This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Some of the best internet surfing is starting at a link, like say from Drudge, then when you are done with that article, you see a link, then another, then another and soon find yourself miles from where you started on a topic you never considered.  So today I found myself coming across two articles with seven degrees of separation, the first was a survey done in Britain of the 30 Greatest TV Detectives/Cops.

Now, obviously the survey would be skewed towards English shows a little - I mean an American survey probably after saying Sherlock Holmes would be hard pressed to name another British show - but I was yelling as I read the article.  I grew up on American TV and now watch predominately European detective shows

I mean, Magnum PI is 30th?  Luther 28th? Rockford 27th?  Life on Mars 22nd?  Morse 13th?  No Monk?

Police Woman 18th?  Kojak 14th?  Here's looking at you and Police Woman ahead of Rockford, Magnum, Luther or LoM???   And no Monk?  Where was this survey done, at the The Terminal Mad Cow Disease Hospital?

I mean I watched Starsky and Hutch, but 8th place?  Try, I mean really try, to recite the plot to, oh, say three episodes of S&H?  I'm waiting.

Now, The Killing - Danish version - got 5th and Sherlock got 4th but how do you put Sherlock 4th and completely ignore the Jeremy Brett version of Sherlock Holmes that ruled the 70's, 80's and 90's?

NYPD Blues got 2nd place and The Wire got first.  Really?  Seriously?

And your thinking, "oh no, he's made his own list!"  And so I did, but how you doing on that S&H question?

  1. Inspector Morse
  2. Life on Mars
  3. Foyle's War  (how did they leave this out of their list???)
  4. Luther
  5. The Killing Danish Version
  6. Irene Huss  (If you never saw this, it's a treat, subtitled I know, but amazing show)
  7. Sherlock 
  8. Holmes Brett
  9. Xfiles (no Mulder, no Scully, no shit?)
  10. Monk  (Another one I cannot believe was left off the list)
  11. Magnum P.I.
  12. Inspector Lynley
  13. Rockford
  14. Sweeney  (John Thaw's first big series, this is the show that was copied as S&H in the states
  15. Wallender (I"ve only seen the English version, haven't yet watched the swedish version)
  16. Midsummer Murders
  17. Inspector Lewis
  18. Columbo (here's what I didn't like, seeing who was guilty from the beginning)
  19. DCI Banks
  20. NYPD Blue
  21. Peter gunn  (just the jazz singing of Lola Albright is enough to put this on the list)
  22. S&H (yea, I liked it, especially the 12 hour episode that was on the nite I shroomed in college
  23. HSB

All the while, there was another story that just about floored me in the Telegraph.  Want to see the future?  To think, governments are seriously talking and considering this is terrifying.  Knowing that they are planning to implement it is evil.

In this futuristic world, all payments are made by contactless card, mobile phone apps or other electronic means, while notes and coins are abolished. Your current account will no longer be held with a bank, but with the government or the central bank. Banks still exist, and still lend money, but they get their funds from the central bank, not from depositors.

Having everyone’s account at a single, central institution allows the authorities to either encourage or discourage people to spend. To boost spending, the bank imposes a negative interest rate on the money in everyone’s account – in effect, a tax on saving.
Faced with seeing their money slowly confiscated, people are more likely to spend it on goods and services. When this change in behaviour takes place across the country, the economy gets a significant fillip.
The recipient of cash responds in the same way, and also spends. Money circulates more quickly – or, as economists say, the “velocity of money” increases.
What about the opposite situation – when the economy is overheating? The central bank or government will certainly drop any negative interest on credit balances, but it could go further and impose a tax on transactions.
So whenever you use the money in your account to buy something, you pay a small penalty. That makes people less inclined to spend and more inclined to save, so reducing economic activity.
Such an approach would be a far more effective way to damp an overheated economy than today’s blunt tool of a rise in the central bank’s official interest rate.


Your money, your income, that which you trade your labor, knowledge, skills and intelligence for, will no longer belong to you.  It goes from your company to the government bank account where they can control how you spend and when you spend.  

No worry about paying taxes anymore, they will just take it from your account, any time they want.  No stockpiling cash for emergencies, there is no cash.  You are a slave, you are a sheep.

They will tell us when to spend, when not to spend, probably who we can buy from.  

Think about this, your credits are in a government controlled account and your government health care system and they look at your health records and your spending records and what next?  Approval/disapproval at the grocery store check out lanes?  Will the government let you buy that car you want, get married, contribute to a church?  Will individuals only be affected, or businesses too?  Will the government decide who you will buy your raw materials from?  This is absolutely mind boggling.  Ira Levin's This Perfect Day is coming closer and closer to reality.

And the band plays on.....

Like a hurricane around your heart
When earth and sky are torn apart
He comes gathering up the bits
While hoping that the puzzle fits

He leads you, he leads you
Freedom rider

With a silver star between his eyes
That open up at hidden lies
Big man crying with defeat
See people gathering in the street

You feel him, you freak him
Freedom rider

When lightning strikes you to the bone
You turn around, you're all alone
By the time you hear that siren sound
Then your soul is in the lost and found

Forever, forever
Freedom rider