A Sad Society

A Sad Society

 

It’s sad that yet another school shooting has taken place in America. So far this year there have been 18 separate school shootings, many not receiving nationwide attention. We ponder as to whether social media is to blame. Years ago, kids could escape bullying when confined to the schoolyard. They could go home and find solace & peace away from the taunts/teasing. Now with social media, cyberbullying allows for 24/7 abuse of kids & adults. And I find it weird that school shootings don’t occur in other parts of the world. Surely, students across the globe deal with the same angst & bullying that our students do here. An article written a few years ago posits that the reason for so many school shootings here are due to ready-access to guns.

Companies are starting to re-think their liberal return policies after a woman earlier this year returned a Christmas tree to Costco because it was dead. She did get a refund and many employees of Costco shared a thread on Reddit about the strangest things returned. LL Bean has now changed their return policy to a one year return with receipt. Strangely, they had very little abuse of their former “lifetime” return policy. I remember garage-saleing with my parents, there was always the old man asking for Craftsman tools. Up until about 10 years ago, you could return a beat-up/rusted/damaged Craftsman tool to your local Sears without a receipt and walk out with a brand-spanking new tool.

Changes to the SNAP program (“food stamps”) for 2019 is causing an uproar. Half of recipients will receive a box filled with shelf staples such as peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, canned fruits & veggies. Opponents to the program feel that those receiving food stamps are unable to choose what they receive due to preference/dietary requirements. A recent report found that meat is the #1 item purchased with food stamps and “sweetened beverages” were #2. “Sweetened beverages” include fruit juice, sweetened teas, energy drinks, & of course soda. The report further stated that those on food stamps spent more of their food budget on soda/candy/salty snacks than a non-food stamp household.

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Sunday Cinema – Petticoat Junction

Petticoat

 

 

Ah, love is in the air! February is often thought of as the “love month” due to Valentine’s Day. All this month on “Sunday Cinema” we’re going to be pulling out some vintage television episodes that don’t get much airtime anymore.

Floyd the conductor has been courting a “Lonely Hearts” woman through the mail and when she ends it after seeing his photo, Kate tries to find him another woman in Hooterville. BUT, Floyd takes her interest in his love life as a crush so now Kate is stuck with trying to let him down without breaking his heart again.

Someone posted the episode online for all of us to remember…

 

The Long-Lost Podcast

The Long-Lost Podcast

 

It has been found! The podcast originally scheduled for Jan 16th has been found in a far corner of one of our external hard drives. We present to you this lost episode, keep in mind – we do talk about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, so if you haven’t seen it yet then you can’t call yourself a true pop culture junkie like us!

 

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Sunday Cinema – “The Big Raffle”

Navy

Ah, love is in the air! February is often thought of as the “love month” due to Valentine’s Day. All this month on “Sunday Cinema” we’re going to be pulling out some vintage television episodes that don’t get much airtime anymore.

 

From the first season of “McHale’s Navy”, a lovely French woman helps out McHale’s crew as they try to put together money for Quartermaster George “Christy” Christopher’s new baby. This episode is essentially a “McHale-less” episode with Ernest Borgnine showing up in the beginning of the episode and at the very end. Sure, another non-Valentine’s Day episode but it did air around Valentine’s Day and has some “lovely” material…

Someone posted this episode online for all to enjoy!

Say it ain’t so, Chachi…

Say it ain’t so, Chachi…

Is the “metoo”/”time’s up” movement getting too much traction to where accusers are coming out of the woodwork to charge men for their sexual impropriety from years ago when the evidence is basically “he said/she said”. Scott Baio is the latest accused by former child actress Nicole Eggert. She claims he molested her since she was 14, he claims that they had sex when she was 18 and it was consensual. Many feel Aziz Ansari is essentially being assassinated by an anonymous woman who claims that she was pressured into sex with the star after a first date.

The PC Police win – the Cleveland Indians are phasing out the beloved mascot “Chief Wahoo” in 2019. The mascot has become a high-profile controversy in the last 7 years as more and more people are calling for “political correctness” and eliminating potential “hate” symbols. Roger Goodell from the NFL doesn’t think that Washington will be changing the name of their football team from the Redskins.

San Francisco is expunging minor marijuana convictions & review/re-sentence marijuana felonies from 1975-forward thanks to AB1793 that was passed on Jan 9th. Prop 64 allowed for those convicted to petition the court for review/expungement but this costs several hundred dollars. The district attorney found this unfair to those who cannot afford such costs, the passage of this bill allows them to review/expunge at no cost to the convicted.

