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Darlings! It’s March 2022, which means we are coming up on the two year (!!) anniversary of COVID doing [gestures at everything]. And while I of course have THOUGHTS on what this all means, namely that I’ve aged in myriad metaphysical manners since the start of this (ongoing) pandemic and thank god for prescription tretinoin, let’s jump into the freaking INVASION of a sovereign nation by a nuclear power, amongst other issues that follow us around in year of our Flying Spaghetti Monster 2022. In the words of a meme from when I was in college nearly two decades ago, I am le tired (and FYI an unfortunately once-again-relevant meme, what with the FLYING MISSILES and nuclear threat WOMP WOMP.)
Ooof, this Missive is already all over the place. So let’s do this.
TO THE INTERNET
I’m not a huge fan of artificial political comeback stories, but this overview of the Biden administration deftly navigating international politics to support Ukraine through “extraordinary unity” without giving any further reasons for Russia to escalate the conflict told in yesterday’s POLITICO Playbook contextualizes the enormous task this White House has in front of it.
Do your thing, delightfully petty rockers of yore: Dee Snider backs Ukrainians using his song as a battle cry. Anti-maskers? Not so much (The LA Times)
Could you imagine needing to fact-check your own colleagues on national television, when your colleagues are FOX anchors and pundits? Talk about a quixotic quest… Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin fully loses her patience with Fox’s Ukraine punditry (The Washington Post)
And also in the Washington Post, WTAF is up with the amount of space Putin is putting between himself and nearly everyone else? The bizarre, literal isolation of Vladimir Putin.
In non-war news, may I never be so awful—seriously, I hope ya’ll physically restrain me before this happens—that my extended family takes to the pages of the The New York Times to show the world the monster I’ve become: A Kennedy’s Crusade Against Covid Vaccines Anguishes Family and Friends (h/t Mum)
And finally, I KNOW this will resonate with at least half of you reading this: I’d Like To Call Out Which Parts Of The Group Project Were Mine (McSweeney’s)
Hey there, you’re awesome! Get hydrated, text someone you love, and be kind to yourself, won’t you?
PS: here’s a photo I took of Orca over the weekend, because we all need glamour pups right now