Charlie is not bi-polar but he does show a wide range of reactions and emotions while watching the news or reading the news. I am guessing that many of you readers do the same. These are most of the emotions or reactions I have noticed in Charlie when he is exposed to news. Try to learn the correct meanings, because national and international news probably evoke the same feelings in you, and you can use these words instead of vulgar adjectives.
Aghast / Alarmed / Appalled / Apprehensive / Astonished / Baffled / Concerned Dismayed / Dumbfounded / Fed up / Flabbergasted / Horrified / Incredulous Mistrustful / Numb / Overwhelmed / Perplexed / Petrified / Problematic / Resigned Sickened / Skeptical / Staggered / Stupefied / Thunderstruck / Unmoved / Unnerved Wary / Weary / Wordless
The lead story in this issue of Time was about the way untruths are influencing the world today. Charlie felt when he read that today’s politicians use the fact that falsehoods often work better than truth.
Charlie learned that there is a very reputable journalistic fact-checking site, PolitiFact, and he was greatly when the founder of this site explained that falsehoods are “like a neutron bomb in that they just take over the discussion and obliterate a lot of other things we should be discussing.”
He read that Donald Trump uses this tactic to keep his name in the headlines and influence the public, and an example of this was after Trump was elected he incorrectly tweeted that he was actually won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Charlie was to learn that this tweet was retweeted more than 53,000 times.
Time Magazine did its own review and learned that the tweets that Donald Trump sent out that were clearly untrue, such as his wiretap claims, were retweeted an average of 28,550 times. Charlie was to learn that tweets that were not clearly false were retweeted at a much lower average.
Charlie was simply when he learned that untrue tweets are quoted on television an average of 31 times, which is more than twice the average of a tweet that does not contain a lie.
Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years. Egyptians, for example, used tattoos to differentiate between peasants and slaves, a kind of social branding. But ink art, which is what some fans like to call tattooing, has really exploded in the past 25 years. But not all of us have succumbed to this fad. And many of us who don’t have a tattoo have a favorite mug. Having a tattoo or becoming attached to a mug are not dissimilar. According to research, 60% of Americans say they have an emotional attachment to a favorite mug. And about 40% said their special mug was irreplaceable, and about 1/3 of those said they would be devastated if it broke. Personally, I think that most of these people don’t have tattoos. Mugs and tattoos are both an extension of our personalities, and both express the way we would like the world to perceive us. That is not to mention, of course, that those of us who have tattoos or mugs are often irrationally attached to them.