Thursday Wrap Up: Whatever It Is, I’m Against It

Mayor Takes Stand Against Lightning Rods: Mayor’s Fierce Stand Against Guns Creates Lightning Rod

To Find Wisdom, You Must Return to the Start: Start Button Returns in Windows 8.1

21st Century Journalism: Chicago Sun-Times fires photography staff claiming readers want more video

Longest Eve Game of Hide and Seek Nearing Conclusion: Amelia Earhart’s Plane Revealed in Sonar?

Headlines from 2009: Does Maverick McCain Matter?

Generally, Killer Robots Are Something We Should Avoid At All Costs: Keeping a Human Finger on the Killer Robot’s Trigger

Suspicions Were Raised When It Came All At Once: Florida man donates 100 gallons of blood

Yet My Doctor Tells Me to Lay Off the Salt: High sodium content may keep stars looking perpetually young

I’ve Got a Fever, And the Only Cure Is More Tamiflu (Nyquil Would Be Nice Too): Double dose of Tamiflu proves no better in severe flu

 

Wednesday Wrap Up: Apparently Terrorism Is Kinda Like the Movie Office Space

Contrary to Popular Belief, Al-Qaeda Has a Great Human Resources Department: The Corporate Shortcomings of Al Qaeda’s Most Difficult Employee

Don’t Mess With Texas: Unprecedented e-mail privacy bill sent to Texas governor’s desk

He’s a Teacher, He’s Not Supposed to Educated Them: High School Teacher Faces Discipline for Informing Students About Their Rights

Keep Out the Riff Raff: Mount Everest Is Too Crowded

I Think He Got the Point: German hospital removes pencil from man’s head after 15 years

But They Also: Newest dogs in US airports looking for hugs, not drugs; ‘his job is to be touched’

First Time King Has Been In Russia Since the Tsar Was Overthrown: Larry King to host new talk show on Russia-funded RT

These Prices Are a War Crime: JCPenney’s ‘Hitler’ Teakettle Sells Out Online

Talent: Former Bush Official Said to Be Obama Pick to Lead F.B.I.

Apologies

Sorry about the lack of posts these last few days. I’ve been swamped with school work and other stuff, but I promise I’ll have new stuff soon. So until then, enjoy this dog:

Generosity or Insanity?

On Friday night, I went out to dinner at a local restaurant with a friend of mine. It was a very good meal, and he even offered to pay for it (I tried to decline, but was unsuccessful). As we were walking out, we were approached by a panhandler who handed us a packet of poetry and asked us for money. He claimed to be a homeless Vietnam veteran and he showed us a scar on his belly that he says was from a shrapnel wound.

Now I’m not a medical expert, so I can’t say that it was in fact a shrapnel wound. But I can imagine that anything that could cause such a scar was probably not too pleasant. Anyway, he seemed relatively sincere, and I reached into my pockets to see if I had any spare change. Unfortunately, I was cashless.

Ninety-nine out of a hundred times, I would just shrug my shoulders and walk away. But for some reason I can’t explain, I asked him if I could buy him anything. He promptly responded that he wanted a barbecue chicken and a Pepsi. So me and my friend went and inside and ordered exactly that.

I was taken aback by how quickly he knew what he wanted. In fact, my friend had offered him his leftovers from our dinner, but the man refused. Apparently, beggars can be choosers. But still I went in and got him his meal, which cost me 15 dollars and 15 minutes of waiting.

While I was waiting, I felt the pang of regret for taking so much time to help this one man. What would I say to the next one who came up to me? What if this guy was just a lying crackhead? Oh my god, I’m really spending $15 on this.

I calmed down a bit, and finally the order came. I grabbed it off the counter and I took outside to the man, who was patiently sitting at one of the tables. I handed him his meal, he thanked me, and then my friend and I were on our way.

Why did I do that? I don’t know. Today I passed another beggar on the street and I completely ignored her. Was that fair? I can’t say. I’ll admit that I felt a little regretful, but not strongly enough to do anything about it. Looking back, I don’t think I would do it again. What really killed it for me was that he refused our initial offer of fettuccine alfredo. If someone on the street is picky about what you give them, then they don’t need it in the first place. That $15 I spent could be put to better use than feeding someone who doesn’t need money for food.

I don’t know what came over me when I decided to buy that man food. First world problems at their finest, huh?

Monday Wrap Up: Blame Canada

Dammit, Canada!: Allies ‘angry with’ Canada in wake of navy spy scandal

We Promote Family Values Almost as Often As Family Members: Saudi King Appoints Son National Guard Minister

What the Hell Is a Puppy Lemon and Where Can I Get One?: Illinois House approves ‘puppy lemon’ law

Headlines From 2009: Why Social Media Advertising Is Set To Explode

Ich bin Ein Nebula: Ring Nebula Is More Like A Jelly Doughnut, NASA Says

No More Sacred Cows?: Cow consumption on the rise in India

How Convenient: Original owner of Toronto mayor’s alleged ‘crack’ video may have been killed

Just Like Middle Schol Gym Class: World’s oldest man outnumbered by the girls, he’s the last man standing

Soylent Green is My Kind of People: Introducing Soylent, everything your body needs in one drink

Weekend Wrap Up #1: Crack Is Whack

He Who Denies It…: ‘I do not use crack cocaine,’ Mayor Rob Ford says

Yes, But They Can Also Learn Math Through Math: Young Children Learn Math Through the Arts

Spoiler- Colombian Coke Is the Most Popular: The Coca-Cola Taste-Test: Blind-Tasting Cokes From Around The World

Apple Immediately Restarts Production of Apple 1s: Apple 1 breaks auction record, goes for $671,400

Yes, Economics Works: Famers Solve Labor Shortage by Raising Pay

Cheer Up or the Terrorists Win: Billy Joel: Depression caused by 9/11, not alcohol, caused my car accidents

To Be Fair, They Thought He Was The Other Type of Pirate: Five Undercover Police Cars Sent To Arrest Single Alleged Movie Pirate

If the Hole Is Deep Enough, Why Stop Digging?: What Detroit crisis? Pension fund trustees hang out in Hawaii

Dios Mio: Fired For Word ‘Negro’: Spanish Teacher Petrona Smith Fired From Bronx School