Funk-o-matic accessories are on aisle seven….


“Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.”

~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~~

Picture Stolen from Linda Vernon

Yesterday, I was treated to a perfectly graphic demonstration of how today’s world works, in this modern world of digital communications, through the influence of our old friends, the National Security Agency. Oh, no worries; they aren’t quite convinced yet of the degree of danger I represent, so, they didn’t personally tip their hand. But, the casual disregard for privacy, in communication across then internet especially which the political pundits in this country display all too often was brought to my door in quite graphic fashion…. Allow me to elucidate….

As I was dealing with some stress and a great deal of arthritic pain, with a side dish of Tardive Dyskinesia, (all hail the mighty Kaiser, thank you very much!), by pacing the house and ranting to myself, I heard a knock at the back door…. Not in the best of moods, I went to see who knew where I live, whereupon I found two Vallejo police officers, who wished to know if I was Ned Moore…. Well! Since I hadn’t robbed any banks lately, or otherwise done anything illegal, not even a misdemeanor, I wasn’t real thrilled, to say the least….

I made two mistakes in the initial exchange, but, fortunately, didn’t do something that got me shot at…. I made the mistake of merely responding to their query with, “I’ll be right back”, then turning away to go get my phone, which I’d left in the other room. I also got a pen and paper, in case I needed to make notes. When I got back to the door, they were out of sight. I said, as I approached the door, “What can I do for you gentlemen?” When one of them said, “Mr. Moore, can you please let us see your hands? You made us a little nervous when you walked away. We can’t see you through the screen door, so….” Realizing my mistake, I quickly assured them I had no weapons, and we then proceeded to discuss why they came….

My other mistake was not asking to see their ID; I suppose I had already convinced myself of their official status, by my subconscious perceptions; I’d noted their uniforms, the cop shoes, and the cop eyes…. which, I had to admit, did contain more intelligence than is my usual perception. It turned out, once we’d gotten over the introductions, they were a captain, and a lieutenant in the Vallejo force, who came to ascertain my intentions regarding the City Council…. Here is where the demonstration of the extreme paranoia, and adversarial attitude adopted by those in public office comes into play….

The two officers (officers, indeed, not enlisted ranks…), told me they had read my emails to the city council, and were concerned about my statement of intention to come to the meeting, as I didn’t say exactly what my intentions were by coming…. I suppose what I wrote to the Mayor, and copied to the Council members, was too forceful in the opinions expressed, so one of the recipients forwarded the email to the police, for them to investigate whether I was so upset I was going to come to the meeting & go postal on the council!….

Talk about paranoia! From what I’ve seen in the video tape of the last council meeting, which I downloaded to watch, so I could find out the details of the issue I wrote to them about, it had to be the Mayor, who seems to be the only professional politician on the council, though there IS another lawyer sitting on the council, as well….

Thankfully, the two officers who came to see me, (both were actual gentlemen, to go along with their officer’s bars), only knew their boss had showed it to them. Being more intelligent and honorable than the usual run of police I’ve encountered, they approached it as a fact finding visit, not establishing an immediate adversarial attitude toward me, allowing real communication to occur, without turning it into an incident all of us would have regretted….

Ah well… All’s well that ends well, and now I have another question for the Council, to ask them who sent my email to the police, and why they did so, when I made no threats, nor used any vulgarity…. Having strong opinions is still allowed according to the Constitution; the Homeland Security Act made no mention of it, though it does eliminate just about all the ten basic rights as listed in the Amendments to that document. Fortunately, for me, and for the officers, the two gentlemen who came to see me still believed in the original version, so, we were able to have a meeting of the minds, rather than a conflict….

Happy days! But, of course, today is another day, and I haven’t heard of any great societal changes overnight, so, I don’t think I’ll hold my breath until things get better…. Instead, I’ll end this incredibly long intro section, and get on with today’s post….

Shall we Pearl?

“He declared that he knew nothing, except the fact of his ignorance.” — Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) — Socrates, xvi


“Everything has two handles,–one by which it may be borne; another by which it cannot.” — Epictetus (c. 60 AD) — Enchiridion, xliii

Okay, ffolkes. In the words of the Firesign Theater, “Gird your grids for a big one.” The following video is, quite simply, brilliant. It is also chock full of real information, well verified, that will do one of three things… 1) It will piss you off no end. 2) It will scare you worse than the thought of Rush Limbaugh throwing kisses at you, wearing a tiger stripe peignoir, or 3) It will piss you off no end. Did I say that already? Oh…. Watch it anyway, it’s not long…. Then, take out the trash, which should be overflowing with all of your previously held misconceptions of reality….


