All that? Over a few stale maraschinos?….

Ffolkes,

….. And, then, I woke up…. only to find the same white screen staring me in the face, with, again, absolutely no idea what to put on it, to relieve the vast, frightening, vacant blankness….. I am faced with what is becoming my signature struggle, to come up with something catchy, or startling, or any other adjective that would lend itself to getting people to read this, and to providing some sort of incentive for them to come back for more….

It seems that much of the traffic I end up with are folks who are attracted by the title, which as y’all know, has nothing at all to do with what is in these Pearls…. It also seems likely that those who haven’t been here before, and drop in because of what the title promises, might be disappointed to find that, for example, Papal edicts do offer wholesale, not merely retail…. or, that paradoxes don’t burn….

Naturally, I know one cannot depend on statistics to show a true picture of reality, unless one has ALL the data possible, and knows how to analyze it…. requirements that are never true. Data is seldom complete, and people have a tendency to pick out the parts of it that support what they wish to say, usually ignoring the rest….. The implication is clear, to wit: relying on statistics is not conducive to finding the truth of any given matter. So, I keep writing, never knowing if what I’m saying is reaching anyone at all…. Good thing I’m not the nervous type…..  Wait, I AM the nervous type!…. Doh!….

So be it, as I’ve been forced to admit previously…. I can’t change the universe, and worrying about it is unproductive, to say the least. Change will happen whether I worry, or not, and I’m not going to sit around, moaning in despair, just because nobody is out there listening to me when I start shouting into the wind again…. It isn’t as if I am the only voice delivering this message to humanity….

A lot of very talented people have been shouting at the human race for some time now, all through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, into the twenty-first, and nothing of note has happened, nor is happening, to put a stop to those practices that will eventually kill us all…. We, as a species, have received a multitude of warnings in these last few hundred years, all of which point to our overweening avarice, arising from selfishness, and hubris, as the culprits responsible for our unresponsiveness to these exhortations…..

None of the warnings, no matter how elevated the reputations of those giving the alarms, have made the slightest degree of change in how the BRC and the corporate masters who control all the money and resources approach life; the results are being made more obvious as time passes, as the polar ice continues to melt….

I hadn’t intended to rant in this intro section; hell, I had no idea of where I started, much less where I would end up…. But, it’s all six of one, and also a half-dozen of another, so, what the heck, I’m going with it….. If nothing else, it got me this far into today’s effort, which, when I started, looked to be a losing proposition….  I suppose we’ll only know the whole truth when it’s all done, so, let’s get to that….

Shall we Pearl?…..

“Evacuate?  In our moment of triumph?” — Governor Tarkin
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“There should be more in American liberty than the privilege we enjoy of insulting the President with impunity.” — Austin O’Malley

Yes, yes there should…. Even though I don’t like using that word (should), this is a true statement, one that could only be true for our American society, as one of the most untruthful and corrupt ever seen in history. This form of government, as practiced by those professional liars who infest the system here in America, lies to the public at every turn, and, in general, uses the public platform of their offices to pursue their own agendas, no matter how little those have to do with the public good….

Don’t fret, I’m not going to rant again, though there is much in today’s world about which to be concerned….. I’m just commenting on the first of the group today, to kind of point the way, and let y’all know ahead of time where we’ll be heading…. This is new and different, I know, and there’s no telling whether such kindness and tact will ever be shown again…. but, hey, it’s here today, so, enjoy…. and, please enjoy the following group of pearls, all picked to use as a stone, or a sharp stick, to poke at the BRC, and the people in our world who care only about their own damn selves…..

“A great deal of information we consider to be highly personal, and of interest to ourselves and the town gossip our names, telephone numbers, marital status, educational accomplishments, job and credit histories, even medical, dental, and psychiatric records is now being sold on the open market to anyone who believes he or she might be able to use such information to turn a profit. These transactions usually take place without our knowledge or consent.” — Anne Wells Branscomb, _Who_Owns_Information?_,1994

“Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.” — Lazarus Long, from Robert A. Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”

“It is not lack of polling data or campaign contributions that keep many women from ascending higher on the political ladder. It is fear and loathing for the political system itself.” — Madeline Kunin

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” — Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Sign of Four

“Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.” — Lily Tomlin

“Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!” — Albert Einstein

“I’ve got an IDEA!!  Why don’t I STARE at you so HARD, you forget your SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER!!” — Zippy the Pinhead

Hmm…. well, it’s only 94% impenetrable…. I do like a challenge, don’t y’all?….
_____________________________

To go along with my confusion and presumptuousness, I think it would be timely, and reasonably suitable at this juncture, to throw in a small dose of egotism…. I don’t have a new poem yet; it’s still percolating…. but, here is one of my better old ones, though, actually, not so old, as it was written just a couple of months ago…. I like it, and it sort of fits in with the theme so far, so, we’ll all just have to deal….

