My Copy: 9781324002642 (image from bn.com) I don't know what all I was expecting from this book, but I gotta say, I learned a helluva lot about certain government entities and departments... and how badly things can get screwed up during a bad transition period. The Fifth Risk is essentially about the election of Donald … Continue reading “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis
Strange how I just realized the date's tomorrow. 19 years ago. I remember telling some folks back when Dump was running for office that I'm far more afraid of my neighbors than any foreign terrorist. That goes double these days. Not my immediate neighbors, perhaps, but the area in general. I live deep in Dump … Continue reading I’m more in fear for my country now than I EVER was during 9/11.
I don't think I'm too far off the mark when I put it like that. The Galveston 1900 Hurricane hit 120 years ago today, and somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 people lost their lives. Granted, we have far more technology than they had back in those days, so it's easy to look at what we … Continue reading When White Supremacy (and/or Nationalism) Gets People Killed: Galveston, 1900.
...and another author I recommend seems to be in the same boat. Ah, how the media have bristled with evangelical preachers/ celebrities denouncing American society and insisting these storms and other natural phenomena are like God wagging it's finger at us and telling people to stop being naughty and repent. Yeah, because the couple in … Continue reading I’m tired of the “God’s Punishment” crap we keep getting from preachers wanting their 15 minutes (more) in the media…
My Copy: 9780375708275 (image by sciencebookmix.com) I can't tell if my choices are oddly appropriate, or I'm just a morbid little turd. Harvey was raging over our heads and the torrential downpour could drive anyone a little nuts, and yet I pick up this book again to read during the storm. I'll chalk this up … Continue reading Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, by Erik Larson
I was amending my goals list on my tracking site (food intake, exercise, mental health, etc.) and was about to put down "pray at least one time a day." But I stopped, because it hit me: who exactly was I praying to, or what? I'm looking for another job again. The first few ideas didn't … Continue reading The Power of Prayer (for the no-longer-religious)?