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Howard Stern – One Man, Changed our culture forever; For Better or For Worse – Part 2

November 1st, 2011 by Michael Tabor
In yesterday’s blog, I started writing about how Howard Stern changed our culture in the 1980s and 1990s for better or for worse. At the height of his popularity in the mid-90s, I was already sick of him. He came out with an auto biopic.film, ‘Private Parts,’ that was unspeakably awful and for me unwatchable. However, many mainstream people actually liked the movie and his fan base expanded exponentially. People like Katie Couric were actually interviewing HOWARD STERN (though as I stated he started out underground and his brand of humor was basically men’s locker room talk, but original). The bottom line was Howard Stern was now hot and just about every male between 18 – 35 was listening to him (men loved him and women hated him with some exceptions of course). The talk shows were now willing to have him on his or her show (Ironically, talk show hosts initially steered clear of him and now hosts were beseeching him to come on because the ratings would spike. And it’s all about ratings, isn’t it? BTW, Howard always got ratings even when the only TSH that would have him on was David Letterman.).
This is not a biography on Howard Stern it’s an Op-ed blog; so how did this one man, Howard Stern change our culture forever? (Clarification: when I say our culture, I’m referring to the 18 – 35 year old demographic. I’m 48 now and I don’t listen to him anymore, however having said that many people [males] my age who grew up with Stern still do. The stripper nonsense is boorish and old but the news with Robin and the gang is excellent and still fresh so I’m told. The news portion of the show was always my favorite and I would probably still listen to just the news if I had satellite, but I don’t.)
Because of you – Howard Stern we have:
Reality Shows – let’s face it people are voyeurs and Howard knew this only too well. He essentially created the very first reality radio show and it migrated to TV.
Grotesque stunt/dare shows – shows like ‘Fear Factor, Jack Ass; this was an aspect of the Stern show I never liked even when I was 18. Stern had people puking, spitting, eating insects…,  and basically just doing dangerous and outrageous things like blowing smoke rings through your eyeballs, lighting [putting on fire] one’s reproductive organs, etc. Insipid, tasteless, disgusting, and just plain stupid. Howard was doing this back in 1984, it wasn’t entertaining then and it goes without saying it’s not now. But – people like it – go figure.

The vernacular and everyday language we use today is different. People talk about sex too openly on TV, radio, film, etc. Yes, we were too prudish in speech, manner, and conduct on television and radio before Howard Stern but now we have gone too far – it’s just bad taste. Human sexuality is normal and everyone does it, but I don’t want to see it or hear about it. Sex is a very private and personal matter. It’s not that I’m shocked by it, I just find it to be prodigiously boring. Who wants to watch people having sexual intercourse ? I’m not naive, if you want to be a voyeur and wish to see people having sex, then go on the internet or rent an adult video – it’s your right – it’s a free country. Sex is not dirty but I personally would rather be doing it myself than watching it. I am a film aficionado or a ceneaste and it irritates me to no end when a film has a sex scene and spends 15 minutes on it. Again, if I wanted to see other people having sex, I would rent an adult film. PLEASE ! A film ought to spend no more than 2 minutes on any given sexual encounter. There is no need to show nudity just for the sake of nudity (if it’s pertinent to a subject or storyline that’s different). A man meets a woman, they like each other (or maybe they don’t like each other. After all you don’t have to like a person to have sex with her) and they end up in bed. That’s enough – move the plot along.

Here is one last phenomena for which we have Mr. Stern to thank (or at least a major contributing variable). Heterosexual women having sex with other heterosexual women. This is an epidemic – for these young and immature women it’s cool or in vogue to be gay even though one is not gay. This is such an overwhelming insult to those women who are actually gay.
Okay I have said enough  – now it’s your turn WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? This is a dicey subject and I’m curious about what people have to say. One eloquent and intelligent woman on Facebook said that Howard Stern (I’m paraphrasing) is an oversized college sophomore with an oversized ego. That in one sentence says it all.
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Solution For Our Economic Problems: Science, Technology, and Engineering

