“Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones..” With the possible exception of cafeteria pizza on Fridays, nothing feels, to me, more “late 20th century public school” than reading and discussing Shirley Jackson’s 1948 short story, “The Lottery” I think, in my own case, we may have been assigned it twice, and it..
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Portland, OR • ICBTS News An orderly, masked throng of worshipers gathered on a Portland high school baseball field here Sunday, in socially-distanced seating that radiated out from home plate, where a bronze hypodermic needle dominated the scene. “We’re here to give thanks,” Reverend Tim Sixtrom told the crowd. Sixtrom, a former Episcopalian minister, has been leading..
Professional attire, these days, seems to demand a mask. Last night, at a local board of education meeting, the sheriff’s deputy wore one. The district staff all had them on. The board’s general counsel, I think, was wearing hers. A few of the board members had them on. They appear, moreover, to be color-coordinated, as..
Mountain View, CA • ICBTS News Your confusion will soon be over. Internet search giant Google is about to launch an addition to its popular language translation suite — “Joe Biden to English.” After six months of press conferences and off the cuff remarks, it is now being publicly confessed, even among long time Biden supporters, that..
New York, NY • ICBTS News Three Days after a pack of New York teenagers randomly beat an off duty New York firefighter, Skarde the Flesh-Eater, a Third Century BC Norse warrior appeared near a Queens, New York park, anxious to observe more brutality. “This actually beats most of the really awful stuff we did,” Skarde observed. ..
Neptune, Oregon • ICBTS News A small west coast toy manufacturer is introducing a new child’s toy encouraging children to learn about the magic world of virology and its relationship to pandemics. “Yes, that’s part of it,” explained product manager Karen Monterman, “but the exciting thing about this kit and board game is that it encourages..
“Just about everything is up for grabs!” At a recent information industry trade show, one presenter was nearly beside himself with excitement about the revenue possibilities associated with digital passports, not just for vaccines, but for, well, “just about everything.” “Imagine not being able to unlock an airport restroom stall without your digital car insurance..
Washington, DC • ICBTS News Fresh off news that a sixth Texas Democrat had tested positive for Covid after leaving the state to avoid legislative duties, an anonymous source close to the delegation informs ICBTS that the group is looking for more international chances to catch rare and attention-focusing diseases. “We think it will really garner a..
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” “..and all liars..” Something more of us should ponder: “..the fear of the Lord is the beginning..
Out of concern for a mental breakdown suffered by Anthony Fauci during senate questioning by Dr. Rand Paul, a group of public health policy makers have proposed a new media campaign stressing our need to trust people who talk about science, as opposed to pure science itself. Jeff Foxtell, a pharmaceutical group sales manager and ad-hoc..