I Swear, I’d Be An Absolute Wreck If It Wasn’t For Otter Tik Tok. Which Is A Sentence I Just Wrote. In 2020.
Darlings! I hope your morning is off to a fine start. The air in San Francisco has cleared up slightly, meaning I got to have my windows open yesterday AND I’m going to go for a walk to grab coffee this morning. But air levels in other areas on the West Coast, including major city centers in Oregon, are still at least very unhealthy. So be kind to your friends and colleagues who are still dealing with the fact that on top of needing to isolate because of an international pandemic can now not even go for a walk or sit outside. That’s right, ‘Wildfire Smoke Is Causing A New Public Health Crisis On The West Coast.’
I get sent a lot of links to articles proclaiming Biden’s lead over Trump, and to that I remind you: DON’T LOOK AT THE POLLS. Don’t get comfortable. Don’t get complacent. And if you’re feeling anxiety, shoot me an email because I am leading phone banks every week until the election. Take that nervous energy and transform it alchemy-like into action. If you’ve ever wondered “what would I do if I was faced with an existential threat to society?” well, you’re doing it. That’s now. So write letters, send texts, join a phone bank, call a swing state family member. Do it.
TO THE INTERNET
Heck yea, nerds: ‘Biden receives endorsement from Scientific American, magazine's first in 175-year history’. But seriously, the fact that the editors of a science publication had to wade into presidential politics endorsements to remind everyone that our current president finds expertise and experts abhorrent is just sosad on so many levels.
Ugh: ‘7 coronavirus-related deaths now connected to Maine wedding’. And FYI, turns out that weddings are probably the next hot super spreader events. Oy.
In “welp, this is awful” news: ‘Miami Herald editor blames ‘internal failures’ after publishing an anti-Semitic, racist insert’
And you know why the above is extra awful? This should scare us: “According to survey of adults 18-39, 23% said they believed the Holocaust was a myth, had been exaggerated or they weren’t sure.”
And finally, hey Patagonia, TAKE MY MONEY: ‘Patagonia prints election message on clothing tags: 'Vote the a--holes out’’ (h/t Mum of the Missive, who I forced to send sources after sending me the image of the page, because there was no way it wasn’t fake, but here we are…)
Y’all are lovely. Be kind to each other: wear a mask, and find a phone bank.