It’s been an interesting week around Ye Olde Blogge. Ma Belle Femme has returned to Cambodia and now resides in one of the many quarantine hotels around town. She’ll be free in two weeks! It seems like she’s been gone forever. She was able to leave a bag for me at the front desk which I was able to retrieve but not before it was sprayed down with disinfectant. I also left one for her. The desk clerk looked mortified and sprayed it down with disinfectant, too. Really, you’da thought I’da pooped right there in the lobby or something.
New teacher orientation begins this week. I don’t need much orienting since I’ve lived here for a year and subbed when school was meeting in person. We’ll begin with distance learning, but the gov’t says we may go back to school as early as September, so fingers crossed.
Given that the government has authorized immunizations for children as young as 12, I’ve set into motion the necessary machinations of getting La Petite Fille vaccinated. Given her needle phobia, it will necessitate some form or fashion of anesthetization, which means getting special dispensation from the insurance company. We’ll see if they come through for us. Since hearing several US infectious and communicable disease doctors say that the Delta variant will reach you if you remain unvaccinated, I live in terror of it reaching her.
And, Trump has dropped this little gift on our plate. He’s created official Trump cards that I guess require a membership fee and two boxtops from your favorite brand of covfefe or something to receive. What? Is MAGA Nation really made up of 13 year olds? Do you get a secret decoder ring, too?
Anywho, the point is people think they’ve discovered a type and my Twitter feed has been filled with gotchagasms of people who think they’re smarter than Trump is. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is obviously a portmanteau of “official” and “fecal” so that we can efficiently describe any and everything Trump has ever done or ever will do. As in, “It’s Trump’s offical policy that everything he touches turns to shit.” See how easy that is? Now shut everybody and don’t be looking this gift horse in the mouth, you might not like what its breath.
What I’ve Read
From the Blogosphere
From Miss Cellania we get this posting of a video of things close and far away… ooh, I can see there is no snarky, sarcasticky, profaney way of explaining this. The video is a montage of things that start out in super close up and then slowly zoom out until you see what they are. It’s amazing how your ideas about what you’re looking at change as it zooms out. Watch with a friend and discuss in the comments!
Living in a fairy tale in Norway comes to you from Beauty of Planet Earth! There are some truly amazing buildings and settings in Norway. If you’ve not seen these pictures before, do yourself a favor and have a visit.
Some folks over at the University of Exeter had the bright idea of adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which was developed to help people with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder manage their emotional reactions and tolerate their environments better, to helping people with Bipolar Spectrum Disorder manage their small mood swings since the larger ones, one assumes, were managed by medication. The upshot: it worked pretty good. Of course that was brought to you by Neuroscience News.
The vaccine resisters actually altruistic perverts volunteering to be part of the great thinning of the vast human herd so that the rest us might could survive? Maybe! At least that’s the idea volunteered by Ten Bears over on Homeless on the High Desert. If nothing else, it’s an awful generous read on the useful idiot take.
And, what is a Monday without some erotica to spice it up? In what is quickly becoming a regular thing with me — don’t tell Ma Belle Femme! — Sophie Saint Thomas over at Romantic Lesbian Erotica give some very practical advice for having and a voyeuristic view of a threesome. Maybe you’ll end up realizing, “Oh! I get to touch some boobs,” but you might also find yourself wondering, “Wait, why is no one’s face in my delicious genitals?” Now, you know why I read.
From the Twittersphere
These have to be seen to be believed!
From the NEWSPHERE
I think I’ve cried more this year than I have in total during my entire adult life. We’ve lost so much between the Trump years, the GQP’s authoritarian grab, and #COVID19 that my grief is just so close to the surface. Today’s culprit was listening — I have to listen as a podcast — to Nicole Wallace’s Deadline White House broadcast of and subsequent discussion of Joe Biden’s signing of the act giving the Capitol and DC Metropolitan police the Congressional Medal of Honor. Their mics picked up Biden’s comments and dialogue as he signed the act surrounded by the children of the officers, members of Congress, VP Harris, and the chiefs of the police forces receiving the award. Biden was so good with the children especially explaining what he was doing, validating their observations, and giving one of the little girls the job of distributing the pens to people observing. He was just so emotionally kind, available, and understanding. He was so genuine and human. It was a peek into his soul. It was something that I needed after watching film of the terror of that day and listening to the testimony from those officers.
The liberal think-tank, NDN — I never heard of them, either, but that’s what Twitter is for — has analyzed some of the jobs data and come out with a not-too-surprising conclusion: Biden has created more jobs in his little pinky than Trump and Dubya did in their whole lives. Okay, that’s the snarky sarcasticky hyperboley (notice how popular that word has gotten?) take on it. Still. Biden is a jobs making stud. The Repubes were put out to pasture.
These are the folks who so frequently link to Ye Olde Blogge for one reason or another.
One of our favorite weekly posts is over at Fair and Unbalanced where friend o’ the blog, Burr Deming, reviews his favorites from last week’s readings on the Interwebs.
A daily inspiration and dose of snark and sarcasm can be found at Mock, Paper, Scissors where Tengrain sends up the news and then some.
The Sunday list is INFIDEL 753 ‘s weekly posting of interesting stuff from around the Internet up and we can link to it sometimes, but only sometimes, due to the irregularities of the International Dateline.
In Cambodia, the news continues to be good and bad:
New cases continue to fall. As of Friday 6 August, we’d seen five days of falling numbers. We are now under 600 new cases a day and our seven day running average is down 22%. Are we vaccinating our way out of the outbreak here in Cambodia? Could such a strategy work in the States, too?
Nearly 8 million people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of either the AstraZeneca or Sinopharm vaccines. Their initial target was 10 million people, so they are 80% of the way there.
Fully 50% of the Cambodian total population have been vaccinated. Of the ASEAN countries, Cambodia is second only to Singapore with its vaccination rate.
Egad! I hadn’t realized that the 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM curfew had included a ban on alcohol sales, too, until I went by the grocery store and found the sign!
The city government has closed several areas due to the presence of the Delta variant for two weeks ending 18 August. I mean literally closed them with barricades across the streets and alleyways blocking entrances and exits.
While new cases have declined, the number of deaths has grown. We had one of our worst days with 25 deaths yesterday during one of our worst weeks for deaths. If the vaccines do control the outbreak and limit the number of new infections, deaths are bound to get worse until we reach herd immunity and minimum number of new infections.
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