Rain, Rain

The folks I feel really badly about are the unfortunate characters who came here for the long weekend. It looks like it will rain non-stop way past the Memorial day. I’m here until almost July, so I don’t mind a few rainy days but for the people who were counting on this weekend to be able to swim and sunbathe, it is tough. They would have been better off wherever they came from.

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Estero

Estero was getting repaired before Klara was born. It’s still being repaired today and looking more broken than ever. I wonder if it gets repaired by the time Klara goes to college.

Individuals

Seeing oneself as an autonomous individual is not a natural state for human beings. This vision of the self had to be engineered and battled for, and it’s a pretty recent construction.

The reason why it was constructed is that it’s needed for the development of capitalism. Capitalism requires individuals who are alienated from the fruits and the process of their labor, from each other, and from nature.

Our whole vision of ourselves as freely acting individuals who are separate from everything else and don’t recognize any natural order that exists beyond themselves is completely manufactured and very recent.

Not My Deal

I’m not writing about Ireland’s abortion referendum because I have always believed that abortion rights should only ever be discussed by people who might one day need an abortion.

There is no likelihood of an accidental, unwanted pregnancy at my age, so I’m out of this particular discussion. The events in Ireland are a big deal, but they are not my big deal any more. I think it’s important to know when it’s time to exit a discussion and leave it to others.

Lost Children

This should be front-page news in all newspapers, not just one unknown source in Arizona. This is unbelievably shameful and deeply immoral:

The Trump administration recently announced a new, get-tough policy that will separate parents from their children if the family is caught crossing the border illegally. It was a big news story. So big it overshadowed the fact that the federal government has lost – yes, lost – 1,475 migrant children in its custody.

I have no doubt that this will all be blamed on Trump and nobody will suffer any consequences.

Unfair Treatment

I’m binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy, and there are often patients with cholecystitis. They are all 95 years old and most of them croak during surgery. Maybe this is not the right show for me to watch.

Why don’t they ever have anybody not completely ancient with this illness?