Sunday, January 17, 2021

Can't choose one line

My Dad was sent a long list of lies about how "awesome" the former host of the Celebrity Apprentice has been. The request was for one single reply. It is impossible to figure out, but these were the first things that came to mind:

"They were beating the shit out of him," said Cole. "Right in front of my eyes."

If US had Canada’s Covid-19 death rate, 225,000 Americans would be alive today.

December’s jobs report confirms Trump is set to be the worst jobs president on record.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Reposting: "It could never happen here"

Originally posted last year. A reminder: this election was decided by only 43,000 votes in three states.

"It could never happen here" One of the most enlightening books for me was Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. That's what came to mind when I saw this column:

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021

Ten Years Ago Today

On this day in 2011, right down Sunrise Drive from us, a gunman shot our Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in the head, and killed six innocent people as well. (Injured many others.)

Gabrielle Giffords tweets moving message to husband after Capitol breached

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Late Night

A noose and confederate flag and "Camp Auschwitz," in case they weren't being clear enough. (Update on yesterday's post.) (And, of course, Sam Harris, the least self-aware human ever, says the left and the right are equally cults, that QAnon is the same as Woke.)

Also, from here:

“And the wildest part is these MAGA marchers think Donald Trump cares about them. He doesn’t care about you. He doesn’t care about your wife or your job or your health care or the air you breathe, the water you drink. He cares about himself. And only about himself. Unless you were pushing a lawn mower, he wouldn’t let you into his golf club. He’d roll his limo right over you to get a Chick-fil-A sandwich.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

“He does not give a damn about you. He went home to watch it on TV. You’re just entertainment for him — and, of course, a steady stream of merchandise sales.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“Anyway, this isn’t how any of this works. We don’t decide elections on who’s most upset; we decide them by who gets the most votes, portioned by state through a weird Electoral College that was instituted to maintain the political power of slave states. It’s a long story.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

This really isn't surprising

 Were people not paying attention when armed protestors stormed the Michigan capital? This is what Republicans have been supporting and encouraging for quite a while now.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

A song I shouldn't like

Given that I don't like spiders and don't like discordant music, I shouldn't like this song at all. But I do! Especially at 3:57 in! 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Repeat for the New Year: Enlightenment

I'm always re-reading Bob Wright's Why Buddhism Is True (and sometimes re-listening to various podcasts with Bob; eg., Dan Harris' 10% Happier podcast).

To me, enlightenment would entail fully internalizing that all there is is matter and energy. Just physics. I know this is true intellectually, but I don't live my life as such.

If I could fully, truly internalize that simple fact, the consequences would be enormous*. Viscerally understanding that there is no free will - we are all just damaged biological robots - would be incredibly profound. 

It took me many years to not get angry every time something like a computer malfunctioned. In the absolute happiest time in my life, I still swore at my computer. I still sometimes get upset when technology malfunctions, let alone people.

If I could fundamentally recognize that everything in the universe as simply the interaction of matter and energy, I would be liberated. I would, I think, have achieved as much enlightenment as possible.

Wish me luck.   ;-)

*This isn't to say I wouldn't still try to reduce suffering. Even though it is just the product of the interactions of matter and energy, Suffering Is Bad. I think it is possible (and desirable) to distance myself from, say, my degenerative osteoarthritis pain (although it is hard to imagine being sanguine about a Crohn's attack). But that wouldn't change the fact that it is Good to reduce suffering.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Boston's "Long Time"

Tall, vegan engineer from Toledo. But I don't have "musical genius" in common with Tom Scholz. (And he's much taller than I am.)

Here is "Long Time." If you ever want to see me embarrass myself, play this when I think no one is watching. 

Friday, December 25, 2020

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Priorities and my new writing project

Shouldn't every medical worker and USPS employee get vaccinated before Marco effing Rubio? 

With that said: