Monday, July 6, 2020

Thought for the Day


Some More COVID-19 Humour . . .

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Items and reader comments from Bored Panda at: 

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(George Takei played the rile of Mr Sulu in the original Star Trek). 

Reader comments: 

You, sir, are a treasure. 

George Takei. Great American. I love him so much. His interviews on Howard Stern are legendary. 

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If you or your loved one fits in the description, your best legal option is to STFU. 

Imagine reading the beginning as an anti-masker thinking "yes, yes, I will probably call this law firm" and then you read the end and do a double take LOL ;D 

LOL, I did the same thing!!! 

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I, the kid that all of group projects, can confirm this. 

Yep. I always do the projects on my own. (I'm still in school) 

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In Spain, where I live, we all have to wear masks and I haven't heard any bitching from anyone. There are the occasional idiots here and there not wearing them (mainly teenagers), but they're a minority. On May 19, the central government passed an "order" saying that everyone must wear a mask in public spaces, shops, and public transport. We're in the middle of a heat wave (one of many yet to come...) and the only thing that really bothers me about the mask is not being able to see through my fogged up glasses, lol. 

What the hell is Bill using for a mask? A plastic bag over his head? 

I have damaged lungs. I was in a coma for a couple of months, and on a ventilator part of that time. It is difficult for me to breathe with a mask. It also causes anxiety to have a mask on. I STILL wear a mask every single time I go out, even if I sometimes have to step outside to take a break, lift the mask, and breathe for a while. Why? Because I don't want anyone else to experience months in the hospital. I know what it's like. 

Yes, a mask makes you feel a little suffocated, and uncomfortable. I find it triggers me, and gives me anxiety attacks. I still wear one when I leave the house, because it it the responsible and ethical thing to do. Suck it up, buttercup. 

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To be fair, one of them got holes in it. Just saying. 

Stupid is as stupid does. 

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I don't like this one, because it implies that they're the same thing - and therefore implies that if you agree businesses should be able to discriminate against antimaskers, then you agree they should be able to discriminate against gay couples. Businesses have a right to deny you service if you are causing harm to others. This is why you can't smoke in most businesses (in my country), must wear a shirt where food is served, and must wear a mask during a pandemic. However to require you live a certain lifestyle or follow their religion? No. 

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We will, we will, mock you! 

I read this in the rhythm of the song 

We will, we will infect you! 

And this one: if you don't like the mask, you're going to hate the ventilator. 

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I just had to wear one to get a mammogram. 

You're not the first, last or only person to ever give birth. Than you go and make it sound pretty gross and top it off by adding Chess Wiz to the mix. Wear your mask no matter what the situation. 馃樂 

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Guy did this at stop & shop less than 6 feet from me and it was not a short or light cough. I was worried for 2 weeks. 

Happened to me when I went out for the first time in 3 months to renew my driver's license - she came to stand right beside me first 

I've seen our politicians make worst things on TV... nose mining, in hand coughing, eyes rubbing, all strictly without mask... 

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Death by glamour 

That isn't a mask. It's a "Showgirls" bra... 

I'm a pretty chill, to-each-their-own kind of guy, but this f-ing infuriates me. I mean, great that she's not protecting herself, more power to natural selection and all, but it is endangering others and she couldn't care in the least. Deep sigh... 

I hate the fact that people that stupid have so much damn money 

Proof that natural selection does occur to the rich, too 

Another covidiot!!!

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Thought for the Day


I Read the News Today, Oh Boy . . .





Lockdown quotes: 

Residents and business owners in Melbourne’s virus-plagued hot spots are angry that they have been forced to go back into lockdown. 

