Monday, March 30, 2009

More Fluff, But Cynical Fluff

A thanks to Neil Gaiman's blog, as this is where I cribbed it from.

I'm not sure if my favorite part is the big screen display of a screaming baby or the clock hands that rotate crazily.

Prague's Franz Kafka International Named World's Most Alienating Airport

Thursday, March 26, 2009


It seems our cynics are busy or slacking or off elsewhere so here's some filler 'til the bile builds back up.
   Side notes:
     Note who the letter is from.
     If you just want to hear the song, skip to 3:00.
Enjoy or not. Don't care.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

But they had time to do this....

They couldn't take the time to create policies to prevent the financial crisis, but they are making time for this:

The bill would impose tax on bonuses given to employees who earn more than $250,000 at any firm that received more than $5B in bailout funds/


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Palin-Johnston now just Palin

Ok, so this is old news already. Heck, it was old news before it happened. But the cynic in me is quietly enjoying the breaking off of the Palin/Johnston engagement. The non-cynic in me is very relieved for Bristol Palin (and baby whathisname).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Terrorist list hits 1 million

From USAToday "The government's terrorist watch list has hit 1 million entries, up 32% since 2007."

I'd like to add a few entries.
1) All the writers and the director of Heroes. What they've done to that show is criminal.
2) The corporate big-wigs who canceled every show I ever liked: mostly the execs at Fox
3) The person who decided to close all the Krispy Kremes in MA
4) All the airlines who charge for luggage, peanuts and water
5) The guy who decided we should all work a 5 day work week - now THAT's terrorism
6) My co-worker (this fits several so I won't name names)
7) My co-worker who doesn't speak English as a first language. NO ONE can understand him. If the gov't were to take him to a foreign detention center, no one would miss him. He's also a crap employee.
8) Rove
9) Cheney 
10) Putin
11) Thomas Friedman - simply because he's annoying and egotistical
12) Garfield & Jim Davis - anything to make him stop
13) Most of the current SNL cast
14) Our governor IF he increases tolls AND the gas tax after promising to not do both
15) Any politician who wants to legislate morality and insists on merging church and state
16) Benjamin Franklin because he dreamed up DST
17) Bush because he increased the duration of DST (see earlier post)

Pls add to the list. I'd like to hear from ya'll.

Oh...forgot to add:
18) The Fantastic Four - so unbelievably lame
19) This group of actresses for crimes against humanity for awful, terrible, horrible acting: the girl who played the new Jamie Sommers, the girl from Twilight, the girl from Dead Like Me, Kelly Osbourne, Jessica Alba, Paula Abdul (just because)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Daylight Saving Time - a crock o' malarkey

I. Hate. DST. 

Don't hand me your pollyanna-bs "OOOO, we get more sunlight".
HEY EINSTEIN - we're going to get more sunlight anyway. The earth's turning in such a manner that the amount of daylight we'll get,  will INCREASE anyway. 

DST has NOTHING to do with it.

DST is a bunch of hokum that only serves to increase energy usage - don't believe me?   Here's the proof, Puddin':

oh... and this one:

Does the eensy-bitsy-teensy-weensy bit of energy conserved make up for the # of people who experience cardiac events and car crashes as a result of the DST change?

Skeptical?  Check it out:

Blame it on Bush.

Friday, March 6, 2009

I wasn't always like this

It's true. I wasn't always cynical. I was a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of kid. 
But you know, life just sort of wears you down to a nub.

Things like this just seep into my soul and blacken my innards:
I belong to/volunteer with a multiples group. I admin their forums. These forums are super helpful to the members so I get something from that. Ultimately, I like to help people or see people being helped. But every once in awhile, a newly pregnant person joins and I admin their account and sign them up to receive the group's daily emails. Then, out of the blue, usually early on in their pregnancy, I get the "this person has unsubscribed from your group."

I know what that means. It's terrible and sad and tragic. 

I got one today. This is what puts the day-to-day nonsense of what I do for a living (clearly I am not curing cancer) and the ridiculousness of my co-workers into perspective. Quit your whining. There are larger things at play here. It's what hardens the core of my cynical nature. 

Don't mind me standing over here off to the side.

I'm     just    waiting    for     the    other     shoe     to      drop.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

For Joe

Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the online petition:

"Fruit Brute Petition"

hosted on the web by, the free online petition
service, at:

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might
agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider
signing yourself.

Best wishes,


For the record this cereal looks disgusting...

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wait. WHAT'S the secret ingredient in my Skippy?

