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Newsletter Dated: 8/18/2012 6:36:01 AM
Subject: METH - August 18
There is a TV series called “BReaking Bad” about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a world class a drug manufacturer and dealer who makes over 5 million dollars a year. Thanks to Netflix, I got hooked on this old series and watched a marathon of episodes over the space of a week or so.
Because of it, I learned there is no such thing as global warming. The stars of “BReaking Bad” — such as BRyan Cranston, AARon Paul. DeaN Norris and JonAThan Banks, as well as the drama’s creator, Vince GilliGAn — convinced me that global warming is no more than a political ploy designed to keep government in charge of heat waves, droughts, melting icebergs and frozen tundra, flash floods, lightning strikes, hurricanes, tornadoes, dwindling polar bear herds, driving rain and other dastardly meteorological phenomena that has beset our planet recently (well, since 1,317 b.c.).
One of the series’ stars is JonAThan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, a villain who works for Giancarlo Espisito (vicious and sadistic Gus Fring) and has been compared to the louse Harvey Keitel portrayed in PULP FICTION; when asked about this, Banks said he never attempted to copy anyone: “I immediately tried to put it out of my mind — but throughout this world, you would suspect there have been a great many hit men, whether government-run or individual contractors.”
Be that as it may, JonAThan Banks, a longtime Hollywood fixture as a character actor, brushed away the cobwebs from the past and revived memories of a time long ago.
Likewise, DeaN Norris, who plays Cranston’s DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank Schrader, is also a character actor of renown; he has been a cop on so many TV shows that his technical advisers think of him as a bona fide law enforcement officer. As he says, “One of my best friends [grew up as a cop] in Chicago, and one of my other best friends out in LA is a sheriff. So I get to see all the components of that culture.” Maybe that is why he is so good on “BReaking Bad”.
When my personal and late Episcopal priestess — long before she became Rev. Mrs. Patricia Roberts — was just plain Patty St. James, the daughter of theatrical teacher Nancy St. James and my colleague Cliff Scribner (and eventual wife of David Roberts and mother of Oliver and Julia), she was an aspiring actress herself and a former Playboy Bunny back in the days of some ancient yesteryear. She occasionally dated Mr. Banks, and they were an item when they were both young and misty-eyed in Los Angeles. This was years before Vince GilliGAn left X MEN to create “BReaking Bad”.
The latter program, like its predecessor, went on to garner critical acclaim for its cinematography, writing and acting — six Emmy Awards for Cranston and Paul and three nominations for Outstanding Drama Series — plus a plethora of Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. To date, however, Banks has not been recognized for his contribution — except by me.
I give him the LEFTY — a statuette of a left hand, sort of a Fickle Finger of Fate award — for meritorious service above and beyond anyone’s control. As the sole arbiter of this award, I alone dole it out on occasion.
It was in Season Four, Episode Two that an exchange took place between Banks and Cranston that nailed it for me that global warming was a sham.
BANKS: When Jesse [Paul] can actually cook a first class batch of magnificent meth on his own, I will believe that global warming actually exists.
CRANSTON: It’ll never happen.
And it never did. . . . There it is: irrefutable proof global warming does not and never did exist!
According to this bit of seemingly inconsequential dialogue, the truth is finally out, on the table, so to speak.
“BReaking Bad”, by the way, is a social commentary produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about Walter White, a nerd-like high school chemistry teacher who, near the beginning, is the victim of advanced lung cancer. To secure his family’s financial future, he concocts, with an old student’s help, a criminal activity of making and selling methamphetamine.
Does art imitate life? It appears that coincidentally there is a real Walter White in Alabama. Although I do not know if he is a high school chemistry teacher, I understand he is under indictment as an alleged narcotics dealer. Is nothing sacred?
So. there are five seasons of high drama for your viewing pleasure , not the least of which, for me, debunks the idea of global warming once and for all.
Suffice it to say, you must watch the entire series — at least all 16 episodes of Season 5, the finale of the series. It premiered on July 15. 2012. Long before the end you will have, as I now do, proof there is no such thing as global warming. You will also understand the Periodic Table. Sort of.
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