Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Sunday Edition (.013)

There was plenty of news last week; the problem is, we don't know which items are true and which aren't. Oh, with a little discriminatory judgment, we can figure it out. The DNC was a mess, eh? The press did not report on the demonstrations and riots outside but they did televise the insanity on the inside. Dem libs be crazy, man.

• If nobody told you already, the Democratic National Convention wound up last Friday nominating Hillary Clinton as their candidate. Out of all the possibilities and all the awful people who want to be president, they nominated her? What's wrong with those people? I mean the other side has Donald Trump, which is ridiculous enough when you think about it, but Hillary Clinton? It's like nominating one of Chairman Mao's murdering concubines. It is clearly a fixed game.

• So far, I have received zero comments on the posted short stories. You can find links to them on the left. There's a counter on each so I know they're getting looked at but, like I say, no comments.

• Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, is releasing his own adult coloring book. Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color is a short story collection written by Palahniuk and made up of almost 50 pieces of colorless, original artwork waiting to be filled in. Palahniuk collaborated with a team of artists including Lee Bermejo, Kirbi Fagan, Duncan Fegredo, Alise Gluškova, Joëlle Jones, Steve Morris, Tony Puryear, and Marc Scheff. But of course the beauty of coloring books is that the final artist is you.

Short descriptions of Bait’s stories reveal just how “adult” this adult coloring book will be. Are you ready to illustrate a tale about “A passenger on the Titanic who finds a surgical solution to the obstacle of women and children first?” How about a pleasant yarn about “Increasingly terrible birthday gifts that place a girl at the center of an extinction-level event?”

Bait releases October 26, not too long after Palahniuk’s other upcoming illustrated tome: the Fight Club 2 graphic novel. Bring down capitalism by consuming these products.

• A new survey finds that a sense of “alienation” among average Americans is at an all-time high.

For decades, the Harris Poll has gauged how much, or how little, people feel their interests are heard and addressed by those with power and influence. The latest survey found that 82 percent of Americans believe that the people running the country don’t really care what happens to them. Another 78 percent say the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer while 70 percent believe that most people in power try to take advantage of people like them.

The survey also found that 68 percent believe that what they think doesn’t count very much anymore while 40 percent say that they are “left out” of things going on around them.

Harris has conducted this poll every year since 1966, and these are the most negative results yet.

About three-fourths of the respondents said the nation was on the wrong track. Another 42 percent gave President Obama a positive rating for his job performance; only 10 percent gave the U.S. Congress a thumbs up.

“As President Obama comes to the end of his time in office, there is a shift in the feeling of alienation by political party affiliation. Adults who identify as Republican feel the most alienated, followed by independents and then Democrats,” the poll analysis stated.

The poll of 2,019 U.S. adults was conducted May 31 to June 2 and released Thursday.

• Where did the Big Bang originate? Good question. Look here for the answer.

• Found on stone crosses in Eastern Ireland, similar circle designs represent completeness of self. The outer shape symbolizes the sun, revered by ancient Celts. The three interlocking spiral knots represent earth, fire, and water.

Smolif traces the fortunes of Contra Marlo, a retired, alcoholic, security specialist. Contra was the best before he dropped out and became a full-time drunk. When a company rep offers him a job, Marlo must deal with sobriety, inexperienced team members, and a lack of information -- as well as the dangers of an alien world and the man who would be king of that world.

• Go here to securely generate a random fake name, address, username, password, and (usable) email address for use with online message boards, social media, or whatever else. lets you save the random fake identity generated for 30 days so you can bookmark it and return. After 30 days, the profile is deleted. The idea is that, to improve online privacy, you should change your username and email address frequently so sites don't build a history of your activities. Of course, this is only a small part of the things that you can do to improve online privacy and protect your identity, but it's a good start.

• Believe the mainstream media at your own risk!

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