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Keanu Reeves: God Tier Class Act

ZOMGiEF wrote this: “Went to see Keanu Reeves’s band play the Viper Room in the 90s before the joint shut down. My friend’s older brother knew the management, so we got to stick around after the show. I got to talk to Keanu for a couple of minutes; the dude was chill as f[**]k, exactly like you’d think.

“As we were leaving the venue, we all exited through the same door and Keanu saw this homeless guy begging for change outside. He walked up to him and gave him a wad of cash and handed him his coat just like that. My gut tells me the coat wasn’t cheap either; it looked expensive. This was during winter and I remember it being pretty cold even for LA.

“God tier class act, been a huge fan since that night.”

Source: Storytellerbobfan, “People who have met celebrities, how were they in real life?” Reddit. 18 October 2016

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David Bruce: Anecdotes About Death

Long ago, reporters sometimes resorted to thievery in order to get a good story. For example, a reporter who did not work for the Chicago Tribune heard that a man named something like John Jones had been murdered. He got a policeman’s star from his editor and went to Mr. Jones’ apartment building, where he flashed his star at the apartment building superintendent and asked to be let inside Mr. Jones’ apartment, which he ransacked for letters and a diary, which he carried to his car. Just then, Mr. Jones arrived, safe and sound. The reporter told him, “Jones, you have caused us a great deal of trouble. Now hop upstairs and phone the detective bureau. Tell ’em to take you off the death list. Of course, the reporter didn’t need the letters and diary anymore. Therefore, he went to the building that housed the rival Tribune. He hailed a cab and paid the driver to deliver a package containing the letter and diary to Mr. Jones, along with a message saying that the package was from the Tribune. Soon Mr. Jones was calling the Tribune and threatening to sue the newspaper for invasion of privacy and for illegal entry.

A study of history reveals fascinating stories about the legendary ways that some people have died. Nicocreon, the tyrant of Cyprus, executed the philosopher and skeptic Anaxarchus by placing him into a mortar big enough to hold a human being and ordering him pulverized by iron pestles. But the philosopher denied that he was his body and shouted as he died, “Pound, pound the pouch containing Anaxarchus — you do not pound Anaxarchus.” Pythagoras stayed away from beans, and when an assassin pursued him, he refused to save his life by crossing a bean field. The assassin caught him and cut his throat. Dionysius, the tyrant of Syracuse, tortured Timycha, Pythagoras’ assistant, to find out why the philosopher so disliked beans. She would not tell him, preferring instead to bite off her own tongue and spit it at him, knowing that he would then have her killed. The ancient Egyptians believed in facing up to one’s own death. They hosted skeletons at parties, and told guests, “Drink and be merry, for when you are dead you will be like this.”

Folk tales can contain truth, even if it is not literal truth. Death, who brings death to all living things, was near death one day, but a happy young man saw him and took care of him, saving him. In gratitude, Death said that he would not arrive suddenly on the day that the man was to die, but that he would first send messengers to remind the man that he would die one day. The man lived long and mostly happily, but at times he grew ill and occasionally he even wished that he were dead. One day Death arrived and told the man that it was his day to die. The man was shocked and asked, “Have you forgotten your promise to me? You said that you were going to send messengers to remind me that I would die one day.” Death said, “I did send messengers. Every time that you ill, and especially those times when you wished that you were dead, was a reminder that you would die one day.”

One should tell the truth, even when telling the truth means admitting that you are guilty. Rabbi Elimelech of Lyzhansk believed in a merciful God Who is also a judge. He said that on the Day of Judgment, God would ask him some questions. God would ask, “Have you been as just and as righteous as you ought to have been? Have you been as charitable as you ought to have been? Have you studied sacred writings as much as you should have? Have you prayed as much as you should have?” To each of these questions, Rabbi Elimelech would answer with the truth: “No.” However, Rabbi Elimelech believed that God, Who is merciful, would then say, “Elimelech, you have spoken the truth. For this alone, you will have a share in the World to Come.”

