November 2016

So, as they say, FUCK YOU 2016. That about sums it up.

After making some small headway against the free capitalist policies of the Republican Party that caused so much pain during the recent recession, American voters have blindly voted for a repeat performance. It is hard to keep from repeating history when one never bothers to understand what happened and why it happened in the first place. Fuck it all.

The editorial cartoon to the left is by one of the greats and it links to another in Horsey's (now) home paper, The LA Times. A short video from John Oliver's wonderful show can be accessed by clicking on FUCK YOU 2016.

November is our birthday month. I turned 63 and Jay turned 65, plus we both are on Medicare now. Wow.

I have recovered from my short trip to Yakima and now just keep on keeping on.

I like the books of David Mitchell and saved the quote below last year when I read that book. Now, I think of poor Obama when I read it. Ciao!

In my darkest hours, I declare, it appears that Lady Luck won me my captaincy eight years ago just for the private pleasure of squatting over me and voiding her bowels.— David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

To the right is a Thanksgiving cartoon by Bizarro from last year and it links to one from this year. Both are amusing...

It is blustery here, with Jay and I having a quiet day. Today we celebrate being here in what is now called the United States. Today our country celebrates the Caucasians who came over from Europe to North America centuries ago, determined to settle what they had discovered. They also determined that the "savage natives" had no title to the land they lived on, at least none the Europeans recognized, so they could simply make it their own. As in many, many other lands the Europeans "discovered", the good Christian Europeans easily recognized that the local peoples were "savages" and set about showing them just that. Nothing new in all that, but it is interesting to note that we decried their savagery as we slaughtered and enslaved one people after another.

I guess this picture to the right was making the rounds 6 months ago but I just discovered it. I thought it might be American liberal criticism but this is painted on a wall in Lithuania. From that article: Kestutis Girnius, a professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science in Vilnius, told AFP that "this graffiti expresses the fear of some Lithuanians that Donald Trump is likely to kowtow to Vladimir Putin and be indifferent to Lithuania's security concerns." And "Trump has notoriously stated that Putin is a strong leader, and that NATO is obsolete and expensive."

Trump continues determined to set into motion the wishes of those who voted for him, to make Chinese imports expensive so that those voters can no longer afford to buy all the Chinese-made American flags and magnetic ribbons they now purchase at Wal-mart. People who do not analyze emotional rhetoric vote against their own best interests, still.

All that rhetoric of mine does not seem so thankful. Such as it is. For now we are healthy enough to be thankful for each other. Enjoy your day, ciao!

In Antiquity every tree, every spring, every stream, every hill had its own genius loci, its guardian spirit. These spirits were accessible to men, but were very unlike men; centaurs, fauns, and mermaids show their ambivalence. Before one cut a tree, mined a mountain, or damned a brook, it was important to placate the spirit in charge of that particular situation, and to keep it placated. By destroying pagan animism, Christianity made it possible to exploit nature in a mood of indifference to the feelings of natural objects.— Lynn White, Jr.

I am very late in starting the November page because I am late. Of course.

Carrie and I left for Yakima on the 1st and returned on the 3rd. Two nights away, Carrie drove most of it, yet I was shockingly exhausted upon our return. Very disappointing.

On the way over we stopped at Snoqualmie Pass and the photo of me at the top of the page was gleaned by Jay from a video short Carrie took with her phone there. If you click on me you can see the video.

It rained on and off all the way there, sometimes heavily. The mountain valleys had clouds hanging in them and that is what I was trying to capture in the photo to the left. In the mountains the evergreens were punctuated by bright yellow deciduous trees that I don't remember seeing in the past. With all the rain, streams were coming down the rock faces much of the way through the pass. It was a dramatic and pretty ride.

Yakima was dry and we had a nice hotel I had picked off the internet. It was next to a river that was "undeveloped" on the other side and our room looked out onto it. If you click on the driving photo you can see a pic I took the first morning of the river view, fall trees and all. There is morning mist in the air in the photo but by afternoon it was clear and into the upper 60s.

The morning after I got home my computer went black and I thought the power had gone off. Not so. When Jay got home we took it in for a systems check and the computer was fried. Luckily my hard drive was good, although we really didn't need it since Jay had put in a good back up system a couple of years ago so we had most of my files. Jay bought me a new Mac that came last Wednesday and it took a few days to get everything set up on it, especially since I work in fits and starts.

Now I am back up and operating. It has taken me 2 weeks to get close to back to baseline, but I am here. In the meantime the biggest threat to our democracy has taken control of the US. I wonder how long it will be until we too have forced labor camps?

Today people eschew fact-checked news sources and turn to emails and Facebook postings for "knowledge". Even today I got an email that had been altered little since I first got it in 2009 or so. I have not gotten crap email forwardings from people since pointing out that things in them were false. Someone even said to me, "Oh but wouldn't it be nice if it was true?" Mmmm, no. I doubt if I will get forwarded emails again from the person who sent the one today. To me it is hate mail and anti-American. It asked me to be mad about a number of things and to support a Constitutional Amendment changing them. It wanted me to hate Congress, to hate the government I actively vote for. Almost none of the things it said needed to be changed were true. It bemoaned elected representatives getting "special" medical coverage, yet they get the same as all Federal employees. It demanded elected representatives pay into Social Security, even though this was enacted into law in 1984. It demanded that elected officials have to follow US laws— they already do.

What is the purpose of this email that has been sent around for so many years? It wants you to be angry at your elected officials, which might be fine if it cited real reasons to be so. Putin would love you to be angry at the US Government, as would Trump, Fox news, North Korea, and other leaders or countries the US, including Republicans, have always thought were "bad". We are a nation of fools, demonstrably so.

So much for the negativity they desire.

It has been a cool fall with only one really warm day so far, yet I have daffodil leaves that have been up for a month and now our road lilies have sent up flower stalks with buds on. Driving through town in the last week I have seen several rhododendrons and one hydrangea blooming. The world has changed in many ways since my childhood, the weather being just one of them.

John Oliver had a wonderful bit on this week, which you can watch here, if you wish. We are thinking of using it for the theme on our "Christmas" cards.

So November is quickly rushing past, as all time does these days for me. Here's to better days ahead, ciao.

Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.— Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)

Jardot's World: November Edition, 2016

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