Saturday, 02 August 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 2 August 2014
JUSTICE GINSBERG ON HER HOBBY LOBBY DISSENT
The three female Supreme Court justices were unanimous in their minority dissent on the Hobby Lobby, contraceptive decision. Here, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg discusses the “blistering” objection she wrote and also declares she is not retiring any time soon.
More at Huffington Post.
ONCE IN 823 YEARS
According to this item Darlene Costner emailed, it will be nearly a millennium until the next time this happens – 823 years: five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays all in one month.
The email announcement of this phenomenon tells us that the Chinese call it the ”silver pockets full” and according to feng shui, if you don't send this message to your friends within four days you may find yourself poor.
I know, I know – dozens of spam emails tell give us such warnings but I like knowing we are here to see these triple five days in one month.
LAST ENOLA GAY CREW MEMBER DIES AT AGE 93
Our generation is passing into history at a faster clip every day, it seems. This week, it was Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the navigator aboard the B-29 Superfortress bomber, Enola Gay, when it dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 5 August 1945.
Here is part of a fascinating 2010 interview with Kirk about his military service during World War II and that day in particular. He is an eloquent spokesman and you won't regret watching this.
JOHN OLIVER ON NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION
We have come a long, terrifying way since that first atomic bomb and even before Mr. Van Kirk died this week, I had set aside this video from John Oliver's HBO show last Sunday.
Oliver is his usual brilliant self in this frightening report that needs to be seen by everyone.
MORE JOHN OLIVER – GECKOS IN SPACE
Another Oliver piece from last Sunday. This gets funnier and funnier and funnier..
XTREME EATING AWARDS
Each year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issues their Xtreme Eating Awards – restaurant meals that, as Salon magazine puts it, “will basically kill you as soon as you order them.”
This is the A.1. Peppercorn meal from the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers chain – a hamburger and bun that, according to the CSPI, is “topped with hardwood-smoked bacon, melted Pepper-Jack, A.1. Peppercorn Spread, tomatoes and crispy onion straws (aka fried breaded onion strips).”
With steak fries and a Monster Salted Caramel Milkshake, reports CPSI,
”The entire Monster meal delivers almost two days’ worth of calories (3,540), 3½ days’ saturated fat (69 grams), and four days’ sodium (6,280 milligrams).
“Roughly half of each comes from the burger plus just one serving of Bottomless Steak Fries and half comes from the shake. And you can blame the shake for most of the estimated 38 teaspoons of added sugar.”
WE ARE ALL MUCH POORER THAN 10 YEARS AGO
According to a new study from the Russell Sage Foundation, the net worth of a typical U.S. household has dropped 36 percent in the ten years from 2003 to 2013. ”[It] was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335...”
This is another of many studies and other research confirming that a huge majority of economic gain has gone to the already rich:
”The Russell Sage study also examined net worth at the 95th percentile. (For households at that level, 95 percent of the population had less wealth.) It found that for this well-do-do slice of the population, household net worth increased 14 percent over the same 10 years.”
THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT HOMELESS PEOPLE
An Orlando-based grassroots group, ReThink Homelessness, invited local homeless residents to tell people one fact about themselves that strangers would be unlikely to guess about them:
There is more information at rethinkhomlessness.org.
A DOG JUST TRYING TO PLAY FETCH
Undoubted, Robbie the dog didn't know that the statue is of Alan Turing, the father of modern computing. He just wanted to play. It seems kind of mean to laugh at Robbie's expense, but it's really funny, too.
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