The first story I read this morning was Roz Warren asking why we don’t feel safe.
That resonated like a big old church bell. I don’t feel safe either. There are too many scary COVID mutations and too many carefree folks who proudly won’t wear masks because looking out for other folks’ welfare is a heinous imposition on their gawd-given freedom.
Or, when forced to don the hated apparel, use it as an opportunity to sneer at the rest of us.
And then we have the equally bitter anti-vaxxers who are convinced that Big Medicine wants to kill us…
The current economy sucks. The privileged get paid well, the rest struggle. Children suffer, families are under stress from worry and lack of money — it just sucks.
Many underpaid people work multiple jobs. I’m 73, from the age of strong unions and higher taxes on big earners. My wife did not have to work and did not when our kids were young. Later she did work, but that was extra money. We lived in an upscale town and lacked for little. Boy, has that changed!
If you see someone with three cats and two dogs, you see a normal…
Barry Weisselberg and his father worked for Donald Trump. His wife described Barry’s thankless job as picking up cash from the Wollman ice rink in Central Park and other Trump-managed properties. His wife also says that Barry had to deliver this cash weekly to his dad’s offices in Trump Tower.
Imagine slogging through the dangerous streets of New York carrying cash. I don’t know where the other properties are located, but the Wollman rink alone is at least 250 feet from Trump Tower. Would you want a job like that?
It snows in New York, the icy winds can cut…
This Apple documentary shows how quickly our world and its animals have recovered from the truly horrific damage we inflict upon it.
It’s a heartwarming story. Right up until you realize that very soon we will be right back to destroying it all again.
Then, if you have any morality at all, you’d want to stop us.
We could make changes. We could set aside more protected areas on land and in our oceans. We could stagger sea traffic as the film suggests. We could limit visitors to beaches, to forests. We could put in stronger pollution laws. …
Our local supermarket cleans its restrooms every hour.
Of course, they also have the usual sign asking you to bring any problem to management’s attention, but they do seem to clean it quite regularly, and it’s always been clean when I’ve used it. That’s unusual and it is impressive.
That’s a supermarket. Wouldn’t you think that a supermarket is perhaps a bit less important than a restaurant in the grand scheme of bathroom cleanliness? I wouldn’t say I like finding a dirty toilet seat anywhere, but finding it in the supermarket would not stop me from buying my groceries. …
Most people see that as impossible. It will never happen, they say.
Consider the native peoples of North America. Different languages, sometimes at war with each other; could they ever have imagined the United States of America? Probably not. Nor could many European countries imagine the European Union. As fragile as it is after Brexit, it was and is a step toward common government.
In some ways, we are all much closer than we ever have been. One thing that no one had until very recently is the Internet. That brings us together, because many people now have friends…
Apple TV’s “For All Mankind” is a show worth watching, but what has particularly caught my eye is the deepfakes of newscasters, presidents, and entertainers. This is especially true in the second season as the technology to match lip movement to newly recorded speech has dramatically improved. This link goes into more depth:
Watching that second season really opened my eyes as to how convincing deepfakes can be. But as much as this technology can contribute to a fictional movie, it will also be used for nefarious purposes. …
Today I noticed a Facebook post by AARP which touted their benefits and mentioned that people forget to renew their membership.
Oh my, what a shit storm that stirred up!
First up, conservatives hate them. I certainly see why, although the support of liberal causes is all that I like about AARP.
Conservative or not, almost everybody dislikes AARP’s frequent nagging about renewals. The reminders come far too early and far too often. There is also the obscene waste of paper from the reminder mail. The Facebook post had many comments about that.
The “discounts” AARP brags about are a…
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