Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Gif of the Day


Lunch? Not lunch.

My 2010's Retrospective

Enough with the lists, let's talk about me. Everyone's doing their past-decade retrospectives and I didn't mean to follow the crowd but what can you do? Humans love round numbers and the 2010's contained most of my 20's, which were a very strange time. Almost as strange as the decade before that!

Anyhoo, I've been thinking a lot about the person I was at the beginning of the decade and who I have become. I graduated in late 2010, just a couple months after experiencing my first real heartbreak of my life, and not long after that I met the person I hope to spend the rest of my life with. I had to leave Bellingham to find work and for eight and a half years I've been dreaming about moving back. Literally, I have dreams all the time that I've moved back to Bellingham and am happy, though over time my feelings in the dreams have become mixed and sometimes I want to move back to the Seattle area.

I had three jobs post-college that were all very weird in their own way before I scored my first full-time writing position. Nearly two years later I left the world of marketing behind because I hated it, but during that period of barely actually working and feeling guilty for barely actually working, I found social justice.

I started off as a liberal feminist who engaged in White Feminist (TM) rhetoric and bumped up against TERFdom for a minute, but I soon learned about privilege and to shut up and listen to my fellow women. My politics evolved as I learned more about capitalism, communism, and anarchism, and now I'm pretty comfortable calling myself an anarcho-communist. I rejected reform politics and came to believe that radical change is the only acceptable change for our society, which is set up in a way that harms most of us, some more than others, for the benefit of a rich and powerful few.

I tried content writing and got bored. I tried another office job and got so bored and antsy I was dipping into the suicidal spectrum. I got into daily news writing and in spite of, or maybe because of, the instability, I've been able to remain mostly content.

During all that time, I worked through a lot of emotion. I explored and learned to accept my anger. I dealt with periodic depression and, as always, plenty of anxiety. I grieved a vision of my country that turned out to be a lie. I learned things part of me wishes I could unlearn.

Just this past year, I smoked a lot of weed and fell into an intense existential crisis that I'm just coming out the other end of. I grieved a future that I once envisioned for myself that might never come to pass. I came to accept, as best I could, that the future is uncertain and that my life might be cut short due to climate change.

So who am I now, and who do I want to be? So much of my pain from the last few years has come from learning about the injustices festering around the world and how many people are suffering because of them. I've had to face the facts that so many of the things I'd been told were unacceptable evils from the past are either back today or never left. Slavery, still alive and well in the U.S. via prison labor. School desegregation? Never happened, and schools here are more segregated now than in the 1960's. Concentration camps? Not relics of the 1940's that ended with the nazis. Oh, also, the nazis never ended and are making a comeback!

I don't think I'll ever stop being pissed off that I was raised on the mantra that the U.S. is the greatest nation on Earth and had to learn the truth about its horrific origins and its continuous and horrific oppression of anyone who's not a rich neurotypical able-bodied cishet white man throughout its history in my 20's. Nor will I ever stopped being pissed off that I was forced to learn what I would do if concentration camps existed during my lifetime in my country. That I was forced to just have to let myself push it out of my head and not think about it because I couldn't stop them from existing.

I spent a lot of my 20's telling people to take care of themselves first, believing that you have to take care of your own mental health before you can effectively help others. I spent so much time telling people that they're not bad for not doing more, that they're doing the best they can and can't possibly do better than that. But I couldn't take my own advice.

It took nearly 10 years for me to realize the obvious. I spent my childhood in the middle of a lot of conflicts and took on the role of the fixer. I developed poor boundaries and have a hard time being okay if other people are not okay. Teddy from Bob's Burgers? Me. So it's no wonder I came to question whether I could ever be happy in a world with so much suffering and injustice. It's not so surprising that I lost the ability to enjoy the things that used to make me happy. The world became dull, and it felt like I could no longer derive pleasure from the little things.

I started to experiment more with cannabis and experienced some drug-induced euphoria, which if I'm honest with myself, I've been chasing for over a year now without success. Now, weed just brings out whatever emotions I'm already feeling, whether they're good or bad.

That brings us to now. These days, I still spend a lot of time pondering the question, "who am I?" The person I was right after college feels like a stranger to me now. But am I even all that different? I'm still so fearful, held back from what I apparently think of are the only worthwhile forms of helping people by social anxiety and a general low tolerance for stress. Or an ability to stress myself out more than most people, I'm not sure. I still feel like I'm not good enough, though that feeling has transferred from being about writing skill to being about moral goodness.

