Thursday, August 26, 2021

CoVID-19: Basics: Vax, Mask, Distance, Clean The Air, Test, Trace, Treat | Kabul Airport Attacked | Golden State Stimmies | Vote NO On California Recall |


International Day of the Dog, Ficus with Jacaranda (Taken 8.3.21)

Today I watched my friend's kids for a couple hours. I've known both since they were littles and now they're going into 2nd and 4th grade and were speaking language I didn't understand as they played each other on a game on their iPads. It made me feel old. So while they screen-timed, I did, too, but without having to limit their time because they quickly fell in love with Magnolia and Jacaranda, who sleep like 21 hours a day but go through bursts of energy and adventuring all over the apartment. 

Besides that, I was bunkered at home because it was hot af outside and I just wanted to chill. The news today, of course, was tragic, and I saw it unfolding on Twitter last night, as people were being warned of an imminent threat and to clear the gates of Kabul airport. I will assume most people didn't catch that Twitter warning; dozens of people were killed or injured by the time I woke up. To be honest, I'm kinda surprised it didn't happen sooner. Of course the news has to feign sadness while gleefully finding every self-proclaimed security expert or war hawk who created this mess with no real plan to ever leave to talk about what a failure it is, while the US has evacuated more than 100,000 people, of which about 4500 were Americans (out of an estimated 6000 Americans). And locally every news channel spoke about the "stranded" San Diego students while also reporting that 3 families have since returned home, the very definition of not being fucking stranded. And, again, these were trips taken when the State Dept warning was level 4, the highest rating of extreme danger and CDC level three of high risk of COVID. So "stuck" "challenged" "unable to secure specific departure details" maybe, but "stranded" is inaccurate. And those district liaisons who encouraged the travel should be ashamed of themselves for putting those families in this predicament in the first place. 

Now I'm fired up, but I have a newsletter to write. if you didn't get the first GOlden State Stimulus for people earning under $75k, the second round starts going out tomorrow so keep an eye on your mailbox or direct deposit. 

Stay safe out there. 

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