Reality Bites by James A. Norton

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Puns about Ebola have become so viral they’re just making me sick.

Wait. What? I know, you’re sick of the Ebola jokes and I’m only two lines in, but they’re infectious.

Seriously, what’s all the fuss about? Look, this isn’t some shitty Brad Pitt movie and it’s certainly not the beginning of the end of civilization. You’re not gonna get the Ebola and it’s not sexy enough for the men behind the curtain to make money treating instead of curing, so the probability that you or I or the people down the street – you know those asshats you hate – will contract it are so slim it’s not even worth talking about.

I wish there was more concern about voting – I wish that people paid enough attention to issues that affect us locally, nationally and internationally that they might want to actually go and vote for people who have the right tools to entrust our futures to. Listing, it’s 2014, as I have banged the gong about over and over and over again. Plenty of information is right at your fingertips. Google is your friend – use it. Become informed in some small way.

Even if your exposure to news and information is limited, use the time wisely. Read Yahoo! News online for a wide range of issues. Read local newspapers like this one. Listen to a radio show – yes, they still exist, although almost none are terrestrial these days, sadly. Watch witty, engaging TV shows – not just the Food Network awesomeness – but maybe Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO.

Now there’s a show that you might initially think is all flash and even more funny – and trust me it is wickedly funny – but, it stands out as being very informed, very bright and extremely accessible. Another show is Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher – and I can’t stand that guy’s personal politics, but, his show is quite enjoyable. Watching Ben Affleck and him go at it last weekend about Muslims was just great television.

Listen to a podcast…even if it’s about a couple of average guys just sitting around, having a drink and talking shit about bullshit. Maybe they call it Wicked Villens. The point I’m trying to make is simple – stay informed, but don’t go overboard with buying into the insanity. You’re not going to get sick anytime soon. One person has it out of 318,833,000 people in this country. Come on.

Well, maybe this column will become contagious. What, too soon? #GMK

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