What I made for dinner last night…
The tech CEOs know this is harmful, but they do it anyway. A whistleblower released internal documents showing how Instagram use leads to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Mark Zuckerberg was told all the disturbing details.
An important read?… I am wondering if the dopamine addiction depression is what prevents people who have otherwise good lives from seeing they are good?… is this a reason why a lot of people are thinking about voting for 45 again?…
Every day I have to take a few deep breaths, in, out, in, out. These are frightening times. Ukraine deserves our support. I don’t want to live in a world where Russia succeeds in occupying Ukraine. 45’s brownshirts in congress are trying to make sure I do.
Today’s big story continues to be Trump’s statement that he “would encourage [Russia] to do whatever the hell they want” to countries that are part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) if those countries are, in his words, “delinquent.” Both Democrats and Republicans have stood firm behind NATO since Dwight D. Eisenhower ran for president in 1952 to put down the isolationist wing of the Republican Party, and won.
I would vote for a paper bag over 45.
As I watch the hand wringing about 45 on MSNBC, I wonder, how could anyone be considering voting for 45 again? How is it we as a country seem prepared to be that stupid? It shouldn’t even be close. Yet it is.
Now heading into my third week of COVID. My first time in the rodeo. Can’t imagine what getting it in the beginning would have been like. I am fully vaccinated and got Paxlovid in the beginning of this round. So tired of not being able to go anywhere.
I have been doing some tidying up of various online accounts and replacing debit cards in those accounts with a new one necessitated by the compromising of my old one. I am astonished by how uniformly badly the majority of these websites work and how awful the experience is.
More news dropped today about the damage MAGA Republicans are doing to the United States. A report published today in JAMA Internal Medicine estimates that in the 14 states that outlawed abortion after the Supreme Court’s June 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, 64,565 women became pregnant after being raped, “but few (if any) obtained in-state abortions legally.”
… let’s repeat… since R v W overturned, in just 14 states, 64,565 women became pregnant after being raped and were unable to obtain legal abortions…
An interesting HCR this morning…
The attempt to create distrust of large financial institutions is part of a larger attempt to destabilize the institutions of democracy. Trump is the figurehead for that attempt, but it is larger than him, and it will outlast him.
Feminine me is tossing masculine me’s uniform aside. Boring! She has brought purple, magenta, blue/green, and blue into the mix. Her preferred clothing purveyors are J. Jill and Poetry. She likes contemplating questions like, what color lipstick looks good on me? Should I get purple highlights in my hair? Should I get my brows done? What sort of eye makeup should I wear?
Creativity is less a ‘what’, a thing that is done, than a manner in which whatever it may be is approached. It is not an entity, but a disposition towards the world.
(Iain McGilchrist, The Matter With Things)
This is aa good general statement of where we are at in the election in generageneral, but this stood out…
White evangelicals heartily endorse a crook and a rapist apparently because they expect that he will put in place the world they envision, one controlled by white, patriarchal evangelical Christians.
… every Christian who doesn’t share the evangelical point of view should be out there loudly and continuously denouncing it… this is an absolute perversion of Christian faith…
Finished reading Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, by Emily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski
This is a great book with lessons for men and women, but particularly for women. It also hit me at a very important transition moment in my life and helped to solidify the foundations of that transition.
And just now our dogs got into a rare fight over a treat. That’s enough excitement for the day, thank you very much!
We attended a super spreader event last night… we had fun but now wait to see if our covid luck has run out. The performer is Vibeke Saugestadt, a friend of ours. She was debuting her new band. I am told she has a good following in Norway where she is from.