May 1st, 2017

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The Wonder of Brother Bee

Watching The Bees - by poliphilo 2017.04.30

"I like to sit on the patio and watch and listen to the cloud of bees that is a daytime fixture outside their nest in the eaves. At a casual glance it seems as if the swirling of the cloud is as meaningless as the movement of dust motes in a sunbeam but if you pick out a single bee and follow its trajectory- which isn't easy because they're moving fast and don't fly straight- you see that's it's either coming or going- setting out on a mission or returning from one- and the impression of aimlessness is an illusion. Bees are solar powered; the brighter the sunshine the fiercer the action- and the more of them there seem to be. Jim was watching them with me the other day and reckoned there must be thousands of them in the colony."

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Happy May Day / Labor Day

The Pullman company arose with the Republican party, and was one of the few places where blacks could find somewhat decent employment - as minstrels, and attendants.  So, the strike must have involved these guys, while it was also being busted by other paid blacks.  (The strike occurred less than a year after the historic Chicago World's Fair, opened to the public on May 1, 1893.  The fair ended 2 days after the assassination of the mayor, Carter Harrison Sr. Troubled times!  -  And note, the year, "1894," may sometimes be confused with, "1984").

Grover Cleveland and the Pullman Strike - by kensmind in potus_geeks 2017.04.30

"President Cleveland appointed a national commission to study the causes of the 1894 strike. The commission's report concluded that George Pullman's paternalistic style of management was part of the cause. Later in 1894, in an effort to conciliate organized labor after the strike, President Cleveland and Congress designated Labor Day as a federal holiday. Legislation for the holiday was pushed through Congress six days after the strike ended. Samuel Gompers, who had sided with the federal government in its effort to end the strike, gave his support for the creation of the holiday. After the strike was ended, the ARU formally dissolved.?"
crazy /eek - screaming ashtray

transcribing the terrible

It occurred to me that I have another way of trying to describe CFS.  In the past, I have given these descriptions, to mute onlookers:

1 - It feels like swimming through concrete.

2 - A fatigue so extreme, you can't even sleep.  You can't even yawn!

3 - A head full of scorpions.

4 - With clinical depression, the light-bulb has faded.  With CFS, "depression," the light-bulb has overheated and burnt out.

5 - PTSD, etc.

6 - When you try to do something, it is like food going down the wrong way, causing intense pain!  You cannot push forward, you can only try to relax.  For hours.  Days.  (Recently posted).

Now - number 7 = When you have lost a loved one, and you try to speak, and it is impossible!  You stutter and gasp and sob uncontrollably.  It is like trying to talk into a hurricane - you cannot do it.  (Oh, and then let us not forget these: The Myth of Sisyphus; Zeno's Arrow; Dante's Inferno; infinite gravity; death without dying; canary in a coal mine, prison without the meals).
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Shakespeare versus Adam Sandler