This just happened to pop up in my YouTube feed this morning and I had to watch it several times. It's what the title says, and it's enlightening and disheartening all at the same time. Journalists are not the freaking enemy of the people. They are OF the people more than the damned politicians, for … Continue reading What do Foreign Correspondents Think of the U.S.? (video from The New Yorker)
77 days. 11 weeks. That's how far between Election Day and Inauguration Day. This post is a hypothetical because I've got every finger and toe crossed that Dump loses and Biden will be sworn in at noon on January 20th, 2021. I'm operating under that assumption for the next few hundred words. I'd like to … Continue reading Q #149: What might Donald Trump do between Election Day & Inauguration Day?
My Copy: 9781984877499 (image from bn.com) This one was a tough read. Not that it was overly complicated or anything, but it was like reading Fear all over again, but with a broader view. Sifting through the catastrophuck that is the Trump Administration a second time around (and I haven't even gotten to Rage yet)... … Continue reading A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trumps testing of America, by Philip Rucker & Carol Leonnig
My Copy: 9781501175510 (image from bn.com) Terrible. And I DON'T mean Woodward's writing (because he's Bob-Freaking-Woodward, so duh). I mean terrible in the sense that as much as I like to think better of people, sometimes they can be far worse than you ever suspected. Fear: Trump in the White House is about the year … Continue reading Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward
My Copy: 9780316040938 (image from bn.com) I've had this book on my shelf a few years, and was planning to get to it eventually, but deaths at the hands of police made me pick it up right away. I had taken far longer to get through it than I thought I would, largely because I … Continue reading On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman
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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