First off, you want to give up smoking, then stop. Substituting one bunch of chemicals that you know are bad for you with a bunch of chemicals some sales douche in the mall says are ‘totally safe, yeah’, is not giving up.
Second, you look like the kids smoking Consulate (weak-ass menthol cigarettes that were less like cigarettes than sweet cigarettes you got from the ‘tuck shop’ after school.
How long did it take me to give up? Less time than it took the doctor to work out the amount I smoked using the loose tobacco to regular cigarettes conversion table after they had converted 12.5 grams to ounces because the table had not been updated to the metric measurements.
Not long ago I was walking toward an airport departure gate when a man approached me.
“Are you Robert Reich?” he asked.
“Yes,” I said.
“You’re a Commie dirtbag.” (He actually used a variant of that noun, one that can’t be printed here.)
“I’m sorry?” I thought I had misunderstood him.
One way to view Detroit’s bankruptcy — the largest bankruptcy of any American city — is as a failure of political negotiations over how financial sacrifices should be divided among the city’s creditors, city workers, and municipal retirees — requiring a court to decide instead. It could also be…
Every newspaper and news and current affairs show gave wall to wall coverage of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, creating a cult of personality that in some cases encourages young girls to fall in love with this kid and young males to fantasize about revenge against whatever grinds their gears this week, whilst the ‘journalists’ and presenters write, talk and speculate about motives and generally speak to anyone that has something to say about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the hope of, not so much finding the truth or facts, but something the other channel or paper doesn’t have.
How many of those ‘kids’ will actually read Rolling Stone, and how many of the aggrieved ‘adults’ bleating on social media about their disgust have actually bought Rolling Stone more than once since they were in their teens?
And CVS and the other outlets that have made the ‘brave choice’ to boycott the issue, how about taking those crappy tabloids off the shelves, you know the ones that show pictures of the Clintons, the Obamas, the Douglas’, Charles and Camilla and tell stories from their exclusive sources about their multi million dollar divorces, gay affairs, stoat-gobbling and how they are all at death’s door or have tumors the size of baseballs…
Funny how, when it suits, some, ‘Freedom of Speech’ is the first thing they bleat. But when somebody dares to go against the trend and WRITE something of SUBSTANCE…
Whilst I appreciate there are many who may be concerned about visiting Florida - even boycotting the State - being white, having more pets than real friends and ernest opinions on social media does not necessarily make them a target and let’s face it, would those folk actually even consider visiting Florida?
Do you honestly believe you can convince our Lawmakers to revoke the ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ — this is, after all, the State that only recently decided that sex with animals should be illegal AND banned the use of any computer connect to any network, which by definition includes the internet, because they wrote and passed a Law to prevent internet sweepstakes without checking what they were actually writing. this is the State that cowed to big businesses and concerns when it came to guaranteed sick pay, to tax breaks and to getting away with shoddy workmanship that the people end up having to foot the bill for. The State where at least one prominent Senator spoke out against funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and supported the sequestration, but where the Governor is now pleading for money in case a hurricane hits Florida this season…
You really think your lily-white arse is really going to be missed?
As a friend, a fellow Brit/ex-pat said last night (I know I am paraphrasing, Tim); you will do much more by confronting racism every time you see it or hear it in your neighborhood, schools, sports fields and streets. You cannot, sadly bring back the dead.
Perhaps it is the disaffected youth we need to worry about. Not large, well organized terror cells, not the ‘political’ or ‘religious’ leaders, but do-it-yourself thugs who listen for a while and then head out into the world, slowly building their hatred and planning their own spectacles to make their ‘teachers’ proud.
Once upon a time, the disaffected, disillusioned, politically minded and the easily led would meet in Student Unions or bars or at concerts and festivals; some would lead, some would follow, some would simply enjoy the opportunity to hang out with the cool kids, and for a while, appease themselves of their upbringing in the shires.
They would pick their best revolutionary chic, bought on mater and pater’s exclusive gold or platinum credit card, and head into town for May Day, where they would smash McDonalds and deface Barclays.
They may write slogans, or spend a Saturday harassing shoppers on the high street.
Mostly harmless; messy, annoying but mostly harmless.
That was then.
Now we have disturbing extremes preying on and influencing the young, disillusioned and disaffected.
Aided by Social Media and a feeling of righteous indignation, feeding attention seeking victim subcultures, fed by the fear and thinly veiled hatred fueled by media and those bent on perverting religion, politics to suit their own, ends, needs or narrow view of how the world should be.
Regardless of the death toll, the act is enough to grip the nation and the world; the wall to wall media coverage in the world of rolling 24/7 news that needs to be filled by speculation and theory, mis-information and the occasional sprinkling of a fact or two.
And within minutes, the videos and pictures are uploaded, the memes created encouraging an avalanche of comments from the armchair/basement/loft pundits, conspiracy theorists and plain sick and twisted, once again filling ‘social’ media with more bile and hatred, making more once placid, passive readers choose a side…
…and so the cycle continues, each side tearing themselves further from the other; alienating even their own as they bask in their moment of righteous glory for a few brief news cycles, hoping to stay relevant long enough to have future terrorists and atrocities compared to theirs.
The terms, “Excellent Opportunities” and “Comprehensive Benefits Package”…
these do not mean what you think they mean.
Opportunity and Benefit for whom?