But I am different. After a whole lot of raging, I'm not as angry as I once was. I still respond to injustice with anger, as we all should, but I've seen so much injustice to such an extreme degree that barely anything shocks me anymore. I still get angry when I see people acting badly who should know better, but I've learned to self-reflect and the anger doesn't burn as hot or as long. I don't know if this is good or bad.

I feel like I want to be kinder. I will always know that anger is an important emotion that we need but I want to react better. I have improved a ton on the whole fighting with strangers on the internet thing, though I do slip back into the habit now and again. But I think I'm pretty much sick of it. I've seen how it goes nowhere. And I'm not proud of many of the things I've said over the decade to people who probably didn't deserve it, particularly in the comments of Facebook posts sometimes made by my friends. Some of it needed to be said but too often I slipped into being mean, even cruel. And I did that simply because I wanted to hurt someone. I felt hurt so I lashed out. I don't want to do that anymore.

Unless you come after the people I love. Then all bets are off.

I've spent so much of my life trying desperately to understand people. I thought if only I could understand them, and understand why people caused pain, I wouldn't hurt so much. But, like every other person before me, I found that every answer only opened a door to a hundred other questions. Still, I keep asking those questions and pursuing answers, or the closest thing I can get - understanding. As futile as it might seem, it feels right. I think the meaning of life might be the endless cycle of trying to understand crap only to find that the only certainty is that you don't know shit. Or something more eloquent than that.

Or not, who cares?

What I want from that pursuit of understanding is empathy and an increased capacity for kindness. And I don't mean treating those who already have a ton of power with kid gloves. That's not kindness. I don't mean going easy on celebrities with tons of public influence when they cause harm. I don't mean being kind to the people I like but don't even know personally at the expense of people who are already struggling every day. That's not kindness. But I think it's time for a little more patience and empathy with those who are a lot like me but haven't had the same laser focus on social issues as I have. I want to work on my defensiveness and remember the hurt and rage that plagued my young adulthood and consider how that might have manifested without some key influences in my life.

I might even have to be kinder to myself.

But I will still be calling out bigots by directly naming the bigotry involved and if you have a problem with that, you can leave my space.

Who am I and who do I want to be? I'm the person who wants to be a person who helps. I want to make the world a slightly better place than it would have been if I had never existed. I can't possibly know if I accomplished that, I can only do my best to try and make it true. And in order to that, I need to function as a human being. I'm sure I will figure out the specifics of all that over the next decade.

Happy New Decade.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Top 10 Worst Trends Of The Decade

Someone on Twitter pointed out that every article they had seen with a headline like this had left out some very important and very shitty trends. So here's my take on the decade as we wind up the last days of the 2010s.

The 10 Worst Trends Of 2010-2019, In No Particular Order:


  1. The global resurgence of fascism.
  2. The increase in white supremacist activity.
  3. The increase in racist and antisemitic hate crimes.
  4. The yearly increase of trans people murdered for being trans, especially black trans women.
  5. The yearly spiking of income inequality.
  6. The continuing monopolization of industries as part of late-stage capitalism.
  7. The degradation of worker rights and benefits.
  8. The increase in prison populations along with worsening conditions thanks to privatization.
  9. The rising rates of mental illness and suicide.
  10. The increase in the number of unhoused people in the U.S. as millions of homes sit empty.

Now, because I'm trying to focus more on positive stuff for my own sake, and because that didn't take long, I've just now decided to add a Best Trends Of The Decade In No Particular Order list:

  1. The global resurgence of anti-fascist activism.
  2. The improvement of LGBTQ+ rights and protections overall.
  3. The increased understanding and awareness of gender identity and trans issues.
  4. #MeToo and the increase in powerful men facing consequences for sexual harassment.
  5. The rise of acceptance for different body types.
  6. The overall increase of diversity in popular media.
  7. The increase of women and people of color running for office and winning.
  8. The increase in youth activism and political engagement.
  9. #BlackLivesMatter and the fight against police brutality.
  10. Nazis getting punched and covered in milkshake.

It's been quite a decade. May the 20s be much, much better.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Gif of the Day


Technically I know some context for this but it doesn't really make it make any more sense.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

Gif of the Day


Happy Hanukah to all my Jewish readers!

