Good Morning Ted and Jody:
It has been since 1:00 A.M PST Wednesday morning since I saw or listened to a news cast. From what I gather from random non-news sources, everyone who didn’t vote for the guy is concerned. My finance guy called, it appears a large number of his clients were crying the morning after. A black blogger wonders if he will be seen as equal? He wonders if the facade of equal treatment (civility) will continue or be discarded. I wonder too. My correspondents Hither, Thither and Yon (foreign and domestic) are terribly concerned. It would appear that even in those places where the US is vilified rely on the US to be calmly administrated by a calm president. We have lost the faith of the world (and ourselves, it would appear). Despite not watching the news, I understand there is a movement in Oregon to succeed and protests around the country not to mention a riot in Portland. My concerns are less over what this president elect has said, than what he will do, for what he has said in the past has changed without a clue as to why. I think we need to watch and speak out and rally the folks to vote in the midterm election to get the Republicans out of complete control that would put a major break on what Trump does. That, so far, is the best I can come up with.
Now, why are you not watching or listening to the news, Ed? I am glad you asked. Part of it, a small part, is I that it seems to let me have long periods of time that I do not think of the tragedy that we have inflicted upon ourselves. I have mentioned that I have what I imagine a thinking person in 1930-2 Germany must have felt as they watched their country slip into darkness. What they must have felt is a sense of hopelessness for there was nothing they could do to right matters. In 1930-3 the media in Germany was supportive and noncritical of the changes. Our media is attempting to heal the country. That translated into supportive and noncritical. Unfortunately, that means more coverage of Trump and more speculation about what this guy will do. That is the small part; and I hope I am wrong in my analysis. The bigger part is the news media is ratings and profit driven to the point of sacrificing their ability to report fairly, critically and accurately. If you look back at the major investigative journalism over the past year it has been done by folks working for the dying print media. It seems it is not profitable for ABC, CBD, FOX or NBC to invest in investigative journalism. It seems strange for me to reach this conclusion. But, I think I will attempt to switch to international sources for US national news and the international news. Local news I am stuck with the blood, gore, and scandal local media. But fortunately, there is no real local for where I live—it is too small to have local news. Understand, I am not boycotting the media news programs. No, I am avoiding them as they thrive on speculation (witness all the talking heads. They talk a lot and I wonder when they have time to put thing in the heads to talk about). If you listen carefully you will find they will tell you three or four times about a segment to come wasting 30 seconds for a story that they spend 10 seconds reporting. The new media foreplay with segments to come in the same half hour or hour segment seems to embody the title of one of Shakespeare’s Plays-“Much Ado About Nothing.” So, since I am not going to believe them and they will irritate me, I am taking a vacation from the national news media. However, I will slip up and listen to and watch NPR and its television outlets until their funding is cut by the Republican Congress and their president and National Public Broadcasting goes off the air. For decades, I have wanted to know what is going one in the Nation and world. For decades, I have been disappointed with the coverage. Time for a break.
Nancy had a class yesterday and today. I think she is a student as she left the house after 9 both days. When she is the teacher she leaves the house before 9. Yesterday she was done by 1 P.M. so I drove in and had lunch with her. On the way in and back I got a couple of photo opportunities. To think that on November 10 in SW Washington we did not have rain and the temperature was over 65 is something we have not experienced in the eleven short years we have lived here.
Warmest regards, Ed