Dubiously, Soft Morning

Idiosyncratic images, clamoring for regard,
fill up the white, white screen on which I view
my life, never seeing, nor invited to sup
ambrosial remnants of anything new.

Still, but almost in motion, allegory sails away
bobbing gently, quick and easy to find,
signs of one happy child, seriously at play,
blissfully immersed, focused joy in mind.

Formidable cries of outraged simple justice
echo plaintive relevance, in half the time.
Maladaptive infants, destined for hospice
salvage an only child, daring to sing in rhyme.

Creativity equals unquestioning farce,
often reaching for absurdity, brazenly afire.
Instead, a blow is felt that no joy will soften,
accepting the price, added to the cost of desire.

~~ gigoid ~~

_____________________________

I’ve ranted all I am going to rant today, even if what is already done isn’t in a formal costume, so, that leaves either an old-school pearl for this section, or, one of the new type I came up with yesterday…. Well, hell, I’m in no frame of mind to decide something like that, so we’ll leave it up to SB to pick out whatever we are going to use…. If it is only three, well, that will tell me to go with the new format; five or seven will push us into the old…. As I’ve been forced to say several times already today, so be it….

“It was a saying of the ancients, “Truth lies in a well;” and to carry on this metaphor, we may justly say that logic does supply us with steps, whereby we may go down to reach the water.” — Dr. I. Watts

“Murphy was an optimist.” — O’Toole’s Commentary on Murphy’s Laws

“One must be partially insane to remain sane.” — J. Bothwell Avison

“A person who lacks the means, within himself, to live a good and happy life will find any period of his existence wearisome.” — Cicero – On Old Age

“We have only two things to worry about:  That things will never get back to normal, and that they already have.” — Smart Bee

Perfect…. At first, it seemed as if this was destined to be a seven-star pearl, but, it turned out to be the most powerful type, a five-star pearl, with a point so sharp, it could slice sushi…..

I have read and understood the above.   X  ___________________
_____________________________

For once, it all got done, and, somehow, without any real stress…. I can only wish I had noted down whatever it was I did to make that happen, so I could do it again…. Oh, well, such is life, and it’s done, so I will forgo any bemoaning of my fate, in favor of making a clean getaway…. This went so smoothly, it’s done, and, with moments to spare…. Amazing…. Well, like it or not, I’ll be back, ffolkes…. See ya tomorrow, long as the creek don’t rise….

Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest  Carole…
and everyone else, too…

When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.

Which is Why….


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

gigoid

dozer3

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7 thoughts on “All that? Over a few stale maraschinos?….

    • While I can only agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment, I suppose removing him from reality might have a serious side effect, to wit: removing the presence of chaos and entropy, which is what the idea of Murphy represents to us, from our dimension might alter the nature of the universe in a way we wouldn’t enjoy, or, for that matter, survive…. Of course, our survival in the current reality is still not nearly a certainty; in fact, the chances of us getting through another 200 years is, in my estimation, optimistic, to say the least…. But, what the hell, I could use some peace and quiet, which would be one potential outcome I can get behind…. I don’t know, though, messing with natural laws has an unfortunate tendency to piss off Mother Nature, which we all know isn’t a good thing, right?… 😉

      Take care, milady, and Blessed Be…. 😀

  1. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:

    Ffolkes,

    Reality’s habit of asserting its prerogatives can be disconcerting, to say the least. Suffice it to say, elements of a very real nature have precluded a fresh Pearl today. It also made the search for an appropriate re-blog fairly extensive, but, no worries; so are my archives. Though it took more time & effort to find one, it seems worthwhile, as this one is fairly decent, though it didn’t see much traffic. Those who did so seemed to enjoy it, so, here ’tis once again, to garner a bit more attention before sliding back into obscurity.

    As winter has made a return engagement the past two days, I should be able to go fresh by tomorrow; that isn’t a promise, though, as I’m too old to predict much of anything with certainty. Let’s just say, I will return, tomorrow if possible… Y’all take care out there, & try to enjoy the time we humans have left, which could be a much shorter time than any of us believe….which isn’t a prediction, just an observation….