Some people find unusual ways to die. William S. Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch, married a woman to help her escape from the Nazis. She worked for a playwright named Ernst Toller, and she always returned promptly from lunch at 1 p.m. However, one day she met and spoke to a fellow refugee she knew and so she arrived back from lunch 10 minutes late and discovered that Mr. Toller had hung himself. It turned out that he had attempted suicide at other times, but he had always been careful to do so at a time and place where he knew that someone would rescue him. Because Mrs. Burroughs arrived 10 minutes late from her lunch, he succeeded this time in killing himself.

When John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, 11-year-old Karen Hess, a future author of young readers’ books, watched his funeral on television. She was so affected by the assassination that she started folding everything — towels, clothing, etc. — into a tight triangle like the American flag that was given to President Kennedy’s widow, Jackie.

Movie producer Marcel DeSano once tried to commit suicide by turning on the gas and suffocating. He planned almost everything in detail. He taped the windows shut, he sprayed perfume around the room, he put on a favorite record, he turned the gas on, and he lay down and went to sleep. However, he woke up again, very much alive — he had forgotten to pay his gas bill.

When Eleanora Hughes was dancing in Paris, a Spanish marquis fell in love with her and threatened to jump out of a window unless she returned his love. She told him, “All right, dear, go ahead and jump. But since the room is only two stories above the ground, I’m not the least impressed by your bravery.”

Tom Lehrer is famous for his comic songs, but one of his lesser-known activities is that he likes to start rumors that he is dead. He even has a collection of newspaper and magazine articles that refer to him as the late Mr. Lehrer.

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Trump and Clinton: Position Papers on Education

Voters want to know about the presidential candidates’ positions on the issues. The information is at least partially out there, but voters need to be willing to search for and read it.

Donald Trump has position and policy papers here:

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Hillary Clinton has many position and policy papers here:


The below is Hillary Clinton’s position paper on higher education:

“Hillary has a comprehensive plan to put higher education within reach for all Americans, and take on the crisis of student debt.

“Costs won’t be a barrier

  • “• Every student should have the option to graduate from a public college or university in their state without taking on any student debt. By 2021, families with income up to $125,000 will pay no tuition at in-state four-year public colleges and universities. And from the beginning, every student from a family making $85,000 a year or less will be able to go to an in-state four-year public college or university without paying tuition.
  • “• All community colleges will offer free tuition.
  • “• Everyone will do their part. States will have to step up and invest in higher education, and colleges and universities will be held accountable for the success of their students and for controlling tuition costs.
  • “• A $25 billion fund will support historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and other minority-serving institutions in building new ladders of opportunity for students.
  • “• The one-quarter of all college students who are also parents will get the support they need and the resources they deserve.
  • “Debt won’t hold you back
  • “• Borrowers will be able to refinance loans at current rates, providing debt relief to an estimated 25 million people. They’ll never have to pay back more than 10 percent of their income, and all remaining college debt will be forgiven after 20 years.
  • “• Delinquent borrowers and those in default will get help to protect their credit and get back on their feet.
  • “• To reduce the burden for future borrowers, Hillary will significantly cut interest rates so the government never profits from college student loans.
  • “• Hillary’s plan will crack down on predatory schools, lenders, and bill collectors.
  • “• A new payroll deduction portal for employers and employees will simplify the repayment process—and Hillary will explore more options to encourage employers to help pay down student debt.
  • “• Aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to defer their loans with no payments or interest for up to three years. Social entrepreneurs and those starting new enterprises in distressed communities will be eligible for up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness.
  • “• Hillary will take immediate executive action to offer a three-month moratorium on student loan payments to all federal loan borrowers. That will give every borrower a chance to consolidate their loans, sign up for income-based repayment plans, and take advantage of opportunities to reduce their monthly interest payments and fees.

“Fully paid for: This plan will be fully paid for by limiting certain tax expenditures for high-income taxpayers.”



The below Donald Trump’s position paper on K-12 and Higher Education:


  • “• Immediately add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice. This will be done by reprioritizing existing federal dollars.
  • “• Give states the option to allow these funds to follow the student to the public or private school they attend. Distribution of this grant will favor states that have private school choice, magnet schools and charter laws, encouraging them to participate.

“• Establish the national goal of providing school choice to every one of the 11 million school aged children living in poverty.

