DAYLIGHT SAVNGS TIME
It's that ti-i-i-i-me again – fall back. In most of the United States, we turn back our clocks one hour tonight. It hardly seems worth the effort these days when “standard time” lasts only about four months until 12 March 2017.
The Boston Patch website has some facts and a short history of this semi-annual ritual. (Hint: it's not just the United States.)
EDITORIAL NOTE: Once again this week, I find myself with enough items on one subject to take up nearly half the column. We're winding down to the culmination of this awful election period so I'm sure you can guess the topic.
”WE NEED A TOUGH BITCH MOTHER”
From EmmaJay and several other readers, it's comedian Louis CK on Conan O'Brien's late-night show on Tuesday explaining why he is voting for Hillary Clinton. Very funny.
GROWING UP TO BECOME PRESIDENT.
This is from a list at of 17 signs that deserve a medal or, as they put it, a fucking medal. After this past 18 months, I couldn't agree more with this one.
DONALD TRUMP BUS AD IN COPENHAGEN
Someone in Copenhagen shot this video mocking Donald Trump and urging Americans in Denmark to vote for Hillary. As he writes on the YouTube page:
”Hi my friends. Look what I saw in Copenhagen today! Here in Denmark we are very focused on what’s going on in USA. We believe our children deserve to grow up in a safe world ! Please vote!”
JON STEWART'S TRUMP STORYLast Tuesday evening, former Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, appeared at a fundraiser for military veterans: Stand Up for Heroes in New York City. He told this amazing, funny story about a run-in with Donald Trump:
You can read more here.
HE GAVE HER HALF HIS LIVER AND THEN THEY GOT MARRIED
Twenty-seven-year-old Heather Krueger was out of options. It's hard to find organ donors. Chris Dempsey heard that a co-worker's cousin, a woman he did not know, was dying of liver disease. He did not hesitate to have the blood test which showed he was a match.
And last month, they were married. This is their story:
You can read more here.
WHEN OLD FOLKS WERE PEOPLE
TGB Reader Pat said in her email with this cartoon, “Some days, not hearing so much from my 'adult children,' I feel I'm not 'people'.”
JOHN OLIVER ON SCHOOL SEGREGATION
I never get over how brilliant and compelling the HBO program, Last Week Tonight, can make any topic. They have never failed me.
I might skim over a newspaper think piece on school segregation; “Yeah, yeah, I'm aware of it.” But not John Oliver and his staff who never fail to make it riveting. Last Sunday's feature is a don't miss.
BUY MORE CHOBANI YOGURT
Turkish immigrant to the U.S., Hamdi Ulukaya, the owner of the Chobani Yogurt company, hires a lot of refugees at his two factories, one in New York state and the other in Idaho:
”...he and his company have been targeted with racist attacks on social media and conspiratorial articles on websites including Breitbart News,” reports The New York Times.
“Now there are calls to boycott Chobani. Mr. Ulukaya and the company have been taunted with racist epithets on Twitter and Facebook. Fringe websites have published false stories claiming Mr. Ulukaya wants 'to drown the United States in Muslims.'
“And the mayor of Twin Falls has received death threats, partly as a result of his support for Chobani.”
Here is a short news story from a year ago about Ulukaya, his factories and his refugee workers:
There are not enough people like Hamdi Ulukaya in the world. Read more about his refugee efforts at The New York Times and buy more Chobani. May the gods keep this good man safe from the haters.
2016 COMEDY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY FINALISTS
Until this week, I didn't know there was anything called the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. It appears to have begun in 2015 and this is it second year.
This finalists for this years awards have been posted at the website and yes, they are really funny – mostly appearing to do human things. Here are some examples:
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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