Tuesday Tidbits

 

Sailing around the world via the Interwebs, looking at the goings-on. I’ll start at home and meander outwards…

The wildfires here in Washington state are the worst in recorded history. The fire near Twisp amazed even seasoned veterans in its fury – one minute, the brush was ablaze…just a couple of hours later, three young men were dead and a fourth is fighting for his life with burns over 60% of his body. I believe that he has been upgraded from “critical” to “stable,” at last report – he has a long road of painful healing ahead. Burns are among the worst trauma the body can suffer, because the largest organ, the skin, is compromised. I found a website that has regular updates of the fires, the smoke path, air quality conditions, and other details. The link is below:

Wildfire Today | News & opinions about wildland fire

On the economy: it is no surprise that, mere days after the stock market in China collapsed, global markets tumbled as well. From Al-Jazeera:

Global markets rebounded Tuesday after China’s central bank cut its key interest rate to support growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Earlier, China’s main stock index closed sharply lower for a fourth day.

European markets recovered almost all their losses from Monday, with most rising at least 4 percent, while U.S. stocks were expected to open higher and oil prices rebounded.

Hours after China’s Shanghai stock index slumped to close 7.6 percent lower — adding to Monday’s 8.5 percent loss and taking the benchmark to its lowest level since Dec. 15 — the central bank swung into action.

China cut its interest rates for fifth time in nine months in a renewed effort to shore up economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The central bank said the benchmark rate for a one-year loan will be cut by 0.25 percentage points to 4.6 percent and the one-year rate for deposits will fall by a similar margin to 1.75 percent.

The bank also increased the amount of money available for lending by reducing the minimum reserves banks are required to hold by 0.5 percentage points.

The move came as Beijing appeared to be abandoning a strategy of having a state-owned company buy shares to stem the market slide. There have been no signs of large-scale purchases by the China Securities Finance Corp. during the past week.

“The fear is that the Chinese economy is slowing at an alarming pace and that the domestic policy makers have fallen well behind the curve,” said an analyst at Credit Agricole CIB in a report.

I have a modest 401k which rode out the last big drop a few years back – I keep an eye on my finances, believe it or not – so the only thing to do is sit back and let it ride…regardless of what that bogus hack Jim Cramer says!

I’m very glad that I don’t live in North or South Carolina – I guess I’m used to the subtle, insidious racism of the Pacific Northwest, not the blatant hatred on the East Coast and in the Deep South. It exists in every state, but some are clearly worse than others! Someone on another blog opined that things in the U.S. are better now, since “strange fruit” isn’t swinging from trees anymore. I beg to differ, as would Lennon Lacy’s family, but hey – I’m not going to burst anyone’s bubble. People are free to believe what they wish…

Besides, who needs lynch mobs when so-called “peace officers” can shoot unarmed Black people with impunity?

The young ladies abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families and loved ones for 498 days, now – that is 54 days longer than the American hostages were held in Iran…very sad. Gut-wrenching. Maddening. Tomorrow marks “Women’s Equality Day,” but to most men (and a lot of women), that simply means that females should have the right to walk topless in Times Square.

Indigenous Canadians face the same voting issues that Black people here in the U.S. do – the gutting of voting rights.

The NRA is royally pissed off at the City of Seattle over a ‘gun violence’ tax.

People who thought that being a cheating douchebag is a good thing, found out the hard way that it really isn’t…in their case, life really WAS “too short!” It’s hard for me not to laugh over that whole thing – yes, schadenfreude is something that I feel from time to time. I must be human, after all…contrary to popular belief!

Seriously, though, if marriage isn’t for you – then don’t get married! It seems so simple…

I’ll close with something positive – AfroPunk Festival 2015! I wanted to be there, but I attended in spirit. It has to be refreshing! Just once, to go someplace and just be myself without feeling scrutinized, degraded, and under a microscope simply for having dreadlocks. To be able to walk around in Levi’s, a leather vest, a big-ass hat and my motorcycle boots…and nobody would bat an eyelash. To thrash around wildly and fling my dreads in head-banging glee, and not stand out like a sore thumb. I would love to just feel free.

I’ve been wanting to attend it since 2010, and the closest I got was in 2012…but the motorcycle had other ideas, and the timing just wasn’t right. I’ll get there one of these days…sooner than later, for sure!

Closing with a song…enjoy.

 

Midweek Musings: 19 August 2015

Quite a few things going on this week, as usual. People are still blasting Bill Cosby over the allegations of drugging and raping quite a few women, so his career is essentially over, as more and more women keep falling out of the woodwork. I guess someone, somewhere, is happy about taking him down. It’s a shame, really – I used to have quite a bit of respect for the man. He’s the only famous individual, other than the original jazz and blues musicians themselves, who kept REAL jazz and the blues in the forefront. I can’t say that I liked the venue he chose for his annual blues event, but that’s not the issue. Still, it’s quite strange that people attack his WIFE over his actions, even though his male co-stars (and Hugh Hefner himself) most likely knew what Cosby was doing. If making jokes about drugging women is all that it takes to accuse someone of rape, then round up every comedian who has ever done so. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong joked about it multiple times in their albums and movies, after all – so send the mob after them! Take down that pedo creep Woody Allen, too – he shouldn’t have been able to marry Soon-Yi, but nobody bats an eye or utters a peep about that disgusting cretin. What about Mary Kay Letourneau, and any other teacher who preys on young boys or girls? It boggles the mind, it does…meanwhile, Jared Fogle, former Subway spokesman, paid for sex with minors and received child pornography from the now-convicted, former director of his charity. Classy. Oh, incidentally, it’s important to remember that Cosby STILL hasn’t been actually CHARGED with anything, unlike Fogle, who has apparently been allowed a “plea agreement.”

Speaking of drugs, this so-called “women’s Viagra” is just wrong on many levels. It doesn’t boost libido. It is, essentially, an SSRI pill that needs to be taken over a long period of time, not one hour before sex, like Viagra. We know what SSRIs are used for, so say it with me: SSRIs are used to ease DEPRESSION and ANXIETY. So, ladies, apparently we need an ’emotion-regulating’ drug to have sex. Yeah, right…it’s all in our minds! I think that looking at men like the one below would do better than a pill, personally…and yes, I know that there are women who would rather look at other women – well, there are plenty of pictures out there that are almost TOO easy to find!

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Credit: thestir.cafemom.com

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The ‘Wild West’ is a veritable tinderbox. Fires rage in eight states: many were caused by ‘dry’ lightning, while one was sparked by a small-plane crash. We need rain badly, but the forecast shows no measurable precipitation any time soon. A burn ban has been in effect since the end of April, which is usually the wettest month around here. The only good think about the lack of rain (trying to think positive, here) is that the mosquito population is the lowest I’ve seen, yet! I can actually venture outside without surrounding myself with netting, early in the mornings or just before dusk.

Credit: abcnews.go.com

Well, I’m going back to my self-indulgent project – hopefully I’ll have it figured out and ready to post by the weekend! Until then, enjoy the following clip from John Oliver’s show. It’s brilliantly done!

Credit: jokideo.com

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