Open Thread - Thurs 1 June 2023 - I Am NOT A Kid Anymore
I Am NOT A Kid Anymore and a Couple Other Things:
It's June 1st. Summer is almost here! I don't have much to offer for this week's Open Thread but if I didn't know before, I've definitely learned, I am not a kid anymore!
Rosalyn Carter has dementia. She's 95. Her husband, Jimmy, 98 years old, is in hospice care. I'm glad they have the ability and support to get the care they need. I wish everyone had it!
No pics of politicians, because we've seen them all already. So here's Alice, looking very regal, just after a very satisfying meal of goat grain.
And super-villain (for me, and many others, but not everyone: apparently high society still loves him) Henry Kissinger turned 100 recently (the series linked just before at the Intercept on Kissinger is really good). He also has the ability and support to get the care he needs. So if he needs, and deserves, such care to live a long life (after helping to kill something like 3 million civilians in Cambodia) surely the drunk on the corner, the addict in the street, the young mother living in a car with her kids, the inhabitants of tent villages, all the old people, the disabled, surely they deserve such care and support as well?
These were politicians from my youth. Nixon and Ford, whom Kissinger worked for, were Presidents when I was a child, until my mid-teens. Carter was President while I was in my mid to late teens. They were all part of my early political awakening. I really disliked and still dislike Kissinger! I voted for Carter in his re-election. It was my first time voting, presidential or otherwise. I was just a freshman in college. I wasn't all that keen on Carter, but his opposition was awful. I left the country, in part, to get away from Reagan, and became a dirty socialist because of my experiences after leaving the USA.
As we all know, another politician from my youth, Diane Feinstein, has 'returned' to the Senate after being gone so long she's let a lot of the mediocre work Biden's admin has done circle the drain. Great Excuse! We've all seen the pictures of her return - and they are scary! I remember when Feinstein was appointed mayor of San Francisco. I was just a teen. It was after Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated.
And, there's Pelosi. Arghhh. Can't these people retire? Do they really think they are THAT important? Of course they do! But they aren't! So if I'm old, and I am, they are ancient. Get out of power, retire, and go do some actual good for the world like Jimmy and Rosalyn did.
In Other News:
Tara Reade has moved to Russia and is applying for a Russian passport. I've got no comments on this really, just shaking my head in both agreement with her and support of her, and disbelief that the harassment given her has gone this far.
Researchers have found 4000 year old DNA evidence of the plague in Britain. It's not really surprising, this finding. It's cool that we have the knowledge and technology to do this kind of study. The article says: 'Researchers said this strain of the plague - the late Neolithic and Bronze Age lineage - was most likely brought into Central and Western Europe around 4800 BP by humans expanding into Eurasia.' It's always the Russians' fault, isn't it? going in one direction or another (/sarcasm)
So, thanks for reading and here's the open thread - and remember, everything is interesting if you dive deep enough, so tell us about where you're diving!