Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jemima Puddle-Duck Waddles to Washington


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Mr. Fox, when did you first become interested in broadcast "news"?

Jemima talking to Fox + raining like mad = the Rally to Restore Sanity on Oct. 30, sponsored by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. What? Well, it's no more nonsensical than many things on television (& radio). Above is Jon Stewart explaining the what-for. The rally will raise money to help restore the National Mall. It's a mess & funds have been denied (sigh) by...oh, it's too idiotic to say more. Here is a link to Trust for the National Mall.

Very happy about the Chilean miner rescue of course. I watched far too much on-line. But if I hear one more time that it's a miracle with (very few people) asking why this miracle (of human ingenuity amongst other things) was necessary in the first place, I shall scream. People being exploited to mine in dangerous places with terrible safety records, etc. I did grow up in mining areas of the States, so I know something about it. But if I scream I would be behaving like foxes & their friends.

PS - If you are in New York (you socialists!) & need a ride to DC, The Huffington Post is sponsoring some buses. I have no inside knowledge about how many, etc. Follow the links & sign up. Update - hilarious music parody of President Obama defending himself as the Very Model of a Modern U.S. President. I'd embed it but my laptop will blow up 'cause there's too much html code goin' on. It's very funny & now I am humming G&S song (as warned).

Update - Oh fer Pete's sake. I've rec'd email asking if I'm making fun of people attending rally, ducks, chubby people. Etc. No. No. No. I'm going to it. I like alliteration. That's all. Oy.

(illustration via here)

10 comments:

Giulia said...

"Agreed (about miners). But why didn't you say anything about having covered coal companies? Blocking it out?"

That's from an email I rec'd short time ago. Man, I did forget! Oh, lots of stories about that. Thanks.

simon said...

Mining- we had a mine colapse a few years back in Tasmainia. and I have a cousin who was a miner until a huge slab of rock fell from the roof and crushed his had between it and a machine he was using. So its a risky business- I shudder to think - if thats the risk here, what are the risks in poorer countries- both to the people and environment. ( dont get me started!!!)

AS for G&S- I was singing "wheni was a lad I served a term as auction boy to and auction firm.." much to the hoot and howls from staff here!! ahahahah! ;o)

Giulia said...

Oh, it's terrible. It really is--hey, coal mines don't have enough safety regs here. But...Simon...

You are avoiding this...please, please won't you Aussies call Rupert Murdoch back? I know you said it was your gift to us, but some of us want an exchange (at least).

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Susan
Yes as Simon said [huh] we had a terrible mine collapse here in Tasmania.. at the time it was the longest anyone had been trapped underground and survived... only 2 got out [from memory]... perhaps it's earth way at hitting back.. although that sounds awful... I glad though all those men came out alive...

Have a fab weekend. xxx Julie

simon said...

Murdoch is part of the Matrix, and I dont want him back at all.....you would be safer with Monty

simon said...

ps- Julie "simon says....." ahahah funny girl :o)

secret, fragile skies said...

This is just a great post! Wish I could be there with Jon/Stephen!

I thought of Calvino with your comments on the miners:ARGIA

What makes Argia different from other cities is that

it has earth instead of air. The streets are completely

filled with dirt, clay packs the rooms to the ceiling,

on every stair another stairway is set in negative,

over the roofs of the houses hang layers of rocky ter-

rain like skies with clouds. We do not know if the

inhabitants can move about the city, widening the

worm tunnels and the crevices where roots twist:

the dampness destroys peoples bodies and they have

scant strength; everyone is better off remaining still,

prone; anyway, it is dark.

From up here, nothing of Argia can be seen; some

say, "It's down below there," and we can only br-

lieve them. The place is deserted. At night, putting

your ear to the ground, you can sometimes hear a

door slam.

secret, fragile skies said...

This is just a great post! Wish I could be there with Jon/Stephen/you/everyone!

Your comments on the miners reminded me of this Calvino:

ARGIA

What makes Argia different from other cities is that

it has earth instead of air. The streets are completely

filled with dirt, clay packs the rooms to the ceiling,

on every stair another stairway is set in negative,

over the roofs of the houses hang layers of rocky ter-

rain like skies with clouds. We do not know if the

inhabitants can move about the city, widening the

worm tunnels and the crevices where roots twist:

the dampness destroys peoples bodies and they have

scant strength; everyone is better off remaining still,

prone; anyway, it is dark.

From up here, nothing of Argia can be seen; some

say, "It's down below there," and we can only br-

lieve them. The place is deserted. At night, putting

your ear to the ground, you can sometimes hear a

door slam.

Giulia said...

secret, fragile skies--you just officially blew my mind. I agree. That's Invisible Cities/Le città invisibili I think. I don't know if I have it in the apt. here but should reread. I love him.

Mary-Laure said...

What a great post! I too watched too much of the miners' rescue online, and was genuinely moved. But what I found the most extraordinary is the engineering accomplishment - what a testament to what technology and intelligence can do for good purposes!

Jon Stewart - did you hear his great interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air a few days ago?

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