, and AGE.
Even landlords stand to get sued for "discrimination" for offering "adults only" residential units for rent (of course we're talking about the same society where a gay couple can sue a bakery owner for refusing to bake a wedding cake for them because it violates that baker's "Christian beliefs".  Instead of, perhaps, that gay couple simply finding another baker of comparable aptitude with a more liberal attitude to do business with).

Another problem with a "Families rule!" type society is that, with no availability of an environment wherein one can engage in any kind of intelligent adult conversation, everyone winds up adopting a certain degree of "baby talk" into their everyday conversations.
Don't believe me?  Check out Twitter and Facebook.   See what I mean?
                                               Normalcy 101
If you're a sane, average plebeian type you're probably (and rightly so) concerned about how well you fit in with your society and community.
You want assurance that you're not some kind of "weirdo", "freak" or "pervert".
You want to be sure you're among the "eternally alright" and "acceptable".

Well, here are some of the essential traits one must have to be among the normal:

Unbridled overconfidence

Shameless smug self-assurance, self-righteousness, and dominating demeanor

Showing no compunction when it comes to being officiously intruding and invasive when "fixing" situations and "correcting" wayward individuals

Relying on authorities and the police to be your "universal hatchet men" when dealing with anyone who has the audacity to offend or defy you in any way

Assuming your rights, liberties, and entitlements at the expense of others around you

Understanding that you "own" anything you see around you---even when out in public everything still "belongs to you"

Being shamelessly condescending and insulting to those who are obviously "inferior"

Coercing unconditional respect and reverence from others under threat of retaliation

Mindless embracing of popular opinion, dogma, assumptions and prejudices

Forsaking any semblance of individuality to align oneself with a partisan group, movement, cause, faction, or belief system

Worship and obsess over the latest trends and trendy products and latest fashions.  And purchasing and owning the most popular items on the market.

Filling your vocabulary with the current slang and vernacular and then using them religiously in your everyday conversations

Celebrity worship and idolatry is a must, as being normal means having no life, no character, or a mind of your own.  So living vicariously through someone famous is a way of "establishing roots" for you

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Every normal man must, at times, be tempted to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats
                                                            H  L  Mencken
Okay, folks, it's time for "Common Sense 101" and "Occam's Razor 101" ...

When operating a commercial lawn care service one expects professional procedures to be followed and professional methods to be used.
Especially if one provides such services to various businesses, residential properties, or public institutions.

However ...
I routinely see riding mowers being operated without bags on the side of their frames to catch the grass that flies off to the edge when cut.
Instead, the cut grass shoots out onto the sidewalks and into the faces of anyone who happens to be walking or bicycling by.

I swear ...
this world has some of the most clueless creatures in existence.
                                               Adage For Today
                    Manufacturers, bureaucratic government employees, lawmakers ...
                         ...between the three groups I still can't figure out who's the dumbest
                                         In Just 4 Weeks ...
...the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band .

It's important for a certain James Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey to still be around for the grand celebration.

And then, in mid-June and early July, both have another birthdate to celebrate as well.

Afterwards they can then become another "casualty of 2017" if fate so warrants it.
But not before.

Monday, May 1, 2017

                            The iPhone and on-line coup d 'etat continues
We're in the midst of an ongoing "on-line shopping" era.

It's already no trade secret that iPhones are ultra-omnipresent and worshipped by most as being "the ultimate panacea" in performing all life functions (minus eating, drinking, sleeping, shitting and pissing.  Although I'm sure the "tech wiz" crowd are working on bridging that gap as well).

It's invaded the realm of shopping and consumerism.  Folks are now even purchasing groceries, clothing, and ordering from restaurants on-line (does UPS or FedEx deliver Big Macs now?)

Personally I've never relished the idea of ordering things by mail, phone, or on-line.  When I make a purchase I want the item in my hand when I pay for it so I can take it home and have done with the acquisition of said item and move on with other things.
Ordering my purchases exteriorly involves waiting for the item to arrive afterwards, depending on the competence of the delivery service, and having to be present when the delivery is made.

The fact that companies and businesses these days are so ambiguous about their time frames only adds to my anxiety when doing business with them in this manner (my experiences with AT&T and the cable companies cemented that).
I picture someone calling their boss and explaining "I can't come in to work for the next week or two.  You see, I just bought a pair of shoes and now I'm waiting on them.  And I need to be home when FedEx delivers them to me".  And the boss says "Okay, but I'll need to see the receipt when you do come back--so I'll know you're not just 'making excuses' to 'take time off'".

