Posts filed under ‘Musings’
Tomorrow is the first day of fall but my honeysuckle is trying to hold on to summer:
If you’re like me, and you can’t be in New York City today for the People’s Climate March, you can watch it live, here, on DemocracyNow!
Put so simply, this hit me between the eyes. Something to always keep in mind:
Kanye West really needs to take control of his ego because he’s turning into an ass. This sounds like an awful experience for these poor kids:
A charity basketball game didn’t go exactly as planned yesterday when Kanye West scored 106 points against a team of handicapped children in wheelchairs.
The game was a PR move intended to smooth over the controversy that erupted this week between Kanye and the disabled community. At one of his concerts recently West repeatedly asked wheelchaired fans to stand, and refused to apologize for his mistake afterwards.
The Basketball Wheelchair Charity for Cancer event pitted disabled middle school children against Kanye and his entourage. Kanye’s team seemed hesitant to play as hard since they were not also in wheelchairs as originally planned.
Organizers said, “Both teams were supposed to be playing in wheelchairs but Kanye’s camp said Mr. West would be playing the ‘normal’ way.” The kids were initially excited to play basketball with one of their favorite musicians but once the game started, they knew it wasn’t going to be fun.
Smith, who dreams of playing in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association when he grows up, noted, “He was supposed to be playing in a wheelchair too so it would be fair. I bet we would have won that way since we are use to playing like that. He told us ‘Why use a chair when I can use my legs?’ Our coach asked officials why he wasn’t playing fair but they said that’s how it was.”
Wow, the “British Empire” sure ain’t what it used to be. Here’s a map showing all the countries that voted (or fought) to leave it:
Larger version here.
Sheesh. I’m from the pre-Internet age but man-oh-man, have I ever become addicted to it. I can tell because this weekend I made a fool of myself to myself because (as I now know) my modem died and I was practically distraught.
It all began Saturday morning when slowly but surely I couldn’t access sites and my mail was coming in in dribs and drabs. By Sunday, nothin’. I couldn’t access anything. Insofar as both my desktop and my iPad were behaving the same way, I figured it had to be the modem. But, after two long sessions on the phone with CenturyLink customer service reps, they assured me that no, my modem was working just fine thank you very much and the scope of my problem was “beyond their capabilities.”
It didn’t make sense. Again, why would two computers behave exactly the same?
So, after 24 hours of feeling totally out of sorts I went to the CenturyLink store this morning and bought a new modem. Voila, that’s what it was. Everything’s fine now.
Good thing I listened to my gut instead of the ahem, “customer service” people.
Oh, and last night after returning home from a late afternoon block party I decided to sit down and watch some junk on television. You know, get flat brainwaves. I was thinking maybe a nice show about bears or rivers in the Pacific Northwest or a cooking show about how to put together a yummy dish. That kind of junk. What I found was beyond junk. Unbelievable how juvenile and cartoonish Sunday evening television is in this country. It was embarrassing. They think we’re idiots.
But oh yeah. At one point (8:00 p.m. MDT) I had the choice of watching “Lockup – Tennessee Women’s Prison” on MSNBC or “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” on E!. Both of them were about 20-somethings. The women in prison had had shit lives with no breaks while the kids on Rich Kids had every break and benefit and advantage the world had to offer. Oh the irony that the shows were on at the same time and oh what a snapshot into the two extreme ends of life in the United States. So sad in many ways.
Anyway, like I said, I’m back.