15 votes

Postcard from Taiwan #2 - Hospitals and Home Runs

There is nothing quite like being in a city with a team in the playoffs. There is a unique energy that comes along with it. The team and the game are the talk of the town and the people are festive, united and friendly. It is a fun place to be.

When we left Boston for Taiwan in late October of 2013, the Red Sox were trailing the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, two games to one. I was resigned to the fact that I wasn’t going to be there for rest of the games, and I was a little bummed because of it. Then I felt a little guilty for being bummed because we were going to Taiwan to aid in the recovery of Samantha’s sister M who was fighting cancer, and that is a fight for life itself. A baseball game really pales in comparison.

Our hotel in Taipei was a 15 minute walk from the hospital, where M was to begin her first round of chemotherapy.

Hospitals are miserable places, cold and white and sterile factories, lit with fluorescent lights and full of miserable people. I urge everyone to do everything possible to avoid ever becoming prisoner in a hospital.* There was really nothing for me to do, so I wandered miserably over to the waiting room.

6 votes

Rare, ‘lost’ John Steinbeck story to be published this week

Rare, ‘lost’ John Steinbeck story to be published this week
David Ferguson | 06 Nov 2014

A short story by John Steinbeck is finally seeing the light of day after being read once on the radio 70 years ago and then all but disappearing.

According to the Associated Press, the story “With Your Wings,” about an African-American World War II pilot, will be released in Birmingham, Michigan-based literary magazine The Strand.

Steinbeck read the story on the air at the conclusion of one of Orson Welles’ World War II radio broadcasts in July of 1944. However, the story was never published in any of Steinbeck’s collected works or by any literary magazine or journal. Some scholars told the AP they’d never even heard of it.

8 votes

Gary Johnson on ISIS

On the Tony Stiles Show


6 votes

User Comment From NY Post Article "Modern moms looking for perfection in all the wrong places"

People are waking up...



We’re overthinking child-raising, perhaps to make up for past generations who underthought it.

Much of what our kids will remember will have nothing to do with whether their mac’n’cheese was organic and served on personalized plates made of glass you blew yourself.


SB Mom of 2 1 day ago

10 votes

Organic Cosmetics

So my wife has recently joined NYR Organic, a cosmetic company that uses GMO-free, organic ingredients in their beauty products. The FDA doesn't regulate cosmetics so a lot of horrible stuff goes into their making. You can see what goes into certain products here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Not only does your skin absorb these chemicals, but when washed off, guess where it goes? If you guessed "ecosystem", you are correct. Take a look at their products and tell me what you think:


18 votes

Putin: Press Statement & Replies To Questions Following G20 Summit

Transcript just released in case someone was looking for it.

17 votes

Hillary Clinton is a "soulless, principle-free, power-hungry veteran of DC’s game of thrones,"

It’s easy to strike a pose of cynicism when contemplating Hillary Clinton’s inevitable (and terribly imminent) presidential campaign. As a drearily soulless, principle-free, power-hungry veteran of DC’s game of thrones, she’s about as banal of an American politician as it gets. One of the few unique aspects to her, perhaps the only one, is how the genuinely inspiring gender milestone of her election will (following the Obama model) be exploited to obscure her primary role as guardian of the status quo.

17 votes

They're lying to us


Syria ‘Hero Boy’ Video Revealed to be Government Propaganda

Daniel McAdams

A dramatic video clip showing a young boy heroically rescuing a young girl amid a hail of gunfire in Syria has racked up millions of YouTube viewings and has been trending heavily on other social media platforms.

60 votes

"I'm leaving are you coming with me?"

That is the final statement in Lana Del Ray's "Teenage Wasteland" song. What an immersive wall of sound it is.

The ark is not closing. I've been ruminating out loud about it. Sometimes it gets overwhelming.

10 votes

I Know You by Your Shadow: Post Your Beautiful Thoughts Here

Love knows its love by its presence
And its essence.

Lovely inklings -
Hopeful thinkings
fall like sprinklings.

While we while at this, that,

Turns out,
It was the cat.

Got some profound, deeply meaningful thought, idea, brainfart what have you that your not ashamed to share with the world? Post it here! No one is looking except your friends!

24 votes

Thorium Energy! Abundant, Safe, No Weapons!

Abundantly Available
Incredibly less-dangerous reactors
Very Low Waste
Very Short Half-life

Overview (LFTR in 5 minutes)


Why Not ? !!!


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