travel the world … cheap

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… Regularly staying in hotels is the fastest way to drain your budget. But what’s worse, hotels isolate you. While you might be cozy in that fancy bathrobe, you will be insulated from the best parts of travel — the locals, the culture, the way of life of real people, and other travelers. Many hostels provide comfortable places to sleep, shower, and use Internet, while allowing for genuine interactions with locals and other travelers. Camping in the wild is always great, and really makes your budget go a long way. But camping is a great option in many urban locations as well. Campgrounds are common even in the world’s busiest cities, and many hostels have space for campers, too. …

Do It Now: How To Ditch Your Life & Travel The World

Tab Closed; Didn’t Read

Do you hate popup overlays like this one?

Slate sucks

@drcongo recommends you not read that content. Or click on their ads. Or help them generate revenue in any way.

They are far too intrusive. (Some small, subtle box that won’t slow you down would be reasonable.)

Tab Closed; Didn’t Read

I like web pages that do not do ANYTHING unless I ask them to.

President George H. W. Bush resigns from the NRA

He did the right thing.

Bush resigns NRA

May 3, 1995

I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as “jack-booted thugs.” To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as “wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms” wanting to “attack law abiding citizens” is a vicious slander on good people.

Al Whicher, who served on my [ United States Secret Service ] detail when I was Vice President and President, was killed in Oklahoma City. He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving parent, a man dedicated to serving his country — and serve it well he did.

In 1993, I attended the wake for A.T.F. agent Steve Willis, another dedicated officer who did his duty. I can assure you that this honorable man, killed by weird cultists, was no Nazi.

John Magaw, who used to head the U.S.S.S. and now heads A.T.F., is one of the most principled, decent men I have ever known. He would be the last to condone the kind of illegal behavior your ugly letter charges. The same is true for the F.B.I.’s able Director Louis Freeh. I appointed Mr. Freeh to the Federal Bench. His integrity and honor are beyond question.

Both John Magaw and Judge Freeh were in office when I was President. They both now serve in the current administration. They both have badges. Neither of them would ever give the government’s “go ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law abiding citizens.” (Your words)

I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of N.R.A.’s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns.

However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.

You have not repudiated Mr. LaPierre’s unwarranted attack. Therefore, I resign as a Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon your receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership list.

Sincerely,
[ signed ]
George H. W. Bush

NRAtabloidThis is the guy I blame more than any other for the disproportionate influence of the NRA on American politicsWayne LaPierre, vice president of the National Rifle Association.

why were first nations not more advanced?

I’ve never understood why the societies in Mexico and South America evolved so much further than did those in North America.

Aboriginal people in Canada interacted with Europeans as far back as 1000 AD but prolonged contact came only after Europeans established permanent settlements in the 17th and 18th centuries. …

The Aboriginal population is estimated to have been between 200,000 and two million in the late 15th century. Repeated outbreaks of European infectious diseases such as influenza, measles and smallpox (to which they had no natural immunity), combined with other effects of European contact, resulted in a forty to eighty percent aboriginal population decrease post-contact. …



prevalence of guns results in more murders / suicides

If you like guns, fine. Buy them. Use and store them safely.

But don’t tell me the average person is safer at home with a gun than without. They’re not – even if 63% of American believe that NRA lie to be true.

WITH one of the highest murder rates among OECD countries—second only to Mexico—America retains its reputation as a disproportionately dangerous country.

The number of violent assaults in America is comparable to those of other western countries, yet murders are much more common. The prevalence of guns goes a long way toward explaining America’s terrible record—they are used in two-thirds of all murders. Americans are five times as likely to be murdered as Brits but over 40 times as likely to be murdered with a gun. …

Economist 

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Pitch Perfect 2 – “You are the kicker of ass?”

Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 … sequel to the 2012 film Pitch Perfect, which was loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction book, titled Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. …

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a rating of 66%, based on 154 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Pitch Perfect 2 sings in sweet comedic harmony, even if it doesn’t hit quite as many high notes as its predecessor.” …

A sequel, Pitch Perfect 3 is set to be released on July 21, 2017.

Yep. It’s not near as good as the charming original.

Still … I’d say Perfect is worth watching.

Keegan-Michael Key was great. As always.

And John Michael Higgins as the sexist pig a capella competition commentator is a joy to watch.

“This is what happens when you send girls to College.” :)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Fat Amy was disappointing, I thought. But nonstop cameo appearances keep you trying to remember the names of comic actors.

Pitch Perfect 2 quotes:

Flo: There’s only one thing to do: Fake your own death and flee the country.

Kommissar: I’m sorry, I don’t speak loser.

Fat Amy: There’s gonna be a whole lot of haters out there, people asking, “Hey, why is the most talented one in the group Australian?” But hey, I’m fat, so that’s close enough.