The next presidential election is in just under 20 months, but you’d think it was next week if you looked at the news! 90% of the front page stories have the ‘T-word’ or the ‘DeS-word’ and an alien just dropping in from another universe would be forgiven for thinking the United States is a looney bin! I tried to avoid every story that was, indirectly or directly, about the election and the two top Republican contenders, which left me only with news of China’s President Xi’s visit to Russia for a photo op. Okay, so let’s just have a few of the political cartoons I’ve been collecting for this afternoon, as I really don’t feel up to digging any deeper to try to find some actual news.
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Little Things Mean A Lot
I was struggling last night for a topic for my Wednesday good people post, and just as I had about decided that I would have to skip it this week, I noticed an email from Axios, the subject line read “Kindness Continued.” Turns out that Axios has been doing a series that I somehow missed about the power of small acts of kindness. All of these acts are very small things, often costing the giver nothing at all, but they mean so much to the recipient. It just goes to show you don’t have to build houses for the homeless or donate thousands of dollars to feed the poor in order to be a ‘good people’. Little things mean a lot! Here are a few …
- “The first time I was traveling alone with my daughter — who was 11 months old at the time — a stranger on a plane offered to hold her after we landed so I was able to gather our things and have a moment to breathe. It meant the most to a young mom with her hands full.” —Abby D., Des Moines, Iowa
- “A fellow lawyer, a total stranger, put money in a parking meter for me when he realized that I would get stuck in court beyond the time I had left.” —Avraham M., West Hempstead, New York
- “Just the other day I was trying to navigate a stroller through a coffee shop … not a glamorous task. When I went to leave, a man came darting from across the entire coffee shop to open the door for me. … It truly set the tone for my entire day.” —Lily M., Atlanta, Georgia
- “My wife and I, both in our 70s, were loading heavy bags of rock for a landscaping project into our car. A woman approached and loaded the rest. As she finished and turned away, I shouted, ‘You have restored my faith in humanity.’ She responded, ‘We all need that.'” —Roger R., Ballwin, Missouri
- “I left my backpack, complete with my work laptop and files, on the busy NYC subway one evening. I was certain it was lost forever. I made a claim, panicked, and worried and worried again. … Then came an email and a text: ‘I have your red backpack.’ This amazing and kind medical student brought my backpack to me.” —Jane C., NYC
- “Several years ago I was struggling to lace up my very large and cumbersome — but totally awesome — dress in the Maryland Renaissance Faire parking lot. The girl getting dressed at the car next to mine offered to help me do up my laces.” —Caroline M., Walnut Creek, California
- “My first day working in a new city, I exited my office building and couldn’t remember how to find the train station. A stranger walked by, noticed I looked lost, and doubled back to see if I needed directions. I fell in love with Chicago that day.” —Spencer W., Chicago, Illinois
It just goes to show that all of us have the ability to be a good people, and sometimes it seems to me that those who have the least in life, are the ones who give the most!
The Future Of Teaching U.S. History???
Alexandra Petri is a satirical columnist for The Washington Post. This week, she opines on the re-writing of history to suit the racists in Florida, led by none other than Governor DeSantis, and it is both appalling and yet at the same time humorous. Remember, this is tongue-in-cheek, satire … until it becomes reality.
Excerpts from a civics textbook I assume would be welcome in Florida
20 March 2023
“Rosa Parks showed courage. One day, she rode the bus. She was told to move to a different seat because of the color of her skin. She did not. She did what she believed was right.”
“Rosa Parks showed courage. One day, she rode the bus. She was told to move to a different seat. She did not. She did what she believed was right.”
— Two versions of a first-grade lesson from Studies Weekly, a publisher whose social studies curriculums are currently used in Florida elementary schools. Studies Weekly revised the lesson more than once, omitting any mention of racism or segregation, to submit for a state review of social studies materials.
American history is full of many heroes, whose accomplishments we will have no problem telling you about in the state of Florida! They fought for justice, which was brave of them, if a little redundant, because there was no specific injustice to fight against. Here are just a few of their stories!
Harriet Tubman is considered an inspiring figure by many because she made many trips on foot, often with other people. She specifically led trips from the South to the North, often at night. At night, you can see the stars! It is great to lead trips. She was a hero.
