Too old to cry


What a depressing day so far! Actually, it started out okay, as I played pretty well in goal this morning. My team lost, but the goals I gave up were mostly excellent shots and I faced alot of them.

But then I made the mistake of reading a little bit more of The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire. This chapter delves into the bowels of 2005 Congress ad explains just how corrupt and intractable the process has become. Virtually all the bills passed that year were "Rules" bills under an "emergency", which means that the general Congress is given only a couple of hours to examine a bill once it comes out of committee and even then doesn't have much power to change things. I wonder if things are better now, under a Democratic House and Senate?

Then I get an email from Netflix explaining that the surcharge for being able to add Blu-ray is going up to $4 a month. Given that I already pay $17 a month, that's nearly a 25% increase in price. Lately, I just haven't been watching that many DVDs, never mind wanting to pay an extra 25% to be able to add the occasional Blu-ray (I think only 1 of the 3 I currently have out is Blu-ray, and only a small percentage of those in my queue are). So I guess I'll have to remove Blu-ray.

Now I find out that Youtube has gone all crazy and suspended the James Randi Educational Foundation account, for reasons that remain mysterious. Youtube has a proven track record of removing any atheist video that crazed Christians might complain about, so I fear the worst. Their censorship is appalling and I really can't believe that Google is doing this. It is truly a black spot on their reputation and I refuse to post any more Youtube videos.

I need a drink.


"I wonder if things are better now, under a Democratic House and Senate?"  I hate to be cynical, but they're probably not any better.

Here's what Matt Taibbi has to say about 100 pages later:

The midterm elections (2006) might have marked the high oint of the Bush revolution, the day the tide started receding, but it also marked the beginning of a new era. What followed would be a period dominated y the Democrats,in particular by the Democrats' skillful massaging of the war issue. It would be a period where the Democrats would prove absolutely that it is possible in America to govern entirely on the appearance of principle - while changing absolutely nothing.

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