In General 9/5/18

I liked what Scalzi did with his Whatever Digest. So, I’m introducing In General. This will keep me writing and keep me attuned to the daily goings on of the world burning. And yes, if you haven’t noticed, the world is burning. No, I don’t have a journo degree and no, I’ll not be as eloquent, entertaining and mistake proof as Scalzi. You’ll get the rage and frustration and snarkiness and the potty mouth. Lucky you.

  • Brett Kavanaugh – I have three words for you: MERRICK FUCKING GARLAND. Kavanaugh and all the dark money backing him should absolutely positively NEVER sit on the bench. Not only does Kavanaugh want to give unlimited power to a sitting illegitimate president who—he believes is above the law—is an un-indicted co-conspirator, he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade—this can never happen; if it does, make no mistake, the number of women that will descend on D.C. will make the January 21, 2017 women’s march look like a garden party. Our hysteria will not be held back. Then there’s the secrecy behind the withholding of the thousands of documents from the hypocritical ‘but her emails’ crew. All this is not including Kavanaugh’s previous rulings on environmental regulations, worker’s rights, and affirmative action. To let this man on the bench will be the end of judicial autonomy and democracy period. This is not hyperbole. This is a Defcon level 1 threat to democracy. I would say contact your senators, but if they’re anything like mine, it won’t matter. The Republican party is complicit in this destruction of democracy; I would like to have hope; I don’t.
  • Should We Dim the Skies to Save the World? (The Atlantic) – Wasn’t this the premise—somewhat—to Snowpiercer?
  • A couple of articles dropped this week on what tech is doing to our brains: Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound & A neuroscientist explains what tech does to the reading brain. Both are interesting and concerning. Tech is not going away anytime soon so I’m wondering: what’s next? How do we move beyond these effects? Some may hate the fact that tech is replacing books, but for lots of people—myself including—tech is making it possible for me to read lots more.
  • Jameela Jamil is right about the Kardashians. Guardian & Elle
  • Rebecca Solnit, once again, holds nothing back about this president and the threat to democracy.
  • I’m eyeballs deep in another viewing of 13 seasons of Supernatural. Even with all the misogyny, this show has always been an impetus for inspiration.

 

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