And just to reiterate: Ebola comes from Africa. If you hear someone saying that the children coming through the border with Mexico will bring Ebola into the United States with them, it is your duty as an American to tell that person he (or she) is an idiot. (Graphic via visualscience)
Every year, the Super Bowl comes around and the mavens in the sports media tell us that it’s the biggest sporting event in the world.
Then every four years, the World Cup comes around and mavens in the sports media tell us that it’s the biggest sporting event in the world.
So which one is it? (Via Beutlerink):
Really, are you going to make me do the math?
Multiply the Super Bowl number by four, and you’re still short by the entire population of North America, where the only people who care about the Super Bowl live. And when you think about it, lots of people in the world don’t have televisions. So the World Cup is a community event where villages gather in front of a lone TV to see what’s going on.
And unlike the Super Bowl, they’re not tuning in just to watch the commercials.
I was in Belgium during the 2006 World Cup, and the city put a huge monitor in the middle of the street near the Bourse (the stock exchange building) downtown and closed off the area to automobile traffic. We roamed the streets with an Italian flag and joined all the Italians after Italy beat France in the final. That year in Paris, they put a big screen on the Eiffel Tower which allowed everyone to see Zidane’s headbutt heard around the world.
In 2010, we were in a restaurant/pub in London watching Spain beat the Netherlands in the final, although the highlight of that tournament was when the U.S. tied England because goalie Robert Green let this get by him. We were watching that match with a bunch of Brits who were ragging us on how badly American asses were going to be kicked. Let’s just say, the Americans were the ones gloating at the end.
Check out this photo gallery at the Washington Post to see how people are watching the World Cup around the globe. This is not how we watch the Super Bow.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has an extensive essay on the history of black America and “The Case for Reparations.” It’s worth your time.
In addition, Dylan Matthews at Vox lists “Six times victims have received reparations — including four in the US,” another interesting bit of history.
Just because it isn’t happening here doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.
The premise is sound, but it seems you have to use potatoes, not corn, for Idaho.
Like he says, we spend a tiny amount on foreign aid. And a vast majority of the kids world wide under age 5 die of things that are easily preventable. So there is hope for the future and for more people than you can imagine, things are getting better.
A long, long time ago, when I was young and stupid, I visited a guy in Florida who raised wild animals that performed in television shows and movies. So, as part of the story I was writing, I went into a cage with a lion and with a tiger.
The thing I learned was to make sure the animals had already been fed, and to keep the guy who owned the animals between me and the “pet” at all times.
With that in mind, I still think the guy in this video does not want to be out and about in the wild on a day when these animals are hungry.
Does it matter? I don’t want to bother with “selfie gate.”
Because this is who the woman was:
It’s a world leader. They’re sitting at a memorial service that took about four hours in which people were dancing and singing and had a good time.
So are they supposed to put on a “serious face” when everybody else was having a good time.
Well, except for Michelle. (She kind of did look pissed in all the photos I saw during this sequence. And hubby and wife did swap seats, eventually.)
- Media reaction to the Obama-Cameron-Thorning Schmidt ‘selfie’ was immature and sexist | Kayla Epstein (theguardian.com)
- Photographer: Mrs. Obama not upset over selfie (usatoday.com)
- About that Obama selfie nonsense (washingtonpost.com)