Everything Has Meaning

I don’t remember too much of my dreams last night, except there were several scenes of falling from a great height into deep snow, but then I remembered the last words of my dream, as I was waking up. “0210420, sounds tropical but I don’t know” It rhymed. I wondered if it had any real life meaning, like a zip code in Hawaii (too many numbers) or something like that.
So, I googled it, and got a peek inside a window to a room of the global hive mind I don’t think I’ve ever been in, and am highly unlikely to ever visit for legit reasons, but glad to know it exists. The world of published papers on physics and mathematics. That particular number sequence seems to have been (as many things in dreams are) entirely meaningless, as far as my life is concerned. Our dreams are filled with very random things. I believe they are important, and may sometimes give us great insight into our own minds, but it’s basically a question of your brain relaxing and not even trying to self-direct. There might be meaning, but it’s thrown in with all the dirty socks.
That is to say, 0210420 was not even the title, or an important sequence, in any of these papers. It’s just that when you are covering pages with numbers, any set of digits is bound to appear. I suppose. I didn’t actually click on any of the papers because I didn’t even understand the headlines.
But, I decided to experiment. I googled a few sets of random, top of my head, 7 number sequences. One led directly to outboard motors, another to a computer game, and a third to dish cloths, of all things.
The internet is a vast and infinitely complex place, and more things exist there than any one person can ever experience. You may swim in the ocean, but you will never swim in ALL of the ocean.

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Turner v. Brown

“There is no such thing as an honest politician.” This is often said, and nearly but not quite literally true, but it very often pisses me off when I hear people say it, if they did not support Bernie Sanders. America had a chance at an honest, decent, intelligent president and America blew it.
With Nina Turner, I have no reason to question her honesty and integrity. She supported Sanders, she has always been forthright about her stands on the issues, and she answers questions directly, without using a cackling sort of laugh to deflect, as Kamala Harris and Hillary Clinton tend to do.
Her opponent, on the other hand, is dishonest, and corrupt, and should be in prison rather than politics. She is currently under investigation for steering government contracts to her boyfriend’s company (we know for a fact that her boyfriend’s company got the contracts – it’s proving the quid pro quo that’s the hard part, and that’s what keeps so many politicians, e.g. Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein, out of prison.
Then, there was this: At a recent speech, Turner’s opponent used fake applause. It’s hard to know why, there was no way she was fooling the people present. I watched the video, there weren’t more than a couple dozen people there altogether, including the local news and her own sound person. Of those definitely fewer than 30 people, quite a few were not clapping and one person was walking away, like he’d just been walking through the park and stopped to see what all the hubbub was. I guess, like Pete Buttigieg, it was planned for a campaign ad, but with Buttigieg, he added the sound LATER. This was the equivalent of adding a laugh track in a live comedy club, it’s as if they shortened the basket at one end of the court because one team just isn’t as tall as the other.
I’m not making any predictions about the election. Hillary Clinton and the powers that be in the so-called democratic party are doing everything they can to sabotage Turner, and we know they’ve rigged elections before and gotten away with it. I’m saying Nina Turner SHOULD win because it’s blatantly obvious that her opponent, Shontel Brown, is a liar and a crook.

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The Separation of Sex and Sports

There have been a few stories, from a few different sports, about the women’s uniforms, as in the women (not the spectators, the athletes themselves) don’t like them. A little bit too close to actual nudity for comfort, for some. Some have mentioned the discomfort of such skimpy attire.
The story I just read five minutes ago said the Australian women’s volleyball team is being fined, because they don’t want to wear the official Olympic beach babe bikinis. On the other hand, the German gymnastics team (I think it was gymnastics, if I’m off on the details, no matter) is showing up in a one piece that carries on to mid-thigh, and I guess that’s O.K.
Different standards for different sports, maybe. But it all seems like a mountain of crap to me. It’s not a beauty pageant. Sure, guys pay a lot more attention to women’s sports if the women are good looking, just like guys will turn into a news station if they think the announcer is hot. Guys are pigs. We really are.
But, this is the Olympics. It is to determine who are the best athletes in the world, and keeping the uniforms skimpy doesn’t actually aid in that. If any female athletes are uncomfortable with the uniforms, any of them at all, then they should be able to choose different uniforms.
Certainly, the IOC shouldn’t be fining anybody over it. That is way uncool.

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The Good Doctor

In my ever widening search to find anything left worth watching on Netflix, I have stumbled on another hospital show. Nothing great, I’m not saying it’s a must watch (although I’m still watching it). That’s not what this blog is about. The gimmick in The Good Doctor is an autistic doctor, and when I noticed it was based on a Korean series, I was not surprised. In fact, I’m surprised that it wasn’t a robot doctor, or a time traveling doctor, or a ghost. It could have been a more ridiculous premise.
He always saves the day but he always speaks literally, saying things like “You’re going to die.” It’s a bit like House, just with an even weirder doctor. They always have to go one step further.
At what point does it jump the shark?
It got me thinking how similar hospital shows are to cop shows, which I hate with an ever increasing passion (Helena is totally into them, especially the Nordic-noir subset, so I am unable to ignore them entirely) There’s always the quirky outsider, whose methods are unconventional but they are a stone cold genius and infallible.
Perhaps they both attract their audiences because people like thinking that people in authority, people with the power of life and death over us, are insightful and brilliant, and will always come through in a crisis. A sweet fantasy.
The difference is, while television doctors don’t bear much more resemblance to real life doctors than TV cops do to real cops, I admire doctors in real life. Cops, not so much.
Perhaps the reason that there are about a gazillion cop shows for every doctor show is that the world is closer to being a police state than a healthy state.

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Thoughts on Cuba

First of all, what’s going on? Why is Cuba suddenly the center of attention? Was there some major change, did they take some aggressive action? It just seems to me that the U.S. is fighting a war that they lost 60 years ago. I can’t see any need for it.
I did watch a brief video today of a demonstration in Havana. What I saw was people exercising their right to protest, and not being confronted by police wearing so much armor they look like an army of robocops. I didn’t see people being tear gassed. It could happen, I suppose, but even if it did, that wouldn’t make them any worse, or even any different, than the United States.
Biden called Cuba a failed state. They exist, as an independent state, so they are successful in that. They have an excellent education and health care system, and export doctors around the world. If those are markers of a successful state, and I think they are, then they are a successful state. They are not currently in a state of civil war. They have good relations with most other countries in the world.
Whether you approve of their politics or not, even if you think they are bad in the area of civil liberties and freedom, that would make them no more a failed state than China, or Singapore, or Dubai. That is just the wrong word to use.
There seems to be a lot of that going around, lately.

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