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#200
Wednesday,
Sept. 28, 2022

Last night it was hot and sweaty, and if my car was running, I would've darted to the grocery and brought home a gallon of ice cream.

(I always tell myself it'll be a pint, but a gallon of cheap stuff costs less than a pint of pedigreed ice cream, so it's always a gallon I walk out with, bring home, and devour.)

The ice cream costs $3.99, but walking to the store and back would cost 45 minutes too, and busing would take even longer, so I did without, and did just fine.

Hell, maybe I'll even lose some weight, if I keep keeping the car parked across the street instead of towing it to the shop.

My brother Clay sends emails about baseball to everyone he knows who cares about baseball, and that includes me. Clay is an evangelical Christian, so there are lots of Christians on his email list, and sometimes they "reply all" to his emails.

Here's a "reply all" that jumped out at me. The email itself was only a comment on the Mariners' recent losing streak, but the sender's pre-written signature is a Bible reference, Romans 8:38-39, followed by this:

My preferred personal pronouns are exactly what they should be, including but not limited to I, me, my, mine, you, your and yours.

You already know this, because you're a decent human being, but to recap for fools: 

It's awkward and can be insulting to use 'him' and 'he' to describe a woman, or 'her' and 'she' to describe a man. Non-assholes don't want to insult other people based only on appearance, even accidentally, so it's helpful to list one's pronouns, especially if you're transitioning or between genders, or if there could be confusion.

Clay's friend is mocking that, as if transsexuals are a joke, and anyone who lists their pronouns is a punchline. From this I infer that my brother's friend believes transgender people shouldn't exist, shouldn't have rights, and shouldn't be treated with respect or good manners. He believes it so strongly, he announces it with every email he sends.

Christians are often haters, so it's no surprise when a hater is a Christian and a Christian is a hater, but I know of no scripture where Jesus taunted someone for being different, or mocked people for being society's outcasts.

Next time he hits "reply all", I'm going to "reply all" right back, and ask my brother's friend a few questions. It'll make for an interesting afternoon.

Clay and I never talk about anything serious, but it wouldn't surprise me if he agrees with his friend. They attend the same church. My own brother. And he wonders why we're distant.

Me, I'm a hermit, so I don't have much interaction with haters or Christians, or other fools. That's why I'm a hermit.

Because I sometimes, very rarely do business via PayPal, I have today received an email from them, titled, "Upcoming changes to our PayPal legal agreements."

It's just a form letter, but I laughed at the part where it says "what you can do if you want to decline the changes," and there's a link. Follow the link to their new revised legal agreement, and it says, "if you would prefer to decline [these changes], then you will need to close your PayPal account."

I barely give a rip about PayPal's legal terms, have never read them, and don't expect to negotiate legalities with a corporation.

What funks me out is, they constantly send these emails, announcing that they've rewritten their legal terms. Searching my inbox, PayPal sent rewritten legalities in February, May, and June of this year, and again today. Four rewrites, so far in 2022. There were four rewrites last year, too. 

My credit union doesn't repeated alter our legal agreement. My landlord doesn't. My cell provider doesn't. Why is PayPal such a work-in-progress that the legalities of doing business with them gets rewritten every few months, in perpetuity?

It's not for me to judge fashions and styles, and it's primitive to criticize a woman for her appearance, so I shouldn't even type this, but—

What the hell is going on with women and girls and eyelashes? Ladies have worn fake eyelashes forever, and I don't even understand that, but the fake eyelashes I've been seeing lately on women, and especially young women, look like this, and it's frickin' ridiculous. 

And now, the news you need, whether you know it or not…

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TV news did more stories on Queen Elizabeth in the past 2 weeks than on climate change in the past 2 years 

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Republican abortion bans restrict women's access to other essential medicine 

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Satanists: Indiana's extreme abortion ban violates our religious freedom 

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Treason, insurrection, and disqualification:
From the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 to Jan. 6, 2021
 

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Judge lets Jan. 6 defendant have guns to hunt so he can save on groceries 

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Best selling organic chemistry textbook goes open access after professor regains the copyright 

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How Rachel Carson's Silent Spring awakened the world to environmental peril 

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Forty years later, JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson talk about the making of Poltergeist 

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City of the Dead 

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The End

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9/28/2022  
 
Cranky Old Fart is annoyed and complains and very occasionally offers a kindness, along with anything off the internet that's made me smile or snarl. All opinions fresh from my ass. Top illustration by Jeff Meyer. Click any image to enlarge. Comments & conversations invited.
 
Tip 'o the hat to Linden Arden, ye olde AVA, BoingBoing, Breakfast at Ralf's, Captain Hampockets, CaptCreate's Log, John the Basket, LiarTownUSA, Meme City, National Zero, Ran Prieur, Voenix Rising, and anyone else whose work I've stolen without saying thanks.
 
Extra special thanks to Becky Jo, Name Withheld, Dave S, Wynn Bruce, and always Stephanie...

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