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors (HBO)





Dont keep calm

“Can’t sleep clowns will eat me… Can’t sleep clowns will eat me… Can’t sleep clowns will eat me… Can’t sleep clowns will eat me… Can’t sleep clowns will eat me…” — Bart Simpson

“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” — Arthur Somers Roche

Together, these two taglines, one considered a joke, the other a sober observation of reality, give a strong impression of how living in today’s world feels for a great many people. The first demonstrates, in graphic clarity, exactly HOW the second line works,  creating unreasonable fear in the human mind. This tendency, for worry to eat away at people’s inner serenity and feeling of security, is well-known to those who have usurped the course of human progress to serve their own ends, to meet the demands of their own ego’s wants and desires, to the exclusion of anyone else’s well-being. This unfortunate facet of human nature provides such sociopathic personalities with the perfect tool to assert mind control over anyone who believes them….

One of the clearest statements of how this principle works in reality was offered at the Nuremberg Trials at the close of WWII, when the German Reich Marshal, Hermann Goering, replied, with unusual candor, as well as apparent disdain, to a question put to him during his trial for war crimes against humanity…. He said, quite calmly, what you see in the picture of him below this line, to wit:

Goering sez

    This particular human trait is well known not only to the ruling classes; many modern social critics and philosophers have noted how people can be manipulated by those in power, often pointing out these insane acts of aggression against their own species with humorous observations regarding those who engage in such evil…. Perhaps the most fearless, as well as most brilliantly perceptive of these social critics, the modern day equivalent to Jesters, a once-highly-respected class of Artists, George Carlin, once noted, for example:

more george carlin

    In fact, George had quite a few things to say regarding these folks, not always with the restraint shown above… Here are more of his thoughts on modern society, culture, and the people who have so perverted this world….

george again

more George sez

    To my mind, George Carlin was the quintessential patriot, a firm believer in personal responsibility, in himself, and in others, and, most especially in those who are supposed to be the MOST honest and responsible, by virtue of the public trust placed in them. He resisted all of society’s demands to fit into the narrow little jacket these would-be slavers wish us all to wear, always saying what he thought with no fear…. Such as this one:

george sez

    George noted, and lamented with all of us who bother to think, the pitifully insane, shameful existence of the same evil people I do, those I’ve named Asininnies, a word I coined, to promote the proper mindset with which to view those who would make the world their plaything, at the expense of the entire rest of humanity, without a single dram of concern for the welfare of anyone but themselves. Sometimes, I consider changing the nickname I use, to reflect a bit more closely the true nature of these vermin wearing human skin; “Assholes” would be a very good choice, I think, for they are always passing shit around, which mostly stinks to high heaven…. It’s good to keep things simple….

Fuck ’em. They can’t have MY mind, or my freedom. They MIGHT be able to kill me, but, they’ll never make me submit to their demands to turn myself into a slave, or to believe a single word they have to say…. They have already proven themselves unworthy of respect, or consideration for anything beyond the fact of their pitiful existence, which I shall hope is a short one…. even if I must ensure that to be the case personally….

Enough said….

gigoid has spoken.

So be it….

“Well, here I am in AMERICA..  I LIKE it.  I HATE it. I LIKE it.  I HATE it.  I LIKE it.  I HATE it.  I LIKE it. I HATE it.  I LIKE..  EMOTIONS are  SWEEPING over me!!” — Zippy the Pinhead

Oh, going back to Hermann’s little share….

“In the USA, more people die from lightning than terrorism.” — Brenda, the Civil Disobedience Penguin

I hate to harp on this kind of thing, contrary to how it must seem, but, this is, if not absolutely true, much more nearly so than the situation in any other country in the world, especially in those in which the USA has business, or political (one and the same entity, in reality) interests. One good definition of terrorism is the explosion of large bombs unexpectedly on innocent non-combatants. I don’t think it would matter at all to anyone, even if it is for the alleged purpose of “saving American lives overseas, fighting terrorism at its roots, by sharing the benefits of freedom” with the people of that country.

Do you seriously think the people of ANY country, not involved in any of the nonsense being perpetrated by the insane leaders of EITHER country, are NOT terrorized when they see, out of nowhere, dropped from planes so far above they are nearly invisible, thousands of explosions as the natural results of dropping $750 million worth of explosive devices in ONE day? I don’t know about y’all, but, I think I’d be pretty terrorized, myself, freedom or no freedom.


Oops! Almost forgot a poem. I’m not sure why, but, this one seems appropriate for today… It seems long, but, it really isn’t….

Elemental, dear Watson….

Don’t worry,
it’s not
you hear

It is
my bones,
giving in,
past abuse,
all the fun
we had.

I don’t mind
too much;
I can spend my
in another space
in my head,
my bones

a shame



More proof,
I guess,
God isn’t,
He  is.


He isn’t?

Ante up.


He is?
I don’t fucking care
doesn’t like it,

I say,

a bully,
a coward,
a hypocrite,
an enormous asshole.

I suppose,
what comes,


a need,

take the complaints.

After all,
my bones.

~~ gigoid ~~


Okay, this is one of the world’s quickest pearls…. I’m up late, thanks to a completely useless routine, which has been shredded to remove any consistency over the last ten weeks of fighting with my body, a direct result of the drastic, radical med reduction forced on me by a large, soulless HMO which shall, for this moment, remain unnamed, lest the sound of its sobriquet stimulate more rage…. These pearls were all chosen because they were the first, best ones I saw…. that’s it…. I hope this works….

“You can’t fight City Hall, but you can punch out the mayor …” — Smart Bee

“Remember, Big Brother is watching you – and Big Brother is paranoid.” — Smart Bee

“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” — Bertrand de Jouvenel

“Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it.” — Vice President Dan Quayle, 5/20/92 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

“Anyone can be great with money. With money, greatness is not a talent but an obligation. The trick is to be great without money.” — Italo Bombolini

“I keep hearing that Jesus Christ is coming, but nobody knows his tour dates.” — Michael Lucas

You may see me tonight with an illegal smile.
It don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while.   
Won’t you please tell the man
I didn’t hurt anyone. 
No, I’m just trying to have me some fun.

~~ John Prine ~~

Hmm… not bad at all for the literary equivalent to instant coffee…. I’ll take it….


All things considered, this came out fairly well, I think. Well enough, I’m going to use some restraint, by not dumping any more tricks on y’all. I’ll just say, see y’all tomorrow, ffolkes, provided the Mayor doesn’t have me arrested for public shaming of elected officials, which is probably in the city ordinances by now…. he’s been in office a while…. (That’s a joke, for you dudes at the NSA….)  Have fun out there, and remember to, always, Question Authority….. It’s a good idea, as mostly, Authority has no clue…. I was lucky enough to have met two who do…. have a clue, that is. Ta, then….

Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
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, the dubious


“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch


À bientôt, mon cherí….


14 thoughts on “Funk-o-matic accessories are on aisle seven….

  1. Well I guess on the upside even though the police made a visit to your house, you should take heart in your ability to move them with your powerful words, Ned. I’m so thankful they were rational, thinking beings. A truly chilling story.

    And I loved the John Oliver video! Once you are awake it’s so obvious what the drug companies are doing — the measles vaccine comes to mind immediately. Didn’t you have the measles? Didn’t I? We got through it just fine didn’t we? But now it seems the measles are practically equivalent to the black plague and we must get an injection to ward it off. Well perhaps the powers that be are low on wool.

    George Carlin. Now that guy knew how to think. It’s too bad he died so young. Only 70 and he looked the picture of health.

    • Linda,

      Glad you enjoyed today’s post… It was definitely a cathartic Pearl; I’m still a bit nervy about my official visit; I’ve increased the number of weapons I carry around with me, just as a precaution against future encounters that may not go as smoothly….

      Aye, it’s a grand video; it’s really too bad it isn’t going viral, not on the Net, but, in the living rooms of all the brainwashed folks who really NEED to hear this kind of thing. It is those mundanes, who are thoroughly brainwashed, who supply the elite with their most profitable, and most amenable to manipulation, group of slaves, all ready to do whatever the talking heads on their TV tell them to do… not only that, but, they feel proud they have to PAY for the privilege of being screwed!

