COVID-19, Day 73

I've found a new way to avoid the waking horror that's crippling a lot of us: work feverishly on a side project. Sure, it doesn't stop the nightmares, and you have to stop working at some point due to either physical or mental fatigue. But when the work has you in its grasp, nothing else can break in and molest your attention.

COVID-19, Day 72

Random thoughts in no particular order:

  • I added a dark theme to my blog yesterday. It respects your OS’s light/dark settings. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
  • According to the mayor of Lake of the Ozarks, that pool party video I posted yesterday was recorded at one of at least a dozen similar events around town.
  • This season of Rick & Morty has been really good.
  • White House adviser Kevin Hassett referred to American workers as “human capital stock” in an interview. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more vile euphemism in my life. I hope that guy gets his testicles caught on a doorknob.

And with that, I think it’s time to re-up George Carlin’s bit on euphemistic language. Enjoy:

Monday 25th of May 2020

I protested the day after inauguration. I called my state officials over and over for months in 2017. You know what it amounted to? Absolutely dick. Zero. Not a thing. I’m still frustrated by it. And I haven’t bothered to call or write to my reps since. They don’t care.

The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die | Common Dreams Views

Hamilton Nolan:

Whether Americans know it or not, their government is not working for them. Their government is working on behalf of capital. Humans are now a mere second-order, instrumental factor to be considered based on how it affects capital. In this perilous time, capital must be protected and nurtured, and we must draw resources from our entire society in order to help capital survive, in the same way that the body will draw blood from other organs to save the brain. People can be sacrificed—capital is irreplaceable.

If this doesn’t make you livid, you don’t have a pulse. It’s 100% accurate, and America should be ashamed about its choices.