And, like most other trends, society's intent on forcing this one on the rest of us as well---whether we want it or not.

CeleDeaths 2017

Jerome ("J.") Geils, guitarist and leader of "self-titled" band

Cuba Gooding, who joined The Main Ingredient in late 1971 to replace original lead singer Donald McPherson (who died earlier that year)

CeleBirthdates

Willie Nelson
Turned 84 yesterday
Born on April 30 1933 in Ft. Worth

Judy Collins
Turns 78 today 
Born May 1 1939 in Seattle

Bob Seger
Turns 72 on Saturday
Born May 6 1945 in Dearborn Michigan

Frankie Valli
Turns 83 on Wednesday
Born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio on May 3 1934 in Newark New Jersey

Billy Joel
Turns 68 a week from tomorrow
Born William Martin Joel in The Bronx, New York City on May 9 1949






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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

                                              Earth is not unique
So NASA scientists have discovered water on one of Saturn's moons.  And now they're speculating there "just might possibly be some form of life outside of earth".

Of course it could also mean that the earth is simply an integral part of the cosmos.  Which means the earth is but one of many "off-springs" of a "parental" universe, as is the solar system or the galaxy it's part of.

And that, since the earth is also a product of a greater universe, a lot of the elements found on this planet have universal origins.  So, naturally, it stands to reason that, if we have opportunity to explore far enough and long enough, scientists will invariably start finding a lot of "earthly" elements on celestial bodies.  But it doesn't necessarily indicate "potential life forms".

Sure, I believe somewhere in the universe other life forms exist.  But, much like in this galaxy, it'll be in the form of select planets in favorable positions in their given solar systems to produce the intricate type of life forms found on this planet.

I believe that because I think the universe is rigged and structured by intelligent forces unknown.  Who hold the concept of patterns and cosmic protocol to highest esteem.
Hence, earth, our solar system, and our galaxies are bound by the same formats and similar physical laws.  They're not unique, but "one among many of their kind".

Just what these "intelligent forces" are one will never know.  But they're greater than anything the limited concepts of any religion could (or would) ever perceive.

Of course I don't abide the likes of Creationism any more than I ever would any of the Evolution theories.
I think humans and their civilizations and governments have always existed for millenniums, and that humans have always looked and behaved the same way as well.
And that governments have always been pretty much the same as they are now:  despotic republics.  And, much like the present age, each one with their own false fronts.
                                               The real prejudice
In a perfect world everybody goes to the same training camp or gets mentored by those with years of experience in the given field.
That way employers can choose between candidates of equal stature, their main priority being whose personality or demeanor are most preferable to them.

But in the real world there are profound discrepancies in the educational opportunities afforded the children of the different races and social classes.

While the upper echelon offspring are given opportunities for a first-rate comprehensive learning experience, the lower tier offspring are only offered neglected. dilapidated and forsaken public institutions as their token "quota-satisfying" learning centers.

This results in a minority and low-income class who lack all the adequate and essential knowledge needed to break into a lot of industries, businesses, and occupations knowing what they need to know in order to function well enough within these institutions.
And all the "affirmative action" decrees are not enough to alleviate this dilemma if said groups are not afforded the same backgrounds as the more privileged ones.

Employers who either don't want to hire certain minority or low-class applicants, or who lay off a lot of minority or low-class employees after a brief employment---due to their having been found to be unqualified or under-qualified, are not the real bigots.
The real prejudice is the disparity between the educational opportunities offered to the different social classes.
The way it's rigged to keep those from one side of the tracks "lesser" than those from the other side.

CeleBirthdate: Barbra Streisand

Born Barbara Joan Streisand on April 24 1942 in Brooklyn.
She turned 75 yesterday.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Every normal man must, at times, be tempted to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats
                                           H    L    Mencken
Essentially, taking offense or being offensive is really not that much of a big deal.
Everything can't be to the liking of any one person, nor can the actions of everyone around us be to our liking.

The problem I have is that the world deems it such an immoral act to "offend another".  It's like the ultimate "sacred cow" to "never offend anyone".
As for those who would ever "butcher the sacred cow", they deserve nothing less than whatever revenge their society deems fit as retaliation for such a grave infraction.
The other guy is always more important than you are.   Their lives matter and yours don't.  Those in authority will always stand behind those who make even the slightest complaint against you (like the "good little 'community hatchet men'" they are).
Why those who file complaints against you also have so much authority and prestige of their own as well, who knows.....
Do they suddenly become "deputized" the minute someone does or says anything they find "offensive"?

