Thursday, July 19, 2018

WHY DO I LOVE THESE GUYS?



 I bumped into them a few months ago on a night I was restless, looking for a film or a rerun of Friends or Seinfeld.

Wow! What I saw and heard got me laughing. These guys seemed so real, quirky, flawed, smart --  what seemed to be important to each of them interested me. I watched it the next night, and then the  next night. For the past few months, just about every evening, after browsing around for news that I haven't heard, I tune in this show.

That there's no TV punch lines, no intonation to setup up a laugh, that scenes start and end unexpectedly, out of sequence, that plot things are never explained -- they just make sense -- and what these people are involved with -- even science stuff that I know very little about -- is intriguing.


 Amy often amazes me  (her acting's exceptionally inventive). I get annoyed with Penny, (gorgeous, constantly sipping liquor), wishing she showed more affection for the passionately honest, somewhat boring Leonard, (affection she has for the marvelously irritating, brilliant Sheldon) -- Sheldon's sort of the star of the show. And tiny, tinny-sounding Bernadette, sharp, smart, down-to earth and divertingly voluptuous, whose her lover/husband Howard (another remarkably inventive actor) struggles with a domineering (unseen) Jewish Mom, and flirts with Raj, who's from India, in and out of love constantly, surprising us with his realistic views.

Guys, this is NOT a critque -- it's a love letter to the show's creators, Chuck Lorre  and Bill Prady, wise, intuitive, skilled grownups, who know instinctively, factually, dramatically what was and is affecting everything that's going on in our country.

Will I be watching six months from now?  Will how these characters mature -- their conflicts, goals, personal and professional happenstance, still intrigue me?

 Maybe. There's nothing else like this show on television. Even if I get somewhat bored, there's the opening theme -- this fantastic vision of the evolution of the world that astounds and delights me every time I see it, that's worth seeing again, and again, and yes -- again.



Sunday, July 15, 2018

(VIDEO) WOULD YOUR CHILD-SELF BE PROUD OF YOU...

Emily asks her husband a rather tricky question -- would his child-self approve, applaud what he's become?


Struggling to answer her, John finds himself telling his wife something about himself that surprises her.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WHEN 'MRS. ROBINSON' DIES...

Our huge response to the wedding of Harry and Mehgan, the "Younger Generation of the Royals" got my attention, but I wasn't hooked on it the way I'm hooked on "London Bridge Is Down." That's the phrase in England for "D" day, the day the Queen dies -- the code name for her is "Mrs. Robinson." There are meticulous details for "D+1, D+2 and each day day after Mrs. Robinson leaves the world.

The planners envisage her passing away after a short illness. The doctor who controls access to her room will determine what information will be in bulletins. The Queen's secretary will inform the prime minister; bulletins will be sent to governors and prime ministers of 15 governments outside the UK and 36 other nations in the commonwealth who will be advised to wear black armbands 3'3/4" wide on the left arm. The Guardian and the The London Times have 11 days of coverage prepared. Sky News and International Television News experts have already rehearsed what they'll say about her final hours.

No matter where she is at the end of her life, the coffin will be taken to Buckingham Palace on the Royal Train. As the train progresses, people will throw flowers, bells will toll, flags will be lowered. On D+1 the central window on the palace balcony will be removed. After rituals and three blasts from Trumpeters, Charles will appear. The current Garter King of Arms will proclaim Charles as King Charles III, followed by a 41 gun salute, 7 minutes of artillery.

On D+2 and the next 9 days, Westminster Hall will be cleaned. Hundreds of candles will be positioned. Guard rails along the route will be put up. Traffic lights will be removed. Ten pallbearers will be chosen and begin practicing. Programming on BBC will be changed -- comedy and satire moved to BBC2. The Queen will be buried in a lead-lined coffin, weighing more than a quarter a ton.

