Thursday, January 29, 2015

Isn't she prefect

I have just signed a petition asking Elizabeth Warren to run for President. She is much too smart to do that – but it is a nice thought – she would make a great President.

She is real and honest – and hates the robber barons who are destroying the country.

And I can’t vote – but I can dream.

I can dream that congress would work to build America – to improve the lives of the underprivileged – to build the crumbling infrastructure – to get everyone covered by health insurance – to get a minimum wage that allows people to live without getting food stamps – that makes the top 1% pay the same rate of tax as average wage earners.

But – to be honest – most people don’t give a rats ass.

I look at America and weep. This is no longer the richest country on earth. Almost everywhere in Europe and Asia has a higher standard of living – looks after the underprivileged – has universal health care and aged care – a whole bunch of stuff that you can do if you pay taxes.

America is fucked but the Americans cannot see it.

Paying taxes is anathema to many Americans. Gummint is anathema to many Americans. The don’t want gummint and they don’t want taxes. They want guns  so that when the gummint comes to take their guns they will be ready.

Last weekend a potential  Republican presidential candidate said he would emasculate the Environmental Protection Agency and close down the Internal Revenue Service - sending the IRS staff to the border to keep Mexicans out.

What a great idea.

Don’t these people have children and grandchildren ?

Hey – this is amazing – the Senate approved a motion 98-1 that climate change is real and not a hoax. Even Jim Inhofe who wrote a book called The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, voted yes.


Who will tell Fox?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Help a baby elephant

Today my task is to ask for money. Not for me but for elephants.

As I have mentioned before - Cate has decided to participate in a 7 day walk across the Sahara desert in Jordan.   

It is part of the 4 Deserts race series – and yes, there are people even madder than her who do all 4 deserts in one year. 

She will spend 8 to 14 March trudging across the desert with all her  belongings on her back for 150 miles. The penultimate day is 56 miles.

When she arrives in Petra I will collect the remains and deposit them in a delicious hotel to try to bring her back to life.

We have been supporting the extraordinary work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for some time – ever since Cate’s sister in law visited their refuge outside Nairobi. 

Coincidentally it turns out that the US Friends of the Trust are actually located here in Indianapolis. 

I won’t try to describe the work they do as I cannot do it justice but please take a minute to watch a very short video about the rescue of Ndotto.

If you would like to help baby elephants this is Cate’s page.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An office temp with a bad attitude

I have had so much to do I have not had time to blog.

Also I have been transfixed by our Prime Mister who gave an Australian award to the Duke of Edinburgh. I thought someone was pulling my leg when I first heard about it – but it is true.

It is impossible to explain the inappropriateness and unadulterated awfulness of this to a non-Australian - so I will not try.

It will suffice to say that Tony Abbott has cemented his place in history as a brainless, steaming, honking plonker of epic proportions.

In the meantime Cate is still plowing along on the walk thing. She had to do a stress test to get a medical certificate and sign a form saying if she dropped dead it was her own fault – which of course it is.

She is going to fundraise for the David Sheldrick Trust which looks after elephants – as far as I can see mainly orphaned ones – of which there are many.

National Geographic says that poachers have killed 100,000 elephants in the last three years.

Whenever I see stuff like this  I am reminded of the late great George Carlin.

He said something like:

‘Look around you and see what is happening in the world. Does this look like the work of a supreme being. To me it looks more like the work of an office temp with a bad attitude.’