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Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Day at The Market

Cranky Contribution from Nicky Fox

At the Edmonds market today buying fresh veggies and fruits, admiring all the cute puppies walking around sniffing the food. Had myself an existential moment when I stumbled upon a estate booth in the middle of crafts and produce booths. It was strange, I've never seen someone selling a dead person's things at an open market. It was morbid, but I decided to take a look and see if there was anything interesting I might like and I found a box of her jewelry. I looked at the prices and I was saddened to see that most of it was going for 2.00$ or less, to think at one point this woman had probably delighted in picking out these unique pieces of jewelry only to have them at the end of her life sold off like junk. But really that is all our shit ends up being, junk that someone in our family has the misfortune of having to dispose of after we die. It made me feel very insignificant at that moment, kind of like a speck of dust that could be blown away by the wind. What have I done in my life to make an impact, what will be my defining moment? Who knew the Saturday market held so many serious thoughts.

Not totally unmarked by the people at the end of the market with a political booth where they claim Obama is Hitler and stand their with their unsubstantiated claims about how our president is evil. I wanted to say something snarky but after this week and my existential moment I just didn't have it in me.

Samuel L Jackson " WAKE THE FUCK UP " Obama Ad

Monday, September 24, 2012

Why I'm Smarter Than You

I really shouldn't say "you" in the heading as I would imagine most people who read this blog have similar opinions and intelligence to mine. But, saying I'm smarter than most tea-bagging conservatives  isn't as inflammatory and for the most part pretty obvious. Want proof?

Where We Get Information:
A study done by the Fairleigh Dickinson University, polled 612 people to find out that people who watch Fox News actually know less than people who don't watch the news at all. People who listen to NPR (me/you) or watch Sunday morning news know way more.

Yes, I do tend to make spelling errors and grammar errors often when posting to this blog. But, should I ever go protest something, I'd probably spellcheck my sign first unlike these teabonic retards.

When you point out flaws in their religious views or the out of context passage from the bible they are quoting, they respond with anger and hatred. Just like Jesus would.

Physical Health:
Now, this isn't all situations as a few friends of mine are a little overweight and also happen to be super intelligent people. But, according to multiple studies on the benefits of exercise the average overweight red state resident does show a corolation between weight and political agenda and intelligence.

Personally I have started to put on a bit of a belly, so I've started eating better and exercising.  Would I say it makes me smarter? Probably not, but I do feel healthier.

Global Climate Change:
It's easy to pretend something bad like global warming doesn't exist, or that God will save us. But global warming is real, whether people believe in it or not. And when scientists and intellectuals believe in something, and rednecks and tea-baggers don’t, I think I'll put my hat in with the higher IQ crowd.

Low Quality Pseudo-Reality Television
History channel, Discovery Channel, TLC (formerly The Learning Channel) and the big 4 are all full of reality television showing off dumb Americans looking for a few minutes of fame. We used to have history on the history channel, now we have truck drivers, driving trucks.

In Summary
Personally I tend to take studies with a grain of salt, as they can be misleading in the sources of information, number of people used, ages, locations, etc. But, when reading multiple studies done over time in multiples areas, it's pretty obvious, I may not be smarter than you, but I'm certainly smarter than the average conservative, republican voting,  church going,  American.   

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Restaruant Brats

A contribution from foxynik 

  Restaurants are too child friendly these days allowing people to bring their loud screaming children who run through out the table. Isn't the point of going out to a nice restaurant to leave the children at home and revive the romance that was lost since you squirted out a mini clone? Who wants to have a child interrupt their adult dinner, or even worse rudely interrupting other people's dinners; especially those who choose not to birth tiny little brats. Not only are you taking away from the ambiance the restaurant worked hard to create, you are taking away money you could be giving to 12-15 year olds who can't get real jobs yet so they are reduced to the demeaning job of taking care of child terrors. So before you think about bringing your little squirts out to your local sit down eatery just do us all a favor and eat at home.