Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Sitrep for the Quick Pep So Are You Hep #BurmaShave #Blotto

Disclaimer - important:  the #Blotto tag is to advise the article will contain in-your-face information about cancer.  There's nothing to deliberately shock or repel but it may be difficult or painful terrain to navigate and no-one will fault you for splitting.

Zen Yogi:  what's that with #BurmaShave?

Probably in the 40s, definitely in the 50s, and well into the 60s, there were signs along the sides of the two-lane highways (i.e. most of them before Interstate highways with Eisenhower and long after that).  Each sign would present a pithy statement which would culminate on the second-to-last then ending with Burma Shave.  Kids loved them since they were so much cooler than playing the Alphabet Game in spotting letters wherever the kids could along the way.

There's a little fo' real Americana and you're welcome.  Yes, this is what kids in cars did without cellphones.

The morphine situation is generally tolerable insofar as it is not hopelessly nauseating me but it takes more to wipe out pain.  It has never knocked it out altogether so I'm increasing the dose slowly and deliberately.  I know it won't ever take it all away but the purpose is to make it manageable without turning me into a cabbage.

The morphine does have effect beyond pain relief since I seem to be more or less on a two-hour sleep/wake cycle but that only chalks up to irritation over lost productivity.

The appetite situation is not too good since practically all food is repellent.  I don't have any good explanation for that since it's been degrading for quite some time and from long before any morphine.  They key point is this is not a fast-boiling situation and I will talk to Miss Kersa about it as soon as possible.  Actually I will talk to Miss Rita first since she is Miss Kersa's nurse.

Zen Yogi:  what's this with getting Texas with Miss Rita and Miss Kersa?

It's not seemly to me to refer to them by their first names.  They're exceptionally special people.

Miss Kersa did say I am an unforgettable character and that was highly cool because ...

Zen Yogi:  it's a public service you offer?

That's right, Yogi.

There's some potential there's more than one thing wrong in that lung since there may be URI causing the congestion while cancer wreaks its own havoc.   URI is a terror word in the military since it's so infectious it will shoot through a barracks faster than the latest lads mag.  Samples collected over some days will be delivered to VA forthwith since the Pulmonary doctor wants those lab results.  If she has some magic to knock out URI, that will consequently reduce pain so it's definitely worth the hassle.

I've also become the Rockhouse Counselor of Love.  Sure, and let that sink in for just a minute.

She:  it was like a fairy had swept through and fixed all this so thank you

RCoL:  tell him just like that.  Those are your Words of Truth since I just heard them spill from your lips.  Do that just like you told me.

She did and she felt much better after.

Zen Yogi:  I thought you were joshing me, Silas

Nope, I really wasn't.

Zen Yogi:  I thought you love her, Silas?

I do but love isn't possession and I'm pleased to help her now.

Zen Yogi:  it sure has been a long, strange ...

Uh, uh, uh, hold it right there, Deadhead, since you need to read the sign.

No Covers of Stairway to Heaven and No-One Says It's Been a Long, Strange Trip

Zen Yogi:  I just forgot and I have no idea how to play "Stairway to Heaven" anyway

No worries, mate.

There is almost total isolation by choice and by necessity since the situation is much like after getting out of the Army and realizing people didn't have even a tiny idea of what had happened.  Cadillac Man might say it wasn't in their frames of reference and it's accurate but it was in mine and that was impossible to grok.

It's the same now since getting pegged as a Dead Man Walking creates another frame of reference which is almost unapproachable to anyone who isn't in it too or at least near it.

I'm acutely concerned about crying wolf since that will start a panic and no-one wants that.  For the moment everything is cooler than maybe I can describe but part of the purpose is to describe that insofar as how can it possibly be cool.

Zen Yogi:  no gore?

Negatory on anything gory and I've specifically held back on that throughout the time with Yevette as well.  I may pop off a selfie to show the situation doesn't manifest in such a gruesome way as you may imagine.  The trouble with selfies is looking at them but it may have some value to comfort, actually.

Zen Yogi:  you can't be that messed up when you don't look that sick?

Sure and maybe that is helpful to reduce panic, etc.

Zen Yogi:  what panic?

