Impulse Buying A Roomba As Self-Care, And Other Uber Elder Millennial Activities.
Lovely humans! Happy Monday, I hope your weekend was adventurous, but not too adventurous - you know, the perfect level of “oh yay, I pushed my comfort zone!” while also ensuring your were warm, well-fed, and relatively content - it’s 2021, and we are managing our expectations as best we can, mmmkay?
And in today’s Orca tax, she’s well on her way to become a dogfluencer, especially if she keeps taking photos like this (btw, apologies to my beloved colleagues, but if someone told me they’d pay me to quit my job and be a dog photographer, I would do so in less that a minute. T’would be an instant decision.)
TO THE INTERNET
No way in hell this could go wrong, nope, not at all [gestures at the shelf of WWII books that I’ve carted from domicile to domicile since I was in college] DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would control (CNN)
I mean, this doesn’t surprise me, but it doesn’t make it any less awful: Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame (NPR)
Speaking of just terrible information, The Economist has estimated that global COVID-related deaths, if you count underreported deaths, as well as deaths due to lack of medical access to overwhelmed hospital systems, could be anywhere from 11 million to 20.7 million, versus the official count of 5.3 million. ‘The pandemic’s true death toll’
In less existentially exhausting news (and really, only by a little bit), this couldn’t be any more ridiculous: Tucker Carlson Asked Hunter Biden to Help His Son Get Into College (VICE).
And finally, in one of my Bumble conversations (yes, yes, I’ve started using that app, but dating is hecking hard, y’all, and I’m doing the best I can), a gentleman found out that I was a Founding Fellow at Odd Salon and sent me this article as an example of his favorite bit of weird history, and you know what? That’s a damned good omen, my friends: Why Was Benjamin Franklin’s Basement Filled With Skeletons? (Smithsonian Magazine)
You’re all amazing. Brew yourself a perfect cup of coffee, make your bed, and be kind to yourself today, won’t you?
And PS, belated Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrated