2013 May 28 Tuesday

Tom was reminiscing about the time he spent in South Carolina with Uncle Billy. Geneologically speaking actually a cousin, the Union Carbide settlement provided enough to live on comfortably. Billy had gotten some acreage & a house just out of town, where he started raising chickens.

Weird chickens.

Chickens just back from the west coast where they’d played supporting rôles in horror & fantasy films [or direct-to-video].

It was back in the eighties Tom visited him there. Billy was completely out & comfortable with it, received visitors in his kaftan smoking a B&H long. Seems that booze-on-wheels didn’t have the same connotation as these days. It was quite common to see the afternoon drive home filled with folks holding a frosty glass of something, real glass with real ice. Granted they were going rather slow, not to mention being very laid back. Billy referred to it as “The Charleston Grip”.

A couple years later Billy moved further south, down to Key West, a little warmer & gay-friendly but couldn’t keep chickens.


Best Democracy $$$ Can Buy (c.2010)

2013 May 28 Tuesday

O tempore o mores; what do you do with a suborned legislator? what do you do with a drunken sailor?  Throw him in the brig, until dead or sober, respectively.  Dean Swift (as Gulliver amongst the Houyhnhnms) was not in the least provoked by the Sight of “a Lawyer, a Pick-pocket, a Colonel, a Fool, a Lord, a Gamester, a Politician, a Whore-Master, a Physician, an Evidence, a Suborner, an Attorney, a Traitor, or the like: This is all according to the due Course of Things”.

Guess I’m intolerant, ie, not to put up with or endure it.  But if you’re feeding at the trough of government, at the teat of the commonweal as it were, you should be held to a higher standard.  Being old fashioned, I say it’s treason and, being from the radical 60s~70s, I say ‘up against the wall’.

There have been a few articles, Time and USN&WR, casually mentioning the lobbying rampant in government.  It’s bribery by any name, and until bribery is made illegal (Draconian solutions recommended) it’s going to be the same old $#!+

Don’t think the teasips are going to do it, the plutocrats sure aren’t, and where is the grassroots disgust at what the Republic has come to?

MLA 2013 Boston

2013 May 3 Friday

Right now: “Understanding Basic Biomedical Researchers” very appropriate, hope to be dealing wih that ilk very soon. Brushing up on Molecular Biology for tomorrows class. With an etd of 0700 for the trip to Burlington will be an interesting (all) day.