Thursday, January 17, 2019

PRETTY MUCH, YEAH

Mollie Hemingway on Why You Got Trump.

BEEN THERE

Jon Gabriel.

Watching my dad slowly die from dementia is really, really, really, really, really horrible.

Same with my mom.  Watching Alzheimer's destroy her brilliant mind one day at a time is now and will forever be the worst experience of my life.  Fortunately, she only had to endure about two years; pneumonia was what eventually killed her.

I guess the nadir was that lovely spring evening toward the end when my sister Jennifer brought Madeline, her first child, over to the nursing home to meet her grandma.  I don't think Maddie was even a year old.  Jennifer, Madeline and I remained outside while Dad went in to get Mom.

At that point, I don't know what we were expecting.

If Mom had been right, she would have been over the moon.  An actual grandkid in town?  Jen and her then-husband could have had free live-in child care for as long as both of them wanted it because Mom would probably have moved in with them (whether they wanted her to or not). 

Her actual reaction when Dad brought her out?  None.  She had no idea what was going on.

So this sort of death is not exactly a motivation to keep a handle on your bad cholesterol count.  There are WAY worse ways to die than heart attacks.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

FREAKING RIVER, CRY ME A

As of a month ago, I've gone six years without a regular paycheck and since I'm 63, the chances of my ever getting another one are non-existent.  The small inheritance from my father that I live on pays the rent, the bills and buys food along with an extravagance now and then. 

So far

As we slog through the fourth week of the longest government shutdown in history, 10 Cabinet-level agencies and dozens of others remain closed, forcing approximately 800,000 federal workers to make ends meet without pay—indefinitely. This number includes 52,000 employees at the U.S. Coast Guard—which in 2018 had a “nearly fivefold increase in the number of migrants” intercepted off the West Coast. It also includes 51,000 TSA officers, a snub that has prompted shuttered checkpoints and longer security lines at U.S. airports.

Translated, while President Trump touts “a growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the southern border from a mostly fictitious influx of drugs and criminals, agencies on the actual front lines of illegal immigration and terrorism are languishing.

To treat federal workers as categorically non-essential—as this shutdown does—is a huge mistake.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

TRANSFORMATION

Remember when Meggie Mac was considered a joke?  I do.  But she's somehow turned herself into one of the best and most honest journalists in this country.

NORMALIZATION

Woman who once volunteered to be Bill Clinton's milking machine thinks the JOOOOOOOOOO's are Why You Got Trump.

Monday, January 14, 2019

BREAKING

Anglicanism still found to be joke.

Last week, the Anglican Centre in Rome announced the appointment of the Very Rev. Dr. John Shepherd as temporary director of the Anglican outreach to the Roman Catholic pontiff at the Vatican. This caused a major scandal, since Shepherd has denied the historicity of the gospels and suggested that he does not believe in the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ, a cornerstone of Christian and Anglican doctrine.
 
"The Resurrection of Jesus ought not to be seen in physical terms, but as a new spiritual reality," Shepherd said in a video message for Easter in 2008. "It is important for Christians to be set free from the idea that the Resurrection was an extraordinary physical event which restored to life Jesus's earthly body."
 
Shepherd went on to say, "the Gospel accounts are not historical records as we understand them. They are symbolic images of the breaking through of the resurrection spirit into human lives."
 
Rome?  You have enough problems of your own without dealing with this crap.  Why in God's name do you still take these people seriously?

DUNKIN DONUTS?

Any chance you could open a place near where I live?

Starbucks is installing boxes for safe disposal of syringes in the bathrooms of certain locations, following workers' reports of discarded needles and sometimes concerning conditions.
 
The coffee giant is exploring remedies after employees expressed fears about being pricked by uncapped needles and experiencing related health risks. Starbucks is testing solutions, including installing sharps-disposal boxes, using heavier-duty trash bags to prevent needle pokes, and removing trash cans from certain bathrooms.

"These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations, which is why we have protocols and resources in place to ensure our partners are out of harm's way," Starbucks representative Reggie Borges told Business Insider.

"My coworkers and I had all experienced needles left behind in the bathroom, store, and even in our drive-thru," said one person who signed the petition after working at a Starbucks location in Lynnwood, Washington, for three years. The three Starbucks employees who spoke with Business Insider for this article asked to either remain anonymous or to be referred to by only their first name, in order to speak frankly.