1. Gore Vidal
advertisements have arrived...
3. On going for a walk
As before, yet another quite brief Nederlog.
I put up a series of Gore Vidal back in August. At the time, I did not
know much about him - yes: I read a lot, but not of literature of the
20th C - and now I learned a bit more, and still think he is one of the
few who had a real brain. (He died last year, indeed before I got
to know of him.)
Below there is one of the last interviews he gave, to the editor of The Real News, which you
may be interested in if, unlike me, you can pay by the internet.
Actually, I can't because I pay so little that I don't think it
worthwhile to try to change this, especially since I have been hacked
in the spring of 2009.
I might be interested in paying them (except for the next point: see below) because I do think they seem to be a good news
sender, and one does need something like papers to bring the news: It
cannot be done by one private person. Or rather: It can be done
by private persons - but with fairly rare exceptions not as good as it
can be done by real journalists working together and getting paid.
But on to my subject, which I give you in a second after unloading the
following quote that I owe to a piece of writing of Vidal, but which is
in fact by Berman:
"...we have entered the Dark Ages in earnest, pursuing a
short-sighted path that can only accelerate our decline. For what we
are now seeing are the obvious characteristics of the West after the
fall of Rome: the triumph of religion over reason; the atrophy of
education and critical thinking; the integration of religion, the
state, and the apparatus of torture—a troika that was for Voltaire the
central horror of the pre-Enlightenment world; as well as, today, the
political and economic marginalization of our culture…"
You may disagree, but I am
glad I was born in 1950 rather than 2000. Then again, I do hope I am
mistaken. Here is a good interview with Gore Vidal:
The advertisements have arrived...
The last two days I
am getting again and again and again advertisements on my computer.
I have done all I could do to avoid them (and that is one of the main
reasons why I am in my 43rd year of TV-lessness: I do not want this
shit) but now I got this awful disgusting and
horrible crap by "xs4all", in fact a subsidiary of "KPN", that
seems to be a subsidiary of the richest man on earth, Carlos Slim.
So far, I have avoided watching them: As soon as one appears I switch
off the sound, and wait for four seconds - which are stolen
from me by "xs4all": I never asked them for this, and they do
it to get even more money - to press the button that says "Skip Ads".
I think it is a shame and I think it is a horror, but I don't know
whether I will write to "xs4all", for the simple reason that the folks
who work there are one of my reasons to be so very glad that I
am not of their age: They don't care, they don't object, their
IQs are around 50 points lower than mine, and it is all very probably
utterly useless for a mere individual to insist these days that his
individual rights be maintained rather than sold to the highest bidder.
Then again, I have not asked for this total shit, and I think the least I should get is total
freedom of use, rather than to have to pay 30 euros 50 cent a month for
the "privilege" of getting a spouter of unlimited amounts of the most
awful ads. (And all are: Don't you believe any ad is honest.)
Anyway... I don't know yet what I want to do about this. (It is not
that I fear writing to "xs4all": it is the almost certain loss of time,
trouble, and integrity.)
3. On going for a walk
I did go for a walk this afternoon, and found out, to my considerable
surprise, I could have left my coat at home.
This was quite surprising, and the Vondelpark was truly full, while
there were even now - April 14 ! - at most half of the narcisses
However, my reason to write this down is not my surprise, nor the
lateness of flowering, but the fact that I haven't done so for over
a year: I just saw that my first notification of "burning eyes" is
in my private files of late March last year.
Ever since then it has been growing worse, at least until November,
since when it has been improving, slowly. And it was only today
that I could take a fairly leisurely walk...
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate
search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: