Foggy and overcast this way-too-early Monday with another work week staring me straight in the face — the only consolation is it will be Friday again before anyone really notices.
Time seems to slow just a hair on the weekend, then blasts off again into the week.
Little-known off-the-wall factoid: The average respondent in the survey spent 34 minutes moaning on a Monday morning, compared to just 22 minutes during the rest of the week.
Moan right away is my response — get that nasty, pity-is-me feeling into the open air, then you are free to whine about serious stuff.
(Illustration found here).
Of course, this particular day comes every week — rare for a Monday to be absent.
And on this Monday, however, I do feel some wondrous joy, mainly because of this: It’s all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday.
What a shitload of dumb-asses and losers. At least for the time being anyway, low-IQ folks won’t be tormenting us at my liquor store for shots at great wealth — the lottery is most-likely the best-formulated swindle around, a scam in full public view.
Especially during times of economic stress, like right about now. Idiots!
Via the Christian Science Monitor:
Last year, the multi-state Mega Millions lottery also hit a record at $656 million.
It, too, lured nongamblers to buy its $1 tickets.
â€œWhatâ€™s the harm?â€ many said.
These record lotteries arenâ€™t a fluke.
States with lotteries have become so addicted to this revenue that they purposely look for new ways to create a gambling addiction among more residents.
The eye-popping jackpots, made even larger as more states pool the winnings into larger sums, somehow bedazzle people to dream of instant wealth on a Donald Trump scale.
Meanwhile, many of these gamblers ignore the very long odds — about 1 in 175 million.
And some get hooked — for years, draining personal savings and upsetting relationships.
You can see where this addiction of states is going.
Those who deal with problem or addictive gamblers — who make up 4-6 percent of gamers — are rightly worried.
They cite studies showing the social costs from gambling addiction outweigh the revenue for states.
They also point out that most states now have â€œinstant winsâ€ for lottery consumers.
Last year, more than half of the estimated $68 billion in lottery revenues came from these instant tickets.
Driving more Americans to gamble is a losing game.
Gambling perpetuates the notion of luck as a source of happiness, which isnâ€™t exactly what is needed for an economy in need of people focused on hard work, education, and ingenuity.
Gambling isnâ€™t a productive enterprise.
I don’t look at the lottery as gambling. Sitting, playing five-card stud with friends (or enemies) or even a night at the casino, that’s gambling. The lottery is taking your hard-earned cash and flushing it literally down the shitter.
And like a lot of other stuff,the lottery is just crazy, like forÂ the very Florida town where supposedly the big ticket was purchased: It’s an amount too high for many to imagine. Compare it to the budget for the city of Zephyrhills: This year’s figure is just more than $49 million. The winning Powerball jackpot is 12 times that.
The world sucks like a Monday.
Anyway, onward and maybe downward.
Despite all the scandal shit last week, President Obama hasn’t suffered much in the eyes of beholders, mainly because they’re f*ckin’ brains were maybe on the lottery:
First, here’s CNN’s poll, conducted over May 17-18.
According to their survey, Obama’s approval rating is at 53 percent.
While that’s a two percent rise since early April, the difference is within the margin of error of the survey, so we’ll say that the president’s approval rating here remained steady.
Forty-five percent of Americans, meanwhile, disapprove of the job the president’s doing.
While a separate Gallup poll this week found that American attention to the Benghazi and IRS stories this week was actually below average for other news stories they’ve tracked, most Americans (54 percent for IRS and 53 percent for Benghazi) were following the stories either “very” or “somewhat” closely, and most (74 percent and 69 percent, respectively) believe both stories warrant further investigation.
And why doesÂ this not warrant further investigation — maybe for threats, or something:
â€œI want to shoot her right in the vagina and I donâ€™t want her to die right away,â€ he added.
â€œI want her to feel the pain and I want to look her in the eyes and I want to say, on behalf of all Americans that youâ€™ve killed, on behalf of the Navy SEALS, the families of Navy SEAL Team Six who were involved in the fake hunt down of this Obama, Obama bin Laden thing.
â€œThat whole fake scenario, because these Navy SEALS know the truth, they killed them all.
On behalf of all of those people, Iâ€™m supporting our troops by saying we need to try, convict, and shoot Hillary Clinton in the vagina.â€
How can people get away with saying really-really bad shit like that. And yet on and on drones the idiots.
AndÂ a microcosm of the nowadays:
Alex Burgos said he and his wife Ruth were getting coffee Mothers’ Day weekend when their 1-year-old son Thiago needed to be changed.
Ruth took him to the restroom, only to find there was no changing table, so she changed his diaper at their seat at the coffee shop, KUSA-TV, Denver, reported Sunday
Burgos said a Starbucks employee tossed a rag to his wife and spoke to her in a “demeaning” tone.
“He said make sure to wipe the seat when you’re done,” he said.
“They started talking amongst themselves and laughing about it.”
Burgos said he poured his coffee on the floor in response, and the employees called police.
No arrests were made in response to the incident.
My underline for emphasis. A Monday scenario on a weekend — just no moaning.