That line from "The Night Before Christmas" has always bothered me, because I have to wonder what the heck these kids are visualizing in their sleep. I looked up a picture of "sugar plums" and this is the first thing I saw: Umm...okay. I'm sure they looked different than these snow-covered grapes or whatever back … Continue reading #084 Blitz Q: What the heck are sugar plums anyway?
Aside from the turkey, the potatoes, and the cranberry sauce (can shaped or chunky, fielder's choice), a green and brown lumpy mass is usually part of the holiday meal picture. Some concoction called green bean casserole. I've rarely enjoyed a green bean casserole that felt like a true casserole. Oftentimes it looks like green beans … Continue reading #083 Blitz Q: Does anybody make green bean casserole when it’s NOT Thanksgiving or Christmas?
I first saw this last night before I was closing up and showed a teacher who was with me. Our jaws dropped and my co-worker was nearly apoplectic. I can't blame her. When it comes to Halloween, don't get me wrong: I might lean liberal, but I don't clutch my pearls over bad taste or … Continue reading #082–Blitz Q: Border Walls and Maracas, or, What. The. Actual. Hell. Is. Wrong. With. These. Teachers???!!!
This is a question that's bugged me my whole life along the Texas coast. Thankfully, we got through Rita (2005) and Ike (2008) okay where I'm at, many miles inland and several feet above sea level. We've never evacuated, and not because of the inability to afford it, scoffing at the storms, or bravado. No--we … Continue reading #081–Why do posted Hurricane evacuation routes in Houston mostly divert people eastward?
This is one of the big beefs about the "holiday candy" thing that I can't get around. Don't get me wrong, the Tootsie Roll is a wonderful candy to gnaw on or to just let your saliva do the work and suck on it to make it last longer. It's got just enough chocolate flavor … Continue reading #080–Blitz Q: Why are the not-chocolate Tootsie Rolls NOT available widely year-round?!
I've seen it probably a couple dozen times by now. Hell, for some reason I've watched Apocalypse Now every night for a week, I'm guessing as some morbid therapy to show me some people arguably having a far worse month than I. Except for Kilgore (Robert Duvall), of course. I know I like the film, … Continue reading #079–What’s the Big Deal about the film “Apocalypse Now” (1979)?
I guess that pic itself answers that. I'm sure there's a "whaaaa???" going on in some of your heads right now, because I'm sure the answer is "of course the Japanese army had tanks." But like the tree falling in the woods, if nobody talks about it, how can we know? Seriously. I don't think … Continue reading #078–Blitz Q: Did the Japanese Have & Use Tanks in WW2?
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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(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)?
I've had a lot of questions the past few months: some serious, some nutty, some adopted, and plenty that were my own. I figured I'd put a table of the past 25 up to this point (with links to prior quarter-lists for the curious): #001-025--"my 1st 25", and #026-050--"half-mile" So, without further ado: #051--Pandora's Box is … Continue reading The 3/4 mile: re-tackling questions #051-075 (and more)