Monday Open Thread

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

–Albert Einstein

22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. kwtree says:

    Happy International Women’s Day.

    The radical history of the holiday is seldom taught. The corporate-sponsored, mainstream version of IWD celebration does not mention grittier topics such as abortion, contraception, sexual and domestic violence, childbirth and childcare, and sexuality. “Patriarchy” is never mentioned. 

    I imagine these conversations taking place at the grassroots level, in small groups, knowing that half of women’s realities are deemed “too controversial” for the corporate PR campaigns to acknowledge.

    The United Nations IWD observation, live at 10 am UTC, 8 am MST, has the theme “Women in Leadership”. 

    However, we  can celebrate both the corporate, UN-approved, and sanitized versions of IWD, and our own knowledge of the status of gender discrimination, and the ongoing fight for equality. 
    It’s all progress.

    “No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.”

    Malala Yousafzai


  2. Voyageur says:

    Saturday I got my second Phizer shot.  They say it takes a week for full effect, so March 13 I should be more or less immune to Trump Virus.

    I'm looking forward to it.  My wife gets her second shot this Thursday.

    Looks we'll be able to celebrate our 53rd anniversary, June 25, at a proper restaurant!


    • Duke Cox says:

      On our way to get our first dose.

      • gertie97 says:

        Good for both of you. We're to get our second dose March 24 at the scenic Rifle City Market. Our first jab went fine. It was a nice day for a road trip and the appointment time worked well with a good lunch at a Mexican joint after the lunch patrons had cleared out. We gave Shitters a wide berth.

        It was easier to get an appointment in Garfield County than in trumpcentric Mesa. No surprise there.


    • itlduso says:

      Kind of confirms there are a lot of us old folks on this site.  (I got my second shot yesterday.)

      • Duke Cox says:

        We won't be needing a second trip. We feel lucky to have gotten in on the first J@J shipments into Mesa Co. The actual injection was a little more painful than we expected, but it was just momentary. 

        Please make sure, when you are getting your "jabs", to say thanks to the volunteers who may have helped you. They can never be thanked enough.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      That is a series of wonderful things, Voyageur. May these (and many more) positives make you (and many more) able to move back to more freedom.

  3. davebarnes says:

    Today is National Peanut Cluster Day 

  4. Sunmusing says:

    has anyone started a "Re-call Qbert" effort yet?

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Republicans in the Georgia Senate just voted to repeal no-excuse absentee voting (a law they wrote), which 1.3 million voters used in November, including 450,000 Republicans.


  6. kwtree says:

    Misinformation about the Covid vaccines is spewing from Russian media outlets.The reasons: 1) Russia has its own competing “Sputnik” vaccine. 2) It’s still part of Putin’s long term project of undermining American democracy and people’s trust in government.

     On this blog, Muhammad Hasan treated us to a few of these myths:

    *Covid deaths were overcounted, and 99% were not Covid-related.

    *side effects of vaccines can be deadly.

    * vaccines are ineffective

    *when one gets a vaccine injection, it could be chimpanzee or aborted fetus cells. 


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