I’ve been very bad at actually posting these when I said I would. Boredom is so overwhelming sometimes that it eliminates anything else I meant to do. And sometimes you just get busy.
Last week (or was it the week before? Who knows!) the President of the USA essentially admitted to being a puppet of the Russian government. So, you know, that’s special. A television satirist got Republicans and supporters of the NRA to back a (fake) proposal for giving guns to kindergarteners and teaching them how to shoot.
I don’t honestly know how Americans aren’t rioting in the streets, trying to burn their country down – a la Arab Spring – to build it up from the bottom. Or at least, gathering in groups to throw rocks at the White House. A friend told me it was because they’d lose their health insurance by not showing up to work and honestly…fuck, yeah, probably.
Sorry, these are supposed to be more newsy, but honestly, I don’t know what to say. America basically had its leader replaced with a shill and everyone seems…fine with it? Like, the populace isn’t really (although his base doesn’t believe it all, or care), but the members of the Republican Party (GOP) seem undeterred by this admission, and are just going to keep on keeping on.
I read a piece in the New York Times from someone who was reflecting on how they were bringing their child into a doomed world. How their kids’ lives will be worse than theirs, and there’s so little we can do about it because we just…didn’t act fast enough. Future folk, I hope your lives are okay. I’m sorry, in earnest. I tried. I really did.
When I went into this week’s piece I was feeling quite desolate about it all, and this week I feel a little more optimistic because science really is coming up with some important and impressive strides towards making sure we don’t all just…die. So, that’s good.
BUT, of course, there’s also the fact that the people of the UK are stockpiling food because they’re afraid of what happens after Brexit. And Saudi Arabia is mad at Canada for daring to call them out about imprisoning social justice activists. And yesterday, on the one year anniversary of the death of Heather Heyer – the activist who was murdered by car in the Charlottesville protests last year – the Nazis (literal, actual Nazis) who held last year’s rally once again marched. In smaller numbers, because apparently no one trusts the organizer (haha, that’s funny!) and they were met with over a thousand counter-protestors, so that’s good.
Literal Nazis. In 2018. And people are saying some of them might be DECENT. Wearing a NAZI FLAG in Australia and the USA is somehow, in some ways, considered patriotic? It’s…it’s fucked.