Sage Thyme

After eight decades of business and entertainment Weaver woke up one day in early 2014 compelled to share the fun and knowledge gained by wide-ranging travel, experience and employment. Radio and television mixed with real estate and banking have provided a rich source of information on myriad subjects.  As a consistent libertarian thinker, he lacks the caustic screeds of polemics. The long time jazz fan, trained U.S. military cryptographer and occasional motion picture actor has returned to family roots in Indiana after enjoying life in many places from Santa Barbara, California to Fontainebleau, France. No more buttoned down presentation, he now writes through the life and thoughts of Sage Thyme and asks that you Think About It on his busy blog at http://thinkaboutit.guru. Your comments are always welcome there or directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Monday, 06 April 2015 00:00 GFP Columnist - Sage Thyme
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Drones are now nearing the mosquito stage of nuisance as more and more uses are found and costs become less and less.  At this point we mean flighty craft like those of Amazon and the nearly ubiquitous camera-equipped models. It seems our first word of these unmanned aircraft came in the frightening news of a much larger model, capable of releasing deadly cargo onto US government targets in far off lands.

What is called “collateral damage” occurred when nearby innocent citizens walking to the store, playing tag in their yards or even getting married “met their maker”. This is all in the process of our “Overseas Contingency Operations” formerly called the War on Terror.

This kind of “double talk” reaches its clever best in times of war, the last of which was declared by the U.S Congress in 1941. Now we say “conflict”,  “action”, “making the world safe for democracy”  etc.

At a recent Weaver gathering, Kelli reported to her Sage grandfather that she had read a book about a dystopian time called 1984. Published in 1949 the novel written by George Orwell states “By telling a populace they are in a war, even a perpetual war, a government gets to enhances its’ power and repress its’ citizenry for the duration of the perpetual war.”  Sound familiar?

 
Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00 GFP Columnist - Sage Thyme
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My best guess is that Cole Porter gave up the music of this life with few regrets. The list of his popular songs adds color and richness to the American Song Book. Younger readers who “think about it” may be inspired  by the witty words and companion music that moved the Broadway, Hollywood and popular song scene through half of the 20th century.

Caution.  Your morals may be tainted by the “lifestyle” reflected in the lyrics peppered with references to the private lives of the seldom mentioned rich and famous of on the world stage.

"I get no kick from cocaine but I Get a Kick out of You.” In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked at as something shocking, now heaven knows, “Anything Goes.”  “My Heat Belongs to Daddy” of course refers to a sugar daddy.  You figure it out. 

John Bone, the long ago manager of WBAT in Marion, Indiana nearly broke the studio window while banging on it when I played “Love for Sale” which had been banned from some networks and many radio stations across the country.  I’m sure Mr. Porter didn’t intend to be rude or crude.  It’s just that he travelled in “sophisticated” circles, which showed in his songs.


When out of state friends came to visit, Mary and I wanted to show them some of the Indianapolis we enjoy.  On the agenda, a trip to the Indiana History Center.  Boring? Wrong.  You can control a look at the history of all parts of the state, walk through a “smoke screen” into re-creations of people and settings from long ago and search the Historical Society’s archives for glimpses of how the locals came to be Hoosiers. It’s the music that entertains me the most.  The early jazz recordings by musicians coming to Rochester from all over the country to leave a legacy. Naturally there’s lots of lore from Hoagy Carmichael.  But it’s the Cole Porter room where a properly dressed interpreter will sing your choice of Porter standards in a 1940’s inspired setting invoking the style of New York’s famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
 

 
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 20:52 Sage Thyme GFP Columnist - Sage Thyme
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Some of you will remember the early ’70s when it was Global Cooling caused in part by aerosols (hair spray). Yes, I know it’s now called Climate Change.

The real question is, “Is it my fault?”.  Mea culpa.  At one time I smoked a pipe, drove a large gasoline guzzling car and had real wood-fired barbeques in the back yard. 

On the other hand I didn’t start the volcanoes spewing smoke and ash.  It’s not my cows that seem to continue converting grass into gas that heads straight for the atmosphere.

In any event, it seems to me pompous delusion to presume that even all of us together could possibly effectively alter the course of climate history.  If you’ve ever seen the strata in a cliff where the dramatic upheaval  of earth illustrates the history of change caused by... whom or what,  then it’s difficult to imagine being the culprit.

 

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