With Tinkerbell mostly since it can easily seem like there's need for a headlong dash to get here in time but it isn't like that.  I'm mindful of the need to advise when it starts seeming like that but see above about crying wolf.

Zen Yogi:  the situation really is surprising cool?

It's true, mate.  The parts which suck are obvious and don't need repetition or amplification but the parts that don't are more than likely almost unknown to people.

#Photography for the Unusual 9/1

Venice, Italy

Guests arrive for the opening ceremony and screening of Downsizing at the 74th annual Venice international film festival

Photograph: Claudio Onorati/EPA

Here we have some exceptionally lovely ladies but what's the story with those hats?

Bogotá, Colombia

Members of the China Disabled Peoples Performing Art Troupe perform My Dream at Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Theater. The company, composed of artists with hearing, mental, motor, visual or speech disabilities, was founded in 1987 and is currently both an honorary and goodwill ambassador of Unesco for its example of inclusion

Photograph: John Vizcaino/AFP/Getty Images

How much wow do you need when disabled people do this?

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A woman’s sunglasses reflect schoolchildren performing during 60th anniversary celebrations of Malaysian independence

Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA

They celebrate their BREXIT from the British Empire.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

More independence, this time in Kyrgyzstan. Dancers in traditional costumes perform during celebrations marking the 26th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union

Photograph: Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images

Nobody misses the Soviet Union except Fox News since they can't quite grasp it doesn't exist anymore.

Bangkok, Thailand

Customs officials display one of 136 pangolins and 450kg of pangolin scales that were seized after a tip off. The animals are estimated to be worth more than 2.5m baht (£58,500)

Photograph: Sakchai Lalit/AP

We abhor the traffickers but who buys these adorable creatures.

What's Hot on the Blog 8/31


Ithaka - it's swell to see this one booming so hard

Burn - it's not likely people will cool off on what Joel Osteen did any time soon.  He's been trying to cover it up ever since but it's not fooling anyone.

What Kind - we're always going to be able to find some rubbish in the news


What Makes - that's got to be the unhappiest Sun God we ever saw so we need to know why

What's Hot

Should - a young lady share her gas mask with a young man.  It's the etiquette question of ages.

Then - he went skydiving, naked with a violin.  After that it got really weird but you seem to have enjoyed it.

Roll Over - Columbus is coming down without hesitation and the extremist right screams because he's the symbol of white ownership of America.  Columbus has no chance and doesn't deserve one.

Note:  it looks like you put it over 1200 reads again and a tip o' the Rockhouse hat for that.

An All-Female Remake of "Lord of the Flies" #Feminism #Art

Photo via @DenofGeekUS

Remaking the movie will create another the world didn't need but there may be some mild pedophilic tingle in seeing teenage girls running around in loincloths like these feral monsters.

Zen Yogi:  do you want that?

Nooooo, but truckers went ape over LeAnn Rimes when she was sixteen.  They would likely attend.  Maybe you saw a crew of middle-aged dorks salivating over Jennifer Grey in "Dirty Dancing" even when her nickname was "Baby."  She was a high school kid being romanced by an older man so define pedophilia if you will.

The Rockhouse wants to take it a little deeper than that since it's not permissible to differ too much from the storyline of the book without Bowdlerizing it.

Ref:  Thomas Bowdler was an early-19th Century freakshow who edited Shakespeare to make it safe for families.  His name has been ridiculed for it ever since.  (WIKI:  Thomas Bowdler)

Most crucial of all is any remake must not miss the point of the last segment in which it was made clear the book was an anti-war protest.

Zen Yogi:  how do you know that was true when men made the movie out of the book in the first place.

I don't know if it's true for that movie but I know absolutely it was true in the book when the rescuing officer from the British Navy saw the depravity into which the children had sunk and couldn't understand where they learned such things.  Then he looked back to his warship across the harbor and it was clear to him.

That point is so critical to the book, it cannot be reasonably excised simply for the purpose of better box office performance.

For pure feminism, it shouldn't make any difference who wrote this version of the screenplay, right?  One guess on where a great deal of the female rage reaction was directed regarding this remake.

