I come to you today from bed (like usual), where I am curled up in a blanket and watching the first Lethal Weapon movie, which I have never seen. We’ve been trying to watch all the 1980s and 1990s action flicks, as I honestly believe the action-comedy to be the highest form of cinema. I refuse to see new Mel Gibson projects, but that’s no reason to deprive yourself of the gift of his innocent baby-blues in the past.
It’s weird watching it and identifying most with Danny Glover and his household full of kids, but time comes for us all, you know?
This is an extremely welcome change from the news cycle of the past week, which has been bad even by the increasingly depressing scale with which we now measure news cycles. On the plus side, Ian Buruma got fired. He would probably have gotten fired whether or not I leaked the story, it’s not like I put out a hit on him or anything, but it does feel a little strange to be used to yelling randomly about things and then having that actually result in a positive change. It wasn’t just the bad call on his part, it was an indication that you can steamroll your staff if you want to make a point strongly enough, but the next day you have to walk back into the office and deal with the consequences.
Now, let’s talk about something that isn’t the news cycle. Or at least not this news cycle. Sometimes I get fixated on an old case and can’t quite shake it, and recently it’s been the trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez. The two brothers absolutely killed their parents, 100%, but looking at the situation from a 2018 perspective, it’s upsetting to see how easily their claims about sexual abuse were dismissed. This sounds very, very true to me, on a very deep level, and the fact that in recent years Lyle has been running a support group for other inmates who are survivors of sexual abuse really doesn’t sound like a decades-long con. It was so easy for the public image of the boys to be typical rich asshole kids, but surely we know by now that it’s even easier for wealthy parents in the public eye to mask their abuse. I just wish that those boys hadn’t become a punchline, and that their sentence reflected the reality of their lives.
Woof, that was depressing too. Let’s get to some Reddit curation, okay?
This unsolved mystery which I CANNOT get out of my head, please discuss:
This AskReddit thread on what people don’t tell you about giving birth:
life is a rich tapestry:
what kind of 21 jump st horseshit is this pastor running?