Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

“Taken In” by Mike + The Mechanics. Yes, that’s Richard Belzer, AKA Detective Munch, from Homicide: Life on the Street, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and The X-Files, to name a few.

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With a Little Help

It’s been another shitty week, so let’s turn this into a kitty week. So here’s a cat, getting some help with his grooming. Enjoy!

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: Hit ’em High Edition

1) Current mood:

2) This is your weekly reminder that we live in a shithole country.

3) Thought for the Week: If I happened to be one of the migrants whom DeSantis DeathSentence had shipped to Martha’s Vineyard, I would send his ass a postcard saying “Weather’s great, people are helpful, and I don’t have to deal with a hurricane. You did me a favor!” Because yes, my ass is exactly that level of petty. 🙂

4) One of our newer employees, Jeremy, is leaving soon. He has a job in Georgia that pays much better than Costco. We’re also losing one of our managers, Nevin, as he’s heading back to the Pacific Northwest to help his family. His brother got into an accident and is severely injured, quite possibly permanently disabled, so Nevin is going to help out as best as possible. I feel terrible about that; I hope things improve for him and his family.

5) It seems that on Wednesday, Coolio passed away. I don’t really have anything that I can add, but I’ll leave this here. For reasons.

6) Last night, when I offered to switch from the exit door to the entrance, I was told to stay. According to Kathy, she had some things to do and was leaving “in a few minutes”.

Yeah, that was a load of bullshit. She had half an hour and all she did was plug in the motorized carts, which is something she could have done while on the exit door. Needless to say, I let a supervisor know what the hell happened. This isn’t the first time but I will make it the last.

7) It’s cool enough for fuzzy socks and fuzzy pants. We have some for sale at work. I grabbed some. For reasons.

That’s all for today. But I’ll be back again with a few lines about my life or lack thereof. Until then, have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

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Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 15

It’s time once more for news and views that you can peruse. It’s time for another Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something you’d like to share, drop a link in the comments!

The online incel movement is getting more violent and extreme, report says (from the Washington Post): “According to the CCDH analysis, members of the forum post about rape every 29 minutes, and more than 89 percent of posters support rape and say it’s acceptable. The CCDH analysis also found that posters on the forum are seeking to normalize child rape. More than a quarter of members of the forum have posted pedophilia keywords, the analysis found, and more than half of the members of the forum support pedophilia.”

Colorado police release video of police car with suspect inside hit by a train (from CNN): “The vehicle that was hit was a cruiser from the Platteville Police Department, which was assisting with the traffic stop. Platteville Police Chief Carl Dwyer said the officer who parked on the railroad tracks has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the CBI. Neither police department has identified any of the officers involved in the incident.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fled his home to avoid being served with subpoena, court record says (from the Texas Tribune): ““I walked up the driveway approaching Mr. Paxton and called him by his name. As soon as he saw me and heard me call his name out, he turned around and RAN back inside the house through the same door in the garage,” Herrera wrote in the sworn affidavit.”

How the cash bail system criminalizes poverty and amplifies inequality (from Mic): “The purpose of bail is, at least theoretically, to ensure a person facing charges will return for their trial or hearing; after their court appearances are complete, they’re supposed to get the money back. On the surface, cash bail may seem reasonable, but the reality is far less so. Essentially, cash bail is the concept of buying a person’s freedom — and, like the prison system as a whole, it fosters extreme inequality.”

Woman With Severe Chronic Pain Was Denied Medication for Being ‘Childbearing Age’ (from Jezebel): “In her first TikTok last week, through tears, Rule explained that she suffers from painful, chronic cluster headaches and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome—which, she told Jezebel, causes several excruciating comorbidities. Despite the severity and life-threatening risk factors accompanying her condition, Rule told me that doctors who confronted her at her Wednesday visit to Malta Med Emergent Care warned her that she was on a “tracker” and is essentially blacklisted from hospitals in Albany County for the alleged “livestreaming.” Rule has filed a complaint to Glens Falls Hospital and received confirmation that it’s being processed, but it could be up to 45 days before she receives any update.”

