We inch toward 2021 and it seems that many people think it’ll magically ameliorate into paradise

Pandemic aside, we’ve seen some weirdness and bizarrities in 2020 unlike any other. Murder hornets became a cliché for heaping foul gravy on an already fucked up year.

The economy, civil unrest, tornadoes, Kobe Bryant, George Floyd, massive protests, and the recent suicide-bomber terrorist attack on our own soil … Anthony Quinn Warner blew himself up to become a hero for the QAnon conspiracy theorists … yet another bizarre wonder that gained more notoriety and power in 2020.

We have Sheriff’s deputies who are plotting assassinations of Obama, Chief Justice Roberts and nurses who threaten to vaccinate his children. We have a chief of staff who wanted to prove that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time, because you know, God.

And this damn economy and the failures of our government to do diddly shit to help the American poor.

I hate memes. But I saw this one, and while I know it’s a bumper sticker simplification of truthiness. But damn. Just damn. What are the priorities in America? Oh yeah, douchbags. Socialism is EVIL. Just make sure you only give handouts to the fuckwits who don’t deserve it.

Six hundred dollars?

Six hundred dollars.

I wish I couldn’t use $600, because otherwise, I would do my best to give it to a local food depository. In this case, I am the charity.

We live in the richest country on earth, and we’re fighting over face coverings, socialism, and a “stolen” election, and meanwhile the wealthy in this country are wringing out their bank statements like wet washcloths dripping with cash.

In other news, I’m doing my best to concentrate on magically making myself more creative in 2021. This year took a shit on my creativity in a way I can’t seem to shake off. Yes, I feel like I wrote a little more. But at times, I was so hyper distracted by news that my ability to create took the backseat before diving out the back door onto the pavement.

My favorite blog Kottke.org keeps me a little bit in check. He recently posted this:

I’m not a beginner, but creatives ability to create work they feel good about ebbs and flows. I feel like I’m doing good work for my clients, but that part of me that needs to create for myself is suffering.

There’s also this that Jason Kottke posted from Austin Kleon:

“One of my favorite parables about creative work comes from David Bayles and Ted Orland’s book, Art & Fear:

[A] ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

“Like any great parable, it’s the specificity of image that makes it work for me: You can picture the dusty pottery studio, the scales, weighing all the crummy pots and failed experiments.”

This same story is said to be used in photography classes and may have originated in one.

It has inspired me to stop pontificating on the perfect image, but just to create images and find nuance within creativity.

Anyway, I just wanted to jot some notes down and share. Give yourselves a hug today. Draw a hot bath and relish in what you do have that’s positive and secure, even if it’s not much right now.

Hugs and Kisses,


Stephen Colbert interviews President-Elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. Huzzah.

Tina and I watched this interview this morning with president-elect Joe Biden followed by the interview with Dr. Jill Biden. The parts about how Biden wants to unite the country seem to us as genuine and welcome. He says at one point that he will swallow hard to reach across the aisle with people are are actively trying to antagonize him if a handshake is what works best for the American population as a whole.

I think back over the year listening to conservative friends talk about Joe Biden, repeating the talking points that he’s an old senile dip shit. But to hear him tell the story that he had not planned on running, but his grandkids sat him down and told him to run, that the country needs him, that’s a pretty solid story.

And then the flashback to his praise for President Bush showing how he looks past political differences for the sake of the country, for unity, for everyone, not just the loud jags on one side of the aisle.

The icing on the cake is watching Joe dote on the Missus. He looks at her like I look at Tina and vice versa. They genuinely appear to be in love. And they don’t come off as anything but human.

It’s a breath of fresh air to see. I don’t care if democratic agendas are progressed. All I care about is having four years of someone who doesn’t drop Twitter bombs every day to disrupt the flow of American lives. A guy who quietly works. If that makes me a globalist communist, fuck it, I’m a globalist communist. 🙄

Joe Biden doesn’t appear to have an agenda that brings anything but calm. He’s not a master disrupter.

Albeit, I can definitely see that one could criticize Stephen Colbert for being sycophantic. Almost salivating to get his hands on this interview and lobbing softball questions. But who wouldn’t after Trump crop dusted America with a narcissistic blabber butt of flatulent, diarrhea filled diaper of juvenile idiocy?

We need to stop the crazy. We can’t look at democrats or republicans as un-American trying to hurt the framework of our democracy.

