Malevolent nannies spotted in Cannes…..

Ffolkes,
I lost a day somewhere…. I looked up at my little desk calendar thingie, and noted that the day was wrong…. which always disorients me until I get it right….. I’m also running very late today, and have a bunch of stuff I need to get done toward moving at the end of the month…. meet the new landlord to sign a lease, clean my floors so company coming later in the week won’t puke on sight of it, and a couple other tedious little chores like that….. so I’d best get right to putting this Pearl together…..

Actually, I’ve just now decided to pull an old literary trick out of the hat…. let me check this out…. be right back…..  Okay, this will work…. I’m late and in a hurry, and I’ve got over 800 pages of material from the last year here…. so, without further ado, I give you now the Pearl of Virtual Wisdom from January 3, 2012…..

Any Use of This Product, in Any Manner  Whatsoever, Will Increase the Amount of Disorder in the Universe. Although No Liability Is Implied Herein, the Consumer Is Warned That This Process Will Ultimately Lead to the Heat Death of the Universe. — PUBLIC NOTICE AS REQUIRED BY LAW

Ffolkes,
I plan on living forever.  So far, so good. (It’s a joke, okay? Sheesh…) As of yesterday, however, reaching that goal may become problematic in the relatively near future, especially for those of us who disapprove of the way the government is doing things. They (yes, they…) took away my rights day before yesterday. Yours too. The United States Bill of Rights, comprising the first ten Amendments to the US Constitution, was figuratively vaporized; the rights guaranteed therein were declared null and void by the National Defense Authorization Act, as signed off by the President of the United States, effective January 1, 2012.

Under the provisions of this act, I, and/or essentially every other American citizen (i.e., you…), may legally be taken from their home by the US military, and taken to an undisclosed location to be tortured for whatever information I might possess, merely for being “suspected” of traitorous activities. Which activities are defined as traitorous are not specified; ‘they’ are the only ones to whom it must be justified, they need not report to anyone.  Nor are ‘they’ required to tell anyone at all what their suspicions are.  No lawyer for the accused, no court of law, no oversight. Just you (or more likely, me), them, and the waterboard. I tell you now, if any of them come for me, I will not go quietly, and that is a plain and simple fact…..let’s go on to more light-hearted matters, shall we?……

“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.” — Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Judge

If the government doesn’t trust us with our guns, why should we trust them with theirs? — Smart Bee  (Now, there’s a thought…..)

Ned, draco braz mento; compile 13….command 003: Insert brain, then type…..
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“Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man’s task.” — Epictetus (c. 60 AD) — Discourses, Book i, Chap. xxvii

What a wonderfully obtuse little word salad! Epictetus outdid himself here. This takes the mind on a beautifully complex, winding trail of thoughts, stopping here, looking over there, and generally winding about with no seeming purpose. Then, if you can wind your way to the end, it’s all tied together with a cute little bow, and voilá, instant wisdom.

Though its a bit painful to use, this Pearl is one of my favorites. I say painful because you have to exercise mental muscles that don’t often get much of it, and there will be some stiffness and soreness to let you know they don’t appreciate it. You must ignore that, and work them again tomorrow, lest they fall back into apathy, which is easily done; they’re lazy, just like the rest of us.  This inherent laziness has its evolutionary purpose; it drives us to find easier ways to do things, and as such can be valuable. But, mostly it just reinforces our genetic tendency to loaf whenever possible…….
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I stood
Among them, but not of them; in a shroud
Of thoughts which were not their thoughts.
— Lord Byron (1788-1824) — Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto iii, Stanza 113

I often feel this way in today’s society. I have all these thoughts running through my head, and when I look around me, I can see that everyone else has their own inner promptings to pay attention to as well. But, when I observe their actions, it becomes clear that what they were thinking, and what was going on in my mind, are two entirely different universes. What did you say was the name of the planet you live on?

It’s a rare day indeed when I encounter anyone whose thoughts run any deeper than wondering what to wear on their date tonight, or how to keep the kids entertained while cooking dinner. I’m not saying that what is going on in my head is any better than what they are considering. Far from it. In fact, in some respects, I am jealous, and wish that I didn’t perceive the evidence all around us that our society is dying.

I wish the leaders of the world weren’t so obviously motivated by avarice, prejudice, and fear. I really do wish I could spend my mental energy on something a bit more comforting. But, I can’t. And I won’t. It’s getting really dangerous out there, folks, for anybody who is the least bit different in their outlook, and I will keep shouting out the warning as long as I have breath to shout….
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“Dad, how come old photographs are always black and white? Didn’t they have color film back then?”
“Sure they did. In fact, those old photographs ARE in color. It’s just the WORLD was black and white then.”
“Really?”
“Yep. The world didn’t turn color until sometime in the 1930’s, and it was pretty grainy color for a while, too.”
“That’s really weird.”
“Well, truth is stranger than fiction.”
“But then why are old PAINTINGS in color?! If the world was black and white, wouldn’t artists have painted it that way?”
“Not necessarily. A lot of great artists were insane.”
“But… but how could they have painted in color anyway? Wouldn’t their paints have been shades of gray back then?”
“Of course, but they turned colors like everything else did in the 30’s.”
“So why didn’t old black and white photos turn color too?”
“Because they were color pictures of black and white, remember?” — Calvin and Dad, “Calvin and Hobbes”, 29 October 89

Brilliant! Absolutely, positively, not a damn doubt, ruddy frzlicxz brilliant. If more fathers had the courage to be so creatively honest with their sons, the world would be a far, far different place than it is now, wouldn’t you agree?…….