Banned in the USA: The Growing Movement to Censor Books in Schools (from PEN): “Many Americans may conceive of challenges to books in schools in terms of reactive parents, or those simply concerned after thumbing through a paperback in their child’s knapsack or hearing a surprising question about a novel raised by their child at the dinner table. However, the large majority of book bans underway today are not spontaneous, organic expressions of citizen concern. Rather, they reflect the work of a growing number of advocacy organizations that have made demanding censorship of certain books and ideas in schools part of their mission.”

Here’s the Secret “Sheriff Fellowship” Curriculum From the Country’s Most Prominent MAGA Think Tank (from Slate): “Public information requests and other reporting have provided insight into the stated and unstated reasons behind the Claremont Institute’s recruitment of county sheriffs, and revealed the curriculum of the fellowship. (You can read the full curriculum at the bottom of this article.) What emerges in reviewing this information is a portrait of the far right’s deep investment in sheriffs. They seem to be a key target of the movement because the office is already vulnerable to extremism and because sheriffs can enable other extremist actors like vigilantes and militias to wreak havoc on society. Claremont provides a historical and intellectual cover for selected sheriffs to continue a march into white Christian nationalism; for Claremont, the sheriffs are elected influencers who can push their message into the mainstream, far from the coterie of intellectual elites. They also have the authority to use violence under the color of law to enforce these principles in their communities.”

Facebook executive Nick Clegg’s latest comments suggest Trump will likely be back on the platform by January (from Media Matters): “In a new interview, Meta global affairs president Nick Clegg indicated that Facebook might end former President Donald Trump’s suspension in January without considering the accuracy of his content. Trump’s recent activity on Truth Social, along with his social media behavior before and since his suspension, shows that Trump would just use Facebook to push misinformation and extreme rhetoric to the platform’s large user base.”

Vitalik Buterin’s philosophical essays: they’re not good (from Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain): “Buterin has spent his life being told he’s smart and has important ideas. But I am deeply unconvinced any of the ideas in Buterin’s essays are worth anything — because they’re concocted without reference to anything that people who aren’t weird cryptocurrency anarchocapitalists want.”

Proud Boys memo reveals meticulous planning for ‘street-level violence’ (from The Guardian): “The purpose of the document is to provide a “strategic security plan” and call to action, summoning Proud Boys members to a pro-Trump Maga march that was scheduled for New York City on 10 January 2021. That was four days after Congress was to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election – the occasion that would be targeted by the fatal insurrection.”

At least 50 groups in the US advocated to ban books in the past year (from CNN): “Jonathan Friedman, the director of PEN America’s free expression and education programs and author of the report, said that in the past decade “there was never organization at this scale or with this kind of momentum” but it’s important to understand that these censorship efforts, more often than not, are led by people who are not parents and who only learned about the books online without reading them but demand officials to remove them from shelves.”

That’s all for this edition, but don’t you worry. I’ll have even more reads that will make your inner Vulcan raise an eyebrow and say ‘Fascinating’. So until then, have a great rest of your week and happy reading!

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Leaving This Here

For reasons.

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Autumn Leaves

The weather has certainly taken a turn for the chillier; I’ve now piled three blankets on my side of the bed and I’m currently rocking the warm fuzzy socks that I grabbed from Costco last year. Currently, we have some fleeced joggers on sale and I’m considering grabbing a pair. The fans, which were welcomed during the summer are rapidly becoming unbearable for me. I may have to turn them down on my days off so I don’t get too chilled.

Another sign of the season: Prime and I got our absentee ballots. We’ll be filling them out soon.

To say that I’m nervous about the election–and pretty much every single one in the future–is an understatement. I fear for the future of this country.

Prime and I watched the entire first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds recently and the first episode is still hanging over me like the sword of Damocles. The United States going through a second Civil War was mentioned; making it worse was the accompanying images later in the story.

This was directly inspired by January 6th. It was more than obvious. And it disturbed me on a level I can’t begin to explain.

For the last few days, the skies have been a dull grey color, which matches my mood perfectly. I’m just waiting for the next shoe to drop. And I’m dreading it.