I mean, read for yourselves the words of Brietbarters as they attack “the other side” but also themselves. Their infighting is going to get people killed. Their verbal attacks are affecting their own to the point that how many are speaking up?

We have to heal and we have to find common ground. We have to think of the other side as being more similar than different!

Let’s do it. We can do it. We have hope!

Here’s part two.

Filed under “no shit”: Fifty Years of Tax Cuts for Rich Didn’t Trickle Down, Study Says

From Bloomberg:

Tax cuts for rich people breed inequality without providing much of a boon to anyone else, according to a study of the advanced world that could add to the case for the wealthy to bear more of the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.

The paper, by David Hope of the London School of Economics and Julian Limberg of King’s College London, found that such measures over the last 50 years only really benefited the individuals who were directly affected, and did little to promote jobs or growth.

“Policy makers shouldn’t worry that raising taxes on the rich to fund the financial costs of the pandemic will harm their economies,” Hope said in an interview.

Graphs: “COVID has become the third leading cause of death in the U.S.”

I know this won’t persuade many of my friends about the virus, but it’s eye-popping for me. I just looked at the numbers this morning at this site, and it appears that the USA is responsible for nearly half of the world’s new cases.

Yesterday there were 245k new cases in the USA. And there were 496k cases world wide. Deaths were at 8,400 worldwide, and good ol’ USA took out 3,611.

There’s a talking point going around that we lose more people per day to Covid than we lost on 9/11. Daily. That’s nuts.

Over the summer, one friend who is very well read flat out denied that the USA led the world in new cases. There was no amount of data I could show to convince him otherwise.

Then you have the rise of the goddamn white supremacy movement, and they are wearing shirts with 6MWE on them. Six Million Wasn’t Enough? What the fuck world do we live in?

Remember when our president told the Proud Boys to stand back and stand by? Yeah, me too. The party that associates with this madness is which again? 😳

Pastor Steven Andrews: “God doesn’t want democrats in heaven. And we don’t want them here either.” 🤣

This is comedy gold. Wait, he’s serious? Oh shit. It’s still funny.

Franklin Graham thanks Trump for bringing back the greeting: Merry Christmas. Melania immediately Trumps him.

On Franklin Graham’s Facebook page, he thanked President Trump for “bringing back” the greeting Merry Christmas.

He wrote:

I’m thankful that the president stood against the secularists who wanted to take Christ out of Christmas and that he brought back the greeting “Merry Christmas!”

And then the same day, Melania Trump’s people published this using “holiday” and not Christmas. Big surprise:

The manufactured war on Christmas is the biggest load of bullshit ever. I couldn’t be more secularist, and I never stopped using “Merry Christmas.”

On occasion, I also used Happy Holidays and Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year! Because I have Jewish friends and secular friends and Christian friends.

For fucks sake. Just stop with all this bullshit.

I’m afraid Trump didn’t do much more for Christianity except for riddle it with a confusing mess of hypocrisy. From an outsider’s perspective, Trump unrivaled a lot of perceptions of Christ followers from pretty good to pretty damn bad.

But the perception of secularists and atheists has always been in the shitter, so what do I know? Ha.

Buzzfeed: “There Was A Pandemic?” What Life Is Like In Countries Without COVID

Like the song sings: “Jealous … Jealous again …

If this country was a caring, compassionate, Jesus-loving nation, maybe we could care enough to support the tactics of eliminating the pandemic. As it were, it’s too fucking late.

From Buzzfeed:

In New Zealand, people are going to malls without masks and sharing popcorn with friends in movie theaters. In Australia, they are watching live theater and sports and seeing bands perform at packed concerts. Thai people in Bangkok are drinking inside busy bars and dancing, while in Taipei, the Taiwanese capital, more than 130,000 gathered for one of the only Pride parades to take place in person this year.

“Pride was huge. There was a ton of people out,” said Perry Truong, a 25-year-old English tutor who moved last year from the US, where there are currently almost 200,000 new COVID-19 cases each day, to Taiwan, where there hasn’t been a new locally transmitted case of the coronavirus in more than 200 days. “It’s really not in my mind at all,” Truong said. “I don’t feel anxious about catching the virus. I don’t feel scared about not wearing a mask to public places. For lack of a better word, it’s really normal.”