October 20th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
Yesterday I explicitly set forth a couple of reasons why we are enmeshed in this terrible economy of ours (U.S.A.): 1) America has had it too good for too long and as a result we have become complacent; we have spoiled our children and hence our children (now today’s workforce) no longer have that edge. We have lost our parent’s and grandparent’s work ethic.  2) We are now more than ever part of a global economy.
I purposely began with our being complacent (again, I am not talking about individuals, there are people who have worked just as hard as the old-timers have – I’m referring to the whole mass or aggregate number of people.) because what I’m going to blog about today perfectly logically follows suit.
The number of people attending, finishing, and earning a college degree (though watered down – another blog) has actually increased and therefore we have a more educated population than we had at the time of the golden era of postwar prosperity (1945 – 1973). So what happened? We are more educated than our parents are (as I stated in yesterday’s blog, my father raised a family of six and carried only a high school diploma) doesn’t it stand to reason that we should continue to prosper and perhaps even enjoy more fruits of our labor?
Look at my first paragraph and read yesterday’s blog and therein lies the answer; we have become more educated BUT so has the rest of the world AND – this is new – the rest of the world (especially China and India) have earned advanced degrees in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, and ENGINEERING. You simply cannot go wrong if you pursue science, technology (IT, computers, etc.), and engineering.
Students from Asia come to this country, we educate them (in the sciences, technology, and engineering) in our best colleges and universities, and then they go back home and build up their country. They build infrastructure and create jobs at an exponential rate far surpassing the United States because they earned advanced degrees in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, and ENGINEERING.
Well, why didn’t we think of this? Why didn’t we major in S.T.E. ? Answer – because it’s incredibly hard work – plain and simple. Everything is cyclical; we majored in sociology, psychology, film studies, the arts, etc. because it was fun and easy. We weren’t concerned about putting food on the table and feeding our family like the rest of the world was, so we majored in sociology. Trust me, a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a token is just enough to get you on the subway.
So WhadaYaThink ? What do you Think? Hey, I majored in Journalism, do not get me wrong it was no cakewalk, but it pales in comparison to science, technology, and engineering.  What happened to us is just human nature; we weren’t starving, we got complacent and most of us got a liberal arts education. I used the word cyclical in the last paragraph because it’s apropos. We have to suffer a little, and then get back on track. If you don’t want to ever have to worry about getting a job, then get an advanced degree in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, and ENGINEERING. The liberal arts are important and we need them. Besides, if you major in computer science, there will obviously be a concentration in that area, however every college will also mandate that one earns at least 60 credits worth of liberal arts and studies in the humanities. If I were to do things over, would I major in journalism? Absolutely! But I would have a double major – Science/Journalism. I would have to work my tail off and I’m sure I would spend every moment studying, but at least I wouldn’t have to worry about money or landing a job. What do you think ?
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Young, Educated, and Unemployed

October 20th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Young, educated, and unemployed – What? You are 25 years old, you have A Master’s degree, and you don’t have a job? I know it’s cold comfort but you are not alone. Unless you come from old money and are well connected, the aforementioned – young, educated, and jobless is a chilling reality.
After World War II and at the height of the baby boom, America was truly the land of opportunity; a college education was for those ambitious folks who were not content with being just middle class. If one had a B.A. or a B.S., he or she was not only assured of a job for life but also more often than not guaranteed to be a mover and shaker. Now a bachelor’s degree is tantamount to having a high school diploma back in the 1950s or not even. My father had one job his whole life and was able to support a wife and 6 children. No, we weren’t rich, but my mother was a housewife, there were 6 mouths to feed and my father never went to college. The point is we were okay.
The United States of America was number one militarily and economically (we still are the only superpower militarily, however our economy, as if I need to even mention it is slipping and sliding since 1973). There were jobs to be had and not just service jobs, we manufactured things back then; now everything is made in China. This country has had it made (we can go back to the early nineteenth century with the onset of the industrial revolution) for so long we have invariably become spoiled. Furthermore, not only have we become complacent, we now live in a global economy and The U.S. is no longer the only player in town.
Well one may ask himself – how could this have happened to this once great economic power?  Certainly, this didn’t happen overnight. There is a plethora of reasons but for the sake of this blog, I will concentrate on just one – complacency. Yes that’s right we have become complacent. We no longer have the work ethic, which our parents and grandparents had (clarification – people born before 1940), and we as a nation are only now coming to the realization that we are not entitled to anything more than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In other words, we can have the good things that life has to offer (especially in this country, which is profoundly rich in natural resources) but we have to work hard for everything. Mommy and Daddy can no longer afford to buy Johnny or Suzie a BMW just because he or she graduated from high school.
I will touch on other factors, which we can attribute to our current woeful economic situation. However, first we have to come to terms with the notion and acknowledge that we have become lazy and spoiled. (I am not speaking about every individual here; I am speaking of our country as an aggregate.) The rest of the world has endured a 20% unemployment rate since time immemorial; now in this global economy, the U.S. is just now getting to know how it feels. And to mention third world countries where there is not even enough food to go around – well that’s a whole other story.
So WhadaWeThink ? What do you think? I will be blogging a lot more about our economic problems and the reasons we are here now. Complacency and the fact that we live in a global economy are just two reasons. There are dozens more.  What do you think ?

