The World is Going to Hell in a Handbasket

My father, bless his heart, was fond of saying, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” Adapting to change was difficult for him, and many others, ‘back in the day’.

This month the wild fires burning out west and in Canada caused so much smoke that almost the entire United States of America was filled with smoke.

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Smoke Monster Invades USA
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There was a day when the only part of the US without smoke from the burning flames was the Southeast. This included my home state of Georgia, Florida, and parts of the North and South Carolina. Several days ago things had changed and there was a report that Atlanta was under a “smoke advisory.”

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Western Wildfires Smoke Creating Haze Over New England …
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“Smoke” has become a regular part of weather forecasts all over the land that was made for you and me.

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Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has now traveled as …
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Yet members of one of the two major political parties in this country (Why only two?) continue to deny there is climate change. I would expect nothing less from the Neanderthals who also continue to deny the Trumpster lost the election. This was the Russian assessment of the Trumpster published by The Guardian a couple of weeks ago: “There is a brief psychological assessment of Trump, who is described as an “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex”.” Sounds like the Republican party, does it not? It is not only climate change those in the ‘Grand OLD party’ deny. The report also contains this: “A report prepared by Putin’s expert department recommended Moscow use “all possible force” to ensure a Trump victory.” (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/15/kremlin-papers-appear-to-show-putins-plot-to-put-trump-in-white-house) No wonder little man Putin was grinning like the cat who ate the canary every time he was near the Trumpster.

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The Putin Smirk
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Putin Shit Eatin’ Grin

The world is burning literally and figuratively.

pyrocumulus cloud
Photograph: Josh Edelson/Getty Images

Last week, the US Naval Research Laboratory held a very 2021 press conference, in which scientists reported a very 2021 outbreak of “smoke thunderclouds.” Catastrophic wildfires, exacerbated by catastrophic climate change, had produced a rash of pyrocumulonimbus plumes over the western United States and Canada, known in the scientific vernacular as pyroCb. (https://www.wired.com/story/oh-good-now-theres-an-outbreak-of-wildfire-thunderclouds/)

I had this video where the Bruce Springsteen video now resides, but decided to put Woody, who wrote the song, down here because I wanted to include the lyrics. Many years ago during a conversation with my cousin Linda, who taught, or maybe I should say, tried to teach English to children of high school age. Because she was a decade older than was I, she knew, for obvious reasons, the songs of Woody well. Like most people cousin Linda knew only the first stanza, so she was SHOCKED when I recited the whole song, putting special emphasis on the stanza placed in bold below:

Woody Guthrie

This Land Is Your Land

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York island
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting
This land was made for you and me

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing
That side was made for you and me

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people
By the relief office I seen my people
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking that freedom highway
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me
(https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/woodyguthrie/thislandisyourland.html)

Copper and The Princess

The Legendary Georgia Ironman’s long time ladyfriend, Pat the Princess had to undergo the scapel last week (she is fine now) which necessitated our keeping her dog, Copper, at the Fortress. He is a small dog encapsulated in a large dog body. For some reason he thinks of himself as a lap-dog. Although he is old, he is also frisky. I should be so lucky… Copper is an Australian Shepard, and supposedly the second smartest breed of dog, behind only the Golden Retriever.
Copper poked me in the eye some days ago, which was quite painful. My right eye swelled and closed immediately, with a copious amount of tears when my immune system sent out a warning to all of my macrophages to go to my right eye.
That day I did nothing other than stay in bed, getting plenty of rest, hopefully letting my body do its thing. Upon waking the next day by eye was still completely shut, and quite swollen. A couple of hours later it opened enough for me to know I still had site. I listened to the radio that day. The following day I turned on the ‘puter, but the bright white background caused too much pain, so I turned it off and tried to read, but this caused another flood of tears. Later I was able to go over a few chess games from the book, “The Extreme Caro-Kann,” by Alexey Bezgodov. I was well enough to read the book as long as I averted my eyes, moving them to the wooden chess board with wooden pieces.
Today I am well enough to sit here and punch and poke. So many chess blogs have ended lately that I wanted you to know why I’ve not posted. One of my favorites, “Old In Chess” by Steve Wrinn (http://oldinchess.blogspot.com/) has not posted since the end of July, and the “Award Winning” (easy to win when yours is the only blog nominated! Hey, I, too, will take it any way I can get it!) “The Kenilworthian” (http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/) ended the first of September with Michael Goeller writing, “But this also seems like a good time to withdraw from the field because I am convinced that professional chess blogging has made the amateur chess blog increasingly irrelevant.” Say it ain’t so, Joe! Michael may be correct, but my numbers show the number of readers this year has doubled from the same time period from last year. And I have yet to win an award…
Just the short time writing this has caused a problem, so I will, hopefully, be back in a day or so, “Firing salvo’s,” as the Ironman is wont to say.

A tremendous live version:

Manfred Mann – Blinded by the Light

“Blinded by the Light” written and originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen 1973 off his debut album , Greetings from Asbury Park N.J
This is Manfred Mann’s Earth Band version of the song off the album, The Roaring Silence, released in 1976. This is the extended version of the song and not the radio edited shorter version. The song went all the way to #1 on Billboard’s charts in 1976. Please overlook my misspelled words 😉 and enjoy!!

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band lineup in 1976:
Manfred Mann – keyboards, backing vocals
Colin Pattenden – bass
Dave Flett – lead guitar
Chris Hamlet Thompson – vocals, guitar
Chris Slade – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Blinded by the Light ~ Manfred Mann’s Earth Band with lyrics