Bee-keepers

I wish somebody could film us going into the water here on the beach because I’m sure it’s hilarious. We look like a family of crazy bee-keepers.

We wade into the water in thick, long overcoats, wide-brimmed hats that have a long flap in the back, and often shoes. And sometimes pants. There is no netting in the face but only because we are reluctant to freak out the public even more.

People stare but what can we do if our Eastern European skin can’t tolerate sun? The first day I was here in Florida was during the subtropical storm Alberto. I was outside for about half an hour. The sky was overcast and it was drizzling. There was no sun in sight for 50 miles around. And guess what? I burned.

And please don’t say sunscreen. We use the 75. And we slather it on constantly.

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Tone-deaf

Every time we are having an intense discussion on the collective faculty email. . .

at the moment when the debate over issues like the survival of our university system, the attempts to oust the president, the union-busting measures deployed against us, etc reaches the point of greatest intensity. . .

at that very moment when we feel that we are close to making an important decision. . .

there is always a colleague who decides that this is the best possible moment to add to the discussion with an email containing photos of cute kitties in need of adoption.

Male Ballerinas

Oh, the sweet gains of progress! With a bunch of expensive surgeries and a team if weight-loss specialists, men can now push women out of jobs in ballet. And this is great because, as we discussed in the Individuals posts, the most important thing is to assert human triumph over nature. This is the idea that lies in the origins of capitalism, and we have to pray at that altar constantly.

At Odds

President Trump called on the world’s leading economies on Friday to reinstate Russia to the Group of 7 nations four years after it was cast out for annexing Crimea, once again putting him at odds with America’s leading allies in Europe and Asia.

It’s going to please Macron and the Germans, so I’m not sure which “leading allies” are meant here. And if the UK elects Corbyn, that slobbering toady of Russia, then this will be pleasing to the UK, too.

Pro-Russian

This is the first time Trump did anything pro-Russian but it’s a pretty big something:

President Trump called on the world’s leading economies on Friday to reinstate Russia to the Group of 7 nations four years after it was cast out for annexing Crimea, once again putting him at odds with America’s leading allies in Europe and Asia.

As I said before, it would be very easy for him to give Russia the symbolic (which is the only one that matters) win over the Crimea simply because he doesn’t understand why the issue is of any importance.

And now that the excitable crowd has yelped about “collusion” for over a year, there is nothing whatsoever to stop him. The fools played all their cards too early to win anything and now have no cards to play at all.