Today I have a bouncy mind … too much inundation of both news and holidays, I think. Have to bake birthday cookies, do birthday cards, get a package ready to mail overseas, Trump did a convoluted interview yesterday that I’m struggling to get through without throwing something, and a new federal judge is about to be confirmed who supports extreme voter suppression. No wonder my mind is bouncing! So, I share with you a few of the thoughts that have crept out from the crevices during the bounce …
Yesterday morning when I logged onto Facebook for the first time of the day, planning to check messages and post my latest blog post, I was immediately assailed by a large message from Facebook itself, asking me to donate money to one of several charitable causes, and promising to match my donation. HAH!!! Mind you, though I haven’t much to give, I do give … I give to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Humane Society, the local foodbank. I give to a variety of local homeless shelters. So, it isn’t that I’m not willing to help out … it is, simply put, that I do not have any reason to trust Facebook!
Entrust my bank account number to Facebook after their recent data breach that exposed the personal data of millions of users??? And … trust them to actually match my donation? I think not. This is a case of “Let the buyer beware”. I will continue to carefully choose my own causes, thank you very much anyway, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg!
And speaking of letting the buyer beware, I am once again grumbling loudly over one of my old pet peeves. Note to all readers: If the package says “Easy open – pull here” … get your scissors and sharpest knives out, be prepared to spend a minimum of ten minutes fighting to get to the product inside the package, and while you’re at it … be sure your first-aid kit is handy! I’ve been putting it down to my being old, my hands and fingers not being as agile or strong as they once were, but even the youngster in this house has trouble opening things these days. I still get her to do it, though, for she has far more patience than I, and is therefore less likely to throw and break things. Besides, she doesn’t swear, so it is less traumatic for the kitties!
But seriously, is there any reason that opening a new bottle of ibuprofen requires a degree in rocket science? Or a bag of chicken tenders … “pull tab” it says … “tear along perforation” – what perforation??? There is no tab, there is no perforation … there is a dotted line, but it is not perforated! Get the scissors … snip, clip … okay and … nothing! I cut along the dotted line, but it is too far above that part where you can pull it open. Finally, a butcher knife right to the heart of the package does the trick. How much time was just wasted? Luckily this time only a small bandage was required … last time it was a roll of gauze and adhesive tape! And to think … people get paid big bucks to come up with these packaging designs. Sigh.
MSNBC is not one of my ‘go-to’ sources. First, they are owned by Comcast. Second, they are left-biased. Now, granted, my own leanings are toward the left of center, but when I want news, I want news … facts, reported accurately and without significant bias toward either side. As Joe Friday used to say in the old Dragnet show, “just the facts, ma’am”. That said, today I give MSNBC a thumbs-up for refusing, for the second time this month, to carry a White House press event.
The first time was on November 1st when the network refused to transmit live a fearmongering presidential address about immigration and the caravan in Mexico. The second time was yesterday afternoon when, for the first time in about a month, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deigned to hold a ‘daily’ press briefing. The briefing was a joke, naught but propaganda such as Larry Kudlow, Trump’s Director of the National Economic Council, saying, “We’ll see what happens. … Our economy’s in very good shape right now”. Sounds rather like a replay of something Trump has said many times, doesn’t it? Toe the party line. The entire briefing, from what I can gather, was more of the same. National Security Advisor John Bolton saying that he hasn’t listened to the audio recording of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and sees no reason to do so. Sanders herself rang in with, “I don’t think the president has any concerns about the [Mueller] report because he knows that there was no wrongdoing by him and that there was no collusion.” It was a waste of the press’ time and a waste of anybody’s time who bothered to watch it. Press briefings have become repetitious and uninformative. You may disagree, but I think MSNBC made the right decision in this case, and I’d like to see more of the media outlets be a bit more discriminating about just what they choose to waste our time with.
And so, you now know how a bouncy mind works, and I shall return you to your regularly scheduled life! Thanks for bouncing along with me today!