Some quotes: 

“Trade had been improving but everyone forgot we still had the virus and started living their life as normal. I want (our community) to take this seriously, more seriously than they did before. We will stay open for takeaway and I want people who come in here to be a bit more careful. We will be living with this for a long time; it’s not easy.” 
- Rose Mehmet, bakery owner 

“It was already very frustrating to be inside our homes for three months and now we again have to live with this situation. It is really taking a toll on our mental health because everyone is getting frustrated while sitting inside their home. My message is to be patient, be supportive of each other and let’s hope it will be over in four weeks.” 
- Yasser Azeem, resident

“If people are stupid enough not to do what we we’re supposed to do, what do you expect,” 
- Spiros Strouzas, resident

Source: 
News.com 
July 1, 2020 


Bernie Ecclestone: 

Ex-Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has become a dad for the fourth time aged 89. His wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, gave birth to baby boy Ace in just a 25 minute labour. The baby boy is the billionaire businessman’s first son after having three daughters with his previous partners. His eldest, Deborah, 65, was born to his first wife Ivy Bamford before he had socialites Tamara, 35, and Petra, 31, with his second wife Slavica Radic. 


Source: 
News.com 
July 2, 2020 

By the way:

It reminds me of an old joke: 

An 80 year old man was having his annual checkup, and the doctor asked him how he was feeling. 

"I've never been better!" he boasted. "I've got an eighteen year old bride who's pregnant, and having my child! What do you think about that?" 

The doctor considered this for a moment, then said, "Let me tell you a story. I knew a guy who was an avid hunter. He never missed a season. But one day went out in a bit of a hurry, and he accidentally grabbed his umbrella instead of his gun. So he was in the woods, and suddenly a grizzly bear appeared in front of him! He raised up his umbrella, pointed it at the bear, and squeezed the handle. And do you know what happened?" 

Dumbfounded, the old man replied "No." 

The doctor continued, "The bear dropped dead in front of him!" 

"That's impossible!" exclaimed the old man. "Someone else must have shot that bear." 

"That's kind of what I'm getting at..." replied the doctor. 

Not sayng that’s the situation re old Bernie, just that it reminded me of that joke. 


Amerika zuerst: 

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is selling merchandise bearing a symbol awkwardly reminiscent of one used by Nazi Germany. The symbol in question appears on a product called the “America First Tee” which retails for $US30. It features the words “America First” above an image of an eagle with its wings spread and its talons gripping a circular version of the American flag. 



The bald eagle was chosen to be the national emblem of the United States all the way back in the 1700s, when the fledgling nation first won its independence from Great Britain. The eagle is not usually shown in this position though, and for good reason. 

The Nazis used a symbol called the Reichsadler – Imperial Eagle, in English – as Germany’s official national insignia after an edict from Adolf Hitler in 1935. The Reichsadler featured an eagle with its wings spread, and its talons clutching a circular wreath with a swastika inside. It was a slightly tweaked version of the Nazi Party’s emblem, the Parteiadler (Eagle of the party), the only difference being that the Reichsadler’s head looked to the left, and the Parteiadler’s to the right. Here are images of the Reichsadler and Parteiadler:




The Nazi eagle was a prominent symbol in Hitler’s Germany, and a massive version of the logo lorded over the German Reichstag during the Second World War. 


Americans who would like to purchase Trump merchandise without any Nazi connotations have plenty of options. The campaign shop sells, among other things, a wooden train set, a Make American Great Again dog leash, several dozen hats of various colours, and even a baby-sized one-piece declaring “I cry less than a Democrat”: 


Source: 
News.com 
July 2, 2020 

By the way:

There have been comparisons in the past between Mr Trump and Herr Hitler: 



Donald Trump appears on the front page of the Philadelphia Daily News on Dec. 8, 2015. 

This is the first time, so far as I am aware, that the Nazi imagery has come from Trump's own people. Might I therefore suggest a campaign slogan: 
Ein Volk
 Ein Reich.
 Ein President. 


POTUS. Trump and Mt Rushmore: 

Whilst on the topic of Donald Trump, criticism has been directed at his Independence Day gathering and speech at Mt Rushmore yesterday for failure to maintain social distancing, lack of masks and for the content of his speech. As part of that speech, Trump was critical of protestors defacing and tearing down statues of Confederate leaders, those who have histories of being slaveowners and those who may have made comments about black people and indigenous persons out of step with current perspectives. Trump declared that images of Washington and Jefferson, slaveowners, and Roosevelt, who made derogatory comments about “Indians”, would never be removed from Mt Rushmore. 

The news article sourced, link below, also looks at Trump’s fascination with Mt Rushmore. 