  • “• If the states collectively contribute another $110 billion of their own education budgets toward school choice, on top of the $20 billion in federal dollars, that could provide $12,000 in school choice funds to every K-12 student who today lives in poverty.
  • “• Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars.
  • “• Ensure that the opportunity to attend a two or four-year college, or to pursue a trade or a skill set through vocational and technical education, will be easier to access, pay for, and finish.


  • “• At the state and federal level, the United States spends more than $620 billion on K-12 education each year. That’s an average of about $12,296 for every student enrolled in our elementary and secondary public schools.
  • “• We spend more per student than almost any other major country in the world. Yet, our students perform near the bottom of the pack for major large advanced countries.
  • “• Our students continue to lag behind their peers worldwide in knowledge gained. [American Federation for Children Growth Fund]
  • “• Among 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found 27 countries outperformed U.S students in math. [National Center for Education Statistics]
  • “• The same assessment found 17 countries outperformed U.S. students in reading. [National Center for Education Statistics]
  • “• Our largest cities spend some of the largest amounts of money on public schools:

“New York City spends $20,226 per student.

“Baltimore spends $15,287 per student.

“Chicago spends $11,976 per student.

“Los Angeles spends $10,602 per student.

  • “• School choice is vital to reverse inequities in education and failing government schools in Democrat-controlled inner cities. According to the National Assessment of Education Progress, only one in six African-American students in the eighth grade are considered proficient in math and reading. In 2016, over 2 million high school graduates took the ACT:

“45 percent of all students tested met three or more benchmarks related to college preparedness.

“Only 11 percent of African American students tested met three or more of the benchmarks for college and career readiness. [The Condition of College and Career Readiness, 2016]

“It is time for school choice to help free children from failing government schools and close the achievement gap. School choice is the civil rights issue of our time.


  • “• Hillary opposes school choice, furthering education inequities in America and denying low-income African-American and Latino children the future they deserve.
  • “• Hillary Clinton claims Donald Trump’s school choice proposal would “decimate public schools across America.”

“It is no surprise Mrs. Clinton opposes school choice because she is supported by the staunchest opponents of school choice – The American Federation of Teachers super PAC – which donated $1.6 million to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and more than $2 million to Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign. [Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2016]”



The below is Hillary Clinton’s position paper on K-12 education:

“Hillary Clinton believes that every child, no matter his or her background, should be guaranteed a high-quality education. That’s why she has been working to improve and support our public schools for decades, but our work isn’t done. Hillary will ensure that every child can fulfill his or her God-given potential.

“As president, Hillary will:

  • “Launch a national campaign to modernize and elevate the profession of teaching. America is asking more of our educators than ever before. They are preparing our kids for a competitive economy, staying on top of new pedagogies, and filling gaps that we as a country have neglected—like giving low-income kids, English-language learners, and kids with disabilities the support they need to thrive. We ask so much of our educators, but we aren’t setting them up for success. That’s why Hillary will launch a national campaign to elevate and modernize the teaching profession, by preparing, supporting, and paying every child’s teacher as if the future of our country is in their hands—because it is.
  • “Provide every student in America an opportunity to learn computer science. There are more than half a million open jobs that require computing skills—across the country and in every major industry. But the majority of schools in the United States don’t offer computer science. Hillary will provide states and school districts funding to help scale computer science instruction and lesson programs that improve student achievement or increase college enrollment and completion in CS Ed fields.
  • “Rebuild America’s schools. In cities and rural communities across America, there are public schools that are falling apart—schools where students are learning in classrooms with rodents and mold. That’s unacceptable, and it has to change. That’s why Hillary will build on the highly successful Build America Bonds program to provide cities and towns the capital they need to rebuild their schools. These ‘Modernize Every School Bonds’ will double the Build America Bonds subsidy for efforts to fix and modernize America’s classrooms—from increasing energy efficiency and tackling asbestos to upgrading science labs and high-speed broadband.
  • “Dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Schools should be safe places for students to learn and grow. But in too many communities, student discipline is overly harsh—and these harsh measures disproportionately affect African American students and those with the greatest economic, social, and academic needs. Hillary will work to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by providing $2 billion in support to schools to reform overly punitive disciplinary policies, calling on states to reform school disturbance laws, and encouraging states to use federal education funding to implement social and emotional support interventions.

