Global warming will bring devastasting disruptions, United Nations scientists report, according to The New York Times front page. Not to worry, the GOP, which once accepted the climate change reality, now counsels denial. Meanwhile, according to the Op-Ed Page, Canada sells its heritage for tar sands riches, or oil sands, as the Canadian language sanitizers have it.
With March ending and another April Fool's day almost here, many distractions to ignore the impending disaster. Who cares about the acidic oceans, mass exctinctions and all of that? Just head down to Buffalo's Wild Wings and drink a few more beers.
The Final Four, with "student athletes" priming themselves for the horrid NBA. The "media timeout" that fills the screen with commercials, including one in which American fatherhood is now a hamster in a cage. Puzzling language constructions: Why do the TV announcers keep saying the Final Four will be in North Texas, not Arlington, or suburban Dallas? What marketing purpose is being served? Hearing Jim Nance say "North Texas" reninds that he'll soon be uttering Orwellian terms at another Masters: The "Patrons," etc. Baseball, where a third baseman recently signed a $300 million contract in a bankrupt city. Oh, GM and the government ignored mechanical problems that caused fatal accidents. By the way, why is "who" disaspearing from the language? Nance and all the other announcers keep saying, "the player that," not "the player who."
Good for "60 Minutes," showing Michael Lewis' new book claiming Wall Street is fixed. A feature on Elon Musk, creator of the pracitcal if expensive Tesla electric car and a company exploring space. I like Musk, but is he adding to all of the space junk orbiting our planet? And why did the show ignore his plan for a bullet train running on new technololgy? The blind pianist Marcus Roberts. The often criticized news show gave examples of different kinds of intelligence. Chords on a tradtioinal acounstic piano, a man writing an old-fashioned book, a Wall Street wiz kid using mathmaetics to uncover widespread fraud, a man with ideas to transform the Earth and dreaning of Mars. Perhaps we can be saved after all.
Another summer looms. The Noah movie No. 1 in the box office. Who goes to the movies? Who cares to see a film on Noah? Images of the flood: Good preparation for climate change, those rising seas.
I like Kentucky to win it all. Those One and Done Kids look hungry for the money. Those LeBron James commercials for McDonald's show their future. Or, maybe not.