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Nov. 24, 2022

Are there any people anywhere who gather with relatives on the holidays, and leave in good spirits? 

I am exhausted, from five hours spent with the family for Thanksgiving. The food was OK, there were no big arguments, even a few laughs, but I'd thought it would be an hour or two, not frickin' five hours. My sociability was drained before the time was even half finished.

Worst of all, it was merely banal, not excruciating. There's not even an interesting story to wring out of it.

Well, maybe I'll bore you briefly about one particular thing my mother said, but I'm too mentally depleted to write it tonight.

Here's me being a cranky old fart again, about the word "faces" in news headlines. "Trump faces investigation," for example, or "Cop faces suspension," or "Starbucks faces boycott," or "Microsoft faces fine from European regulators," or this headline from today: "Kremlin faces rising ire from wives, mothers of mobilized troops.

When it's in the news, "faces" often/always seems to mean that something evil and powerful "faces" a sliver of gentle, insignificant opposition that can't and won't mean squat. 

Now, the news you need,
whether you know it or not

Virginia's Republican governor talked about a mental health crisis, but avoided the words "shooting" and "gun." 

Pastor behind Miracle Mansion, a Christian theme park, convicted of fraud 

These companies ran an experiment: Pay workers their full salary to work fewer days. 

World War III averted (this time) 

Regardless of NATO having dodged the bullet of compulsory defense of Ukraine this time, the world remains vulnerable to major escalation of the Ukraine war.

Anchorage eliminates parking requirements citywide 

Quickly, let's recap why this rocks, and why it ought to be happening everywhere:

Requiring that new construction must include ample parking only encourages more people to drive. Fuck those parking spaces. Without them, everyone's more likely to carpool or take the bus, which is a good thing.

King County Metro to pause bus service Nov. 25 to honor transit operator Mark McLaughlin 

What climate change is already doing to children's brains 

And it never stops, never stops...

San Francisco Police authorized to kill suspects using robots in draft policy  

And it never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops...

Over the past five years, however, that atmosphere has turned far darker 

And it never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops, never stops...

Links I liked

National Day of Mourning 

The politics of paying Real Rent Duwamish 

Ooh.directory of blogs 

Should all genetics research on intelligence be off-limits? 

These haptic microfingers tickle pill bugs' toes 

Faceless clock makes you think twice about how it works 

Penis fencing 

Mystery links
"Like life itself, there's no
knowing where you're going"




♫♬  Mix tape of my mind  ♫

• "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie 

The End

Robert Clary 

David Davis 

Keith Levene 

Brian O'Doherty 

And belatedly, because the news just reached me yesterday: RIP, Lou Cutell, the actor who so memorably portrayed Amazing Larry.


Cranky Old Fart is annoyed and complains and very occasionally offers a kindness, along with anything off the internet that's made me smile or snarl. All opinions fresh from my ass. Top illustration by Jeff Meyer. Click any image to enlarge. Comments & conversations invited.  

Tip 'o the hat to Linden Arden, ye olde AVA, BoingBoing, Breakfast at Ralf's, Captain Hampockets, CaptCreate's Log, John the Basket, LiarTownUSA, Meme City, National Zero, Ran Prieur, Voenix Rising, and anyone else whose work I've stolen without saying thanks.

Extra special thanks to Becky Jo, Name Withheld, Dave S, Wynn Bruce, and always Stephanie...

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