Afternoon Announcements And Super Cool Video

Part of me didn't want to take time off this week after I just did from the flu, but I think I am gonna take this week at least because it was a bummer to have to get up today and work. Working from home rules but as a freelancer, paid time off doesn't exist for me. Plus I'm honestly still recovering, dealing with leftover fatigue and chest congestion that feels like it will never go away. This is from smoking all that weed, isn't it?

Anyway, I do have something for you today. I was finally able to make a video of the ceremonial Removing of the Impeach Trump Bumper Sticker From My Car on Saturday. I wanted to do it Wednesday but it was dark by the time Congress finally shut up and voted, and the next two days it rained so much it set a 20-year record.

Anyway, here it is:



See you next week!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Gif of the Day


Moths are actually awesome.

Guest Post: 7 Household Items You Can Reuse to Reduce Waste

Kate Harveston is a political writer from Pennsylvania. Her favorite topics are feminist-focused, but she writes on a wide variety of social and cultural issues. If you enjoy her work, you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, Only Slightly Biased.



Landfill pollution continues to create problems for the air and the oceans. Citizens have recently started putting increasing pressure on big corporations to reduce the incredible amount of waste and pollution they put out into our world.

These are multifaceted problems that require widescale measures to solve. However, in the meantime, we can each do our part at home to reduce waste. One way to do this is by reusing materials you'd typically discard. The holidays are approaching, and while many of us have plenty of merry things to be thankful for, this is also a time of year that’s arguably become too focused on collecting material items. It’s worth considering how you can avoid contributing to more needless waste.
Where can you get started? Take a look around you. Chances are, you can find multiple objects in every room that you can supply with new life. 
1. Soup Cans and Food Containers
When was the last time you enjoyed a bowl of vegetable soup or emptied a carton of almond milk? That container may have been designed to hold food, but that's not all you can do. You can create many arts and crafts projects with them and give them to family members as gifts.
If the winter weather has you down, you can also do a kind deed for our feathered friends by building a birdhouse. You can save seeds from your vegetables and start seedlings in the containers. You can also use them to hold other objects, like pencils and crayons. Cut a piece of paper and decorate it, then glue it to the outside. 
2. Toothbrushes
The last time you rolled up your blinds, did a cloud of fairy dust appear in the sun's rays? Chances are, you don't have a tribe of pixies living in your house. Give your blinds a professional cleaning using an old toothbrush to get between the slats. 
Hopefully, you change your air filters each month, but sometimes debris builds up on the metal slats. This buildup creates a mess quickly if you have four-legged friends — all that fur! Use the toothbrush to remove lint. 
3. Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls
If you toss these into the recycling bin, that’s great! But you may actually be missing out on some of your household's best organizing tools. If you have long hair, you probably have a stash of ties cluttering up a drawer. Loop your scrunchies around a roll, and voilĂ ! Your hair accessory drawer is neat and tidy. 
The same goes if you have extension cords. Cut a small slit at either end of the roll. Tuck one end of the cable into one slit, then wrap it and secure the other. You can do the same with your Christmas lights when the holidays end. 
4. Shower Curtains 
When your shower curtain starts to get filmy, it's time to replace it. However, don't throw that sheet of plastic in the trash where it will make its way to the ocean. Instead, eliminate the need to scrape your windshield ever again by turning your shower curtain into a windshield cover to prevent frost build-up
Cut the plastic to size with a bit leftover at the top and bottom. When the forecast calls for ice or snow, tuck the base under your wipers. Secure the topside with paint-safe tape, and you won't need to shiver while you wait for the defroster to work in the morning. 
5. T-Shirts 
You can use old tees or nearly any fabric waste to create new wares. Bring new life to your living room throw pillows by creating new covers for the ones you have. Does your child's dolly need new clothes? Use the fabric to make some. 
If you know how to knit, you'll never throw out anything with yarn — new rolls cost a pretty penny. You can reuse pieces from old, worn socks to make a new pair. 
6. Egg Cartons 
Do you need a new ice cube tray? You could head to the local discount store. But why waste the additional plastic when you can create uniquely shaped ice cubes in an old egg carton? 
Egg cartons also come in handy when it's time to sort small objects. If you have a sewing kit, you can separate buttons and needles. Do you enjoy acrylic painting crafts? Save the product by squirting only the small amount you need into one of the spots. 
7. Wine Corks
Maybe upcycling the corks won't spare you the full embarrassment of taking your wine bottle-laden recycling to the curb, but these pint-sized wonders do come in handy. You can make individualized keychains using the corks, or a wreath for nearly any holiday with a round mold and some acrylic paint. Alternately, you can make a bulletin board for hanging the honey-do list. 
Reduce by Reusing Everyday Items
You can keep many common products out of landfills by reusing them for another purpose. Doing so can save you money while giving the planet a much-needed hug.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Gif of the Day