    See ya….

    gigoid, the dubious

  2. Hello.. gigoid.. busy busy day
    for me.. Psychiatrist..
    10 miles of
    reverse
    dancing
    in Athletic
    Shoes in the
    deep Sugar white
    sands by the Emerald
    Gulf.. and miscellaneous this
    that and the other thing with the plus
    that the Psychiatrist insisted.. i’m not crazy..
    just super unique.. hehe.. what else.. off to the pearls..
    and hope you are doing well coming out of the cold and rain..:)

    See.. looka tHeRe.. sPent my day with waves
    and the first thing i wRite heaR is a Tidal Wave..;)

    “Evacuate? In our moment of triumph?”

    — Governor Tarkin

    Hmm..
    TiDal
    wAve.. i guess..;)

    “There should be more in American liberty
    than the privilege we enjoy of insulting the
    President with impunity.”

    — Austin O’Malley

    And it’s hilarIoUs
    when a President
    does it to another
    President
    after
    he leaves
    office.. bRinGing
    obvIOUs lies thaT make
    no BreitbART LeviN seNse..;)

    “A great deal of information we consider to be highly personal, and of interest to ourselves and the town gossip our names, telephone numbers, marital status, educational accomplishments, job and credit histories, even medical, dental, and psychiatric records is now being sold on the open market to anyone who believes he or she might be able to use such information to turn a profit. These transactions usually take place without our knowledge or consent.”

    — Anne Wells Branscomb, _Who_Owns_Information?_,1994

    Ha.. i don’t answer
    the phone
    or the
    emails
    or the spam
    liNks aS Such..
    off buttons are
    a clue
    to
    Freedom2..
    now..RADiO..;)

    “Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.”

    — Lazarus Long, from Robert A. Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”

    Plastic Shamans
    and Priests..
    sign up
    with
    yOur
    crediT card for God..
    And free HeaLingS oF CourSe..:)

    “It is not lack of polling data or campaign contributions that
    keep many women from ascending higher on the political ladder.
    It is fear and loathing for the political system itself.”

    — Madeline Kunin

    EVidence
    heAR thaT
    WOmen NaturAlly
    hAve and praCtice
    HUman
    101
    iN baSic
    EmPatHy and
    CompaSSion
    moRE thaN Men..;)

    “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated
    the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

    — Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Sign of Four

    One man’s
    impossible
    is another woman’s
    piece of
    cake
    and
    icing in
    empathy
    and compassion..
    isREaL.. noT all
    have and employ the sAMe Gifts
    as
    possible
    oN course..
    wRiTE oF cOuRSe2..;)

    “Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.”

    — Lily Tomlin

    YeP.. uNenDinG
    fEar tacTics
    leaDinG
    to
    HaTE
    oF NoW..:)

    “Heroism on command, senseless violence,
    and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by
    the name of patriotism

    — how passionately I hate them!”

    — Albert Einstein

    TrUe.. soMe
    folks are
    born
    aLLone..
    And oTheRs
    aLonE.. NarroWinG thE tRibE..;)

    “I’ve got an IDEA!! Why don’t I STARE at you so HARD,
    you forget your SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER!!”

    — Zippy the Pinhead

    OppoSite dilEmma
    for me..
    proViding
    iT to the Bank
    Cashier today
    hEar..
    without
    even
    asKinG..
    her to stare softer..;)

    “It was a saying of the ancients, “Truth lies in a well;”
    and to carry on this metaphor, we may justly say that
    logic does supply us with steps, whereby we may go down to reach the water.”

    — Dr. I. Watts

    But without
    the water
    logic
    is
    dead
    and usuAlly
    thaT don’t happen.. butt iT doEs..;)

    “Hmm…. well, it’s only 94% impenetrable….
    I do like a challenge, don’t y’all?….”

    – gigoid

    ONce
    seed
    sAid
    to tHE oTheR.. BeY..;)

    “Murphy was an optimist.”

    — O’Toole’s Commentary on Murphy’s Laws

    Butt less
    than
    half fool..;)

    “One must be partially i
    insane to remain sane.”

    — J. Bothwell Avison

    Or..
    Mr..
    Spock..;)

    “A person who lacks the means, within himself,
    to live a good and happy life will find any period
    of his existence wearisome.”

    — Cicero – On Old Age

    Yes..
    Heaven lives
    within.. the real one.. aT leASt..;)

    “We have only two things to worry about:
    That things will never get back to normal,
    and that they already have.”

    — Smart Bee

    Oh..
    SHit..
    iT’s
    Happened..;)

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