It’s been a week with big news!
From the States: Rittenhouse exposes just how fucked up our gun laws are, the House passes the Build Back Better Bill, VP Kamala Harris wields presidential power, however briefly, as the first woman to do so, Steve Bannon is arrested, and President Biden had a birthday!
- It was a short work week thanks to the Water Festival celebrating the end of the rainy season, which hasn’t ended yet because of climate change, and the famous dragon boat races commemorating the victory of King Jayavarman VII’s navy over the Champa navy on the Tonle Sap Lake liberating Cambodia from their domination in 1181. The battle is depicted on the walls of Angkor Wat.
- We also had the opening of the country to tourism. Anyone able to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated may enter the country without quarantine, demonstrating #COVID19 insurance coverage, or paying a $3,000.00 (US) deposit. Come visit, y’all! The country is amazing, but I’m a curmudgeonly host.
- The Angkor Wat Half Marathon 2021 was postponed until 2 January 2022 giving me an outside chance of upgrading to the half marathon instead of the 10 K.
in personal news, I now weigh a very Joe Bidenly, 181 pounds (82.5 kg) down from my height of 242 pounds (110 kg) in February 2020 at the outset of the #COVID19 pandemic. I spent my time in lockdown hungry. Literally. By June 2020 when we left China for Cambodia, I weighed 85 kg and spent a year at that weight. At the beginning of the school year, I renewed my diet of low carbs, high vegetables, and added running. So, yay, me.
In historical news, we have some important dates coming up next week:
- The anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is coming up on Monday 22 November. Presidential historian, Michael Bechloss, has been running pictures of Kennedy in the days and weeks leading up to his assassination letting us know what he was up to and how much time he had remaining in some kind of macabre historical rendition of a car wreck that you can’t help but look at. This was typical of his offerings. I’m not crying! You’re crying!
- Of course, there’s American Thanksgiving — Thanks Canada for having a Thanksgiving, too, forcing me to distinguish. Who knew? — on Thursday 25 November. Be sure to check out our timely advice for how to cope with your favorite drunk rage uncle around the turkey. It’s really good advice because it really works.
- On Friday 26 November is Native American Heritage Day heralding the end of Native American Heritage Month. It seems to me that we might coulda done more with that. Pencils it in for next year.
- A day of particular importance is Tuesday 23 November:
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- If you’re like me, you use your personal experience in conjunction with social causes. That’s what Charles Davis is doing with his grief after his husband’s passing. He’s looking to restart support groups for the widowed LGBTQ+ community. His latest, I Can’t Erase Our Last Grocery List: Grief Journal, is testimony to the power of grief and good writing.
- I’ve been on a nostalgic Appalachia kick lately, so I was happy to see this piece, I LEFT MY HEART IN APPALACHIA, by my favorite drawbridge tender, Barb, about a trip to North Carolina, Tennessee, and the DC area she and her husband took.
- Bassel van der Kolk talked about using psychedelics to treat trauma survivors, and here is a great article summarizing the use of psychedelics to alleviate anxiety in mice, Psychedelics Show Promise in Treating Mental Illness. All I can say is, none dare call it coincidence.
- A very fine take down of the disgusting hit job that Louisiana senator John Neely Kennedy clumsily tried to lay on Biden nominee for comptroller of the currency, Saule Omarova, from Peter Athas over at First Draft, OWNING THE COMMIES WITH JOHN NEELY KENNEDY.
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- From Robert over at Of Cabbages and Kings some advice on enjoying the here and now because we don’t know what the future holds.
- Tengrain, at Mock Paper Scissors, gives us a fine take down of Loaded Boebert by Rep. Ilhan Omar demonstrating why stupid people living in glass houses shouldn’t play with matches.
- TenBears reminds us that Biden’s Build Back Better Bill will not add to inflation from his blogging abode at Homeless on the High Desert.
- Infidel of Infidel753 fame, leaves us with memes and memes of pithy witty wisdom and some of his favorite reading from the week.
- Burr’s blog Fair and Unbalanced, has a collection of stories from around the blogosphere and webosphere on the week’s news. If you need your news reviewed with a heaping helping of wit and sarcasm, then Burr’s is the place for you!
- At Scottie’s Scottie’s Toy Box, he gives us Old Handsome Joe’s remarks on Transgender Day of Remembrance.
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