Monday, March 30, 2020

Afternoon Announcements

Definitely need to take a week off blogging. It's nice to have my income remain pretty much stable during this time, but it's also taking up a lot of energy to have to work as though shit's in any way normal when I would rather spend all day in bed in fetal position.

I'm still physically healthy, I'm hanging in there, and yesterday I had a really good cry. Or like three pretty good cries in the space of an hour or two. But it did the trick and I was able to keeping working today, but I can't also worry about this blog. And here I go giving explanations that I don't need to because it's my blog and I can do what I want and I don't owe you ANYTHING.

Anyway I love you all, please don't die, please be kind to yourself, I know how hard it is to do that but try to at least think how absurd and kind of funny it is that we all tell each other to be kind to ourselves and don't follow our own advice lol.

I will always be here.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Gif of the Day

That is fucking hilarious.

Don't Buy The Myth That Humans Are Selfish By Nature

One thing I really want people to take away from this pandemic is that in times of crisis, humans come together. We become less selfish, less self-absorbed, and help each other more. We go out of our way to protect each other. I've seen it myself as people happily follow social distancing recommendations in public. Stories of people helping their neighbors and complete strangers abound.

This isn't new. We all know that people do the same thing at times of economic crisis, and before we were perpetually at war as an excuse to bomb brown people and retain control of resources, during wartime.

So why do people believe that humans are selfish by nature? It's something that seems to come out of people's mouths by default any time you suggest that socialism or communism might be better than capitalism. In reality, humans are social and communal animals by nature, just like our evolutionary ancestors. Humans have an instinct for self-preservation and an instinct to protect their children. Humans are self-absorbed in a way, because how can we not be? We are ourselves, so we're going to think about ourselves a lot. But that doesn't mean we're selfish in the way we tend to think about selfishness.

Movies tend to depict humans as banding together in small groups and attacking others for resources during a crisis, but that doesn't reflect reality. Before we had the technology necessary to keep crises from bringing everything down around us, people were still kind and generous to each other when the shit hit the fan. In fact, generosity to strangers was such a strong cultural norm around the world thousands of years ago that it was written into multiple religious texts, including the Bible.

I believe that certain people who hold a lot of power like to push the myth of human selfishness in order to protect capitalism. But the truth is that capitalism is what encourages selfishness and greed.  And it's not natural. Have you ever noticed how fucking weird rich people get? Nothing's natural about what they do in their spare time when they're out of the public eye.

But regardless of politics, please take some time to notice how much people are helping and caring for each other right now. It's easier to get through the mental stress of life in general, let alone a global trauma like this pandemic, when you think the worst of people. I know there has been some sensationalizing of people panic-shopping, but I'm hearing more and more that the lack of certain groceries is less because everyone's buying up a ton and more because they're buying more at once of their usual groceries so that they can go to the store less often and practice social distancing more.

Sure, some people bought up a shit load of toilet paper and are assholes. But for the most part, people are being kind and generous. People are donating money and volunteering. People are reaching out to one another and offering what support they can.

We're banding together to survive, just like we've always done.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Gif of the Day

I wanna put a rave filter over this gif.

Here's The Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden

Well, this was extremely inevitable. Captain Creepy Massage has been accused of sexual assault by a woman named Tara Reade. Unfortunately, it gets worse than that. This poor woman was assaulted in 1993 and has been trying to get survivor support organizations to help her get the word out against former Vice President Hair Sniffer, but she was denied time and time again because these organizations were afraid to take on the Democratic establishment.

Time’s Up said it could not fund a #MeToo allegation against Joe Biden, citing its nonprofit status and his presidential run.

By February, she learned from a new conversation with Time’s Up, which also involved Director Sharyn Tejani, that no assistance could be provided because the person she was accusing, Biden, was a candidate for federal office, and assisting a case against him could jeopardize the organization’s nonprofit status.

Am I the only one who thinks it's messed up that organizations like Time's Up can't speak out against presidential candidates? People running for president are at the top of my list of people I would like to know about if they have a history of sexual assault.

Although that may not actually be a thing.

Ellen Aprill, a professor of tax law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said that Time’s Up’s analysis is too conservative, and the group wouldn’t be putting its tax-exempt status at risk by taking a case involving a candidate for federal office as long as it followed its standard criteria for taking on cases.

So, what, is this just another case of liberals being liberals and not actually caring at all about women or survivors or anybody beyond how they can be exploited for money and votes? Because that's what I've come to expect.

I'm not exactly sure how Reade was finally able to get around the Democratic establishment and get this all out into the open, but #IBelieveTara is trending on Twitter now. I just feel so sorry for her now, because you can bet she's going to get a ton of harassment, accusations of trying to hand Trump the election and/or being a Russian asset. All from Democrats. And Democrats will be accused of hypocrisy by the right, which they will deserve.

Tweet some support for Tara if you're able, because life it going to get rough for her. And I'm going to again appeal to people to vote for Bernie Sanders in the primaries, because he's spending all his time and resources right now fighting the coronavirus pandemic and not being creepy with women. Thanks.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Gif of the Day

I gotta see this movie.

