2016 sucked. 2017 could be worse.

Here are some of the things that could go wrong in 2017:

  • Waves of protests rise as Trump reverses Obama’s executive orders
  • Pro- and anti-Trump Republicans in Congress are soon at each others’ throats
  • Angela Merkel has to choose between leading a military buildup in Europe or giving Putin his way
  • U.S. and China go to economic war after Trump calls China a currency manipulator and imposes a big tariff
  • Trump suspends the U.S. membership in NATO, causing instability worldwide
  • ISIS radicalizes Central Asia
  • Saudi Arabia and Japan start developing nuclear weapons
  • North Korea proves it can deliver a nuclear weapon to the U.S. West Coast
  • Trump switches course and begs China to rein in North Korea
  • Populist politicians win all over Europe and the Euro and European Union disintegrate
  • Greece blows up again and this time there is no bailout
  • Apple and Google reveal that smartphones snoop on their owners
  • State-sponsored hackers create panic by shutting down power plants and self-driving cars
  • After being rebuffed by Trump, Cuba lets Russia build a military base on the island
  • Trump pulls out of NAFTA and taxes remittances to Mexico to pay for his wall
  • Mexico goes into depression
  • Mexican leftist André López Obrador runs for president on a platform of nationalizing private companies
  • Yemen becomes Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam, forcing unpopular taxes to pay for the war
  • The balance of power in the Middle East shifts towards Iran
  • Iran and Saudi Arabia get into an all-out shooting war
  • Oil shipments are disrupted by the Saudi-Iran war
  • Oil prices spike as a result of the disruption, leading to worldwide economic instability

Have a great day!

The Best Show On WFMU – “The Gathering Of The Juggalos”

The Best Show On WFMU was a combination music, comedy, and call-in radio program that ran from 2000 thru 2013 on New Jersey’s free-form, independent radio station WFMU. Hosted by Tom Scharpling, it lived up to its billing of “three hours of mirth, music, and mayhem”. Tom would usually kick-off the show with songs ranging from Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles Last Stand” to modern acts like F*cked Up. After the music , Tom usually hosted comedians & musicians in-studio and took calls from listeners. Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster would frequently call the show as a variety of characters from the very fictional, very surreal New Jersey suburb of “Newbridge.” Frequent Wurster characters included “Philly Boy Roy” (an unflinching supporter of all things Philadelphia), “Timmy von Trimble” (a genetically modified, two-inch-tall racist), and “The Gorch” (a senior citizen from York, Pennsylvania, who claims that the character of The Fonz on the TV show Happy Days was based on him, without permission).

A year after The Best Show On WFMU exited the airwaves, the program returned as a streaming Internet show and can be heard every Tuesday from 9pm to midnight at thebestshow.net.

This bit from July 21st, 2009 is a classic from the old show. Tom & comedian Paul F. Tompkins discuss an ad promoting the upcoming Gathering Of The Juggalos, a multi-day festival hosted by Insane Clown Posse in middle of nowhere — Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. It’s the funniest 45 minutes in existence. Enjoy!

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“Little Dennis And The Time Machine”

A short story in 100 words.


“What you got there, faggot?”

Dennis clutched the Walkman against his chest. “An old tape player.”

The bully lunged. Eyes fixed on the device, he didn’t notice Dennis’s fist. The punch crashed hard across his face. Bleeding, the bully regained his balance. Dennis quickly rewound the tape and pressed play.

“What you got there, faggot?”

Dennis clutched the Walkman against his chest. “An old tape player.”

The bully lunged. Eyes fixed on the device, he didn’t notice Dennis’s fist. The punch crashed hard across his face. Bleeding, the bully regained his balance. Dennis smiled, rewound the tape, and pressed play.