Silly Season

New Hampshire primary tomorrow. I am getting a massive amount of texts telling me who I should vote for. I find that annoying. From what I understand the Democrats are buying ads for some of the Republicans. Who you going to belive? Wife and I are going to try and vote for moderates. Hard to belive what you read these days.

Yes I am Sixteen

When people get old they sometimes wonder what happened. Facebook is filled with posts like that. That is their problem. Of the course of the years it has become apperant that not everone acts their age. Age is really a mental thing. A child can exhibit extreme maturity. An old person can act completely immature. We do not always act our age.

Me, I am just a sixteen year old hiding in an old body that has the wisdom of the years. This is a conscious decision. There are a number of reasons for this. I work with college students, I look up to, and respect them. My mental age reflects that. Also I am quite inquisitive, the years have not yet jaded me. Very importantly I have just learned to drive, the world is now capable of being explored.

Mentally I am learning, though I am old enough to realize that education has failed. At sixteen I knew the media did not present a realistic view of the world. Though I could not really know who was lying. At sixteen I was young enough that I could still dream, I had not yet been ground down by reality. At sixteen I had just begun to work. The future was bright, I was not yet disappointed with life.

So many of the people my age live in the past, they cannot let go of their past. It is rather sad.

There is another reason I picked sixteen, oh sweet sixteen. I had seen a UFO when I was 16. I was in Boy Scouts troop meeting, the scout master came in and said there was a UFO outside. Naturally inquisitive I went outside to look. In the air there were two silent luminous green rectangles. Perfectly aligned with each other they swooped through the sky. I thought what goes up must come down, so I waited. It did not come down, it began to travel to the east. I had a little red convertible, so I jumped in and gave chase. With the top down I could look up and see it fly through the sky. Surprisingly I was able to keep up with it. Yet I was beginning to think that it was going to go out over the water. There was a really large building on the water where the would build some of the American Cup yachts. There was a way to drive up onto the roof that was not always closed off. I thought I would take a chance and see if I could drive to the top of the building.

I made it to the top of the building and had a great view of the sky, and what was below. Above the craft went across the sky and over the sound towards the island. Below a number of police cars drove towards the shore.

There are a lot of things we do not know, and cannot explain. Yet if I were to guess an explanation it was me from the future coming to check on my past to see if I was real. I would be able prove my own existence by say if I dance above this building long enough a boy would come out and jump into a small red convertible and give chase. The boy would then go to the big building where he could see all. He would then stand next to his car and stare in awe.

I would have proved my own existence whilst swooping about the sky, and time. Life is but a dream.

Triggered By a Pencil

It is not very often that I am offended by something, Yet the other day I was offended by a slim yellow utensil, a pencil. It’s mere presence was offensive to me. We live in a digital world. I have written hundreds of little bundles of bubbles by simply tapping my fingers. When I actually scribe letters and numbers, I use a stylus on a screen. Yet in front of me in an institution of higher learning was a container filled with yellow number two pencils.

50 years ago yellow pencils were quite common. Most of them had the Indian logo on them. I was told the pencils were manufactured by Indians of the native type. I thought that manufacturing pencils would not be very lucrative, and I probably was right. It did not take long before the Indians got into the casino business. I imagine that was far more lucrative. Probably a good thing they got out of the pencil business when they did, nobody uses pencils any more. Except for schools, they live in the past. The only place students students use pencils is in class. I have to say those that teach, live in the past. I see students are quite proficient in Google documents. I really wonder if using Google documents would be better than a pencil and paper test.

I did not enjoy my schooling. There has to be a better way. I like to say “use the proper tool for the job”. These days is the pencil the right tool for the job, or simply a usless artifact from my past. How necessary is calligraphy in the days of computer generated fonts. What would handwriting analysis provide today, a need for change? If we want to be relevant in today’s society, we need to be relevant in contemporary communications. For me, pencils are just not it.

It is not very often that I find something disturbing. So I started asking people about their opinions on pencils. My first finding was artists still use them. I can understand that. Yet I was recently drawn to an image created by AI that won an art competition. I downloaded the original resolution and spent some time studying it. I was fascinated. We are in a digital transformation. Still I had many people tell me pencils are necessary. In my view they are struggling to hang on to the past.

When I was young I rember Indian pencils. Supposedly they were made by Native American Indians. A Google search showed some Blackfeet Indian pencils, but I don’t think that is what I was thinking of. Anyway Indians went on to operate casinos, much more lucrative than making pencils.

Just a final thought before I get carried away. If you go to teach someone to drive a car, do you make them ride a horse first?

Back of the Jet People

During a pleasant evening a little over a month ago I was sitting around a camp fire with a group of pilots. We were swaping stories. A 747 pilot mentioned that he had worked in the wrong end of the plane. I was perplexed.

