Catching Up On a Few Things


Owls in tree
Baby owls in my tree – look closely, there are 5 sets of eyes!

The world really freaks me out – I mean like frightens me, especially for my kids and grandbabies. I heard that North Korea is really incensed about some movie scheduled to come out in October, with Seth Rogen and James Franco. It’s called “The Interview.” The movie is about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un. He is pissed and feeling completely disrespected and has said if this movie is released it will be considered an “act of war that we will never tolerate.” Seriously, we are going to have a war with North Korea over a movie . . .

This is from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28014069:

The North Korea [foreign ministry] spokesman was quoted by the state KCNA news agency as saying: “Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated.”

He added that the “reckless US provocative insanity” of mobilising a “gangster filmmaker” to challenge the North’s leadership was triggering “a gust of hatred and rage” among North Korean people and soldiers.

“If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.

What can you say about that? I certainly believe in free speech, but at what cost? Is this particular movie and article of free speech worth poking this crazy frickin’ bear? What do you think?

And then I heard Iran, Iraq, and Syria want help from the U.S. in the form of air strikes to help them fight against ISIS. The world just keeps getting stranger. Not sure what I think about the request – could be advantageous later, but then again, it seems whenever we get involved in this type of conflict, especially in that part of the world,  those we go to help seem to turn on us later. I don’t know, I just can’t help but think if we ever have another civil war here, the United States would not tolerate any other country stepping in, in any way, shape, or form. I understand about needing a peacekeeper/peacemaker/mediator sometimes, but who appointed the U.S. government in that role?

They still haven’t found the plane and I am beginning to think they never will. I don’t know, maybe aliens did snatch that baby right up, or maybe Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went through an area like the Bermuda Triangle. I remember growing up, we all talked about the Bermuda Triangle and whether it was weather-related, pirate-related, alien-related, or a series of coincidences  – we weren’t savvy enough at the time to think any government might be involved. Now that I am older and with the advent of cable TV and the Internet, I don’t hear much about the infamous triangle anymore. Maybe it’s lost its appeal, with everybody paying attention to Lindsey Lohan, Justin Bieber, that icy blue-eyed criminal and zombies and other useless kind of stuff.

Speaking of that icy blue-eyed criminal  – his mugshot finally hit over 100,000 likes on the Stockton Police Dept.’s Facebook page. The noise on him has definitely quieted down a bit. I can tell you some of the comments are on that page are just stranger than fiction. REALLY!

Russia has hinted they may pull out of the International Space Station (ISS) in 2020, as opposed to getting the full life out of it, manning it until 2024 or 2028. They want to re-allocate Russian ISS funding to work on projects with China and India. It sounds like Russia wants a piece of the moon, if you ask me. Anyone paying attention to NASA lately had to have seen that one coming . . . I did. I see lots more to come on that regard, and I can promise it will be interesting to say the least. NASA has high hopes the amicable international partnership of the ISS will continue. I hope they are right.

There’s a new Planet of the Apes movie coming out – that just scares the shit out of me . . . really LOL!! Like the world isn’t a scary enough place, without thinking about apes being in control 😉

On a joyful note, I did find out there are at least five owl babies!! I don’t believe the nest is in my fig tree, but is in in one the trees in that little corner thicket, maybe in one of the cedar trees. Haven’t seen them in over a week now, so maybe they got big enough to fly away. Sure hope they come back next year!

Just some things I was thinking about . . .

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12 thoughts on “Catching Up On a Few Things

  1. Maybe we could ship the ISIS to the ISS and not give them a way back. Might be worth the cost. As for North Korea, I couldn’t count the number of times US presidents have been assassinated in movies. It’s not as if the movie makers are singling out North Korea. And we worry about kids taking violent movies too seriously – I guess Kim Jong Un has to be considered that way too. Talk about childish. Oh, Planet of the Apes – I haven’t seen it, but the ads make Caeser seem pretty reasonable.

    Oh, Oh, the owl babies – they are soooo cute. Love the one hiding behind the other – if you hadn’t pointed it out, I wouldn’t have noticed. I’m sure they’ll be back around. Be sure to keep us updated.

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    1. LOL – regarding Caesar & ISIS!! Haven’t seen the owls since I took that last pic. I think the little fledglings finally took to the air . . . I so hope they come back next year!!! They were quite a joy to us this year – knowing they were there & seeing them occasionally 🙂 Always enjoy hearing from you, Paul ☮

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  2. Hmmmm. A movie inciting riots and retaliation……Hmmm…. sounds familiar. Where have we heard that before? Congress pretty much can’t worry about North Korea doing that. Wonder what they’ll say? They are saying an embassy wouldn’t be attacked because of a movie.

    Neat owls! One may return. Hope so, they are fun to watch.

    I worry more about the Moon than I do ISS. We made a mistake 40 years ago not doing more there. I predicted that Russia or China would grab it when we abandoned manned space exploration 4 decades ago. It is something that it is taking China over 40 years to do what we did way back in the 60’s and we had to invent the technology.

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  3. A movie becomes grounds for war- now that’s reaching for straw but I can’t really say how superficial that is considering how we made such a big deal out of president Cliton’s “affair”. I’m sure the rest of the world was laughing at us . In any other country that would have never been such a big deal or even exposed. On another subject-how about “Planet of the Owls”. Whooo?

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    1. Nicky – thanks for following & commenting! I watched the impeachment hearings on TV for days . . . it was so sad. I KNOW the rest of the world was laughing at us. Sometimes, I feel, we focus on the wrong things & then look what happens.
      Planet of the Owls – LOL – Love it!!

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  4. The world is a bit of a political nightmare at the moment. I had absolutely no idea about the movie relating to North Korea. That entire situation is scary (even without the movie being involved) #Dictatorship

    Loved how you threw the reference to the icey blue-eyed criminal in there! (wonder how that is all going, except not enough to actually look it up.. )

    I do continue to wonder where the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has gotten to – also considering whether or not there was some government involvement from somewhere.

    Great reflective post about recent and current events – put forth in a way that encourages a bit of a grin!..

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Miss Lou
    xx

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