Seen while cleaning out the spam comments: “EasyBinaryCash.com – Learn how to make 1000′s of dollars a month from home.” My first thought? Gee, I can make 8 dollars a month! Second thought? Gee, I can earn more being a folk musician; they make tens and tens of dollars!
So, I’m reading the LA Times, and I see the headline: “Listening to loud music linked with pot use, unsafe sex, study says”
Oh yeah, this is going to be on next week’s “Wait Wait”. Somehow, I don’t believe the loud music is the cause, no matter what the headline wants to imply. If it was, somehow I missed out.
Earlier this week, my mother-in-law called and wondered if I wanted to go with her to a talk her City of Hope group was hosting. The speaker was Judd McIlvain, a well known consumer reporter here in Southern California. Expecting an interesting talk with good “how to be a smart consumer” anecdotes for seniors, I decided to give it a whirl. Needless to say, it wasn’t what I expected.
I should have been suspicious when a codger in the audience kept asking him when he was going to talk about Kennedy. Mr. McIlvain kept responding that he was still dead, so I thought it was just a heckler. But then McIlvain started talking about a book of stories he was working on that his superiors never let him air… and one of them was on the Kennedy Assassination. He then told this story about a woman who purportedly worked for the CIA in Mexico delivering cash to operatives, who was put in jail for 5 years because she told Adelei Stevenson that one of the operatives she paid, a Mr. Oswald, kept hinting that the CIA planned to kill Kennedy. There were all these coincidental deaths, you see, … well, you know the theories. Supposedly this particular one wasn’t on the Internet yet, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t true (and, of course, it is on the internet if you know where to look). Of course, McIlvain had testified to a congressional commission on this, but the results and such won’t be released for 99 years. Even more suspicious.
Now, my job is to be skeptical, and I didn’t believe this at all. Sure, Oswald could have been framed, but at this point it doesn’t make much of a difference (as most of the folks are dead). The likely answer, whatever it is, was too sensitive to be released at the time. But the CIA? C’mon. That’s stretching plausibility even for me. I’d be more likely to believe another government.
So it was definitely one of those off the wall evenings.
Music: The Marvellous Toy & Other Gallimaufry (Tom Paxton): Katy
As I often do on the weekends, I’m recording LPs to my iPod. Yesterday, in the thrift store, I picked up the album “Rhymes and Reasons“, John Denver’s 1969 debut album. On this song are two very political songs: (1) “The Ballad of Spiro Agnew” by Tom Paxton, which is simply “I’ll sing of Spiro Agnew, and all the things he’s done.” (and the song ends)… and (2) “The Ballad of Richard Nixon”, which is just 5 seconds of silence. But this doesn’t deter Amazon or others. Amazon is willing to sell you a 5-second silent track for 99c. Do a search for it, and you’ll find sites willing to let you download the track as a ring-tone (I don’t imagine it would be very effective), or that purport to be the lyrics to the song.
My quandry: Should I be an ideological purist and put the track on my iPod?
Music: Rhymes and Reasons (John Denver): (You Dun Stomped) On My Heart
A support question seen posted on the Apple iPod Classic support forum:
got probs wid my ipod.. wen turning it on, wat appears on screen is a “sad ipod wid a danger sign” .. how can i solve dz one. please help me.. tnx
Sigh. What happened to our written language?
Batman and Eve: “Hmmm, I never see Batman and Adam in the same place at the same time…”
I’m still on travel, with an early flight tomorrow morning (650 AM–what was I thinking?). So, here’s another quickie. The White House has made it official: There is no evidence of space aliens. None. They haven’t visited earth. Right? Like the wackos that believe we have been visited will believe this White House pronouncement anymore than they believe other pronouncements, such as Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, or the US was not founded as a Christian nation.
I’ve spent most of today in a conference of, to put it bluntly, rocket scientists. So I’m wondering: Why does every speaker seem to feel the need to use the phrase “Now, this isn’t rocket science….”. So what if it was? We’re rocket scientists! Now, if they were talking about brain surgery….