“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”– Willie Wonka
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“Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.” — Rousseau

I won’t regale you with further long, outrageous reports of today’s menu of political chicanery; there’s plenty enough out there for you to see without having me shove it down your gullet. But these two quotes are important to remember, mainly because, if there is a chance at all to deflect some of the chaos that is coming, it will have to come from us. Those individuals who can think, and do, will need to stand up for our right to do so without censure or threat, and we’ll need all of us to do it. So, please, take heed……

If you wanna be free, keep your eyes open and think for yourself.– Smart Bee
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Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self requires strength.
He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of will power.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.
— Lao-tzu (c604-c531 BC)

Obviously, this requires nothing from me to make it complete. Nor does it request my comments; just as well, I have none, as none are needed…..
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Another fine mess I’ve created here, eh? A veritable hodge-podge of mixed metaphors and clever cliches, and colorful to boot! What more could I ask for before breakfast? I suppose I should start cleaning it up….. in the meantime, stay alert. Y’all be careful out there….

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In case you are not confused enough by now, this is me again, speaking from the future…. or at least from the present…. it’s only future in relation to the most excellently long Pearl above…. I think it was a pretty good one…. how about y’all?

Tomorrow, I’ll be back, caught up enough to compose a fresh Pearl…. at least, that’s the plan. Y’all take care out there, and May the Metaphorse be with you…..


Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes
I just sits.

gigoid

Dozer

Kowabunga!

7 thoughts on “Malevolent nannies spotted in Cannes…..

  1. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:

    Ffolkes,

    As expected, I’m busy enough in the BBR to decide not to create a Pearl today. To sublimate my urge to duty, here is one from 2012, with some not too shabby discussion of the Asininnies and the BRC, as seen through my mind’s filters… The future remains unknown, so, we’ll all see what happens when it happens… Until then, please enjoy this blast from the past….

    gigoid

  2. Hi.. gigoid.. as alWays
    streAMinG through
    as breeze
    for
    wisdom
    muse
    and other
    news too.. of course
    hehe.. and haha.. too..;)

    “It is not the function of our Government to keep the
    citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the
    citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.”

    — Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Judge

    WiNks.. sounds like juST ’cause for a protest
    or two..
    eTc..
    aS Such..;)

    Oh yeah.. by
    A way i live
    forevernow
    and
    can
    prove
    that now..
    and that’s
    all i need to
    kNoW for noW..
    iN FeeLinG SeNsinG way noW..;)

    If the government doesn’t trust us with our guns,
    why should we trust them with theirs?

    — Smart Bee (Now, there’s a thought…..)

    Hmm.. everyone in my neighborhood
    has an armory in a stand your ground
    state.. they’ve set the
    standard
    and
    now
    i no longer
    ever never
    now ever
    now..
    need
    a gun..
    as always now..
    ‘everyone’ serves
    to protect me too..
    hehe.. whether they
    realize it or not.. hahaX2..;)

    “Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man’s task.” — Epictetus (c. 60 AD) — Discourses, Book i, Chap. xxvii

    i skip most
    all those
    pArts
    now
    and
    view
    it all as i like iT..
    and make thAT reaLiTy..
    works with little to no
    responsibilities.. i seek and find now..
    now..
    i make
    it what now is..
    but yes.. these steps
    necessary too..
    first..
    before
    graduating
    to more fully a life
    of relative free will..
    in other words as Neo
    J miGht say.. escaping the Matrix..
    camel.. needle eYe and all that jazz too..;)

    “I stood
    Among them, but not of them; in a shroud
    Of thoughts which were not their thoughts.”

    — Lord Byron (1788-1824)
    — Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto iii, Stanza 113

    Hmm.. every
    now i see
    the name..
    Lord Byron
    i am reminded of
    his ‘out of this world’
    Cranial Capacity of 2200cc..
    Jesus F iN Christ.. almost 50 percent
    larger than the global norm.. no doubt
    this
    dude
    is over
    A
    norm
    of brain for sure..;)

    Other than that..
    i mostly
    only
    fit into
    a place named me2..;)

    “A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”

    – Willie Wonka

    See a brown
    paper
    bag
    be
    a
    brown paper
    bag.. and yes
    as far as Calvin.. eTc.. eT aL too..;)

    “Free people, remember this maxim:
    We may acquire liberty, but it is never
    recovered if it is once lost.”

    — Rousseau

    Liberty…
    A tricky
    maxim..
    wiTh A book..;)

    If you wanna be free, keep your eyes
    open and think for yourself.

    – Smart Bee

    Oh Lord.. group think..
    and that inspires a group
    think song again.. after reviewing
    an entire page where a bunch
    of J Trump Loving Christians
    gloated
    over
    a woman
    protestor getting
    killed on a highway..
    praying for the car
    that it
    didn’t receive
    any injuries.. the loss
    of empathy/compassion is worse
    than not thiNking.. in hUman terms
    of ignorance of heARt.. Dead bLack hOle soUL..
    spiRit
    spiraling
    down
    noW to
    wHeRe hell
    lives Now.. dEvilS
    included of course
    with so-called Christian wings..
    without F iN Feathers.. spine of soul..
    skeleton of dreams.. dead eYe humans…;)

    Knowing others is wisdom;
    Knowing the self is enlightenment.
    Mastering others requires force;
    Mastering the self requires strength.
    He who knows he has enough is rich.
    Perseverance is a sign of will power.
    He who stays where he is endures.
    To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.

    — Lao-tzu (c604-c531 BC)

    What Jesus tried to say
    the best he
    could
    before
    he was crucified
    in words of many others
    and that to come after that..
    at
    least
    Lao
    said
    it alive..
    as such
    in ways of Book..
    anyway.. more complete
    than anything in that so-called
    modern western bible.. all advanced as such..
    ha
    under
    statement..;)

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