I have always found pilots to be aspirational. They have a great view of the world. Pilots can make some good money. They get to play with some very cool machines, and they travel. Yes I am in awe of pilots.

A 747 pilot was close to the top of pilot hierarchy, and it showed. His camp was neat and simple with a touch of sophistication. Me, I bumbled about and muddled by trying to be comfortable. Neighboring campers were amused by my tribulations. Yet in the end I had a comfortable camp.

I have listened to many pilots. I have heard the stories of a Gulfstream G650 pilot, listened to what it is like to fly into Bagdad during war. I have even have chatted with a top gun pilot or two. Even the stories of the pilots of the most simple of ultralights bring me joy. I have always been in awe. When I look up into the sky and see a contrails it matters not the plane. I can check flight aware and see the type of plane. At some point I have chatted with a pilot that has flown one of those.

during all these conversations I have never encountered a conversation where the pilot wished he had a different job. The 747 is an absolutely magnificent aircraft. I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to fly such an aircraft. My mind is boggled.

Not all aircraft are filled with large groups of people or packages. Some time ago I was very surprised to learn some jets had fancy living rooms in the back. I was talking with the pilot of a jet that made a daily trip to California. I had thought It was filled with fresh produce as it was owned by a large grocery company. I was asking the pilot what type of produce was in the back, when he said it was just a living room back there with a couple of people in it. No he did not know what they did.

When people tell me they want to live in Cuba, I ask why would you want to live in Cuba. They will tell me something about free healthcare or free education. I will look at them perplexed and say “Rich people in Cuba will have a 50 year old car, rich people in America have jets” as much as I like a 50 year old car, I would rather know someone with a jet.

So when we were sitting around the campfire and my friend the 747 pilot said he worked in the wrong end of the plane, I had to ask why. He said the real money was made in the back. I was somewhat taken aback, yet to a certain extent I had to agree. But really, if I could afford a jet, I would want to fly it.

Still, there are people out there are just as happy to be in the back of the jet. That is OK, because they are actually paying someone to fly the jet. Additonally, there are many people that build and maintain the jet. For the most of them life is good. Also, for the vast majority of people that fly the planes, they think life is very good.

It is My Pronoun

I receive emails with peoples desired pronouns in their byline. Students will ask me what my desired pronoun is. Typically if asked I will say old white guy. Yet that is not quite a proper answer.

When I was growing up being a guy was a bad thing. Men were the root of all evil. I was raised in a very liberal environment. Even having babies was a bad thing. Men made babies, men are bad.

So I do not really want to have the “He” pronoun. I do not really qualify for any of the others, yet I have been told I can fill out a web form and pick any one something like 78 pronouns. I am overwhelmed.

I really don’t get it. Yet I couldn’t find a pronoun for someone who doesn’t get any. Doesn’t mean I don’t want any, it just means I don’t get any. One way of describing that is it.

So for right now, it is my pronoun. That’s it.

Writing Papers

Writing papers is a thing where I work. People write papers and have them published. They are peer review academic papers. They have references and structure. I have read a few of them.

I find this mildly humorous. I have been writing for years. I most definitely do not use references, sometimes I am intentionally vague. I do not want to incriminate any of my friends if I write about them, nore do I want to get myself into trouble. I am pretty sure there a bots trolling the web looking for keywords. We are not far from a time when you say the wrong thing there will be knock on the door.

I have no formal traing my writing is really just a thought bubble. So many times in the past I people have told me what I think. Of course they would be wrong, I do not think like that. Or I might mention what I thought about a past event. Then they will say I just made that up. So I started writing my thought bubbles. That way I could say I wrote it down back when. This could also be a bad thing. Numerous times people have told me they never said such a thing, when I clearly remember them saying so.

A couple of times when people have told me about their writing papers I will mention that I also write, I will say “I write about things you can’t talk about”. I am definitely coy about it. I might even mention that the Chinese like to read what I write. I have no problems with the Chinese, we collaborate on many things. I am actually a bit flattered. I do not mention that I write about politics.

Sometimes when I look at something someone writes all I see is words. I look at them and they have no meaning. Something like a bad movie plot. I often wonder if my words are like that. Words without meaning. As much as I desire dialog, minds are made up. Genetically incapable of listening as I say. So I was surprised to see on my stats page someone(s) has started reading my blog. Someone(s) from the United States.

I could save them a bit of trouble and simply sum up my hundreds and hundreds of thought bubbles into three words. “Politics is shit”. It is that simple, and I would not be wrong. Yet I write because I am truly interested in the digestive process. Yes I write to much, I write becuse I am inquisitive and want to understand how politics became shit.. I want to intimately describe the digestive process.

