Maybe it's my impatience at work, but my uncle had a random thought about cost-effectiveness, and put the flea in my aunt's ear. She brought up something I'd been thinking about for 10 years or more...getting rid of this place and starting over with a better one. There are three things this place has going … Continue reading The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…
I forgot the downside of doing so much cleaning and ripping carpet out when I can't sleep at 3 a.m: dust allergies out the wazoo. That's been me the past few days. There's so much that needs to be done to get this house in order so that all the junk is gone, items are … Continue reading A Long Week to Work and Think…
My Copy: 9780312427566 (image from booktopia.com.au) I'll admit: I saw the film based on this book probably a few dozen times before I ever read the book. Tom Wolfe's book about the beginnings of the U.S. Space Program is a fascinating real-life story, in that it's far more about the people involved, especially the first … Continue reading The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe
I heard a little about this, but thanks to clearing out my house and trying to get my brain back on track and life moving on, I hadn't paid much if any attention to the news in a week. So, I missed this gem from a few days ago. Lawson Craddock I heard was from … Continue reading Lawson Craddock, or, a Houston athlete who made promises & kept on going…
Dad came home today, in a very shiny pewter urn with the paperwork I needed for all the damned legalese meant to prevent greedy idiots from trying to take away all he built. The urn was heavy and bigger than I thought it would be, but nicely engraved with dad's name on it. In the … Continue reading There’s just something odd about bringing a person’s ashes back home…
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
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.
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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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…
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
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.