Frederick Douglass was famous, too! We celebrated him during the Trump administration for being someone “who’s done an amazing job” and whose contributions are still being “recognized more and more.” He also gave a noteworthy speech about the Fourth of July. Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July?
John Brown is regarded by some as a heroic figure. Famously, he went to what is now West Virginia (Wild and Wonderful!). He also grew a luxurious beard. Once, he was very excited to visit a weapons arsenal. We support West Virginia tourism!
Abraham Lincoln was a tall man who did something that was a very important thing to do, and especially at that time. He was president during the Civil War, which was fought from 1861 to 1865 between a group of people whom it was universally agreed would make wonderful, handsome statues and some other people who may have had reasons. He even made a proclamation, probably unnecessarily! He famously went to the same play as John Wilkes Booth, a very talented actor who also loved to exercise his Second Amendment rights! It is nice when actors support the Second Amendment. Too often, woke Hollywood doesn’t.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and some of her friends went to Seneca Falls, N.Y., and had a conference there. At the conference, she talked about things related to ladies. Seneca Falls is a nice place to visit, especially in the summer!
Jonas Salk was a famous doctor. He invented a vaccine against polio, which was good because it made not being vaccinated against polio a choice, which it had not been before. Giving people choices is wonderful!
Rosa Parks was asked to move to a different seat, but she didn’t. People who sit are heroes! For instance, Thurgood Marshall famously sat on a bench. He was a hero, too.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933. She spent 71 years of her life on the planet at the same time as Ronald Reagan! This was a big achievement. She also famously sat on a bench. We love it when people sit!
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and told people about it! King made some people upset, probably because it is annoying when people recount their dreams to you at length, but possibly for other reasons. He is no longer with us, but he is still celebrated today because his works provided so many out-of-context quotations for White people to use to explain why it is not important to fight racism any more. (Which was never important to do, because it did not exist.)
John Lewis was a hero! He famously marched across a bridge. This upset some people. People have strong feelings about infrastructure. Have you ever walked across a bridge? He was such a hero that they named a whole road after him and then some people wanted to rename a little piece of it after Donald Trump!
The Little Rock Nine went to school! Some people did not want them to go to school, and there were protests and guards were called in. It is sad: Even today, some people just don’t want other people to learn! They went anyway. It is good to go to school, where you can learn so much about history!
Filosofa’s Broken Heart 💔
As I sit here on Monday night perusing the news of the past day, I find myself feeling very sad, heartbroken actually. It saddens me to see the state of this nation, the nation I live in and have done so since my birth. I first wrote about what I call “the great divide” around 2016, for obvious reasons, but I thought that people would find reasons to come together, to narrow the gap between right and left ideologies. I thought that at the end of the day, we would remember our humanity, our shared interests and concerns, and mend some of the fences that were torn down during the 2016 election cycle.
Instead, we have pushed even further apart, we have gone from bad to worse, and today I do not even recognize this country. On any social media site, you will find people spewing hateful rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and incitement for violence. You will find people like me who care more about humanity than about wealth, who support what has come to be known as ‘woke’ ideas, denigrated and taunted, called ‘Communists’ and any other label they can think of to pin on us. I don’t see many like myself fighting back, except for an occasional one-liner, something of which I have been guilty as well a time or two.
A monster of a man who has broken the law multiple times, even while sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, is about to be indicted for just one of his lesser crimes, and half the nation is going nuts, calling for riots, violence, and even executions.
Tonight, I read of a man, a right-wing radio host named Pete Santilli, who has called for the execution of former President Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Execution! That’s … murder. When did we come to this point, and where are the limits on free speech that need to nip this sort of talk in the bud? Is this who We the People of the United States of America have become???
There are so many important issues that we need to take a stand on, but each one seems to only add to the divisiveness. Covid, the war in Ukraine, climate change, world hunger, wealth inequality, the gun culture, voting rights … all need serious attention, but instead of researching, thinking, and coming together to help solve problems, we take it out on each other, don our weapons of words and sometimes guns, and take to the streets.