On D +4, the orb, scepter, and imperial crown will be placed. With Charles leading the mourners, there will be a huge Military parade with the Royal Navy, Beefeaters, and Gurkhas Indian soldiers taking part. Four soldiers will stand guard for 20 minutes at a time, as people stream past the Queen for 23 hours a day, in a line that will be more than four miles long. Every day wreathes on the coffin will be renewed.

Before dawn on D+9 (the day of the funeral) the jewels on the orb, scepter, and crown will be cleaned. Shops, stock market, and most of the country will be on a day off. There will be memorial services in various soccer stadiums. Members of the royal family will arrive unannounced. Children and grandchildren (including women for the first time), will arrive at 9 a.m. Big Ben, hammer covered with leather pad, will ring with muffled tones.

Inside the hall there will be 2000 guests. No cameras will be visible. At 1 p.m. the country falls silent. Buses, cars, railroads stop. Inside the Abby, the Archbishop will speak. Pallbearers will place the coffin on the green gun carriage that was used for the Queen's father, and it will be pulled by 138 junior sailors. This procession, on the mall, will travel the 23 miles from Westminster Hall to Winslow Castle, where the royal household will be waiting.

Cameras will stop broadcasting. The lift to the royal vault will descend. Then, finally, King Charles III will reach into a silver bow and drop a handful or red earth from it onto the coffin.

The coffin will descend.



I think we will feel this death and mourn her as a beloved ruler, deeply affecting our culture as well as the world. Who in America is, for us, like the Queen? I will always remember -- never forget -- the day Barack Obama was chosen to be a candidate, the huzzahs, the huge, incredibly excited, marvelously massive crowd celebrating. Will we ever feel that way again? Since the election, for me, my beautiful America -- amber waves, purple mountains, power, glory, land of the free with her welcoming arms -- has changed. Will it ever be beautiful in that way again to us again?

What will happen in London hasn't been seen in London since the death of Winston Churchill back in 1965. Perhaps, like the UK Guardian says, "The Queen is perhaps the U.K.'s last living link to the nation's former great power."

I guess that's why I'm writing about "London Bridge is down" and Mrs. Robinson leaving the world.

My blog is based on an article by Sam Night, in UKGuardian, March 2017.


Saturday, July 7, 2018

OUR IFFY VACATION PLAN

I want to head for Geneva, Switzerland, and visit the small town on its outskirts, and see the Hadron Collider.

It sounds like an odd thing for the Cullums to be doing, but I've researched and written about it ever since 2012 when the Hadron Collider detected the "Higgs boson." Creating headlines all over the world, scientist Peter Higgs proved that there's one elementary particle, a "God Particle," that gives everything in the universe its mass. And also, everything about this topic fascinates my husband, actor John Cullum, who reads and re reads books by Stephen Hawking about black holes and the big bang.

Here's a photo of the Collider.
Note the tiny figure at the bottom in a dark jacket and brown pants, and you'll get a sense of the size of the world's most powerful accelerator. It's mammoth, overwhelmingly huge. Is it dangerous? A visitor receives less radiation than he'd get from dental Xrays.

Near the collider are live video feeds and a plaque summarizing its lofty mission: “To advance human knowledge, to continue an endless quest to learn where we come from and why the Universe is as we see it today.” Just beyond the plaque is the accelerator's tunnel.
Though this 17-mile tunnel, the accelerator sends "subatomic protons" racing in an opposite direction, getting them to move faster until they're moving nearly at the speed of light. When the particles collide, they create tiny fireballs of pure energy. Doing this, scientists re-created the Big Bang and proved that the one particle Higgs measured and photographed forty years ago which showed it occurred at the same place, same time -- the "God Particle" -- does in fact, occur at the same place with each test.

Here's a photo of the "God Particle."

If I go to Geneva, will I continue to wonder, "Does the Higgs boson prove God created the world?"

We can't go there this year -- we're still dealing with Con Edison and renovating to get approval for using gas appliances, but maybe next year, or the year after. Someday, I've got to see the Hadron Collider, and find out ... feel out for myself what it means.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

WHEN JOHN CULLUM SINGS...