Writing is an art, words mean different things to different people. Writing can broaden horizons, good writing is beautiful. I used to paint, now I write. Yet when it comes right down to it, I write for myself. It helps clear my head in a strangly mechanical way. The best way for me to clear my head is to fly. At least it used to be. However it has been years since I have flown. So I write. Most likely I write to much, and here I use the I too much. Well it is my thought bubble, and I am a bit obsessive.

I am not saying my writing is the best. It is not. However the best writers, they are the artists.

The Great Panty Raid

Old Joe’s sniffer was in want of a tingle, so he asked his boys to pick up some used panties from that hot first lady. Of course old Joe was thinking of Jill. Of course you do not get to become a lackey to the world’s most powerful person by being submissively servile, you go above and beyond. So when Joe asked for the panties from the HOT first lady, the boys went to Melania! The boys know how to deliver.

Of course the above description is fiction. I have no friends inside the exclusive boys club. What we do know is an incursion took place. Depending upon your view of the law it was either justified or non justified. There are so many laws out there you can find one that suits your purpose. To our knowledge the incursion was unprecedented, that is why I am writing about it. Not only that, it has popped up unexpectedly in random conversations.

My first thought was there must be something that they really wanted. The assumption was that whatever it was they were looking for must have been really incriminating. Although it might have been a good movie plot, I really doubted that the nuclear codes were embroidered into Melania’s underwear with unobtaninum thread in the shape of a Trump logo. I wondered who might have been incriminated, and by what.

I was also somewhat perplexed they were looking for papers. We live in a digital world where the only people that are actually interested in papers are lawyers. Oh lawyers, of course. Papers is how they get rich. What paper could Trump possibly have that would get him into trouble, he practically lived in front of the camera, and talked about most everything except his tax return. A financial document possibly?

The swamp was not kind to Trump, the swamp employed some mightily devious tactics to bring him down. Maybe he had some interesting documents incriminating the swamp. Yes, the FBI and the CIA would be interested in retrieving those documents. Personally I give that a reasonable possibility.

Interestingly there is no specific allegation, the only allegation in print is the possible criminal use of secret documents. Or, the documents are wanted to see if crimes were committed. In the beginning it was alleged that nuclear secrets were compromised, hence my third paragraph paragraph above. Yet the only thing we know that was actually taken were passports. They probably should not have taken those, as they were returned.

So there may be there was nothing they actually wanted. The incursion was possibly just to get Trump back in the news, and vilified. Currently there is no more powerful political tool than hate. Trump is not innocent, he used “Lock Her Up”. What goes around comes around. Yet I do not remember her house being raided. There were major allegations about her misuse of classified documents. Wiping of hard drives and smashing devices to protect pay for play emails. If I rember correctly her lawyers were provided with lawyers. Trump’s lawyers were, raided.

So at the end of the day, what do I see. A warning, do not go against the DNC.

The Maxwell Enigma

I was driving down a scenic country road the other day when a when a thought crossed my mind. Tucked away on the side of that very road was a carved stone with a waterline. Earlier this year the wife and I were walking in downtown Manhattan when we stumbled upon a a very well guarded building, the friendly men in the guard house explained we had found the home of Ghislaine Maxwell. As the men in the garden house were slightly bored we engaged in conversation. We obviously had not been that way before. They were slightly surprised when I mentioned that I had pulled into Ghislaine`s tucked away driveway and took a picture of the stone. After the conversation the men kindly suggested we change our route. We complied.

The trial is over and she received twenty years. What a change of life. For what? She was convicted of providing four underage girls for one man, who died in the jail where she is currently held. I like a salacious story as much as the next person, yet this was a bit of a let down.

The allegations were incredible, from multiple media outlets. Planeloads of young women for multiple world leaders. Everyone was painting their political opposition as affiliated with this particularly despicable man, and woman, Ghislaine. It was apparent that some of the stories were false. I saw pictures of the plane, that was not his plane. When his fleet was liquidated it was much more impressive than I was lead to believe. There was propaganda out there that implied Jeffrey was a nobody wannabee. It came out out later that Jeffrey funded disinformation about himself. Pay no attention to that man over there, the whispers are not true. So does that make it true?

The vast majority of media is a lie, so where is the truth? The courts? They pretty much convicted a dead man, and cleared everyone but his girlfriend. Is it conceivable that she may also be a victim, nope.

I want to touch on the issue of opportunity versus exploitation. I am talking about the young women, it may be hard to get a conviction if their lives have been bettered. Everyone is different and I do not know the answer. Yet rules are rules. Still there are so many unknowns, are all the media stories lies?

I may be dreaming here, but what if there was a block chain for truth. I probably do not care about most of the stories, yet I am curious about some things. That stone “Tucked Away”, why does it have a waterline on it. Was it once on a lake? Or was the waterline artificially added, as a distraction from the truth. Or is my imagination simply overactive. I wonder where the lake may have been. Who put the rock there. Was it commissioned, or simply staged. Yes an odd thing to obsess over, I simply can’t help myself.

