It’s poetic (if slightly sad) to watch bitcoin crash and smolder while writing this piece. Back in early February, I wrote several posts warning people not to invest in it and to be careful about the hype.
Some people listened. Others assumed I had no right to express skepticism, and a few others even ridiculed me.
They said, “Enjoy staying poor.”
My favorite comment:
You must be red assed over missing the run up from $6K to $38K in the last year, or don’t have the money to invest.
I hate to say I told you so, but more importantly…
So what’s the solution?
That’s the smug response leveled at people like me, who spend a fair deal of time now outlining the scope of America’s problems. Most of them probably don’t read my articles, or they don’t make it to the end — where I normally outline some solutions. The overarching answer is, of course, to educate ourselves and participate in our democracy.
It’s also to be less selfish.
There are other, more specific solutions. The thing about those, they require a collective effort. A few people working on them isn’t enough. …
My sister-in-law is going back to school. This time, she’s getting a license in spiritual healing. I don’t even know what that means, just that it involves horseshoes and incense. This is her last chance, she says.
This time she’s going to live her dreams.
She’s going all in. She’s moving her family across the country. She’s taking out more loans. She has no plan, other than to sink herself further into debt (and to spiritually heal people). The irony is that she might actually make a lot of money. …
Close your eyes.
Imagine it’s the middle of summer. Normally, you’d be relaxing by the pool or going for a stroll on the beach. Not anymore.
Instead, your insides are cooking.
This is not a metaphor.
Your city has spent the last week in a heat wave that reaches a daily wet bulb temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). That’s the point at which the human body can no longer cool itself. It doesn’t matter if you have a fan, or if you sit in the shade. It doesn’t matter if you’re thirsty, because water doesn’t…
It’s straight out of a Tom Clancy novel.
A new story from Politico alleges that a candidate for Florida’s 13th congressional district was toying with the idea of sending a Russian-Ukrainian hit squad after his political rival, Anna Paulina Luna. He denies it, although I wonder lately how much longer politicians will even have to pretend they’re not villains in political thrillers.
The exact words:
I really don’t want to have to end anybody’s life for the good of the people of the United States of America… That will break my heart. But if it needs to be done, it…
My husband comes from a family of teachers. His mom teaches. So does his aunt. So did their mom, and so on. I guess that explains part of the reason we got married so soon. In a way, he already knew me by job title. Of course, that doesn’t mean I have a lot in common with his family. (You’d think so.) His grandma got her first job in five minutes. She didn’t even have to walk inside the school. Her dad was the town sheriff, and he introduced her to the principal. The job offer was practically gift-wrapped.
Here’s the thing about an apology…
It’s not for you.
The point of an apology isn’t to restore your image, or make up for lost income from canceled contracts with big box retailers.
It’s not to convince everyone that you’re a better person, or that you deserve a second or third chance. Apologies are meant for the person you hurt, and the point is to give them closure, or to repair a relationship. Increasingly, that’s not how celebrity apologies are coming across.
They don’t seem genuine, partly because they keep having to do it, which cheapens the act for everyone.
She asked for a raise. They almost fired her.
It wasn’t what she expected. One of our administrative assistants simply explained what it was like to work full-time, making barely ten bucks an hour. She walked right into the provost’s office, catching him off guard. He listened patiently for a few minutes and then launched into this whole bit about how he “knew what it was like” to “feel like you don’t have enough money,” but “there’s nothing I can do.”
That’s when she interrupted him. She said he couldn’t possibly understand what it was like, because he’d been working…
Just yesterday, I was talking about how smart Americans are. It looked like most of us were on the same page when it comes to the important issues, which should give us a little hope for the future.
Then I saw this:
This woman, speaking at a hearing on vaccine choice in Ohio, believes that keys stick to her when she presses them down on her chest and leans back slightly, because vaccines have made her magnetic. She also believes they stick to her neck even though they don’t (because ya know, gravity). Her name is Joanna Overholt, and…
Americans are smarter than we think.
Almost 70 percent of us want to make voting easier and less restrictive, and they support the “For the People” act, which does exactly that. More than 60 percent of Americans want a wealth tax, and they want to close loopholes that allow multi-millionaires and billionaires to evade their responsibilities. Two-thirds of Americans think our government should be doing more to address climate change, and half of us think it constitutes a severe threat to our long term health and safety. We know our country is sinking into a failed state, but we know…