I don’t see how this level of hatred can continue. Already, it has split marriages and families, wrecked friendships, and made many of us feel isolated, hopeless. President Biden ran on a platform of unifying the nation, and I sincerely believe he has tried his best, but … people can only be unified if they are willing, and if they can find common ground. Have we completely lost our common ground? Did it fall through the huge crack we created with the great divide? And most importantly, have we lost our humanity? The reason for my sadness tonight is that I think we have. I think we have lost our humanity and that the divide we created is too wide to be healed. Might a bridge be built? I wish I could say I had hope.
So You Want To Be ‘Exceptional’, Eh?
We’ve all heard the term ‘American Exceptionalism’, one which causes me to shake my head and roll my eyes. It ties in with the ultra-discriminatory ‘America First’ ideology and other supremacy notions and has no place in this world. But, it turns out there is one area in which we are ‘exceptional’ … we, particularly the wealthy in this nation, contribute more per capita to the destruction of the environment than any other nation. Not something to take pride in, is it?
Somini Sengupta is the international climate reporter for the New York Times, and what follows is her column/newsletter from February 28th.
The American Exception
When it comes to climate footprints, rich people in the United States are in a class of their own.
28 February 2023
Climate change may be a global problem. But we are not all the same. Far from it.
The wealthier we are, the more climate pollution we produce, because of how much electricity we consume, what we eat, and how much we drive. But it’s not just wealth. It matters a lot in which country we are wealthy.
Take a look below at this chart that my colleague Mira Rojanasakul prepared based on an International Energy Agency analysis of per capita carbon dioxide emissions by income.
You will see the wealthiest people in the United States have an astonishingly large climate footprint, far larger than rich people in wealthy, industrialized Europe and in fast-rising China.
Not only that: Nearly everyone in the United States, even those in the lowest income brackets, produces a lot of climate pollution relative to everyone else in the world. It’s the way our economy is built. We take for granted long commutes and frequent flights. Our electricity comes from sources that are relatively carbon-intensive. The rest of the world is different.
Americans are exceptional.
I know this intuitively. I’ve reported from more than 50 countries. But seeing the spread of per capita emissions from the world’s four largest economies — the United States, the European Union, China and India — still surprised me.
The richest 10 percent of Americans, or those who make an average of $233,600 a year, produces 56.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per person, per year on average, according to the I.E.A. analysis. That’s more than double the emissions of the richest 10 percent in Europe. It’s nearly double that of the richest 10 percent of Chinese.
Everyone else in the United States has a big footprint, too, relative to their counterparts in Europe, China and India. For instance, the poorest 10 percent of Americans, those making $2,500 a year on average, have a carbon footprint that’s almost as big as everyone in India, except India’s richest 10 percent.
Likewise, the poorest 10 percent of Americans have a climate footprint larger than the poorest 30 percent of Chinese.
This is about emissions per capita. Not about total emissions.
India and China are obviously much more populous than the United States and Europe. So their small footprints add up. I get that. I wrote about the population question not long ago. But for those at the bottom, and even middle, of their class ladders, they do not produce a lot of emissions.
Inequality within countries really matters.
In China, for instance, the richest 10 percent have a footprint 33 times the size of the poorest 10 percent.
In the United States, the richest 10 percent pollute 16 times as much as the poorest 10 percent. See where you fall on this graph:
In India, the climate pollution produced by the poorest 10 percent of the population is negligible. Many of them still cook with charcoal or cow dung. They may not have access to electricity around the clock. They most certainly don’t own a car. At best, a bicycle.
This could make climate action simpler (in theory).
A small number of relatively wealthy people can make a very big difference. Most of all, in the United States. “The richest individuals have many ways to reduce their emissions,” the International Energy Agency analysis pointed out. They include individual changes and policy changes.
(Note: replacing a massive petroleum-burning car for a giant electric truck isn’t quite a silver bullet.)
And bear in mind that the so-called yacht class, the richest 0.1 percent of the population, are super polluters of another order. Their emissions are 10 times as much as the whole world’s richest 10 percent combined.
I have learned something else from going over these numbers.
I have frequently used the term “we” in writing about climate change. Are we doomed? Can we limit temperature rise to relatively safe planetary boundaries? How quickly can we wean ourselves from fossil fuels to slow down warming?
