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Good Journalism 📰
Fish Farts 🐟💨
I’m officially old. I say that not because of a birthday or a sudden recognition that I am, indeed, 47. Rather, I say it because I’m increasingly pining for “the good-old days.” Now, I get it, Billy Joel. The good-old days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.” But the good-old days were often good.
My latest longing? I miss the relevance of good journalism. The Washington Post published an ah-may-zing investigative piece on the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C. It is a master’s class in effective information gathering and clear, concise, factual writing.
And it won’t matter a damn bit.
We are so polarized as a society that we are no longer able to be swayed by rational, factual work that might counter our dominant ideology. The ironic thing is, this piece will be off-handedly dismissed by supporters of its subject, who literally orchestrated the creation of the environment in which such things can happen. The fact that I have relatives — close relatives — who voted for that man — twice, and will unashamedly vote for him again if given the opportunity — is nauseating.
The other reason it won’t matter is because it’s long-form journalism and we have the attention span of gnats. And oh, by the way… if you don’t think these two things are related, go soak your head. A population that doesn’t have the time to educate itself on anything more than soundbites and snippets is easily manipulated by charismatic narcissists.
So yeah, I miss the old days when reading the news was a daily event. It didn’t happen in constant spurts of Tweets and posts before facts were gathered. It was something you settled in to soak in, knowing that the people delivering it were trained and knew the difference between fact, conjecture, opinion and propaganda. You grabbed the paper, you poured yourself a cup of coffee, and that’s what you did for awhile. A half hour. An hour. All damn Sunday morning. And when you were done, you were smarter, better, more informed. You weren’t a damn sheep.
God, I’m old.
In Other Writing …
Top 5 Things You’ll Learn If You Read This Whole Thing: Kids who grow up on communes aren’t very cleanBaths can cause people to fart. Russians suck at coming up with excuses.Sweden has to look to Denmark for smart people who can solve their problems.Fish farts almost led to nuclear war. Bath time on the…Keep reading
Give me my damn zombies! I am a fan of The Walking Dead. Yes, it’s still on TV. In general, I love dystopian stuff. There’s a reason the genre has existed for so long and that some of the classics are a part of it — Animal Farm, 1984, 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a way for us to deal with our anxieties when we realize exactly how fragile this thing called “civilization” really is. Of course, my contention is that the popularity of such things as The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games comes because they scratch an itch we don’t even feel. We aren’t consciously aware of our fears of societal breakdown. Just beyond our acknowledged senses is the thrumming hum that courses underneath.
The final season of TWD is being released in three parts. I just finished the first installment of eight episodes and found out the next eight won’t start dropping until 2022. Which, if you’re looking at the bright side, gives me something to write in the bottom chunk of today’s Puzzle Pieces.
Oh, and me? I’m a Daryl guy. You?
Today’s ‘What Did You Say?’ of the Day
I got rejected today from a job I applied for … back in early May. It wasn’t a job I particularly wanted. It just paid something that actually approximated what independent data said my value was in the marketplace. At the time, while I watched my savings disappear as I continued to work my ass off for my previous employer at about a 50% to 60% discount, it seemed like a good idea to try to do something about it.
So I did. I applied for that job. And a few others. And then happened upon the position I currently fill. I had completely forgotten about the position for which I was rejected today. I heard absolutely nothing from them in the wake of my completion of their online application form, which was merely me entering the data I had already submitted to them through the resume they requested I attach.
Not a “Thanks for applying. We’ll get back to you.”
Not a “Here’s where we stand on filling this position we so urgently posted on the job boards.”
So if you don’t see why some workers don’t give really care to rejoin the almighty American workforce, let’s talk.
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- Gotta stick around until The Walking Dead wraps up.
- Can’t wait to put all my useful knowledge to work in dystopia.
- Wifey Poo has surgery Thursday. She needs me.
