Monday, April 7, 2014

How Many Are Too Many?

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The leech's kiss, the squid's embrace,
The prurient ape's defiling touch:
And do you like the human race?
No, not much.”
--Aldous Huxley

Ape and Essence

Do you know how many people there are in the world today?

The World Population Clock can answer that question accurately. But in approximate figures, the world's population at this time is more than seven billion. That's a helluva lot of people.

Somewhat Reminiscent Of . . .

Words just don't do it.


Did You Know . . .?

A Tennessee church kicked out a woman who had been a member for 60 years for refusing to condemn her lesbian daughter.


On this day in 1994 Rwandan armed forces killed 10 Belgian peacekeeping officers in a successful effort to discourage international intervention in their genocide that had begun only hours earlier. In less than three months, Hutu extremists who controlled Rwanda murdered an estimated 800,000 innocent civilian Tutsis in the worst episode of genocide since World War II. The Tutsis, a minority group that made up about 10 percent of Rwanda's population, received no assistance from the international community.



A person who dislikes or distrusts other people or mankind in general.

A misanthrope dislikes the human race and avoids human society as far as possible. He -- most people called misanthropes are male -- isn’t an easy person to get along with, and he would greatly prefer you didn’t try. Philanthropy is the opposite of misanthropy, literally a love of mankind that expresses itself in active efforts to help other people.



Russell Ira Crowe
(born April 7, 1964)
Russell Crowe is a New Zealand actor and film producer based in Australia and the United States. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator. Crowe appeared as the tobacco firm whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in the 1999 film The Insider. In 2001, Crowe's portrayal of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash in the biopic A Beautiful Mind brought him numerous awards.

Crowe's other films include L.A. Confidential (1997), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Cinderella Man (2005), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008) and Robin Hood (2010).

Heather Burns
(born April 7, 1975)
Heather Burns is an American actress. She has appeared in a number of films with Sandra Bullock, including Miss Congeniality (2000), Two Weeks Notice (2002) and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005). More recently she starred in the film What's Your Number? (2011) and held a recurring role opposite Zach Galifinakis in the HBO series Bored to Death.

Jackie Chan
(born April 7, 1954)
Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong actor, director, and martial artist. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. He is one of the few actors to have performed all of his film stunts. Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.

Jennifer Schwalbach Smith
(born April 7, 1971)
Jennifer Schwalbach is an American actress, former reporter for USA Today, digital broadcaster, and the wife of actor/writer/film director Kevin Smith. Schwalbach appeared as Esther Cooper in Kevin Smith's horror film, Red State and voiced Blunt-Girl in Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.


"I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around."
--Charles Bukowski




  1. Gene, It's 8:49 AM in CA as I begin to type this note. I am relieved. I was just about to send you an email message, asking if -- and hoping that -- you were feeling fine. You were later than usual with your blog entry this morning, and so I was worried. Please, however, don't allow my expression of concern to be misapprehended as the action of a philanthrope. Rather consider it simply as it is: an example of one friend caring about another. That, and the voiced frustration of an appreciative reader who felt he was about to miss his daily fix.

    Bukowski? I have read most of his work, and I appreciated his directness, his clarity and his spontaneity. For what I believe will be obvious reasons, though, I feel great emotional pain when I consider how the man poisoned his body and his mind. Sad suffering ensues, no matter one's barroom bravado.

    1. Out here in the scrub land and the DSL attached to this little emachine went down. And Eva wanted to run and play outside longer than we usually do... plus I kninda overslept...By the time I got around to doing a reboot of the DSL system it was later than it should have been.

      Asi es la vida.