Happy Sunday!

We had to go to the store this morning for milk … out into the hinterlands to walk with the common folks, the masked masses. I don’t know why, but this scene played in my head. Cleavon Little’s laughter almost looks like an outtake, but Mel Brooks left it in. Gene Wilder is a superb comedic talent.

5 thoughts on “Happy Sunday!

  1. Last week, our “clever” Prime Minister has divided Italy into yellow, orange and red zones basing on the Rt 1 bullshit as per advise by virologists.
    For now we are yellow zone and can move within the island but shopping centers are closed the whole weekend. Not that I care anyway. Never go there.
    Orange and red zones have a stronger lockdown in place: moving from one province or region to another is forbidden, whoever is caught doing that gets fined.
    Also who doesnt respect the 10 pm curfew gets fined. Nobody pays their fines anyway.
    Another big BS.

    People here don’t give a flying fig anymore (not that they actually did last March, nobody really respected the lockdown, we’re not that stupid) and nobody will ever prevent us from spending Christmas with our loved ones as those psychopaths in the Parliament would like (they even proposed a Christmas lunch in video conference, haha).

    I’d like to see more mass protests around besides the ones in Naples, Rome and other cities, we’ll get there hopefully.
    In the meantime, no mask for me as usual, no big deal for anyone so far.

    Have a great, unmasked week guys!

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  2. Mark, since you seem to like good stories, here’s one that made me chuckle.

    It’s just something interesting I found out about the inventor of PCR, the Nobel laureate scientist, Dr. Kary Mullis.

    According to his Wikipedia* page:

    “Mullis reported an encounter with a “standard extraterrestrial raccoon” at his cabin in the woods of northern California around midnight one night in 1985; he denied being on psychedelic drugs at the time.”

    Now why would people think he was tripping? Maybe because he was quoted as saying:

    “Back in the 1960s and early 1970s I took plenty of LSD. A lot of people were doing that in Berkeley back then. And I found it to be a mind-opening experience. It was certainly much more important than any courses I ever took.”

    Very interesting.

    This review* quotes from a book called ‘The Myth and Mystery of UFOs’ that mentions Mullis’ bizarre experience:

    “Once he turned on the lights and left sacks of groceries on the floor, he lighted his path to the outhouse with a flashlight. On the way, he saw something glowing under a fir tree. Shining the flashlight on this glow, it seemed to be a raccoon with little black eyes. The raccoon spoke, saying, ‘Good evening, doctor,’ and he replied with a hello”.

    From the review:

    “Mullis himself later came across Whitley Strieber’s huge-selling book about his own alien abduction, Communion, and recognised the time he lost that night, but as a chemist couldn’t quite bring himself to accept that he’d been abducted by aliens.”

    So he must have also reported missing time, a core component of typical alien abduction experiences. Could the raccoon have been a projection, or some sort of disguise?

    To conclude:

    “Mullis, in his autobiography ‘Dancing Naked in the Mind Field’, insisted: ‘To say it was aliens is to assume a lot. But to say it was weird is to understate it […] It’s what science calls anecdotal, because it only happened in a way that you can’t reproduce. But it happened!”

    *https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kary_Mullis
    *https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v33/n22/jenny-diski/what-might-they-want

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