      (Taxes, right?…. Have you ever stopped to THINK about how many different taxes we pay? It is a truly astounding list, which can be found on Google with the correct search terms… The list of taxes each of us pays in our life as an American is over a HUNDRED entries long!… Literally. It is enough to make a strong man want to throw up….)

      Above is just ONE link I found on Google… if you want more depression, check it out…

      Sorry, Linda, and ffolkes, I fell into ranting mode again….

      As for George… I miss him, a lot…. He was an inspiration to those of us who can bump more than the average number of neurons together… At least he is now immortal….

      See ya, and thanks for dropping by!…

      Ned, aka, gigoid, the dubious…


      • I don’t know if I can take looking at the taxes link you sent so early in the morning . . . I’ll have to wait til I have some strong whiskey in the house!

        And where is all that money going? To kill our own children. But I don’t even want to go there right now. It’s too early in the morning and the day is too beautiful.

    • I just remembered I saw an article on the Net, maybe at Lou’s site, Some scientists doing research on the Ebola virus may have discovered evidence which suggests the Plague humanity experienced in the middle ages may have been a variation of this virus… in short, it is the return of the Bubonic Plague. Nice little gift from the universe, eh? Yet another false alarm, (we lived through it before we knew anything about how effective washing our bodies with clean water is in preventing ALL disease, for instance…), for the elite to use as another way to convince the public they are in grave danger, thus keeping them distracted from ever realizing how much bullshit they are continuously being forced to swallow….

      Boy, you really can get me going, can’t you, with simple questions or comments… Probably why we get along so well….

      gigoid, the dubious, and wordy nerd….


  2. Poor Ned. So you’ve had an encounter with the police state. Yikes! My bet is on the lawyer (who turned you in). This is getting ridiculous.
    But it does make good reading!

    • Aye, I thought so… a bit unnerving, but, since I made them nervous, I got a little of it back… You’ve been up a while, and busy, haven’t you? I found about a dozen posts in my inbox when I got up at 0430. I know you’ve got a couple hours on me, at least, but, methinks you get up pretty early, like all us old-timers….


      • You know, I used to have sleep problems, and other problems. I started going to sleep when the Sun goes down and getting up when the Sun comes up. No more sleeping problems! But, I do have weird sleep patterns now. I’ll fall asleep at 4:30pm in the Winter if nobody stops me. That is why I get up early. Also, the early hours
        are the best for pondering. No human distractions.

        • Lou….

          Boy! There is some synchronicity for you. The pattern you describe, as I see now in looking back on it, is almost exactly what I’ve been doing for about four months or so. When the sun goes down, I begin to droop; at about 0330-0400, I am done sleeping. Well, my bones are done being in one configuration; it’s now necessary to limit how long gravity gets to pull on me in any one direction. After a while, it has to change…. But, maybe I’ll get some better results now that I’ve figured out WHY I’m sleeping so poorly… Between my body’s attempt to get back to a true circadian rhythm, and all the stress I’m building up from battling my HMO and town council, it’s no wonder I’m up so much, & down so little….
          Plus, you’re dead on about the no distractions part; I find myself finishing up my Pearls, then having to wait for the rest of the world to wake up, and get up, so I can DO anything out in the BBR….

          Take care, bro, talk to you later….

          Ned, aka, gigoid, the dubious..


  3. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:


    I’m afraid I didn’t get the Pearl for today done…. again. I’m having too much fun playing in the BBR & listening to esoteric music. Also, it’s payday, for me & the rest of the retired seniors from state service, & I need a LOT of supplies, having spent the last 10 days sans cash. What I do have is this old Pearl, from 2015, with a bunch of pertinent ranting, along with a pile of great pearls. There’s also one of my best poems, written during my time in hell a couple years ago. I hope you enjoy it, & I promise to do my best to finish off the latest version of what I do here. I guess, these days, I should say, what I do here WHEN I do it. In any case, please accept this offering, & have some patience with me…. I’m still pretty crazy, in the final analysis, & need some slack. If that’s not possible, oh, well…. So be it. I’ll be back as soon as I can find the wherewithal… Until then, be well, & happy as you may be….

    Take care, & stay strange…. it may not seem like it, but, it really does keep the worst of it all at bay….

    gigoid, the dubious


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