In which I write about multiple things.
Late word this morning is that they're making progress. The stuck cargo ship is at least partially freed and facing in the right direction. Traffic may be moving in the canal by the end of the day or tomorrow.
Stop for a minute and consider the level of embarrassment: these are the descendants of the people who built the Pyramids, inheritors of the legacy of a culture that set up huge statues and grand temples...and they were struggling to free a stuck ship. They are not going to stop until that thing is on the move.
I'm not going to discuss the pros and cons of various laws politicians, at least ostensibly, enact to make sure elections are fair, free of cheating, and equally accessible. People's honest opinions and perceptions vary widely.
I am going to address the foolhardiness of sticking in mean-spirited "gotcha!" jabs like Georgia's prohibition on bringing water (or food or any other drink) to people waiting in line to vote. Looking at the wording, it appears to have been tacked on to an uncontroversial ban on bribing or otherwise attempting to influence people as they wait to vote. Adding the water ban was a stupid move, one that will result in stronger and better-organized opposition to the law -- and it wouldn't make a bit of difference if every other provision in the law was logical, necessary and wise.
Georgia's GOP-dominated legislature has shot themselves in the foot, making the Republicans look bad and giving the Democrats a powerful issue to get voters to polls. Whatever else it may be, the law as written was inept realpolitik and this part of it will have unintended consequences.
Politicians, it's 2021. People will read your legislation, no matter how dull, and they will look for loopholes and weak points. Don't be jerks. It will come back on you.
I have been increasingly clumsy recently, possibly due to seasonal allergies ramping up and affecting my balance. Or maybe it's just age. Last night, I went to check the back door before bedtime and slipped on the three steep steps that lead from the kitchen to the door landing. I overbalanced, reached out for the door handle, missed, and stabbed my right thumb and thumbnail into the hard metal with much of my weight behind it. It raised a big blood blister on the tip of my thumb and under the end of the nail almost immediately.
I iced my thumb for an hour, but an hour after that, it was throbbing and so tender that I had to scrub up, sterilize a needle, and lance the blister. My thumb is still very tender this morning and it is interfering with activities. At least the injury is not on the side of my thumb, so I can still work the spacebar.
BUILDING A 1:1 BALUN
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