Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Flipping Channels

I experienced an interesting juxtaposition flipping channels tonight. Somehow Fox News was on and Bill O'Really was talking about Alito's confirmation and blabbing about strict originalism vs populist securlism in interpreting the Constitution. I had to barf and flipped over to Jon Stewart's rebroadcast of last night's episode.

The first bit I had missed and liked what it. But then they went into the Helm's segment and lost interest.

So, looking at my trusty online tv guide, I decided that PBS's "Nova" talking about Roman bath technology was more interesting. It was.

What I find odd about these juxtapositions is how someone like O'Really can even be on TV and Fox News should be forced to call itself Fox Entertainment if not the Fox Brainwashing Network.

Even Jon Stewart couldn't help a massive PMS (actually it's the second day so there's no "pre" about it, but anyway) headache. Even so, it's still just entertainment.

I found the Nova segment on roman baths to have grounding in reality, history, and an effort to be informative. In other words, it had something to do with the real world and how people lived and dealt with it.

Then I think of Bill O'Really and the world he occupies, as well as helps to shape, and I wonder just how much longer sane people are going to have to put up with it.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Psst. Down here.

There is so much going on in the world today it's hard to get a grip on it. I've watched it for a long time. It continues to fragment and splinter as it's being watched. The current state of affairs is a massive heap of threads--the result of the shredding of the social fabric. Health care, education, jobs, and the cost of living are so many disconnected dots now.

Ultimately however, it has a single root. And it is this root that is so basic, so fundamental, that it is largely unconscious when addressing the myriad problems we have today. The root is whether we care about people first or not.

It is this root that determines everything because it determines the way we treat each other whether in daily life or in the laws created in the halls of congress. From what I have seen people don't matter. They are mere objects to be squeezed for ever more money. Beyond that they are worthless. And so we have a society that is utterly dysfunctional and abusive and then we wonder why parents don't have the time or energy to be parents, kids are a mess, schools are warehouses of bedlam, the war on drugs is pure folly, etc, etc.

Well, I've had it and it is time to start putting people back into the political process.