Notes On Attention Paid

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First Thoughts

… got a lot done yesterday… spent a lot of money on provisioning humans and animals, however, humans are good for a week or more with minor expenditures along the way, and animals are good for up to three weeks… since we are leasing a car and have limited yearly mileage, we are trying to use the car less… this is both environmentally sound and financially sound… for the next week, whatever we need will be gotten in town at stores within walking distance…

… weight down significantly from the high it reached on BI… an error of the scale?… down three pounds in two days… makes one wonder… could be water weight…

… managed not to have more than one cocktail last two nights… trying not to have any alcohol, but if it’s in the house i am as likely as not to drink it… at least i am not drinking it all at once…

HCR meter on tense… Republicans trying to thwart the Dems and playing Russian Roulette with the debt ceiling… according to HCR they are trying to force the Dems to use up their reconciliation chip on the debt ceiling instead of the infrastructure package… the other answer would be to change the filibuster… strange that a rule allowing a party to require a sixty vote threshold to pass legislation itself can be undone or modified by a simple majority as it has been when there is an impasse on legislation of extreme importance to party or country… i am really hoping McConnel’s gambit will finally bring Manchin and Sinemah on board with filibuster busting and that the dems are able to bring on an avalanche of legislation, including the voting rights legislation… that should thoroughly fix the wagons of Republicans and condemn them to being minority party for a number of decades… one of the interesting points HCR made is to compare the industrial revolution that took place at the end of the 1800’s, and the effect it had in concentrating wealth and threatening to undo democracy, to the present moment in time… technology is again concentrating wealth and threatening democracy… in the late 1800’s the Robber Barons were beat back… will the new class of Robbers be beat back as well?…

… the crickets and other noisy bugs continue their nightly chorus… won’t be long before cold weather puts and end to that… fall is underway… winter is coming…