As you can imagine, I haven’t had a lot of time to peruse blogs or the news this week since we were on the beautiful white fine-sand Cambodian beach. I did manage to read two books that I’ve been procrastinating on for just a bit over a year, play several board games with the family, drink some good scotch and wine, eat some very leisurely meals, and spend long hours soaking in a warm calm sea. Not much time for any of the usual stuff that I do.
It’s a five hour drive from Phnom Penh to the coast and an hour ferry ride to the island. We left Thursday at 11:00, or so we had planned. The ferry didn’t show up until well after 12:00 and then it was the milk run back to Sihanoukville. We weren’t on the road until after 2:00 PM and didn’t arrive back home until after 7:00 PM. Needlessly to say, Friday, I didn’t do much. I did answer all of the comments on the blog, though.
This week’s Whaz Up!?! is going to be a rump post, vastly truncated. We’ll have a quick look at the calendar and posts both past and future. I’ll go on a bit of a jag about how damned depressing the Cambodian coast was and some observations about #COVID19 news in Cambodia.
In the Past
Sumpthin’ from the stats: Everybody knows that Ye Olde Blogge gets most of its readers from the US — thank you, America! And, has quite a following in India! Thank you Desi-World! But, there has been a strange expansion in the views from a variety of countries… and not only from a variety of countries, but on single days. Check it ou:
- Thursday 7 October: 12 views from Canada
- Wednesday 6 October: 9 from the Philippines — We do still call it THE Philippines, right? I hate it that we dropped the THE from Ukraine. Hate it.
- Sunday 3 October: 12 from Japan
- Saturday 2 October: 17 from India
- Wednesday 29 September: 11 from Israel
See what I mean? Random. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I prefer to see the Hand o’ God in my life — Seriously, it is much more entertaining to believe that the omniscient all powerful god has broken her chain of thought and reached into an obscure blog to direct a small bump in viewership from specific countries. If you’re one of those viewers, though, please let us know Whaz Up! in the comments — See what I did there? Hunh? Pretty clever, hunh?
The Rallies for Reproductive Justice happened over last weekend, and Barb AbelHauser, our favorite drawbridge operator, blogged about her experience attending in Seattle, I think. Here’s a picture that’s been going around Twitter.
In the Future
I tell ya, I gotta do something about the calendar in October. The next couple of weeks have nuthin’ on it… or at least not much. Luckily, November has more stuff of note… some interesting stuff, too. So, um, if you have ideas for dates to include on the calendar, especially for October, put them in the comments, and I’ll put ’em on the calendar.
Canadian Thanksgiving is Monday 11 October. It is always on the second Monday of October, so it is a bitch to make a repeating entry for on your calendar. You’d think the brainiacs at Google woulda made a repeat on the x day of the week in month. If they did, they disguised too well for me to figure it out. Let me know in the comments if I’m doing it wrong. Anywho, just be thankful that y’all have a democracy.
National Coming Out Day is Monday 11 October and the Human Rights Campaign has some interesting coming out stories on their blog and resources for coming out mixing and matching what you might be coming out as and who or where you might be coming out to.
King Norodom Sihanouk Commemoration Day is Friday 15 October, so no school. It is the anniversary of the current king’s, King Norodom Sihamoni, father’s death. King Norodom Sihanouk had an interesting and complicated life. He was king from 1941 until he abdicated in 1955 so he could run for political office becoming prime minister and declaring himself head of state in 1960. He supported the Khmer Rouge until he didn’t. He opposed the current prime minister’s, Hun Sen, party and organized against him. He was head of state for a bit and became king again in 1993 until he abdicated, again, in 2004. He died of a heart attack in Beijing on 15 October 2012.
Did you know that next NEXT week is our very own Vice President Kamala Harris’ birthday? Well, it is. It is Wednesday 20 October, and I know that (a) Ye Olde Blogge has something special planned for that day — you should, too, even if it is just a visit to Ye Olde Blogge — and (b) everyone on the socialist medias will have something to say about it — you can be the first to say sumpthin’ because of the tip from Ye Olde Blogge. Be sure to mention how you’re commemorating the day in the comments!
