Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

The joys of the internet -

I have several different domaine names and email accounts.  When I got my new computer, one was easily set up and working.  Yesterday, Thom got the others working, so all was fine, except that one is publicly displayed, and so I had 1500 spam which took some time to delete.

Now, in this moment, nothing will send.  My original working account will not accept the password that was perfectly fine for it yesterday, so if you are expecting an email from me, it probably will not appear.   (and now, all is well.)

I have been reading Andy Rooney's book, Out of My Mind.  It seems appropriate in the moment. 

Here is one excerpt from Andy Rooney.

    I boiled over when reporters started using the word "troops" as a synonym for "soldiers."  "Our troops," they'd say.  One reporter said, "Seven American troops were captured."  A troop is not a soldier.  A troop is a group of soldiers and several groups of soldiers were not captured. 

    I'm at a loss to know what to think or write about Iraq. We have found no evidence that Saddam had the weapons we went there to eliminate.  It's embarrassing.  It seems likely that if we keep looking, we're going to find some barrels of toxic substances somewhere but nothing with which Saddam could have mounted a massive attack - least of all on us.    (and, I note, even that didn't happen.)

    The United States is standing guard now in Iraq but why, with Saddam Hussein gone, is not clear.  I remember a story about a Russian czar who was walking in his palace garden one day and wondered why there was always a soldier standing guard near one little patch of grass.  He asked the guard, but the guard, didn't know anything except that his captain had ordered him to stand there.  The czar went to the captain and asked him, but all the captain knew was that the guard was there because there had always been a guard there.

    The czar looked into the story further and found that Catherine the Great, in a previous century, had planted a rosebush where the patch of grass was and ordered a sentry stationed there to make sure no one stepped on the bush.  The rosebush had died fifty years before but no one in charge ever thought to say it didn't need to be guarded any longer.

    I don't know what I think, but I know I hope we don't stand guard in Iraq after the rosebush dies.

I add on that, that rosebushes are not oil, and there is still corporate money to be made.  

Enjoy this precious day, whether your email accounts are up or down!!


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