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Guest Blogger – Daily Kos

October 16th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
Thank you Daily Kos for allowing Whadawethink to print this. This is a wonderful piece that we felt utterly compelled to show it here on our blog, in case you don’t visit Daily Kos. This resonates so strongly with us and we want everyone to see and read this. Perhaps we all will have a better understanding of what “Occupy Wall Street” is trying to accomplish.
Hello,

I briefly visited the “We are the 53%” website, but I first saw your face on a liberal blog. Your picture is quite popular on liberal blogs. I think it’s because of the expression on your face. I don’t know if you meant to look pugnacious or if we’re just projecting that on you, but I think that’s what gets our attention.
In the picture, you’re holding up a sheet of paper that says:
I am a former Marine.

I work two jobs.
I don’t have health insurance.
I worked 60-70 hours a week for 8 years to pay my way through college.
I haven’t had 4 consecutive days off in over 4 years.
But I don’t blame Wall Street.
Suck it up you whiners.
I am the 53%.
God bless the USA!

I wanted to respond to you as a liberal. Because, although I think you’ve made yourself clear and I think I understand you, you don’t seem to understand me at all. I hope you will read this and understand me better, and maybe understand the Occupy Wall Street movement better.
First, let me say that I think it’s great that you have such a strong work ethic and I agree with you that you have much to be proud of. You seem like a good, hard-working, strong kid. I admire your dedication and determination. I worked my way through college too, mostly working graveyard shifts at hotels as a “night auditor.” For a time I worked at two hotels at once, but I don’t think I ever worked 60 hours in a week, and certainly not 70. I think I maxed out at 56. And that wasn’t something I could sustain for long, not while going to school. The problem was that I never got much sleep, and sleep deprivation would take its toll. I can’t imagine putting in 70 hours in a week while going to college at the same time. That’s impressive.
I have a nephew in the Marine Corps, so I have some idea of how tough that can be. He almost didn’t make it through basic training, but he stuck it out and insisted on staying even when questions were raised about his medical fitness. He eventually served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has decided to pursue a career in the Marines. We’re all very proud of him. Your picture reminds me of him.
So, if you think being a liberal means that I don’t value hard work or a strong work ethic, you’re wrong. I think everyone appreciates the industry and dedication a person like you displays. I’m sure you’re a great employee, and if you have entrepreneurial ambitions, I’m sure these qualities will serve you there too. I’ll wish you the best of luck, even though a guy like you will probably need luck less than most.
I understand your pride in what you’ve accomplished, but I want to ask you something.
Do you really want the bar set this high? Do you really want to live in a society where just getting by requires a person to hold down two jobs and work 60 to 70 hours a week? Is that your idea of the American Dream?
Do you really want to spend the rest of your life working two jobs and 60 to 70 hours a week? Do you think you can? Because, let me tell you, kid, that’s not going to be as easy when you’re 50 as it was when you were 20.
And what happens if you get sick? You say you don’t have health insurance, but since you’re a veteran I assume you have some government-provided health care through the VA system. I know my father, a Vietnam-era veteran of the Air Force, still gets most of his medical needs met through the VA, but I don’t know what your situation is. But even if you have access to health care, it doesn’t mean disease or injury might not interfere with your ability to put in those 60- to 70-hour work weeks.
Do you plan to get married, have kids? Do you think your wife is going to be happy with you working those long hours year after year without a vacation? Is it going to be fair to her? Is it going to be fair to your kids? Is it going to be fair to you?
Look, you’re a tough kid. And you have a right to be proud of that. But not everybody is as tough as you, or as strong, or as young. Does pride in what you’ve accomplish mean that you have contempt for anybody who can’t keep up with you? Does it mean that the single mother who can’t work on her feet longer than 50 hours a week doesn’t deserve a good life? Does it mean the older man who struggles with modern technology and can’t seem to keep up with the pace set by younger workers should just go throw himself off a cliff?
And, believe it or not, there are people out there even tougher than you. Why don’t we let them set the bar, instead of you? Are you ready to work 80 hours a week? 100 hours? Can you hold down four jobs? Can you do it when you’re 40? When you’re 50? When you’re 60? Can you do it with arthritis? Can you do it with one arm? Can you do it when you’re being treated for prostate cancer?
And is this really your idea of what life should be like in the greatest country on Earth?
Here’s how a liberal looks at it: a long time ago workers in this country realized that industrialization wasn’t making their lives better, but worse. The captains of industry were making a ton of money and living a merry life far away from the dirty, dangerous factories they owned, and far away from the even dirtier and more dangerous mines that fed raw materials to those factories.
The workers quickly decided that this arrangement didn’t work for them. If they were going to work as cogs in machines designed to build wealth for the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Carnegies, they wanted a cut. They wanted a share of the wealth that they were helping create. And that didn’t mean just more money; it meant a better quality of life. It meant reasonable hours and better working conditions.
Eventually, somebody came up with the slogan, “8 hours of work, 8 hours of leisure, 8 hours of sleep” to divide the 24-hour day into what was considered a fair allocation of a human’s time. It wasn’t a slogan that was immediately accepted. People had to fight to put this standard in place. People demonstrated, and fought with police, and were killed. They were called communists (in fairness, some of them were), and traitors, and many of them got a lot worse than pepper spray at the hands of police and private security.
But by the time we got through the Great
Depression and WWII, we’d all learned some valuable lessons about working together and sharing the prosperity, and the 8-hour workday became the norm.

