Here it is, the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the US…or just Saturday if you’re literally anywhere else. The US has some nice things to be sure, but the reality is that this country has been on a steady downward slide since January 20th of 1981. Since then, we’ve made the evisceration of government services a national sport—one in which both parties have been happy to engage, at least until very recently. Even then, with the passage of the hard infrastructure bill (forget the Build Back Better bill—that sucker is dead in the water thanks to S&M), Joe Biden is 100% kidding himself when he says that we’ll once again have the best roads, and transit systems in the world over the next 10 years. At best, that trillion dollars might finally get us back to a baseline where we won’t have to continually worry about massive bridge collapses, or power grids going to shit in a storm—but we will be far from being an actual leader in cutting edge infrastructure which not only works and is properly maintained, but also doesn’t contribute massive amounts of emissions toward global warming. So, let’s just be real about the whole thing: we’re finally making up for the unconscionable neglect that we’ve shown toward the nation’s infrastructure to the point where we will no longer resemble the Global South, at least for a few years, but that’s as good as it’s going to get. Republican gerrymandering and their slash-and-burn approach to election law will net them Congress next year, and may very well get them the White House again a couple of years after that—especially if the Democrats continue to put forward milquetoast, centrist dipshits like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as nominees. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be a very dark ride for the foreseeable future.
That being said, if we who value intelligence, reality, and the fact that individualism above all else will result in our own destruction are going to get through our lives without seriously considering suicide as a viable solution, then we need to cultivate gratitude as a coping mechanism. I’m not talking about that bullshit, Hallmark gratitude which is only mentioned one day of the year and then ignored as it rightly should be. I’m talking about gratitude that comes from acting like we’re grateful. I can tell you all day long that I’m grateful, but if I’m scowling and bitching and moaning and actively making the lives of everyone around me miserable, then the reality is that I’m lying. However, if I’m taking actions like being of service to others, treating people with respect (At least those who deserve it. Some people—right wing shitbags, for example—do not offer respect and therefore don’t deserve any.), and paying real attention to what is going well in my life and in the world, then I am demonstrating my gratitude, rather than proclaiming it. Gratitude is an action word. Sometimes, it’s really, really, really fucking hard to be grateful—and a lot of days I’m anything but—so at those times I often need to utilize basic tools like writing down a list of what I’m grateful for, or even asking other people what makes them grateful. One thing is for certain, which is the reality that my mind is a neighborhood which I am best avoiding as much as possible. The more I can get out of myself and pay more attention to what’s in front of me, the better off I am, and anyone with whom I come into contact.
Well, that was nice, wasn’t it? Now, back to the joyless hellscape of our regular programming.
The Greatest Country In the World!!
I don’t know about you, but I think they also mind the functioning transit systems, non-shitty cellular and internet services, and not worrying about bankrupting themselves trying to get an education. Real ‘Murcans will eat shit all day long and ask for seconds.
Way more attention needs to be paid to the obscene amounts of money being thrown at the Supreme Court and other levels of the federal judiciary by right wing psychopaths.
Gee, I never would have expected people in Indiana to be such assholes…
The first question they need to ask themselves is: why the fuck did Jerry hire Mike McCarthy?
This is a good start. Approximately elevently-billion more golf courses to go.
This is never going to end, because Republicans make literally everything political.
From the desk of What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Honestly, not everything is improved with technology—and I say that as someone who has a tech-centric job.
Cell phone cameras, and their attendant software, are making Photoshop obsolete. Good.
There is a reason why certain reboots are doomed to failure—because the originals were perfect. Among those perfect originals is The Princess Bride. The good news is there is no buzz about a reboot there. However, I will agree that The Neverending Story and Conan the Barbarian could certainly go for another try.
This is certainly something to be grateful for—particularly the significant positive swing in numbers. Let’s hope that whatever is effecting the change here keeps going.
The turducken of tunes: