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Nuts: When I Do Not Do Math

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 I am working on a tough problem and it requires all my concentration. The way I work is I put all  my books around me, turn on TV and   scribble my equations on  paper   while  TV is doing something  on its own. Sometimes I take a break and  do some exercise. That's when I pay attention to the  TV and  actually listen. After  math, though it sounds like an asylum to me:

1. Every morning on MSNBC  several men  talk  without interruption for about two hours, repeating themselves many times. There is a woman with them who does not talk at all  but poses a lot and she claims to have a personality.

2. In all political or other kind of shows all people permanently flatter each other, call each other talented and  hard- working  as if they are children who need sweets.

3. About 95% of  the TV MSM discussions are cliches after the fact. Like for instance, yes, it is bad that some democrat senators voted against the gun control bill but how many times do you have to say that? On one MSNBC show I counted  up to 50 and  then let it drop. It was like a mad person repeating himself.

4. The 5% left  is flattering the public;  US people are called  great, smart, unique, kind, loving, compassionate. This happens on all shows, no matter  what  political orientation. It is an  overwhelming   noise which never ends.

5. All shows ignore  the  outer world. It is  lt is as if  we live in a bubble. Like for instance recently they said that  the parents of the alleged terrorists lived in Dagestan  but that was it. To our pundits it is the same as the  Tsiolkovsky crater   on the Moon. They  could not even pronounce  Mahachkala- the capital of Dagestan, It is a black hole for them.

6. I am not sure if the  language our pundits use can be called English. Can we call it an 'MSM dialect"? It is poor, has no metaphors, no references except for cliches, no tenses  except for Present Indefinite. Our Pundits  write the same way - as they talk. Hitler said that  verbal  message  was more important than the written one: maybe our MSM folks  learned from him?

7. They have all those titles- Political Directors, Analysts, Chief Correspondents, editors,  chief editors, etc, etc. Who gave them those titles? They all behave like Ugly Betty.  When they sit on those high  TV-chairs  like some kind of circus animals - they all look  incredibly non- human and you expect them all to purr or  to bark, not to speak. It would be better if they don't speak. Toss them a bone or  some fleas.

8. It is never clear where they came from. Some of them were comedians before and suddenly became  political commentators. Some were cheap reporters and suddenly  became anchorpersons.  Their  voices are full of money, I suppose.  Some of them seem like they are from the outer space- like that red- headed guy or that doctor- something who is a freak and collects freaks, or that obese guy who  seems to had developed a fear wave around him so that whatever nonsense he utters- they comment on it for at least a week.

9. All of them are ignorant. That is   especially clear when they try to look educated, refer to the ancient authors  or  historical events. First, all their references reek of the  ghost- writers who apparently prepare those. It is always clear that they themselves never heard about the people  they quote. Second, most of those quotes are out of context. Third, the 'reference perimeter' is  very narrow and repeatable:  FDR, Founding Fathers, Churchill, Machiavelli - for  whites, MLK- for blacks,  Katherine, the Great, Elizabeth I, Eleanor Roosevelt- for women.  They all come from the bio books. There are nearly never any quotes from the French, no quotes from writers, musicians, painters, etc. Even Jesus is a minority.

10. They all howl for sports although it is clear they don't give a damn.  Their  enthusiasm  about sports is  sickening.

11. They smile  and smirk so much that they cannot wipe those smirks off and  it seems that they have frozen faces. Someone once said that all mad people had frozen faces. That's right.

Go back, old man, go back to your math. Go back to the beauty and clarity of  your equations.  Let the TV live its own life and let the nutty phantoms  play their games.  You know they are nuts, we know they are nuts, they know they are nuts.  Eat your checkers, people. If you want a normal being- get a dog.

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The writer is 66 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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