My teachers were hippies, wanna-be hippies, and recovering addicts. The actual hippies called us “little dudes” in a joyful way—of course—and slowly glided through life in a delighted haze of discovery that was pretty fun for a little kid. They drove Volkswagon buses and beetles and wore personality-asserting belts—macramed, Rolling Stones belt buckles, chain link, cowboy. We’d skip off with ‘em to find math in nature, they taught us yoga, they told us to “mellow out” when hissy fits and fisticuffs broke out—that kinda stuff, along with readin’, writin’, ‘rithmatic. It was all, y'know, "cool". Some of us took to wearing little peasant blouses and whatnot. The only thing that scarred me permanently was the mandatory daily “sharing circle,” during which I usually tried to hide in the corner reading “Asterix and Obelix.” (NOTE: Many years later, when I was deeply entrenched in corporate America, I found that the organizational consultants who are paid $150/hour to come in and “fix things”—a much higher salary, it is to be noted, than my earnest hippie teachers—ALSO love to force people to engage in “sharing circles.” No Asterix and Obelix” books were available. More’s the pity.)

The wanna-be hippies tried to be groovy, bless ‘em—like central casting beatniks on an episode of Dragnet—but their smell (aqua-velva, not patchouli) and crisply ironed slacks always gave them away. For some reason unclear to me at that time—although now I believe it had to do with dealing with kids without the benefit of smoking a buffering joint before work—they seemed more tense. Beyond tense were the trembling, skittish recovering addicts who were teacher’s aides and playground monitors. Usually related to a superintendent or an assistant superintendent, they spent their work time huddled in a remote corner, Styrofoam coffee cup clenched in a shaking hand, staring at us in horror and, doubtless, watching monsters crawl out of our heads. I asked my grandmother about one once, and she darkly muttered: “That’s why you should not smoke the drugs. You’ll jump off a building or end up like that.”

But. I. Digress.

“Reeve,” a fairly tense wanna-be hippie with an extremely high-maintenance handlebar moustache—his eye tic flared up when Billy Demers mocked said moustache by pasting one on himself with construction paper—taught us social studies/history, and one day he told us allllllllll about food safety. Too much about food safety. It was the “Scared Straight” of eating. “I worked in a factory once one summer,” he began, “and I saw things noooobody here would want to see…” His voice was scary and deep. His handlebar moustache bristled with significance. If we’d been squatting around a campfire he would have held a flashlight under his chin to “make the spooky face.” “My job,” he continued, “was to kill the rats that ran in and over the food piles in the factory.” He paused. “Yes. THAT’S right. IN and OVER the food piles that go into the food that all of you and your moms and dads and brothers and sisters eat.” His voice rose, “I killed MOST of them,” he said, “but of course, SOME of them got into the food. And, the federal government allows a certain amount of rat parts to be in such foods as peanut butter and insect nests to be in other items. If there were really truth in advertising, your jar of Skippy would have ‘rat skulls’ on the label.” Then, he handed us all copies of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and told us “Ladies and gentleman, I am about to blow your minds.”

My grandmother became very angry with Reeve because I pretty much didn’t eat for a week during the food safety unit—just an astronaut food stick every now and then and some candy because I determined these to be the safest food groups. While it prob’ly did me good—I was a chubby little heifer—as a grandmother, she was concerned. Plus, I think she got fed up, so to speak, with me grimly repeating Reeve’s “food safety unit catchphrase”: “You never know what lurks beneath the surface. Never assume you know. YOU DON’T KNOW” as I hovered over her in the kitchen as she was trying to make supper. Eventually, she started replying, “I DO TOO, know. It is macaroni and cheese that I made with macaroni and cheese. And applesauce—that I made from apples, sugar, and cinnamon. That teacher isn’t the ruler of the world, you know.”

Eventually, we finished the unit. And, I apparently willed myself to forget everything I learned. If I hadn’t, what would I be eating today? Hydroponically-grown lettuce and the dew from grass grown in a very special part of I don’t even know where would be pristine enough? The whole “peanut product scandal” of ought nine has reminded me of Reeve, his factory rat-killing duties, truth in labeling, and the somewhat lackluster efforts of the FDA (here is more than you want to know and please don’t read it Any day of the week, peanut butter is still allowed to have some “special ingredients.” And, even amidst all of the pricey “Organicing” and “Whole Foodsing” of America, a buncha people got sickened and killed by…smooshed peanuts?

“Food. Safety.” Huh. Color me cynical about food safety—again—but from a decades different vantage point of “Oh, well, something’s gonna kill me, might be this sandwich, might be that bus.”

*On a whole ‘nother topic, I read a nutritionist’s advice re: how to eat economically and healthfully in the paper last week (supper for less than $2.00! Guess what! Beans—what a shocker!). She said that people should eat “fruits and vegetables from cans,” because they were most healthful. Holy cow! All my life, it has been the other way around. I am pretty sure that advice for canning your own foods and Victory Gardens will be in next month’s paper. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that I’m increasingly reminded of my grandmother’s stories of the Depression—a feeling that was reinforced when I read yesterday that more people are going to the movies now. MY PREDICTION: Hollywood musicals are finally gonna make their comeback.