This is from that article: 

Beyond the fireworks, the president has long shown a fascination with the monument and has even jokingly mused about having his own face carved into the mountain alongside the four towering carvings of the presidents historians rank among America's greatest.

“I’d ask whether or not you think I will someday be on Mount Rushmore, but, but here’s the problem. If I did it joking, totally joking, having fun, the fake news media will say, ‘he believes he should be on Mount Rushmore,’ Trump said at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in July 2017.

But South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said in a 2018 interview with a South Dakota newspaper that the president once raised the topic with her and that the president seemed “totally serious.”

“I said, 'Mr. President, you should come to South Dakota sometime. We have Mount Rushmore.' And he goes, 'Do you know it's my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?'” Noem recalled. 

Source 
ABC News 
July 4, 2020 

By the way:

There is at least one petition to have Trump’s face added to Mt Rushmore. The goal is 1,000 supporters, it has 39: 




Mastermind of Mt Rushmore sculptures, Gutzon Borglum, was heavily involved in the Ku Klux Klan 

Gutzon Borglum with an early model of Mount Rushmore.

Ever wondered what the back of Mt Rushmore looks like? . . . 



Saturday, July 4, 2020

Quote for the Day

Australian comedian Ross Noble on the surge in COVID-19 cases in the State of Victoria:

'I don't know if you’re across this, but currently the country’s going through what scientists call "the Spice Girls paradigm" . . . 
Everyone's trying really hard, but Victoria's ruining it!'

We Didn't Start the Fire, continued . . .


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Continuing a brief look at the events and persons listed in Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.

Each two lines represent a year.

1954, continued . . .

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, "Rock Around the Clock"
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, "Peyton Place", trouble in the Suez

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Juan Peron:

Juan Per贸n (1895 – 1974) was an Argentine Army general and politician. After serving in several government positions, including Minister of Labor and Vice President, he was elected President of Argentina three times, serving from June 1946 to September 1955, when he was overthrown in a coup d'茅tat, and then from October 1973 until his death in July 1974.

During his first presidential term (1946–52), Per贸n was supported by his second wife, Eva Duarte ("Evita", as in Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina).

Juan and Eva Peron 1952

Juan Peron, 1946

They were immensely popular among the Argentine working class. Eva died in 1952, and Per贸n was elected to a second term, serving from 1952 until 1955.

During the following period of two military dictatorships, interrupted by two civilian governments, the Peronist party was outlawed and Per贸n was exiled. When the left-wing Peronist H茅ctor Jos茅 C谩mpora was elected President in 1973, Per贸n returned to Argentina and was soon after elected President for a third time. His third wife, Mar铆a Estela Mart铆nez, known as Isabel Per贸n, was elected as Vice President on his ticket and succeeded him as President upon his death in 1974.

Relevance to 1954:

Protests from the Catholic Church (Peron had announced that he intended to legalise divorce and prostitution) and unrest among armed forces in 1954-55 led to a coup in Argentina in 1955. AS an example of military hostility towards Peron, on 16 June 1955 there was a rally of support for Peron but Argentine citizens  on the Plaza de Mayo.  However, as he spoke before a crowd of thousands, Navy fighter jets flew overhead and dropped bombs into the crowded square below before seeking refuge in Uruguay. The incident, part of a coup attempt against Per贸n, killed 364 people.

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Toscanini:



Arthur Toscanini (1867-1957) was an Italian conductor, one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and of the 20th century.  He was renowned for his intensity, his perfectionism, his ear for orchestral detail and sonority, and his memory. At various times he was the music director of La Scala in Milan and the New York Philharmonic, later in his career being appointed the first music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra (1937–54).  This led to his becoming a household name (especially in the United States) through his radio and television broadcasts and many operatic and symphonic recordings.

Relevance to 1954:

On April 4, 1954, Toscanini suffered a memory lapse while conducting a radio broadcast of the NBC Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York. This was the last time he conducted live in public. He retired in 1954 and died in 1957, aged 89, the cause of death being a stroke.

By the way:

Toscanini conducted the world premieres of many operas, four of which have become part of the standard operatic repertoire: Pagliacci, La boh猫me, La fanciulla del West and Turandot. 

