This one is bothering me for a lot of reasons. It makes me sad to think of the injuries and deaths occurring because of gun violence, naturally. More than that, it makes me very annoyed and afraid that this seems to pop up at least once a week on the local news. Just this morning … Continue reading Q#119– What is going through the mind of a person who is arguing with another in public, and then pulls out a gun?
My Copy: 9780062871350 (image from bn.com) I saw the trailers for the movie, of course, and thought "damn, I need to see that." The next day, I saw the book in the window of Barnes and Noble and stopped. I had no idea it was a book, and neither did another lady who stopped near … Continue reading The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
My Copy: 9780679735250 (image from npr.org, link to recently published version) I blame my incessant watching of Apocalypse Now for making me read this book at this moment...though it wasn't a hard sell. I'd wanted to read it for some time, and I'm glad I did. Dispatches is kind of an experience, and a much … Continue reading Dispatches, by Michael Herr
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’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 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
My Copy: 9781596916005 (image from Bloomsbury Publishing) The Soiling of Old Glory is a book I had to read for a class in college, and it's probably the only one I've reviewed and re-read several times. This is a book that's very well put together. It's the biography of that photograph of the young man … Continue reading The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, by Louis P. Masur
I think this is one of those questions that's so damned simple til we really get thinking about it, kinda like the meaning of the word "freedom." What do we expect from our kids, from younger Millennials and the kids growing up today? Technically, I myself am a Millennial, but among the older ones (which … Continue reading #060–What do we expect from American teenagers today?
I refuse to watch most cable news programming. But living where I live, I can't help hearing them once in a while. Last night I was making tea and caught a few minutes of whatever-her-name is and Vicente Fox on a certain network, and it just annoyed the hell out of me. I’m at the … Continue reading #054–Why do guests whose political views differ from their hosts on cable “news” shows even bother to show up?
(Image from theconversation.com) I am one of those people. I am a true crime book reader, and a fan of movies, miniseries, documentaries, and t.v. shows about true crime. I find myself watching, fascinated, by what's going on, or what happened in a particular case. It's not about a fascination with the killer exactly; it's … Continue reading #046–How much would the conversation change if the media focused on the victims instead of the killers?