There Will Be Days Like This

This morning:

This evening:

On the plus side, he moved. Tomorrow I hope to get him out of it so I can vacuum the damned thing.

39 replies
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    Mnemosyne says:

    That was pretty much me today. I don’t think I showered until around 4 pm.

    In my defense, it’s been a long and stressful couple of weeks.

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    cynthia ackerman says:

    Do you have a point?

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    CaseyL says:

    I really do think cats are perfect lifeforms.

    Their bodies are lithe and incredibly acrobatic… and they keep their lovely figures even though they sleep 20 hours a day.

    I want to be a cat.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: I saw the reporting: my condolences on the passing of your founding archivist.

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    David Hunt says:

    Well, Steve might benefit from a good vacuuming himself. Look at the fur on him. Do you have steel gauntlets and greaves?

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    jl says:

    Thanks for Stevepix, and glad that Cole’s cat is providing the excellent example of moving at least once a day, which is worthy of emulation by all humans who wish to remain healthy slim and trim.

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    Mary G says:

    God, this guy. All I ever want to hear from him is “I’m sorry I threw the election and I will enter a monastery and take a vow of silence for the rest of my life to begin to make up for it.”

    “Every time you assault and stereotype a person, you’ve ripped the social fabric. Every time you see that person deeply and make him or her feel known, you’ve woven it.” David Brooks (2/18 NY Times) is right that we all need to be weavers if we are to heal our beloved country.— James Comey (@Comey) February 19, 2019


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    Mary G says:

    My junior senator is a rock star, and there are two or three other candidates I would be happy to vote for, for the first time in my life.

    Kamala comes out to greet the folks who couldn’t get into the NH venue due to overflow 😳— robert mueller is a cop (@notcapnamerica) February 18, 2019

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    @Mary G: Senator Warren did the same thing here in Glendale.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Mnemosyne: Just read about Dave Smith. I don’t know if you knew him but I am sad for your loss, your company’s loss. 78 seems too young.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: They’re both smart and/or thoughtful. I like that.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Strong Democratic candidates now will mean a strong nominee in 2020. That can only be good for the Democratic party, and for America.

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    TS (the original) says:

    According to my trivia questions, the animal that sleeps the most is the Koala. I’m wondering whether I should send the question compiler to visit at the Cole household.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    He retired a few years ago because his health was failing, but it’s still a pretty big loss. When Walt died, they locked up his office for a couple of years until Dave talked his way in and started cataloging it.

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    trollhattan says:

    Steve. Glorious Lump.

    Wonder when he decided “I shall invert”?

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    joel hanes says:

    You’re doing it rong.

    Bring the vacuum into the room.
    Plug it in. Configure the hose. Turn it on.
    The cat bed will miraculously be unoccupied.

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    Mike J says:

    @Mnemosyne: I got up at 3am, hacked until about 7am, went back to sleep until 11am.

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    hervevillechaizelounge says:

    @Mary G:

    At first I was confused ’cause your quote features two tools, then I remembered only one of those tools fucked up the 2016 election—directly, anyway.

    I’ve shared this story here before but I still can’t process it: Comey spoke at a legal conference my friend attended and was paid 150K for 40 minutes of balderdash.

    Subverting democracy has been very profitable for him. White men fall upwards like they’re inflated with helium—-entitlement must be lighter than air.

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    Aleta says:

    Bush-Cheney-SC-Lieberman did what they could to throw the election and

    If we had started global decarbonization in 2000, according to the Global Carbon Project, we would have had to cut emissions by only about 2 percent per year to stay safely under two degrees of warming. Did we fail to act then because we thought it was all over already or because we didn’t yet consider warming an urgent enough problem to take action against? Only 44 percent of those surveyed in a survey last month cited climate change as a top political priority.

    David Wallace-Wells in

    His article also talks about times when alarmism and catastrophic thinking are valuable.
    And how our mental biases and cautious journalism affect people’s thinking. 1/2

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    Aleta says:

    David Wallace-Wells in

    Panic might seem counterproductive, but we’re at a point where alarmism and catastrophic thinking are valuable, for several reasons.

    The first is that climate change is a crisis precisely because it is a looming catastrophe that demands an aggressive global response, now.

    In other words, it is right to be alarmed. …

    The second reason alarmism is useful: By defining the boundaries of conceivability more accurately, catastrophic thinking makes it easier to see the threat of climate change clearly. …

    The third reason is while concern about climate change is growing — fortunately — complacency remains a much bigger political problem than fatalism. …

    A fourth argument for embracing catastrophic thinking comes from history. Fear can mobilize, even change the world. …

    Throughout the Cold War, foes of nuclear weapons did not shy away from warning of the horrors of mutually assured destruction, and in the 1980s and 1990s, campaigners against drunken driving did not feel obligated to make their case simply by celebrating sobriety. In its “Doomsday” report, the United Nations climate-change panel offered a very clear analogy for the mobilization required to avert catastrophic warming: World War II, which President Franklin Roosevelt called a “challenge to life, liberty and civilization.”

