President Park Geum-hye of Korea was just impeached due to charges of corruption. With all Donald Trump’s financial entanglements, is this the writing on the wall for him? But then, none of the predictions of his demise as been proven true so far.
Bob Dylan and Donald Trump
Everyone is saying that Trump can’t nominate Mitt Romney as Secretary of State because Trump’s supporters will be enraged. In a similar vein, pundits are saying he should do this or that to please this or that group.
Perhaps Trump has Dylan’s historical distaste for pleasing anyone. Dylan has had a history of doing the opposite of what he fans want, from going electric when they wanted him to stay folk, to advertising for Victoria’s Secret, when his fans accused him of “selling out.”
It seems Trump doesn’t want to please anyone either: big business is against him, women, African Americans, Latinos, old people, young people, the Conservatives, the Progressives. But he keeps on winning. Everyone is exhibiting their temper tantrums, trying to use their personal emotions to create public policy.
But perhaps Trump, like Dylan, enjoys going against them all and doing his own thing: not building the wall, showing sympathy for Hispanic Dreamers, liking Obama, embracing parts of Obamacare, and so on.
Mick Jagger is still performing
Jagger and his girlfriend, Melanie Hamrich, just gave birth to a boy, his 8th. Jagger even has a child 46 years old! He even has a great-grandchild.
Just like Mick’s Brazilian girlfriend who had one of his children, both Melanie and their child are set for life.
It is interesting that feminists often complain about how men make more money than they do. And who gets half of whatever these men make? And when these men die (ten years earlier than their wives, largely because of the stress from making all this money), who gets the cash? Even though men make more money than women, perhaps women have more money than men!
John Glenn flies off to who knows where
Some people suffer from the day they are born and others fail at everything they do. Then some people seem to have perfect lives. Glenn lived to be 95. He was respected, successful, loved, famous, financially secure, and in good health his whole life.
Life is unfair.
But all life seems to be unfair. Seagulls soar above the oceans and worms crawl in the dark, cold earth. Chickens are raised in loveless coops and slaughtered when they are still young. Dogs are walked around with leashes held by beautiful women.
Violence among the rich
A suit has been filed by Iasmine Besiso, 26 and a 5’5” hairsdresser, against Matt Barnes, a 6’ 7” Sacramento Kings NBA player. Besiso is accusing Barnes of choking her and knocking her unconscious, as well as sucker punching her boyfriend and giving him a black eye. It happened at a New York bar.
If these allegations prove to be true, it punches a hole in the argument that poverty causes crime.
In sympathy for Barnes, these rich guys have their own set of problems. They are surrounded by people looking to hit the lottery, with their tort lawyer’s phone number on their smart phone.
Giraffes face extinction
The population of giraffes has gone down 40% in the last 30 years, and no one seems to care.
Hey, isn’t there something in our religious and philosophical books about being good caretakers of the earth?
It’s simply amazing: the contradiction between the New Testament and radical free enterprise, between Jesus saying to sell everything you own, give it to the poor, and follow him, and the free-enterprise slogan that everyone should maximize their wealth and their consumption. And, so what if giraffes disappear and we can’t breath in Paris? As long as I have a big car in bumper-to-bumper traffic and a large house in the suburbs.
This is a contradiction that seems never addressed.