A lot of freakin' out going on. Some kind of super storm supposed to hit up the east coast. The local township is sending out email alerts that make it sound like there will be no food, water, or power available for weeks. The water-heavy sky is going to fall and flatten us like a pancake and then float it all out into the ocean.
The town of Rhinebeck, NY, near my country house, is also drumming up a panic with email broadsides. They seem to think that the world is going to blow away, leaving everything flat as a pancake, not a blade of grass standing.
Ok, who's the spoilsport who sued a municipality for not warning people sufficiently about weather, so now they're afraid NOT to scare the pants off people?
This is ridiculous. Tell us something is coming. Give us the best prediction as to rainfall, windspeeds, etc. It really isn't necessary to scream at us. I'm tired of being treated like an infant.
FLASH: The NYC mayor is on TV right now talking about precautions and plans being put into place for the storm, and how people can get information and assistance if needed. He's being matter-of-fact and serious without being hysterical.
You know, his calmness has got me thinking about it, whereas the local and upstate hysteria just had me rolling my eyes and passing it off.
Speaking of infants, the Nugget is very sick. She has a cold, it's going into her chest, frighteningly high fever, and she has two infected ears. Remember I said she's very strong? Well, it's next to impossible to get medicine into her. She fights like a tiger. She clings to Daughter, won't allow any space between them. Daughter has Hercules and me to help her out with a sick baby. She asked today how on earth I managed alone.
Well, I didn't tell her, I'll let her think that's how it always is, but the biggest difference is that Daughter would take the medicine if I asked her to. She was very compliant. Nugget will not allow anything she doesn't want, that's that, and there's no reasoning with her. That's different, but not better or worse, and I don't want Daughter to wish it otherwise.
John Scalzi has written a letter from "a rapist" to conservative politicians, thanking them for making his hobby so much more satisfying. It's sadly funny and it's infuriating. Please go read it, at http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/10/25/a-fan-letter-to-certain-conservative-politicians/. You won't be sorry you took the minutes to read it. An excerpt:
Ah, I see by your surprised face that you at the very least claim to have no idea what I’m talking about. Well, here’s the thing. Every time you say “I oppose a woman’s right to abortion, even in cases of rape,” what you’re also saying is “I believe that a man who rapes a woman has more of a right to control a woman’s body and life than that woman does.”