Every other day, I finish a container of cottage cheese, and give the empty container to the dog. She solemnly picks it up with her mouth and carries it off reverently to the next room to lick clean. This makes both of us happy.
“A ‘practical joker’ deserves applause for his wit according to its quality. Bastinado is about right. For exceptional wit one might grant keelhauling. But staking him out on an anthill should be reserved for the very wittiest.” – Robert A. Heinlein
I eat a lot of cheese and yogurt. Most of my sustenance is emitted by cows.
I have temporarily switched wearing my Apple Watch from my left wrist to my right wrist (due to an abrasion on my left wrist) and it is the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life.
Cory Doctorow: Rightists are targeting tech and other monopolies, as big business comes out in opposition to White supremacy and fake Christianity. This is going to backfire badly for Rightists, who depend on support from big business. “Reinvigorating antitrust as an act of performative culture-war bullshit is the political equivalent of pointing a gun at your own dick to own the libs and then blowing your actual dick off.”
Cory’s main point: Boycotts won’t beat White supremacist voter suppression. Victory requires political action.
The Washington Post:
Republicans are opening a new front in the pandemic culture wars, attacking efforts by the Biden administration to develop guidelines for coronavirus vaccination passports that businesses can use to determine who can safely participate in activities such as flights, concerts and indoor dining.
Even a former Trump advisor thinks the Republicans are being idiots on this one.
Not just idiots—DANGEROUS idiots. But that’s the Republican brand nowadays.
Eugene Robinson at The Washington Post:
Evidence presented this week in Derek Chauvin’s trial on charges that he murdered George Floyd showed a national audience how the former Minneapolis police officer saw his alleged victim: as a dangerous, “sizable” Black man who had to be controlled, subdued and forced to submit. The message Chauvin sent with his actions wasn’t intended for Floyd alone, and it’s one Black Americans have heard for centuries.
Chauvin is a predator who didn’t think of George Floyd as a person, but rather as an animal that needed to be subdued.
Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, while Chauvin begged for release and said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd went limp and quiet, and Chauvin kept right on going. That’s just plain murder.
Cory Doctorow writes a brief history of Ontario, Canada’s, descent into neoliberal dystopia. Millions of selfish assholes will vote for idiots if the idiots promise tax cuts and deliver gratuitous cruelty, bullying, and owning the libs.
BIG, by Matt Stoller: Warren Buffet is America’s folksy, lovable predatory monopolist. His philosophy is to invest in companies with “moats” preventing competition. A “moat” is another word for monopoly power.
Physical addiction is another kind of moat; Buffet invests in opioid companies.
And another good kind of moat is if your customers will literally die if they quit your product; Buffet invests in monopolist medical device companies, including a company that makes crappy dialysis machines providing piss-poor service (did you see my pun there?).
Buffet would not exist in a fair or well-run economy or political system.
Matt Stoller, again: The FTC stopped Schick razor maker Edgewell from buying Harry’s. Harry’s is now expanding and challenging consumer packaged giants in other segments – demonstrating that blocking mergers is good for business, innovation, consumers, and the economy.
Cory Doctorow: We live in a zombie economy, fueled by massive consumer debt that will never be repaid. It “… isn’t about debts being repaid in full. It’s about making borrowers so desperate that they ruin their lives to make payments before they default.” And the technology used to coerce payment is also extremely useful for oppressive governments to control its citizens.
I’ve been enjoying the Qanon Anonymous Podcast lately. And it is, indeed, surprisingly enjoyable, considering that it is a podcast about how a large portion of the world population is descending into paranoid madness — and many of those are armed.
It’s got me thinking, not for the first time, about how much of the real world resembles a conspiracy theory. Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks, and Bill Gates are NOT masterminds of a pedophile sex ring — but Jeffrey Epstein was, and he was, to varying degrees, friendly with Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Prince Andy.
The COVID vaccine isn’t implanting microchips to track our every move. But our phones track us with precision.
COVID isn’t a conspiracy by pharmaceutical companies, but the opioid epidemic is.
And so on.
Where does “keeping up with the news” end and “tinfoil hattery” begin?
Nicholas Goldberg at the LA Times: The Democrats need to nominate a candidate in the recall election whose sole job would be to be the second choice. That candidate and Newsom should campaign together, with the message, “”Vote against this recall, to keep Newsom in office. And then, just in case something goes wrong, vote for our alternative candidate on the second question.”
A young man visits an institute in Venice researching everything that happened in the world precisely 3:32pm, April 10, 1954. “If you put any event under the microscope, you will find an entire dimension of weird, incredible things going on. It’s as if there’s the macro level of historical research, where things sort of obey natural laws and usual things happen and unusual things don’t happen. And then there’s this other level where everything is really weird.”
Every day? Wait until she hits middle age.
On the set of MAS*H, filming a scene in front of the swamp, shot from above.
Do you love me?