“Hillary has been working to improve and support our public schools for decades:

  • “• As a young law student working for Marian Wright Edelman, Hillary went undercover to investigate ‘segregation academies’ in Alabama.
  • “• As first lady of Arkansas, she chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Commission, fighting to raise academic standards, increase teacher salaries, and reduce class sizes.
  • “• As first lady of the United States, she chaired the first-ever convening on Hispanic children and youth, which focused on improving access to educational opportunities.

“• As a U.S. senator, she served on the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee, as a key member shaping the No Child Left Behind Act, with the hope that it would bring needed resources and real accountability to improve educational opportunities for our most disadvantaged students.”



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“What’s Your Story About Someone Saving You from an Unwanted Person Hitting on You?”

Here are some answers:

1) lady_moods wrote, “One night in college, I was walking home. I was in the nightlife area right by campus, only a couple of blocks from my apartment. Some guy (30s-ish) asks to bum a cigarette, which then leads to him being all, ‘So what’s going on tonight, beautiful? You busy? You got a boyfriend?’ Me being young and afraid to anger a strange man, I sort of play along, uncomfortable and trying to break away but wanting to play it off naturally.

“At one point someone rode past on their bike. They slowed down and stopped about half a block up. They turned around and stared back at us — it was too dark to see their face or who they were, but we could both see that they were there. They stayed like that until the guy left me alone.

“I guess this is more of a street harassment story than getting hit on, but I will forever be grateful for that person just watching out for a stranger.”

2) OtterPunch wrote, “I was coming home from like an indie club on the bus at 1 a.m. in my college town. The bus is nearly empty when I get on with a few people, including this one guy who won’t stop staring at me. As the bus leaves, he asks if I mind if he sits next to me. The bus is nearly empty, so I said I’d mind, I’d like to put my purse there. He sits in front of me, instead.

“The entire bus ride, the dude will not stop talking to me. I clearly don’t want to talk, but he keeps talking at me, and asking me about my classes, what I’m into, what I like. I give pretty short, but polite answers, hoping he’ll get the hint. Nope, he keeps talking and telling me how beautiful I am and how I seem so smart and cool and nice. Made me really uncomfortable, especially since I’m barely answering the dude, so how could he know any of that stuff? I even drop the boyfriend bomb — my beau was home sick — and the dude continues unfazed.

“Get to about three stops before mine and the bus takes ‘a break’ where they wait about 10-15 min because they’re running fast on the route. The route sort of doubles back, so I’m pretty close to my apartment. At this point, there’s only one other person on the bus besides me, the dude, and the bus driver. I say, ‘Well, I’m pretty close, I don’t want to wait the fifteen minutes, I’m just getting off here.’ Mostly to get away from this creep. But the dude asks if he can stop by my place! ‘No, no, I’m going to sleep, I’m fine.’ So he says, ‘Oh, I wouldn’t want a pretty girl to walk home alone. I’ll walk you.’ HELL. NO. I do NOT want this dude knowing exactly where I live, let alone walking me home.

“I was young and terrified of being rude, so I just kept saying, ‘No I’m fine. Just stay here. Please, I’m fine.’ He’s insisting. Then the bus driver, who apparently was watching the entire ride, yells, ‘Boy, she said she was fine. If you get off this bus, I swear I’ll call the cops.’

“Best bus driver ever.”

3) Jado234 wrote, “I’m usually the deterrent to persistent dudes when out with a group of friends, but one night this ‘gentleman’ would not quit. An abbreviated summary of the conversation went something like:

“Him: ‘Hey, can I borrow your glasses?’

“Me: ‘… No.’

“Him: ‘C’mon, please?’

“Me: ‘No. I need them to see. Get the f[**]k out of here.’

“And with ongoing protests from this guy, my lovely, beautiful best friend (on the right side of four vodka-sodas) just came up in between us repeatedly hollering ‘BYE!’ until he quit.

“When I thanked her and told her I would have handled it, her response was, ‘Nobody messes with my lady!’ as she proceeded to bend over and keep dancing.”