With the success of Pokemon Go & Super Mario Run, Nintendo is releasing a version of their super-popular franchise Mario Kart

Can’t we have anything nice? Even ancient ritual lines?

 

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Sunday Cinema – “The Valentine Show”

 

Ozzie

 

Ah, love is in the air! February is often thought of as the “love month” due to Valentine’s Day. All this month on “Sunday Cinema” we’re going to be pulling out some vintage television episodes that don’t get much airtime anymore.

 

“The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” was I suppose an early entry into “reality television” in that the show revolved around a real family – The Nelsons. Us Gen Xers will be familiar with the Nelsons because of their grandchildren – Matthew & Gunnar Nelson of the rock group Nelson. On this episode, Ozzie and his wife are concerned about the money their son David is spending on his date for the Valentine’s Day dance. Ah, simple problems from a simpler time…

Someone posted this episode online for all of us to revisit and enjoy!

Sunday Cinema – Changing a Tire

tire

 

This month we are doing a sort of PSA on skills that you may want to pick up in the new year. Everyone talks about reading more, or exercising more, or saving money but no one chooses practical skills. So enjoy this month of new skills to learn!

There are now “parties” where you can go and drink wine while learning how to sew a button or bleach your clothes. We’ve become such a consumer-focused society that we would rather throw something out rather than fix it or call a professional instead of handling minor issues that with a little time and research can be done ourselves.

One thing that we rely too much on is roadside assistance when we get flat tires or need a jumpstart. The folks at Howdini have many helpful videos on doing everything from baking cakes to taking care of a new puppy.

This video has close to 1.5 million views, so I think it’s pretty informative. If you’ve seen the photo floating around of the person who used everything from a crowbar to a chisel in order to remove their tire (makes me cringe every time I see it), this is the “proper” way to do it

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Sunday Cinema – Tying a Bow Tie

tie

 

This month we are doing a sort of PSA on skills that you may want to pick up in the new year. Everyone talks about reading more, or exercising more, or saving money but no one chooses practical skills. So enjoy this month of new skills to learn!

Sure this one may be for the men, but women can benefit from this as well. What’s sexier than a woman tying your bow tie, think “50 Shades of Grey”…

Again, we live in a society of clip-on ties. This video from Howcast has gotten over 5 million views and I can see why. Learning to tie a bow tie from someone at a REAL gentlemen’s shop is interesting indeed…

 

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And so…

And so…

I messed up. The raw footage for today’s podcast is long-lost to the ether, deleted by accident. At least here are some of the talking points we made during that pod…

 

We mourn the loss of ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, guitarist for Motorhead & founding member of Fastway.

First it was leniency on sexual orientation. Then leniency on tattoos. Now physical standards are finding leeway when it comes to joining the armed forces because physically-fit recruits are hard to find…

An airline (that doesn’t exist) is in need of flight attendants for their Vegas-to-Area-51 route (which doesn’t exist)…

Physically able to work and on Medicaid? Get ready to work/volunteer/educate yourselves thanks to the government allowing states the requirement for Medicare recipients.

Walmart throws its employees a bone thanks to the huge tax cut from the government. “Trickle-down economics” at work?? On the flipside, they’re closing a bunch of Sam’s Club stores. Coincidence?

An acting school that “conveniently” shut-down last year? 4 accusers are students of the former school? Come on, James

If you don’t know who Matty Matheson is, you need to find out

And you think Costco couldn’t get any more awesome… The story behind the $1.50 hot dog combo

The “Tide Pods” meme is getting old and it just recently started…

 

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Sunday Cinema – “Baking Rolls”

Roll

 

This month we are doing a sort of PSA on skills that you may want to pick up in the new year. Everyone talks about reading more, or exercising more, or saving money but no one chooses practical skills. So enjoy this month of new skills to learn!

Bread making is something that many of us take for granted. It’s easier to get a loaf at the local supermarket or bakery, for those that want to “feel” like they’ve accomplished something will opt for frozen dough or refrigerated dough.

The video today from Baking with Mi, she shares her recipe for making dinner rolls that can compete with the rolls you can find at higher-end restaurants. The ingredients simple, prep time okay, learning to make bread/rolls without an electronic bread maker is certainly a pretty good skill to have.