There had a really really big week at Ye Olde Blogge this week! In no uncertain order:
- The Angkor Wat Half Marathon is Sunday 19 December, and yours truly is training up to run the 10 km. It is disappointing, but I found out about it way too late to train up for a half. It takes ten weeks to train for a half. Still, part of me wants to go for it. I’m at six kilometers now, if I add two per week, I could do it, but that’s a big increase from week to week and really risks injury. I ran it about ten years ago. It is a glorious run through the Angkor Wat complex of temples. It also has heats for the wheelchaired and amputees, honoring, and acknowledging those who have lost limbs to landmines and UXO’s.
- The font color changed from white to red when I post links to past posts using their featured image. I usually copy and paste the title of the post from the frontpage of the blog into the text block on the cover block. The red rarely contrasts well with the image, so now I have to use a color filter. What a pain! I swear I’m going to start a consultancy called, Ask Me First! so people can stop making such asinine decisions.
- Mike’s Blog Round Up gave us a shout out on Wednesday 3 November for How the GQP Divisive Politics is Destroying the American Way of Life leading to a delightful spike in visits. Thank you very much Mike and all of the good folks over at Crooks and Liars.
- I’m outta time! When you’re already stretched thin, anything can push you over the edge and cause you to just not have enough hours in the day. Between adding running to my schedule, the extra tasks added at work to end the semester, and Ma Belle Femme getting very sick this week — she’s much better due to the miracle of SCIENCE, i.e. antibiotics. Still something had to give, and that something was Ye Olde Blogge. Next week, we should be able to find our old groove again.
There is more on the calendar this week, so I guess that’s good. I keep finding worthwhile dates to add. Please, if you have a date you think could go on the calendar, let me know in the comments.
Last Week on the Calendar and Ye Olde Blogge
Last week was kinda light for both. The blog articles have been pursuing a theme of how we should be responding to the authoritarian power grab by the GQP. Both of last week’s blog posts were on this topic. Spoiler: We’re fucked! Pack your bags and get to a liberal blue state, but not California because climate change.
- We Made Nice with Racists, Now We are #ZombieNation was posted on Friday 6 November and reviewed our history of trying to make a nation with cruel inhumane slavers. Every time we’ve defeated them, they’ve hid under rocks only to reemerge to fuck us over again. Maybe it’s time we quit repeating history, cut our losses, and actually end the United part of the United States.
- How Big Business Got Woke and Dumped Trump — But Maybe It’s Not True Anymore? was posted on Saturday 7 November — see my timings were way off this week. I found a Time article outlining the response of corporate America to the GQP authoritarian grab. As usual, it doesn’t go far enough. Essentially, corporate CEOs are where the white voters of Virginie are: Meh, whatcha gonna do?
- Daylight Savings Time ended on Sunday 7 November, so remember to fall back one hour and get up one hour earlier for work on Monday!
- Abraham Lincoln won his first presidential election on 6 November to become the 16th president. He won with 40% of the vote in a four-way race, so that’s actually pretty damn good. His A Divided House Cannot Stand speech is well worth rereading… maybe Ye Olde Blogge will.
Next Week on the Calendar and Ye Olde Blogge
There are some interesting days coming up that we should all be aware of and there are some blog post ideas percolating but not started. If you’ve got any bright ideas for either the calendar or a blog post, please let me know.
- Black voters won’t save our democracy but white voters will give it away is one idea for a post continuing the theme of how divisive politics and the sportsification of our politics has already destroyed us, turned us into #ZombieNation. As long as white people refuse to confront their inner racist, they’ll continue voting for racist dog whistles: CRT, defund the police, build the wall, immigrant caravans, Ebola-carrying ISISers gonna behead us all! I’m sick to death of these people.
- Normandie versus Dunkirk is a metaphor that I heard on the podcast, Hidden Brain, about the climate crisis. His point was that we are less at a Normandie moment where bold aggressive action will win the day and prevent climate change from destroying our way of life, but we are at a Dunkirk moment where we need to save what we can and adapt to the changes that are here and coming while mitigating future damage. Same applies to our democracy. It’s dead as long as the GQP refuses to cooperate and govern and the rank and vile refuses to follow laws and social norms. The remaining question is how to salvage something worthwhile out of it? How do we survive in this world?
- Timothy Snyder’s 20 Lessons is a good place to start looking. He’s got a YouTube series out discussing each of the lessons from his book. I’d like to apply select lessons to the above quandaries.
- The Fall of the Berlin Wall occurred on 9 November 1989. Something we should all commemorate. The suffering of millions ended when the USSR fell apart. Also, there could be lessons in that for our political future.
- Veterans Day is 11 November. Hug a veteran and do what you can to ease their suffering that they experienced on behalf of us all no matter how ill considered the conflicts they fought in were. Give thanks that Biden ended the war in Afghanistan, too.
- Kindness Day is Saturday 13 November. What will you do to help promote kindness in our world? Let us know in the comments. I’d like to know.
Things I’ve Managed to Read
Even though I’ve been stretched pretty thin, I’ve still managed to read a thing or two worth sharing:
- I love this title, WWTD (What Would Thoreau Do?). I know you do, too. It’s going to become my new retort. Who doesn’t love imagining what had to be one of the crankiest but nicest(?) old curmudgeons ever to hole up in a cabin in the woods somewhere and write. Certainly beats Ted Kaczynski. Thank you, Krista!
- Doom and gloom counterpoint: Annie talks up the infrastructure bill success, and it is a success and talks persuasively about all the other great things Biden has done in his first year as president. Sometimes we just need to look on the brighter side of things, right? WWTD? Thank you, Annie!
Friends of Ye Olde Blogge
- Robert of Cabbages and Kings reminds us that autumn has fallin’ and that there are things to write because of it. He links us to a fall writing challenge!
- One thing I appreciate about Tengrain over at Mock Paper Scissors is his consistent take down of the failed MSM and political press. Biden has the most productive first year of any presidency and all we hear about is what didn’t happen. At least there’s Tengrain to explain it all to us.
- Infidel gives us quite an economics lesson as well as a lesson on the conflicts of interest that our for-profit press has.
- Over at Fair and Unbalanced, Burr has his weekly annotated rundown of the things he’s read along with a few choice words of his own!
- Apparently, Roger Stone is thinking about running for Florida governor just to spite Ron De Santis. Scottie over in his toy box gives us the rage edition run down of Stone’s threats.
- TenBears treats us to an article that basically explains how the Supreme Court could declare the entire federal governing apparatus as we know it unconstitutional. Wouldn’t that be something? The conservatives really are determined to burn the whole thing down, aren’t they?
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I’m celebrating Kindness Day (Saturday 13 November) by encouraging my advisory students to post sticky notes on lockers at school with encouraging messages on them. What are you doing to make the world a kinder place this coming Saturday?