SL 869

Lots of ice today.

I gained four pounds this month thanks to margaritas and stress, so now I’m doing the 10-day detox

Open thread about the Ukraine

I allowed a Jersey hairdresser do my hair and make up for our wedding 25 years ago. It was TOO much, so I put the pictures down in the basement and refused to look at them. Until this week. Want to see

I have a whole genre of pictures on my computer that could be titled, “Torturing my kids in museums.”

A trip to New Haven, CT.

I wrote about our year of extreme caregiving for Ian, and just a little bit about his epilepsy. In addition to making smoothies, I’ll only write on my own terms, until I recover from all this. I’m lucky to have the support of my extended family, even if they’re all a little crazy.

9 thoughts on “SL 869

  1. J in the video? I thought it was you at first, and maybe Ian. Amusing that all three of you *could* be the same person with a mask on.

    I watched this at least 5 times. I wish I had some ice to punch.


  2. I was just looking up the recent history of Russia’s and the US’s gross domestic product today.

    I think you probably need to ignore the projected numbers for the 2020s, but it’s really interesting.

    You know how it feels like the economy in the US has been really volatile? At least with regard to GDP, it’s actually been pretty smooth sailing. But Russia’s GDP is far more volatile. There was a pretty good patch from 1999 to 2013, then three bad years, and then volatility/stagnation up to the present.


  3. Laura tweeted, “What are the worst “hot takes” on the Ukraine? Europe is a social construct? This would never happen if Trump was still president?”

    That doesn’t even scratch the surface.

    My least favorite ones are of the following format: X is more important than Ukraine! Why don’t people pay more attention to X!

    X is always some evergreen subject that we can discuss later.


    1. “Russians are seeing these narratives, hearing their peers and idols talk to them like normal people and in Russian. They’re being shared widely, and the Russian government basically can’t stop them.”

      “On the other side, the Russian government is pushing an increasingly impersonal narrative. All we’re seeing is images of Putin and his generals in vast meeting rooms, adorned with Rococo panelling, in unidentified places.”

      “State TV political shows, which have good viewing figures, aren’t talking about or to people or individuals, who will be the key to winning the propaganda war, either.”

      “Instead, we’re still treated to the kinds of bizarre anti-NATO/US Imperialism rants that move public opinion slowly against the enemy.”


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