by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Yesterday, I was heading to the post office from my office via my usual short cut. I was in a rush to get there before it closed.
Suddenly, I noticed a shiny new black iron fence in front of me. There was no way around it. I had to walk two blocks out of my way to get to where I wanted to go.
It was obvious why that fence was there.
In recent years, that area has had a lot of homeless encampments. Someone in their infinite cluelessness…Continue
This is from a daily resistance email, Rogan's List.
The Kaiser Foundation provides an interactive way for us to see how the proposed health plan would compare to the ACA for our own situations: …Continue
It's Thursday, so BLS releases the weekly unemployment number. It's increased 20,000 poor souls. The Kim Jong-Don effect has set in. Sugar high, depression crash. Which got me to thinking about some other dots that appear to be connected.
The first dot. Bannon is an avowed Leninist, not to be confused with Marxist. You can visit the Wiki for all the details you might want. The motivating thrust of Bannon, though, is quite specific. He intends, and has already put into motion, the…Continue
Thomas De Quincey’s elder brother William succeeded in some attempts at bringing down cats by parachutes.
The Life of Thomas De Quincy, Malcolm Elwin
As I looked around the hold of the Puss in Boots, I realized I might be spending my last moments with my buddies Okie, Chester and Chewie. We were cats on a mission; to drop behind German lines and insinuate our way into the hearts and…Continue
Added by Con Chapman on March 9, 2017 at 5:45am — No Comments
This table, this table, and chairs, I bought when the second invasion of Iraq was still fresh and fun.
2003-ish, Montgomery Ward closeout sale. Many children have no memory of Montgomery Ward ya know. Table and three chairs. The chairs were available individually and three people in the family. On a budget we was and fuck the guests anyway,…Continue
My poor snowdrops - they came out on schedule for Imbolc at the beginning of Feb, when a 2-ft dump of snow finally started to melt, but then another 18 inches came down and they were buried again for a couple of weeks. They were out again a few days ago, kinda despondent and stunted, and now another couple of inches have re-buried them.
Someone on a local Facebook group suggested that we locals should use our snowed-in time to do some art. He led the way with a crude (in technique)…Continue
Got to start with the appropriate lead in a review about a show sometimes fun, but never great, had an acceptable host with occasional clever bits, didn’t have big surprises for most of the awards, including announced winner La La Land for Best Picture.
Co-presenter Warren Beatty seemed to toy with the crowd as he fiddled with the card, which he then showed to Faye Dunaway, who…
I haven't been around here much lately. For the last year, as far as writing goes, I've been gathering poems for a second collection and getting them ready to be seen. It's time. We Walk with Poetry Every Day is now available for Kindle and in print. …Continue
I enjoy looking at the original art that some of present company put up for viewing here. I do not think that I have been oppressive in putting up samples of the Resident Artist, Susan Creamer Joy’s work. In fact,…Continue
WELLESLEY FALLS, Mass. It’s a quarter to 8 in the morning in this leafy suburb of Boston, and Washington Street–the main artery that takes commuters to the Massachusetts Turnpike–is bumper-to-polite-bumper. “It’s a traffic jam, but one with good intentions,” says Dr. Fletcher Whipple as he makes a right turn and heads to the parking lot of the medical office building where he practices.
We take the elevator to his outpatient surgery center,…Continue
Added by Con Chapman on February 28, 2017 at 5:39am — No Comments
Yesterday, I was honored, or (where I work) we were all honored to be in the presence of a distinguished guest, John W Franklin. He was at our worksite for the final program in Black History month, about the new NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE.
But even more distinguished…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on February 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Under the aegis of the Trump administration, we are becoming the enemy that our parents and great grandparents fought two World Wars to defeat.
Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.
-- Kim Jong-Don/2017
It's got to go. Repeal and replace with something terrific.
-- Kim Jong-Don/2015
[update 7 March 2017]
well, if one reads up on the Right's Replacement, we see the usual result: the 1% are pampered and the rest are punished. will the uneducated, unskilled, unemployed angry white folks who voted for billionaires and against their own self interest figure out they were scammed? or will they…Continue
OK, so here's the deal: the drug industry (legal ones, that is) is near the top of the list of noxious parasites on the economy. In recent days, one member of that clan, Gilead, has been getting static from the investor class about its less than stellar financial performance. Gilead is a major player in HIV. It was also the lead participant in HepC; the source of the ~$84,000 "cure", several of them.
That marketing started a few years ago, but revenue has waned some in the last year…Continue
In light of the wild, weird press…
New iPhones to Map Faces for Authentication and 3-D: Apple is rumored be working on a controversial new camera designed to map your face in 3-D for the purpose of facial recognition. Yea - and good luck with that! Hell, as it is, Siri suddenly turns into Helen Keller almost every time I ask it something. And what’s with the 3-D pics anyway? Do they think our current, regular selfies aren’t narcissistic enough?…Continue
Summary of the amusement
After landing at Changi airport in Singapore without a passport, with her friends Lanai and former Herbaline employee Ambi Michaels, teleoperator Clarity Nice is set aside by a woman dressed as a hostess from Singapore Airlines, Yi Ling, before reaching the customs and passport area of the airport. Yi Ling has connections with a…Continue
Added by Workstudio on February 24, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments
Lucy, having grown up as a human child, was like a changeling, her essential chimpanzeeness overlaid by the various human behaviours she had acquired over the years. I watched, amazed, as she opened the refrigerator and various cupboards, found bottles and a glass, then poured herself a gin and tonic. She took the drink to the TV, turned the set on, flipped from one channel to another then, as though in disgust, turned it off again. She selected a glossy magazine from the table and,…Continue