Devan Coggan Verified account

GOOD: A female-centric Lord of the Flies!
BAD: A female-centric Lord of the Flies written by... two men.
Scott McGehee & David Siegel Plan Female-Centric ‘Lord Of The Flies’ At…
Scott McGehee & David Siegel Plan Female-Centric 'Lord Of The Flies' At Warner Bros



That bilge water about female-centric is an abomination in English to start but the females or males are only the stars and the central part is the savagery.

Almost any job within physical limits should be suitable for men and women equally.  Women probably won't do too well with Olympic weight lifting but how many times do you need a woman who can pull a train with her teeth anyway.

Femme:  women don't think the same

The same as what since it's never been my observation that any two people ever think the same.  In any case, what difference should it make when the storyline to the original book is aesthetically immutable and any deviation would be literary blasphemy.

It's sincerely unclear as to why it matters who stars since the kids must descend into barbarism to truthfully honor the story so, either way, we wind up animals.  A female perspective not only can't alter that path, it mustn't.

Femme:  when we don't get the good gigs for the big bucks while we see men sucking them up, we're going to get tense

And rightfully you should.  The way the project likely proceeded was Mr McGehee and Mr Siegel came up with the idea and slashed out a storyboard.  Then they went out hustling it and someone thought it was clever.

However, they may have created an abomination in which it even has singing elves and fairies and rubbish of that nature needs a response.

If I may suggest, some femme needs to go Mel Gibson on the screenplay as with "Braveheart."

Femme:  bloody hell!  He's a man and that movie was savage.

Nevertheless, it was truthful to the times which were nasty, brutish, and short.  Even the Druids were savage, head-cracking brutes and there's evidence in their burial places to prove it.  I have no doubt a woman can write with the same or more passion but that shot at the brass ring has never or rarely come.

Superfluous note:  the Druids were the last of the resistance to the returning Romans after the Iceni revolt led by Queen Boudika.  That attack wiped out the Druids and they were not seen again.  There are statues of Queen Boadicea (i.e. her Roman name) in England to this day as she is one of the greatest female heroic figures of all time.

Femme:  you don't believe a woman can do it?

Of course I believe that but I don't believe a woman has had the opportunity.  If you ladies can turn up a female version of Sam Peckinpah, she will be a box office sensation in Hollywood.

Femme:  he was incredibly violent and we're not like that

You will have to be, young lady, if you will make movies along violent themes.  You will also have to pound the ground ten times harder than Mr McGehee and Mr Siegel because the system is rigged and we all know it.

If I may further suggest, remaking the story of the Iceni revolt could be an excellent opportunity for a rising female writer in Hollywood.  The movie has been made previously and I have not seen one but they were most unlikely to have portrayed the honest violence of it since you never, ever, want to have Celtics coming after you for revenge.  She burned Londonium to the ground and killed everyone there.

Femme:  you laud this?

She is history and that's what really happened.  The burning of Londonium is spectacle akin to the burning of Atlanta in "Gone With the Wind" and, with modern effects, it could be exceptional in film.  That's the dramatic midpoint since the Romans were driven out of England but they regrouped and they returned, at which time it's said Boudika died in battle.

She did this to protect her daughters after the Romans savaged she and they together.  This has female themes all through it but the screenplay must be savage or it won't really be truthful.

Note:  Queen Boudika did not drive the Romans from England but a few hundred years later those Celts damn sure did run them out and they never came back.  She's been a heroine with me for years and she's the ultimate tragic heroine.  I would dearly love to see a faithful modern rendition of her story.

Femme:  written by a man or a woman?

Here's the feminist answer and I believe it:  whether a man or a woman does it makes no difference and the bigger variable is who will deliver it first.

Femme:  why should I take advice from a man?

This is not so much advice as suggestion.  You take that and integrate and synthesize in your womanly way and do whatever you want.

The Mayor of Hell Makes his Presence Known

The Mayor of Hell has seen how many Christians rejoice in condemning gay people to Hell and, thus, he decided straight people really do not need to be here so he banned them.

"Growing up, I was always told that homosexuals would go to Hell," the notice reads. "Now, the heterosexuals are trying to take this from us, too. As of today, I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical heterosexuals out of this town."

- Mayor Elijah Daniel of Hell

Zen Yogi:  what does he mean by radical heterosexuals?

There's at least one in the White House now, Brer Bear.

Zen Yogi: the Mayor has banned the President?

Wouldn't you if you could, bear buddy?

The President is just like a rich tourist and he's welcome if he spends money but then he needs to get the hell out.  This President never brings money so he's likely to be banned in more places than "Tropic of Cancer" at the rate he's going.

Ref:  "Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller was made famous when it was Banned in Boston.  That banning almost invariably made a book a bestseller anywhere else and it again shows the genius of censorship.

As of today, August 30th, 2017 I am the legal mayor of Hell, Michigan. This is real. I am the mayor of Hell.


As acting mayor of Hell, Michigan I hearby ban all heterosexuals from entering our town.


Zen Yogi:  I bet they won't bake cakes for straight people either

Maybe they could but they ought to put vinegar in the cakes to match the demeanor of the radical heterosexuals.

Zen Yogi:  that's evil, Silas

Don't you think they deserve it after all the nasty things radical heterosexuals have done?

Zen Yogi:  come to think of it, you're right, Silas.  How about putting ant eggs in the cakes?  The radical heterosexual can't bitch because we will tell them at the time of purchase the cakes are organic.

That's creative and highly-demonic, Yogi.  Most impressive.

While We Were in Sonoma | Code Pink


Dear Fraser,

Last Saturday we gathered under bright blue Sonoma skies for a Peace Camp. But as we celebrated our peace-loving community, disaster was pummeling the Houston, TX  area. Dozens have lost their lives, and Hurricane Henry is estimated to be one of the U.S.’s most costly storms — even before calculating the irreversible environmental damage caused when the storm hit oil refineries.

Our oil-based economy and out-of-control militarism are both major contributors to the climate chaos we are now experiencing. And the massive funds we spend on the Pentagon rob us of the resources we need to move beyond an oil economy, and the resources we need to support the victims of global warming as we transition to a clean, green, peace economy.  Take the pledge to become part of our upcoming Divest from the War Machine campaign.

Since most of you were unable to join us at the Peace Camp last weekend, here are some highlights from our time in Sonoma Valley:
  • Peace Camp was all about Just Transition — divesting from the war economy and growing local peace economies. It was about building relationships, connections, collaborations that will help us move towards a world based on regeneration and interconnection, away from the disconnectedness and waste that creates global warming, war and other kinds of violence. The Local Peace Economy initiative seeks to shift culture; it’s a revolution of values, a revolution of practices. Join us.
  • Camp taught us how to be accomplices, not allies, and build sanctuary cities. Upon returning from camp, we received the good news that a federal judge has blocked the implementation of SB4 in Texas. SB4 would ban sanctuary cities and transform local police departments into deportation machines. Thanks to a relentless and soulful campaign by organizers and immigrant accomplices, the draconian bill is being staved off for now.
  • In October we will be launching a new campaign to divest from the war machine. We will be going after the top five U.S. weapons companies for their role in furthering wars and supporting repressive regimes. Sign the pledge to join the Divest from the War Machine Campaign. And join us in Washington DC or via Livestream on October 21-22 as we launch the new campaign.
  • Our campaigns for Palestinian human rights continues, with another freedom boat to Gaza in the works, stepped-up efforts to stop Airbnb from renting out homes in illegal Israeli settlements, and pressuring Congress to support Palestinian rights. Share our video about the crisis of electricity in Gaza on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned for more ways you can increase your activism for Palestinian human rights!
As we send love to the people of Houston, Texas, and support for a just transition after this climate change disaster, we increase our commitment to create a fossil-free, war-free, just and peaceful world.  
Towards peace,

Ann, Ariel, Brienne, Haley, Jodie, Katie, Mariana, Mark, Mary, Medea, Nancy, Paki, Paula, Taylor and Tighe

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What Instrument is this Ancient Man Playing

Photographer:  unknown

There's no information regarding the photograph but the file has harp player in the name.  That sounds logical in an aesthetic sense but that instrument doesn't resemble too many harps.

You're probably familiar with the modern harp which has a straight front column and the body rests against your shoulder.  The body also contains the soundbox which helps the strings resonate and sound fuller.  Note:  technically speaking, harpists call that front column, simply, the column.

To find the first harps, we will need to go back over five thousand years but we won't find this one since typically the ancients ones were open and did not have a column or used an exceptionally strange one.

WIKI:  Harp

Zen Yogi:  I always thought a lyre was an ancient ancestor of the guitar

So did I, Yogi, and in some ways it probably is but it seems its true relationship is to the harp family.

The closest I could find to the harp in the sculpture was a Celtic harp.

Zen Yogi:  that answers the question, right?

It does seem so when the Celtics have a couple of millennia of history ... but I still struck out, Yogi.

Zen Yogi:  how so?

This is a modern Celtic harp which has existed only since about the 18th Century.

Zen Yogi:  you're just bummin' out all over Silas

Maybe not, Yogi, since maybe it's a stylized version of this instrument in the sculpture.

Zen Yogi:  so who is the fellow playing it?

The mystery continues, bear buddy.

My knowledge of ancient art isn't sufficient to localize that style of carving for the figure but it seems like something we should expect from the Middle East or an ancient American culture (i.e.  Incas, etc).

Zen Yogi:  but that was far before the Celtic harp pictured above

The mystery probably won't be solved, Yogi, since the sculpture appears to be old as well.

Zen Yogi:  maybe he's unstuck in time ... or it is?

Ref:  "Slaughterhouse V" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

That may be the best we can do, my furry bear buddy.

Zen Yogi:  don't you think it's kind of elitist to go on about things like this?

I would rather call it curiosity, Yogi, since what do I know of harps except Harpo Marx surprised everyone by being such a crazy cool player.  Musical instruments are magical beings with some origin no-one can possibly know.

Zen Yogi:  do you think musical instruments are alive, Silas?

I don't just think so, I know so, Yogi.

Zen Yogi:  how so?

The last time I broke the neck on a guitar, she was on a hot wire to the amps when a cable pulled her out of the stand.  You don't ever want to hear any being make a noise like that, my furry buddy.

Zen Yogi:  that was the Galaxy Guitar?

Yep and don't even remind of what a heartbreaker that moment was.  She didn't have all her stars yet but she was definitely the Galaxy Guitar.

Zen Yogi:  you resurrected her when she lives today!

Let's not play it like that, bear buddy, since that's pointlessly disrespectful.  I know I saved her with huge help from people who are much better at fixing things than I.

Zen Yogi:  so instruments really are alive?

Well, I can tell you the Galaxy Guitar is.

Zen Yogi:  she isn't twinkling

She doesn't twinkle unless she moves ... but all of us are like that.

Zen Yogi:  dance, dance, dance?

Move your feet to the music, Yogi.

What Makes Even the Sun God Unhappy

Dayum, Yogi, that's the unhappiest Sun God I ever saw in my life.

Zen Yogi:  maybe he is stoned?  His eyes look wasted.

Only opiates will do that and imagining a Sun God drug addict is too weird.

Zen Yogi:  America is weird, Silas

Sure but not that weird.

Zen Yogi:  hmmm

Continuing with the Junkie Sun God just gets nasty and dark, Yogi.

Zen Yogi:  how about the Sun God in the White House?

See, that gets nasty and dark too, bear buddy.

Zen Yogi:  maybe the Sun God took the YouTube challenge to eat a raw ghost pepper?

That could be it, Yogi, since doing that will make you sick as a rat.

Zen Yogi:  the video challenges seem to have a singular knack for wiping out those who adhere to them

It's strange, Yogi, but maybe it's because of fluoride in the water.

Zen Yogi:  I thought it didn't do anything??

It doesn't but it can still be a great scapegoat.


Zen Yogi:  whoop de doo?

Ra is the Sun God's name, Yogi.  He created us all and he made mankind out of tears and sweat.

Zen Yogi:  the tears explain social networks but they don't explain the sweat

I don't think I want to know, Yogi, but only mad dogs and Englishmen tried to deal with him.

Zen Yogi:  why?

Ra is the god of the noon-day Sun, Yogi, and he lives in Heliopolis where, not surprisingly, you can find a lotta mad dogs and Englishmen.

