I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling whenever I open my new New York Times app.
“Hmm, I never thought I was such a passionate news fan,” I said to myself.
It’s only now that I realized that every time I open it, the app shows me an ad of a huge chunk of cheese. Which is what produces the feelings of, “wow, this is amazing news” when I enter the app.
People decided to add a wheelchair swing to our truly fantastic playground. It’s a wonderful idea because, as I’m sure everybody will agree, it’s great for disabled and non-disabled kids to play together and learn that everybody likes to play irrespective of how their bodies work.
But when the wheelchair swing materialized, it kind of defeated the whole idea. As you can see in the photo, the swing is surrounded by a huge (and obviously expensive) fence. The gate is always locked and there are massive iron chains keeping it in place. Since the time of the filming, a large sign saying “This swing is only for wheelchairs!!!” was added. As if those wheelchairs didn’t contain kids who’d be the primary users of the swing.
I’m at this playground a lot, and I’ve never seen it used. It’s a mystery how the parents of disabled kids are supposed to access the key and remove the heavy chains. It’s as if the authors of the idea were trying to create a monument to inaccessibility and ensure that disabled kids feel as marginalized and boxed away as possible. And also excluded, if their parents have no idea how to enable access to the prohibitive structure.
The purpose of the fence is unclear. The artificial barrier between disabled and non-disabled kids is, if anything, very counterproductive. I’d think it would be great if healthy kids played on the swing and when a disabled kid appeared, learned to give place and play together.
The job guarantee could end up being a key issue in some Democratic primaries this year. Kerri Evelyn Harris, a Democratic candidate running against incumbent Tom Carper for Senate in Delaware, said, “It is time to offer American citizens guaranteed, quality jobs, with growth potential in the government sector.”
Gillibrand, whom some people see as a good presidential candidate, is behind this silliness.
I’m from the Soviet Union, a place which actually did give guaranteed jobs to everybody, and I know how that story begins, develops, and ends. So if Democrats run somebody like Gillibrand against Trump, I won’t have a reason to vote. Choosing between two deeply ignorant candidates who offer magic options in lieu of solutions to serious issues is no choice at all.
I’m not linking to the source because it belongs to Russians, and I’m against supporting their propaganda machine.
I had a huge cholecystitis attack last week brought on by cultural differences and now I’m in recovery. This means I can’t eat almost anything.
“Our fridge is so empty that it looks Russian,” N said sadly today. “It’s like no Ukrainians are living here.”