At the end of the day what has been tucked away? The truth.

Rethinking Heroes

I may have previously identified the four heroes in my life in this blog. The first was Jackie Stewart, race car driver. The second was Niel Armstrong. The third was Elon Musk, and lastly Donald Trump.

As a child us little boys would watch the F1 races on ABC’s Wild World of Sports. It was a thing back then. For whatever reason I picked Jackie Stewart as my favorite driver. My frinds picked other drivers. It gave us something to talk about. Many of my friends heroes died. Racing was very dangerous back then. Amazingly Jackie Stewart is still going strong. I saw him on TV a couple of days ago giving commentary on the current crop of F1 drivers. Jackie is a true hero, a very aspirational figure.

Neil Armstrong is a hero for the ages. The first person to step on the moon. I realize that Niel Armstrong was just a single person in a massive effort. It was not his plan, he just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Yet Niel was truly talented, and calm under pressure. Very few people would have his capabilities. He would say he was just doing his job, and in a way he was. After he retired from NASA he became rather reclusive. In a way I do not blame him. Really, how much can you really say about being the first to make a footprint, even if it was on the moon. Still, he could have been a great pulpit for science. Do heroes really need to be visible.

Next up is Donald Trump. I was aware of his early days in New York. I really did not pay attention to him, yet I was impressed by his collection of golf courses. Not that I ever came close to playing on one. There is one reason he became my hero. Sometimes my friends would complain about the government, I would reply “You have a billion bucks?” They would say no or something and I would reply “Unless you got a billion bucks or so there is nothing you can do about it. So forget about it.” Yup in my view the government was a corrupt system unworthy of discussion. Then came Donald Trump with a billion or two. He was going to fix the system. Well unfortunately he did not. The system fixed him. I don’t blame him for trying, then very unfortunately he became just another politician. I also learned how absolutely corrupt and big the system is. This entire blog is a chronicling of the affair. Sometimes heroes fail.

I saved the most enigmatic hero for last. Elon Musk. I so wanted to buy the first Tesla Roadster. That car made my hart beat faster. I wanted to buy his stock, but never did. My bad. Here was a man that made his own car company, and named the company after a true inventer and not that charlatan Edison. Yes I know Elon was not technically a founder of the company, he was certainly a funder that made the company successful. Not only was Elon a master that made Tesla a wildly successful global car company, he wants to retire on Mars! Elon has his own space company. Even better his space company provides me with internet so I can write in this blog.

I find it fascinating that we have a bunch of billionaires with their own space companies. Talk about competition. Now we have individuals doing what the government used to do. I have to wonder who will be the Jackie Stewart of the crowed. Bozos, Branson, Musk and a few smaller outfits are transforming space into a commercial enterprise. The future is yet to be written.

This is probably a good place to note that all my heros are male. I am not really sure why that is. There are not a lot of women race car drivers or astronauts. They are probably smarter for not being one of those. I did respect Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi who were politicians back when Iwas young. Not that I paid a lot of attention to politicians back then. I think I respect them more than I did our politicians at the time. Don’t ask me about our current crop, I have no respect for them.

Which brings me back to Elon Musk. He is taking on our current corrupt system. To my amazement he is throwing tens of billions of dollars at the problem. He is picking up the ball that was dropped after the tackling of Donald Trump. I have no idea if he can succeed. Treachery is the normal in that game. I really have no idea if fixing the system is an attainable goal. Then when it comes right down to it, Elon is also a guy. In this day being a guy is a negative. Where are the women? Marry Barra is head of GM, yet she seems so corporate. Elon is not corporate in the traditional sense. Maybe he is the new corporate, and is that a good thing? We will see. Anyway Elon is transformative, as all heros are.

Heroes can also the little people. We were taught Tomas Edison was the famous inventor, yet it was Nicholas Tesla that made electrification work. We were taught the Wright brothers invented the airplane, yet it was Glenn Curtis that made it fly. Henry Ford popularized the assembly line. Yet it is the factory workers that made the cars. Heroes are really the secondary people that get things done, and make the world a better place.

We need heroes, whoever they may be.

The Pollen Count

A number of my my friends from the left commented on the amount of pollen this year. I myself witnessed a haze in the sky that was reminiscent of a hot humid day. A friend with a plane mentioned that he had never seen so much pollen in the sky.

I tried looking up pollen records, and the results were somewhat sketchy. Though anecdotally pollen counts are going up. A database of pollen counts was not easily findable on the web. typically keep my mouth shut when it comes to discussing politics and such. The programed reaction to the increase in pollen count is to blame global warming.

When during dinner with friends the mention of pollen count came up, I mentioned that maybe the extra Co2 was making the trees happy. Nobody disagreed.

More Co2 makes for happy trees.