“They want us to turn on our neighbors and it will never happen.”
It was a rough week here in the UK, as I’m sure international readers may imagine. The company I’m contracting with is tangentially but significantly affected by security changes throughout the world so work was a bit full on this week and London was operating at a heightened state of vigilance. Nothing but praise for first responders and the Manchester community who showed up to support their city, refused to tolerate malicious commentary based on prejudice, and general came together in ways that might have made me tear up a bit. Oh, and humor. The Brits responded with humor.
The American president
leaked I mean mentioned in casual conversation the location of nuclear subs, put forward a budget that is (in my opinion) aggressively hostile to poor and disenfranchised citizens whilst potentially seriously ******* with NATO’s ability to function, and quite literally cost a dear friend of my her job–in case you thought it had to pass through Congress before having any effect. He also received the Pope’s treatise on climate change. Boy I hope they included the Cliff Notes.
Meanwhile, I’m happy in the knowledge that human beings are fantastic.
— Catrin Nye (@CatrinNye) May 23, 2017
Here are you links for the weekend, kittens, and hope you find some joy in it. Stories and sharing in the comments, please!
Here, have some balm for the soul.
Fellow yanks, let me translate this British for you: they are pissed at us right now.
Not subjected to high levels of editorial scrutiny, huh? You don’t say. (I don’t have time to delve into why this whole conspiracy theory story and the people promoting it are garbage, but there I stand. In case you were wondering.)
Enough with the depression, let’s have some fun for a bit! This bot is doing the lord’s work.
Guy, GUYS! The internet did something good!
Loved this piece in Bazaar. It’s fine, good, and healthy to want a loving partner and committed partnerships–and voicing your support for feminism and feminist causes is NOT a barrier to that. I have a kind of great partner who proves that point. False dichotomies are lazy and unhelpful–and dare I say, tools of the patriarchy. Meanwhile a partner who abuses you, limits your choices, is unwilling to find family-specific and personal compromises on all aspects of home and family life, or is otherwise a jerk to you for having opinions IS a barrier to a healthy, happy, and productive life.
Here’s an instagram feed to make your day more pretty.
This story is altogether too common, but I’m thrilled her account is getting recognized and is being taken seriously.
You decide, ducklings: how important are these pineapple earrings to my happiness?
It’s going to be a summer of TV for me, between Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, American Gods, and a list of other pop culture To Dos. But I’m also committed to finishing up my audiobook goal and getting my Goodreads year end report looking impressive.
Album of the week: True Care, by James Vincent McMorrow