What the hell? ABC is canceling All My Children and One Life to Live. How is that possible? Are you trying to tell me that housewives and elementary school kids and grandparents aren't watching these shows anymore? I find that hard to believe. I remember watching all the ABC soaps [including General Hospital, of course] when I was in elementary school when we'd have days off from school. I also remember when Vicki turned into Nikki the Prostitute on One Life to Live. All the awesomeness of multiple personalities way before United States of Tara [which I watched one episode of, and found very, very boring]. Where are we going to get our drawn out plots, stilted acting, and ridiculous happenstances now? On American Idol? [Full disclosure, I've never watched American Idol and never intend to, but my understanding is that it is drawn out, ridiculous and stilted.]
Evidently Donald Trump is playing at politics. I find this incredibly hilarious, particularly since I follow this on Wonkette, which gives us these priceless gems:
Vulgar idiot Donald Trump was born into a multi-million-dollar fortune and still went bankrupt, repeatedly, because he’s so dumb he can’t figure out how to make money off casinos and New York real estate.Seriously. How is this even part of the national discussion? Have we, as Americans, truly become such buffoons that this is presented as actual news? Do we need to get rid of the 24 hour news cycle so that 1) There is some down time to think about what we're hearing and reading; and 2) We're not so desperate for filler?
Student loans are crippling grads. As one of them, I'm going to say, DUH. But hey, it'll help me make more money over the course of my lifetime. Even though I'll be paying these off until my kid has graduated from college. This is my favorite quote:
many economists and policy experts see student debt as a healthy investmentUh, yeah, that's exactly right. EXACTLY. Fucking recession.
Shockingly, there haven't been any high profile prosecutions to come from the financial crisis. Yeah. I'll hold my breath for that, for sure. I'm a huge believer in the law [and Law & Order], but I know enough to realize that the little guy gets shafted as a matter of course. In this case, the little guy turned out to be everyone else in this country. As an aside, I'm still pissed that one Enron guy died and the other one committed suicide. Assholes. You knew they'd get out of serving time.
Finally, I found out that language originated in southern Africa. Researchers postulate that modern language was created all at once, in the southern tip of Africa. A biologist is looking at phonemes - the simplest parts of words - and applying mathematical formulas to different language patterns. This is pretty cool. But also very confusing. Plus, the earliest languages are those including clicks. How fucking click is that?
What did you learn about this week?