It is a Sunday in the Realm, and I am still here to deliver some kind of content for the 50 people who lurk here. I know you came here, because I see the hits. It might help a bit if you’d at least drop a “fuck you” in the comments every now and then.
Anyways, here are the headlines that caught my eye this morning:
Here is my stupid commentary based solely on the headlines above:
I haven’t actually read the stories attached to these headlines. I may have heard bits and pieces of the stories on the radio or through osmosis, and that’s what makes this fun. I’m sure to screw it up.
In Re 1:
Trump doesn’t actually own most of the hotels that carry his name. He simply licenses his brand and charges a fee for its use. A lot of the major hotel chains do this. We just sold a hotel property last March to a private party who has branded it a Best Western.
I suppose I could be cynical and make an unfounded claim that the Hawaii hotel property shed the name because it was ‘toxic’ — we know that has happened to at least three former Trump Hotels — but I am going to give the benefit of the doubt to it simply being a case of getting a better deal with Hilton.
In Re 2:
I heard a little bit of this story on NPR last night while I was sleeping. Elon Musk dislikes bright colors, so he’s done away with safety vests, and it is causing people to lose limbs.
In Re 3:
Ah, the world’s oldest profession and the powerful get together for a romp in the sheets. Who will be caught up in the sex-for-hire scandal this time?
In Re 4:
As a drug addict myself, (once an addict, always an addict regardless of my 25+ years clean and sober), I can tell you that legalizing hard drugs is absolutely the worst thing that could have been done. I understand the reasoning — addiction is a disease and shouldn’t be treated like a criminal act. You wouldn’t toss a person in jail if they had cancer, would you? You wouldn’t punish a person for having heart disease. So why punish a person for being addicted to a substance, illegal or otherwise?
I could see decriminalizing addiction to drugs. I could even see arresting someone for using drugs, if the charge comes off the record if the addict goes through treatment and rehabilitation. The best place on the planet for a residential, in-patient drug treatment program with behavior modification component is in a jail or prison. Eight to ten months in an intensive residential treatment environment in exchange for a sentence reduction has been the best system going so far. It beats out any an all other drug treatment facilities costing a lot of money.
But legalizing drugs and drug usage? Completely wrong.
In Re 5:
Okay, why limit it to only two big bangs? Why couldn’t there have been hundreds, if not thousands of ‘big bangs’ over the eons? Who’s to say this is the only ‘universe’?
The amount of time humans can conceive of is almost negligible in comparison to infinity. Our points of reference in all of this is recent. What was here before the “big bang”?
Okay, that’s it for the news and commentary. I’m kind of phoning it in this morning — I have a shit load of crap to do today, and not enough hours to do it in.
What I just finished streaming:
The Leftovers is an American supernatural drama television series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta that aired on HBO from June 29, 2014, to June 4, 2017. Based on Perrotta’s 2011 novel of the same name, the series begins three years after the “Sudden Departure”, a global event that resulted in 2% of the world’s population disappearing. The lives of police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) and his family, along with grieving widow Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) and her brother, Reverend Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston), are the focal points of the series as they struggle to adjust to life after the Departure.
From the Meme box This Morning:
Now go forth and have a great day, ya mutts.