Seriously, "being offended" is purely subjective.   It just means someone or something "rubbed you the wrong way" somehow.
It's just a personal reaction to words or deeds that either made you uncomfortable or that you think are inappropriate or destructive to the context in which said words are uttered or said deeds are done.
It's strictly a matter of one's personal perspective, priorities and prejudices more than anything.
It's not the kind of thing that should ever be subject to rule-of-law.

I actually think when a lot of people say something "offended" them, whatever they're talking about probably didn't really bother them that much.  They're simply tyrannical "power-and-control" junkies, exploiting social mores and popular prejudices for the purpose of damaging or destroying someone they feel some sort of animosity toward.
Every normal man must, at times, be tempted to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats
                                                                                                             H  L  Mencken
Just what is this fixation the world seems to have with "changing things" constantly?

Even if things are running smoothly and on cue and everything's working out just fine somebody will get the notion to change the rules, or rearrange the system, or tag on more procedures or more requirements.

Is the idea simply to throw off the personal ecosystem of another, to throw them into a state of total confusion and psycho-disarray?

Is it just another "power trip" on the part of whoever's in charge?
                           The demise of the "private citizen"
These days everyone is committed to some "cause", or have some personal affiliation with a select ideological or political group.

They're "a part of something" and identify themselves with whatever political belief, social causes, or idealistic demographic elements that comprise their "belief system" which they have committed themselves to.
There are so many folks running marathons, marching in the streets, or pitching another "cause", trying to be saviors or crusaders.

I hardly see people ever actually represent themselves.  There doesn't seem anything really intimate about most people.  They seem to be whatever their ancestry, social class, gender or domestic and social background "requires" their persona to be.  And it seems to be what they're "all about" as well.

It's like the average person is more of an "artificial intelligence" than a living, breathing, and FEELING individual.

Would the world be better off if each person minded their own business, just took care of their own life and issues, and stayed within their own boundaries?  Quit having to be "so involved with" society and problems that don't directly concern them?
Just stay home and enjoy their own interests and bobies and tend to their own responsibilities?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Communication
is a two-way street.

If you're transmitting, even at full power, and the receivers can't tune in to the frequency you're broadcasting on, your message is still not going to reach anyone.

If the other person doesn't want to understand what you're trying to say you can shout it in their face at the top of your lungs, every word-for-word explicitly, and all that other person will do is simply "take offense" at your shouting in their face so loud, or accuse you of being hostile and "threatening".

When others misunderstand you it's not always your fault, or because of any lack of effort on your part to get your message across to them.

The problem with it always being "up to you" to get a message across to someone else is that you become too dependent on the other guy's willingness to hear you out and accurately interpret whatever it is you tell them.
                                          The Pop Music Divide
You know how obsessed societies are about the concept of "multiculturalism"?
Wanting to bring together the most irrelevant elements into the same space?

Isn't it ironic that, in contrast, popular music, which at one time used to routinely comprise various elements from diverse sources, would wind up being one area to become so divisive within itself by forming numerous subcategories within each genre?

I grew up in the '60s, when rock n'roll and pop music was still normal, when it was the "catchiest" songs that got promoted on the radio, regardless of style or ethnic origins.

In the '70s is when it started to divide itself: at first into the "progressive/album rock" and "soft rock/singer-songwriter" subgenres.
Less than a decade later there would also be disco, punk rock, and "new wave".

I've since long gotten used to this "divide".
And, also, a lot of the performers in these subgenres had a few "token top-40 singles" of their own, making it easy to merge their signature songs alongside those of the more "mainstream" style performers.
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats
Any great words of wisdom ever spoken by the likes of Ronald Reagan or Art Bell can most likely be attributed to Mark Twain, Will Rogers, or the legendary writer/editor Henry Louis Mencken.

That said, let me ask you a question:
If a medical clinic makes an appointment for you with a designated provider months in advance, does it make any sense for their office to call you on the eve of the appointment date and leave a message on your VoiceMail telling you that you need to call their office back to let them know whether or not you want to confirm the appointment or cancel it?

I mean, what happens if you don't call them back?  Do they just take it upon themselves to up and cancel your appointment?

Why should they be putting that onus on you, instead of simply reminding you of your upcoming appointment?

