The Zoo at Chleby

We took a long drive out to a small village today, to visit a small zoo.  The village  is Chleby, which means breads, and it seemed the zoo was their largest, in fact their only, attraction.  This is not a negative statement about Chleby.  There are lots and lots of villages and small towns around the world which have no attractions at all, and yet people live in them quite happily.

It was a lovely Spring day.  Helena mentioned, when we were about halfway there, that she had had no idea how far it was, and I said it didn’t matter because it was a lovely drive, and it was.  The canola is in full flower, and yellow is the new green.

The zoo cost a bit more to get in than we thought, and, as far as zoos go, was one of the lamest I’ve ever seen.  Statues of animals seemed to outnumber actual animals, and some of the animals on exhibit were chickens and goats.  Kids could feed the goats and deer (10 kc for food) and there was a big playground for little kids and a couple of snack bars.  Isabel had her picture taken with a parrot on her shoulder and the parrot grabbed her glasses right off her face and threw them on the ground, that was pretty funny.  There were camels, looking shabby and shedding and out of place, and a couple of bears.  That was it, about 45 minutes maybe, and we were through.

It wasn’t much of a zoo for the price, and I’m not recommending it.  It was a lovely day for a trip though, and a nice walk in a small village.

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Piss Off, Joe. People Say No.

Joe Biden is running.  It’s official.  Well, sort of official.  Lots of newspapers have quoted credible sources as saying that he will make his announcement next week.  That seems to be the way people are doing it lately.  Leak that you’re going to make an official announcement about a week before the official announcement, then make the official announcement.
I can understand the political logic, but I can’t say I think it’s effective.  You get two news cycles instead of one, but you lose the Big Boom effect.  Which might not have been that great anyway, because everybody expected him to run.
But, he won’t win.  There’s no way he’ll win.  He’ll run as the centrist candidate, of course, but there’s already Harris, Klobuchar, Gillibrand and a couple of others fighting it out for that niche, and that niche is not even the winning niche.
He’s not going to win the women’s vote.  Partly because of the ‘creepy old groping Joe’ issue, which bothers every woman who’s ever written #metoo, and they are legion.  And partly because of the Clarence Thomas hearings, which offended those same women.  Biden has lived long enough to offend two distinct generations of feminist, and a majority of the women who say “I’m not a feminist” are probably already Trump voters.
He’s certainly not going to win the youth vote.  For the most part, Bernie’s got that.  Those young people who want a young person can choose between Pete Buttigieg and Tulsi Gabbard.  They certainly aren’t going to vote for old Joe.
But the most damning thing is that he doesn’t have an issue.  Andrew Yang’s got UBI, and Marianne Williamson has the reparations issue. Admittedly, those aren’t much, but they are issues.  Bernie and Tulsi, on the other hand, have lots of issues, issues where they agree with a majority of the American public, issues which are just common sense.  Stop the wars.  Create a greener world, and stop climate change.  Free college.  Legalize marijuana. End private prisons.   Tax the rich.
Joe Biden says rich people aren’t the problem.
He has no chance of winning the presidency, in this or any other year, for the rest of his life.  Nor should he.

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Mueller (redacted)

Well, the Mueller report, albeit redacted, has been  released to the public, which is cool  Now the great search to read between the lines begins, and I’m not being sarcastic.  It was the 18 minutes (is that the right number?) of blank tape that did Nixon in, more than what was said.
Also, there is bound to be some incriminating stuff even in what was not redacted.  Basically, the individual being investigated, suspect #1, Demagogue Don, is a mess.  He is a fat blob of criminality, racism, and stupidity.  If he spoke to the investigation, he certainly lied.
The question is, does anybody want to impeach? There was enough evidence within a week or two of him assuming office that he was using his office for profit, spending government funds for his own benefit, and practicing an insane level of cronyism and nepotism.
My suspicion is that Nancy and Friends will continue with the non-impeaching until it’s close enough to election time that they can say “It’s too close to election time,” which is really a bullshit approach, that would be a great time to impeach.  But, they won’t impeach and then they’ll act all surprised whend he gets a second term.

