#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.

Rise Up Times

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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#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)?

#075–Why are Job Search Websites so NOT Helpful… or is it the Employers Posting the Jobs That Make Them Seem That Way?

I've spent the past few days on several job sites, and I'm getting more and more annoyed each time I sit at the computer and try every combination of keyword and such that I can think of. Maybe I'm picky, or maybe I'm too broad in my thinking, but my results aren't terribly helpful. I'm … Continue reading #075–Why are Job Search Websites so NOT Helpful… or is it the Employers Posting the Jobs That Make Them Seem That Way?

#073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?

(image from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust) I first started thinking about this a few days ago when in the midst of my very-long depression article, because I probably watched the trailer for the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? four or five times that morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ It's not playing in my neck of the woods … Continue reading #073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?

#071–What’s with that whole “can’t say Macbeth in the theater” curse-thing?

DISCLAIMER: If you're sitting in a theater right now, you may want to read this when you leave, lest you get the glare of death. Dunno if reading it has the same impact as saying it, but perhaps if you're super daring, you could test the waters... Just don't blame me, Okay? Anyhoo-- I don't … Continue reading #071–What’s with that whole “can’t say Macbeth in the theater” curse-thing?

#069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

I was doing wrapping up a stream of consciousness writing assignment (my faithful wastebasket next to me so I can hock up my lungs a bit at a time), writing away when it hit me. Could this be a psychosomatic issue? Can you get cold/flu/whatever-like symptoms in order to avoid something? My mind-body connection seems … Continue reading #069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?