Month: August 2014

We Beg To Differ – Sunburn, Petty Theft, and Things

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In this episode, Jess talks about how unfortunate it is that she is both a ginger and enjoys the sunlight, Michael talks about a couple of assholes, and they both reflect on the state of racism in the US.

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We Beg to Differ – Cleaning, Unemployment, and a Session on Depression

In this episode, Michael has a revelation about himself, the job market for the hopelessly unemployed is examined, racism is briefly discussed (again), Jess talks about dealing with depression, and both have a bone to pick with the Ice Bucket Challenge.

We Beg to Differ – Robin Williams, Movie Theaters, and Michael’s Eyebrows

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In this Episode we discuss the pros and cons of going to the theater alone; depression, anxiety, and suicide; great party themes for children; and Michael’s eyebrows.

Generation, Why? A Poem.

As the church bells sing their songs,
Over the pretty lawns and manicured Poms,
Prancing along with a mistress and son,
Sweating in fear they may be outdone,
If all were judging, nobody has won.

With Corinthian columns pitching their tents,
And stone lions to please their gold-digging wench.
Maybe a fuck or blowjob or two,
A diamond for her, a swallow for you.
A child that can never do anything wrong,
A hopeful abortion if there ever was one.

With teachers that know nothing from Adam to Proverbs,
Rape them for teaching your offspring their numbers.
Knowledge is best when served with a skew,
A bias intent is nothing new.

Grow up to be a football star,
Beat up a fag and fuck in your car.
A new Beemer for looking and playing like you,
A girlfriend to cheat on and treat like a tool.

To college you go to become a grad,
You drink and you drive and you call up your dad.
Of course he knew you did nothing wrong,
That child of yours was a star all along.

So hooray for you, the bell at your ball,
This cycle of shit can go on after all.
Because nobody minds, so long as they too,
can be part of a system that favors the few.

8/8/2014

Nobola!, and the case for Skepticism.

It is evident, by the mainstream media and various social networks, that many people in this great, but often neurotic, nation of the US believe that the terrible and often fatal disease, Ebola, is beginning to spread throughout our population. I couldn’t help but notice the health alerts and unscrupulous reports seeding themselves in the minds of helpless citizens for not much more than a slight increase to their ratings. The way they haphazardly pasted horrific symptoms of the disease as  if a casual encounter with someone from West Africa or a sick child of any ethnic background would cause such an affliction. Some people, and this is just a small bit of what’s to come of this, have already started to buy gas masks, hazmat suits, tarps, and bulk sanitizer from the reports. A pseudo-mass-hysteria (“pseudo” because people are too lazy in this country to truly become hysterical and, when they are not too lazy, they feel safe enough with their tarps, tape, and tinfoil hats) is on it’s way from this, like everything else that the media digs its claws into to sensationalize and monetize. The way that people tend to overreact to such things that never come to fruition is so curious to me. It’s as if they have forgotten about 2012, Nancy Lieder, Pat Robertson, and Harold Camping – and those are just a few from this past decade. Sure, I have sited a few failed predictions about the end of the world, from Wikipedia no less, and I know that predictions from crazy uninformed people about the end of the world has nothing to do with falsified news reports from unethical money-grubbing monsters, but their is a common thread: Ignorance. In all instances, people were discrediting the evidence, all the evidence, from the whole of the scientific community in favor of nonsensical dribble that was convenient and easy to digest. I am not trying to pretend that I am above all those who fall for such chicanery (yes, I just used “chicanery” in a sentence), I am easily fooled as well. It was just a couple of days ago that a close friend of mine called from her Mother’s home in Connecticut about two cases of Ebola being found in Atlanta, Georgia. My immediate reaction was a slight bit of panic and fear – I took what she said at face value and let my anxiety get the best of me. Though I have something in my arsenal that most people don’t: Skepticism. The tools awarded to me by Skepticism allowed me to take a step back from this and properly do my research. I didn’t do a google search for Ebola and click on the first hit because that, I knew, would only deliver the most sensationalized articles with the most hits which doesn’t necessarily mean the most accurate. I immediately went to the Center for Disease Control’s website, CDC.gov, and typed in Ebola. The information I found was extremely informative and let me in on a little secret: That the United States is at almost zero risk for an Ebola epidemic, that the epidemic is only in West Africa at the moment and has infected about 1600 people, killing 800, and while this is a very depressing statistic, it is nothing close to the numbers the media made it seem were effected. So, it pays to be aware. It is not criticism, denial, or cynicism. It is simply a case of choosing to have the facts, vet all sources, and listen to people who do this sort of thing for a living.