The 8-hour workday and the 40-hour workweek became a standard by which we judged our economic success, and a reality check against which we could verify the American Dream.
If a family could live a good life with one wage-earner working a 40-hour job, then the American Dream was realized. If the income from that job could pay the bills, buy a car, pay for the kids’ braces, allow the family to save enough money for a down payment on a house and still leave some money for retirement and maybe for a college fund for the kids, then we were living the American Dream. The workers were sharing in the prosperity they helped create, and they still had time to take their kids to a ball game, take their spouses to a movie, and play a little golf on the weekends.
Ah, the halcyon days of the 1950s! Yeah, ok, it wasn’t quite that perfect. The prosperity wasn’t spread as evenly and ubiquitously as we might want to pretend, but if you were a middle-class white man, things were probably pretty good from an economic perspective. The American middle class was reaching its zenith.
And the top marginal federal income tax rate was more than 90%. Throughout the whole of the 1950s and into the early 60s.
Just thought I’d throw that in there.
Anyway, do you understand what I’m trying to say? We can have a reasonable standard for what level of work qualifies you for the American Dream, and work to build a society that realizes that dream, or we can chew each other to the bone in a nightmare of merciless competition and mutual contempt.

I’m a liberal, so I probably dream bigger than you. For instance, I want everybody to have healthcare. I want lazy people to have healthcare. I want stupid people to have healthcare. I want drug addicts to have healthcare. I want bums who refuse to work even when given the opportunity to have healthcare. I’m willing to pay for that with my taxes, because I want to live in a society where it doesn’t matter how much of a loser you are, if you need medical care you can get it. And not just by crowding up an emergency room that should be dedicated exclusively to helping people in emergencies.
You probably don’t agree with that, and that’s fine. That’s an expansion of the American Dream, and would involve new commitments we haven’t made before. But the commitment we’ve made to the working class since the 1940s is something that we should both support and be willing to fight for, whether we are liberal or conservative. We should both be willing to fight for the American Dream. And we should agree that anybody trying to steal that dream from us is to be resisted, not defended.
And while we’re defending that dream, you know what else we’ll be defending, kid? We’ll be defending you and your awesome work ethic. Because when we defend the American Dream we’re not just defending the idea of modest prosperity for people who put in an honest day’s work, we’re also defending the idea that those who go the extra mile should be rewarded accordingly.
Look kid, I don’t want you to “get by” working two jobs and 60 to 70 hours a week. If you’re willing to put in that kind of effort, I want you to get rich. I want you to have a comprehensive healthcare plan. I want you vacationing in the Bahamas every couple of years, with your beautiful wife and healthy, happy kids. I want you rewarded for your hard work, and I want your exceptional effort to reap exceptional rewards. I want you to accumulate wealth and invest it in Wall Street. And I want you to make more money from those investments.
I understand that a prosperous America needs people with money to invest, and I’ve got no problem with that. All other things being equal, I want all the rich people to keep being rich. And clever financiers who find ways to get more money into the hands of promising entrepreneurs should be rewarded for their contributions as well.
I think Wall Street has an important job to do, I just don’t think they’ve been doing it. And I resent their sense of entitlement – their sense that they are special and deserve to be rewarded extravagantly even when they screw everything up.
Come on, it was only three years ago, kid. Remember? Those assholes almost destroyed our economy. Do you remember the feeling of panic? John McCain wanted to suspend the presidential campaign so that everybody could focus on the crisis. Hallowed financial institutions like Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch went belly up. The government started intervening with bailouts, not because anybody thought “private profits and socialized losses” was fair, but because we were afraid not to intervene – we were afraid our whole economy might come crashing down around us if we didn’t prop up companies that were “too big to fail.”
So, even though you and I had nothing to do with the bad decisions, blind greed and incompetence of those guys on Wall Street, we were sure as hell along for the ride, weren’t we? And we’ve all paid a price.
All the” 99%” wants is for you to remember the role that Wall Street played in creating this mess, and for you to join us in demanding that Wall Street share the pain. They don’t want to share the pain, and they’re spending a lot of money and twisting a lot of arms to foist their share of the pain on the rest of us instead. And they’ve been given unprecedented powers to spend and twist, and they’re not even trying to hide what they’re doing.
All we want is for everybody to remember what happened, and to see what is happening still. And we want you to see that the only way they can get away without paying their share is to undermine the American Dream for the rest of us.
And I want you and I to understand each other, and to stand together to prevent them from doing that. You seem like the kind of guy who would be a strong ally, and I’d be proud to stand with you.
EDIT: Thanks to everyone for the recommendations and to Kos for the promotion to the front page. I’m really stunned. I hope it isn’t weird to add an edit like this after you’ve been promoted to the front page. But I wanted to say how much I appreciate the opportunity to be heard and I appreciate all the kind comments (which I will probably spend most of the rest of the night reading).
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Larry Flynt Offers Job to Anthony Weiner

