I want to recommend four posts from TYWKIWDBI


Minnesota Stan is probably one of my favorite bloggers. His site is a daily, multiple time visit for me. Here are a few links to stories I found worth checking out:

1. Divertimento #164

I live for these posts where Stan compiles and organizes videos and gifs into one post. It’s a fun way to spend 20 to 30 minutes. My favorite from this post, this compilation of Buster Keaton stunts (mind blowing).

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2. Comma splice

Not only is this an amazing error … the comment thread of four responses is a laugh. A geeky laugh, but a laugh indeed.

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3. Bernie Sanders explains “democratic socialism”

A snip:

In this regard, President Harry Truman was right when he said that: “Socialism is the epithet they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years…Socialism is what they called Social Security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.”

I will indefinitely scratch my head over the demonization of the word socialism and the hypocrisy of those who ridicule it, whilst embracing its virtues. There’s not one conservative I know who doesn’t benefit by socialized services, but seemingly red-faced screams over the evils of socialism.

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4. This is not a “feel-good story”

The post is about a little boy whose insurance won’t pay for a simple walker, so a group from Home Depot makes the boy a walker from instructions they found on the internet. Feels good right? Wrong. Why do we live in the richest country on earth and the goddamn insurance companies can’t help a family I feel like I notice this a lot, not just in media, but in life.

Be sure to read the insightful addendum to a compilation of these kinds of stories.

The feel-good story is prevalent not just in media, but in daily life. How many times do you hear the friend or family member tell how God has chosen to help the health of the story teller? How many times do you hear how this informs their unyielding faith? And yet that same feel good story is contrasted endlessly with stories of death and hurt that by the listener, that the listener is too kind to bring up as it would dash the positivity of the story teller?

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Carry on, Stan, for all time. Love what that guy does and posts.

 

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Still Ill: 25 Years of the Beastie Boys


Still Ill is a short documentary about the Beastie Boys’ career from approximately Paul’s Boutique to Ill Communication.

The Beasties were (and maybe still are) one of my favorite groups of all time. Their work, except for their first album, is some of my favorite music of all time.

This 15 minute doc is a good little tour down memory lane.

This should be everyone’s philosophy on life


I might be a little emotional with lots of different things going on, but this video of a police officer joining a struggling runner to complete a 10k race brought me to weepiness.

Love this kind of stuff and it’s total click-y-bait … but feel good stories are rare these days.

When this runner was struggling to finish a 10K, this police officer stepped in to give her an extra push 🏃‍♀️

 

“I, Pastafari”, a Documentary Film About the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster


The letter that started a memetic and ideological revolution:

I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories.