Thursday, May 25, 2017

Things I Hate: Confederate Statues

While the South has produced many sons (and daughters) that cling on to racism, false history, and right-wing ideology, I was never among them. New Orleans got in the news recently after the city tore down all the statues that were homages to Confederate soldiers. I was appalled by how many people who commented on news stories that were very upset by the news, and claimed it was "erasing history". For one, if you have to learn history from a statue, you might be an idiot. And number two, statues are meant to honor something or someone. While Robert E. Lee had admirable traits in his personal life, he still was a traitor to his country, and the rest of his men fought so rich men could keep slaves. Imagine if we had statues to the Nazis or Soviets? They're part of American history too. 

Ben Carson Calls Poverty A State of Mind

Donald Trump's new HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently called poverty a "state of mind". You know I've had times in my life post-high school like many others where I literally worried about if I was going to be able to take care of my bills and was extremely depressed over it. It wasn't because I didn't want to work, it's because I wasn't making what I should have. Overcoming poverty is not like going to the gym to get fit. There's no machine to do it, and there's plenty of things in society like employers who only offer extremely low wages that keep people behind from where they should be. We've done the trickle-down economics for almost forty years, these polices really are not working. 

Fact of the Day: Barbara Bush vs The Simpsons

When The Simpsons made their rise to fame in the early 1990's, then-First Lady Barbara Bush commented publicly saying “It was the dumbest thing I had ever seen, but it’s a family thing, and I guess it’s clean.” on the matter. Show-writers responded by sending her a letter "written" by Marge Simpson. Barbara Bush responded back and apologized. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Photo: Bottlenose Dolphin

One of the things that disappointed me about the Georgia Aquarium is really how tiny the place is in comparison to how it looks on the outside. A good chunk of it's space is the dolphin area which is a huge hallways that eventually leads up to a big dolphin tank and a gift area. The exhibit isn't nearly as cool as you'd expect. 

Story: Way Too Much Makeup

Though I've forgotten her name, we had a girl in my old middle school who wore A LOT of makeup. Middle school is a frustrating time for kids growing up because they're still kids but they desperately want to be older. Many girls use make-up to bridge the gap and make themselves feel better. She actually looked fairly okay but it was obvious how she was over-doing it. One of the guys mocked her in class and said "do you take that off at night with an ice pick?".