[thoughts from ~burning woman~ ]
There are times when, as I read stuff, I wish I was an Android with a hard drive instead of a leaky human brain so I could store all the information and have it “there” at my fingertips (so to speak) when I think about something, or quote something I’ve read, with full ability to regain the context of it. “Sigh!” – it doesn’t seem to be happening. Oh well, at least I have learned to speed things up in collecting information; to turn my email program (that wonderful Microsoft Outlook 2002 which nothing can touch for clarity and efficiency) into a library of congress sort of filing system…
Here are a few “odds ‘n ends” from my eclectic collection of thoughts and ideas and word imagery.
CRONY CAPITALISM is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state interventionism.
THEREMIN: electronic musical instrument played without touching, invented by a Russian physicist, Leon Theremin circa 1919 (patented in 1928). Used in popular music of many movie soundtracks.
ANODYNE PHRASE is a weak statement intended to hide an ugly truth. Another name for that would be political correctness.
UTILITARIANISM: Doctrine that the useful is the good; especially as elaborated by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill; the aim was said to be the greatest happiness for the greatest number. (Imagine that! The more you slave for your elites, the happier you will be!)
THE EASIEST WAY to solve a problem is to deny its existence (Isaac Asimov)
ELECTRICITY is NOT an energy SOURCE.
IF THE CIA ever told the truth, it would genetically implode (David Icke)
THE GREAT PYRAMID weighs 6 million tons; covers 13 acres; is 750’ per side; 481’ tall and contains over 2.5 million individual blocks of stone. None of this answers my question: why was it built, and by whom?
AMERICAN EXEPTIONALISM: the US’s power to make and break deals world-wide with no accountability to results.
I AM WRITING the book of human sins. When I’m done I’ll cast it into the fire and all their sins will be gone. (The Island – Russian movie)
THE UNTIED NATIONS – once known as the United Nations…
BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China, S. Africa.
IDIOCRACY: It’s hard to be smart with so many dopamine-producing distractions and so much online approval for our uneducated opinions. (from a Joel Stein article in Times magazine)
DONALD TRUMP, proud President of Saudi America.
EGREGIOUS: conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible (and didn’t I just mention Donald Trump?)
ECONOMICS is not a science, it’s a set of values pretending to be science.
IT’S DISCOURAGING to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit (Noel Coward)
IT IS MY OPINION, subject to change only under extreme duress, that mankind (Earthians as my Teachers call them) were genetically engineered and remain unnaturally so. That tends to explain a few ridiculous things the species clings to as if its survival depended on them, like Religion, Politics and Money.
SOME WORDS that need re-defining: salacious means lust or moral looseness whereas pulchritude means a physically beautiful woman. I would turn those definitions around. Salacious sounds so much nicer than pulchritude, I mean, really…
PRECARIAT: the growing majority population whose lives are marked by precariousness, lack, anxiety and fear.
USSA, acronym for United Slave States of America. Another acronym that needs no interpretation: UKKKA.
PSYCHIATRY is the science of lies. (Thomas Szaz)
FEDERAL RESERVES is a parasite.
THE SUREST SIGN that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. (Bill Waterson)
WHY THE MILITARY needs so much money to accomplish so little is explained by this military description of a screwdriver – “rotational torque-adjustable fastener applicator.”
WHEN FACTS don’t fit preconceptions, deny the facts.
US DIPLOMACY can be fully explained in three words: Convert, Co-opt, Conquer.
A FORTNIGHT is 14 consecutive days, or two weeks. (Go figure that one out!)
DEMOCRACY is a chimera invented to keep the bottom dwellers in their place without having to resort to police state brutality or chancing violent revolutions. Democracy and Capitalism are diametrical opposites, but who notices these little things?
PEOPLE in general have an innate need to find something larger than themselves to be a part of. (Matthew Quirk)
CANT: stock phrases become nonsense through endless repetition.
AD HOMINEM: appealing to personal considerations rather than to facts or reason.
TUGAREZ VRAS means “Thank you” in Breton. (That should be my mother tongue but my parents didn’t use it so defaulted to French. Life can be so unfair…)
… and finally, let’s give full credit to computerization when it is due. In looking up the word “eclectic” in my Wordweb dictionary using the control-right click sequence, this was the result: word not found: “Lrzlililﬁwlectiifrzlﬁlnrs” – I couldn’t make that up! (Maybe I should re-think that android brain?)