I love this photo of  my husband, John Cullum, in costume, on the set for the  movie "1776."

The candle on the table, the shoulders seen on each side of John indicates that other people are with him -- the photo tells me it's John as "Rutledge," the senator from South Carolina thinking about how he'll vote while other senators are voting.

Golly, the look on John's face is so real -- so typical -- just the way my husband looks when he's thinking about one of our domestic problems.

John told me that this scene in the movie had been done as a long shot -- cameras and lights re-positioned for the medium shot and filmed again -- the set up was again changed for the closeups -- he'd already sung "Molasses to Rum" twice. He told the director, Peter Hunt, "Better get it this time, I've just got one more "G" in me."

(JC told me just now that if I listened to the film again, I'd hear how he "slipped into the high note, that "G." He's a Baritone -- a G can be tricky.)    
   
Wife, fan, lover of John Cullum delights in studying that photo of the man she fell in love with at first sight, the guy who had evolved from a very good looking, handsome, leading man on a stage, a leading man who could rivet an audience -- into a man who could truly star in a show and draw thousands of theatergoers.


Why am I jabbering about all this? I'm doing it to remind you that people with whom you are intimately involved change, grow up as you change, and viewing them freshly grows you up too.

Here's John yesterday at 10 a.m., mike in hand, my book in his hand, recording a video for one of our projects -- on our A.I.R audio-video channel, he reads aloud a chapter a week from one of my novels and publishes it on Facebook.

Yep! Wife Em WAS, IS, on Independence Day, enthralled by John in that marvelous film, stunned by the power in him, artist, musician, singer, actor, performer that he is. I am gifted by Mother Nature, God, and happenstance, to have been able to grow up with him.


Friday, June 29, 2018

SAY "HI" TO YOUR NOT-SMART OLD PHONE


I am anti-cellphones. I've written about them yearly since 2010 when Media said they had the same level of frequency radiation of cellphones that killed lab rats.
     2011, I wondered if phones caused  brain cancer.
     2012, I wrote "Dear Darling Phones" because everyone I knew had a phone.
     2013, I quoted Carrie Underwood -- "My phone is my best friend, my life line to the world."
     2014 and thereafter, in various blogs  I've attacked various new phone apps that promise to run our lives better, more easily,  more safely.

Today, constantly, I'm seeing hunched-over people who seem to be talking out loud to themselves.

I doodled this:  
Why? Because hunched over people look scary, weird. Their intense focus is scary weird. But maybe-perhaps-possibly there's a TREND that could change things.
       NY TIMES article: "Are you tried of touch screens, app updates, and incessant push notifications? You’re in luck: The budget phone is making a comeback... consumers are going retro, finding that cheaper phones have never been better.”
      SEATTLE TIMES: "In an age when everyone seems glued to a screen, the humble flip-phone is turning into a statement of protest and individuality. Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and billionaire investor Warren Buffett have all been spotted recently with low-tech devices."
       WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Its time to take feature phones seriously again. It's the Less is More theory. You stay connected, but get something less intense, than the sensory overload of an attention-sucking smartphone."
       USA TODAY: "If you want a phone for under $100, you are no longer doomed to limping along with leftover software. Google has rebuilt its Android software -- you can get the latest apps with less storage and less memory."
       WIRED. COM : "Nokia's reissued its UltraCheap 3310 and 8110, a/k/a candy bar & banana- shaped phones. The 3310 ($60), has a camera and a web browser. The 8110 tiny 24-inch screen travels easily from open to shut. The best thing is the battery life is almost a full month.

This picture in "THE WEEK Magazine" of nice looking devices cheered me. 
Gee, it would be wonderful to walk down and street and see this !!!!

Golly, I'm hoping -- wouldn't it be great if everyone would 
re-learn to connect and relate to others with words you pronounce out loud into the air and actually just plain 
S P E A K.


Monday, June 25, 2018

(VIDEO) MADCAP ADVENTURES


Spur of the moment, capricious, reckless doings by John Cullum and Emily Frankel -- that's what the Cullums do when the weather is lovely.

Even when disaster looms and Em is scared, she KNOWS John will handle it,  and get them safely back home.





Thursday, June 21, 2018

WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR FUTURE?

You could consult a crystal gazer, tarot card or tea leaves expert about your career, love life, and life line -- it might be fun, even a little scary, but it's just one person's opinion. Could you trust what they say? And what about your health? Could they tell you how many years you have left?

23andMe, a well-established California company, can help you. The FDA allows them to give you facts about where you are heading in terms of your health. They also report data related to your ancestry, and have created a "Health Hub," where as a user, you can find out how others handle ordinary afflictions such as migraines, and depression.

23andMe was founded about 7 years ago by two women, Anne Wojcicki, and Linda Avery, who have top-drawer credits and years of experience in the field of genetic testing. Since we are made of cells and there are 23 pairs of chromosomes in every cell, this company's DNA testing can give an ordinary person (like you and me) a window into their DNA. You will get a DNA report that a doctor must explain to you.

Cost: 23andMe DNA Health and Ancestry Reports: $139.00. Other companies, charging $1000 to $5000, do DNA testing, but none offer to get your results in eight weeks and include a conference with a doctor.

23andMe reports your potential for these diseases:
Alzheimer's; Parkinson's (central nervous system disorder); Celiac disease (inability to digest gluten); Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (risk of lung and liver disease.); Primary Dystonia, (uncontrolled muscle contractions); Factor XI deficiency (blood-clotting disorder); Gaucher (organ and tissue disorder); Glucose-6(aka G6PD), (red blood cell condition); Hemochromatosis, (iron overload); Hrombophilia, (blood-clot disorder).

So, would you buy a DNA test kit from 23and Me?

Galavanting on the Internet, I've looked at videos and comments of medical people and ordinary folks with pro and con opinions about DNA testing. I read a blog by a man who bought the 23andME  testing kit and was on the verge suicide because of the bad news.

Are you thinking hmm...? Would you rather keep floating along, dancing along the way you’re dancing, or would you at some point -- go ahead and find out where you’re heading?

Me, I'll keep dancing. What about you?







Sunday, June 17, 2018

GRUNTING AS U HIT A TENNIS BALL

Does it help the tennis player?

Some experts say it's a reflex. Others say its a tool. Sharapova, Monica Seles, and Serena Williams have been accused of doing it to deliberately to distract  their opponents. Back in 2009 Martina Navratilova said "grunting is cheating, pure and simple--it muffles the sound of the ball hitting the racket that opponents rely on as a cue."

Researchers, exercise scientists, experimented. They got 20 students to kick a 100 pound bag while grunting, then, do it without grunting. A device attached to the bag enabled researchers to measure the force of each kick. They published the result: Students moved the bat with 9% more force when they grunted.

Other experts, after other tests, have said, "It is a reflex, rather than a conscious choice--during strenuous exercise, it's instinctive to hold your breath and give a grunt."

Planet Fitness, one of the largest fitness club franchises, bans grunting in its 1,500 clubs. They will revoke the membership of the persistent offender.

Does it bother me? Yes! I'm not a tennis-watching-nut like my husband, John Cullum, is. I watch the kids who rush in to grab the balls. I observe the audience. My mind wanders. The grunting definitely distracts me ... the truth is, it gets me thinking about the player's private life.

Hey, my tennis-nut-beloved, agrees. Watch this video -- what's your reaction?
  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

(VIDEO) HEAR YOUR OWN VOICE

Emily Frankel gets John Cullum explaining how he handles directors. When something he's told to do in a scene feels wrong, does he argue? Compromise? Obey?


