Keeping Promises [DOT 12/9/21]

I am blissfully unaware of anything that has happened in the past two days (and I am under the assumption that yesterday was mostly 11/9 stuff anyway) so I am counting on you to help us out BTL on this DOT. So feel free to share with us what is going on.

When I offered to do this NOT-a-DOT at the last minute I promised, as I always do, not to rant incoherently. This is the first time I have kept said promise (due to fear that I’ll never be allowed again).

Do you ever make promises you find hard to keep? Feel free to let us know, as well as, anything else that is going on.

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  1. Well, here’s something:

    If that isn’t good news I don’t know what is. 

    Also from Page Six, a cautionary tale about the perils of celebrity:

    I don’t want to make a snap judgment but I’d guess that the overzealous fan has never attended a runway show IRL or even popped by his hometown Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia) to partake of the art and all the parties.


  2. In the world of sprots (although this is very 9/11-related):

    I don’t follow sprots so I didn’t understand 2/3 of this, but I was delighted to see that in the booth was “Joe Buck.” Sadly, it was not the hot Joe Buck/Jon Voight from “Midnight Cowboy.” 

    • No, this Joe Buck can turn an orgy into a collection of celibate monks by just showing up. 

      • I speak for all my fellow St Louis folks when I say we’re sorry for Joe Buck and even sorrier for Bob Costas. 

  3. Sprots!

    • Cat fact: They’ve been known to fall from more than 30 stories and survive with little to no injury. That said, anything less than 7 stories can be fatal. The theory is that once the cat reaches terminal velocity, it relaxes and distributes the impact across its body. So higher falls cause less injuries. Which is interesting, because it implies cats can fall from extreme heights and walk away from it — once you hit terminal velocity, you don’t pick up more speed.
      No, nobody drops cats (I know one of you will ask). The study was done by interviewing veterinarians in New York City, and talking to them about cats that accidentally fall from skyscrapers and were brought in.
      That said, this cat was in danger because that’s not a seven-story drop. And cats can still get injured from higher falls. So good job, rescuers. 

  4. Now down to eight lives, but that ninth one was wild! 

  5. Regarding promises…I do keep my promises. I was raised to “do what I commit to, as it is a reflection on character”. It is hard to escape the early programming, right?

  6. The toll on healthcare workers is unreal like those first responders who helped and died on 9/11 except this is happening every fucking day to them.
    80% unvaxxed.  Most of them in my peer age bracket (mid 40s to early 60s.)
    Yet, according to shitheads at the NYT we shouldn’t be rude or point out how awful/selfish/stupid/ignorant they are.  I think more and more, that this bullshit talking point isn’t about the anti-vax believers, but rather it is about the scolds in the media shouldn’t be blaming other media (the anti-vax fucks) for continuing to spread the lies while vaxxed.  Can’t have the media (especially the club) at each other’s throats.

    • Today’s NY Times has a front page article about the scapegoating of the top airport official in Massachusetts for the fact that some of rhe hijackers flew out of Boston.
      A few media figures expressed regrets, but unsurprisingly the Times reporter (formerly with the Boston Globe) Ellen Barry pulls her punches and engages in no serious retrospection. When she refers to notoriously bigoted Howie Carr merely as a columnist and his partisan hack Murdoch paper the Boston Herald as merely a “scrappy tabloid” you know the game is up.
      Like you say, admitting how much rot is in the media is just too, too much. The Howie Carrs of the right can be as hackishly partisan as they want. But oh the horrors of incivility if you stand up for their scapegoats by truthfully describing the partisanship behind the attacks. 
      The ultimate rule at the Times is defending the one way street of partisanship and vicious incivility. It’s not about telling the truth.

  7. I was not so good at keeping promises in my youth. Some of them were made rashly, without considering options or how time might change what I was agreeing to.  As I got older I started making fewer promises, but they are more thoughtfully made, and I rarely have to break them. 

    • samesies….ive learnt to not make promises….coz im flakey as fuck
      uhh…well…ive mostly learnt that…im not completely there yet

  8. Brenda Berkman (she is amazing btw) and the erasure of women first responders on  9/11.
    To any DS parents with kids who love firefighters and are looking for diversity, I recommend “Send a Girl! The True Story of How Women Joined the FDNY”. The only other book I’ve found is Molly By Golly which is about the first Black woman firefighter…but it’s not great as it feels patronizing.

    • @HammerZeitgeist
      that’s something that always struck me odd. Surely in NYC, there are women firefighters, cops, and EMTs even 20 yrs ago. But they’re never in the film footage or reports. Just yesterday for the first time I learned one of the guys that helped crash the plane in Pennsylvania was an openly gay rugby player. But you know, 9/11 is one of the most American things to ever happen to us so we can’t talk about *those people*

      • Just today there was a story about the only woman police officer to be killed in the WTC attacks. About 60 NYPD and Port Authority PD (the Port Authority is a separate agency that controlled the WTC) were killed. So what did the article have to say?

        Well, it was ackshually a story about her husband, a fellow cop, who used the anniversary to rant and rave about how badly police officers are treated by the public, expressing particular ire at defund movements. So that was–

    • It’s astonishing how much forgetting is needed to carry out the slogan “never forget.”
      From the beginning it’s always been about picking and choosing what gets remembered, what is ignored, and what fictions were accepted as true.

  9. My promises are worth their weight in gold.

  10. I generally don’t make promises.  And I tend to get really suspicious of those people who try to demand promises.
    If I don’t think I’ll be able to carry through with something, uphold a request, or similar, I try to be clear about that, but a lot of people only hear what they want or expect to happen, and not what you are trying to tell them.

  11. Every promise I’ve ever made to myself to diet has been a failure. But otherwise, I’m pretty good at keeping promises!

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