The government of Texas --lately very busy passing bills injuring women, folks of color, and transgender folks -- hopes you've forgotten about their utter incompetence during the February winter storm and resulting power grid failure, so I'm just gonna leave this report alleging that the death toll during that crisis was even worse than Texas said it was right here. Long story short: less like 151 deaths and more like 700 deaths. Long story somewhat longer: right-wingers will claim the state count's accurate because "these people had so many other things wrong with them," to which I'll say the same thing I always say: if you have diabetes and someone shoots you in the head, nobody will say you died of diabetes.
Amazon rolls out a "wellness chamber" (pretentiously called an "AmaZen" booth) for stressed-out employees, a very small, windowless booth in which you can sit and watch mindfulness videos and the like. Corporations always want plaudits for putting band-aids on gaping wounds! Maybe the solution to your employees' stress is, you know, not to stress them out by working them like robots? And I just know people will get fired for not meeting their quotas because they're in the meditation booth. Yes, even after their bosses let them. Did I mention no windows? (And hate to pile on, but we long ago discussed how the whole "mindfulness" movement might well be a distraction to keep workers in jobs they hate, and hate for good reason.)
When I hear that nearly three out of four Republicans think liberals staged the whole January 6 coup just to make Trumpholes look bad, I wonder if I may have to revise my belief that 25% of the electorate is batshit insane. I bet perhaps a third of these Republicans know the truth and are just showing loyalty to their party, but it is insane, frankly, to let your loyalty actually revise the facts for you. And not just facts, but logic: nearly every Republican politician opposes an independent commission to look into January 6; if antifa and BLM really caused it, which is to laugh, you'd think they'd want to prove that.
The incomparable Rebecca Solnit reminds us that centrism itself is a bias, and one that favors "an insidious and unjust status quo." Go ahead and read the whole thing; the onslaught of examples will, I trust, impress you. You know, I tried being a centrist once, and I'm sure I said at the time that it was because I hated extremists on both sides, but I was only doing it because I didn't want to sort out the truth for myself. And then I became a man, and put away childish things. (I also realized, as Ms. Solnit says, that extremism comes exclusively from the right. What, you think Rachel Maddow is comparable to Tucker Carlson? As if.)
When I hear that the Orlando Sentinel has finally given up on Sen. Marco Rubio ever doing the right thing, I'm tempted to respond: they ever had hope? I mean, Marco Rubio is the man who gives empty suits a bad name, the man who, quite recently, supported Amazon workers' fight to unionize only because Amazon refused to sell a few of his favorite right-wing books. And of course he was going to outline what he wanted from an independent January 6 commission and then find a reason not to support whatever came before him. Some of the Sentinel's writing is quite inspired, though.
Finally, in a related note, Senate Republicans filibustered the January 6 commission bill which gave them everything they asked for in negotiations with Democrats. Again: Democrats need to shame and shun Republicans; it's what any civilized person would do to someone who injured their community, as Republicans do every day with every breath. I wouldn't mess with Gladys Sicknick if I were these Republicans, though -- she could be this decade's Cindy Sheehan. And if Democrats don't make "a slap in the faces of all the officers who did their jobs that day" into campaign ads, then they deserve to lose their majorities.