John reveals truthfully, how tricky this can be, and how, more often than not, he manages to do what he, himself, wants to do.




Saturday, June 9, 2018

SAGGING PANTS LAW

We are definitely getting fussier and fussier, even a bit persnickety, about behavior that offends us.

Like saggy pants -- you see them frequently -- some ridiculously saggy, others are offensively drooping. The wearer might be a kid, but guys who look like grownups wear pants showing the crack in the buttocks.

Why?  To be cooler? To show off their butts? To annoy us?

In South Carolina, lawmakers have been trying to ban saggy pants with "House Bill 4957." It would make it illegal for a person to wear pants “sagging more than three inches below the ileum.” According to the U.S. Library of Medicine the ileum is the lower end of the small intestine.

Violating the law: $25 fine for first offense; $50 for 2nd offense plus three hours of community service; subsequent violations: $75 fine plus six hours of community service.

A similar ordinance was passed two years ago in Timmonsville, South Carolina, where third-time offenders could face fines up to $600. But support for the statewide proposal has been dropping fast, according to NBC's station KXAN. Though proponents of the bill have said the measure is all about ending an "unbecoming" look and deny the bill is designed to target minorities, actually many voters in the area are black and...    
What's my opinion about all this?  I think it's an interesting but harmless rebellion. Look where we're going with women's cleavage  -- lower and wider and sideways to the point of showing everything.

Gee, if sagging pants gets to be seriously illegal... Golly, "what's next" could be ... ?

Eek....  or Yay?

I say eek.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

GRANT WOOD ART

Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables is at the Whitney Museum in New York City through June 10th.

American Gothic 1930
You probably remember seeing this painting. The Financial Times critic said: "It's hard to separate  homage from mockery, nostalgia from bitterness. An uneven talent, the Iowa native was barely known outside Cedar Rapids when the 1930 unveiling of  American Gothic, his signature work, made him a national celebrity overnight at age 39. The two glum figures are interpreted as a heartland farmer and his wife, could be read as examplars of admirable sobriety or of a repressive small-mindedness, and knowing more about the artist doesn't settle the matter. In this and many of his other paintings, Wood ennobled the Bible bound agricultural life he was raised in, but as a gay man, he also experienced its menace."

(Blogger Em's facts: They're actually Wood's sister and Wood's dentist). The pinched small-minded look of this couple is what Wood wanted us to see.)

Self portrait 1941.
The New Yorker critic said, "Still there would be no New York exhibit were it not for American Gothic. The notoriety it brought him pretty well wrecked him, eventually driving himi to drink. A hint of fame's toll can be seen in the self portrait Wood completed in 1941. The paining seems tragicomic, a show of macho resolve from a baby-faced sensitive man who would die of cancer a year later at 50. The longer I look at the picture the more I feel its subject is about to burst into tears."

(Blogger: Tears? In this portrait we perceive a straight-forward man saying confidently, with a touch of annoyance, "I paint what I see.")

Sultry Night 1939
The Washington Post critic said: "A craftsman and designer, he dabbled in impressionist painting after traveling in Europe, but found inspiration in the Flemish Old Masters and developed a self-conscious American style that combined hard lines and rural iconography. Well after he gained renown, in 1939 he created Sultry Night, that the US Office wouldn't distribute. More often Wood's wonderfully queer take on the world manifests itself in more interesting ways." Praising a 1933 painting of a truck barreling toward two cars, this critic said: "It is an ominous image and also one of the most gender-fluid he ever made--a dramatic commingling of masculine and feminine forms."

(Blogger:  Instead of hurrying to the Whitney Museum, you can Google his name and see some of my favorite Grant Wood visions of roads, land, homes, and people. 
Arbor Day 1932
Birthplace of Herbert Hoover

Spring

Spring In Town 1941
Spring  Turning
I have included this short film of Wood's concept: "Where Tillage Begins, Other Arts Follow."  A large section of the museum was devoted to a breathtaking panorama that depicted ordinary activities. Seeing the film, you'll understand his concept better than if I try to explain it with words.  