But who is we, exactly? I’m going to think harder about when I use the term. Because when it comes to our role in this profound global problem, we are not the same.
The future is now, and it is us; we must choose to act.
Something to think about on this Sunday afternoon …
♫ Another Day In Paradise ♫
Some nights I have a song in my head, or one pops into my head while I’m in the shower (the only place I’m allowed to sing … even my car doesn’t tolerate my warbling!!), and other nights I start with a blank slate and sift through the archives. Tonight is the latter, and I decided I was in the mood for some Phil Collins, so I went in search of and found this … a song with meaning and Phil’s exquisite voice as an added bonus!
The song, published in 1989, is about the consequences of ignoring the needy and homeless. According to Collins …
“It was begun at the piano. I started playing and put it down on a tape so I wouldn’t forget it. Then I decided to see what would happen when I started singing. When I began, the words just came out, ‘She calls out to the man on the street.’ I didn’t set out to write a song about the homeless. Those were just the words I happened to sing. It was only then that I decided that was what the song would be about.”
This song was Collins’ seventh and final Billboard Hot 100 #1 single, the last #1 single of the 1980s and the first #1 single of the 1990s. It was also a worldwide success, eventually becoming one of the most successful songs of his solo career. It won Collins and co-producer Hugh Padgham the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the 1991 awards ceremony, while it was also nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Best Music Video, Short Form. Another Day in Paradise also won an award for British Single at the 1990 Brit Awards.
Despite the awards gained following its release, the song also generated some controversy over its subject matter and has received a largely negative reaction from music critics. Singer-songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg was scathing of the song.
“Phil Collins might write a song about the homeless, but if he doesn’t have the action to go with it he’s just exploiting that for a subject.”
Andrew Collins described the song as a “bland redress” for the subject of homelessness. Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian dismissed the track in 2007 as “a song that addressed the issue of homelessness with the same insight as Sporty Spice’s ‘If That Were Me'”. David Sheppard described the song’s lyrics as “cringe-worthy” and gave it as an example of Collins “painting the bull’s-eye on his own forehead” when it came to his negative status with music critics. Hugh Wilson contrasted Collins’ concern for the homeless in the song with his concern as a multimillionaire at the prospect of the UK’s election of a tax-raising socialist government. (Sound familiar?)
Despite all that criticism, the fact remains that this song was a hit in many countries from Australia to Zimbabwe! It reached #1 in both Canada and the U.S., and #2 in the UK.
Another Day in Paradise
She calls out to the man on the street
‘Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?’
He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there
Oh think twice, it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, ’cause it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, think about it
She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet
She can’t walk but she’s trying
Oh think twice, ’cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, think about it
Oh Lord, is there nothing more anybody can do
Oh Lord, there must be something you can say
You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she’s been there
Probably been moved on from every place
Cause she didn’t fit in there
Oh think twice, ’cause another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, just think about it, think about it
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise, paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise, paradise
It’s just another day for you and me
It’s just another day for you and me
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
Songwriters: Phil Collins
Another Day in Paradise lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Concord Music Publishing LLC
Another Call to Arms? I Hope NOT!
It seems there is only one major thing in the news this weekend, the anticipated indictment of Donald Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The potential indictment is a result of the $130,000 in hush money that Trump paid to porn star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election to ensure her silence about their earlier affair. I had not intended to write about this prematurely, until it actually comes to pass, but there is so much smoke blowing – toxic smoke – that I thought it required a bit of dissection.
First, let me just say that while his affair with Ms. Daniels and then his attempt to pay more money than most of us will ever see in one place at one time to buy her silence are terrible. The affair itself is an indicator of a person without morals or values, the hush money may be a violation of Federal Election Commission rules. That is not for us to decide. That said, it is interesting and disappointing that this is the first potential indictment Trump will face, for while it is terrible, there are numerous other crimes he has committed that are far more horrible on a far larger scale. I would much rather see pending indictments for his role in plotting the attempted coup on January 6th 2021, and for his theft of classified documents upon leaving the White House, and for his recorded effort to coerce Georgia officials to change the vote count. These are all definite crimes that there is no doubt he committed. And those may yet come, however first there is this case brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
The rhetoric surrounding the case is what’s keeping it in the headlines. Here are a few examples:
- “The idea of indicting a president of the United States is deeply troubling to me as it is to tens of millions of Americans – and particularly happening in what appears to be a politically charged environment in New York where the attorney general and other elected officials literally campaigned on a pledge to prosecute the former president.” – Former VP Mike Pence who was the main target of the January 6th insurrection
- I would respond to Mr. Pence that as a citizen, it is ‘deeply troubling’ to have had a president who lied to us, cheated us, and conned us for four years!
