Today at therapy was really hard. I was sitting here crying, and generally being miserable, when I felt a nudge at my knee. I looked down to see that Zeus, my service dog, was doing his job… and brought me a potato.

it is very hard to cry with a gift of potato.

Remember this? I’m having a rough time right now. Zeus has a solution.

That would be an empty pill bottle, the *correct* pill bottle, a bottle of embossing powder, and two, TWO potatoes.

You’re worth at least 2 potato to him and that’s pretty special imo.

I would just like to remind you all that *I don’t own any potatoes* and I have no clue where he’s getting them from.



Media is trying to dehumanize black people every single time.

I am not apologizing for the media coverage. There is an explanation for some of this phrasing. When someone says “appears to”, “officer involved”, etc.they are covering their butt. If they say something has happened as a fact, they can be sued for libel when and if other facts come out.

There is a general policy, therefore, that most news outlets may imply a thing, to some extent. They may show footage that tells the story, because in the mind of the law showing video or photographic footage can’t be libelous unless it is heavily altered in some fashion (and courts have been very liberal in how much editing can be involved).

But the second that they say, “this guy is a racist asshat,” even if its true, they’ve opened themselves up to a lawsuit. Sure, eventually it will probably dismissed, but not before the channel has forked over a ton of dough, and probably the reporter and channel will have taken an irreparable hit to their reputation.

In addition, a lot of news outlets rely on police to give them information for their stories, so if they mess with any member of the force, no matter how reprehensible, none of the police will talk to them. They probably won’t even get blotter sheets. That can kill a news channel.

None of this makes it right. It just makes it understandable.


Alaska’s Arctic national wildlife refuge now has a $1bn price tag on it | Kim Heacox | The Guardian

Years ago, camping in Alaska’s Arctic national wildlife refuge, I watched a herd of caribou – 100,000 bulls, cows and their three-week-old calves – braid over the tundra, moving to a rhythm as old as the wind.

“Not many places like this left today,” said my friend Jeff, sitting next to me above an ice-fringed river.

And so Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski believes this refuge – 80 miles east of Prudhoe Bay – could generate $1bn over 10 years once it’s opened to oil leasing. She and her Republican colleagues slipped this drilling provision into the Senate Republican tax bill. Murkowski repeatedly says this development would cover just 2,000 acres, “about one ten-thousandth of ANWR”.

The acronym ANWR conveniently deletes the words “wildlife” and “refuge”, with no regard for the polar bears, Arctic fox, musk oxen and migratory ground-nesting birds that come there every summer, some species from as far away as Patagonia.

Alaska’s lieutenant governor, Byron Mallott, has said that drilling in ANWR is necessary to deal with climate change. His caddywhompus logic: we need to drill for more oil to raise money to address a problem that’s caused by humanity’s addiction to oil. Why not just say the truth? We want the money. Murkowski adds: “We have waited nearly 40 years for the right technology to come along for a footprint small enough for the environment to be respected.” They have not.

Alaskans have been trying to drill here for decades, using one crazy rationale after another. At one hearing the state’s lone congressman, Don Young, put a blue pen mark on his nose to show how small the industry footprint would be. Clever man. The development would in fact be a spider web of roads, pipelines, well pads and landing strips smack in the middle of the biological heart of the refuge. It would look less like a refuge and more like Prudhoe Bay, where thousands of spills have been reported.

Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington says the whole idea is “ludicrous”, noting that the Republican tax plan would add roughly $1.5tn to the national deficit in five years [with the richest 1% of Americans reaping half of the tax cuts]. “I am disturbed,” she says. She should be.

Christopher Lewis, a retired BP manager of exploration, has said: “I do not believe that there are any adequate, commercially viable reservoirs in the Arctic refuge.” The reality is “there are other less sensitive and less costly places to explore”.

And gee, what a surprise

When the society became known as the ‘Kingdom of Women’, tourists began to flock to the area. The Mosuo responded to these visitors by building hotels and other attractions to bring more visitors. Many Mosuo women make a living managing these hotels.

The idea of ‘walking marriages’ has convinced many visitors that the Mosuo lead a salacious sexual life. It is common for visitors to flirt with the local Mosuo women in an effort to seduce them.