Weekend Links – Mentally it’s Still Tuesday to Me. In April.

I have to say, the media is doing a better job this time around of not jumping to be the first to call the results and insisting on vote tallying.

I also have to say, for anyone declaring that “This is not who America is,” in response to any of the bullshit of the last four years…have you learned nothing? This is, in fact, who we are. It’s who half of our voters are. If you aren’t all in on the cruelty, the norm breaking, the manipulation of legal privileges for profit and gain, the attempted/successful coopting of members of government for private gain, the cozying up to enemies, breaking of faith with our allies, the breaking of our treaties–and that’s to say nothing of the petty, vindictive toxicity of behavior including sexism and accusations of assault, racism and coddling of actual Nazis, and the slow, grim slide into stupid fascist

You might not be all in on any of the above…but none of it was a deal breaker. For half of Americans. #MeToo, #BLM, indigenous peoples’ protests, the Womens’ March…all of this is happening for a reason.

And to anyone who thinks fascism-lite is acceptable because it’s happening on “their side” forgets that sooner or later, everyone ends up on the enemies list. Everyone.

Whew. Okay, some links that have little or NOTHING to do with the election. Britain is in Lockdown 2.0

Bond out. RIP.

A piece that simply must be read, not explained.

Poland has been rocked by almost constant protests for months now, and I’m amazed at how little attention it gets. It’s a major front in the western culture wars, including horrible LGBT crackdowns and now additional restrictions on abortions. I salute those in the streets.

What a time to be alive.

Let’s have one more nod to Halloween, shall we?

I mentioned this in my Sunday post, but that sensation that time is a flat circle? No, you’re not imagining it, and we have no idea what the long term effects are going to be. Normally things that mark the passage of time like holidays, weekends, birthdays, regular appointments, or even just scheduled dates with friends or family help you feel that life is being lived. You’re moving forward in someway. Absent that, we’re all kind of just…existing.

It’s not an accident that, every cycle, the boogeyman of the Democrats is a woman,” says Ocasio-Cortez. “A couple of cycles ago, it was Pelosi. Then it was Hillary, and now it’s me.”

On the flip side, it’s hilarious watching the male establishment fail to land a knockout punch on this woman. All of the usual tricks aren’t working. Long may she endure and rise above their bullshit.

Does anyone else get shades of Douglas Adams here?

Nope, I don’t remember fun.

Oh, I bet they are.

White suburban women turned out for Trump in greater numbers than 2016 (ugh). I know this is not incidental because they are both superconsumers and spreaders of very specific disinformation.

Homelessness in a modern society is a choice–and not for the homeless. We have the money, we have the rooms and the land, we just lack the collective will.

I mean, our pop queen isn’t wrong…

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