The Future Of American Democracy: Part One of Two – Everything Is Possible, Nothing Is Predictable, And “Bad” Is Very Probable
WORDS: 2,050 — “The world isn’t run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money. It’s run by little ones and zeroes, little bits of data. It’s all just electrons.” – “There’s a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it’s not about who’s got the most bullets. It’s about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think… it’s all about the information!” – Ben Kingsley as “Cosmo” in Sneakers (1992)
WORDS: 1,468 — It seems in a world completely littered with.. well, littered with bullshit… there seems to be a significant absence of people with anything related to having a sense of vision anymore. In a way this relates a bit to our loss in recognizing real life heroes among us. Collectively we want to believe such people exist.. badly in fact… because there are so many crisis, fears, terror, and suspicions, we want to be saved from… even if only depicted inside the escapism of TV and movies (and even from my post on the last James Bond movie… fictional heroes don’t last forever). Are visionaries, people who can predict or even just suggest a brighter future, a thing of the past?
WORDS: 2,211 — “If you don’t use it then what do you know, old man?” That certainly seems to make sense (the “old man” part). The problem there is that while I have no interest in entering the Facebook world, the Facebook world has definitely had an interest in entering MY world. Given that, I suppose I am qualified to have some opinions (which in turn will never be shared on Facebook).
WORDS: 2,069 — Hope for the best, expect the worst, and prepare the best way you can. The next two years are going to certainly be different. We aren’t even out of the pandemic yet. The good news? The economy is coming back! Could that change things regarding our national trajectory?
WORDS: 2,299 — I’m reminded of the Kenny Rogers & The First Edition song of 1970… “Feel it.. feel it.. fire… fire… somethings burning…”, except in this case it’s nothing to do with love. Yeah, there’s something burning in this country alright. It’s a fuse having been lit and the flame is heading toward a real “Mission: Impossible”. Am I being simply an alarmist? To be sure I am echoing a “red alert” that’s increasing in the land regarding a threat to the Republic.
WORDS: 1,283 — It’s easy to see life as being some sort of normal when we can go to the local grocery store and see everything we need filling the shelves. Don’t take that for granted one bit. Any number of things can affect the distribution network, globally and domestically. Container ships languishing off our coasts in line waiting to unload are not just “somewhere else” not affecting us. And… it’s not just the lack of dock workers causing the delays..
That Doom & Gloom About Trump’s Anti-Democracy “Big Lie” Taking Hold In The Next Elections? I Wonder…
WORDS: 1,841 — The atmosphere in the land is indeed growing in an anxiety about the upcoming elections. More and more we see the Trumpian lies being believed by the Republicans… or what’s left of Republicanism. The signs are everywhere, and the media pundits, political strategists, and political insiders are sounding the alarm bell. Is there any hope for the country?
WORDS: 2,712 — If we presume that movies are a form of escapism entertainment that can be a solace for the soul, reliever of the stresses of reality, as well as carrying a message, an inspiration for action, an impetus for personal change and reflection, and/or a hope for a better, or at least different, future, this last Bond movie didn’t meet that criteria to me. This thing left you glum, sad, and empty. Damn depressing in fact. Exactly what the country, and the world, needs right about now, right? As they say, timing is everything.
WARNING! MOVIE SPOILER ALERT! – This post contains spoiler references to the new James Bond movie, “No Time To Die.” (You will be reminded one more time)
WORDS: 1,670 — I truly wish someone would explain to me that reasoning but nothing I have heard so far makes sense at all. I own guns. Am I supposed to know, as a bona fide gun owner, instinctively what to do with them to protect the country, and when I should start protecting the country, and how I am to know when to start killing foreign invaders, alien invaders, zombies, or fellow Americans? Someone once told me, “Don’t worry. You’ll know what to do when it happens.” Huh?
WORDS: 1,460 — There are just so many things we just never learn about ourselves as humans, then we slip into shock & awe when something embarrassing pops up, and we scream and holler how unjust and inhuman we are. We humans spend a lot of time consuming ourselves in some form or another. This time it seems we just and compassionate Americans are doing “human roundups” on horseback along the border. Flashbacks galore!
WORDS: 1,004 — I can’t help but wondering…. these kinds of international deals, treaties, agreements, etc. usually have many times years of planning, and when announced and implemented there is also a degree of timing to world events and/or diplomatic outcomes we don’t always know about. Sooo….