4) Robinspeakeasy wrote, “I was 17. This guy catcalled me outside a store. I told him to shut up. He laughed. When I came out the store, the guy was gone. Another man, much older, came up to me and told me he overheard the exchange, and couldn’t stand to see the guy harassing people. So the older man told the first guy to leave or he would call the police.

“Now, I’ve been harassed from 14 onwards and it is the only time in my life anyone stood up for me.”

5) fishielicious wrote, “I was in Russia studying abroad and went to a club with a bunch of friends and one guy who was a friend of a friend. Some random, giant Russian dude was hitting on me aggressively all night. The friend of a friend was this French guy who did not look intimidating at all. He pretended to be my boyfriend and kept interrupting the other guy to talk to me in French (which I do not speak). He helped me get away from the other guy and I actually was pretty attracted to him…. But then it turned out that he was gay. Luckily he didn’t need anyone to save him from me hitting on him, though.”

6) IvyKingslayer wrote, “TL;DR bathroom attendant saves the day.

“1st year at uni, guy would not leave me alone in a bar. Started with just dancing near me, then dancing on me (shudder), then he’d follow me to the bar, wait outside the bathroom. I was in a big group of people and we didn’t really know each other so I guess they thought I knew this stranger.

“So I’m in the bathroom in tears because I’m freaking out a bit. The bathroom attendant sits me down, gives me a lollipop, and asks me to describe one of my friends. She finds them and explains what is going on.

“When I come out of the bathroom, they’re all there and immediately create a human wall, separating this guy from me. He starts kicking off, they begin to walk as a group towards the exit, forcing him towards the bouncers. They quickly kick him out for trying to start a fight.

“So the bathroom attendant saved the day (we gave her a great tip to say thank you). From then on, if any of us were receiving unwanted attention we’d text/tell/suggest through interpretive dance ‘lollipop’ and we would protect each other.”

7) ChainRepulsion wrote, “Hasn’t happened to me, but I did save someone one time.

“I was out with two friends at a bar; it was a Sunday evening so very few people out. We three started chatting with two random dudes and invited them to sit with us, so we were five people laughing and having fun. This girl comes in, orders a beer, and sits down in a booth. Within 5 minutes a creepy guy who has been sitting alone and staring at every woman in the bar sits down next to her, really close, with his arm sort of behind her on the sofa’s back support, and it is really obvious the girl doesn’t know the guy and he is VERY close to her, talking to her while she stares down into the table and barely replies. She looks up, catches my eye, and I yell, ‘HOLY SH[*]T! IT’S YOU! I HAVEN’T SEEN YOU FOR AGES! HOW HAVE YOU BEEN? COME SIT WITH US!’ and smile. She grabbed her beer and coat and quickly came over, leaving the creepy guy behind. She thanked me, and told us she had missed her bus, which leaves every two hours, so she just came into the bar to keep warm.”

8) Aaaaanimaaaaniacs wrote, “Probably no one will see this, and I have told it before.

“I was 17, and this older guy (maybe 50) started talking to me while waiting for a train. All I wanted to do was read my book, but I was too polite to ignore him.

“By the time we get on the train, I realize I made a mistake.

“I could smell the beer on him, and he put his arm on me, heavy as a rock, and kept trying to kiss me. Actually he did, on my cheek because I turned away.

“He followed me through my transfer, even though I tried to lose him. By this point I am terrified and just waiting to have [enough] signal to call my dad.

“Well, a few different men noticed my distress, started asking if I was okay. But I was scared and didn’t want a scene; I just wanted to call my dad. They were persistent, and finally asked the best question I wouldn’t immediately brush off — ‘Do you know him?’ I said no, and so they all grabbed/pushed him off the train, loudly making sure everyone knew not to let him back on.

“I wish so much I knew who they were, so I could tell them how much it meant to me. I think that’s why I tell this story whenever I can, in the hopes that maybe my thanks will find them, and that it can encourage other people to protect those who look scared.

“I’ve had so many bad experiences with random men, but this is always my reminder that ‘all men [are alike]’ is a fallacy.

“So to you strangers from years ago, I still thank you.”

Source: PM-YO-STORIES, “What’s your story about someone saving you from an unwanted person hitting on you?” Reddit. 11 October 2016

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