The situation we find ourselves in now had its roots more than 50 years ago.
Still, it should be obvious, in retrospect, that, bizarre as the present moment may seem, it didn't come out of the blue, not faintly. How could it have?
And who knows where we will be in another 50 years? Likely much further down this path. I remember 50 years ago, I won't be around for another 50 years, but it still concerns me with all my kids and grandkids.
Believe me, even if Donald Trump has to leave the Oval Office on January 20, 2021, we'll still be in his America.
I'm definitely worried about violence no matter who wins the election.
"We are in a state of civil war whenever, in more than one geographical location in the United States, it becomes commonplace for multiple non-state armed groups to fight each other with deadly force. When that is an occurrence that is common in more than one location in the country, that's a civil war."
Civil war in this case wouldn’t be one group of states against another, it would e groups of civilians fighting, at least at first.
"You realize that even in this horrible period for Colombia, for most of the country, this conflict was just something you saw on television. It doesn't really impact their everyday lives…. Collapse is not evenly distributed…. I'd say there's a real danger that (the U.S.) is going to see sustained political violence."
I wonder if this means that urban areas would be worse, or just some random areas. Let’s hope we never have an opportunity to find out.
Nextdoor is pretty dead around here. I don't check it too often though, it irritatingly wants to send a code to my phone every time I try to use it. 2 factor authentication is good, but not every single time I open a site on the same computer/browser.
The Justice Department argued that Mr. Trump’s statements denying the rape accusation were an official act because he “addressed matters relating to his fitness for office as part of an official White House response to press inquiries.”
Mr. Trump, initially represented by private lawyers, sought to delay the case on the grounds that as a sitting president he was completely immune to civil lawsuits in state court.
Amazing that this could even be considered. I'm glad they didn't get away with it.
Of all the Kafka I’ve read, the only piece that I have a clear memory of is “The Metamorphosis” Perhaps I remember it so clearly due to the environment I was in. I had recently admitted myself to a psych hospital after an attempted suicide. There was not much to do on the ward, so I read several fiction anthologies, including one that contained “The Metamorphosis.” Another work I read while in the hospital which mad an impression was Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” Perhaps ironically, as I put myself back together, Bartleby slowly decompensated until he found himself in an asylum, where he starved to death. I, on the other hand left in a much better state than when I went in.
This reminds me of high school. It was decided that, due to the poor average reading kills of the students in our school district, everyone had to take remedial reading for two semesters. It quickly became obvious what a bad idea that was, as a large percentage of students could read at or above their grade level. So they seperate remedial reading into remedial reading and speed reading. We had to pretend we could read really fast to do well in this class. I don't remember what speed they thought I was reading at, but I've always assumed that it was bogus, I remember comprehension being poor.
It seems he was created during an actor's strike that prevented actors from being in TV commercials. Yet Kelsey Grammer was his original voice. Kelsey the scab? Or was voice only not considered acting, and allowed?
This is good to read. Sadly, too late for many people who will never be able to read as well as they could if they were taught differently.
Back in the mid to late '60s, my sister and I were taught phonetics in an experimental classroom at Ann Fox elementary in Chicago. Even though we moved to a school district that used older methods of teaching reading after two years, our advantage in reading lasted all the way through high school and beyond. I'm so grateful we had that opportunity.
I remember teachers in 4th grade being amazed by the "difficult" adult books we were reading. The other kids at that school had trouble with grade-specific books. We knew exactly why our reading was more advanced, and we told them all about phonetics.
This is what it was like at the store I worked at. It was owned by a large corporation so I couldn't do anything more than yell, "Please socially distance!" at anti-maskers as the walked past. I quit, it just wasn't worth the stress.