Today's thoughts
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The Next Day's Thoughts

[Edit - oops - this was to be a Friday post, but I forgot it was here. More trouble than just sending all that FB stuff on, but I do get to ramble more.]

I suppose if this becomes a more regular occurrence I'll need a plan for titling these. A better plan. 

The Facebook is like a river of stuff flowing past you, unless you have only 3-4 friends you follow. I have a lot, through my various interests, so the river is full. Some people throw their own interesting stuff into the river, but most people just recycle stuff they take out. Sometimes it's interesting to me, but it duplicates into multiple versions, so clogs things. And the river keeps on flowing past, so if you look away for a few minutes? Well, who knows what gem you might miss!  And The Facebook decides which stuff to show you too, based not only on who sent it, but the marketing potential. That's how they keep you hooked into it, that's why you see people checking it constantly all day, eyes glued to a phone screen, ears tuned to hear that notification chime. 

But, on to some stuff:

  • As mentioned, I've a Smartwatch and apps to try to help manage my sleep. I've dropped the drug alcohol, but I'm trying 5mg capsules from the Superette. It seems to lower my overall sleep restlessness just enough to stay asleep for more of the night. A short term solution, I'm assuming, but I do feel better during the day. I'm in bed by midnight, awake at around 8:30 (my app sets a "smart alarm", depending on my sleep cycle). Being retired, I do have the freedom to stay up until 2 am if I like, and I do enjoy the peace and quiet then. But then I'm in bed until 10 or 11, and miss part of the day. Maybe not an issue in winter, when it's gloomy and grey, but spring is coming. And my girlfriend arrives soon for another visit - a week/month. She needs at least 12 hours in bed, due to a TBI years ago, so my 12 to 8:30 gives us a common starting point. I just need to find morning things for me, or leave a note if I go out for the day. 
  • Yet another excellent post last night from Heather Cox Richardson, a US historian that  is focusing on democracy in her country - or the lack of it. Specifically the current impeachment process, and the antics of Trump's fervent supporters, but she's also focused on/worried about the upcoming elections. She describes a shift in Republican strategy. rather than continue to try to refute the overwhelming evidence against their Supreme Leader., they now agree he did those things, so no need for more witnesses. However, that doesn't make him guilty, as they have decided what he did is not something a sitting President can be guilty of. Their tack is that Trump’s actions were okay, because they are in the public interest because Trump believes that his reelection is what’s best for the country. Mind boggling. And of course let to speculation as to how far they would let him go to hold onto the powers he bestows on them. 

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Jimmy Olsen

Thanks for continuing to post your thoughts. Hope to see some new short fiction some day.

When you divide the population into "people who correctly think like me" and "the deplorables", you don't get two disjoint sets, and they don't cover the space of all people. In fact, when more is known about them, almost everyone is deplorable. The Dalai Lama may be an exception, but he doesn't think like you or me, either.

Need a challenge? Every day for a week, find something good to say about (some of) the people who voted for Trump, and find something bad to say about (some of) the people who think like you. Is it even possible? Microfiction?

Ravens

Jimmy
I might do more stories, but it would help if people went into my existing ones ad left some constructive criticism. Also on my writerly 'to-do' list is a series of podcasts, using my own stories.
As for dividing the population into "people who correctly think like me" and "the deplorables", that's a technique of Trump and his supporters and not something I agree with. There are likely some good qualities in his supporters, and likely some bad qualities in his opponents, but I have no interest in trying to draw up a balance sheet. To me, that would be like pros and cons of vaccinations, or on carrying AK-47's. I am aware of the dangers of confirmation bias, and look for unbiased news sources when possible. I support the Washington Post, among many.
BTW - I consider Trump one of the biggest source of "FakeNews - just look at the fact-checking done after his SOTU speech.

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