American TV watchers’ long, awful nightmare is almost over

Headline from here:

Samsung’s New Smart TVs Will Have ‘Finger Gestures’ That Let You Change The Channel By Swiping Through The Air

 Pressing that button to change the channel was inhumane.

And no, we are not now using technology as some sort of self-inflating form of masturbation.

You swipe your screen, and voila, you have power!

All you shiny, happy shallow humps are headed to an early grave

Sub headline from Salon here:

New research suggests that experiencing negative emotions is good for our long-term well-being


In recent years I have noticed an increase in the number of people who also feel guilty or ashamed about what they perceive to be negativity. Such reactions undoubtedly stem from our culture’s overriding bias toward positive thinking. Although positive emotions are worth cultivating, problems arise when people start believing they must be upbeat all the time.

Read it and say aw shucks, everything’s great and I’m gonna have a great day and I’m excited to deny reality and die early.

Subway ‘Footlong’ means their sandwiches taste like feet

From here:

“With regards to the size of the bread and calling it a footlong, “SUBWAY FOOTLONG” is a registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway Restaurants and not intended to be a measurement of length.”

 Duh, everybody knows what footlong means.

Hmmm, foot sandwiches.

There’s a lot of unknown history out there


After combing through obscure records, newspapers and journals Downs believes that about a quarter of the four million freed slaves either died or suffered from illness between 1862 and 1870. He writes in the book that it can be considered “the largest biological crisis of the 19th century” and yet it is one that has been little investigated by contemporary historians.

Ironic, no?

From here:


Sinclair, 41, said that over the past year he’s found it increasingly difficult to make money because of the macroeconomic environment, and that investing in health care since 2004 has left him “physically and mentally exhausted.”

If this hedge fund manager found it exhausting running his $400 million plus fund, he should try being shit ass broke.  It’s way more exhausting.

Hedge fund manager, heal thyself.  You should get some of that California medical chronic and chill, yo.

‘I’m afraid to have a black son in New York city’

From the Guardian here:

Police have said they thought Graham had a gun. The suspicion apparently prompted the officers to follow the teenager to his home and force their way inside. Originally the police said he ran into the building, fleeing from officers who told him to stop. Surveillance footage showed the claim to be untrue. The police also say Haste yelled the word “gun” before he fired a single shot into the 18-year-old’s chest in front of his younger brother and his grandmother.

Graham didn’t have a gun though, and Haste didn’t have the training required to work in the unit to which he was assigned. He and his supervisor, Sergeant Scott Morris, have been stripped of their guns and badges.


I haven’t seen much of this story in New York City papers.  I wonder if there’s a reason for this.

I do know New York City is run by a billionaire media mogul.  I wonder if that has any relevance.

Making the trains run on time is one thing, killing unarmed black kids is a whole nother thing.

The NYPD’s behavior under Bloomberg’s reign is the dark underside of his legacy.