NSA don't interact.

Donald Trump Got Impeached!!

Hoorayyyyyyyyy!


This was very predictable but still, I've been waiting nearly three years for this day and it was so satisfying to watch that vote counter roll over from 215 to 216, the minimum number of votes necessary to impeach Trump. Then again for the second article of impeachment.

If you didn't know, impeachment does not mean removal from office in this weird country. The actual trial will move to the Senate, which will need a supermajority (67/100 votes) to convict, which would mean Trump's removal from office. Since Republicans are the majority in the Senate and, you know, like this now, this outcome is extremely unlikely.

Regardless, impeachment is a black mark on Trump and the entire Republican party. It's especially satisfying after so many Trump supporters tried to claim that impeachment would help him in the polls. If that were true, Republicans wouldn't have fought so hard against it, and wouldn't be now trying to claim the impeachment was invalid using any excuse they can dream up. Trump himself said he doesn't feel like he's been impeached because something something hoax.

Who was it who said "facts don't care about your feelings"?

Democrats are now considering delaying sending over the articles of impeachment to the Senate, without which they will be unable to hold the trial. This has made Republicans really mad and is really funny, especially when you remember how they did the same thing to Merrick Garland, who should have been appointed to the Supreme Court by Obama but was stonewalled because Republicans said FUCK DEMOCRACY.

So yeah, I heartily approve of them fucking with Republicans on this.

Once it does go to the Senate, Republicans will rush it through as fast as possible and refuse to convict. This does not invalidate the impeachment. Bill Clinton and Andrew Jackson were each impeached and not removed, and the impeachment status still stands throughout history. Now, whenever a Trump supported mouths off, you can just say "impeachment." It'll make them so mad.

Do something to celebrate today! There's been so little to celebrate over these past three years. Take some time to focus on the positives and renew your will to fight. Fuck Donald Trump!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Gif of the Day


MY HEART.

Meet The Pain Toilet, Brought To You By Capitalism

Holy. Shit.

So the Daily Mail apparently reported yesterday on some company literally called StandardToilet, but the toilet they've dreamed up is not exactly standard. I hate the Daily Mail, but luckily Geek.com had a hilarious take on it.

We Must Fight Back Against This Awful Office Efficiency Toilet

As reported by Daily Mail, the group (hilariously backed by the British Toilet Association) is deeply concerned about the lost money and productivity that comes from workers, you know, needing to take breaks every so often. After all, the greatest “problem” for capitalism to solve is nullifying the pesky inefficient humanity of humans in the never-ending pursuit of profit. You won’t see this toilet in executives suites.

The toilet is not in production yet, but are you ready for the concept art?


Are we absolutely sure that capitalism is the best we can do as a species? Really?

All joking aside, this hell john is absolutely coming to a workplace to you unless we abolish capitalism or society collapses first. Remember, capitalism can only function if profits keep improving, and they're definitely running out of ideas.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Gif of the Day


Just havin' some gal time, summoning the spirit of Lilith to curse any man who may cross us.

Everyone, And I Mean Everyone, Should Get Free College

[TRIGGER WARNING: FINANCIAL ABUSE, CHILD ABUSE, TRANSPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA]

The more I hear the argument that universal college education is bad because that means kids from rich families get it for free, too, the angrier I get. It's not because I love rich people, it is extremely obvious that this is not the case. It's because it's such a disingenuous argument that's online designed to obscure and convolute the issue. Every one of use should be angry at any politician who tries to pull this on us.

Obviously we could make an income threshold if we wanted. We do that for public services all the time. And if we didn't, there are currently so few families in the U.S. that would be unaffected by a bill in the tens or hundreds of thousands, which is what a four-year college education costs in this country, that an income threshold probably wouldn't save us much money while just increasing bureaucracy.