    That war was not waged on hope alone.

    But perhaps the strongest argument for the wisdom of catastrophic thinking is that all of our mental reflexes run in the opposite direction, toward disbelief about the possibility of very bad outcomes.

    I know this from personal experience. I have spent the past three years buried in climate science and following the research as it expanded into ever darker territory.

    I know the science is true, I know the threat is all-encompassing… .

    And yet, when I imagine my life three decades from now, or the life of my daughter five decades now, I have to admit that I am not imagining a world on fire but one similar to the one we have now.

    That is how hard it is to shake complacency.

    We build our view of the universe outward from our own experience, a reflexive tendency that surely shapes our ability to comprehend genuinely existential threats to the species. We have a tendency to wait for others to act, rather than acting ourselves; a preference for the present situation; a disinclination to change things; and an excess of confidence that we can change things easily, should we need to, no matter the scale.

    That climate change demands expertise, and faith in it, at precisely the moment when public confidence in expertise is collapsing is one of its many paradoxes. That climate change touches so many of our cognitive biases is a mark of just how big it is and how much about human life it touches, which is to say, nearly everything.

    … all the cognitive biases that push us toward complacency have been abetted by our storytelling about warming — by journalism defined by caution in describing the scale and speed of the threat.

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    plato says:

    As the clock turns, so does the cat. Don’t bitch, cole.

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    Jay says:


    In 2007, 94% of Canadians believed that Global Warming was the biggest crisis facing mankind,

    In 2017, 54%,

    Spending billions on climate denialism paid off.

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    JaySinWA says:

    @Mike J: I have a neighbor who came down with a nasty cough. His ribs were hurting badly enough to see his doctor. He found out today that he had managed to crack his ribs coughing and developed pneumonia as well. Take care of yourself. There is nasty stuff going around.

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    NotMax says:

    Tomorrow I hope to get him out of it so I can vacuum the damned thing.

    And that, Mr. Cole, is why baby Jeebus created canned tuna.

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    JaySinWA says:

    @NotMax: Ha, my cat is a speed eater. She would be back in place before I got back to the vacuum. OTOH the proximity of the vacuum would be sufficient to dislodge her.

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    Martin says:

    The south has changed.

    “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” Sutton said.

    Asked to elaborate what he meant by “cleaning up D.C.,” Sutton suggested lynching.

    “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them,” Sutton said.

    When asked if he felt it was appropriate for the publisher of a newspaper to call for the lynching of Americans, Sutton doubled down on his position.

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    Aleta says:

    @Martin: From your link:

    The Advertiser contacted the Alabama Press Association, the state trade association for newspapers in the state, to inquire whether or not Sutton and the Democrat-Reporter were members.

    “We do not agree with the opinion,” said Felicia Mason, APA executive director. “However, APA is not a policing agency. We simply have no authority over what our member newspapers publish.”

    We simply can’t respond to the claim that racist murder prevents taxes.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Martin: holy fucking shit

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Steve remains one magnificent beast. No two ways about it.

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    Redshift says:

    @Mary G:

    Kamala comes out to greet the folks who couldn’t get into the NH venue due to overflow

    One of the first times Obama really impressed me was visiting the overflow room at a local candidate forum. A lot of activists had waited in line outdoors to get in, only to be told that the main room had mostly filled with bigwigs and we could watch on video from a small function room. Then the sound on the video link went out and we hardly heard any of it.

    We were all pretty annoyed and some people gave up and left. Then Obama appeared from a side door, the only candidate who came through the back corridors to our overflow room. He stood on a chair and thanked us for being there, and gave some of his speech.

    Our Dems who visit the overflow room or take the time to shake every hand are damn smart. That’s how you make people passionate supporters.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Redshift: Because the word of mouth (the most powerful form of advertising there is) from such acts is stupendous.

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    Ruckus says:

    My mom shook Bill Clinton’s hand. She remembered that till her last days. And she was a democrat through and through so that was a huge deal to her. Of course there may have been additional reasons for her, said the twinkle in her eye, but she never gave that up so I’m going with the political story.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Mary G: I’m really liking Kamala the more I see of her.

    That said, the Bros on that Twitter thread. Ugh

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    rikyrah says:

    Steve looks fine to me. Simply adorable 😍

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    Suzanne says:

    Steve is living his best life. I want to be like Steve. No judgment.

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    satby says:

    You have taught your young padawan well, Master Cole.

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    debbie says:


    He was just interviewed on NPR. Not a happy way to start the day.

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    randy khan says:

    @Mary G:

    That’s not unusual behavior among candidates who aren’t insanely narcissistic.

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