Is it possible that the second week of school was worse than the first? I’m not as tired as I was last week, but close. I’ve got myself a little better organized and clearer picture of what the coming school year will look like, but man it is melting the candle into a puddle of wax on the floor and lighting the curtains on fire.
Ye Olde Blogge has definitely had a week of it. We had two noteworthy events:
- Hook ’em horns! Starting on Sunday 29 August, I noticed a new source of referrals to Ye Olde Blogge, surlyhorns, a forum for students and people adjacent to the University of Texas at Austin. Sunday, there were ten visits from there; Monday there were 25; and then the rest of the week slowed to a trickle with about twenty all told. As near as I could figure, someone posted a tweet with a link to Making Explicable the Inexplicable.
- MBRU: Then on Thursday, Mike’s Blog Round Up dropped with a link to The Texas Anti-Abortion Law resulting in hundreds, literally hundreds, more visitors Thursday and Friday. Thanks, Tengrain who blogs over at Mock, Paper, Scissors!
- COMMENTS: We must be doing something right because we’ve seen an uptick in our comments and the number of commenters! In addition to our intense, insightful, interesting comment exchange with BobCabKings, we heard from these folks:
- Arty wrote in on Thursday to whine about GOP scapegoating of Blacks and immigrants causing an increase in hate crimes and violence to suggest that we’re doing it wrong — How can that help them stay in office? As if he were just asking a question. Instead I should check out this undescribed and untitled Youtube video that had a better explanation. As if. I answer everyone. I invited him to tell us more about the video, how it was a better explanation, and that he was welcome to search the blog for more on the matter. I did not, however, approve his comment for publication because who knows what awaits an unwary visitor on the other side of that link.
- Shartline: When I first “met” Suze — we’re blogging buddies — I noticed her email address read, Shartline. I thought that she sounded like Ye Olde Blogge material, snarky, sarcasticky, and, especially, profaney. It turns out that it is just the initial of her first name appended to her last. Hunh, go figure. It’s always a good day, though, when you hear from Shartliine, and even better when she tells you it was a good blog post. Visit Our “Failure” in Afghanistan for more.
- Un- and Underpaid: We had a Shepherd visit as well. Late Thursday evening, Phnom Penh time, y’all, he stopped in to remind us that the Afghan Army had been underpaid and unpaid for quite a while softening them up to capitulate to the Taliban. That was also on the “Failure” in Afghanistan post.
- It all started with a hit of LSD: Any story or comment that refers to hit of LSD is bound to be good, and Ten Bears didn’t disappoint. It was so tightly packed with anecdotes, pithy remarks, and insights that it is bound to create a blackhole. Check it out in the Mass Psychosis is the End Game post, and perhaps tell us what started in your life after a hit of LSD!
- Three Cups of Tea: The comment of the week, and, every week, honor goes to BobCabKings, who inspired yet another post when he described the more traditional ways that various tribes and ethnic groups in Afghanistan formed alliances, kept the peace, and, otherwise, made deals of trading gifts, intermarrying, and having serious talk over strong tea. It led me to seriously think about the role that culture played in our “failure” in Afghanistan and what happens when two cultures come into contact — assimilation and acculturation. If you haven’t taken a dive into our lively discussions in the comments, you probably should… and join in.
From the Reading Roll
Reading time is scarce around Ye Olde Blogge, but we managed to come across a gem or two in the blogosphere and in the news.
From the Blog Roll
- The Chatty Introvert poses a tough question, When is it appropriate to speak ill of the dead? Gee, I dunno, when they lived as a complete asshat urging people to take horse dewormer and go unvaxxed and unmasked during a deadly pandemic. The better question might be, when is it appropriate to speak highly of an asshole like that?
- Superstitious fun! Nan thinks being superstitious might be fun and plays a mean game of synchronicity which resulted in insights to none other than Ivanka Trump. What??? I’ve always believed that it was much more fun to believe that coincidences were signs of the hand of god moving in your life than just random chance. So, great minds think alike?
- Glory be to god: Just in case you missed it or hadn’t had the time or energy to devote to it — welcome to my life — Scottie over at his toy box walks us through the history of an LGBTQ+ history display at the Missouri State House that offended one religious zealot raised a stink on the socialized media and got it removed. Good editorializing, good detail, a thorough and efficient treatment of the issue.
From the News Roll
- Filed under, I told you so: The FBI reported that hate crimes were at levels not seen in a decade last year. My prediction, it will only get worse given the intensity of radicalization that the GQP base is undergoing as they gear up for pre- during, and post-2022 election violence.
- Filed under, How did this happen? A high school football game raised questions about the legitimacy of one of the schools playing. What the hell is an illegitimate high school football team? Where did the players come from? Had they practiced? Where did they get their uniforms? What the hell? Before we get there, I guess I’ve been outta the country too long because ESPN broadcasts high school football games, now? I don’t know. Something something online school… something… third-party organized the game… something… shoulda done better. Mass confusion. The state is “investigating.” Update: The school is no longer fielding a football team as a result of the investigation.
- Filed under, Florida, but of course: A woman and her husband both come down with #COVID19 — not vaccinated, of course. She goes to the hospital. He stays home to watch the dogs. During her eight-day stay in the hospital, she cannot get a hold of her husband, so she asks the police for a wellness check. The police say he’s okay. A corpse and emaciated dogs greet her upon her return home. Jeezus Florida.
- Filed under, True madness: An Ohio judge orders a hospital to treat a patient with the horse dewormer, ivermectin, because the wife of the patient requested it. ORDERED. There’s an Ohio doctor telling people that not using ivermectin to treat #COVID19 is genocide. To comply with the order, the hospital has to allow a doctor without admitting privileges and not affiliated with the hospital to write the prescription and administer the drug. This is true madness. True fucking madness.
From the #COVID19 Roll
The news here in Cambodia continues to be mixed regarding #COVID19… and disturbing. The Khmer Times reports that the government’s reporting of new cases in its largest cities, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville continue to lag or go unreported leaving us with deep doubt about the true severity of the situation here. If the provinces are any evidence, it is getting worse after a short period of improvement. New cases have been rising all week in the provinces with the latest number topping 600 cases this week.
The governor of Phnom Penh, mayor to you and me, but like the mayor of Washington DC, New York, or Los Angeles, says that the #COVID19 situation in the city continues to improve with the number of people being treated in the dedicated hospitals down and the positivity rate among those tested being down. I will note that he has omitted the number of new infections. However, the improvement is enough for him to talk of a return to normality in the tourist sector — who’s coming to visit? — and schools. Yes, they are considering returning to in person education in the areas of the city where infection rates are low… if the numbers are to be believed.
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