The Democratic candidates who use this bullshit argument, namely Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar​, are intelligent and well-education people. They know that this argument is just a distraction meant to cloud the issue so that nobody gets free college. We've already seen how, as the field narrows, Buttigieg is drifting further right and evidence of his progressiveness being a show is building. I have no doubt that if he were to become president, free college and Medicare for All will be left in the dust.

But it's more than just that, though that is plenty enough. Brigid Keely, as well as some others, pointed out on Twitter recently that even if rich parents can pay for their kids' college, that doesn't mean they will.




We've all heard stories about kids whose parents would only pay for their college education if they studied a particular thing, regardless of what the kid wanted. And even I can admit that some children of rich people don't end up being assholes. In fact, some are queer or trans and are disowned by their rich families, left with absolutely nothing and end up homeless. Do they not deserve free college? Do you really want to have a system where someone has to go through the process of trying to prove that their parents are abusive, homophobic, and/or transphobic assholes who won't pay for their education even though they can?

Any time you start trying to decide who does and does not deserve things like basic necessities, rights, or a path to a secure future, someone is going to end up fucked. And chances are, that person is going to be someone who is already oppressed by our society.

Long story short, centrist Democrats trying to pose as progressives hate abused, trans, and queer kids and are also lying fucksticks who can go lick the underside of a pickup truck.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Gif of the Day


Have the world's smallest Pikachu.

2020 Challenger Lineup: Michael Bloomberg

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL HARASSMENT, SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE]

Really? We're really back here? I really have to write up another one of these because yet another entitled rich dude was like "oh fuck looks like the American people are getting it wrong, I'd better go buy the country and set it right"?

Look, you already know I'm giving Michael Bloomberg an F for being a white male billionaire with the kind of audacity unique to white male billionaires that allows him to think it's at all a good idea to enter this race this late when much of the sentiment has been "billionaires have too much money." But let's take a look at some of his worst behavior just for the sake of having a decent length of a blog post. Actually, let's just look at his sexism, because that's enough.

Michael Bloomberg Is the He, Too, Candidate

Nice headline, Slate. Respect.

So in the year 2000, Bloomberg settled a sexual harassment lawsuit that contained complaints such as:

- Bloomberg asked the woman who sued if she was giving her boyfriend "good" oral sex. 
- He said "I'd like to do that" and "That's a great piece of a--" to describe women in the office. 
- When he found out the woman was pregnant, he told her "Kill it!" and said "Great! Number 16!" - an apparent reference to the number of women in the company who were pregnant or had maternity-related status. 

That last one is just fucking weird. But it keeps going.

Comments attributed in the suit to Bloomberg include: "I'd f--- that in a second," "I'd like to do that," and "That's a great piece of a--." 
Once, according to the suit, Bloomberg pointed out a young female employee and told Garrison, "If you looked like that, I would do you in a second."
The suit also accused Bloomberg of referring to Mexican clients as "jumping beans" and saying of another female colleague who was having trouble finding a nanny that "all you need is some black who doesn't even have to speak English to rescue it from a burning building."

The fuck does that even mean? I know I said I'd limit it to sexism but racism and sexism constantly overlap, you know. Anyway:

The individual said Bloomberg admitted in a deposition, which never was made public, that he had said the words "I'd do her" about Garrison and other women.

Aside from the lawsuit, Bloomberg has a long history of proudly being a sexist creep.

The public got a glimpse of this in 2003, when he told a pair of disc jockeys on a radio program that he would "really want to have" actress-singer Jennifer Lopez.
...
"I like theater, dining and chasing women," he once told a reporter. "Let me put it this way: I am a single, straight billionaire in Manhattan. What do you think? It's a wet dream."

Good god no.

In his 1997 autobiography, he boasted of keeping "a girlfriend in every city" during his years as a young Wall Street up-and-comer in the 1960s and 1970s. 
A less-restrained Bloomberg was also portrayed in a book of quips, quotes and anecdotes attributed to him and put together by employees for a birthday present in 1990. It contains such statements as: "If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they'd go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale's." 
Or, as he is quoted as saying about his invention, the Bloomberg computer terminal that made him rich, "It will do everything, including give you (oral sex). I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business."

