What a thoroughly depressing article. I am so glad I got out of the employee rat race in the early 90's and am now retired -- hardly comfortably, because who could save for retirement over the past 20 or so years! -- but hey, I have peace of mind, which is worth a lot.


If I can’t see you, why should I support you?

Terry McCauliffe’s Yard Sign (Terry for Gov Campaign)

One of the two principal candidates for governor of Virginia has been begging me, several times daily, via emails from half a dozen of his support team, to give, give, give to his campaign. I presume lots of people are signing on for $5, $10, $25, $50 or more to…


It’s a star in my kitchen

I love my frying pan!

It’s nothing special: a well-balanced, good-heat-holding Farberware.

I have no clue what I paid for it a decade or so ago, but I know I’ve sure gotten a lot of use from it since. Doing everything from frying sunnyside up to two versions of scrambled…


Sometimes trying a different approach is important

Wide rice… in the wild. (Hardly: It’s mostly cultivated these days.) (Source unknown)

The concept of ‘rights’ took an odd but necessary turn a while back. Native Americans — our own Indigenous people, the rightful owners of all of ‘the home of the free and the land of the brave’ — took a bold step in 2018 in the form of Minnesota’s White…


Gina Puppy-Harris (Photo by Doug Harris)

For hardly the first time, my people did me wrong — and pissed me off — yesterday. They went off on an adventure together and left me home alone with the cats.

I have nothing against the three cats — truth be told, I get along great with them, particularly…


The actual package front of a box of Lidl’s pasta.

Increasingly, companies large and small are taking steps they feel will either get them closer to their public or, as or more important in the short term, serve a public good.

I’ve encountered two examples of that in the past 24 hours. The first was last night, on an online…


20 Years and A Couple of Trillion Dollars Later…

The Fall of Saigon… er, Afghanistan (Mahablog.com)

NY Times BREAKING NEWS

The Afghan government has collapsed. After two decades of war with American-led forces, the Taliban’s conquest of the country is all but complete.

Sunday, August 15, 2021 12:33 PM EST

Well, that’s done.

“One more year, or five more years, of U.S. military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country,” Mr. Biden said in a statement Saturday. …


Greta Thunberg Could Suggest That

The UN on Monday, August 8 released a report noting that damage to the World’s climate has, in some instances, accelerated to a point where it is irreversible. …


She was convinced the jumps she was attempting made sense… until they didn’t

Simone Biles Competing in Japan (Newsweek)

I feel sorry for Simone Biles, the gymnast who, fearing for her mental and physical health, has pulled herself out of competitions at the Olympics in Japan.

From an early age, Simone, like many athletes, was suckered by society into continuously attempting to do things — to perform physical feats…


Lots of Questions…

I had a nuclear stress test Friday. One of the technicians asked me if I had any questions. I said I’ve got one:

“I’ve noticed that horse races often start at odd times, such as 1:43 pm. Why is that?”

Of course, she had no answer, but…

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