Well smell, just when you thought we were going to escape 2021 binge drinking alone in your darkened living room watching the ball drop in New York’s Time Square on your TV, it pauses at the exit to show us its colostomy bag. Has there been a worse last week in the history of New Year’s celebrations?
- DESMOND TUTU, the anti-apartheid superhero bishop of South Africa died on 26 December for a major Merry fucking Christmas and Happy New Years to you and yours from 2021. It was people like Tutu who made you think that the world had a chance of getting it right and becoming a better place…
- JOHN MADDEN, the football player, coach, and commentator died on 28 December. He was the everyman of his professions. I remember him hollering at us from the broadcast booth something mundane like, “They’re running a sweep! They’re pulling their guards!” which always made me think I was so smart because I knew what a Super Bowl winning coach knew, or he would say something ridiculous like, “If there were a play that could score four points, that would be the play they’d run,” which always made feel smart because logic, amirite? God bless John Madden.
- HARRY REID, the pugilist of the senate, and, perhaps, the only Democrat besides Elizabeth Warren that McConnell ever feared, also died on 28 December. If Reid were still leading the senate, we wouldn’t have no stinking filibuster and BBB and voting rights would be signed and passed. I swear to goodness 28 December will never be the same again.
- BETTY WHITE died on 31 December at age 99 just 18 days shy of her 100th birthday and after millions on social media jinxed her by openly praying for her “protection” until she reached this arbitrary milestone. How could those self-absorbed chasers of likes, shares, comments, and follows not realize or care what they were doing to her? We live in a hellish age, don’t we?
Other than those deaths and the catastrophe that is our Congress and climate, I hope your holidays have been merry, happy, and gay, and your 2022 will be richly rewarding and filled with love and success.
Man, who am I kidding? We’re so fucked!
The Week’s Reading
Being a holiday week in which nothing much was happening, I had an unusual amount of time to read, so here’s the cream of that crop if you can manage it through the grief-stricken sobbing and hysterical realization of just how dire our situation is.
On the Interwebs
There were some very interesting things written that don’t fall into the category of blogs that I follow.
- GREENACRES!?! Anything with a reference to that Eddie Albert-Eva Gabor vehicle already has my unwavering attention, but when it gets used to explain Derrida’s deconstructionism, I get all warm and fuzzy! (New Lines Magazine)
- WELL-WRITTEN RHETORIC: I have found my Bible and tome. Never shall I write another tortured sentence or aimless wandering post. Everything from now on shall be engaging, informative, and flowing, and suddenly, I was run over by a truck. (One of the truly most bewildering and befuddling experiences you can have on the Internet, Coldbacon)
- DEATH THREATS: We live in the age of the anonymous death threat. If someone surfaces in the news, it seems that the threatening phone calls and emails cannot be far behind. Reuters has done a masterful job of not only cataloguing almost 900 threats to elections workers but arranged them on an interactive page for your perusal, which you should definitely peruse. (Reuters)
From Ye Olde Blogge Rolle
Nothing beats getting your favorite blog posts delivered straight to your email inbox (hint, hint sign up for our email list), so these were the posts that caught my eye. Amazingly not all of them are end of the year stuff and the ones that are are damn sure worth looking at.
- POVERTY TESTIMONY: One of the best encapsulations about the growing number of poor in America from one of Manchin’s very own constituents. If the mining unions can’t sway him, I don’t see how a poor working class mother can. But, she is worth listening to and following. Yep, We Need to “Rattle the Windows,” For Sure (AnnieAsksYou byAnnie)
- 2022’s WORD is cake. So, come over to the 2022 side! We’ve got that cake you like! 2022 already seems better, doesn’t it? (Red’s Wrap by Jan)
- FRENCH HUMOR?!? Sacre Bleu! Say it ain’t so. but it turns out the French editorial cartoonists are saying pretty much the same things ours are only in French, which makes it a bit tough to get the joke until Carol translates them. Year-End Humor from France, Ring Out 2021 with a Laugh (cas d’intérêt by Carol)
- FROM THE TRENCHES of the masking comes a real-life story from a librarian on getting her clients to mask up. The struggle is real, y’all! Will wear the mask in a minute.. (whatmamathinks)
- NEW YEARS SCHMEW CHEERS! If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to treat 31 December and 1 January like they were just any other day, your wait is over. it’s just another day (SUZILAND by Suze)
Posts on Grief because Holidays
The holidays can be rough on all of us and even rougher if we’ve been unfortunate enough to have lost someone during the holidays, near the holidays, or if it is one of the first without them. Knowing how important grief is to Ye Olde Blogge, here are two personal posts:
- My Loss and the Holidays (GayAndGrieving by Charles)
- Saying Goodbyes (PrettyPiratePattyReviews by Pretty Pirate Patty)
The Professional Blogs
It would be possible just fill this column with posts from the more professionally written and oriented blogs that I follow. Okay, they’re not blogs, but publications that use WordPress. Here’s what was just irresistible this week.
- ‘Drained and Wary of the Future’: Why You Might Feel Different About New Year’s Resolutions This Year I know I needed to hear this. This has been a wearying year that followed another wearying year ended by an even more wearying week and leading into what can only be described as another wearing year. Holy crap will this ever end? (NeuroScience News)
- The ‘Runner’s High’ May Result From Molecules Called Cannabinoids – The Body’s Own Version of THC and CBD I always knew that that smiley happy feeling you get after a long run was familiar. Now you know. Makes sense, right? (NeuroScience News)
- Hong Kong’s ban on ivory products comes into force, marking end of once-rampant industry Having lived in an ivory exporting country — It is illegal, but Kenya has a thriving ivory smuggling ring and loses elephants every year — this article caught my eye. The strategy of activists has long focused on closing the markets for animal products. Will it work? Who knows. People are assholes after all. I think that was proven in a recent post, right? (Hong Kong Free Press)
Friends of Ye Olde Blogge
New Years and the holiday season has come and gone yet again. Here’s what the special friends of the blog were blogging about in the last week of 2021.
- DREAMS OF NOVELING: Who hasn’t dreamed of being a novelist? We’ve all got at least one kicking around inside of us, right? As I head into Joseph Conrad territory, I was heartened to find this promotion of Indie Blu(e) Publishing (Of Cabbages and Kings).
- DUMBALIZATION: The MSM political press is half of the problem! These folks are asleep at the profits looking to exploit the gullible just like all the other corporate overlords because corporations, even media corporations, won’t save our democracy as long as the authoritarians allow the profits to flow. Our Failed Political Press Announces The New Normal (Mock Paper Scissors)
- DON’T LOOK NOW! Ten Bears has finally seen Don’t Look Up, so we can all relax. He’s given it his seal of approval, so we can all give a huge sigh of relief. If you haven’t had that lingering feeling of we’re so fucked, you will once you’ve seen it. Discuss in the comments, y’all! (Homeless on the High Desert)
- EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY! COME RIGHT AWAY: Burr Demings has had himself a some something medical that landed him in the emergency room, so this usual column of entertaining commentary on this week’s reading is delayed or just put off until next week. Join us in wishing him a speedy recovery. Better yet, drop by and leave him an encouraging comment. (Fair and Unbalanced)
- THE COMICAL NEW YEAR: Scottie has put up his cartoon round up and there are some GREAT ones there this time. The end of a rather shitty year has inspired our current crop of cartoonists to make some biting commentary on our current state of affairs. (Scottie’s Playtime)
We’re officially in 2022. There’s no getting out of it now. Let’s try to have it at least twice the fun as we had in 2021.
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