Republicans Want Poor People To Die

Some of you may have thought I was exaggerating when I've said that in the past but now we have an ever-worsening pandemic that we don't even know the scope of yet in the U.S. because our healthcare system is deeply terrible and:

Trump says he wants to ease up on coronavirus related shutdowns 'pretty soon' amid concerns about economy

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: ‘Lots of Grandparents’ Willing to Die to Save Economy for Grandchildren

Just the introduction of a false choice between letting the elderly die (ignoring the young people who are chronically ill, immunocompromised, pregnant, etc.) and having millions die from poverty in the future is incredible and shows that no matter what, Republicans would rather let millions die than implement any kind of socialist-adjacent policy or allow the death of their precious capitalism, which kills millions yearly via poverty anyway.

If you don't want to bring it all down after this I don't know what to say to you.

We can save a lot of people if we want. Republicans would rather hold on to their wealth and power while millions die. Same as it ever was, this virus has just put it directly in the sunlight.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Time For Revolution Is Now

Alright, I'm pretty much over the initial shock of realizing that the entire economy could really come crashing down from this pandemic and ready to raise the call.

I read once that nobody can predict when revolution will happen, but given enough time, a spark will appear and with the right conditions can light a fire practically overnight. It feels like the coronavirus pandemic could be that spark, and the kindling of barely-scraping-by poverty and simmering resentment for the ruling class from generations of young people who have it worse than their parents is dry and widespread.

I did not expect Republicans, including the actual man who is Donald Trump, to call for the kinds of things I've been screaming into the void about while liberals dismiss me as being an unreasonable dreamer. It's incredible to see proposals from the center to the right for things that two weeks ago were absolutely impossible to pay for and/or would destroy the country forever. The only explanation that makes sense to me is that they can see the writing on the wall.

One in five working people in the U.S. has been laid off or had their hours reduced because of the coronavirus. I see word of people losing their jobs every day. The stock market is fucked. And this is only the beginning. The coronavirus could devastate this country for many months, and in fact the longer it takes for us all to get it and become immune, assuming this thing doesn't mutate any time soon, the better. That's the whole "flatten the curve" thing they keep talking about.

Our economy can't handle everything being shut down for that long. What are they going to do when half the population is unemployed, homeless, and hungry?

This is why people like me say "eat the rich." It's not instructions. It's a warning.

I'm not saying that we should reject any kind of relief package, no matter who they come from. People need help. But don't let it placate you. We can take their offerings and demand more. We can use this opportunity to point out that the government can do all these things and more at a moment's notice. They tried to convince us that they simply couldn't. They lied.

At the same time, there are plenty of dirtbag companies out there refusing to give their employees sick leave or their tenants any leeway on rent or bills. We need to hold these assholes as examples of the heartlessness of capitalism.

Overall, we need to push the idea that this kind of crisis, which will in all likelihood leave millions dead in the U.S. alone, is inevitable under capitalism. The system is unstable and our lives are being destroyed by it because Republicans and neoliberals have whittled away at the social safety net for decades -- something that is also inevitable under capitalism. And at the same time, continue to hold up the real workers of the world -- nurses, grocery stockers, delivery drivers, all the people growing and shipping and preparing our food -- as the real drivers of our society. Without them, everything collapses.

Finish freaking out and gather your resolve, comrades. Our time has come.

And now, so I don't feel embarrassed about being so dramatic, here's a silly gif:

I fucking love Korg, you guys.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Gif of the Day

When people get too close to you during the coronavirus pandemic.

And by "you" I mean the penguin. Stay the fuck back.

Oh Man

This is my blog now lmao.

I am approaching complete emotional exhaustion writing about nothing but coronavirus stuff every day. But it's not like I'm gonna blog about anything different? Or maybe I should just take a break from blogging because it's too much.

It remains super weird to see everyone turn leftist all of a sudden, but it'll be amazing if we can hold on to it. I really want to add my voice to the rising call and prepare to take this wave as far as it can go but oh my god, I just want to lay in fetal position.

Keep staying home if you can.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Gif of the Day

What to do if you see someone buying up all the hand sanitizer during a pandemic.


Ok so uh, this coronavirus thing has gotten really intense. A lot is being shut down in my area and the future is uncertain. I'm trying to stay calm but honestly, I'm having trouble sleeping. I keep catching myself lying awake at night just thinking about the pandemic and what might happen after, how bad the economy could get, what will happen if I and/or my partner lose our jobs, and just how fucking bizarre the world is right now.

As usual part of me just wants to check out and avoid thinking about it. I spend the first part of my day writing about everything coronavirus for work and yesterday I didn't even have the brain space to even think about blogging. All I want to do is smoke weed and play video games and maybe hide under the covers.

Some of what's been going on is actually overall really good? Like hoooooooly crap, the coronavirus has killed the myth that the government just doesn't have the money to do things like UBI. Mitt Motherfucking Romney's out here like "hashtag Yang Gang," demanding Americans be given $1000 per month, and Kamala Harris is getting yelled at for only asking for half that. Everything is upside-down and hey, maybe this could be a jumping-off point for some truly progressive policies around the world but also nothing makes sense anymore and that scares me.

My head feels weird and my stomach is nervous and it doesn't help that death by viral infection is my nightmare scenario. I know I am not at risk at all but I blame the Kent School District for making me watch Outbreak for science class at age 13 or 14, that movie was highly inaccurate but also scarred me for life.

"Zero Educational Value, Only Trauma" should be the official slogan of the U.S. public school system.

I like to plan, is the thing. I might just go and breathe into a paper bag for a minute. Stay safe, everyone.