I blame this article about the Fender Jazzmaster from last week for getting me into this train of thought. It made me wonder that the hell a Jazzmaster was, and then about electric guitars in general. I made a mistake last Saturday night, when I stopped thinking and went to ask those questions. More than … Continue reading Way Out of My League: a newbie browses the world of electric guitars
Month: July 2018
#077 Adopted Q: Is it the American Dream, or the American Myth?– American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t for These 8 Myths, by Lee Camp
I’ve had this question in mind a long time, and found an article that tries to give some well thought out answers in a concise way.
I personally don’t know how I feel about all the points brought up–yet–but EVERY ONE OF THEM deserves hefty contemplation.
There’s a reason plenty of people have been shaking their heads and saying “this doesn’t feel like my country anymore,” after all.
So, without further ado, I’ll let L.C. take it from here.
Worldwide, one in 10 people only make $2 a day. Do you know how long it would take one of those people to make the same amount as Jeff Bezos has? 193 million years. (If they only buy single-ply toilet paper.) Put simply, you cannot comprehend the level of inequality in our current world or even just our nation.
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By Lee Camp Truthdig TD ORIGINALS July 25, 2018
Our society should’ve collapsed by now. You know that, right?
No society should function with this level of inequality (with the possible exception of one of those prison planets in a “Star Wars” movie). Sixty-three percent of Americans can’t afford a $500 emergency. Yet Amazon head Jeff Bezos is now worth a record $141 billion. He could literally end world hunger for multiple years and still have more money left over than he could ever spend on himself.
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Making the Call No One Wants to Make, After Getting the Call No One Wants…
My week's been a blur. I haven't been on the internet in days, because less than three hours after I finished the post that ended up scheduled for Wednesday, I got a call from the police to get home ASAP. I'd just been writing about my dad and me in the past week, and how … Continue reading Making the Call No One Wants to Make, After Getting the Call No One Wants…
Trusting Yourself, Even When You’re Not Sure What You’re Doing
This is something that cropped up last week and kind of petered out. I haven't heard anything else, at the very least. My dad's got friends, some with their own health issues. I was startled last Tuesday when one of dad's friends (I'll call him Adam for privacy) called my cell phone out of the … Continue reading Trusting Yourself, Even When You’re Not Sure What You’re Doing
This Week’s Experiment: getting away from fast food for a week… and hopefully forever.
I was THIS close to just letting the hunger headache stick around and annoy me all day rather than eat. My habits and my tastes have gotten THAT bad, people. THAT BAD. I've written before about not wanting to eat anything because all I seem to get is fast food and stuff that flat out … Continue reading This Week’s Experiment: getting away from fast food for a week… and hopefully forever.
“Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
Maybe it's just been a bad time, but I tried for two weeks to read and get into this play. I think I should read it again another day, but honestly, I think I'm a bit tired of these "comedies of errors" that keep cropping up. Week after week of romance, pining, mistaken identity, tricks … Continue reading “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
Biting Off More Than I Can Chew, or, how to make a REALISTIC practice plan.
Life's done that pesky intervening thing and I've had to scale back my ambitions a bit. Too many changes at work and too much to prep for in the next few weeks has made me change my plans regarding music study and performance art. I'm taking a short break from crazy (thankfully), but now I … Continue reading Biting Off More Than I Can Chew, or, how to make a REALISTIC practice plan.
Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, by Steve Alten
My Copy: 055357910x (image from fab lexile)** Those who loved the book Jaws probably hate the success of this book (at least, that's what some Goodreads reviewers seem to think when the word "Jaws" is written). I wrote my own review of Jaws (the book) a year ago--feel free to read it right here. Anyhoo-- Meg is … Continue reading Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, by Steve Alten
#076–Blitz Q: How much more trolling & fake news would it take for the social media violence going on in India to happen in the U.S. (or is it already starting)?
(image from phys.org) When the Trolls, Swatters and Instigators Crawl Out of Cyberspace...damn. I wondered how long it would take for this "Fake News" train, the swatting, bullying, virus-spreading the army of Trolls on the internet to lead to deaths. India's finding that out firsthand. There are plenty of examples where what trolls and instigators … Continue reading #076–Blitz Q: How much more trolling & fake news would it take for the social media violence going on in India to happen in the U.S. (or is it already starting)?
Don’t Bullsh*t Yourself!: Crush the excuses that are holding you back, by Jon Taffer
My Copy: 9780735217003 (image from twitter.com) I'm sure the title gave away that this was a self-help book, and it doesn't disappoint. No worries, it doesn't curse you out throughout, but does call it the way Jon Taffer does on Bar Rescue...minus the physically in your face element. His calmer voice comes through well in Don't … Continue reading Don’t Bullsh*t Yourself!: Crush the excuses that are holding you back, by Jon Taffer