Well at least 2020 is almost over.
And I still haven't written my 2020: Choose Your Own Disaster book, but I haven't given up on it.
President Elect Biden announces his communications team. Not a Y chromosome in sight. Thinking of RGB and "When there are nine," today. Instead of sharing a news article on this, I thought I would link to some unintentional satire first. Hilarious. Are they concerned about the deficit now, too?
DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News recently that “blending in recent years of influential people working within the news media and in government” can confuse viewers as the lines between the two industries are blues.
What does that mean? Who knows. But here's what we do know: these guys love to make rules that only apply to others.
Okay, fine. Here's a real article.
Kate Bedingfield, who served on the campaign as deputy campaign manager and communications director, will serve as White House communications director. Her deputy will be Pili Tobar, former press secretary for the immigrant rights group America’s Voice, who worked on the campaign as communications director for coalitions.
Jen Psaki, who served as White House communications director during President Barack Obama’s administration, will become White House press secretary. Karine Jean-Pierre, who served as a Biden senior adviser before becoming the first Black chief of staff for a vice presidential nominee, will serve as principal deputy press secretary.
Vaccines in sight... Geraldo wants to call it Trump. Has Geraldo been relevant since the whole Al Capone's vault debacle? Here's where things stand. (I realize no one is consulting me on this because I have no qualifications, but after ALL hospital staff, docs, nurses, orderlies, custodians, food service, first responders, and nursing home STAFF, it should go to teachers. We need to stop sacrificing our young in service of our old. Does voicing this make me a terrible person? Possibly. It could also be many other things about me. But on this, my 80 year old father would agree.)
So we played Among Us with the youngs in our family over Thanksgiving as we all remained in our respective bunkers many miles apart. The youngs schooled us. But not as much as AOC schooled her colleagues by actually doing something for people hurt by the pandemic -- incidentally also on Among Us. This right here is a good argument for term limits. The advanced age of our leadership means that a lot of them really have no good understanding of today's actual problems and the tools we have to approach them. It should also be noted that this five-hour stream on Twitch the day after Thanksgiving is more than Mitch McConnell has helped sine April when the last stimulus was passed. And if you glance at the sideshow to the right you will see additional stories of people doing more for covid relief than Mitch McConnell. But we don't have room for all of them, because it's like 80 million people.
C|NET: AOC's Among Us stream on Twitch nets $200K for coronavirus relief
"We did it!" AOC said in a tweet. "$200k raised in one livestream (on a whim!) for eviction defense, food pantries, and more. This is going to make such a difference for those who need it most right now. Thank you all."
The five-hour-plus livestream followed one from late last month, in which AOC played Among Us in an effort to get out the vote for Election Day. That stream, which saw AOC gaming alongside fellow Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, became one of the most watched in Twitch's history.
The Pope pens an op-ed reminding us that living people are worth protecting and that no one is entitled to the freedom to endanger others. Seems simple, clear, correct. But as a non-religious person who has believed in America at fluctuating levels of confidence but almost never in the Vatican, it is weird to me to be agreeing with a Pope who seems to be calling out a "devout Catholic" on the Supreme Court who doesn't to care about people once they've emerged from their host uterus. These are strange times indeed.
New York Times: Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts
Yet some groups protested, refusing to keep their distance, marching against travel restrictions — as if measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political assault on autonomy or personal freedom! Looking to the common good is much more than the sum of what is good for individuals. It means having a regard for all citizens and seeking to respond effectively to the needs of the least fortunate.
It is all too easy for some to take an idea — in this case, for example, personal freedom — and turn it into an ideology, creating a prism through which they judge everything.
We are going to be homebound a bit longer. And since we've finished both Netflix and Youtube, perhaps we should pick up a book?
New York Time Book Review: The Best Books to Give This Year
You can order books from your local bookshop at bookshop.org. Honestly, Jeff Bezos is going to be fine, pay more, support local small business, it's worth it. You don't want to wake up after this pandemic to empty downtown business areas and a monopolistic Amazon company store.
Thanks to your support, https://t.co/GyM98zCZ3K has provided thousands of surgical masks/plastic face shields to the 18 Tribes of the Great Plains which includes the Ocala/Pinewood Reservation. Thanks to all. cc @AliVelshi pic.twitter.com/XYyaPqzG3D
Teamed up with some fellow New Jerseyans to encourage everyone this holiday season to wear a friggin' mask. Let's all come together and #MaskUpNJ so we can get back to what we do best - singing along and dancing together. @FirstLadyNJ @NJ_PRF @NJGov pic.twitter.com/djovXOxiIu
Taking a break from conspiracy 🤪twitter to boost @giselefetterman rescuing 500 fresh, surplus pumpkin pies from Costco today for those in need. 🥧 https://t.co/lo5x7OxtYF
Michael Jordan donates $2 million from "The Last Dance" proceeds to help hungry ahead of Thanksgiving https://t.co/w4t0My7TNI
People are hilarious... pic.twitter.com/XOHCv4G1fR