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same shit, different year - The Literary Exhibitionist
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same shit, different year
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So the year's first mass shooting happened today, at the Fort Lauderdale airport. And guess what? America doesn't give a shit. I don't see how you can come to any other conclusion, because if America did give a shit, something would have been done about gun violence in this country long before now. Instead, every single fucking time this happens, the cultural fetishizing of guns increases.

It's pretty dispiriting to get desensitized to this shit. Sometimes I wonder how I would even react if I were actually in a location where a shooting happened. It almost feels inevitable, like I'm just going to see it one of these days. Strangely, I still have no expectation -- or even fear -- of getting shot. I know both of those things would change if I saw an actual gun pointed right at me.

I suppose the only way to feel comfort about all this is the notion that, contrary to what media coverage would suggest, on average we still live in the safest time in history to be alive on this planet. It's all about actual data and averages and numbers -- and how quickly news gets disseminated around the world. I had a bit of an argument with Mom and Bill a few visits ago about this, as they were convinced the world is a worse place now than it's ever been, and they didn't seem to get that it only feels that way because of the news they see and read. Those reporters have no incentive to share news of actually good things that are happening because that news does not increase their ratings and/or page views.

On the other hand, I think it's pretty safe to say Donald Fucking Trump being President is making America a worse place. That fuckwit was up at 7 this morning tweeting about, what? Not the important things facing the president-elect, but the ratings of the Celebrity Apprentice -- and then dissing Arnold Schwarzenegger for being a Hillary Clinton supporter. Petty, much? And we all know that's just the tip of the iceberg. I continue to live in amazement that the country elected that disgusting excuse for a human being.

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Quiet home at evening last night. I have to say, the upside to having an unemployed spouse at home is how often I come home from work with dinner ready to eat. Yesterday he added a bunch of vegetables to pizza sauce to make a pasta sauce for one of the ravioli packs we bought as a 2-pack from Costco. It was delicious. And then we watched the final two episodes of The Crown on Netflix, which I truly loved. Watching that show inspired me to plan a double feature with Laney, to watch The King's Speech, which is about Queen Elizabeth II's father, and The Queen, which is about Queen Elizabeth II herself in the wake of Princess Diana's death (and was written by the same writer and creator of The Crown). I always liked both movies and haven't seen either since the years in which they came out.

I washed the wok Shobhit made the pasta in, as requested, since it was the least I could do. Shobhit proceeded to watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as the entire series is available to watch on Hulu right now. I got the whole series from Netflix and watched them with him several years ago but he doesn't remember. I didn't feel I had time to watch a movie by that point and went and spent about an hour on the computer in the bedroom before going to bed fairly early. Shobhit came to bed before Ivan even got home from work, which is relatively unusual, and he read his library book by John Grisham.

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positive energy please