“Can I get”

I heard this several times in Orlando recently and it irritated the fuck out of me there.

On the plane back I was in the aisle seat and this american woman – who redefined “scarfing” by the way she inhaled a huge sandwich – said to one of the crew “Can I get a water”. Given her previous interrogations I would not have been surprised if she had said “Can I get a vegan water”

“Can I get”

In the hotel bar people would say “Can I get a JD and coke” or “Can I get a beer” or other such stuff.

It was never ever a question despite the phrasing. The intonation was all wrong.

It was a demand.

And I heard this damned phrase in the pub earlier.

The answer will always No. NO

Why?

Because the demander cannot actually “get” what they want.
The passenger next to me could not get up, move around me and get their water.
The people at bars cannot “get” what they want.

So stop using such demanding demeaning language.

ASK

“May I have a water please?”

“Pint of Stella please”

“G&T please”

You are not now demanding, you are asking. That is not just correct because you cannot get it yourself, but it is correct because the staff can refuse you. And it is correct because it’s called being polite.

And if you are reading this and thinking “I could care less about what you say” then please…. get educated.

More from the swamp that is the current USA.

One.

To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we are living with is pre-fascism.

Read this post.

Two.

Something strange and disturbing is going on in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cops have been instructing paramedics to use certain drugs to subdue arrestees, which is about as advisable as allowing paramedics to instruct officers on use of force. Cops don’t know what’s best for arrestees in terms of medical care. The fact that paramedics have been following their instructions is the most disturbing fact of all.

Cops Are Telling Paramedics To Inject Arrestees With Ketamine. Worse, EMS Crews Are Actually Doing It.

MAGA? People believe that shit? Including the Secret Service? They could MAGA – just look the other way. A lot.

Memory …

Can’t remember just why Lee Harvey Oswald’s name is one I would know.

Never met the guy….. did he do something famous?

Just imagine….. doing something that would ensure your name would live on forever.

BBC NK/USA Propaganda

BBC

Prominence given to this statement:

New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – who earlier this month travelled secretly to Pyongyang to meet Mr Kim – said his impression was that Mr Kim was serious about reaching a deal.

“The economic pressure put in place by this global effort that President Trump has led has led him to believe that it’s in his best interest to come to the table and talk about denuclearisation,” he said, speaking at a Nato meeting in Brussels.

The VERY last line of that Trump-sucking post?

“Chinese researchers have indicated that North Korea’s nuclear test site may be unusable after a rock collapse.”

which links to this information which says Kim has basically fucked himself.

But the BBC? Trump lovers.

Hersheys = Stupid

“It is important for Hershey to protect its trademark rights and to prevent consumers from being confused or misled when they see a product name or product package that is confusingly similar to a Hershey name or trade dress,” Beckman said.

“Hershey has always vigorously protected its brands and will continue to do so whenever we believe that others have infringed on these valuable intellectual assets.”

said the Hershey mouth when asked why they were claiming that England’s Yorkie chocolate bars should also be forbidden, because they are too similar in name to Hershey’s York Peppermint Patties, even though they have different packaging and a different shape, the lawsuit says. DNAInfo

Maybe it’s just me, but I would never ever confuse these.

Hershey-York-Peppermint-Patties
Yorkie Bar

(and that “Low Fat” gimmick? They are 150 cals, 17% fat, 81% carbs, 2% protein so that’s hardly healthy is it? fatsecret)