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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Ear Flushing👂Grunge God🎶Tech Guy📺 If you have to have a doctor tell you a body part or yours is small, I suppose one of the least offensive would be the ear canal. That’s what a doctor told me this morning, after I finally broke down and actually went to said doctor’s…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Toys in the Hall🪅Idiot Governors🗳️Flopping FedEx✈️ Last night in my hotel in Springfield, Missourah, I set out a glass of milk and a plate of cookies before going to bed. It’s not that I don’t know how to read a calendar or have any particular belief in a fat man in…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Which One?🗺️Leave Introverts Alone🤫Oxford Commas🤪 I’m on the road for work this week, in Springfield. Ahhh, but Springfield what? There currently are 35 populated places in the United States named Springfield, spread out over 25 states, including five in Wisconsin. In addition, there are 35 Springfield Townships, and Ohio owns 11…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Surrounded 😷Wood Splitter 🌲Morons 🤪 I’ve had COVID. Twice. The first time fucked up my life for a year. I’m still not back to the me I was before it came into my home, and I’m pretty sure that now, nearly two years later, that’s not going to change. The second…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sunday audible🤒Fantasy Failure 🏈Anal Chess♟️ Sunday was supposed to be a romantic day spent in a canoe with Wifey Poo, the two of us paddling leisurely down the Meramec River. Mother Nature was not in the mood to play wingman and decided to pick the one day in the midst of…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Finish Line Scene 🏃♂️Baseball’s Better ⚾M-I-Z! Z-O-UC-H! 🏈 I have never understood the modern-day purpose of running for the sake of running. Sure, I understand it’s a great form of cardiovascular exercise and it’s a convenient way to get from Point A to Point B, yet the desire to strap on…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Book Guy 📚Queen Stuff 👑Bernard Shaw 📺 I’ve decided I want to own a copy of every Stephen King book ever written. That’s about 75 books at the moment. I have a built-in bookcase in my mancave/home office. I don’t think it would hold all 75 in hardcover, but perhaps it…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Beginnings 📚School Start 🚌Real Baseball ⚾ I was thinking this morning on my drive to work how we rarely know when the significant times in our lives begin. So frequently, the most important things that happen to us start with nothing noteworthy. Of course, there are exceptions, the “love-at-first-sight” moments or…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Fallin’ Thoughts 🤕Shinedown 🎸Sleepy 😴 The brain can be surprisingly efficient when the meatsack it’s attached to is in the middle of falling off a ladder while holding a revved-up chainsaw. This, I learned yesterday morning while attempting to saw a limb off a tree that was getting way too close…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Overview📅Fantasy Football🏈Elite Bonding🤼♂️ Days that start with chainsaws and lighter fluid and end with four hours of really good professional wrestling are bound to be added to the “good” column for review when the scales are weighed at the end of a life. Yesterday was such a day for me. In…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Funeral 😢Glimmers ☁️Meat 🥩 If you’re lucky, you’ve had a second mother. Whether your first mother was or is an amazing person who nurtured you and raised you among calm consistency or if she was lacking in certain maternal fundamentals, having a second mother is a blessing. Today, we were there…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩We’re Dumber 👎OnlyFans Thrives 🍑Shinedown 🎵 Official statistics put the COVID death toll in the United States at 1.04 million, with another 713 deaths yesterday. More than 4,000 people are in the ICU right now suffering from what the former Moron-in-Chief called that one person coming from China and a situation…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dethroned Queen 👑Gravy Wrestling 🤼♂️Dog Talk 🐕 Don’t fuck with the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival board. That’s a message Abigail Brocwell is learning the hard way. Brocwell was expected to be inaugurated as the queen of the festival in the northern Ohio town earlier this month, but she was stripped of the…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩3, Unassisted ⚾A Sad Day 📅Tracking Your Vagina 🌸 The last time Boy The Younger was on a baseball field, the “coach” of his team removed him from a game in the middle of an inning because I had privately messaged him to not attempt to steal home with my kid…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Hydrogen Issue 🚀Karting 🏎️Lake Life 😌 I was all excited to watch the launch of the moon-bound Artemis 1 rocket this morning, only to see the clock stopped at T-minus 40 minutes because of a “hydrogen issue.” Don’t know about you, but I’m thinking having an issue with hydrogen is a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Karen in Control ⌚Karting 🏎️What podcast? 🎧 In the winter of 1993, I went to a comedy club with a friend and, in the spur of the moment, decided to be one of those who came forward to join the fun and be hypnotized. This was decidedly out of character for…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Little League Flap ⚾Grandpa Joe 🤦Psychedelics 🍄 Boys are interesting creatures who aren’t easily understood. One of the many, many weird things boys do is mercilessly make fun of their best friends. My closest friends in middle school and early in high school were affectionately nicknamed Goon, Tree Frog, Butt and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩 Death Cometh Sooner 💀Twitter Security 🔓Game Over 🌑 Average life expectancy in the United States dropped in 2020 by almost two years in 2020, the biggest decline since World War II. Every state and the District of Columbia saw a drop. Guess it was a little bit more than that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Worm brain 🧠Chicken Big Mac 🐔Eye Twitch 👁️ Caenorhabditis elegans is probably too elegant of a name for something that is really just a disgusting little worm about a millimeter long and most easily found in rotting fruit. It is more commonly known as a lab roundworm and was the first…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩The Agliata Homeschool Academy 🚌Hypnosis 😳Sunburn 🌞🔥 When you tell people you homeschool your children, you typically receive one of three responses: An enthusiastic: “Oh, that’s so cool!”An I’d-rather-be-dipped-in-acid: “Oh wow! I could never do that!” A you’re-one-of-those-weirdos: “Oh… really… homeschooling, huh?” The percentage for each has changed in the wake…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Indycar 🏎️Best Friends 😎Baseball Irony ⚾ There are certain people who look at car racing as an endless series of left turns. These people are idiots on whom nuance is lost. Boy The Elder and I crossed the border yesterday late-morning to head just past the fine city of East St.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Swine Inflation 🐖Swamp Thing 🎥Phone Calls 📱 Life was different when I went to college in Iowa after growing up in suburban New York City. This isn’t to suggest I was a city kid. I wasn’t. The city was a place we went to a few times a year, and where…Keep reading