Cooper the Bernedoodle

This weekend we’re being visited by Y’s son M and his wife H from LA, and their dog. I posted on Facebook a couple days ago a concern about what would happen when our three cats experienced a dog for the first time, and this dog cats.

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LCQs: Our Eroding Civil Society; Health Update

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LQCs: The United Mentally Ill States of America? Why Would That Be?

Media Matters, 25 May 2022: Fox News blames everything but guns for Uvalde massacre

Subtitle: Fox blamed anti-police sentiment, kids afraid to snitch, flimsy fences, and psychiatry for America’s most recent school shooting

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LQCs: Gun Ideology, Immune from Evidence; Real Kids vs. Imaginary Kids

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LQCs: Children, Guns, and Religion

From NYT Letters, printed 21 May 2022:

To the Editor:

The Republican checklist after a mass shooting:

Thoughts and prayers: Check.
This is not the time: Check.
Let’s not politicize: Check.
Guns are not the problem: Check.
Just enforce the laws we have: Check.
More mental health care: Check.
(Repeat.)

Jon Merritt
Los Angeles

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Declinists and Decadence: TV/Movies? Science Fiction?

Quillette, Kevin Mims, 20 May 2022: Undiminished by Decadence

Subtitle: “I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s and I’m happy to report that, for the most part, television and mainstream cinema today are orders of magnitude better than they were in my salad days.”

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LQCs: Polarization; Grooming; Sacrifice; Documentary

My partner had never seen this movie, so we began it last night and will finish tonight.

Meanwhile, this week’s issue of The Week has a nice summary, on its “Best columns: The U.S.” page, of this Washington Post opinion piece…

Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria, 5 May 2022: The abortion battle may be the precursor to even larger struggles.

The Week‘s headline is more pertinent: “Why the U.S. is so polarized.”

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Vangelis, part 3

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Vangelis RIP, part 2

A few more thoughts today, about Vangelis’ music.
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Vangelis RIP, post 1

NPR, 19 May 2022: Vangelis, famed film composer and synth pioneer, dead at 79

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