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Rage

I was going to write about rage this morning, about the toll it takes when you're mad so much of the time. But when I looked up the definition, I found "uncontrollable anger."
Hmmmmm.

Is there such a thing as controllable anger? Can I borrow some?

None of these guys should resign

For all my extremism, I don't call for elected officials to resign because of their pasts. Democrats and Republicans alike, they got elected being the persons they are today. If we didn't learn their dark histories, that's a due diligence problem on our part. And if we're dumb enough to elect known dirtbags, we deserve the consequences. As a rule, we should defer to the will of the electorate.

None of these guys should resign. It's up to us to fire them.

Tipping point

It seems to me that we have moved in the past day to the brink of irreversible disaster. GOP grifters are bellying up to the bar, while the the billions of people worldwide who will suffer from their actions watch helplessly from the outside. Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, a small and stupid act of greed, are the tipping point. They are already triggering aun unstoppable trade war, which the US will most assuredly lose. Our agricultural products will fall from favor with foreign buyers overnight in retaliation. Our farmers will go bankrupt in record numbers.

Tillis Amazon review: Zero stars

Being something of a hermit, I do quite a bit of shopping online. If I have the time ... and if I take the time ... I can find detailed information about the things I need to buy, as well as many opportunities for comparative shopping. Every now and then, I find truly extraordinary reviews, like the one below. I was looking for a simple pocket folder to carry the small amount of paperwork I need to keep nearby. This one cracked me up.

Life may not be fair, but government should be

Phil Berger and Tim Moore want to control all three branches of government in North Carolina, and they’re working to make that happen. The first branch in their crosshairs was the executive, where they’ve been trying to hobble Governor Cooper. Some of their actions have already been judged unconstitutional, others will be.

Who's prepared?

Below is an email from a friend who is currently living out west. Think of it as a road map for how to survive, if and when the shit hits the fan. In my opinion, the odds are high that our government will fall into fascism, both at the national level and here in North Carolina. It could get ugly.

With that preamble, here's what one person is doing to prepare for the worst. I'm on a slightly different track, but many of the actions he's taking are on my to-do list.

Giving in to contempt

I've spent much of the last few years trying to be a reasonable person. That has meant looking for plus signs instead of minus signs in the political environment, hoping for silver linings when none are obviously present. It's been a daunting process, especially after Cheeto found his way into the Oval Office. But it pre-dates him, too, back to the days of Pat "Duke Energy" McCrory and the GOP mob family in Raleigh.

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