While he waren’t everyone’s cup o’ joe, he does help us prove a point. If you’re over or under reacting to the news of his sudden death, it is good indication that you’re burned out.
There is some intriguing and replicated work on who is lucky and who isn’t. Somehow the way our world is structured, auties turn out to be unlucky. Go figure.
In one of those moments you’re glad you’re reading a blog from the otherside of the International Date Line, it turns out Sunday 17 April is a trifecta: Easter, Passover, and Ramadan! Of course, it may only be a bifecta since, as I understand it, they found the body.
This week was Khmer New Year, so lots of things were closed, some for weeks at a time! Traditionally, the celebration is a month long, but as capitalism sinks its talons into the helpless Cambodian populace, some people don’t get any time off at all! Yay, progress, amirite? Some lucky people get to carry on working their twelve hour days for two bucks a day straight through the holiday! No interruption of income! Who doesn’t love them some of that?
It has been a glorious week away from school and real work. We wrote a couple of great blog posts this week, had some good wine and take out, cleaned the house — Cambodia is such a dusty place! Who knew? — and furthered our training for the Phnom Penh Half-Marathon on 18 June! Didn’t I tell you? I’m running 21K or 13 miles in the sweltering Cambodian dry-season heat and humidity! I ran three marathons while living in Viet Nam, all you have to do is run at 4:00 AM to beat the heat! I’m up to 10K, so I’m well on my way!
Here are links to things that I read this week that I thought were interesting enough, important enough, and unlikely to have come across your browser enough to include in this week’s reading list. They come from the legacy media, professional alternative media outlets, blogs, and friends of Ye Olde Blogge! Let me know what you think in the comments!
- JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE! Once was we thought we had syphilis on the run and might could even eradicate it, then complacency and the if-we-just-make-the-punishment-severe-enough brand of Christian Republican fundamentalist got legislative control and syphilis and its ugly step-child, congenital syphilis came roaring back and has killed an unprecedented number of newborn infants. Y’all be careful out there and wear condoms. (Medscape)
- ASSHOLES ARE AS ASSHOLES DO! Some fun loving psychologists tried to figure out which personality traits assholes have in common, so they asked people about the biggest asshole in their life. Haha! What fun! Boy did they get an unexpected earful! Turns out, no one has a problem with figuring out who the assholes are in their lives, and most of us don’t keep them around. Spoiler alert: They were aggressive, entitled, manipulative; mostly middle-aged men; and didn’t care if their behaviors were harmful. Sounds like personality disorders to me. (Neoscope)
- GANGS OF NAIROBI are reforming themselves and their slums into kinder, gentler, more nurturing places. Several gangs around the city all came to the same conclusion about the same time: instead of robbing, stealing, and mugging, they should take some of the unused spaces in their slums and turn them into eco-parks and playgrounds and provide services like trash pick up that the city government wouldn’t provide. Not only did they make some money, but they unified their neighborhoods, and they fought police corruption. Having lived in Nairobi and loved it and spent some time in the slums there, I’m very glad to hear it, and not at all surprised. (Newlines Magazine)
- DOCTORS TO THE RESCUE! A Ukrainian child and adolescent psychiatrist and his wife living in London packed up their car with first aid kits and a portable ultrasound and drove to the Polish border. Putin’s war started on 24 February. They arrived on 27 February. And, the portable ultrasound was in use by 3 March. The ultrasound is needed to find shrapnel in bodies. (Medscape)
- GOING TO THE DOGS! A new study in PLOS-ONE reports that a vegan diet for dogs might could be just possibly be better for your dog than commercial meat-based dog food — no surprise there, amirite? — and even raw-meat-based diets, although there is some counter evidence to that one. Dogs did evolve to have diets more closely matched to human diets, so it shouldn’t be surprising that high protein and fat diets cause them as much trouble as they cause us. (Medscape)
These articles are found mostly from the blogs I subscribe to. A few were discovered in other ways, but subscribing to blogs is one of the easiest ways to keep up with your favorite bloggers, hint, hint, subscription links can be found in the right-hand column and at the end of the post.
- TEN MILLION PEOPLE CAN’T BE WRONG! Every year the jostling for position on the beaches of South Florida begins with stiff competition for the prime spots between residents, immigrants, and tourists. Who needs the Everglades when you can be visiting a beach, amirite? Let someone else worry about the wEtLaNdS. I’m on a beach and I’ve got wetlands of my own to tend to. Okay, the post is more about an oasis amid the jostling and well worth the look! (Snippets of a Traveling Mind)
- HOLIDAY SPECIALS! In a nostalgic twist we are reminded of all those cool holiday movies that we used to watch as kids: Wizard of Oz and The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Halloween, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas on Christmas, and our summertime favorite, You’re a Father, Charlie Brown! And, now we’re given a list of Easter movies to choose from. Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments! (bluewater)
- EVERYDAY! Reminding us that life is unpredictable and nothing is guaranteed, we get this sweet reminder to hold our loved ones tight and be mindful. (On Being Gay and Grieving: My Personal Journey)
- HYPERVIGILANCE is important whether you’re a PTSD survivor, paranoid, or just suffering from narcissistic personality abuse. It is no laughing matter. Here is a good summary of its symptoms, consequences, and causes. (Carla Corelli)
- LESS SAVORY NEWS! Here’s a rundown of some of the less than savory news that you might have missed, especially if you are concerned about criminal cops and other illicit behavior by those in government. (The Honest Courtesan)
Here are links to the posts and articles that these friends of Ye Olde Blogge have put up this week. Be sure to tell ’em I sent ya!
- LAMENTING THE PASSING OF LANGUAGE! Why are our language skills diminishing? Why are people reading less? Why do we live in an age of memes and emojis? Will this pendulum ever swing back, or have we lost it forever? A thoughtful reflection on the changing of an age. (Of Cabbages and Kings).
- IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER A newish survey reveals that 57% of Repubes think that the 6 January Insurrection was an act of patriotism, democracy is about individual liberties, and that Democrats are a mortal threat. We are being set up for open violence in our streets. (Mock Paper Scissors)
- SHELLACKED You heard it hear first! The Repubes are setting up to play the victim card when they lose in November by claiming the election they rigged was rigged against them. Of course, if the last rigged election resulted in the 6 January Insurrection, what is this rigged election going to result in? (Homeless on the High Desert)
- POPPING PUTIN! Our favorite list on all the Interwebs is over at Burr’s blog! This week it details the sinking of the Moskva, the Hitler model for housing the homeless, inflation, and transrights under assault. Must read reading, y’all! (Fair and Unbalanced)
- TESTICLE TANNING! Apparently, this is a thing. Who knew? Tucker Carlson is very concerned that the testosterone levels of America’s men is so far depressed that he had Kid Rock on his show to discuss the restorative powers of testicle tanning. Well, there’s that, I guess. (Scottie’s Playtime)
- SURPRISE! The consumer confidence index took a hefty jump from 59.4% to 65.7% of the respondents confident in the future of our economy. It is under reported because a Dem is in the WH. Is that because we have such high expectations of Dem presidents and low of Repube, or is it because there’s inherent bias in the news media? We may never know. Mike’s Blog Roundup is being curated by driftglass. (Crooks and Liars)
- THE PAPER TIGER! There is some speculation that China has puffed itself up just before it’s great fall. A video — I know no one watches video — tells the story of falling birthrates, geography, resources, and military issues, (Infidel 753)
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