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  1. It's just that as an abstract idea, it's nice, the idea that you can walk away from a paradise that depends on one child's (read: one small marginalized population's) extreme suffering. But in reality, you really can't. There's nowhere to go. I have in the past been very extreme about it re: factory farming and I'm still working what I actually think about that, and it's confusing. I wish it were as simple as walking away from Omelas.
  2. UK Le Guin is my favorite author, and this is my favorite of her short stories. (Or was, I haven't thought about it in a while). I've read that she explicitly talked about it as related to the prison problem in the US, which I can see. I think it can be a useful thought exercise for any issue about which you feel strongly; I have thought about it in the past as relates to factory farming. I am not sure what I think now. It's a beautiful story, and a heartrending message, and yet, when applied to most things in the actual world...it's hard to walk away from Omelas. There's nowhere to go that has no suffering. With factory farming in particular (since that's how I've thought of it in applied terms in the past), what it leads to is not just not eating factory farmed animal products - though that is a place to start. but if you keep seeing it as black and white, you can't really eat most farmed food at all, because they rely on fertilizers from factory farmed animals (even the veg.). You can't walk on the sidewalks, or drive a car, or ride a bus (all produced, I've read here and there, with some byproducts of farmed animals). You can't pay your taxes, because those taxes go back to support hog farms. It just becomes complicated. There's no over the mountain to escape to, because all the mountains are occupied. You could maybe go live on a small island in the Pacific that grows all their own food or something? But really, the reason a larger state hasn't taken over that island is partially because of the detente between major world powers, and the might of the West and the US in particular, so nowhere is completely free from complicity in causing suffering. The message I used to take from it was that you had to do the best you could to avoid complicity, and it did lead to a lot of very stringent restrictions on the way I lived. I'm currently reevaluating that and I don't know what I think, nor do I know what the story means anymore. I will say that I used to read Le Guin's blog (she had a blog, of all things, towards the end, and it was generally wonderful) and she once made fun of people who avoided factory farmed animal products in the most ridiculous every-vegetarian-ever-has-heard-this-line way (What about farmed vegetables? How do we know they're not suffering? etc.) I thought it was pretty funny that she and I obviously saw the moral implications of her work so differently.
  3. For the latter of course not because both issues are decided by groupthink Not that I'm saying groupthink is bad, on the contrary I think it's generally societally preservative
  4. Unlimited When we lived rurally, we had satellite, which was limited after a certain amount. It was also a zillion dollars a month and didn't work when it was raining, snowing, windy, or just a random time when it didn't feel like working.
  5. Chick Fil A here is also always (well, before this, not sure about now) super super crowded, long lines at lunch, and very fast and very polite. I don't know what it is they do to have better service than anywhere else, but boy do they do it.
  6. People sleep differently. It used to be very normal for people to sleep in 4 hour shifts with a break for awakeness in the middle of the night.
  7. As far as the likelihood of having it goes, I think I read that something like 96% of people when tested are negative for COVID. Some of these people of course don't have symptoms, have just been exposed, but on the whole it's not like if you have these symptoms you definitely have the novel coronavirus - there are many other things that cause these same symptoms during cold and flu season, namely colds and the flu. They say to worry about fever only above 100.4 but I feel like that really varies person to person.
  8. HEB is a great store. Here in the suburban Midwest there are definite differences in the ways stores are handling it; I'd say the more localish chains (Hy-Vee and Price Chopper here) are doing better than Wal-Mart, say. Sprouts has delivery which is great.
  9. My sister lives in NYC, in a 1 bedroom apt in Astoria with her husband (and cat), and worked in a yoga studio up until it was closed. The day it closed and she was laid off, she and her husband (sans cat) and their friends went to the friends' family's cabin in NH. They've been there about 10 days I guess? and plan to stay until the end of this coming week. Then, if none of them are sick or have gotten sick, they plan to go stay with family in other states - my sister may come stay here with my mom in suburban Kansas City. I don't 100% love this plan but to be honest, I wouldn't go back to NYC if I were her either. They don't have money (the friends do, though) so it's not like they can just find a VRBO somewhere and wait it out for a month or two - they're living on unemployment and hope. I don't know what they'll do about the cat. I've told them that what I would do is fill up with gas in NH, drive to NYC, stop NOWHERE, pick up the cat while touching nothing unnecessary (which in an apt building in New York is hard of course), sanitize thoroughly when they're back in the car, and then drive here, stopping nowhere until they're well out of the city. She doesn't want to expose my mom, who is 70 but in good health, to anything, but she has to go somewhere. She was waffling about coming here, saying that the virus is here - well, this is true, but there are only maybe 100 official cases locally (in a metro area of 2 million), vs a much higher rate in NYC. I think she's still in the stage of wanting to go somewhere completely safe. Of course there is nowhere like that, and she's young and healthy to boot. Her initial plan when it was clear NYC was going to shut down was to go camp in a tent for 2 months in NH somewhere. so she's progressed at least somewhat. They are hard decisions to make, though.
  10. I was particularly irritated because it seemed like an idea that could sustain a great movie, or series of movies, or book - but they left out the interesting details, like (indeed) how the train ran, or the nuances of how the class system worked, or any of it, in favor of (frankly largely unbelievable) scenes of people not acting like people, just for the shock value. It reminded me of another movie I watched (10 minutes of) recently about a guy who has a 10 year old daughter who is presumably the last female left alive (in the UK? not sure) after a female-targeted plague of some kind, which is an interesting idea at least, but within 10 minutes they're in the woods and he's trying to keep other people from figuring out she's a she and yet he has her carrying around a paperback with a girly cover and she can't follow the simplest instruction like stay behind this tree while someone who wants to rape and kill you is trying to find out if you exist. The number of movies/books I read with great premesis that are completely negated by awful storytelling choices really irritates me if you can't tell. 🙂 What I have done today: called the landlord about water that won't work (fun), bought water at the local grocery store (surprisingly civilized, lots of sanitizer for coming in and for leaving), bought groceries, eaten pumpkin pie, worked (from home), read too many Pokemon books to an obsessed 5 year old.
  11. I also mistakenly watched this movie oh, maybe 6 months ago, and it was not good. It was gratuitously, stupidly cynical and gory, imo. Like, just because you are doing fiction doesn't mean that you can put whatever you want in there and claim it makes sense or is appropriate. Just ugh, that movie irritated me. By about halfway through, I was thinking well, I'm going to keep watching because maybe just maybe they'll resolve it in a way that redeems it, and by the end I just wanted them to blow up the whole damned train.
  12. I just wanted to say here for the record that I was born and raised on the gulf coast of TX, outside Rockport (then later Austin and Houston).
  13. Hey Mercy I tried to send you a message but it says you're not receiving them. I don't want to be pushy but if you are open to one please let me know.
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