June 17th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Do what you love and do what you do best. This sounds like a joke but Larry Flynt, the notorious pornographer, offered now former congressional representative, a job paying 20% more than what he was making as a lawmaker.
I will blog about the outrageous Larry Flynt sometime in the future but on this blog, I will concentrate on Anthony Weiner. Mr. Weiner and his wife of 11 months are seriously worried about their financial future. I asked my wife what employer would hire a man like this and my wife quipped kiddingly that he could get a job in the pornography industry. I laughed heartily and no sooner did I hang up the phone than a news story on Yahoo appears about Larry Flynt, the founder and creator of the hardcore magazine - Hustler, offered the once very important lawmaker a position with his company with full benefits.  Wow, I immediately called my wife and gave her a new nickname – Carnac the Magnificent. We had a good laugh and then it just struck me that this on one level, yes – is hysterical but the truth of the matter is this so stupid on Weiner’s part and unspeakably sad for his wife, Huma Abein.
Ms. Abein married a very respectable and rising star in the world of politics and now he is the laughing stock of the late night talk shows, your local shopping center, and just everywhere. Moreover, just to add salt to the wounds the name Weiner just magnifies the stupidity and humor of this story. I am serious, this story has legs, and I assume it will go away in a week or so but it most certainly was the talk of the town for the past month.
What makes this story so – I wouldn’t say tragic but deplorable is the inane act. It would be less offensive if he took a picture of himself completely nude (not much though) instead of just a snapshot of his reproductive organs. This is something a little boy or a teenager would do; my goodness” I’ll show you my privates if you show me yours.” I understand that human sexuality is a very complex phenomenon and different acts affect people differently and it’s a private matter between two consenting adults. However we are discussing a supposedly serious, important, and responsible legislator who does something that even if one were a sanitation worker is despicable. (No offense to garbage men, I think they are hard-working men doing what nobody wants to do but must be done).
I may be onto something here when I say an important man behaving so inappropriately is probably aphrodisiacal to Anthony Weiner. Well, I’m not going to armchair psychoanalyze Weiner so I will just wrap up by declaring that I am in agreement with everyone who asked for his resignation. If he had an affair or an off color fetish that was kept private then that is one thing and none of our business, however he crossed the line by if I may use a phrase “fornicating in public” and that is an act for which the public ought not to stand.
So now it is your turn – WHADAWETHINK ? Should we give Anthony Weiner another chance or do you agree with me that he went too far? There is a lot to discuss, let’s have fun with this one.
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So Much Great Literature Goes Unread

