W: You tried to shoe me.
Me: I did what now?
W: You tried to shoe me. Like a horse. I was on the bed and you were scraping my feet to prepare them for shoes.
Me: XD Really?
W: Yes. You were telling me they'd be so much better when you were done. Then I said "...Y'know what, I think this is dream."
Me: Uhhuh. Good call.
W: And then you stopped and looked at me and said "Yeah, y'know, I think this is a dream, too. This doesn't seem like something I'd do. I would not try to do this on the bed
." So then the dream just faded out.
Me: Yep, that sounds like me. So your dream collapsed under the weight of our collective dream logic.
W: *preparing to go to MiL's to replace more plumbing* Alright, we're leaving.
Me: *griiiiin* So do you want me to put your shoes on now?
W: Stop it. That's creepy. You're creepy.
Me: *calls after him* Pony boy! C'mere Poooony Boooy.
So while I'm here, Imma just gonna dump some of these tabs. Hope you don't mind.Evidence That Humans Had Farms 30,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought
| Ars Technica Cenozoic Creatures As Awesome Or Even Moreso Than Dinosaurs
| Accpaleo Blog
It's an old post from 2015, but I keep misplacing it. I keep it as a companion to this cool Cenozoic Animal vs Modern Human Size Comparison Video
, which is a great little resource since my Faerie is populated with critters that date back to the Cenozoic.Aboriginal Archaeological Discover in Kakadu Rewrites The History of Australia
| The Sidney Morning Herald
Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for a minimum of 65,000 years, a team of archaeologists has established - 18,000 years longer than had been proved previously and at least 5000 years longer than had been speculated by the most optimistic researchers.150 Greatest Albums Made By Women
"This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation. Compiled by nearly 50 women from across NPR and the public radio system and produced in partnership with Lincoln Center, it rethinks popular music to put women at the center.
I squeed over the inclusion of so many personal favorites and also found some great new old stuff to listen to.Unlearning The Myth of American Innocence
| The Guardian
This article fascinates me. This woman's experience sums up EVERYTHING I know about the area I live in. Wall is literally 10 minutes from here. ( Some musings from my experience of what's described in the article. Blather regarding race, class, defaults, etc. )Hey Jeff Sessions: Remember When 6,000 White Americans Went on Strike to Keep 8 Black People From Getting Promoted?
| The Root
It happened in Philly in 1944, thereby actually putting our own forces at risk because it totally interrupted wartime production and shipping. But it is as some folks have observed: Americans will absolutely destroy themselves just to keep from having to share anything with other Americans. This is literally why none of us can have nice things. This
is the actual history to throw back in the teeth of 'the poor oppressed white male' narrative, not that our current government gives two shits about real life or facts.
Speaking of real life and facts here's someone's history-based long read attempt to explain why most Americans seem to think their beliefs are the exact same thing as your facts (or you can just operate from the principle that everyone in America from its founding on is insane and it's just turtles all the way down. Honestly, it will make little difference, but at least the article helps describe/explain the specific ways America is insane.)How America Lost Its Mind
| The Atlantic
There are flaws if you want to nitpick, but overall it does pretty well illustrating the general thrust and flow of how things went and how the American psyche works. As far as biases go, the writer does come off a bit 'hard rational' which as a Thing is responsible for poisoning the well and creating these problems in the first place.
It is mentioned in the article as a series of things the government did that allowed for disillusionment, but it doesn't address the idea that the seeds were there from the very beginning and Calvinist frameworks are not known for their tolerance or forgiveness. So not only are we entitled to our own beliefs, but there's violent anxiety and fear of hell/shunning/scarlet letters/loss of social currency* as well when you're wrong in the country's psychological stew.
Also well. America is
multicultural, it's too late to try to take that back. It's a haven for religious outcasts, and it has more space, comparatively speaking, than many older monocultural countries that supplied her immigrants. So people find it easy to stand their ground on 'alternative' beliefs, and if people around them don't like it (and demonstrated their dislike from everything involving shunning to mass murder), they tended to move and start settlements. From the early 19th century onward, people created 'utopias', with like-minded souls. Now people everywhere can demonstrate that flocking behavior online.
*and literally social currency is the only thing keeping most people's heads above water these days, 'cause gods knows there's no safety net otherwise--without social currency you cannot get work, your business does not turn a profit, then you wind up with no home, no food--or you might just be POOR--which in turn means you continue to exist somehow but without friends/tribe AND with material evidence that God hates you and YOU have now become one of the people you were comfortable despising before you lost your social cred and all your worth. Forgiveness doesn't come easy among the Calvinist-spawned, and without that forgiveness, that anxiety tells you that you might actually die. Unfortunately, in this case, your anxiety may not be wrong.