Live long and prosper

by Grania

Those in the eastern hemisphere are already in 2018, the rest of us are soon to be there. However your 2017 went, and there most likely highs and lows, here’s to a better 2018.


  1. Posted December 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year, Grania and Jerry. Happy New Year, fellow readers. Indeed, live long and prosper.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    We can only hope for better while others will pray and which ever road you choose will obtain the same result. The best you can do in this part of the world is to vote with intelligence next time around and also wish all the best to Mueller and his crew in getting to the bottom of their investigation with clear evidence and unquestionable results. Otherwise work on being better informed and react less to all the noise you are getting on line.

    • Historian
      Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      On a personal level, each of us will have a different reaction as to how good or bad 2017 was. But for the United States and by extension the world, 2017 was a terrible year and the prospects for 2018 do not look any better. We all know the reason why. Perhaps the 2018 elections will be the light at the end of the tunnel. But, even if it is, the damage may be beyond repair. I cannot think of a time that democracy has been more under siege since the Civil War. The complicity of the Republican Party in this situation is both shocking and depressing. I cannot think of any time in all of American history when a major political that controls all branches of the government is trying to enact a radical agenda.

      For those who need a refresher as to what has happened in the last year, I recommend this article by James Mann in the New York Review of Books.

      His key paragraph is this:

      “The greatest damage done during Trump’s first year concerns neither domestic nor foreign policy, but something far deeper: it is the harm he has caused to America’s political system and to the democratic norms that underlie it. No evaluation of the impact Trump has had as president could be complete without addressing his attacks upon the rule of law, upon notions of political and racial tolerance, upon national unity, upon the freedom of the press, upon civil discourse, upon truth itself. The result has been to fray the bonds that hold American society together.”

      I tend to think on the pessimistic side, so perhaps my gloom-and-doom will be proven wrong. I hope so. If not, we will descend into tyranny, with all too many people not noticing it or even caring. It has happened in other countries, and it can happen here.

      • another fred
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

        “We all know the reason why.”

        Yes, we do, but have you noticed that there is a wide variety in the “whys”?

        For example, I think it’s because we are an overpopulated species of clever ape with very fancy tools that lives in denial of hard truths that are too unpleasant to contemplate (or, for some, beyond comprehension).

        I would not worry too much about the tyranny. Even dictators have to play to the mob. Perhaps that is what really worries you – the mob. They are worthy of worrying about, but what are you going to do?

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I generally agree but Trump, I see as more the result and not the cause of problems here. Getting rid of Trump will likely happen sooner or later, damage done and all. But unless we know why, it will just happen again in another way. I maintain the primary answer is money regardless of how this is ignored. It seems so simply and easy but then so is ignorance. Until we accept this and remove money from our political system the same environment and the same cause will ruin us. So believe it or don’t, money is what got us here and keeps us here.

        Simply ask the question, why is politics so sleazy, disgusting and ineffective? Why are the people in Congress doing all the wrong things and getting away with it? And how did the country get to such a state that we have such a group of below average, near idiot level people running for president on down. It is all about money and we can thank money for where we are.

      • nicky
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        Depressing indeed.

  3. Christopher
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    5 cops shot in Denver, one dead. A man arrested with multiple guns and a large amouyof ammo at a Houston area Hyatt…ever feel like the people that need to hear this message the most are the least likely to give a sh*t?

    Still, here’s to hoping that somehow 2018 will be a little less sh*t than 2017…

  4. Pliny the in Between
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    A better new year for us all – but lest we forget that we have some things for which we can be grateful, here’s an upbeat message:

    • rickflick
      Posted December 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
      Don’t grumble, give a whistle
      And this’ll help things turn out for the best

      Always look on the bright side of life!

      • Historian
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

        “Always look on the bright side of life!”

        Being the Grinch I am, I would note that Jews living in Germany in 1933 who had this attitude probably came to regret it.

        • rickflick
          Posted December 31, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

          Perhaps, but, in a way, it never hurts to keep you ability to dance and sing, even, I suppose, on the way to the gallows. Someone had to invent the term “gallows humor”. 😎

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    A quiet evening is planned for my household. A DVD movie, and some EtOH in moderation. Soon I will be back to teaching while the earth continues its journey around the sun toward a longed for summer.

  6. Steve Pollard
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I am a couple of months younger than PCC(E). I am far removed from having any influence whatever on British Government policies (not that I had that much when I worked for them).

    But I still have a vote.

    And I am a school governor, and have some influence on what children are taught in my school. And I do some volunteer work in our local library, and try to help people navigate the obstacles that bureaucracy places in their way, as well as helping them understand and appreciate aspects of their glorious local history.

    And I have four kids, and three grandchildren; and although the former are largely beyond my influence (and quite right too), I look forward to playing my part in helping the latter to become the citizens they are capable of being.

    Many of us can’t do much about the big things in our societies. But we can do something about the small things. Starting with the next generation, and the one after.

    A happy and peaceful New Year to PCC(E), and to everybody else on this wonderful and unique site.

    • rickflick
      Posted December 31, 2017 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      “we can do something about the small things”


      • Christopher
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

        Yes, and enjoying the small, quiet moments in life such as this chunky ginger cat curled up on my lap, gripping my left hand with his front paws, eyes closed in mellow tranquility…keeping me from putting my food in the oven, sure, but still a simple moment in time to be treasured, even by my grumpy ass.
        Cheers, Bonne Année!

  7. jhs
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Peace and long life.

  8. Taskin
    Posted January 1, 2018 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    I have recently arrived in 2018. Happy New Year 🙂

  9. Posted January 1, 2018 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    I’ve entered into the “new” year and I am humbled yet again by those words. But I do know this of all those prancing humans that came before, they couldn’t have burned this world to a cinder. We, us, you and me, have the utmost responsibility to all the prancing primates yet to come. Some of us will rise to the challenge, some will watch, some will blindly follow, some will care and some won’t – but this is how we find value in our lives. Choose. Determinism be damned. 😉

    Bonne chance !

  10. Posted January 1, 2018 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    In the digital age I suppose this is now “The Pale Blue Pixle”.

    All the comments by Sagan and the commenters are reduced to micro portions of the pale blue pixel.

    Let’s hope it doesn’t become the pale orange pixel.

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Always look on the bright side of life…(I hope this makes you all whistle – at least in your head if not out loud.)

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