…some days I think I might know how Arthur Dent felt
“I like the cover,” he said. “Don’t Panic. It’s the first helpful or intelligible thing anybody’s said to me all day.” Arthur Dent talking about The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
…because some days…it’s tempting enough
Covid Dreams, Trump Nightmares
No One Knows What’s Going to Happen
…perhaps too tempting for some
On a somber Memorial Day weekend, the president did not mention the mounting coronavirus toll and instead retweeted personal attacks on his political rivals.
“It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ in large, friendly letters on the cover.” Douglas Adams, talking about The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy in…the less intergalactic version
…now this is hard for me…I love me some Douglas Adams & I think a good bit of wisdom lurks beneath his meandering prose…like the man himself says in that quote up top, it’s tough to get the really committed fools to see sense
…but here’s the thing about that “Don’t Panic” deal…it doesn’t mean ignore things until they go away
Coronavirus deaths in the United States approached a staggering 100,000, a number the president once predicted would never be reached.
…& it sure as shit doesn’t mean say it ain’t so & hope for the best
“We did all the right moves,” the president said Wednesday. “The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story,” said his son-in-law.
…so I’d like to say I’m sure things will be better when reality settles in
Florida Law Restricting Felon Voting Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
…but…that isn’t necessarily the bet the smart money’s on?
Public health officials recommend absentee ballots to keep people safe. But President Trump and his party, without evidence, portray expanded voting measures as ripe for fraud.
A group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but also some anti-Trump Republicans — have been gaming out how to respond to various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election.
…& sure…a lot of that sounds ridiculous
…like too ridiculous to be true…but it’s hard to muster any real conviction that we haven’t bled that notion dry
In 1,170 days, President Trump has made 18,000 false or misleading claims https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database
…so, if I’m honest…I’m at least as scared of viral stupidity as I am of the actual virus
…& I’m not at all sure it isn’t ultimately still killing more people, at that
As the number of deaths in the ranks of veterans continues to rise, we need to revisit our enduring commitment to their care.
Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy?
In 2019, just 17 percent of Americans said they trusted the federal government to do the right thing. The pandemic appears to be eroding their faith even more.
Pay Cuts Become a Tool for Some Companies to Avoid Layoffs
Crumbs for the Hungry but Windfalls for the Rich
…so if you can find a silver lining I’d go on ahead & bask in that sucker
Joe being stuck at home during an election year may turn out to be a good thing.
…because when you get down to it, this one don’t count
…so every little helps
…who knows…maybe tonight I’ll get some sleep?