- “This is unAmerican and the radical Left has reached a dangerous new low of Third World countries. Knowing they cannot beat President Trump [sic] at the ballot box the Radical Left will now follow the lead of Socialist dictators and reportedly arrest President Trump [sic], the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States.” – Representative Elise Stefanik (New York)
- “This is a personal sexual situation. What about Bill Clinton? That wasn’t worse? This guy allegedly – and I’m telling you it’s untrue. As his personal friend, I’m going to tell you categorically she’s lying. Categorically. And I know I say that all the time. I can tell you personally why I know that. She’s a damn liar! Manhattan has suffered unbelievable levels of crime under this incompetent and communist – this Soros paid for piece of I don’t know what.” – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
- “If the Manhattan DA indicts President Trump, he will ultimately win even bigger than he is already going to win. And those Republicans that stand by and cheer for his persecution or do nothing to stop it will be exposed to the people and will be remembered, scorned, and punished by the base. President Trump did nothing wrong and has always fought for the American people, and we all know it, which is why we love him.” Representative Marge Greene (Georgia)
And then, as if the voices weren’t already causing our ears to ring and making us feel ill, Kevin McCarthy steps in and says …
“Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump. I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions.”
This from the man who is the leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, hired to represent the people of this nation, not to defend a lying criminal! Thus far, all his ‘investigations’ have been a waste of taxpayer dollars, as this one will be also. I guess he needs to do this to stay on the good side of Trump, though.
But the one thing that concerns me most over this is the potential for violence. All the above voices are enough to bring out the die-hard trumpists, but to throw a can of fuel on the fire, Trump himself had to jump into the fray with one of his ALL CAPS rants that is eerily reminiscent of his “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” on December 19th, 2020 …
“THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!”
We saw the results on January 6th of his tweet, and my concern is that we will see similar results this week when and if he is indicted in Manhattan. Mind you, that is NOT a reason for the prosecution to back off, not a reason for any of the cases against Trump to be halted or slowed, but it is a very real possibility that must be considered.
And it is being considered. I understand that meetings have been going on throughout the week among city, state and federal law enforcement agencies in New York City about security preparations for a possible indictment of Trump. Let us hope that lessons were learned by the events of January 6th and that law enforcement will be far better prepared this time.
While there may be an indictment, and there may be a fine, I do not operate under any illusions that Trump will be arrested or see the inside of a jail cell, so you can put that dream to bed right now. Again, this is not even the most important case pending against him … I almost think this is something of a trial balloon, testing the waters for future cases on more important issues.
You Aren’t In Kansas Any More …
I left this world back in 2023, and I said at the time, rather tongue-in-cheek, that I’d like to return in 100 years and see what my country and the rest of the world would look like then. In 2023, the United States was in turmoil, stopping just short of complete chaos, but certainly not far from it. There was a group in Congress calling themselves the “Freedom Caucus” who stood for everything BUT freedom. The right-wing Republican Party had strayed so far from any sense of humanitarian values that I believed they were on a collision course. Guns were more plentiful than people and violence was always right around the next corner. And around the globe, troubles were brewing. An arrogant Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin had invaded Ukraine and was trying to expand Russian territory in hopes of building an empire. Democracies ‘round the globe were being challenged. Climate change, coupled with massive deforestation was a significant threat to the environment that few were taking seriously. And so naturally I wondered what the next century would bring.
It is now, as I have just learned, 102 years later, the year is 2125. One minute I was living happily within my wolf pack, and then I found myself here, on a street corner in a city I almost, but not quite recognize, scratching my head and wondering WTF happened. Well, might as well make the most of it, take a look around, and see what the world has turned into in my absence. The first thing I notice is that there are no trees, no flowers, nothing I would define as nature at all. And very few people …
I find a wallet in my pocket with $215 in it … enough for some breakfast, at any rate. Now to find a coffee shop … a Starbucks or something. Let me just ask this lady wearing a mask and waiting for her bus …
Me: Excuse me, ma’am?
She: Don’t you dare come near me … I have a gun and I’m not afraid to use it!
(Okay, one question is answered … the gun culture is still alive and well in the U.S.)
Me: No worries, ma’am … I was just wondering if you could tell me where the nearest Starbucks is?
She: Starbucks??? I have no idea what you’re asking.
(Another question answered … Starbucks didn’t survive into the 22nd century)
Me: Where is the nearest restaurant where I might get a bit of breakfast?
She: Two blocks down and on the left, there’s a Trump diner.
Me: Is there any other restaurant in the vicinity? I’m not a fan of anything with the name “Trump”.
She: Where are you from, anyway? Outer space?
Me: I’m from out west, ma’am, and I haven’t been on the East Coast for over 100 … er … for several years.
She (slowly backing away and reaching into her coat pocket): Go! I’ll buzz for the police … you’re that escaped lunatic they’ve been talking about on the news, aren’t you??? That’s why you look like you belong in a pack of wild animals!
Well, that certainly went well. I moseyed on my way before she had a chance to sic the police on me, but already I was getting some answers about the state of affairs here. I needed coffee, food, and a newspaper in that order! I started walking, and eventually came upon a little café that serves sandwiches and hot coffee, so I ordered an egg & cheese sandwich and a large coffee. The tab came to $14. Another question answered.
I found a day-old newspaper on one of the empty tables and snatched it up to peruse while munching on my sandwich. The headline read:
President John White to Meet with Congress Regarding Debt Ceiling
Some things never change. Reading on …
Russian Troops Near French Border
WHOA!!! Last I knew, Vladimir Putin’s Russia was still fighting to take Ukraine! Reading on, it appears that what were once Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Austria, Germany and Italy are now all a part of the ‘Russian Union’. No … this can’t be right!
I look around the small café … there are only three other patrons, all wearing masks that they pull down to take a bite of food or a sip of their drink. Finished with my tasteless sandwich and weak coffee, I leave a $1 tip and exit the café. I notice there are few people on what was once a bustling street. I also notice they are all wearing masks, walking in a strange way, almost as if they are afraid … of what? Has there been another pandemic like the one we had back in 2020?
There is a strange scent to the air, rather like dirty laundry. I see a man who looks friendly enough, so I approach … with caution.
Me: Sir? Excuse me, but I’m from … er, out of town … and I was wondering if you might be able to help me …
Him: What do you want? I have a gun and I will use it.
Me: No no … I mean no harm, but I’m a bit lost and wondered if you could tell me how to get to the nearest library?
Him: What? Library? There are no libraries here! The last one closed when I was a child. What do you want it for?
(Knowing it will sound weird if I tell him I want to see what has happened in the world over the past century, I try to think of a reasonable answer, but this is a new world to me …)
Me: I just hoped to find a new book to read, that’s all.
Him: Book??? (He laughs maniacally) What, are you from the 21st century? (more laughter) Books are illegal … I think you should move on now … get away from me before you get us both arrested!
I resume my walk down the street, take a right at the next corner, and suddenly I hear a booming electronic voice booming from all directions, echoes bouncing off the buildings …
ATTENTION! Curfew is in one hour! Anybody caught outside after 6:00 will be arrested on sight! I repeat, curfew is in one hour! GO HOME!
Oh how I wish I could go home, back to my pack where life was simple and relatively safe.
(To be continued … maybe)
Time For ‘Toons!
The time has come to share some of the political cartoons from the past week with you guys. I must say that as much as we are bombarded with political drama, environmental crises, social disruption, it is a boon for the political cartoonists who NEVER have to go digging for a topic these days! Oh, if only I had some artistic talent! But alas … a five-year-old child can draw better than I can! These ‘toons and artists show that we CAN find humour, even in the darkest of times.