am not sure at all why anyone is 'waiting to see my opinion' of yesterday. but apparently some are. I thought I'd ignore it to catch up on my doom scrolling this a.m.* and then I changed my mind - due to something that really does completely encapsulate my belief that the true thing most wrong about this country is willful ignorance and an obscene degree of pride in not just having but also assiduously maintaining it. It's, truly, the most American thing I've come to know as a kind of universal sin.
*I don't know if this is right on brand or black luck -- I picked yesterday morning at 9 a.m. to unplug from the news until dinner time. Because I knew it would be incredibly noisy and here in the yellow month of I'm gonna do it my way I find that I'm just not there for that anymore. Not in my personal life, or via* the internet, or the various ways of the whirled. Especially: Deliberately choosing to work myself up in that kind of way because I feel on some (or multiple) levels that I "have" to. And then also more than likely thinking I have to come online to be barraged by the various evidence of others who have likewise chosen to work themselves up.
Sigh. It's all true enough and I'm not sure if I'd known in advance what I'd only learn by way of a few hours time delay that I wouldn't do it the same way again. Specifically because it left me with actual - massively disturbing - news and commentary pieces to read last night. Charlie Pierce had already weighed in and he writes full-on contemptuous outrage like nobody else so that served that inevitable warrior-mode yellow based 'need' for me. I didn't get worked up. I just said "that's right" out loud a handful of times in a perfectly calm voice.
I think for I, me, mine YELLOW decision-making purposes it worked, too. I went out on the high of Reverend Warnock's win and enough optimism to cross my fingers over Ossoff. All the other stuff that happened yesterday had, for the most part, already happened by the time I found out about it. Actual pieces of journalism had been produced. After that I checked out a journalist friend's twitter feed and found myself encountering this along the way:
Ryan Lizza is a professional journalist. It was just too much for my brain and I went to sleep for 9 hours. Then I woke up thinking about the last thing I'd seen on my screen.
Is/was RL tweeting so fast to be first he didn't look at what he was passing on?
was he being tongue in cheek because he'd seen others adopting the moniker?
Did he think that was wise given the credibility and IQ levels involved with Twitter: the Entity?
could it be ... possible ... that somebody with his background got as far as he did without their brain automatically translating the equally automatic meaning of the two words Via Getty???
The entire rubble-inducing reality of it looks like a parody.
It also looks like Guyana right before the gunmen were dispatched to the airport.
do NOT let your light go out
don't squander it either.
and stay safe.