Blog Posts Past
Even though I was lounging on the beach, Ye Olde Blogge was business as usual with posts going up like hotcakes and receiving two mentions in Mike’s Blog Round Up over on Crooks and Liars — shhhhh don’t tell anyone because you’re only supposed to be eligible every two weeks. ! Check these out:
The Medieval Witch Hysteria Teaches About Today’s Pandemic and Stolen Election Hysterias went up on Wednesday 29 September, but it got its mention and blew up during this week’s Whaz Up’s watch, so it counts. You may have seen the news article about the Maryland man who murdered his brother, sister-in-law, and mother all because his brother was a pharmacist giving out #COVID19 vaccines and “knew something.” It took the witch hysteria two hundred years to run its course. We’ve still got a lot of crazy to go before this shit is over.
Threat to national survival: sexual prejudice in times of COVID 19 prejudice in Poland — Psychology @ Goldsmiths was reblogged as we were fixing to leave on Saturday 2 October. It does give us some reason for hope since it documents how Polish voters turned against their authoritarian populist president after he started curtailing the rights of women during the first #COVID19 lockdown. He still won the elections he called, but it was harder. Hopefully, the forced birthers have awoken the sleeping giant of white women who will lay the electoral hammer down on them.
Extra! Extra! Read All About it! MAGA Troll Trolls Ye Olde Blogge! and The Cognitive Tom Fuckery that Causes MAGA Nation to be so Stupid are companion pieces that went up on Wednesday 6 October detailing the crazily obsessive troll who spammed Ye Olde Blogge with 27 spammy comments that will forever be kept in the spam dungeon. And, the story got a mention on Mike’s Blog Round-Up. Thanks, Tengrain!
Blog Posts Future
World Mental Health Day is Sunday 10 October and gets a special blog post because it’s special. Unfortunately, by the end of the blog post, I was feeling especially pessimistic, so it’s kind of bleak. Read at your own risk.
The Wednesday-Thursday-Friday post is still up in the air. I’m feeling the need to post about one of a few things like the way Mitch McConnell is using the made up debt ceiling and government shutdown crises as waves of terror, advice for those who have lost loved ones to MAGA Nation idiocy, or re-visiting Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny to see where we are vis-a-vis our declining democracy and growing autocracy. We’ll see.
Well, gee, we’re already at 1200 words, so maybe we’ll table the #COVID news and stuff for next time. If you’re peeved about it, let me know in the comments. You’ll have to make due with sumpthin’ stinks in Cambodia’s Vaccine Miracle and the Keystone Kops moment Ma Belle Femme and I had getting our booster AZ shot on Saturday.
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Since that picture was taken by me during our great Cambodian beach getaway, it is licensed as, you know, free of copyright restrictions. Go ahead, pretend it’s yours.
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Calico Jack is back from vacation.
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That sounds like a lovely vacation.
A couple of quotes to throw in the pot:
“Civilized Man says: I am Self, I am Master, all the rest is other–outside, below, underneath, subservient. I own, I use, I explore, I exploit, I control. What I do is what matters. What I want is what matter is for. I am that I am, and the rest is women & wilderness, to be used as I see fit.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
“Most countries are static, all they need to do is keep having babies. But America’s like this big old clanking smoking machine that just lumbers across the landscape scooping up and eating everything in sight.” – Neal Stephenson
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Every time I read Le Guin, she gives me goosebumps and shivers. She captures the entitlement of the patriarchy of both East and West right there. And, none of them want a limit to be put on them. No boundaries limiting their behaviors whatsoever.
I’ve been puzzling over the economics of throwaway disposable goods and consumer-based capitalism. It seems to me we have ceded too much to the corporate owner class. Now, it is going to be difficult to stop them because they own damn near everything.
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Le Guin is definitely one of those authors who should be read and re-read and re-read. There is always more to find. This essay is one such: https://worlding808.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/leguin-1974-why-are-americans-afraid-of-dragons.pdf
Particularly since WW2, the American consumer has been sold convenience in as many forms as possible. The result is trash and short-lived products. When the primary measures of economic (and presumed, therefore social) health are rising stock prices and GDP (in which, for example, huge costs treating chronic illness and preventable illness becomes a good thing), the results are inevitable.
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