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Rock the vote

I'm going to keep at this like a broken record: Everyone vote. Get out into your neighborhoods and your families. Get on Nextdoor or the FB page for your town or local area. Make sure people are registered to vote. Make sure they have every fucking thing they will need to vote. Get them to a DL place if needed for ID. Start a list of folks who need rides. I know everyone wants vote by mail, but they will make voting as difficult as possible. Don't count on mail. Get to work on Plan B yesterday.

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Let's do math....

According to the numbers I got off the census website (not the facebook meme Matt and Jeff and all the Amy Coopers are passing around), whites make up 76.5% of American citizens. Admit it — when you think of Americans, you picture white people, not Muslims, amiright? Black people make up 13.4%. So rounded, that would be 13%. So when you post memes talking about how white people are killed more by cops, because 50% of the people shot are killed by cops, I don't know whether to be pissed at your willful ignorance or your lack of math skills and critical thinking. Black people, according to this meme, are only 27%. That does not include people who were not identified, although I went through a list last fall that I don't feel like looking up right now at 1:30ish am, and they were overwhelmingly black. Black enough that surely someone noticed, and it would have increased the percentage. Anyway, so 1) That's people shot. Not people who were choked or had a knee to the neck or any of the other ways black people have been killed. 2), look back at the numbers. Whites make up 77% but make up roughly half the people who get shot (according to the meme) & killed and black people make up 13% but are 27% of the people shot and killed. That represents double what their actual percentage of being is. Please think on that before coming at me. I'd like a discussion amongst adults. 

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Hey but at least he's partisan

What happens when an incompetent and inexperienced spoiled dipshit gets the presidency and starts handing out important roles to people for kissing his ass? You get the least experienced and competent director of National Intelligence IN HISTORY.

The only experience this hard core ReTrumplican has is being mean to Mueller. What could possibly go wrong? 9/11 was ages ago. Terrorists nowadays know they just need to take away our conveniences and our toilet paper and we'll turn on each other. No lives matter if Karen can't get her roots touched up.

All this now with the power hungry wailing manbaby ready to regulate or shut down social media because he's so worried that even Russian interference won't be able to swing the election in his favor if we do voting by mail. Whether he can or not successfully manage to do that is beside the point. Why aren't more people outraged that he would even try?

Mr. Trump, calm down. You are grossly underestimating the stupidity of your followers. They'll keep supporting you. Some of them with rifles.


Suck it, APA

So, week three is upon me and I am already tired of writing papers. Me tired of writing is not something I was expecting. But you can meet your "match percentage" just with your reference page of citations. To turn it in, you have to be under a certain percentage. This week I was at 25% on one paper, which feels too high. Especially when it has that little yellow box next to it. "Caution! Caution! Caution!" But upon inspecting it, there was nothing in my content I could change. The match came from the universal title we are all using (note to self- change that up next week to see how it goes) and the reference page. Evidently there are only about 6 articles ever written on a subject. Let me digress for a second — THIS is why it is so important to not just blindly forward or post garbage simply because of your emotional reaction. The amount of scientific papers based on other scientific papers is a little surprising, even for someone as skeptical as I tend to be. Tax payers spent over $325,000 on this study ( to prove married couples are happier when the wife calms down after an argument. I am not touching the National Endowment for the Arts, but they don't help themselves by spending $30K on Hamlet for doggies, either. Not for the majority of Americans, anyway. I just feel that with that kind of money, we could be funding backup studies on things that are going to be big deals in our society. Things that are applicable now, such as college drinking, and things that will be applicable later, such as the emissions you are getting off of those home-use 3D printers.

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Pros and Cons

I am on the fence about opening things back up. I feel like a safe, pragmatic approach while slowly opening things back up could work. However, if we open, and you have a business, and it spreads through there, you risk losing the business for good. Whether it be because a whole bunch of people went there for lunch and you only had one person show up who could work the tables or because someone knows someone who caught the virus there and now no one wants to take a chance on you.  Only you won't have even the feeble safety nets you have now, because you are no longer closed by law, you are open of your own free will, which also means free to fail.

