burning witch

It's not as if we could forget 9/11

I just wish more people would also give a flip about the over half a million who have died in this country from Covid. Not all of them were anti-mask anti-vax morons. More than 4 million have died globally. If we could rally around a leader to fight the pandemic the way we rallied around leaders at 9/11, it's a war we could end in a lot less than 20 years.


galoshes

So much yes

Woke up to 68 degrees and puppies who'd already been fed and didn't mind my sleeping in. I will get the lawn mowed and things watered and dogs exercised and accomplish more by lunch time than most people will all day. Gonna be a good day, Tater.

burning witch

Pop some corn

Watching the cult of Trump melt down because the pro-life judge he appointed after a sham vetting process actually made a pro-life decision is a little hilarious. 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/12/politics/supreme-court-indiana-university-vaccine-mandate/index.html

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galoshes

Finally some rain

The drought was beginning to make me anxious, and when I'm anxious it spills into other areas. I lightened the load for summer so I could do other things and have something of a life enjoying the summer weather. I love biking and long hikes and puttering around in the garden. But I also have plenty to enjoy on rainy days.

Which reminds me, I've been reading more than internet law and information management materials. 

Frederik Backman, the author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry has a small novella called  And Every  Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. If you haven't read the first two I mentioned, you should! But this novella is one I just read last night and it's beautiful. You can read it in one sitting. I've read a few books about letting go and also aging, but this is told a little differently and I actually felt like thanking the author for writing it.

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big red

I know, I just can't stop

I think this is a pretty apt article about what's really going on with COVID anti-vaxxers. I agree with him all the way. There's a reason they are more often than not the same people who un-ironically post all lives matter memes on FB or support the right because they are just so damn pro-life. There's a reason they pretend to back the blue but are still being silent about January 6. And it's all the same reasons we have been discussing here the past couple decades. 

 That's all I'm going to say right now. I don't want to go on a rant. I'm tired.

Phoenix

I feel like not enough people are talking about (part 2)

The lack of clean water in America. Sure, we've all heard of Flint. And no, we wouldn't want an oil sludge pipeline to burst near water sources. But I don't think we quite grasp what those water sources mean to us. Those pictures you see of other countries where people have to go fetch water for their houses that make you think to yourself, "Well, at least we don't live in a third world country," are misleading  you into thinking that even though it gets bad here, at least we don't have that kind of generational bad. We do.

There are at least two million Americans (maybe more depending on what you read) who do not have running water in their homes. Many people are living here as they do in developing nations, having to collect water in rain buckets. 1.6 million Americans don't have indoor plumbing or leave near a wastewater treatment. It's weird to me that we talk of food insecurity and food deserts so often, but this one huge fundamental still goes under so many radars. That problem is only going to get bigger if it gets ignored. Native American reservations are notorious for their lack of indoor plumbing, but other minorities, mainly blacks and Latinx, go without at roughly twice the rate of whites. 

Nestle doesn't think clean water is a human right. But really. Think real hard a sec about what your life would be like without it. Now think real hard about what we could be doing differently. There are so many options. This isn't about "being woke". We need to start adapting.

calvin and hobbes

I feel like not enough people are talking about (part 1)

How not only was the Trump campaign grifting people and then regrifting (heh), but now they have been sent to a collections agency: https://www.fox29.com/news/city-of-albuquerque-refers-211k-trump-reelection-campaign-bill-to-collection-agency

Hey, I get it. It's easier to fool people than convince them they are playing the fool for a reason. And there are those who want us to stop talking about him and not give him the attention he desires. But here's the thing: He's not finished, yet. His followers are still not finished. And if there is still someone supporting him and gullible enough to send him money, there are only two things we can really do, because these assholes passed "sympathetic" a long time ago. So now, we either rub the salt in hard so they really get it and move on, or we direct them to my house because I have a start up I think they might be interested in, and their dollars will go to a worthier cause.

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bite the power

Look at me burning it up twice in one month

I am surprised and relieved at the verdict given in the Derek Chauvin trial. The manslaughter charge I figured was a given, but I was worried they still wouldn't be able to prove the third degree murder charge. I am glad they did, though. I am relieved because as bad as this last century between 2019 and today has been, leaving me knotted and tense, at least I have already had ample reasons to unfriend or at least unfollow the ones I can't unfriend on social media. Because I am in no mood for their garbage today.

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