As someone who relies on VoiceMail religiously, one thing I really detest to the hilt are the "Call me back!" messages.
It's recording whatever you say already!  You can say what you need to say while it's recording and I'll be able to hear it later on when I play it back!
That's why God created VoiceMail!  
So that the recipient doesn't have to be present when the call is made because he/she can STILL get the message later!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Heaven forbid any society should ever allow itself to fall into any kind of anarchy.

With "no-one in charge" we'd have only the most aggressive/predatory along with all the "pretty people" taking over everything.

Therefore, we need a "rule of law" environment to ensure a more even social climate.  A certain degree of "necessary tyranny" is paramount to creating a reasonably structured social climate.

What's tragic is when the "rule of law" becomes corrupt and starts leaning towards the most favored, popular dogmas, and common prejudices.
When that happens then even the "rule of law" becomes indistinguishable from anarchy.



                            The above is my Musing For Today

Song Analysis: The Big Battle

One of the underappreciated songs by the legendary Johnny Cash, this one from 1962.

This song makes the point of emphasizing that the biggest part of any battle or conflict is the aftermath itself.
The after-affects and consequences that have to be dealt with when the main conflicts are finally over are battles in and of themselves.

Not just damage assessments, but also the psychological effects on loved ones that linger on for the remainder of their lives.  The  grief and trauma of losing a beloved husband, brother, or son.

Although the effects on the surviving ex-soldiers don't get overtly mentioned in the lyrics, "the part that has blackened the sun" might collectively encompass that aspect figuratively.

Remember, this was 1962, and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome was not yet acknowledged, let alone regarded a clinical diagnosis, at this point in time.
However, it was still instinctively and subconsciously sensed by those who experienced intense traumatic situations---sometimes referred to as "shell shock".

Song Analysis: Lonely Island

An underappreciated early Sam Cooke classic (1958), this song describes MY "love life" to a tee.

You feel "removed" and relegated to the position of "just being an observer" while everyone else around you gets to "live life to its fullest".

Another song in this category is O' FALLING STAR by The Four Knights (out of 1956)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Song Analysis: Riki Tiki Tavi

This tongue-in-cheek song by Donovan, from the summer of 1970, essentially stresses the importance of one figuring out how to attain as much self-reliance as is possible for one to attain
...the notion being that a lot of the facilities people routinely depend upon are not sufficient or reliable enough to adequately meet one's needs.

The government agencies, the businesses and industries, the public and corporate services, the charities, the churches, the hospitals
...are, more often than not, plagued by incompetence, corruption, or their systems are too inadequate to always be effective enough.

With brief reference to elements of Kipling's THE JUNGLE BOOK as metaphors, this song stresses the need for self-sufficiency, alongside having self-knowledge to go along with it.





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                                    Burned-out on blogging?
Is it just my imagination, or are a lot of bloggers becoming more and more lax, posting less and less frequently?

Maybe everyone's run out of things to say.
That anything of significance worth pointing out has already "been said and done" dozens of times already.  Either "by now you get it or you don't".  That there is, for the most part, "no more to say".

Anymore most of the cerebral blog sites one comes across seem to be focusing on political dystopia and the eternally ongoing "Hatfields vs. McCoys" type relationships between the different races, nationalities, political partisan factions, and men and women.

I'm hoping "the art of blogging" doesn't end up "burning out" on itself.
All my life I've heard "You can't say that on the radio" and "You can't do that on television".
The censors always ruled when it came to the written, spoken, or staged.

Now there's a vague threat of that same thing happening to the Internet.
The internet has long been the refuge of those who seek unbridled and unrestrained self-expression of their deeper passions, attitudes, prejudices, and revelations of things most consider delusional, improper and inappropriate, or not in line with common beliefs and assumptions.
Unlike television, radio or magazines the internet always had this subtle "anything goes" demeanor about itself.

But a dark threat is looming around the corner.  That the time will finally come when everyone will say "You can't post that on the internet".
When the censors will finally also take over cyberspace and the internet will become like everything else in society:
*Puritanical
*Pigeonholing
*Another bastion of "correct thinking and behaving", where anything eccentric or unorthodox is looked upon as being "inappropriate" or "offensive"
*Another area dominated by the most popular and most privileged and influential
*Hidebound and over-regulated by anal-minded laws




               The above is my Musing For Today

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Song Analysis: Child Of Clay

I think this was the final single hit for pop singer  Jimmie Rodgers, released on the A&M label in late 1967.

