I’m back from a Thanksgiving break. I hope everybody had a filling and fulfilling holiday. Mine was quiet and uncomplicated, exactly the way I like it.
Just some random thoughts …
The Trump impeachment hearings have finally done for me what years of willpower and determination couldn’t do: They’ve made me lose all interest in politics.
For years I’ve known intellectually (and have written) that political “news” is mostly a con and a diversion. For years I swore off news and politics (which are increasingly synonymous) and pledged to ignore them. But I was sucked in anyhow.
Now? I’m just bored.
Does that mean I’m cured of my lifelong addiction?
It’s strange to think that within living memory “news” occupied two small places in average first-world lives: the pages of a morning newspaper and a 15-minute segment (later expanded to half an hour) on television before the real evening programming began.
I suspect we owe Lee Harvey Oswald (or whoever really killed JFK) for kicking off our present 24/7 fixation. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could owe Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and their media followers for finally ending our obsession/addiction/FOMO on every political development?
Yeah, I know. Tech alone means endless news will always be … endless. Besides, the more all-consuming government becomes, the more everything becomes political, and the more we get sucked in, for sheer self-defense if nothing else.
But a girl can dream.
I’ve been working on a blogosaurus about the cumulative effects of child abuse (both freelance and institutional).
It began with unorganized thoughts and seemingly random memories pouring out on paper, without plan or direction. I wasn’t sure, and am still not sure, it will ever shape itself into anything blogable. But I finally realized that if it had a theme, that theme would paraphrase Stalin’s famous quote about one death being a tragedy, but a million deaths being merely a statistic.
One damaged life is a tragedy; a million damaged lives is a society.
Heaven help us.
As I say, I don’t know when or whether that blog will ever see daylight. So in the meantime, here’s a link sent by FM on a similar topic:
We must stop labeling and drugging our kids for acting like kids.
And some more links for you:
- The Siberian permafrost has revealed a remarkably well-preserved prehistoric puppy. But a dog pup or a wolf pup? Even DNA doesn’t tell. (I love what they’re calling it, though.)
- Although we’re past black Friday and cyber Monday, it’s never too late for this charming observation on the real value of gift giving.
- The complete list of alternatives to Google products. (H/T C2)
- An Orthodox Jewish family was verbally attacked on a train. Among others, a brave Muslim woman leaped to their defense.
- Joel Kotkin on America’s drift toward feudalism.
- Just when you thought the tiny house movement had priced itself out of all reasonableness, along come budget-minded arched cabin kits. (And here’s the company website.) H/T C2
- Even The Atlantic occasionally shows a free-market side. Yascha Mounk asks Why is it so hard and expensive to get eyeglasses or contact lenses in the USA? Answer: It’s the Great American Eye-Exam Scam.
- Caring woman saves a young German shepherd caught in backyard bedsprings and dying of thirst, malnutrition, and all kinds of neglect.