Author: ehawkes

50 Years of the War on Drugs

Hinton has lived his whole life under the drug war. He said Brownsville needed help coping with cocaine, heroin and drug-related crime that took root here in the 1970s and 1980s.

His own family was scarred by addiction.

“I’ve known my mom to be a drug user my whole entire life,” Hinton said. “She chose to run the streets and left me with my great-grandmother.”

Four years ago, his mom overdosed and died after taking prescription painkillers, part of the opioid epidemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Hinton said her death sealed his belief that tough drug war policies and aggressive police tactics would never make his family or his community safer.

Brian Mann
Morning Edition

Author vs Imagined Author – Bertrand Russell Anecdote

I remember meeting for the first time one of the leading literary men in America, a man whom I had supposed from his books to be filled with melancholy. But it so happened that at that moment the most crucial baseball results were coming through on the radio; he forgot me, literature, and all the other sorrows of our sublunary life, and yelled with joy as his favorites achieved victory. Ever since this incident, I have been able to read his books without feeling depressed by the misfortunes of his characters.

Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness.

“Part of the attraction of The Lord of the Rings is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien was a master of Worldbuilding, working on his Middle-Earth world from about WW1 until his death. The Lord of the Rings is full of lovingly crafted and referred-to details, many of which are left unexplained, whose stories first got public with the posthumous publications of the earlier stories.

  • One thing Tolkien knew from his studies as a linguist and English teacher is that some of the old myths recreate the Cryptic Background Reference effect entirely by accident, when the relevant poems or stories are lost — the medieval Finns probably had an explanation of what a Sampo (from The Kalevala) is, for example, but it didn’t survive the Middle Ages.
  • Then there are some things which never got elaborated on, even posthumously, like in The Hobbit when Bilbo makes reference to “the wild Were-worms in the Last Desert.” Nothing remotely similar is ever even spoken of again.
  • “Far, far below the deepest delvings of the Dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things.”
  • Half of fun of reading Tolkien is this. Go read The Silmarillion and go back and read The Lord of the Rings. Now revel in all the references most people didn’t get the first time around. That part of the song Aragorn sings in The Fellowship of the Ring about Beren and Lúthien? Now you know the whole story. Bilbo’s song about Eärendil that Aragorn seemed to find so cheeky to sing in Rivendell? It was about Elrond’s father (and mother) who he hasn’t seen in five thousand years and probably dredged up some bad memories about the ransacking of his home when he was a child by the sons of Fëanor. The list goes on.
  • The Second Prophecy of Mandos, which describes what the end of the world will be like, is referenced (though not by name) in virtually all of the canonical stories of Middle-earth. However, the prophecy itself does not appear in canon — only in Tolkien’s earlier drafts for The Silmarillion.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CrypticBackgroundReference

The 25 Greatest Science Fiction Tropes

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/the-25-greatest-science-fiction-tropes-ranked/

25. Cryosleep
24. Generation Ships
23. Psychics
22. Ancient Astronauts
21. Space Pirates
20. Uploaded Consciousness
19. Benevolent Aliens
18. Killer Aliens
17. Alien Artifacts
16. Nanotechnology
15. Wormholes
14. Parallel Worlds
13. Interspecies Romance
12. AI Uprisings
11. Clones
10. Body Modifications
9. Robots
8. Faster-Than-Light Travel
7. Big Dumb Objects
6. Mutants
5. Dystopian Governments
4. After the Apocalypse
3. First Contact
2. Time Travel
1. Sentient Spaceships

Suspicious Everyday Skills

FoghornLeghorn99
Remembering things about people.
I’ve lied about not knowing things to not seem like a creep.

Investigate311
This is sort of me with names. I’m generally very good at remembering names and would memorize names quickly in school. People are sometimes surprised when I call them by their name without ever having a conversation with them. I’ll usually pretend I don’t know their name until they give it to me.

KomodoJo3
Walking with minimal sound.

iadknet
I’m the same way! I make my wife scream all the time by walking into a room without her noticing.

It happens so often that when our son was somewhere between 1-2, he also started screaming whenever I walked into a room. He just thought it was a thing we did in our family.

It happens to other people outside of home too. I start talking to people and they jump out of their skin.

kdeff
Counting bills quickly. Learned when in Uzbekistan, a place where the highest denomination was 1000 but a meal at a restaurant cost 20-30k

2_KINGs
I bartended in NYC where closing time was after 4am, so the quicker I counted out my register, the quicker I could go home. I can count a stack of bills quick.

IwannaCommentz
There was a restaurant in a Hyatt hotel that had a casino, the waiter from that restaurant remembered our preference when we showed up with a friend 6-months later .

T45T3MYC3RV1X
You guys were either amazingly awesome restaurant patrons, or a fricken nightmare.

I’m a former waitress/bartender turned RN. The same happens with patients.

opinionated_cynic
This
I compare seeing patients in medicine to being a waiter all the time. The two are so similar it’s uncanny.

SuzQP
Bartenders and daycare workers also require the same skills. Both involve managing the expectations and behavior of minimally self-regulating people.

Modern Love – David Bowie

I know when to go out
Know when to stay in
Get things done

I catch a paper boy
But things don’t really change
I’m standing in the wind
But I never wave bye-bye
But I try, I try
There’s no sign of life
It’s just the power to charm
I’m lying in the rain
But I never wave bye-bye
But I try, I try
Never gonna fall for

walks beside me
(Modern love) walks on by
(Modern love) gets me to the church on time
(Church on time) terrifies me
(Church on time) makes me party
(Church on time) puts my trust in God and man
(God and man) no confession
(God and man) no religion
(God and man) don’t believe in modern love

It’s not really work
It’s just the power to charm
I’m still standing in the wind
But I never wave bye bye
But I try, I try
Never gonna fall for

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(Modern love) walks on by
(Modern love) gets me to the church on time
(Church on time) terrifies me
(Church on time) makes me party
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(God and man) no religion
(God and man) don’t believe in modern love

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(Modern love) gets me to the church on time
(Church on time) terrifies me
(Church on time) makes me party
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(God and man) no confession
(God and man) no religion
(God and man) I don’t believe in modern love

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Happy Juneteenth

Despite the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, the western Army of the Trans-Mississippi did not surrender until June 2. On the morning of Monday, June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived on the island of Galveston, Texas, to take command of the more than 2,000 federal troops[24] recently landed in the department of Texas to enforce the emancipation of its slaves and oversee a peaceful transition of power, additionally nullifying all laws passed within Texas during the war by Confederate lawmakers. The Texas Historical Commission and Galveston Historical Foundation report that Granger’s men marched throughout Galveston reading General Order No. 3 first at Union Army Headquarters at the Osterman Building (formerly at the intersection of Strand Street and 22nd Street, since demolished), in the Strand Historic District. Next they marched to the 1861 Customs House and Courthouse before finally marching to the Negro Church on Broadway, since renamed Reedy Chapel-AME Church. The order informed all Texans that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves were free:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

Happy Bloomsday

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, observed annually in Dublin and elsewhere on 16 June, the day his 1922 novel Ulysses takes place in 1904, the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle, and named after its protagonist Leopold Bloom.

Wikipedia