Cancer (not me 😌)
What an astonishingly beautiful and empowering and generous piece by Mark Steel. Goodness. https://marksteelinfo.com/cancer/
Today I went to the ATM machine and entered my PIN number to get money for a DC comic book (I knew the ISBN number). The clerk scanned the UPC code and I paid the amount shown on the LCD display. On my drive home I listened to NPR radio where they talked about the value of opening an IRA account, and the latest scores from the MLB baseball playoffs.
I’m increasingly convinced that all services and most jobs would be improved with more staff. Literally, just more people.
More people sitting around getting paid with nothing to do, until there is in fact something to do.
Pay people to staff all those windows at the post office and bank and then celebrate no lines. Pay people to bus the tables, and other people to seat the guests, and still more people to take the orders and run the food.
I’m so tired of seeing one person doing it all
YouTube really wants to radicalize you.
I just watch guitar, fitness and space science videos there. That's it - and I police my feed and watch history judiciously.
And it still suggests Jordan Peterson, Crypto Tech bros, Joe Rogan, white guys ranting in trucks about immigrants and communists, Koch funded professors, and weird white supremacy guys with caliper mindsets non-stop. I click "Do Not Recommend This Channel" twenty times a day but the stream keeps flowing.
Is mowing down wee kids at 30mph and killing them (when you could have driven at 20mph and they'd survive) a true reflection of "British values"? 🤔
If you folks have never seen the original 1970 film "The Andromeda Strain" - you should go watch it.
Because this is basically the whole setup of the film.
As you can imagine, hilarity ensues. *blood curdling screams*
UKPol, Met Police
Am I the only person who remembers all the way back to last week when the Met had so many misconduct and incompetence investigations to work through it was going to take years? And now the members of this same organisation are throwing a strop over not being allowed to murder with impunity?
Doctors can be arrogant. It’s not hard to understand why. Sometimes nuance can feel as it is backfiring. Often there simply is not enough time or resources to communicate clearly. In public health the dangers of over complicating advisories, recommendations & mandates with exceptions & conditions only multiplies.
The public simultaneously wants simple clear rules that don’t waffle or change, but the public will also punish those who make such rules for their lack of transparency and nuance. 1/
"Three Bins for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to recycle,
One for the Tory Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Britain where the Gammons lie.
One Bin to recycle it all, One Bin to place them,
One Bin to sling them all and in the darkness burn them
In the Land of Britain where the Gammons lie."
-- The Bins of Power
Watching #guitar YouTubers with shelves of amps and pedals behind them, and racks of guitars. It all looks class, but I find myself wondering about keeping all that clear of dust—they’re not all getting played every day!
Programmer. Reads books. Plays guitar. Belfast-born, living in Leeds. he/him.
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