Blogger:
Having driven across America eight times before becoming a blogger, performing in more than 1000 cities and towns in the United States, the pictures on this blog are only a few of the many scenes that live in my mind. What various critics said about the exhibit that is closing at the Whitney Museum... oh my... I hope we can outgrow the small-mindedness of what they said about the man, the artist, Grant Wood.

Friday, June 1, 2018

(VIDEO) ANOTHER JOHN CULLUM SKILL

Emily Frankel gets her husband to reveal what he's learned to do, aside from performing, doing A.I.R Videos, or publishing one chapter a week on our Audio-Video channel.


Though John shrugs it off, here he is explaining what he does...


Monday, May 28, 2018

WATER, WATER

Time Magazine said: "Almost two billion people will live in regions suffering from water scarcity and two-thirds of the global population will live under water-stressed conditions by 2025 according to UN estimates.

It shouts, "We've got to save water!"


Do you try? I try.  Brushing teeth, one turns on the water, and leaves it on.

DON'T.

Rinsing hands, one turns on the water and leaves it on.

DON'T.

After a meal, I don't know about your household, but we clear the table and put utensils in a tall plastic container that's filled with water, and some liquid soap. End of the day, instead of running the dishwasher, we sponge-wash each utensil, then rinse them all together, set them in a drying holder.

Flushing the toilet --  you don't have to flush each and every time you use it.

DO (gently) remind other members of the household, to do the same.


DON'T take long showers -- DO make them shorter.

Washing clothes: DO larger loads.

Shampooing: Once your hair is wet, turn OFF the water while you're applying it. Turn water ON when it's time to rinse. Water OFF while applying conditioner. ON when you're ready to rinse.  DON'T drift into a contented reverie, enjoying the flow, and forget.

Picture people in other countries -- drinking, washing clothes, washing themselves in a contaminated river -- we've all seen those pictures. You heard about Capetown -- they are desperately rationing water -- people are standing in long lines every day.

You have seen pictures of parched land.




Why post this blog now, today? Guys, it's a holiday weekend; I've got free time; I need to wash my hair and run the washing machine. My husband's hamper is full; mine's full of black togs that have been washed often so the black won't stain anything; therefore, his load and mine can be done together. I'm looking around and seeing what I can do today to save water. You need to look around and figure out what YOU can do today to save water.

Just DO IT!!!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

SEAN PENN'S REVELATIONS

Here's an interview with Sean Penn, about his recently published  novel, "BOB HONEY WHO JUST DO STUFF."

Interviewer, Nate Hopper, asked: "The main character of your book is a mercenary who opposes a Trumpian figure. Do you share Bob Honey's point of view?''

Penn said: "I wrote this book to get myself away from my own world views. That doesn't mean they are not expressed in this book. It's up to the reader to decide."

Interviewer: "In this book, he (Bob Honey) drafts a letter to the Trumpian character, saying "We are a nation in need of an assassin.  Are you worried that will be read as you advocating for the assassination of President Trump?"

Penn: "I'm not worried about that. If anybody believes by reading this that I am advocating for something like that, then they are  not really getting that this is a satire. ..." (later referring to Trump) "His indulgence in his own flamboyance and minor brain is cheapening the air we breathe. I used the book to keep myself from [falling into] the worse thoughts that Bob expressed. When it comes to Sean Penn talking for Sean Penn these days, I even feel that I want to use less flamboyant language than I have, and I am not a politician."

"Bob targets the elderly.  Do you fear getting old?"

"No, I am in a hurry to get old. I've always that it in my head that I'm 77 y
ears old. Now I don't know if I'll make it to that. I've done a little too much smoking. But I do feel more at ease with the world the older I get despite the fact that the world itself is becoming increasingly challenging."  (Sean Penn's actually 58.) 

