Martin Luther King in 1963.
(Forget the efforts by some legislators at the state and federal level to modify that legalistic equality by attempting to suppress voting by passing more restrictive election laws thinly veiled as attempts to curtail voter fraud. They really are just the last whimpers of a dying political party’s efforts to avoid the oblivion which real equality for all Americans at the polls would bring about for it. They really are just present-day high-sounding efforts to bring about what the assassins of Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers were trying to do … keep the descendants of the slaves “in their place.”)
Bayard Rustin in 1963, one of those with leanings to the left of Dr. King.
Many had socialist or communist backgrounds and had agendas which went far beyond a quest for racial equality, and they were there on the Mall with Reverend King in Washington in 1963. If Martin Luther King had lived, I suspect his efforts to achieve racial equality would have evolved more strongly into attempts to achieve economic equality as well. He probably would have been present at the “occupy” demonstrations a few years ago and certainly would be supporting the ongoing efforts of fast-food workers to earn a living wage from jobs which presently provide some full time workers with salaries below the poverty line.
McDonald workers in New York on picket line.
Short Story Contest
Check out the August 11 posting on this blog for details of our short story contest which will run until the end of the year. We already have submissions from Sid Bolotin and Harvey Sage, but would appreciate entries from some of our other talented followers. Incidentally, there's a short story from Sid included on this posting which will not be in the contest, but take a look at what he has done, using my lead-in phrase as his starting point. You can do it!
- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
- Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
- Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
- Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Of Tongues and Lips
There's a commercial on TV for Apple showing all of the wonderful things people can do with their smartphones, which in this case is an Apple IPhone 5. There's a delightful musical background in the ad, but no one, I repeat, no one, speaks a word. They are doing a lot of things with their fingers, but not a word is spoken.
As depicted in the IPhone TV ad, but why can't he just tell her what he has to say.
It's as if tongues and lips were intended exclusively for the purpose of ingesting food. I suppose these organs will continue to serve that purpose, but their use in molding and formulating the breath sounds which are the basis of spoken speech may be becoming obsolete.
Even "duh" will be obsolete
So long as lips and tongues are needed for eating, I suppose they will survive, but once we can get our daily nutrition from a pill or injection, they will serve no purpose whatsoever and disappear over future ages through Darwinian selection whereby mutants born without tongues or lips will have a greater chance of survival and reproduction than those whose bodies waste energy supporting such useless and non-functional organs. After all, with smartphones, who needs to talk?
Hey, she can still text! Or tweet! And if she gets hungry, she takes a needle!