A Great Con Feels Good

Well, the Olympics are over, along with the OSCARS. Tiger Woods didn’t win…yet, and the damn clocks had to be sprung forward. What the hell are Americans to do?

Drink earlier. With the bogus need to set the clocks forward one hour, the ONLY benefit is that cocktail hour approaches a bit quicker. Instead of drinking at 5:00 or 6:00 pm, we’re now drinking at 4:00 p.m.  Praise God!  How else to get through the evening in a tasteful manner.

But don’t be dismayed with losing a blessed hour of sleep, there is more to look forward to here in the land of “I need to be entertained”.

We have the NCAA basketball tournament coming up, more golf, baseball is around the corner, more Trump tweets to infuriate at least half the population, and a mostly worthless congress and senate to infurtiate the other half – not to mention the tasteless Hollywood and television offerings.  Life is good in the States.

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And if all this isn’t enough to keep the bolognese sauce simmering perfectly, we have Elon Musk telling us that the Mars spaceship will be ready for short trips by 2019.  But then he must have been affected by the time change because he joked about potentially missing the timeline.  Which is it, dude?  Either you’ll be ready or you won’t.

 

 

The world is full of con artists, and most people don’t appear to get too ruffled with being conned. How else to explain most of life in the United States?

Musk held a surprise question and answer session at the annual technology and culture festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday. The billionaire told attendees that “we are building the first Mars, or interplanetary ship, and I think well be able to short trips, flights by first half of next year.”

Mindful of elevating expectations too high, Musk hedged a bit. “Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, you know…” he said to laughter. – via CNBC.com

Ah! He’s such a darling, isn’t he?

“The biggest thing that would be helpful is just general support and encouragement and goodwill,” Musk said. “I think once we build it we’ll have a point of proof something that other companies and countries can go and do. They certainly don’t think it’s possible, but if we do they’ll up their game.”

In the immediate term, Mars will need Glass domes, a power station, and an assortment of basic living fundamentals, he cautioned. After the infrastructure is complete, “then really the explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity [will begin], because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints,” he said.

He also raised eyebrows when asked the source of his inspiration, citing iconic entertainer Fred Astaire and irascible hip-hop artist Kanye West.

When your companies are, in part, funded with $4.9 BILLION from government support…you can be cute, cheeky, a darling, and people will laugh at your “darlingness” because a (potentially) good con…well, it makes the people you’re conning feel good.

For a bit of further study on how pleasant it can be to be played without knowing it, check out…How Elon Musk Used a Broken Marketplace To Play Us All – via zerohedge.com

But there’s so many ways Americans are conned each and every day, that the idea of trips to Mars a year or so from now, where iron foundries (does he even know what an iron foundry is) to pizza joints, which will have earthly entrepreneurial’s salivating, is a cute little wink of the eye.

From the pharmaceutical giants providing drugs that don’t cure anything, but could possibly, on any given Sunday, provide you with temporary relief from the life-ending disease you have, but sadly, will most probably add on a host of side effects that will make you wish for a trip beyond the interstellar trappings we find ourselves in; to being told there are no government funds available to end homelessness in America, or provide universal healthcare, or assist our senior citizens more, or pave the roads, rebuild the bridges, pay for our children’s college education – yet magically, $80 BILLION more can be found to add to the already $700 BILLION for the military industrial complex to bomb a few more countries to rubble.  And then there is the “mother” of all cons – Russiagate.  It’s good to be conned.  It feels good.

Yet, the truth…well, that’s a whole different matter. The truth is a conspiracy, it’s politically incorrect, it offends the easily offend-able.  It too simplistic, it doesn’t feel good – it’s not a quick fix – so the con-artists tell us.

christiann-koepke-386011-unsplashGMO’s in the food…yeah, it’s good for you.  Fluoride in the water…come on, it’s good for your teeth, Geo-engineering of the weather…hey, we know what’s good for you.  The con-jobs never end, along with Americans’ ability to swallow it all, and an adoring laugh given to the con-artists who present their BS for us to follow…for their benefit, not yours. Indeed, there is a sucker born every minute.

So, while it’s good to feel the con, good to fantasize that, by golly, yes…you could be one of the lucky ones to travel to Mars and set up pizza joints, there’s always the next con to be tantalized by:

 

NASA Reveals Latest Pictures of Jupiter, Showing Planet Like Nobody Has Ever Seen Before – The planet is covered in complex, deep, churning cyclones, new data shows – via the independent.co.uk

Check out the “photos”. Seems there is no reason to set up pizza joints on Mars as Jupiter already has them. And this is what we, the taxpayers, fund. $19.1 Billion provided to NASA for 2018 to provide us with pictures that look nothing more than a disgusting-looking pepperoni pizza!

 All the reading in the world cannot immunize you from the devastating effects of psychopaths. Everyone, including the experts, can be taken in, conned, and left bewildered by them. A good psychopath can play a concerto on anyone’s heart strings. – Robert D. Hare

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Tonight’s musical offering:

The hauntingly beautiful “Solace” –  Scott Joplin

“Solace” (Orchestra Version) ~ Scott Joplin/Marvin Hamlisch ~ Music from the movie, “The Sting”

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