Banned

Charger, Durham, New Hampshire, 1940

Yesterday, we got out and walked for the first time since that fateful day last week. Actually, we had walked the day before yesterday, but that was such a cold, short and brutish affair that it hardly counts at all. Our regular neighborhood walk yesterday, was much more pleasant and today looks like it will be even better, with a high in the fifties. What to do with this spate of fine weather? Tune in later to find out.

After last Wednesday, we haven’t done much. It has been cold. Did I mention the temperature? I stewed on Twitter for a fair portion, mainly retweeting people with similar sentiments. because unlike some other people I have not been banned from all social media. It is a fitting end for a troll that his bridge finally came tumbling down upon him. I must say how impressed that I was with the effectiveness of the tech giants in dealing with him. They not only took him out, but also took out his supposed life raft. “Nuke the entire site from orbit—it’s the only way to be sure.” Others may cry foul, but I think he had it coming and it has gradually gotten more peaceful. A little duller too, but that’s OK. If 2021 was allowed to continue on the path that it was heading in that first week, it would have made me long for the good old days, like 2020.

The graphic for this post comes from the Met. Another place that I would like to revisit once this whole pandemic is done. This plate was in the museum’s visible storage center. The Met helped pioneer this method for displaying its collection. Items that would have otherwise been left in storage are available for viewing, in rows of long glass cases. Items are grouped by type. Most items only have a number that can then be looked up for more information. Usually items are just sat on shelves, but this item got special attention and was prominently displayed.

Muted

Account Suspended

It took four years and a day of unimaginable discord, but the Twitter beast has been felled. No more insults, no more self-pitying, no more calls for violence. In the eerie silent afterwards, I raise my head and wonder what took so long? While certainly not the first and hopefully not the greatest punishment to befall him for his high crimes, it does signify a sea change, a change towards accountability. Like an avalanche falling, other social media companies have quickly followed suit, silencing him. Going further they have also moved to cutoff future avenues for communication. He will likely rally his fragile ego and turn to face the public again, but without his megaphone, he will forever look smaller. Sad.

First do no harm and then prevent others from doing further harm, but more needs to be done. Impeachment seems to be the logical next step. He is still unrepentant. Heck, he won’t even acknowledge the harm that he has already done. He needs to be punished and soon. Unfortunately, for the next ten days (really 9½, but who’s counting) he is still president and still dangerous and it is highly unlikely that enough of his Republican enablers will do the right thing to foreshorten that time period. To avoid future catastrophes, he must be distracted, not by new baubles, rewards for unseemly behavior, but pelted with a barrage of constant invectives, disparagements and punishments. 

It is my hope that this steady assault will keep him too busy to do too much further damage. A good example action is the rumored PGA revocation of their 2022 championship from his Bedminster golf course. Seemingly coming from out of left field, this is exactly the kind of insult to cause him to fly off the handle and flail helplessly for a day or so. At this point, every day matters.