My Two-Bit Opinion #13: Bit-O-Opinion, Chunky Style
Here are several little things gnawing on my basal ganglia,
not large or interesting enough for a full scale rant.
First and foremost:
If I could tell every net user one thing, it would be this:
Never believe anything you receive in a forwarded email message unless it was written firsthand by someone you completely trust.
Everything else is not to be believed until actual facts present themselves directly to you. If you are uncertain as to the validity of what seems like plausible, important information, turn to an ACTUAL NEWS SOURCE. There's nothing nationally newsworthy that an email forward will inform you of that CNN won't. Trust me on this. The Internet provides you with countless fact-checking resources. Here's the best:
Always check with these good folks before spreading the disease of disinformation.
Second. Paul McCartney wrote this:
Don't Go Jumping Waterfalls
Please Keep To The Lake
People Who Jump Waterfalls
Sometimes Can Make Mistakes
I really disliked TLC's "Waterfalls," and now I dislike
it even more. Paul's lyrics were fairly bad to start with, but
he managed to invent a peculiar character in the song to deliver
it that seems separate from himself.
This indicates a more clever level of theft on the part of TLC than most pop hip hoppers. What the hell does "chasing a waterfall" mean anyway? Why would someone chase a waterfall? Jumping I can understand, if it's a small fall...
On the TLC tip, Left Eye was nevertheless a hottie of the highest order and her DNA will be sorely missed by the gene pool, pyromaniacal tendencies notwithstanding.
The Truth is getting out more. For some reason, the last couple
of years has seen an astonishing number of cases where Big Lies
are being revealed. Enron, Arthur Anderson, WorldCom - the daily
skirting of the law by corporations is coming to light.
Even the centuries-old practice of altar boy sexual abuse by Catholic priests is achieving a much greater level of social and legal awareness than ever before. What used to be an uncomfortable punchline is now an international headline. Why now, after all these centuries?
I really like Minestrone. Seriously.
Ted Nugent should start his own cult. I'd probably join it. The man is charismatic as hell, and he has a conservative perspective I truly respect.
During the mid 20th century, America had sci-fi movies of alien
invasion that some theorize reflected the inner tensions of
the Cold War with the former Soviet Union. If this is true,
I wonder about Japan's numerous monster films (Godzilla, Gamera)
of the same era. Perhaps these reflected the inner tensions
of a country that "awakened a sleeping giant" after
World War II?
Just some fun thoughts. We all love you, Gamera!
Which reminds me - these monsters are alternately feared and loved in those Japanese b-movies. First Gamera is a dangerous threat, then he's suddenly a hero...I really have to wonder if I'm on to something with the American/monster connection.