My cats ramona (left) and beezus (right) watching intently as i eat chicken nuggets
Cat vs closet door
(Spoiler alert, closet door won)
This is my big fat stupid, Ollie.
One time we set down a half-full trash bag by the kitchen door while he watched and he straight up panicked for about an hour, pacing, screaming, and jumping 3 feet in the air if someone nearby made a sound until it got taken out. Then he avoided that part of the kitchen for days, under the assumption the bag was coming back for him.
I wanna talk about this in relation to the Overview Effect.
It’s felt probably most strongly by astronauts, due to them actually seeing the Earth for what it is: an insignificant rock in space.
But sometimes, every so often, an astronomer or astronaut or even yourself if you’re lucky, get to brush their fingers against this vast, humbling, breathtaking feeling. The feeling that Carl Sagan so beautifully describes in his Pale Blue Dot excerpt.
And when you do feel it, even if you can grasp onto it for only a fleeting second, it shatters you. It changes everything. It makes you want to sob because you know not everyone will connect to this feeling.
It makes your heart ache and soar at the same time.
30 years ago today: The Pale Blue DotLook again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
pls look at the babbies
have my bastard son eating my ankle. at least i think thsts my ankle, or im wearing my pants on my arms-
It’s funny how there’s such a stark difference between holding cats and dogs like when you hold a dog it’s this solid mass of puppo and it just feels very tangible but when you hold a cat it’s more like trying to hold onto silly putty and if you’re not careful it’ll just melt out of your arms
There’s a trend among right libertarians in the US to call themselves “classical liberals” and it’s more insidious than just trying to “reclaim” the word liberal, implying that folks currently called liberals are somehow fake. A deeper implication made by “classical” in particular is that American politics are more traditionally (and therefore more genuinely) right-oriented. So the term translates to “Republicans represent the true, healthy political divide between right and left, but Democrats have become radical communists.”
It shouldn’t be surprising that radical capitalists are good at branding: another term they use for themselves is “Grand Old Party” (implying traditional American values) even though of the two parties it is the younger by almost a century; “the Party of Lincoln” is more effective than just denying the Southern Strategy happened (denial often requires relitigating which makes them look bad because if it didn’t happen why did they officially apologize for it?), because they can just trust “Lincoln [historival emancipator of slaves]” will naturally be conflated with “traditional” as if the current anti-Black GOP is rooted in the Republican Party from over a century and a half ago; using “Tea Party” for the Republican push toward nationalism and racism (Birtherism was part of this movement) implied that Obama represented an imperialistic takeover of a white ethno-state by People of Color. There’s a reason there are only two Black Republicans in Congress (both of whom are men, one of whom is not seeking re-election).
But like “Grand Old Party,” “Party of Lincoln,” and “Tea Party,” the term “classical liberal” is also deceptive. For one, scientific analysis has shown that far from a radicalization among Democrats contrasting a strict Republican consistency, the reality is the reverse: to mask their own steady radicalization they accused the other party of it and Democrats reacted by digging in their heels and resisting pulls to the left.
A lot of ink has been spilled and pixels arranged about how America’s defective center-right politics keep us from having universal healthcare while the rest of the world’s democracies’ left-right politics helps them have lower healthcare spending AND better health outcomes, I think we should broaden the scope of this argument, especially because it solves some of the problems of being healthcare-specific. For example, “What about all the people in the health insurance industry who will be left unemployed” becomes a lot easier when you can just say “a true political left would also want a social safety net robust enough to handle that.”
The other problem with a center-right besides broadly poor social welfare is that our wealth inequality is growing and our democracy is becoming less and less representative as spending money becomes more and more powerful than voting. When the Human Development Index is adjusted for inequality, the US falls behind other democracies so it shouldn’t be a surprise that we’re also falling short of being classified as a “full democracy.”
I should also say here because people are obtuse, stupid, and pedantic that a “constitutional republic” is a kind of democracy and it still matters that a republic is less representative than it historically or morally ought to be.
Honestly, especially when I study Renaissance/Enlightenment/Reformation history, even the neutral label “Republican” becomes insidious. A party that is increasingly authoritarian really has no right to call itself (lowercase-r) “republican.” I hope you’ve seen the trend by now: US conservatives have been saying “republic not democracy” for decades with the implication that the Republican Party is more genuinely American than the Democratic Party, but they’ve also recently revived an old insult: using “Democrat” instead of “Democratic” for an adjective referring to the party. Because they are always in fact what they accuse Democrats of being, in this case “uncivil” and “lacking diversity of thought,” they all picked it up immediately and the president (who despite the stiff competition from his party is the dumbest motherfucker in American politics) said when they rolled this out that “Democrat” is actually correct because he didn’t understand the simple idea that “we think they are in fact undemocratic” doesn’t mean “the little-known correct term is Democrat.”
Look I’ve been going on for a while and US conservatives have given up arguing that the president is smart because no one can keep him from opening his mouth, so instead they’ve been saying ~he can’t be stupid~ because he’s the head of a big* and successful movement (*not as he sometimes claims the biggest, Obama had higher voter turnout and Clinton got 3 Million More Votes), BUT
You wouldn’t call a roast beef sandwich “smart” because people have an appetite for it
Do NOT talk shit about the OG adventure thriller game, Pajama Sam, in my presence bitch
I heard you like stupid cats
Bitch we at the same latitude shut the hell your mouth
Bleach your hair and then go to Sally’s and get professional hair dye and know how to properly use it
Michigan winters fuckin feel like the Yukon. Winters in the upper peninsula are actually usually worse than any Alaskan winter bc of the lake effect and shit
No Thank You