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The inside flap of the dust jacket for the Pevear translation of The Brothers Karamazov says that Dostoevsky's story is told with » hair-raising intellectual clarity and a feel for the human condition unsurpassed in world literature.

The Brothers Karamazov (1881) by Fyodor DostoevskyWhen writing about Dostoevsky in the past I have always focused on another part of the text contained there on the inside flap ..

.. the statement that mentions his » towering reputation as one of a handful of thinkers who forged the modern sensibility.

When I first read that, I set the book down on my lap and wondered, "What does that even mean?"

Impressive as that statement is, it wasnt the thing that impressed me most about his accolades.

When I read that he wrote with a feel for the human condition unsurpassed in world literature, I knew what that meant.

A feel for the human condition.

Every human has a feel for the human condition. You have a feel for the human condition.

Even Sean Hannity has a feel for the human condition .. though not a very good one.

(Kiss my ass, Sean. Reptiles have a feel, too. Just not a human one.)

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Fuck It .. Let's Do This Thing

You didnt think I would let our anniversary pass without notice .. did you, girly?

Especially seeing how it was such a cool date » 19 Mar 2021, with the sequential » 19 » 20 » 21.

Timestamp Worldclock San Diego Friday, 19 March 2021 at 3:19 am

I didnt forget .. even though I might have "a lot on my plate" right now .. as both cousin Patti and my therapist have said.

I guess I do have a lot on my plate. But I tend to respond well to plates piled with these kinds of things.

I am actually feeling happy of late .. for a number of reasons. (More on that later.)

I even had the thought a few days ago that I might be feeling "too happy" and maybe I should cut back, or even quit taking the antidepressants altogether. All the meds. I mean, why pussy around?

Now there is a thought that I have never had before. It's a foolish thought, to be sure .. because you never want to change anything with your meds without first consulting a trained mental health professional.

And I have already begun tapering down my dose of Zoloft .. for a few months now .. from 200 to 150.

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I normally use the 11th of January (1-11, or 'one-one-one') as a place, or as a convenient time, where I will challenge myself. Where I will attempt something I have never attempted before.

Speaking of the date, I wonder what time it is. Hold on a sec. I'm going to go check. Dont go anywhere. I'll be back in a jiffy.

Okay, I'm back. Looks like it's 1:11 pm. Here on the Left coast.

Time-n-date timestamp Worldclock San Diego Monday, 11 Jan 2021 at 1:11 pm

It's later than I thought.

Now I will be the first to admit that sometimes I bite off more than I can chew, particularly when I might be trying to impress a super-hottie.

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Now You've Really Gone and Done It

Girly, what am I going doing with you? (I mean, that I havent done already.)

You are in so much trouble, young lady. You cannot possibly imagine how much trouble you are in right now.

You girls with tattoos .. I shouldve known better. You seem to actually enjoy getting in trouble.

Einstein was always getting in trouble, too, you know. So at least you're in good company.

After I finished viewing the trailer for your Netflix special (releasing tomorrow) I thought, "Now you've really done it."

Girly, you know that you cannot be doing shit like this ..

Ariana's Winter Solstice, Grand Conjunction, Netflix Special - excuse me, i love you - on 21 Dec 2020

.. and think you will get no response. No retaliation. Certainly not with something this provocative.

Ariana lays back lusciously and deliciously during her winter solstice netflix special excuse me I love you (10 Dec 2020)

You know this better than anybody.

When I saw this clip above, where you do that lay-back thing that you do .. when I saw that clip, I started thinking about things.

About this thing, and that thing, and, of course, the other thing.

Before I knew it, I was a million miles away. Maybe more. I wouldnt be surprised. I mean that is certainly the way it felt.

And I would be lying if I said that I was in any kind of hurry to get back, either. No. I was definitely diggin' it out there.

Would you like to know, Ariana, what kinds of things I was thinking about out there? Out there in La La Land.

I feel confident that you would indeed like to know.

I very much feel provoked when I see you doing this. This kind of thing, where I feel provoked, this makes me feel aggressive. And aggressive can easily become predatory under the right circumstances.

What do you know about evoking these things?

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This page originally began in an entry titled » Their Land is Full of Idols .. They Worship the Work of Their Own Hands (20 Oct 2020).

» I Feel Your Sense of Frustration

When I talk about the sense of political frustration I feel when I see Joe Biden bragging about his ability to cozy up to Southern racists ..

.. while, at the same time, treating progressives from his own party like they are some kind of pariahs ..

.. Emma knows what I am talking about. Heck, she probably knows this better than anybody.

Emma calls out Joe Biden's bullshit excuse for why he continues to embrace the worst aspects of the Republican value-structure | Rebel HQ (20 Oct 2020)

I appreciate you, EmVig. I appreciate what you do. Certainly more than the four-ninety-nine I sent your way.