(He was a handsome 35 or 36 when we lived in Malibu. I often had a Starbucks coffee outside at one of the tables. I noticed Sean Penn at another table. He was staring at me. Staring back for a moment, wondering was he flirting--should I smile, say anything--I looked away--any trivial remark might seem as if I were a gushy fan flirting back. My husband, John Cullum, had actor-pals who occasionally sent flirty eye messages that it's best to ignore, so I quickly finished my coffee and hurried out.)  

Interviewer Nate, referred to a lawsuit Penn recently settled, that insinuated in his twenties he was abusive with his wife, Madonna: "Has that experience affected your impression of "me too?"

"Yeah. I want it to win," Penn said, explaining that he hoped 'me-too' would take baby steps and not become media legislation of free speech. "The greater issue is that there are very serious changes that society needs to make to improve life for women, for homosexuals, for immigrants. Skepticism is more necessary and valuable than any blind belief anybody has about anything. No matter what issue we're talking about, I believe every black person can have a point of view on a white person that is legitimate to express. Every man who has a point of view on women's issues, it is legitimate to express, and vice versa. We've got to be a 'we' at some point. Once good intentions start forcing everybody into camps, the strategy is off. Then things get worse. If people take some kind of high ground. like only Danish princes can play Hamlet, they we've lost the joy of life."

I say Sean Penn IS "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff." You'll see Sean Penn just do stuff in this fascinating video that's turned me into a sincerely admiring SEAN PENN FAN.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

(VIDEO) WHAT SHOW WOULD BE FUN TO DO AGAIN

John Cullum and wife Emily Frankel wonder if it would be fun to revive one of the musicals he starred in on Broadway--maybe "Shenandoah."


Kicking around pros and cons, they find themselves humming and singing a little. It inspires John to sing out phrases from some of his favorite songs from the show.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WHAT I FEAR



What do I fear?

That aliens are already here? Sure, it's in the worry corner of my mind, along with suicidal terrorists, bus drivers mowing down pedestrians, nuts with guns -- along with  wicked weird weather, over population, running out of breathable air, food and water -- yes, I worry, but what can I do about any of these things?

The Monk, Martin Luther, in the sixteenth century, said, "Pray, and let God worry."

While trying to pray, I'm shivering. What I fear more than anything is the MONEY MEN.

This book, written 15 years ago, and lots of other books have warned us. They've explained why we need to beware of the super rich, kingpins, CEOS, who can afford to buy, create, or find new ways to control the world, use the world's resources -- the land, air, clouds --  the stock market, wars, elections, oil, coal.... (Add to this list whatever is on your mind. Behind the scenes, the MONEY MEN control wages, immigration, guns, education, fashion, cosmetics, art, pop music, movies, sports -- name anything that you want, like, need -- the MONEY MEN control it.)

Can we stop them?

No. They're big beyond "big" and complexly interconnected. Masons, Illuminati, Koch Brothers -- famous names, and the names behind the famous names -- these guys with their legal teams created super SuperPacs that are already working on the next election, and have found legal ways to spend as much money as they want on getting what they want.

Who are they?  They're on Forbes' list, CNN, and New York Times lists -- you'll bump into  Gates, Bezos, Zuckerberg, Page, Buffet -- ten, twenty names you recognize who are affecting everything.

A long time ago I saw a film, "The Naked Jungle," starring Charleston Heston and Eleanor Parker.  He was running a plantation that got overrun by ants -- the "marabunta."

THE MONEY MEN are marabunta. They are eating up everything.

Whoa! They can't eat up me or you, if you hold onto what you believe in. Your thoughts drown the marabunta MONEY MEN, and flush them away like debris.

The only way to stop them is to think for yourself. Think yes or no, right or wrong, good or bad, I want  or don't want, I like, dislike, I believe, disbelieve. Don't trust ads, movies, news, facts, percentages, pronouncements -- keep track of, DON'T BUDGE -- stick to your own thoughts.