ROGER’S DIARY OF THE END TIMES: If polar ice caps melt, what happens to ostentatious bourbonism?

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Back in the 1960s, the construct was two angry eyes and the phrase, “burn, baby burn.” Now it’s “melt, baby melt” — and two rolling eyes.

Or, two contrasting headlines:

Addressing the latter, that’d be fancy ice made from filtered limestone water, cut via a band saw into different shapes and sizes, and available for use with premium spirits

Can any of you find Ukraine on a map?

Searching for meaning during the crisis of consumerism, by Kelvin Qian (The Johns Hopkins News-Letter)

… How should you have fun and practice “self-care” next to the end of the world? Certainly, consumerism isn’t the answer. But we pretend it is.

Every week I see my friends have fun (usually, but not always, via Instagram) by taking their friends out to fancy meals, buying tickets to hyped-up concerts, or travelling to distant lands. But when it all comes crashing down, we must ask ourselves: Was that hot pot dinner, that BTS concert, or that “life changing” trip to Japan worth it?

This question “Does consumption equals happiness?” is a vexing one for our times.

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