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Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed for Aug 13, 2018

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Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed for Aug 13, 2018
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BB must have been a time traveler.
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Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for Aug 10, 2018

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Good guy Ludacris has bought groceries for over 100 random strangers over the last eight years

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Earlier this year, Drake showed up unexpectedly at a Miami supermarket and announced he’d be footing the grocery bill for all its customers. He then famously turned the good deed into footage for his “God’s Plan” music video. As it turns out he’s not the only rapper sharing his success with the general public: As the New York Times reports, Ludacris has been buying groceries for random strangers, from all over North America, for quite possibly the last eight years.

NYT uncovered the heartwarming story after one woman named Therra Gwyn Jaramillo relayed her Whole Foods encounter with the rapper in a lengthy Facebook posting. Jaramillo, who hails from Ludacris’ Atlanta hometown, admitted that she had no idea who the good samaritan was at first, but that she was moved to tears regardless by the kind, $375 gesture:

I stared wide-eyed at this handsome young African-American man, this stranger, as if he’d just dropped through the ceiling like a black James Bond, like a Batman, like the Black Panther. Then I started to cry.

We shook hands. Then I hugged him, shedding tears on the tattoo on his shoulder. I thanked him but I was so stunned that even as we made small talk (he asked me about my four dogs) I tripped over my words, all the while thinking, “I’m talking to an angel. Should I tell him? Should I tell him he’s an angel?”

“Who ARE you?” I asked at one point, in true wonder.

“Just a guy,” he said.

Upon finally realizing that this “black James Bond” was in fact Ludacris, hitmaker behind “What’s Your Fantasy” and “Area Codes”, she immediately “yelled and in my hysteria launched into the worst possible white-woman rendition of his hit “Rollout (My Business)” thus probably undoing all goodwill any person of color in that line felt for me while watching me sob so gratefully on the Grammy-winner’s shoulder.”

The NYT used this anecdote as a jumping off point for its investigation, which eventually yielded more than 100 similar social media posts about Ludacris and his penchant for grocery shopping and generosity. Per these postings, it appears the rapper’s “Southern Hospitality” goes well beyond the confines of Atlanta, as strangers have spotted him in Austin, the outskirts of Los Angeles, and Miami. Ludacris even visited supermarkets all the way out west in Maui and up north in Toronto.

According to the MC’s manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris has been a Grocery Good Guy for a long time now, but chooses not to broadcast it (or try to trademark it), like say, with a music video. “Funny thing… Luda does these things all the time,” Zula told NYT. “But he doesn’t want to do interviews to highlight it. It’s just his heart.”

Beyond being a good samaritan, Ludacris has plenty of other good reasons to frequent the grocery store. The rapper has opened up his own Chicken-n-Beer restaurant in Atlanta, named after his fourth album of the same name. He’s also cooked up yummy dishes with Martha Stewart.

Below, read Jaramillo’s full account, followed by a few choice tweets from those blessed by Ludacris’ gift-giving.



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deezil
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Well if this ain't the damn best.
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I’m done with Twitter

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After 12 years, I’ve decided to hang it up on Twitter. I started using the site in 2006, when it was all texts sent to your phone, and I remember my first experience was actually kind of awful. It turned out a friend put his address book into twitter, so the moment I signed up, I automatically got every single one of his tweets sent to my phone via text with no way to turn it off.

After the second time I was woken up at 2am by a supermarket tweet from him, I couldn’t stand it anymore, and tried to delete my account. But I kept getting the texts, and I remember having to send a personal email to Biz to ask that my phone number be removed from Twitter. He forwarded it on inside the company and I got an email reply from a young engineer named Jack that promised me he wiped out my account and number and all was well.

About six months later, in early 2007, I decided to bite the bullet and come back. I made sure to not even give Twitter my phone number for the first six months and I instantly enjoyed everyone posting thoughts off the tops of their heads. By this point, blogging was almost a decade old, so people were taking it very seriously. A little light-hearted fun was good and I loved hearing from lots of new voices on early Twitter.

But then Twitter matured and became more mainstream. And then all the bad stuff that came with it showed up. I was doxxed, harassed, and threatened at various points. I trusted the friends I knew that started it to do the right thing and I knew running a large public service used by millions was a much bigger deal than anything I’d ever worked on.

Over the years I started to get increasingly frustrated with the decisions made by Twitter. Every six months or so something would happen that’d make me stop and ask why I still use the site and I kept thinking of all the new voices I’d read and enjoyed that I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. But the looming doubt over the future of the service eventually became too great.

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I downloaded my Twitter archive today. 11.5 years of tweets. Over 1.5Gb of text and images. I probably could have written two or three books with that many words by now. This makes me a little angry and sad.

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Next, I set to deleting all my old tweets. I want to leave the service and no longer feel the need to provide the site with my posts, so I’m doing my best to delete 3,2000 at a time (API limits) until it reaches zero.

I’ll continue to read twitter occasionally, and I might keep on liking tweets, but I’m not going to send another tweet until the service changes or the management changes in very drastic ways. I’ll be posting here on my blog more often, and probably on Medium for the longer stuff, and maybe more Instagram than usual. But no more tweets.

So long Twitter, I want to say it’s not you, it’s me, but it’s mostly you. Especially Jack.



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deezil
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Makes me reconsider sticking around there all the more.
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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for Aug 7, 2018

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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for Aug 7, 2018

Sorry, I made a mistake when doing an update, and a bunch of items were marked as unread :(

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B.C. by Mastroianni and Hart for Aug 7, 2018

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B.C. by Mastroianni and Hart for Aug 7, 2018

Sorry, I made a mistake when doing an update, and a bunch of items were marked as unread :(

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BC gets it.
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