1. Let's have a Brexit thread. I gather there's a big Saturday vote.
2. On Trump's stupid G7 at the Trump Hotel thing: has he ever passed on a corrupt idea due to fear of being caught? This is just so dumbly brazen - the dumbness is what's shocking, and it's really a different category than selling out the Kurds or ICE separating families. Those are upsetting. This really isn't. It's just amazingly dumb (and I bet it doesn't actually come to pass. Someone convinces him that the bad publicity will outweigh the profits.)
Occasionally malicious doctors intentionally misdiagnose patients. I think this falls into the random-bad-actor category, and I'm mostly posting it as a launching off point for this story:
When my dad was a child, he had mono. Twenty years later, he went to medical school, and realized at the appropriate point in his studies that his symptoms had clearly not been mono, but had been a very mild case of polio, which explained his adult muscular asymmetries and scoliosis. He recognized in hindsight that the doctor had just not wanted to tell my grandmother the truth, in order not to scare her with an untreatable diagnosis that seemed on the mild side anyway.
Anyway, apparently the US is still polio-free since 1979 and I wonder how long until the anti-vaxxing unravels that. When is the anti-vaxxing movement going to lose its steam? Has it already?
1. I'm told VSCO girls (pronounced visco) is a thing, and the thing that's most striking is that it seems to be such a vague mushy non-thing: the key features are baggy shirts, arms full of scrunchies, high loose buns, hydro-flask water bottle, maybe crocs and puka shell necklaces. Like the most nondescript parts of the 90s?
VSCO is a photo-editing app, so that's part of it, along with TikTok (which Hawaii loves), and key phrases like "Save the Turtles" and "sksksksk" and "sksksksk...and I oop!"
Again, the whole thing seems so bland.
2. So I've been watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It is definitely smart and funny, but I can't quite recommend it because it's uncomfortable and cringey, and frankly I'm surprised I still like it. Anyway, I'm going to spoil a bit of a reveal in the 3rd season. The first two seasons are mostly wacky hijinks sitcom, so it's not the most plot-driven show anyway, but I'll still put it under the jump.
Like I said, the first two seasons are mostly wacky hijinks, but the third season basically starts from the premise of, "What kind of person would actually undertake those hijinks? Well, someone with an untreated personality disorder," and the main character is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, and it's not done flippantly. It's still a funny show, but the diagnosis is very real, and treatment is not a quick, painless flip.
I think that narrative flip just so fascinating. It reminds me of how I always think that the sequel to action movies should be an actual sequel, where you have to deal with all the collateral damage: large scale memorials and funerals and community mourning, fundraisers to repair all the damaged institutions, rubble and clean up everywhere, demoralized communities relocated to temporary housing as they rebuild, etc etc etc.
Barry Freed asserts that the whistleblower is looking like Bolton, and links to confirming evidence, which turns out to be Barry speculating that the whistleblower might be Bolton, which amused me with its circularity, but hey, I don't have any better guesses. Irresponsible to/not to speculate? You be the judge.
Elizabeth Warren's quip on same sex marriage has been gaining lots of traction. But the entire clip, aside from that one zinger, really shows how very charming she is. She's got plenty of stage presence and charisma. I think that itself makes her a formidable opponent.
Clinton and Warren have similarish politics, vastly different ascents to politics and associated baggage, but visually (and simplistically), they will be compared a lot over the next year for being older white blonde women running for president. More than anything, I think Warren's sheer stage presence and charm will dissolve most of the efforts to lump them together.