Not a new movie, but.

Just viewed a 1994 movie as they say, ‘ripped from today’s headlines”, based on a Michael Crichton novel, screenplay Paul Attanasio, directed by Barry Levinson, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore, “Disclosure”, enough said, except for the urgency and recommendation to catch it anyway you can before the subject fades from the headlines.

“You Look Marvelous”

I remember visiting a Manhattan office pursuing employment to do some writing for a marketing firm, was struck by the glamour of all the females present at the front desk and as far as could be seen. Later that month was told to report to the back offices to pick-up my check, was struck by the contrast between the appearances of the females at the front of the office and those visible to me now at the rear of the office. As in television broadcast news it seems the more attractive, those that appear on air, or at the very least those that can be made up to look attractive are out front while the less so are not, can be found laboring in the back offices, perhaps they even joined the station with the hope of work in front of the cameras are now confined to off camera work seemly based on their perceived unattractive appearance. So, the next time you tune to watch your favorite news program know that what you will see is the best-looking faces that station or network has to offer, even if synthetic or hair dye must be employed to achieve that goal… In short you will find there is little or no diversity in body shapes, skin tones, or hair textures, but a lot in hair shades explosive on the lighter side of the spectrum that photograph and present a more positive presentation before the cameras leading some ethnics to lighten their hair presenting an oddity not found in nature. Did I just hear someone shout, ‘cookie cutter’ in the flesh…?

Hey, Stupid

The lead story, or what I have come to know, the A block, of the DVR’d rebroadcast of the 11/14/2017 edition of The Rachel Maddow Show was so compelling it caused a nightmare, I awoke in a cold sweat, had trouble returning to sleep, this program seemed to declare the U.S. is in and has been in continuing danger of being infected by a foreign power…

“It’s the economy, stupid” is a slight variation of the phrase “The economy, stupid”, which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush.
Carville’s original phrase was meant for the internal audience of Clinton’s campaign workers as one of the three messages to focus on, the other two messages being “Change vs. more of the same” and “Don’t forget health care.” Excerpted from Wikipedia…

Venezuela has been sitting on an economic toilet, paused to be flushed, once one of the well-off countries in the Americas shows just what a one market economy coupled with failing mismanagement can do.

And now Zimbabwe, a country that has never in the eyes of most economist, had a stable economic environment since the first years from Rhodesia to Robert Mugabe becoming Prime Minister in 1980, kicking out the established economic land owners in favor of some unskilled countrymen, at long last seem to be on the verge of some sort of a coup, that was ripe for one many years ago.

There are some in the U.S. that believe that despite his low approval ratings, it’s the up-tick of the stock market that is keeping this American President afloat, as soon as there is a market correction, his political fortunes may then turn down ward without the recovery of likability to stabilize him, the end may be close or near. For as long as earnings are up, nothing else matters, but put a hole in American pocketbooks, well that’s another question to be pondered… Remember it’s the economy stupid…

One last point of view, Americas future is not in some “make American great, again” 1950’s mentality but in the future looking policies demonstrated by China’s green energy policies and Germany’s immigrant welcoming affairs, world leadership is slowing passing to either Asia or the not so old world of Europe once again… remember, you read it here first…

Hair today…Hair tomorrow

While researching for a subject to post, the following J.Crew story presented itself…

Siraad Dirshe Nov, 14, 2017

“Last week, a seemingly innocent J.Crew ad for a sweater dress hit the Internet and caused quite a stir.
The images, which featured Dominican model Marihenny Rivera Pasible, showed the young lady sporting a messy bun which infuriated lots of people.
The reason? Many commentors felt Marihenny’s hair was not “done” and possibly another example of how hairstylist oftentimes don’t know how to work with textured hair”.

I just happened to be watching NewsOne Now when the above subject came under discussion, thought little of it, thinking it’s a cultural women’s thing, then I happened to be channel surfing landed upon the women’s talk show The Real, that’s when I started to pay a little attention. All the women on the panel of the NewsOne Now program seem to have woven into their natural hair what looked like ‘rope’, most of the panel on The Real were dressed in their finest synthetics (hair), seemly blearing the line between what can be called natural vs fake, or what Miss Dirshe calls, textured hair…

And Now, Their Sunday Best

American composer Richard Rogers was supposed to have wisecracked, that a Broadway musical was so awful that the audience exited the theatre humming the scenery, which may or not be true, but it does sound creditable, if not for him then for some caustic New York theatre critic.

Seldom a week passes that my blog is not criticized for its plainness of appearance, no bells, no whistles, my answer has always been the same, I want my thoughts and words to paint a picture in the mind, to be remembered for them purely and simply. Today, This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC will no doubt be remembered in the minds of all who witnessed it, for two blond dyed heads going at it head to head battling out propositions of views on national television instead of a deep examination of expressed positions in open discussion by way of issues posed and questions answered. Far too often these days the Sunday morning chat shows, the week day news programs as well, seem to be mostly about being a vehicle for journalist to practices a kinda appearance journalism, the trashier the make-up, the blonder the hair, the longer the fake eyelashes, the redder the lusty lips, the straighter the hair wigs, the better. The news, the coin of the realm takes a back seat, not giving viewers a ‘raw’ view of delivered news, unpasteurized, unheated, is most often decontaminated for safe consumption, wrapped and tied up in nice ribbons in a kinda Sunday come a meeting dressed up like for as much of a fake presentation as humanly possible. Glamour and appearance journalism run amuck.

One last thought; how much hair dye does it take to sell sleeping pillows on television?

Over Sixty…Still Faking It

Just when I think I’ve seen it all from these ageing media types, they engage in the scandalization of self once more. Which begs the question is black tar paste the new television hair gel? Sixty-four-year old Howard Kurtz, sixty-three-year old Juan Williams both appeared on the same Fox News program today in black tie, no make that black tar hair paste sending shock waves throughout broadcast networks but not among those who have seen this all before but suggesting a new all-time low standard among the aging silly set. One would have thought the last thing they would want to appear to do is to upstage their televised commentary remarks, so, who’s talking about anything they said only what they look liked. Dressed for appearance journalism with all the fakery that they could muster… placing their credibility at risk…

When I grow Up, I want to dye my hair, too…

My superficies totally unscientific research suggests that mostly women have throughout history have dyed or hidden the graying of their hair under wigs, hats or other head coverings, that prompted the following observation.

I seem to remember reading somewhere right after all this blond hair dying kicked into its current high gear, tests being conducted resulting in a published paper proclaiming that it was harmless, I then added, short term, but what about long term. The applying of all those caustic chemicals on one’s head week after week, year after year, some of it seeping into the body by way of the brain cannot be a good thing. No visible damage short term? However, it was soon after reading a science fiction short story, made into a movie or was it a theatre piece where all the future offspring of the main characters were bald, not overnight but after two or three, perhaps from many previous generations of hair dying.

Before embarking on a half, a life time of hair dyeing, of this faddish, cultural hair dyeing thing, Wikipedia has an excellent piece on the genetics and biochemistry of hair color, which I think is essential reading before altering what may be body chemistry even through only affecting the surface and for a short period of time, a poignant time in your life, altering the outward appearance of aging, that when fully scrutinized one will find not worth the time and extravagant expense after all…