Ink & Bourbon
Tilting at windmills. Because those windmills think they're better than us.

If You complain About Cheap Oil, I May Have to Smack You

I will brook no scaremongering about how cheap oil is tanking the stock market.

Lemme lay this out for you.

Q: “Eeek! My 401K”

A: Shut up. This is how every company scares us any time something gets proposed that may cost them money, like making it illegal to poison our drinking water or pay starvation wages or use child labor.

My 401K is peanuts compared to what I will save heating my house and driving to work. Low oil prices hurt:

1. Oil execs
2. Hedge fund douchebags
3. Putin

And they help struggling working class people and every business that has to ship or rely on anything that is transported. Which is all of them.

You (since you are reading my posts, and I don’t get into many country clubs) probably make most of your money working. You have to heat your house, you have to commute to that job, everything you buy gets shipped from someplace, which uses gas and oil. Unless the bulk of your income is from stocks, low oil is good for you.

If you DO make most of you money from the stock market, you ought to understand that stocks go up and down, and learn to read trends

Invest in something else.

Because if you ask me to bail you and your bank out again…

I will find you, and I will kill you.

If Only I Wrote Horror

Story idea:

At the end of the season finale of Daredevil, after the credits roll, we see a bonus scene. Wilson Fisk is released from prison. We see him return to his home, greet his wife. then the scene cuts to Fisk getting dressed, preparing to start his new life. As he straightens his tie, looks in the mirror, then bends down out of shot and comes up adjusting…

A Donald Trump hairpiece.

The last scene shows Fisk/Trump striding onto a stage at a rally, Cheers swell as the screen fades to black.

Let’s see that hack Stephen King write a scarier ending than that.

Why David Bowie Matters

David Bowie died this week, which anyone with access to media of any kind should know. In his time, he accomplished a great deal, made a lot of music that will endure, and left an indelible mark on culture. No words of mine will in any way add to his legacy.

But I do want to express just how much a role model he should be to any artist, whether a writer, painter, sculptor or musician. We should all look to David Bowie for inspiration.

In a career that spanned fifty years, the man was fearlessly independent. He never shrank from controversy, never was content to repeat a formula that had worked in the past. In fifty years, he  never became the aging parody of himself, doing the nostalgia tour.

David Bowie was always a pioneer, always pushed boundaries. He was always alternative, always innovative. He was an early adopter of the cinematic video back when MTV was just full of bands performing in front of a white background. He was an early advocate of the internet and of satellite radio.  And he was an advocate for diversity, using his position and charisma to call out MTV for its lack of representation of black artists, back when MTV was relevant.

David Bowie was always relevant.

I like to think that he remained important, relevant, central to the discussion, because he  committed. He fully committed to his art, to every new adventure. In his music, his image, in fashion and acting and the causes he championed.

He wasn’t afraid to make people uncomfortable.

In short, he lived his life as an artist should. Boldly, flamboyantly, unapologetically.

We should all take a lesson from him. We should all try to live like that.

We should all try to be heroes.

Just for one day.