May 20th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Now more than ever, because people DON’T read as much as they used to, there is a prodigious trove of great literature that goes unread.
Last year I received as a gift – a hefty book – one of those “1001 things you must do before you die”series that are so popular today but this was entitled ‘1001 Books you must Read Before you Die”. To my great surprise this was a collection of truly magnificent literature from Aesop’s Fables to Moby Dick to Don Delillo’s Underworld, Ian McEwan, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Paul Auster and so much more. I was expecting to see Harry Potter , Danielle Steele, Tom Clancy, Deen Koontz, John Grisham, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, Anne Rice, Harold Robbins, and Stephan King (poor Mr. King,  I heard that he doesn’t like the fact that the literary critics don’t see him as a gentleman of letters. Too bad, he just must accept his limitations and count his money; one cannot even find SK in the fiction section, let alone literature. He’s in the horror section right next to adult animation – comic books) No this was the real thing. When you looked at the 3 dozen or so contributors, you could see that they were all literary critics with Ph.Ds.
Every one of my favorites was in here but there were so many geniuses I’ve never read like E.L. Doctorow, T. Coraghessan Boyle and 100s more. I suddenly thought of myself of one who rather instead of being well-read but well quite frankly – ignorant. Everyone knows that great literature is so much more important than non-fiction. Literature like great classical music lasts forever and their words will forever be etched into our collective consciousness to be handed down from  generations to come until the end of time. In terms of what art form leaves the longest, strongest, most influential, most resonant, and most powerful legacy – the power of great literature is the best. Artists and composers may differ with me but I say the written word if it is true, will remain true forever and the eternal truths it teaches us can and must only be conveyed via fiction.
So that you get the right book, it’s – 1001 books You Must Read Before You Die, edited by Peter Boxall and the text is written by scores of literary critics. I read a lot and I used to read more (yes I read when I’m driving – at lights or when there’s traffic.) Now if I’m awake – I’m reading, writing or watching film. I also have been watching a lot of C-SPAN – 1,2 and 3. I used to only watch C-SPAN 2 for Book TV but all 3 channels are great. They have intellectual talk shows with no commercials everyday – not just congress in action (even I get bored with that).
The point is there is so much great literature and great information (and sadly a whole lot of s**t but you can just ignore that stuff) out there that one can’t get to it all, especially if you have kids. I’m a book worm and I feel that I need another 50 years to get through this amazing list. Plus I do read non-fiction, the paper, and The New Yorker every day.
It saddens me that a majority of these amazing books are going to go unread; but it does make me feel good that the great will be around for future generations. Greatness lasts forever. Sure Deen Koontz and the like are best sellers now but they will be gone in 100 YEARS AND David Foster Wallace will still be with us RIP.
I’ve said this a million times and I will say it again- ‘Life is short and art is long’ I am poor in terms of money but I’m the richest man on the planet when I allow Marcel Proust into my life.
You know the deal – hover, click and shop away. Perhaps you can purchase this book if wish.  I am personally hooked on this book. For the past week, I haven’t gone anywhere without it. Even if you don’t read the actual books listed in here, the reviews are wonderful. So much greatness, so little time.

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The Secrets of Making Millions of Dollars Blogging

May 11th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

The Huffington Post usually ranks # 1 in terms of making money. However, they have millions of dollars to invest and over 7000 writers. Because they have the resources and manpower they have the capability of making lots of money.

What if you work alone or are a husband and wife team like us – then what? Well I want you to take a look at this site, peruse it for a while and then come back.
Well, what did you think? Ree Drummond, the founder and creator of The Pioneer Woman, made over a million dollars last year on her blog alone; not to mention the fact that she has published a half a dozen cookbooks or so.
As you can see, she is a Susie Homemaker who lives on a ranch, dishes out recipes and talks about her husband and children – banal stuff – wouldn’t you say? Well, she attracts over 23 million visitors per month and 4.4 unique visitors. There was actually a piece in the ‘New Yorker Magazine”. I read it and I was shocked to read that this ordinary woman made so much money and I couldn’t help feeling a little envy. It was probably the same feeling New Yorker staff writers get when they see how much success J.K. Rowling, the ‘Harry Potter’ author enjoys.
Why is she so successful? For one thing, she has been doing it for 6 years (she started out just like you and I) but she was persistent and the site caught like wild fire. #2 – she has a specific niche – she is a Susie Homemaker in addition to being a cowgirl. #3 the Susie Homemaker stuff is big these days just look at Martha Stewart. #4 – She has a beautifully designed site. That is it!

