Since I watched my first science-fiction movie in the 1950s, I knew I was going to grow up to be a scientist. I loved biology in high school but knew I didn’t have the mindset of a biologist. A few years later, in fact, I became a vegetarian. I started in college as a chemistry major and might still be there (trying to pass physical chemistry, that is) had I not on a dare took Geology 101. (I was working for the college at the time so tuition was free.) One semester of Rocks for Jocks and I was hooked…
Times change. Things that were once funny fall out of favor. Foster Brooks act as an alcoholic wouldn't be funny today. Al Franken was crucified for following the lead of Benny Hill. Remember the SNL skit with Garrett Morris and Andrew Young? I cringe when I rewatch the use of the N-word in "Blazing Saddles."
What does the future hold? How about the ages-old joke in which women make fun of men's insensitivity. It has been a mainstay of Hollywood since the 1940s, appearing in everything from movies to advertisements, and is still alive today. It even cuts across all ages and races.
Psychology asserts that lacking a sense of humor can be a sign of mental illness. Maybe that says something about our society. https://www.apa.org/monitor/nov07/thejoke
How about this. Each existing State gets 2 Senators. All States and DC, PR, and Pacific Islands get 1 Vote in the House for every 500,000 of population. Give Pacific Islands 1 vote by default. Use traditional rounding rules to get to an integer-number of votes. Allocate 400 available House office spaces by lottery based on number of votes. States get to decide how many representatives they elect (up to the number of votes) and where they will work from if they arren't allocated office space in the Capitol. Federal government pays for Senate office space. States pay for House office space.
DC and PR get voting representation in the House, which decides on taxation, without the fight over statehood.
Why do people think He (?) hasn't already been back? Maybe multiple times, like during pandemics and wars. Why do people expect a specific individual, of a specific gender and race, in a specific part of the world? Maybe He won't be a religious figure. Maybe he'll be an artist or a scientist or a politician. Maybe His return will be in another form rather than in person. Maybe He'll write articles for Medium or inspire others to express His messages in different ways. Maybe he does all of these things so he isn't ignored.
Here are a few amendments that democrats might like more. Vote for your favorite:
The 2020 U.S. presidential election was contested like no other federal election, both before and after the votes were cast. Now, months later, the data have been compiled and verified, and we can look back at what happened. This analysis largely ignores the electoral vote even though that’s what determines presidential elections. The popular vote is more interesting in terms of what is happening with individual voters in the States.
This analysis goes beyond the traditional comparison of Republicans versus Democrats to look at the third dominant category — Nonvoters. Nonvoters are individuals who could have voted but, for some…
Just to put things in perspective. Gun-related deaths account for about 1.2% of all deaths in the U.S., far less than deaths attributable to heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, COPD, pneumonia, lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, pancreas cancer, diabetes, septicemia, Alzheimer’s, or dementia. Of all gun-related deaths, about 60% are attributable to suicide. Less than 0.1% of gun-related deaths occurred in a mass shooting, about the same as dying in a lightning strike or a cave-in.
Perhaps the biggest tragedy is the continuing fear and anxiety experienced on both sides of the debate that has made fellow Americans incapable of coming together to discuss their differences and find an acceptible solution.
I’ve analyzed data for over 40 years, written a book and over 150 blogs, been a trainer/public speaker, and was a PG and SSGB. Now retired, I worship cats.