Now, despite my views of Mr. Trump, I have been keeping relatively silent about the going-ons in the White House for the last 6 months. One, because there is already too much coverage on it in the media and on the internet and two, out of respect for those who still support the man. I may disagree with your views but I felt it would be wrong to deride or ridicule them.
And then, I came across this wonderful gem below on the internet which touched on the recent short 10 day term of Anthony Scaramucci as Trump’s Communications Director and other current news. It has been reposted so I don’t even know its original source but I thought it was really creative and funny. So forgive the squirrel for this lapse in said principles above. But this deserves to be celebrated. Mago, I think you would particularly enjoy this.
Try singing it to the tune of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and have fun.
“Aaaarrggghhhh! The sky is falling…..the sky is falling……..”
After I run helter skelter until I am exhausted, I calm down and I reasoned……. maybe it won’t be so bad. Yeah, we can’t change the fact that he will be the next American President and leader of the free world.
Yeah, we just gotta give him the benefit of the doubt………
Do you know what’s scary? Answer:- the way I procrastinate. If you look back over the years, readers will find that I will be making New Year Resolutions and wishing every one a Happy New Year sometime towards the end of January. Likewise, I tend to leave my Christmas decorations up and try to disguise them to make it look like I put them up specially for Chinese New Year a few months later. So just yesterday, I finally got to watch the movie that I had set aside for Halloween.
It’s a Korean movie titled, “Train to Busan”. As if train journeys are often not horrific enough, they throw in large numbers of evil, undead zombies. It is a big hit in Korea and you know what? In my humble squirrel opinion, it deserves every good review it has received. As with any zombie movie, it is not so much a spine chilling horror experience but more of an adrenaline racing, heart pounding action movie. But the human element is well crafted into the story and the acting surprisingly good; especially the young girl in the story. I recommend it.
You know what else is scary? The real world! Starting with Korea where the Korean President is alleged to have been unduly influenced by the daughter of a cult leader (BBC story); to Indonesia where thousands took part in violent and fatal protests in the capital Jakarta because they do not want a popular (and generally held to be an effective) non-Muslim governor overseeing a majority Muslim city; and finally the insane circus of the current U.S. Presidential elections. Hilary or Trump? The squirrel shakes his head at both but trembles in fear at the thought of President Trump.
And so, we squirrels have decided to intervene for the sake of the world.
Dear Reader, I have always thought that I had special prophetic powers. You know, like Nostradamus. You don’t believe me?
I recently came across an old post that I made right here in the Realm of the Lone Grey Squirrel. The post entitled “Have an Ox-picious Year” was written in 2009 and in it, the Lone Grey Squirrel gave predictions for the next 12 years according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
You can click on the link above to read the whole post but I just want to draw your attention to the prediction that I made for 2016.
2016 (Year of the Monkey) – After two terms under President Obama, the political mood swings and unfortunately a monkey is returned as President. In world news, U.N. observers will declare that there was wide-spread monkey business during elections in a South American banana republic.
Hmmmm……….. looking at the current Republican nominations race in the USA and the crazy televised debates amongst the candidates, one just has to think that we might be eerily close to seeing that prediction come true. What do you think?
I know politics can be a very volatile and contentious topic and it is not my intention to offend anyone. However, I have to be true to my own beliefs and apparently after taking another one of those quizzes that float about on the internet and Facebook, I have been told by the Internet Gods that my beliefs are most closely aligned to Bernie Sanders.
So now that you know, allow me to share the following meme which would clearly appeal to anyone who thinks like Bernie Sanders. Anyway, I think it is funny and possibly prophetic as well. Hope you agree…..
As an bonus feature (cause the squirrel is feeling generous), here is a tribute to the “Monkey Man” by the great Amy Winehouse.
I first listened to Gordon Lightfoot when I was about 17 and I liked what I heard. It was the song, “Sundown“. It had been released some 5 years earlier but in them pre-internet, pre-YouTube and pre-iTunes days, the latest music took some time to filter its way to Malaysia. When I was growing up, for many years, there was only one music store in my home city of Kuala Lumpur.
But I liked the laid back folksy, ballad-y, hippie vibe of Gordon Lightfoot. From young I had always had an affinity to the groovy people of the Flower Power movement. I was a bit late to the party but if I had been born earlier, I would most likely have lived in a hippie commune.
I recently discovered another Gordon Lightfoot song and it was an eye-opener. It is entitled, “Black Day in July”. I had not previously known about the riots in Detroit in July 1967 that led to 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed. About that time, I remember being taught in my school in Malaysia about how Detroit was the world capitol of the automobile industry and a model for the wonders of industrialisation and modernisation – that everything was chrome plated and shiny. Obviously it wasn’t.
However, things were not better in Malaysia. Two tears later, on May 13th 1969, racial riots broke out in Malaysia resulting in several hundred deaths. The underlying reason for the riot was probably political and economical but the fighting and killing was along racial lines with the Chinese community suffering the brunt of the attacks.