To sum up very quickly on how to run a successful blog:

 

  • Have a specific niche.
  • Hire a Web Designer and create a beautifully designed site.
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I am very proud of WHADAWETHINK, honestly even if I were not involved with the site, I would read it every day. I’m not making the $$ The Pioneer Woman is making but I have only just begun and besides I’m not doing it for the money (I mean I need to eat), I love this site, I enjoy writing about different topics and I love my readers.
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What is the Appeal to Celebrity Biographies ?

April 19th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Did you know that Rick Springfield has published a book about his life? You never heard of him? Come on, the multi-talented Rick Springfield who played a doctor on the soap opera ‘General Hospital’ and who also was a pop rock star with the big hit – “Jessie’s Girl”. The kid who calls his “shredded” abdomens the “situation” from the Jersey Shore has a book out too (I’m sure it was ghost-written, I don’t think the kid can read or write.)Tina Fey from SNL also has a book out, though it is absurd to have an actual biography written up, she at least is a comedic talent. She can deliver and maybe she writes her own jokes but she does not know how to write beyond a 6th grade level.

I used to go to Barnes & Noble or Borders to purchase literature and sometimes I would perhaps buy something autobiographical (not biography unless the individual was a writer himself or herself.) Another observation of mine is these biographies come out while he or she is still alive and more likely than not still in one’s prime. One should really be dead for a while before a legacy is formed.

Let me just cut to the chase. I will not spill much ink on this because this topic need only be mentioned; there’s nothing important that Sarah Silverman has to say except that she used to be a bedwetter (also name of her book) into her teens – earth-shattering news (and I like Sarah Silverman. I think she’s talented and funny.) Though the books are poorly-written, a waste of trees (well now with the kindle maybe a tree can be salvaged) and it’s nothing more than self- promotion. Also you can expect to find the same old stuff in these poorly-written biographies Every one of these biographies is basically the same. Rags to riches, their struggles despite being related to Francis Ford Coppola, how they were abused (usually sexually – sells more) as a child, how they were exploited earlier in his or her career and finally the big one – ADDICTION PROBLEMS!

Nothing sells more than when a celebrity talks about being addicted to cocaine, heroin, or alcohol. I am sorry but I find this stuff monumentally boring but obviously, they sell; if the books didn’t sell they wouldn’t be there.

That is about it for me on the subject and I hope I do not sound like a snob. I certainly am not opposed to buying a book about Paul Newman or Katherine Hepburn written by a professional writer. However, I have no interest whatsoever about whether or not Howard Stern has a small penis and the fact that he was rejected by the opposite sex when he was growing up (who wasn’t ?)

Now it’s your turn. Do you buy celebrity biographies ? Don’t you think it’s a little arrogant to think that their life is worthy of a book ? A magazine piece about a celebrity who may be hot at any given time is enough. That’s what magazines are for – not books. Please open this up. Pounce on me if you disagree with me. In the interim I’m going to the bookstore to pick-up baba – booey’s new biography.

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Male Pattern Baldness is a Medical Condition ?

April 9th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

If you are a man and one of your biggest concerns and problems is that you are going bald, I would have to say God bless you – Life is good and enjoy your worry-free life while it lasts. Besides, baldness for men seems to be in vogue these days; my assessment is that men can look good with or without hair. Some men with a full head of hair actually shave their head maybe because they like the way they look with no hair or perhaps they find that without this dead matter atop one’s cranium to be without hassle. Georges St. Pierre (GSP) does this and looks better without hair, the welterweight MMA champion is viewed as one of the “coolest” looking people on the planet.

I am writing about this because I saw an ad today and 1. It’s Friday and I do not want to think about the real problems in the world and 2. It does evoke many memories of the times in which I grew up and my thoughts about the medical condition (really?), male pattern baldness. 

If the only medical condition you have (and are male – female pattern baldness is a tough one if you are a woman) is hair loss then you are lucky. I am 47 years old and I can think of a whole set of more serious problems than going bald. However, my courting days were in the late 1970s and 1980s and having hair was an enormous asset. A bald or balding man was just a big fat negative in terms of attracting the opposite sex in a physical way.  

Nobody with a naked dome was “hip “except for Telly Savalas  -(marginally cool I might add – “Who loves ya, baby?’)  No rock stars, film stars, etc. I recently watched a few episodes of ‘twin Peaks’ (Yes I was a fan – with mixed feelings. The show was outstanding at times and God awful at the end. I love David Lynch- most of the time) and I was astounded by how much hair everyone had. I did not know it then but it is obvious that most of the men on the show were wearing wigs.