This song summarizes the life of a man who had the bad luck of being the offspring of an immature and irresponsible couple who were always so caught up in their own personal issues they had no time to pay attention to their own son.  And who were so unworldly themselves there wasn't much they could have taught him anyway.

When he needed answers to the deeper and more personal and spiritual longings and questions in life there was nowhere for him to turn.

Desperate for some kind of enlightenment he sought knowledge from those around him.  But, growing up in a roughneck low-income environment, most encounters he had were with those who either were totally unenlightened or who were conspiring and full of ulterior motives.  Superficial and malicious types.  And who took advantage of his naivety to either mess with him or misguide him.   Those who couldn't care less about the more meaningful aspects of life.  They're in it just to "play games with each other and with other people's lives".

The influences on him growing up in this type of social climate eventually culminates in a cynical "What's the use?" demeanor that jades his own personality and character, resulting in his just being another "loser" and quintessential "no count" who winds up "never amounting to anything in life".

The song's implication being that most people, at birth, have some kind of potential.  But that, unless essential elements are in place for proper development, such potential can end up lost and go eternally unrecognized.

Song Analysis: Angie Baby

The metaphysical meets bubblegum meets soft pop/adult contemporary in this 1974 top-ten hit by Helen Reddy.

It's a brief tale of an extremely socially withdrawn adolescent girl who's obsessed with top-40 radio and songs who can't seem to positively connect to the outside world or with most in it ("autism spectrum" syndrome?)

In her mind she fantasizes having a secret lover with whom she can share her "top-40" utopia with.

But there's another character in the song:  A sexually deviant neighborhood boy who's been "eyeing" Angie for some time.
Cunningly he comes around when her parents are out and about, and, taking advantage of her loneliness and naivety, offers to "show her a good time", with totally ulterior motives all the way.

However, it seems Angie has a few "desires" of her own, and magical powers that far supersede any physical strengths that neighborhood boy may have.
The music from her radio paralyzes and hypnotizes him and, then, when she turns the volume down on her radio he gets socked into her little transistor.  This would-be sex offender winds up getting "owned" by a girl he's been stalking.
He, instead, ends up being Angie's "secret boyfriend", a guarantee her own lustful desires and pleasures will always be met anytime she feels the urge.

And, apparently, the boy more than gets what he was after as well.
And the searching party never turns up a trace of him, eventually giving him up for "dead".

Song Analysis: My Mind's Eye

The late 1960s saw the British Invasion merging with the emerging Psychedelic styles:   The Yardbirds;  The Spencer Davis Group;  The Status Quo;  Cream;  The Move;  The Moody Blues;  early Pink Floyd;  Procol Harum;  the latter-day Beatles (Revolver/Sgt. Pepper's and beyond) ...
...The Small Faces as well.

Essentially, this song by The Small Faces is an anthem of spiritual self-discovery.  Of cerebral revelations and enlightenment.  Of a greater awareness of the nuances and essences of life itself.  Only to be found within oneself and one's connection to all things eternal.

And of the new-found inability of someone who's experienced such to relate to all the "average" people around them, or to continue relationships with friends, family, lovers and acquaintances.
Suddenly everything about oneself is too deep for most anyone else to be able to relate to.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

                               The numbers DO add up
Some of you may or may not remember bits and pieces of the "new math" being taught to 7th and 8th graders in public schools in the late '60s.

Like:
14+-20.   It equals -6.

But ... does anything less than 0 exist?

Actually, YES!
Let's say you have $150.  You purchase an item for $210.    150+-210=-60.
That's the amount you're in debt to your purchase:  $60.
Then you come by an extra $100.   Are you $100 ahead?
-60+100.   NO!   You're ahead by $40 (or +40).

It's kind of an abstract twist on the "basic arithmetic" you learned in grade school.
And one that makes perfect sense in this day and age of credit cards and on-line shopping.




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Song Analysis: Songbird

Not the 1987 instrumental hit by Kenny G.
The 1978 vocal hit by Barbra Streisand.

This song focuses on a woman who's a healer of sorts.  When someone's in distress or broken in spirit she's called upon to sing her special song, which seems to have a metaphysical effect of calming that person down and restoring their strength, faith, and emotional stamina.

However, when she's the one who needs restoring and reassurance she finds herself all alone with no-one there to help, assist, or guide her.
She ends up having to completely carry her own weight.  The "wizard" can't seem to work the same "magic" on herself with that "special song" of hers.