But in this case, there is no song written or video done to lament the tragedy. Much too often, it is deemed too sensitive to even mention in public. However, without truthful and open discourse, it is like a wound that has not healed but is hidden under a bandage and festering. Without open and truthful discourse, lies and rumors favor the extremists who would even seek to blame the victims.
I wish for no more black days for both Detroit and Malaysia. For that to happen, the festering disease of hatred and inequity must be exposed to the cleansing light of truth so that real healing can begin.
A few years ago, I was in Washington D.C. and I took the opportunity to visit the museums but because I am a taphophile, I was also very keen to visit the Arlington National Cemetery and the war memorials.
When I was growing up, the Vietnam War was not far away and people spoke of the “domino theory” which suggested that a communist victory in Vietnam would lead to the fall of other nations in South East Asia to communism in quick succession. The war was never far from our thoughts and from our news. And then the Vietnamese refugees started coming to our shores; we called them the “Boat People”. When I was 14, I spent my school holidays as a volunteer with a U.N. office trying to match names on search requests sent in by relatives against a long list of names of registered refugees in the hope of reuniting separated loved ones. I never did succeed in making even one match.
And so, I was very aware about the Vietnam War and I did visit the Vietnam War Memorial.
But there was another earlier Asian war that I and many, many people are less familiar with …….. the Korean War. It was a little before I was born and I was never taught anything about it in school. Believe it or not, the first I learned about it was from watching the TV series M.A.S.H.
Yet in many ways, although much shorter, it was a bloodier war than the Vietnam War. The percentage of casualties compared to soldiers committed was extremely high. For example, the average U.S. casualties per month was 4,257 for the Korean War as compared to 2,092 for the Vietnam War (source:Korean War Educator). And the suffering of the Korean people was great with as much as 10% of the population killed – a rate of civilian deaths which were higher than that for World War II.
I was deeply moved when I had the opportunity to visit the memorial to what some have called “the Forgotten War”, and remember the sacrifices made and the lives lost.
Regular readers will know that the Lone Grey Squirrel is still waiting for his Nobel Prize for Science and Medicine. But have I received that life-changing call from the Nobel Committee? Nope, I got nothing. Nada. Zilch. Nichts. Not a sausage!
And you know, being a Microbiologist, it isn’t easy to get selected……..you gotta find a new disease. So with a bit of hard work, you find a new disease. You hope that you don’t catch it in the process and with a bribe bit of luck you get selected by the Nobel Prize committee. If you are really, really lucky, they don’t name the disease after you.
Anyway, I am very excited. I think my time has come with my discovery of “Poorphoria” ( pôr-fahy-ree-uh).
Scientific breakthroughs are often made on the back of other discoveries and my “eureka’ moment came due to the excellent research into a related illness ……….. “affluenza”.
In the now famous case, a 16 year old from Texas, stole some booze, drove 70 mph in a 40 mph zone with a blood alcohol level three times the legal adult limit and caused a fatal accident that left four people dead and two others severely injured.
At his trial, the defence contended that the teen whose wealth and pampered upbringing prevented him from learning right from wrong and recognising the consequences of his actions. As such he was not responsible for his actions because he suffered from “affluenza”.
Giving recognition to this “disease” the judge sentenced the teen to 10 years probation and rehab at a special centre for which his parents will pay USD450,000 per year.
Poorphoria is a similar disease that strikes the very poor. Because poorphoria sufferers have grown up in abject want and poverty, it is certainly not their fault that they then resort to crime to get what they have been denied in their childhood. Furthermore, it is a disease with a very simple treatment. Just give the patient USD 450,000 and he will be cured!
Poverty equals crime. Give money, then no more poverty and therefore no more crime. No more poorphoria. Q.E.D.
EDITOR’s NOTE: Despite the use of humor and sarcasm here to highlight the tragic farce, the Lone Grey Squirrel is actually very saddened by the incident that have occurred and grieves for those that have been killed and injured. He also grieves for the legal system that has enabled such bizarre decisions to be delivered.
Just under a month ago, I posted about the proposed gun control legislation being proposed in the USA (Shoot) and how support for it has dwindled from a peak after the Newtown massacre. Many were predicting that it would not be passed by the Congress and indeed a bill to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales has failed to even pass through the Senate. President Obama was furious with the Senate for not following the wishes of 90% of Americans who supported such minimal and common sense measures. Yet the latest poll released yesterday indicated that only 47% of respondents indicated that they were angry or disappointed with the Senate.
And so I repeat what I asked in my former post;
“Am I naive? Will it hurt so much to give up assault rifles, magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition or armour piercing rounds? Armour piercing rounds? Why do you need that in a civilized society? To hunt well equipped rabbits? Would it really be too much to give those up? For me, the sound of children laughing and playing without fear is worth any price.”
At that time, I received a comment from Mark, The Walking Man. He lives pretty much on the frontlines of the debate in the gun infested streets of Detroit and is therefore in a good position to answer my confusion. This is his reply;
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