Watch the movie ‘Lethal Weapon’ (I know it is insufferable) and look at Mel Gibson. He was supposed to be a hardened and tough detective. He looks like a girl with that hair – it is hilarious. Couldn’t the director suggest that they mess up his layered, cascading tresses; it is hard to take Gibson seriously as a tough person when he has “girlie” hair.  

Right after college (late 80’s) I lived with two roommates. Both were musicians and both were prodigiously concerned with their hair. (It is true, take a look at old music videos from that period, before grunge, and bald musicians did not exist.)  One of whom used to come out of the shower holding a handful of hair, which his follicles no longer held, and he would literally weep. I too worried about losing my hair because had it happened my thoughts mistakenly back then were that I would never have an attractive girlfriend. How stupid we were back then.

In addition, the other roommate actually spent $5,000 to get a weave and along with that exorbitant sum he had to maintain it which was also costly. Another acquaintance went the transplant route and yet another tried Rogaine – “nice peach fuzz”, that’s appealing and money well spent. Moreover, we are talking about something that is not even alive. Just like your fingernails, your hair is DEAD. Admittedly, hair can make a huge difference in terms of how attractive a woman is but we are still talking about something that is indeed dead.

I have written over 600 words and I can go on. I haven’t even delved into  hair infomercials, documentaries about how close we’re getting to finding a cure(I’m sorry cure is such an inappropriate word but it was used) but going bald is no big deal anymore but if you are losing your dead hair don’t swoop your hair just cut it or shave it. Nothing looks more foolish than a man who is trying to cover his baldness by growing what is still not follically challenged way too long and swooping it over the bald area. Listen you are not fooling anyone – you are bald. Furthermore, you look silly.

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I Hate Facebook – Revision

March 18th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

On the 25th of February, 2011 I blogged about my hating Facebook, though I did clarify and rectify some of my initial assertions in the comment section, I now feel compelled to write a complete blog about my thoughts on FB.

To begin with I must admit I was a bit hasty with my assessment of FB, though I had been a member, I rarely used it; if someone asked to be friends I would usually say yes and then simply just continue on with what I may had been doing at the time.

What I knew about FB was probably as much as any other informed person who knew of Facebook but never used it –i.e. that a young intellectually gifted college kid from Harvard had created a social networking site not unlike MySpace but much better and perhaps more invasive. The site had grown so expeditiously and prodigiously that there was already a hugely profitable movie distributed by the giant Columbia pictures; and directed by a respectable, good, and mainstream director (David Fincher). Mark Zuckerberg, the site’s founder and creator, had been leveled with charges against him regarding the stealing of other, at the time, working colleague’s ideas relative to the site, and other questionable, complicit and unscrupulous conduct.     

Furthermore, when I happened to passively glance at the site, it usually was not much more than pictures of family members or friends from their most recent vacation or some other uninteresting gathering (how boring is that?) In addition, what I also saw were college-aged kids partying or on the other hand parents showing off his or her snot-nosed kid (oops this was supposed to be an apology of sort, but I can’t help it) throwing a baseball or cheerleading their schoolmates to victory. It seemed like that same old rivalry of whose kid is cuter than mine is. Sure, if you happened to be related to someone, it’s somewhat obligatory to look at their kids pictures when you visit them, but does it have to plastered all over the web for the world to see ?

Well let me elaborate here on my (I would not say change of opinion) but perhaps new perspective I have about Facebook. Unlike Classsmates.com (which is a rip-off), one can look up old schoolmates free. You can also look up anyone for that matter with whom you have lost contact. It is absolutely the best in this regard and I cannot express the unadulterated joy it has provided for me. Reaching out and connecting  with old friends – it elicits a bitter-sweet, happy/sad and warm and nostalgic (at least for me it does) impression that yes time is passing by ever so quickly but how wonderful and kind so many people have flourished  into.

Having stated the aforementioned Facebook CAN (the optimum word is can) be exploitative and if not careful, especially with youngsters, one may purposefully or inadvertently reveal very private and too much information.

The major peeve and concern I have with FB and all the other social networking sites is the prodigious invasion of privacy. There are other sites which are a whole lot worse than FB in terms of privacy issues but I won’t  bother to mention these distasteful sites.

Now it’s your turn WHADAWETHINK? Do we have to be connected to everyone at all times? Will FB and the like supplant nostalgic yearning or perhaps enhance it? Are you a fan of Facebook or were you like me before? Open this up – Facebook, whether we like it or not is something one just can’t dismiss. To date there are a ½ billion regular members – that’s a lot of people.

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