Saturday 25 June 2022

[OP-ED] A Few Things That Rattle My Cage!

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COSTA RICA BLOG – Like everyone else, there are a few things that drive me bonkers and I cannot do much about it. And, I am sharing some of them on this blog.


CNN news makes every tragedy, wherever in the world that tragedy might occur, into a min-industry unto itself. A CNN industry! Hour after hour, day after day and now that the downing of MH-17 has replaced the MH-370 search, my beef is the endless, sometimes senseless commentary saying the same thing, by the same person with different words over and again. Next, cut to the Israeli/Gaza battlefield and once again the diatribe continues. Nothing new is being said, it only sounds new. Notice that the CNN hosts start off with a general or prime minister for their expert opinion and after they tired of saying the same thing over and over, CNN eventually works it way down to some expert who once piloted a commercial plane or a tourist who visited Israel ten years ago. And then in every seen is this British expert with an amazing amount of white teeth and whose entire career has to be credited to over pronouncing each and every word, and has the gift to say essentially the same thing four to ten days in a row while using new verbiage with each interview.

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There must be other important news?


“Yep Bob, that would be a game changer.” “Right,” says Bob, “That is certainly going to be a game changer, don’t you think Sarah?” “I certainly do Bill! By the way, what are we talking about?” asks Sarah.

It is like when people used to reply to your question, any question with “whatever” which was the duh response of choice only a few years ago. It has been replaced with “game changer”.


Who are they? What have they ever done and why do I need to follow them on every damn Internet news page, every day and then again on television? They’re not news, they’re not really entertainment but they just keep popping up and apparently making a lot of money by being ther mere existence. The latest is something about feeling unwelcomed at the Hamptons. Who cares except those who live in the Hamptons?

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Remember Paris Hilton? The same thing but she has sort of faded off into “I did nothing, do nothing” space and I am grateful for that.


My God, this kid is always in the news for throwing eggs, driving fast, having a new tattoo, changing hair styles and getting into fights while his two or three giant bodyguards rush to his defense when this twit gets mushed.

Somehow throwing eggs at a neighbors house is not international news worthy. Neither are his songs!

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I guess now that Lindsay Lohan has sort of cleaned up her act, and Britney Spears is working again, with panties on, and seems to be normal as normal as she can be… no more gossip news and I thank them both. However, they have been replaced by none other than Mylie Cyrus whose international vulgarity is unavoidable.


Should I really care if Snooki took a selfy photo with her baby that found its way to the Internet on page one of Yahoo? The world is full of selfies and if you do not have at least fifteen of them published before the age of 16, you ain’t nobody.

“Here’s a selfy of Boris with Julie and one of Boris kissing Susie, and Boris with his pet tarantula and again Boris and Julie together with their newborn.” Poor Julie!


I have many more and if I started on Costa Rica I could fill a book. Like the multi-use of those blinking car emergency lights. Does it mean emergency, thank you for letting me cut in, I am parked on the sidewalk and don’t want to move, I am parked in a handicap space but will be right back or, watch out I am driving backwards?

My bitch list goes on. Feel free to jump in with your pet peeves. Thank you, I feel better now.

(Yes, I know I could change channels on the television, click to another Internet news provider, don’t look at the selfies and just don’t worry about the blinking emergency lights. But I’d rather rant!)

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Juan Sebastian Campos
An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.

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