It’s hard to separate yourself emotionally from situations that are necessarily a very visceral experience. If you’re a starving person, or worse, a starving person also providing for others, you’re not usually running the economics or ethics of what is appropriate to steal or not to steal. At most, your considerations run to that which is least likely… Continue reading Actually, you can put a price on “X”
This was a bit before our time, but perhaps you heard of it while growing up? I think it is something that would strike your sense of humor. The Bestseller Book That Didn’t Exist: how the author of a beloved Christmas classic pulled off the Hoax of the Century
Dudes Adams- Banned from the land for 24 hours! He actually got kicked off for something he posted in a group called “The Most Offensive Group in the World”
This is what happens when you have a government, under the guise of national security, spy on its own people. Our government has spent the last decade and a half selling itself, and its people, on the mass hysteria of national security. We have the Patriot Act, and its successor the USA Freedom Act(a rose by any other name), unsupervised NSA surveillance of its own citizens, etc. When the government can place you on a no fly list without reason and then refuse to tell you that you are on the list, there’s a problem. When the citizens of the nation are not allowed to speak out about being under surveillance because they have been ordered not to, we have a problem. As a nation we continue to refuse to learn from our history. Almost every decade brings a new fear, a new reason to give up more of our rights- to refuse to think and act rationally in exchange for emotional security and hysteria.
In reading through some of the selected quotes below, one of the worst realizations is that the FBI treated this seriously. Their fear that one literary genre, and one author in it, would be so powerful as to subvert its populace was taken seriously. And honestly, their fear was well founded. Writing, and writers, are often subversive. It is a fantastic thing to have in any healthy society. The problem in this case is that the government took it upon themselves to determine that this might be a bad thing for its citizens, rather than letting the citizens choose for themselves. And I guarantee this is still happening today.
This is what happens when you have a government, under the guise of national security, spy on its own people. Our government has spent the last decade and a half selling itself, and its people, on the mass hysteria of national security. We have the Patriot Act, and its successor the USA Freedom Act(a rose… Continue reading FBI’s Most Dangerous – Ray Bradbury?!
Well, actually, I observed two, but I’m going to talk about the first one. I was enjoying a Frosty at the park with my daughter. At two and half years of age, you can get away with entertaining a child by just letting them run around you while sharing licks off of a spoon. I’m… Continue reading I observed a drug deal…
Hmmm. Makes me sound a lot better than I am. There was one question that asked what time period I would live in and I didn’t like any of the answers. I prefer right now, it’s one of the best times in history to be alive.
Tuesdays don’t get much in the way of respect or regard. As the day immediately following the dreaded and much maligned Monday, Tuesday is often regarded as Monday+, or the 2nd Monday. Not much love there considering the typically hate that Monday receives. And unlike a Wednesday or a Thursday, which are viewed in a more… Continue reading Tuesdays…
We can always use a little humor in our lives, because if it got too big, it might not fit… So with that in mind here are some jokes for Monday! There’s a band called 1023MB. They haven’t had any gigs yet. Helium walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender says,… Continue reading Monday jokes