I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of Richard Adams’s 1972 novel, Watership Down.
This is my third exposure to the story. I watched the animated version when I was a kid, back in the 1970s. Then, the summer after high school (1986), I read the book. This time around, I’m consuming it in bits and pieces, mostly listening as I perform other tasks. (Today I listened to about three hours of the book, while I cut two lawns.) Continue reading “Rereading ‘Watership Down’”
CNN has embraced a narrative: That Donald Trump brought on the COVID-19 pandemic, and that Donald Trump is personally responsible for every American death (and probably every non-American death, too!) from coronavirus.
The music of Canadian rocker Bryan Adams was part of the soundtrack of my 1980s youth. His early single “Cuts Like a Knife” was a hit on MTV during my freshman year of high school. I still enjoy listening to his music from time-to-time.
That was, of course, the grand argument for Biden’s nomination in the first place. Being a relative moderate within the Democratic Party, Biden will be able to reach swing voters—who will presumably include some disaffected Republicans (code for: Republicans who don’t like Donald Trump): Continue reading “Biden’s anti-Trump (Republican) outreach”
President Trump’s personal style is not my style. Nor was he my first choice. (I voted for John Kasich in the 2016 GOP primaries.)
Nevertheless, we have only two choices in November. And I have come to believe that the Democratic Party poses an existential threat to the United States—with its embrace of socialism, anti-Americanism, divisive identity politics, and undemocratic, deep-state corruption.
I haven’t seen the video ‘Plandemic’. I did hear about it; and a few people sent me links. Before I could actually watch it, though, the overlords at Facebook, YouTube, and the other tech giants scrubbed it from the Internet.
Based on what I’ve read, it does seem that the Plandemic video contained a mixture of half-truths, wily fabrications, and professional jealousies. The researcher quoted in the video, Judy Mikovits, is closely associated with the anti-vaxxer movement. These are the folks who are doing their best to help measles, polio, and other diseases previously eradicated by vaccination to make a comeback.
The mass purging of online content, though—de facto Internet censorship—does little to reassure me that our betters are not colluding to decide what information we’ll be permitted to see, and which viewpoints we’ll not be allowed to consider. This does not bode well for the future. Continue reading “A few words on ‘Plandemic’”
Hey, after all of this calms down, there will be some great deals on travel to Italy. Tourism is a major part of the Italian economy, and it’s currently down by 95%, for obvious reasons. Multiple public and private entities in Italy are already working to boost travel there post-COVID-19.
This was CNN, so of course the coverage of former President Obama was fawning and unquestioning.
This is also an election year, during one of the most politically divisive periods of American history. Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, is President Trump’s presumed opponent in the general election in November.
I have only childhood memories of the drive-in. Back in the early 1970s, I would occasionally attend with my parents.
I was very young then, no more than about five years old. I usually fell asleep in the back seat of my dad’s Ford Torino long before the movie concluded. At that age, I was seldom interested in the movies my parents were watching, anyway. Continue reading “Will drive-in movies make a comeback?”
This seems like the kind of article that could only come from a Millennial staff writer at CNN, Huffington Post, or Slate. (It came from Hannah Lack, a writer at CNN. I don’t know if she’s a Millennial; but I have my suspicions.):
I haven’t given Guns N’Roses (GNR) much thought since like…1988. That was when the band had its heyday, more or less.
In fact, I never really gave the group much thought at all.
GNR was/is kind of like a retread of the mid-1980s act Mötley Crüe—a schtick that was already stale by 1988. When I do think of Guns N’ Roses, I usually hear Axl Rose caterwauling the refrain from “Sweet Child of Mine” in my head.
Nineteen eighty-eight was a good year for me, in most respects; but that’s a flashback from ’88 that I can do without.
But Twitter is the magic medium that keeps all past-their-prime celebrities in the public consciousness. (How many people would recognize the name “Alyssa Milano” in 2020 if not for Twitter?)
It turns out that Axl Rose, the now 58-year-old lead singer of GNR, took a potshot at U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Twitter.
Because of course, no celebrity is ever going to go after a Democrat on social media. Being good little herd animals, celebrities only attack herd-approved targets, i.e., Republicans.
Needless to say, independent bookstores have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and the government-mandated shutdown of the national economy. Few state bureaucrats have deemed bookstores as “essential”. Most have therefore been shut down for about two months at the time of this writing.
As the New Republic article explains, independent bookstores were battered by the rise of B&N and Borders superstores in the 1990s. This was before the rise of Amazon and ebooks..not to mention COVID-19.
After several decades of decline, indie bookstores bounced back somewhat between 2009 and 2019.
“They fostered a sense of community between business and consumer; their wares were curated specifically for their clientele; and they were places where people could physically convene. These were not just stores selling widgets, they were local hubs.”
President Trump defended his growing list of contentious exchanges with reporters Sunday night during Fox News’ virtual Town Hall, telling moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, “If I was kind to them, I’d be walked off the stage.”
The president argued, “I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen.”