The last one mentioned, Turandot, was unfinished at the time of Puccini's death in 1924, and was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926. The first performance was held at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 25 April 1926, conducted by Toscanini. This performance included only Puccini's music and not Alfano's additions.  At the point where Puccini left off writing the finale of the unfinished opera, the music ceased, Toscanini said to the audience "Here Death triumphed over art" and then  left the opera pit.  The lights went up and the audience left in silence.

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Dacron:
  
Dacron is a trade name for an early artificial fibre made from the same plastic as polyester.

Relevance to 1954:

Released in 1954, it was hailed as a new wonder fabric, being advertised as a non-iron, drip dry material. It is also used for artificial arteries to this day.


Dacron may have been seen as the wonder fibre in the 1950s, to be revered and respected, but women weren’t seen the same way, as this advertising shows.





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Dien Bien Phu falls:

The French were defeated in 1954 at the battle of Dien Bien Phu, a village in Viet Nam at which the French had an airbase. This resulted in the loss of Indo-China by the French in what is called the First Indochina War.   It also resulted in the 1954 Geneva Accord which split Viet Nam.

Dien Bien Phu was a serious defeat for the French and was the decisive battle of the Indochina war.  Public opinion in France registered shock that a guerilla army had defeated a major European power.

The Geneva Conference opened on 8 May 1954, the day after the surrender of the garrison. The resulting agreement partitioned Vietnam into two zones: communist North Vietnam and the State of Vietnam, which opposed the agreement, to the south. The partition was supposed to be temporary, and the two zones were meant to be reunited through national elections in 1956, which were never held. The last French forces withdrew from Vietnam in 1956.

 Statistics:

French:
1,571–2,293 dead
5,195–6,650 wounded
1,729 missing
11,721 captured (of which 4,436 wounded)
62 aircraft] and 10 tanks lost
167 aircraft damaged

Vietnamese:
4,020 dead
9,118 wounded
792 missing
French estimate: 8,000 dead and 15,000 wounded
  
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See above

Picture taken on the 07 May 1954 showing a Vietnamese soldier waving a flag atop a French base as others assault the area at the Dien Bien Phu battlefield.

French troops parachute over Dien Bien Phu.

Captured French soldiers from Dien Bien Phu, escorted by Vietnamese troops, walk to a prisoner-of-war camp

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“Rock Around the Clock”:


Bill Haley and the Comets released Rock Around The Clock in 1954 to only minor success.

It reached No 1 after being released again when included in the film The Blackboard Jungle.

It was not the first rock and roll record, nor was it the first successful record of the genre.  Haley's recording nevertheless became an anthem for rebellious 1950s youth and is widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world.

See Bill Haley and the Comets perform the number by clicking on:

Relevance to 1954:

See above.

By the way:

The original full title of the song was "We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock Tonight!". This was later shortened to "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock", though this form is generally only used on releases of the 1954 Bill Haley Decca Records recording; most other recordings of this song by Haley and others shorten this title further to "Rock Around the Clock".

The term "Rock 'n' Roll" was a relatively new way of describing music when this came out. A lot of early "Rock" was based on the blues, and was far too racy for most white listeners. Many white singers made careers out of sanitising R&B records for pop appeal, but Haley added a country/swing element to his covers that kept a lot of the edge. When Elvis came along, he did the same thing, transforming R&B songs like "Hound Dog" without sucking the life out of them.

Many listeners had never heard of "rock and roll" when this was released, so the record company had a hard time describing the song. The label on the single called it a "Novelty Foxtrot."

This was the original opening theme song for the TV show Happy Days. The song was re-released in 1974 to capitalise on its new popularity, and charted at #39 in the US. In 1976 the theme was  changed to "Happy Days."

Haley was never able to duplicate the massive success of "Rock Around The Clock," but he did have a few more hits in the '50s, including "See You Later Alligator" and "The Saints Rock 'N Roll." Haley is a key figure in the evolution of rock music, helping transform the sound out of country music, but he couldn't sustain his early success. Elvis stole his thunder, and Haley recorded many substandard songs because he wanted to cut tracks owned by his publishing company. He remained somewhat popular overseas, but lawsuits and financial problems took their toll on the singer, and he died in 1981 at age 55. 

Bill Haley and His Comets were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.