1. There’s a shout-out to Wax Mannequin in The Burning Hell’s Grave Situation Part 3. I saw Wax Mannequin at Zaphod Beeblebrox* in Ottawa back when he was first starting out. He was crazy/amazing. There were only a handful of people in the audience but he went for it like it was his last day on Earth. Between songs, some guy called out “Rock harder!” and he shrieked back “YOU DO NOT KNOW! WHAT YOU ARE ASKING!” Anyway, I’m glad to know he’s still out there, rocking at mathematically impossible percentages. Good on ya, Wax Mannequin!
*One of the very few good things about living in Ottawa was the fact that it contains a bar called Zaphod Beeblebrox. And yes, they do serve a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster (although not exactly according to spec), which is pretty darn tasty.
2. The other day at the pub I found myself sitting between two Northern lorry drivers and a soldier from Texas and I nearly died from a violent allergic reaction to their opinions. The lorry drivers were mostly just ill-informed (“All wars are started by religion.” IS THAT SO. Explain how, say, World War One was started by religion, exactly?) but the Texan guy seemed highly educated and yet his opinions were horrifying. On the subject of poverty, he explained his belief that it is the responsibility of every person born in unfavourable circumstances to rise above those circumstances and make something of themselves. So! Let’s compare two groups of people: one living in poverty, with all that entails – higher crime rates, less access to education and decent healthcare, prevalent substance abuse, etc. – and one relatively affluent group, living in a safer environment with good schools and better employment opportunities. Now, if a higher number of people from the first group wind up in poverty, on drugs or in prison (as statistically does happen literally all of the time), that is exclusively the fault of those individual people for not pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and not the problem or responsibility of society at large in any way? Apparently yes. Well, I guess it’s good to know that the world is exactly as it should be. Poor people deserve to be poor!
On the subject of gun control, he was quite happy to admit that more guns lying around = more gun violence, but, and I quote, “You can’t get rid of it. It’s in the constitution!” Too bad the US constitution is set in stone and never ever changed in any way, huh.
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