That is all from one article published in 2007. All those quotes. All of them in this blog post so far. There are even more and worse details in the Slate article.

We already have an entitled white male sexual predator and (maybe) billionaire in the White House. We don't need a new one who will pretend to care about women while really not doing anything at all for us and probably pushing policy that will hurt most of us in the end.

Fuck you, Bloomberg, drop the fuck out.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Gif of the Day


I'm still fighting off this flu, which was definitely a nasty one. The fever's gone but now it's taking its sweet time going all the way away and I still feel all exhausted and weird in the head and my appetite won't come back. But I had to celebrate the last Friday the 13th of the decade.

I'm hoping a weekend of rest will bring me back to normal. And that your December is going better than mine.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Uh Oh

It's that time again.


Pretty sure I caught something from someone who has been sick all week and having a fever and shit so uhhhh fuck.

I don't feel terrible yet but it's my policy to rest as much as possible as soon as I feel it coming on in the hopes that it will help my body fight it off faster. If only our government and every company had the same policy, we all probably wouldn't get sick as often as we do.

See you folks some time in the future.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Gif of the Day



Fozzie said "fuck homophobia."

Pennsylvania Fights For The 'Most Ridiculous Abortion Bill' Crown

The war to out anti-choice each other continues between U.S. states. Here's the latest bullshit dreamed up by a Republican only interested in scoring points with the religious right:

A Pennsylvania bill would require death certificates for fertilized eggs that never implant in the uterus

Failure to produce a death certificate for an expelled fertilized egg could result in a $50 to $300 fine or up to 30 days in prison.

50% of fertilized eggs do not implant. Half. For every pregnancy that happens, there's a zygote that, for whatever reason, failed to implant and was expelled via menstruation. And for every time that happens, Pennsylvania Republicans want to waste money and paper on a death certificate for reasons that include ??????? and misogyny.

But that's only half of why this bill is absolutely absurd. The other half is that fertilized eggs that don't implant dissolve in the uterus into something indistinguishable from the rest of the menstrual material. So if you thought that the bill would require menstruating people to sift through the blood and mucus and tissue for a teeny tiny zygote, typically about 0.1 mm in diameter, you were wrong, because the egg won't even be there.


This is the second time in as many weeks that Republicans have tried to pass anti-abortion bills which require something that is actually impossible. First, Ohio requiring doctors to re-implant ectopic pregnancies, which is impossible, and now Pennsylvania requiring people who make eggs to get death certificates for their expelled fertilized eggs, which are impossible to detect.

This is why I can't take a single thing that anti-choicers say seriously. You know, other than the general "we're going to get abortions banned." I take that seriously. But nothing else.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Gif of the Day


I could watch this all day.

Recommended Reading

I've been busy trying to get a new phone set up today and almost forgot to blog so here's just something I read over the long weekend. It's a pretty long article but worth the time.

Be warned that the headline does not adequately capture the piece.

The Collapse of Civilization May Have Already Begun

That's clickbait. What the article really goes over is the views of a number of different climate scientists on how bad the climate situation is and whether it will cause society to collapse. The real answer to that last part is that climate scientists can't predict societal collapse because that requires expertise they don't have. Societal collapse involves economics, politics, and sociology. In fact, there's a whole field of study on how societies collapse completely separate from climate change.

The piece also makes the interesting point that on a small scale, there have been collapses related to or even caused by climate change. Syria, for example, has pretty much collapsed into ongoing civil war that resulted in a refugee crisis, and the tipping point for that whole mess was a famine caused by a crop failure caused by climate change.

And finally, it explores what societal collapse actually means. Something that is considered to be a "collapse" doesn't necessarily mean Mad Max. Don't get me wrong, it'll be bad for a lot of people. But it might just end up being a rapid transition period that could launch humanity into something better. Kind of like how wildfires allow for new growth. The difference is that in this situation, some humans will definitely die and already have. Sometimes from wildfires. You know what I mean.

I went into it thinking it would validate my feelings of hopelessness and instead it got me thinking about the entire idea of collapse differently. It's weird because on a distant, macro level I wonder if this is all a good thing that could even spell the death of capitalism and allow us to finally have something better. On a micro level, though, I don't want anybody to suffer or die before their time.

Also, there is still some possibility that climate change will wipe out the entire human species, and I definitely don't want that. We definitely still need to change course like right now. Please?