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Playing Favorites

Curb your damn dog, Mrs. Jones!

Things are getting interesting at the door.

For the past few weeks, Kim the psycho hose beast has been getting Saturdays off. However, she’s among the crowds that are lined up at the door in order to shop when we open up on Saturday mornings. She can’t work on Saturday but she’s free to shop on Saturday.

I don’t buy it. Not at all.

If she’s able to come in on Saturday morning to purchase merchandise, then she’s capable of working that day; she just won’t. Which is fine for right now, but what happens when someone else needs Saturdays off due to family issues or something similar? There’s going to be a major conflict over who should have Saturday off and Kim will go whimpering to management over it, then things will get ugly.

I want no part of any of that. None whatsoever. The psycho hose beast has already tried to drag me into her quagmire and I refuse to let her do it again. I’m done with petty, high school level drama and bullshit. I’ve been done with that for years.

Saturday was busy. But that wasn’t the major issue. No, we had a valve malfunction that caused the coolers in deli to overheat. Deli and Meats had to remove products and get them into the Deli holding coolers in the back, as everything was going over temperature. It was bad, very bad. On the bright side, I don’t think we lost a lot of products, so that’s good.

Sunday was awful.

We were busy. Insanely busy. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the members had obnoxiously large orders and obnoxiously ridiculous requests. I lost count of how many people demanded a box for items that were too fucking large to be placed in said fucking box. Then there was the noise.

It was loud, but since everyone was talking at once and we had Floaters chattering about the Executive membership and cashiers screaming “REWARDS!” every few minutes, the members got louder. And louder. AND LOUDER.

My head felt as though it might explode. It was so loud in there that I could barely think.

It got so bad that I had to fight the urge to start screaming “SHUT UP!!” I was overwhelmed by the noise and damn near had a full bore meltdown. It was really difficult to fight that urge. I’m not exaggerating. It was almost instinctual, that feeling, and it was damn hard to ignore.

Thankfully, we started slowing down to a more reasonable level at 15:35. The rest of the day went smoothly by comparison.

It’s official: autumn is here. The weather has taken a turn for the cooler and I don’t think we’ll be seeing many more 80°+ days. A few might sneak in, but not as many as the last few weeks. It’s going to get colder from here on out.

The leaves are changing. Quite a few yellow, some orange and a few red. We won’t be seeing green until next year.

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The opening of The Tom and Jerry Show. Apparently, this first aired in 1975 but I remember watching it a lot as a kid during the 1980s. It must have been in syndication for a long damn time.

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Mad As a Wet…

It’s been another shitty week, so let’s make it a kitty week. So here’s a cat, accepting its fate at the groomer’s. Enjoy!

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: Fandom Wank Edition

1) Current mood:

#TheStruggleIsReal

2) This is your weekly reminder that we are living in a dystopian hellscape. And we will be for quite some time.

3) Thought for the Week: Newly born elephants weigh an average of 250 pounds, which makes them the second largest baby on the planet. The biggest? Cis het white people finding out that a fictional character who doesn’t exist will now be portrayed by a person of color.

4) I visited my old Walmart earlier this week and it was disappointing as always. This time, I needed to actually purchase an item and the only registers open were the self checkouts. I told Prime when we got home that I never saw any cashiers there and absolutely no open registers. Prime suggested that night that Walmart will eventually get rid of all the regular registers and only leave the self checkouts at the front end. He’s probably correct, as I can see Walmart leaving the registers at the tobacco bullpen alone and maybe the one in the liquor store, but ripping out everything else. Why bother paying cashiers to scan a transaction when you can have the customers do it for free? Yes, Walmart is that cheap.

5) We’re doing an entire week of E-Blocks. I’m already sick of it.

6) We’ve been having a number of food days at work. I’m trying not to overindulge, which hasn’t been easy but it’s easier than absolutely denying myself and gorging later.

7) Most of the trees are starting to change color. It still feels too early for that.

On that note, I’ll stop for now. But I’ll be back again soon with a few more crumbs that I found scattered around from my life. Until then, have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

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