I feel for that poor 1,000 year old tree

Trees are living things, and how amazing that sequoias can live to be 3,000 years old. So I feel some pity for the 1,000 year old tree that fell in California this week. The tree was perhaps a centry old when William the Conquerer crossed the English Channel to conquer England and build The Tower of London in the 11th century (the battle was in 1066). It was 500 years old when the Europeans stumbled upon — and exterminated — the Americas.  How crazy, how awesome and how sad that the tree has lived through all that and suddenly is gone.  With all they now know about trees and their ability to communicate with each other, I wonder if trees have a soul that is undetectable by humans.  Gosh, the world is a strange place. RIP tree…

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I feel for that poor 1,000 year old tree

Am feeling apathetic towards the news

Presidential debates? Elections? Wall street? I am having a hard time caring right now. Why? I am too tired and think there is something going on with my health. It is hard to leave things in the hands of others but it is one of those times I have to care of my health and re-group. I hope there is a special place in hell for the corrupt who need to be watched at all times, including corporate lobbyists, officials who are influenced by said people, and corrupt business people. Why? Because there are people who are not able to take care of themselves, and so are vulnerable to these people. They are like a foul spider preying on the weak.

Am feeling apathetic towards the news

Boeing and WTO calling kettle black: Funny how we claim Airbus gets government subsidies, yet Boeing gets lots of subsidies through tax credits

I used to admire Boeing, but the past few years they’ve come to be just another cog in the Evil Empire that is post-Reagan Corporate America.  They force down wages and benefits by having workers in different states compete for jobs, pay their CEOs 10s of millions and not only pay very little taxes they are actually paid by our government in the form of tax credits.  So it strikes me as odd that the WTO would claim Airbus gets unfair advantages because of their government subsidies — Boeing gets all kinds of subsidies, just through different terminology.  I used to think propaganda didn’t exist in the US – how ignorant I was 🙂

Boeing and WTO calling kettle black: Funny how we claim Airbus gets government subsidies, yet Boeing gets lots of subsidies through tax credits

A lot of sirens and a helicopter at 4 AM

Last night, there must have been a dozen sirens that passed by over a 15 minute period, and at one point I heard a helicopter.  I always wonder what is happening in the few times a year I hear so many sirens at night, but it seems like it is maybe 1 in 20 times that it ever makes the news.  One time perhaps 15 years ago, there were like 20 sirens that pulled up 5 blocks away and a helicopter circled overhead, then two.  A few of us neighbors wandered out – what was happening?  Should we be locking our doors?  None of us knew.  We searched the internet, the TV, etc. – nothing.  After a little bit, the helicopters went away and everything was over.  We never heard anything about it again.  Crazy.   Thinking about this pulls up two other memories:

I love It’s A Disaster, where all the self-absorbed couples are completely oblivious to the million sirens outside their door.  I thought that was a funny movie, although Wife M and Daughter L didn’t think it was as funny as I did.

And I remember my classmate was severely burned by a housefire.  When my grandma heard the news of his accident she mentioned hearing all the sirens in the night.  Sometimes when I hear more than a few sirens at night, I remember that, and I think of my classmate, who died few weeks later from his injuries. And at those moments, I hope that everyone is okay.

A lot of sirens and a helicopter at 4 AM

To err is human, to forgive is un-American?

It is truly tragic the zoo had to kill a gorilla, but is persecuting the parents of the boy going to bring the gorilla back? Anyone who has been a parent knows kids disappear in the blink of an eye. Tragic accidents happen – it doesn’t mean we need to fling stones :(. plus, the few moments of watching a child being flung about would be educational/punishment enough for a lifetime.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/29/us/cincinnati-zoo-gorilla-shot/index.html

To err is human, to forgive is un-American?

Zoos are wrong execution of right idea

A western lowland gorilla was killed yesterday to save a 4 year old boy who fell into his area…. Per Wikipedia: They are foragers but favor locations based on time/season over an 18 mi sq area. Non aggressive, tend to be 1 male and 3 female plus young. In caltivity, up to 62% show signs of stress in the form of hair pulling… Opinion: Zoos are the wrong execution of the right idea, basically imprisonment of animals. We have zoos currently I think to protect animals and educate our youth that we share this Earth, which is great but means a living creature is sentenced to life imprisonment. I feel like zookeepers are saints but the concepts of zoos is bad… How many humans and animals does our society incarcerate? Awful.

Zoos are wrong execution of right idea