Yes, indeed. I do love that Pfizer glow!
a neat thing about the covid vaccine is i watched the mets’ no-hitter at home and not in a hospital— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 30, 2022
...there is a really weird level of – I don’t know – grandiosity and entitlement and prickliness and lack of empathy – that is grinding a lot of us down.....something about the Covid-19 calamity caused certain people to be rendered incapable of self-regulating and to become the absolute worst, most despicable and harmful version of themselves. These outraged individuals of course have found each other, and formed a coalition; from that point forward they have lived in an evil echo chamber where they’ve incubated a grossly inflated sense of entitlement and collectively demanded extreme consequences that are wildly disproportionate to the situation at hand.......There has been a definite increase in what I’d call incoherent anger. People are just MAD. At me, at the system, at everything, and too often I just happen to be the last straw for their fraying nerves. A big part of it is that everything takes forever these days. Every process I can think of has slowed down dramatically, and that is hard to deal with, especially when you’re already living on the margins.......I have colleagues at libraries nearby who have had to call the police because grown adults have had complete meltdowns around mask/distancing policy [and] the person began yelling, threatening, cursing at, and physically intimidating the librarians..I had one patron yell that the Library “should have never even closed down, because we are supposed to serve EVERYONE and NOT EVERYONE believes in the pandemic.” (Yes, really, he used those exact words).......Controversial, angry, divisive posts generate the most clicks and page views, and so the algorithms push those to the top of the feeds. It is not a bug. It is a feature. There’s money to be made by painting everyone who’s not you as an “other”, and blaming all your problems on “them”. You’ll keep clicking to get that rush of being right and being better than “those people”. It’s a vicious cycle that corrodes civility and the social contract. Why be polite to those who obviously don’t deserve it? Someone called it “irritainment”. It’s more dangerous than that...... people came out of lockdown “feral.” I’ve noticed a general rudeness/impatience/unhelpfulness everywhere I look whether it’s at work or at the supermarket.... Perhaps we are all just burnt-out from 2 years of pandemic related anxiety, 2 years of realizing some of our fellow humans don’t care who lives and who dies as long as they get to do what they want, on top of 6+ years of noxious political turmoil..
My anti vaxx neighbour is loading her car up to drive to Ottawa. She set up a Go Fund Me to finance her trip to spread “Healing energy, love and light”— Organizedspaceyyc (@Organizedspace1) April 29, 2022
She really hopes BLM and Antifa don’t show up and ruin her vibe.
Can I build a moat in that time?
The Rolling Thunder Convoy is in Ottawa protesting Trudeau's unconstitutional....— Brandon Tozzo (@BrandonTozzo) April 29, 2022
So, a bunch of entitled assholes are driving to Ottawa to protest freedoms they never lost. That about sums it up? #OttawaOccupation— Neil Before Zod™ (@WaytowichNeil) April 29, 2022
We’ve got a convoy of tow trucks, as it were. pic.twitter.com/Iak025Hj1W— Andrew Pinsent (@a_pinsent) April 30, 2022
Fact: A bunch of middle aged white men yelling ‘fuck the police’ will never not be funny.— Andrew Pinsent (@a_pinsent) April 30, 2022
Moving to Ukraine, Markos notes tonight that Russia's defeat is now official US policy:
You want to go out in public every day and advertise that you have the critical thinking skills of a urinal cake? Go hard. But the rest of us are under no obligation to let you spew nonsense unchallenged or take your concerns seriously.— Aaron Hoyland (@aaronhoyland) April 29, 2022
...it’s slooooow going. Russia captured Izyum on April 1, and yet four weeks later, it has only managed to push out 30 kilometers (~19 miles). That’s about a kilometer a day. Only 5,000 more square miles to go!...Ukraine, aside from some tactical pickups here and there, seems content to chip away at Russian forces with artillery, guerrilla ambushes, and drones, trading ground for blood when absolutely necessary, but mostly holding firm in their extensive prepared defenses along the entire Donbas front. They just need to hold out a couple more months, to allow all that sweet new Western gear to arrive — drones, armored, and artillery, of course, but also body armor and helmets that will allow reservists to join the fight, and medical supplies that will save many lives. Also, lots and lots of armor.The US has already committed to sending 170,000 155mm shells. That’s a lot of shipments from California and elsewhere. And now, with lend-lease authority granted by Congress, the US will keep supplying as many of these as Ukraine needs. The spigot is wide open to anything the Pentagon thinks will help push Russia entirely out of Ukraine. Russia’s defeat is official U.S. policy.
The world is really questioning Putin's leadership:
Ukraine just received a massive shipment of weapons from Spain.— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) April 29, 2022
The Ukrainians found Spanish sausages among the boxes with grenade launchers and a postcard saying: “I wish you victory! With love, Leticia”.
It took them a moment to understand that it was from the Queen of Spain. pic.twitter.com/EXalzM4qN7
DoD’s top spokes was just asked if the US still believed Putin was “rational” after invading Ukraine— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) April 29, 2022
John Kirby gave an answer lasting several minutes, pausing with emotion over the tragic war.
“I can’t talk to his psychology, but we can all speak to his depravity,” Kirby said. pic.twitter.com/IAIp7BiGqP
Pope Francis reached out to Putin three times asking to allow the ship with a Vatican flag to evacuate civilians trapped in Mariupol's Azovstal steel mill, but all three times his requests were rejected, according to the Italian newspaper Il Messaggerohttps://t.co/DobXFvU8SH— Olga Tokariuk (@olgatokariuk) April 29, 2022
Putin has just been presented with the generals’ latest plan…. pic.twitter.com/lB8VTQgzQw— David Mawer (@DavidMawer10) April 29, 2022
A very good sign for Ukraine. https://t.co/Uzh2EZGfXf— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) April 29, 2022
The Chinese must be watching the Russians threaten nuclear war, backtrack, then threaten nuclear war and talk about going to heaven and say, ‘we chose to back this regime?’ https://t.co/AOICJ1HNKU— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) April 29, 2022
Back in Canada, PEI is changing the name of its 25-year-old Confederation Bridge and the crazies are not having it:
If this war proves anything, it’s that NATO would be able to dominate the Russia Airforce without a single F-35. The Ukrainians are giving them fits with aircraft first designed in the Soviet era. https://t.co/7in30mE8g1— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) April 29, 2022
Both sides… pic.twitter.com/Ntm7KtjbPV— Jeffrey Levin 🇺🇦 (@jilevin) April 29, 2022