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The Green New Deal Video

Well, here is a cute, little video from Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, or AOC as we so like to say, it sounds sort of cool, like we know her or something.  It’s all about The Green New Deal,

It’s great because it’s short, it’s sweet, and it communicates the main points.  It’s like that style that Robert Reich uses when he talks about the economy, how you film the artist sketching the illustrations, and then speed it up.  Only in color, and with more detailed drawing.  Kudos to Molly Crabapple, by the way.  Good job.
She talks a bit about what climate change is, and then presents some of the main points of a green new deal.  Bullet trains, of course, which are awesome, and everybody getting green jobs, and a bit about what those jobs might be, and she also mentioned medicare for all, which is great but I kind of think of that as a separate issue.
I would have like to have seen her say more about reforestation, because I see that as the key to reducing carbon in the atmosphere, and also I’m really into trees.  Trees are awesome.  There is nothing about them that is bad for human beings, plus they look nice.
I would have liked it if she’d said a bit more about having lots of small, organic farms, and screw Monsanto, and I would have liked her to say more about bike paths, urban gardens, and recycling.
But, you only have 7 minutes, and you’ve got to make choices.  It’s a beautiful video.  Check it out.

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Sanders Big Town Hall

I watched the Fox Town Hall with Bernie Sanders, and I think Sanders might have just sealed the deal.  Not just the nomination, but the presidency.
First, I’d like to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable and professional the hosts seemed.  Sure, some of their questions may have been combative, but they were fair, and they didn’t interrupt him or talk over him.  Tulsi Gabbard got treated far worse on The View.
Of course, Bernie hit all of the questions out of the park.  He always does.  I particularly liked his answer to the question “Is Joe Biden a progressive.”  He just said Biden was a friend of his and he didn’t want to talk about him.  It was a sign that he intends to run a clean campaign, just like in 2016.  It’s one thing I really like about him.  The rest of us, of course, Bernie’s keyboard army, can continue to call him Gropin’ Joe, or just keep reminding people of his role the the Anita Hill scandal,  and a whole bunch of other shit which exists because Joe Biden, simply, is not progressive.
The main thing, of course, is that Sanders went on Fox News.  It was gutsy, walking into the enemy gangs HQ, and I’m sure that has not gone unnoticed.  It was possibly Bernie’s biggest TV audience ever.  The Democratic debates were always scheduled opposite football games, or something.
Then there is that consistent detail of Sanders’ political career, which is that the more people know about him, the more they like him.  For a lot of viewers, this may have been their first serious exposure to Sanders.  That’s a game changer.

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The Burning of Notre Dame

I suppose if you are Catholic, or French, the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a deeply felt tragedy.
Being neither, I see it as a fire.  It seems it was started by some of the work on restoration.  It can happen.

The main structure of the building remains the same.  The roof and tower were destroyed, as well as the stained-glass windows, so it’s a loss for the art world, certainly.  But, nobody was killed. (touch wood)  One fireman was injured.

It was not, as I saw one commenter say, ‘the end of the world’.

It was not nearly as bad as the wildfires that swept through California last summer.  People died in those.  An entire town was destroyed.  There were cathedrals which were destroyed much more thoroughly in World War Two.  This is not a tragedy on that scale.  That time that gunmen came into a Paris nightclub and started shooting people was a far greater tragedy than this.
But, this will probably be remembered longer, because we pay more attention to iconic old buildings than we do to people’s lives.  Funny, how that works.
I imagine it will be rebuilt, and in a lot less time than it took to build it originally, back in the 12th century.  At least, I hope so.  It was, apparently, a very important place to a lot of people.

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The Meme’s Extremes

Morning make up blog here because I smoked too much pot last night and couldn’t zero in on a topic.  I was just scrolling through my feed over my second cup of coffee when I remembered that fact, and was looking at a very interesting meme at that moment, so here goes.
The meme showed a marble statue, a standing nude female, Amazon like, holding a sword in one hand, and a man’s severed head in the other.  And the caption said, “Be Thankful We Just Want Equality, and not Payback.”
I have very mixed thoughts about this.  First, from memes like this, and remembering the absolute glee with which women celebrated Lorena Bobbitt, it is clear that some women really, really do want payback.  And, yes, that scares me.
On the other hand, it is a very funny, and totally justifiable meme.  There are many men walking around the world today of whom it could be said, that the greatest contribution they could make to the world would be their absence, their sudden transfer into non-existence, the having of their head suddenly severed from their shoulders.  For various reasons.  On the other hand, some of the more rabid feminists would include me in that group, and some include all men in that group.

It’s like so many things, I guess.  Funny, if you’re willing to look at it as a joke, and progressively less funny the more literally you take it.  There are a lot of memes out there like that.  On many different topics.

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