-Sorry, lots of political thoughts today. I try not to do it, but it’s preoccupying me.
-No, the invasion of Ukraine is not the start of WW III any more than the invasion of the Crimean Peninsula was. It is Putin knowing that the stakes are too great for NATO to start a war over a county that isn’t part of NATO, expanding Russia for economic reasons, and drumming up nationalism when his popularity in Russia is wavering. The scary part is that our Trumpian right wing is cheering him on. I swear at this point if Russia bombed a blue state, the red states would cheer.
-The Texas Governor’s new executive order that declares trans medical care child abuse & orders investigations of supportive parents is a terrible thing, one of the worst things I have seen in the US in a while, and is a pretense for the rules to go in front of the highly right wing Supreme Court. They tried to get this as a law before but the courts struck it down, so they are, predictably, going around the rules to enact it. As long as I live, I will never understand the hate for LGBTQ people and will do what I can to oppose it. I have been around LGBTQ people as long as I have lived, and they are people. As deserving of respect, love, and protection as any other human being. When someone singles out a group for persecution, they show themselves to be less than human, IMHO.
– On a nonpolitical note, the show Girl Meets Farm has been giving me a lot of comfort and joy. It’s a cooking show, filled with fun cooking ideas, and the host projects a feeling of warmth and fun that makes the show a nice half hour of comfort. It’s stress free watching, and I need that at times. Although, she could stop saying the word “cozy” 20 times an episode and I would be fine with that.
-Speaking of comfort, now that the Star Trek novels aren’t all interconnected and are back to mostly one offs, they are a comfort as well. Professionally written, engaging plots with familiar characters. I am not one for rewatching things, so it gives me the familiar vibes of rewatching a show with my annoyance that I know where each scene is going.
-The current Spider-Man storyline in the comics is well done, and for a story put together by a four person writing team, remarkably consistent. There is a place for “corporate” comics as well as more individual comics just like there’s a place for a TV series with a writing team as well as a singular vision.
-In a dream last night, I was arrested for murder. I didn’t know who had been killed, and thought, when I was questioned, I was just giving information on someone dangerous. What got me was the level of detail in the dream of the entire world Dream Me was living in. I knew things in this alternate life going back to childhood, the town I was living in, and the rest. When I woke up, I kept thinkign about it, and both in the dream and awake I was trying to think of how I could prove my innocence. It wasn’t until I got out of bed that I realized that the GSR test not only showed only GSR on my hand (not clothing or the rest, meaning I was given a gun to hold covered in GSR), but that I showed I had held the gun in my left hand, when I am right handed. So, Dream Me, I just figured out how to prove your innocence.
Much love to friends old and new. Be kind, be courageous, and be cool.