Zen Yogi:  maybe that's his sardonic 'oh, you fools' look?

I dunno about that, Yogi, as he definitely doesn't look like any fun in the sun.

Zen Yogi:  maybe he ate the cole slaw?

That might have been it, Yogi.  That stuff is nasty and everyone hates cole slaw.  That must have happened because someone ate up all of his KFC Chicken.  Who do you think that might have been?

Zen Yogi:  Booboo did it

But not you, Yogi?

Zen Yogi:  oh, sure, I helped but it was Booboo's great idea

Roll Over, Beethoven, and Columbus Will Come Tumbling Down

Ladies and gentlemen, I must bring to your attention, the latest matter to get the Statue Savers hysterical and salivating is Christopher Columbus must die.

Zen Yogi:  how can you say such a vicious thing?

It's not vicious, Brer Bear, when there's ample documentation of the fact he was a miserable bastard and it's ludicrous to believe he discovered America after Indians lived here for millennia.  Those statues are bullshit bronze, capitulated chromium, or they're just expensive keepsakes for people who don't give a fuck about the history behind them.

Zen Yogi:  those statues keep tumbling down, Silas.  If anything Charlottesville accelerated the demolishment.

Sure they tear them down when no-one needed them anyway, especially when what they said wasn't true.  People have had it with lies from the state.

How about some Rockhouse clairvoyance, Yogi?

Zen Yogi:  sure, Silas, I see fortune teller pundits on TV all the time but I notice their predictions hardly ever come true

See, that's what's cool about being a pundit; it doesn't matter if it comes true since the attention span of the audience doesn't last that long.  My prediction will come true, Yogi; trust me.

Zen Yogi:  you taught me the only ones on the Internet who say, "Trust me," are pedophiles, gangsters and politicians

I'm quite sure I'm none of those, Yogi, and this will come true.  Andrew Jackson will disappear faster than a jet-powered Hellboy for the things he did.

Zen Yogi:  That bad?

Andrew Jackson was so evil he makes Trump look like a high school cheerleader.  He started the Cherokee Trail of Tears which was based on white man greed since there was no combat and the people of Tennessee simply stole their land.  Andrew Jackson was the Presidential driver in genocide against American Indians and he doesn't deserve a statue any more than one for a tribute to smallpox.

Zen Yogi:  George Bush was a college cheerleader

He was also a coked-out drunkie so what does that tell you, bear buddy?

Zen Yogi:  he was dumb as a rock and he will get a statue?

It's inevitable, Yogi.

Zen Yogi:  they scream and dance and claim this is historical revisionism

They scream and dance about almost anything and they'll go berserk if the recipe ever changes for Twinkies.

Pulling down the statues won't do anything to history except reject reverence for people who stained it.  In effect, it's a cosmic toilet flush.

Zen Yogi:  with heavy philosophy like that, I may need my Zen in restraints, Silas

Yah, that wasn't so elegant but the statues were not for elegant people.

Zen Yogi:  will it be long before the Sean Hannity Twinkies Hour?

He runs that now, Bear Buddy.  He's just too much of a mutt to realize it.

There's some highly cool news from Hurricane Relief since the Rednecks with Paychecks rolled their monster trucks to Houston where they helped pull military vehicles out of trouble and they're probably in Port Arthur by now.  Tip o' the Rockhouse hat to these gentlemen.

Zen Yogi:  should we tell them what they do is as Socialist as Papa Marx?

Don't assume they're stupid, Yogi.  They just like huge trucks for some crazy reason and this is the first time I ever saw one of those monster trucks doing anything useful.  The Rockhouse is diggin' it with these fellows.

Zen Yogi:  what about the Unite the Right freakshow in Charlottesville?

Those were Rednecks with No Paychecks or Small Ones and, as we saw, they're as thick as a jar of Georgia peanut butter.  In fact, they're the mutated genetic sports we expect to see after a nuke war rather than before.

Zen Yogi:  they get all frothy about the Confederate War statues

I tell you what, pal, that lot was frothy already.

Zen Yogi:  America can be great but only when what it says is true

Hear, hear, Yogi.