This isn’t a time to be distracted by shiny objects (utterance overheard on the fly at the bike trail?)

https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2017/08/27/rs-are-trump-tweets-distracting-shiny-objects.cnn

 

Crows while curious about glints in the grass, are not fooled.

Young crows may act, well, young, & appear to focus on shiny items,

but mature crows know what’s what.

When I heard a passing biker say

“this is no time to focus on shiny objects,”

it reminded me to focus: support wisdom,

give $ to them’s that’ll slow the hand of the unwise;

get the voters to the polls, be brave, speak truth to power.

Be like the crows.

PATTY

More thoughts:

The shiny object gambit is used by Trump. His tweet storms distract us from his outrageous acts. But I think the American people are too smart to stay numbed and distracted. Our press is not fake but it has been too gullible. We’ve got to be laser-like. For instance, each time Trump attacks a bedrock environmental protection, that attack needs countering in the courts, in Congress, and beyond. (See EDF.org and NRDC.org: every 8 days the latter sues the Administration, thereby at least staying his destructive power.)

How to keep learning? How to counter Trump and Fox News. A 420 character 9 liner on Times Square bees and staying in the know.

 

 

 

I approximate to stay on the edge of my learning.

I read, listen, & make connections.

Often I do this frenetically so as not to fall prey to conspiracy-theorist,

Fox News predator types.

I like the mindset of that beekeeper

watching the capture of a huge bee swarm in Times Square.

He estimated the swarm size to be 20,000.

Are you sure? No, he says, but, to be sure all you need to do is

count the legs & divide by 6.”

PATTY



 

Donald Trump needs help with his moral compass. Read these rules written by the 6 to 8 year old crowd.

Rules ( I, the Nani to this young writer, cannot resist parenthetical asides to this translation.)

1. Respect your companion (do you at all get that this is NOT all about you?)

2. Do not Boss (ask a 13 year old about how our Democracy works. Dictators, autocrats, Putin-like leaders, Hitler-like tactics are poison to our well of freedoms.)

3. Do not break the fort. (Our beautiful country, Donald? The climate? Your actions are dangerous. How about considering whether your grandchildren will have an Earth to inhabit?)

4. Read! (Jefferson warned that a people who do not read deserve the government they’ll get. Alas, I think we now have an ignoramous who doesn’t read as president.)

(Patty)