Here's a roadmap of steps that details out what it would take for the world to meet the goals set by the Paris climate goals. Instead Trump is issuing executive orders to undo what meager progress he can. Dump your existential despair here.
I'm about to post on climate change, so can we please have a happy thread to balance out my existential terror? Tell me nice things here.
God damn, few things are more depressing than the wall of local GoFundMe drives that appear after you donate. Here's a kid with cancer, here's a kid who needs a wheelchair, here are some young kids whose mom just died. Holy shit. And they all need money, because somehow throwing in $100, or $200, or $500 a year to the ones that happen to affect people we know, or happen to catch our eye, seems like a better option than saying "raise my taxes, and take care of everyone."
I love this story so much:
In an unwitting piece of postmodern art, the final 10 contestants in Channel 4's reality show Eden have left a remote corner of the West Highlands in Scotland to find not celebrity and book deals but that the show has not been on TV in months and has long since dropped out of the collective pop cultural conversation.
Oh dear. What was this show?
Intended as a combination of reality TV and sociology experiment, the participants were challenged to create a new model of society. But just as in the Biblical Eden, temptation proved too strong on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. With the group torn apart by sexual jealousy, hunger and feuds, more than half the cast quit. Struggling to live off the land, they resorted to smuggling in junk food and booze.
Switching topics, that last paragraph is an example of me taking the liberty of not preserving paragraph structure in the original because it annoyed me. I'm sorry.
A Presidential Commenter writes: I got into an argument the other day with a friend, on the amount of Trump-blame that should be placed at Howard Stern's feet. Some of the different angles that were pursued were:
- to what degree did Trump develop his taste for fame and the media on the Stern show? (probably a lot.)
- Would he have developed that taste otherwise? (who knows.)
- Is that how he honed his ability to talk to Tea Party voters? (This starts to feel like a stretch to blame that on Stern.)
- To what extent does Stern hold responsibility for the rise of Fox News? (not much, ime, except that they're a part of a media evolution towards a 24 hour shock-jock un-PC news cycle.)
My opinion is that Stern is complicated, with lots of bad parts, but also some decidedly good parts. As far as culpability for Trump being a famous real media-loving real estate mogul-failure, Stern played a big role. As far as crossing the bridge to politics and becoming the actual mother-fucking president, Stearn's not even in the top 50 of things I blame.
I intended to write this even-handed, without tipping my opinion, but I guess I failed.
Heebie's take: have at it, commenters. I agree that Stern has good and bad parts. How culpable is he?
Yesterday I overheard the following conversation, more-or-less:
Person A: You're here! I thought for sure you'd be out sick today.
Person B: Yes, I recover quick! Yesterday I felt like death. Went home, went straight to bed, woke up feeling great.
Person A: You must have a great immune system.
Person B: Yes, I do. It's the flip side to having auto-immune diseases. You have a really great immune system. Aside from my kidneys, I'm in great health.
It seems like Person B is an example of this.
I think I may be on the stronger-immune-system side of things - I don't seem to get sick much, but I do sometimes get eczema. (That's also tied to pregnancy, I think. Your immune system has to be suppressed to keep it from attacking the alien from within, and then maybe afterwards it comes roaring back?)
I almost posted on immigration a couple times this week, because I thought these links were interesting: ICE raids in Austin were retaliatory against the local sheriff's new policy, Austin isn't cooperating with executive orders to detain nonviolent immigrants, and all of a sudden farmers are trying to use the guest-worker program in California. But I couldn't think of anything to say besides shaking my fist menacingly. Nothing that hasn't been said before, at least.
My feelings on the collusion with Russia is a whole up-is-down, left-is-right disorientation. I can't get past the fact that there was enough damning evidence to cause most politicians to resign in shame almost a year ago, and yet Trump has blown by umpteen unimaginably tall career-ending barriers since then. So yes, this week had probably ten shocking revelations, but somehow we're still patiently anticipating something before we can end our newspaper articles with a declarative conclusion. (I think that lefty writers are waiting for a piece of evidence that is so indisputable that it makes diehard Republicans fan themselves in shock without any help from Democrats, which is the same dumb dynamic as always - stop waiting for Republicans to respond to reality and get on with doing your job.)
Gorisch's frozen trucker ruling is super infuriating.
Is anyone here skilled in graphic design and up for answering a few questions? Basically I want to know how difficult it would be for me to learn enough in free photoshop-style program (and which one to use) for a specific project.