Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Past Is So Horribly Fast

  • Jeff Bezo's owned Washington Post front webpage story as I type this, America's sociopath overlords fight back! against accusations they are motherfucking sociopaths whose sole goal in life is to have more of whatever counts to sociopaths than the other sociopaths.
  • I like this paragraph
But the efforts at redistribution pushed by Warren and Sanders have elicited a fierce and sometimes personal backlash from the billionaire class who stand to lose the most. At least 16 billionaires have in recent months spoken out against what they regard as the danger posed by the populist Democrats, particularly over their proposals to enact a “wealth tax” on vast fortunes, with many expressing concern they will blow the election to Trump by veering too far left
  • There are 640 billionaires in America according to the article
  • Trump goes to a helmetball game in the lower intestine of Dixie to get cheers
  • Think about that paragraph: our sociopath overlords agree to kill King Diaper if a suitable motherfucking Democrat promises to do nothing that decreases by 1/10000000000000000000000000000000th of a penny our sociopaths' profits 
  • Michael Bloomberg's ego
  • Our sociopath overlords in that paragraph are not saying they fear the Democrats' left turn will alienate moderate voters, they are saying they will not allow a Democratic left turn
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  • Our sociopath overlords, if you don't want Sanders up by 20 on November 1 2020 you're no fun



Brenda Shaughnessy

But unfortunately it can only travel into the future
at a rate of one second per second,
which seems slow to the physicists and to the grant
committees and even to me.
But I manage to get there, time after time, to the next
moment and to the next.
Thing is, I can't turn it off. I keep zipping ahead—
well not zipping—And if I try
to get out of this time machine, open the latch,
I'll fall into space, unconscious,
then desiccated! And I'm pretty sure I'm afraid of that.
So I stay inside.
There's a window, though. It shows the past.
It's like a television or fish tank.
But it's never live; it's always over. The fish swim
in backward circles.
Sometimes it's like a rearview mirror, another chance
to see what I'm leaving behind,
and sometimes like blackout, all that time
wasted sleeping.
Myself age eight, whole head burnt with embarrassment
at having lost a library book.
Myself lurking in a candled corner expecting
to be found charming.
Me holding a rose though I want to put it down
so I can smoke.
Me exploding at my mother who explodes at me
because the explosion
of some dark star all the way back struck hard
at mother's mother's mother.
I turn away from the window, anticipating a blow.
I thought I'd find myself
an old woman by now, traveling so light in time.
But I haven't gotten far at all.
Strange not to be able to pick up the pace as I'd like;
the past is so horribly fast.


  1. 1)if levitz's analysis in ny mag is correct - that bloomberg's entry to the democratic presidential race is an in-kind gift to warren and sanders - that is fine with me - i DO want bernie up by 20 on 1 nov 2020

    2)and speaking of fun - missus charley and i amused ourselves this morning by learning about how and why there are so many koreans in uzbekistan - perfidy and perseverance explain it

    3)yesterday we watched a korean film mood of the day - a rather more thoughtful and heartfelt film than suggested by the poster shown in the wikipedia article about it

    3a)i'm a sentimental person and the kind of film i like is fiction in the sense described by oscar wilde in 'the importance of being earnest' - a play i've seen in real life and in various incarnations on the screen more than any other play/film - The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.

  2. speaking of the progress of time, as shaughnessy's poem does, as i keyboard these words it is the 97th anniversary of kurt vonnegut's birth [getting 'unstuck in time' is the theme of his signature book 'slaughterhouse five: or the children's crusade'] - and today is Remembrance Day in canada


    In 2019 Remembrance Day is Monday, November 11.

    The other common name for this day is Armistice Day which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting World War I - on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). Some 100,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First and Second World Wars.

    In Canada, Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday - with a notable exception of NS, NWT, ON and QC - as it is in many other countries in the world where this day is observed on the national level.

    All government buildings fly the Canadian flag this day and people remember those who fought for Canada during a two minute silence at 11am. Many people wear poppies before and on Remembrance Day to show their respect and support for Canadian troops. Poppies are generally handed out free but often a voluntary donation is given in exchange.

    Should Remembrance Day be a statutory holiday in every province?

    We continue to receive lots of messages from people all over the country who are outraged why Remembrance Day is not a stat holiday everywhere in Canada. Indeed, it would make sense to make this a stat holiday in every province and territory - even in Ontario. But not everyone agrees.

    Recently we received a comment from Jason and would like to post it on this page because we think that Jason makes a very good point in his message:

    "Please DO NOT make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday in Ontario. Family Day is a much more appreciated break for families in the heart of the long cold depressing winter. Remembrance Day is better observed in a ceremony at your school, community centre or place of work."

    Could this be true? What would most people do with another day off work? Sleep in, watch TV, play video games or celebrate our war heroes? Compare to Thanksgiving Day when most people cook a turkey and drink lots of beer instead of being genuinely grateful about anything.

    I asked my 8 year old: would you learn anything about Remembrance Day if you stayed at home or would you probably just watch movies and play with your little brother? Her answer was: "I would just play and watch movies. At school at least I don't forget to talk about why we should try and not go to war anymore. Well I can't forget because the teachers tell us all sorts of things and we have to listen." -- From a random dad