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Equal Opportunity Offender Rant

Some days I feel like I'm the only person on the globe who doesn't have a problem with being at home. Mostly at home. I get out to walk  dogs or exercise, I make those shopping runs if I have to. But I can be home. I still haven't gotten to all the stuff I need to get done!

The rest of the world? You make me think maybe the rise of the machines isn't such a terrible idea. Let me just give my own opinion here. No, I don't have a doctorate in Google or even a Masters in YouTube. I do have a medical history with a particular specialization in infection control, though. And I do have quite a bit of law -constitutional or otherwise — in my background.

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Haven't memed in a while...

1. Are you an Essential Worker? Yes, but I am fortunate to be able to work from home, and it is changing my life and making me think very hard about my next steps.

2. How many drinks have you had since the quarantine started? 1 glass of wine.

3. If you have kids... Are they driving you nuts? She's grown, and I miss her. They were coming every other weekend or so to visit, and this is the very first Easter I didn't create a basket for her (yes, I know.) But I have had business in town where we used to live, so I have stopped by a couple different times to hang out a little outside and chat. If they are driving you nuts, shift your thinking. Because it will be over before you realize it.

4. What new hobby have you taken up during this? Nothing new, but damn it feels good to get back to some of the oldies. Sewing, gardening, etc. It's kind of great that school starts for me while I'm at home, too. That makes easing back in a little smoother.

5. How many grocery runs have you done? I make lists and plan a menu, so I usually only need groceries every couple weeks or so.

6. What are you spending your stimulus check on? Paid off two small credit cards, and invested in a sit/stand desk for school and working from home. Saving the rest because who knows what will happen next in the crazy state of the world today.

7. Do you have any special occasions that you will miss during this quarantine? I don't think so. I usually do my own thing for Mother's Day, anyway.

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The beat goes on

Man, I have been an adult all week. Almost hit my exercise goal — it's not great but it's something — and I have mine and the boy's taxes filed and accepted. We're even spending the biggest chunk of it on grown up things our future selves will thank us for. But I am tucking some away because I truly need a vacay. I want to spend some time with the grandparents and some time just going somewhere different. And it should include sleeping in the woods and hiking through some mountains. Now if you will excuse me, too much time at this desk isn't good for my arms and also I plan to go to bed early. I don't want to think about one of the meetings I have to have tomorrow. 

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Is it laziness, though?

We're having lots of snow, which makes me want to sleep. Although last night I hit my first 7-hour night on a work night since I started this position. That's been years, btw. But I also had a lot to catch up on, and I made the mistake of watching something on Prime while dinner digested, so of course the dogs wanted to snuggle, and here I am, knowing that I will either finish the sewing project or get my butt on the treadmill, and knowing that it will be the treadmill and even the half-assed attempt I am about to put forth will be better than sitting on the couch. But my inner whiny child is fighting. I could just go to bed right now, I swear it.

I am so glad I took the day off Friday. I need the time here but also I need to decompress. I still hate January.

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Ms. Austen and myself

I happened across the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice (seriously, I could watch it once a month, I think) and this kicked off another Jane Austen obsessive kick. I have been binge watching everything Austen while sewing and crafting because my previous engagement was blizzarded out this weekend. What does this mean? Nothing, maybe. Or maybe suddenly all of my flannel pajamas are suddenly going to be Regency styled and I will have to get a real handle on my embroidery. 

Okay, maybe not embroidery. I'm a little more strict with myself than that. In fact, I just finally created my first embroidery pattern! I'm very excited, but I have to first work it out on scrap fabric and then I will try it out on my velvet. It is supposed to go on one of the throw pillows I'm making to match the master bedroom's silver, gray, and super dark purple. I'll be painting the room next week during my long weekend. I'm psyched. I hope this works. I don't feel confident that I know what I'm doing, yet, but I'm not seeing another way to do it, so....