The Only Blogger on the Planet not Blogging about Anna Nicole Smith
Determination to live illustrated.
It’s raining again, it’s been warm lately so I’m hoping that this will bring a nice Chanterelle crop in the local hills. I love gathering wild mushrooms, heck, I gather all sorts of wild food. As long as one knows what one is doing, gathering mushrooms is safe. The people who get into trouble come into two classes. Idiots who thought some mushroom looked too pretty to be dangerous. That’s like thinking a clown with an Uzi is harmless. The other is people familiar with mushrooms in their homeland, who don’t realize that the mushrooms that are safe in Mexico etc. may look exactly like mushrooms that are dangerous here in California. On the plus side, a treatment for mushroom poisoning was recently discovered, so stupid or ill informed individuals now have a much better chance of learning from their folly. An excellent and highly recommended book on the subject is Mushrooms Demystified by David Aurora, especially for people on the American west coast.
In world news, Iran has announced that it will “hit back” at any attacker. Well, d’oh. I’d strike back if I was sucker punched too, most people would. I’m still hoping that Bush is just sabre rattling, but I wouldn’t plan any vacations in Tehran in the near future. In Iraq, US and civilian casualties are rapidly approaching Vietnam levels, proportionally speaking we’re already there in spades. Which may go a long ways to explain the sabre rattling about Iran, Bush has never taken responsibility for failure in his life, and he needs to pin the blame for the catastrophe in Iraq on someone. Iran neatly fits the bill, and thus one mistake is compounded by another.
Speaking of mistakes, an unfortunate “friendly fire” fatality has been making headlines. An American plane accidentally strafed a column of British vehicles during the conquest of Iraq. Sad, but even sadder, this is a TTH situation. TTH=these things happen. Since the widespread introduction of cannons, so called “friendly fire” typically accounts for 5-10% of the casualties in war. They don’t mention that in Hollywood movies. And yet another reason why war should only be undertaken as a last resort.
In science news, it has been discovered that action video games actually improve eyesight. I can already hear the chorus going out across the land: “But mom…we’re improving our eyesight!”
The reason I’m not blogging about Anna Nicole Smith is that anything I say another million bloggers will have already said. Plus, I had no clue who she was until I scanned the news. Honestly. Even then, all I recognized was that she was the lady whose son died in her hospital room a few months back. How sad. Being rich and famous is no shield from the tragedies of life. Not much else to say really, at least she’s with her son now. God rest her soul.
And finally, in cat news, a plucky cat was rescued from a frozen irrigation channel in Pennsylvania. The determination of even a “dumb animal” to live can be awe inspiring, the poor fellow clawed his way out of the water several times, only to have the ice break under him again. Eventually a fireman was able to fish the poor guy out, but not before witnesses repeatedly heard the cat exclaim: “Fucking Meow!”
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