Oh, look .. now you have your own page. This is my way of showing my appreciation. One of my ways.

I feel your sense of frustration .. at the lack of any kind of progress whatsoever.

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This page continues from an entry titled » Their Land is Full of Idols .. They Worship the Work of Their Own Hands - Page Two (20 Oct 2020).

Speaking of folks who elevate the value and the importance of money, a man-made thing, to a value and a status higher than it deserves ..

.. I want to ask Nancy Pelosi what she thinks about the way Corporate Profits at Boeing sent Safety into the backseat.

This here is a classic example of fucked-up values on full display for all the world to see.

Boeing's 737 Max a Saga of Capitalism Gone Awry by David Gelles | A corporate culture that privileged profits over safety had terrible consequences (24 Nov 2020)

Do you think that the decision-makers in this case .. do you think they are embarrassed by being found out?

Do you think they feel any sort of contrition? Over the lives lost? The lives lost because of the poor decisions made regarding this commercial aircraft.

The obviously poor decisions that seemed of be more profit-centric than safety-centric. Than life-centric.

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Soul Capture

It is actually still only the 30th of September right now.

Timestamp Wednesday Sept 30 2020 10:02 PM PDT San Diego

It won't be the 1st of October for a few more hours.

I was outside a little while ago and it was still very warm. The air is warm and dry and still. It reminded me of the nights I spent in the desert.

Hotel California weather. Colitas werent the only thing I was smelling those nights.

» Held Up Again by Super-Hotties

You know, I tried to capture this image here at exactly 10:01, as a way of mirroring the date, which is also 10-01.

(It's a quirky thing of mine.)

But I missed it. I was late by a minute. I was busy flirting with a super-hottie, and she wouldnt let me go.

I said, "I need to go. I need to go chronicle the end of the world."

She said, "Just five more minutes."

I said, "You said that an hour ago."

She said, "I know, but this time I really mean it."

I am not making excuses here, and blaming super-hotties .. but this is why I am late.

I won't mention any names, but she knows who she is.

Elena Fraules seated at an table outdoors with a glass of bubbly and obviously looking for somebody (22 Sep 2020)

I will try not to let it happen again .. because I know how important timing can be. (Eddie Glenn knows what I am talking about.)

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This page continues from an entry titled » Spreading the Progressive Love Around (20 Sept 2020).

For what it's worth, I like Katie Porter. I like her a lot. She is my hero.

Katie Porter's exchange with JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon should shape the 2020 campaigns (12 Apr 2019)

The biggest problem that America is facing is » corruption. This issue gets more citizen support than any other.

Except for the wealthiest of the wealthy, everybody agrees that the corrupting effects of money-in-politics is a problem that continues to grow worse.

Until you fix the problem of the corrupting effects of money-in-politics (for good) .. things are only going to continue to deteriorate for us-the-people .. as they have been for the last 40 years now. It is no big secret.

Mick Mulvaney knows what I am talking about.

Mick Mulvaney does not respond to people who do not give him money

Not.

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Spreading the Progressive Love Around

This page continues from an entry titled » A Reputation Built on the Ability to Funnel Large Sums of Money into Politics (20 Sept 2020).

Kiss my progressive ass, Sydney Ember.

Katie Halper's article on Sydney Ember, the Times' Senior Anti-Bernie Correspondent (2 July 2019 at Jacobin)

It's just a figure of speech, you know. I dont really want your nasty lips on my ass.

I want to ask Ms Ember what she thinks about how the 2016 Democratic nomination process was rigged in favor of Hillary, and against Bernie?

Donna Brazile found solid proof that Hillary rigged the primary nomination process against Bernie (t=2:50)

Bernie would be president right now if the nomination process hadnt been rigged in favor of the establishment candidate.

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This page continues from an entry titled » Nancy Pelosi, Sydney Ember, Neera Tanden and the Entire DNC Clan Can All Kiss My Progressive Ass (20 Sept 2020).

» You Are a Fund-Raiser

You are a fund-raiser, Nancy Pelosi. That is your thing. Money is your thing. You are literally about the money .. certainly much more than your colleagues are.

Nobody puts money into politics like Nancy "Cha-Ching" Pelosi. That is her claim to fame. Her claim to political fame. It is her ability to funnel money into politics like nobody else.

This is why they made you Speaker. This is why they wanted you as their Leader. Because you are about the money.

Unfortunately there is a problem with this paradigm .. this Pelosi paradigm. A big problem. Russ Feingold knows what I am talking about.

Russ Feingold says that money in politics corrupts the decision-making process of the people's representatives

We-the-People want a government that responds to our needs. But it is designed now to respond only to the whims of the wealthy.

And nothing else. JLaw will be more than happy to break it down for you.

Public support means nothing .. because money is the only thing that matters to members of congress | RepresentUs (27 Feb 2019)

I am no Constitutional scholar, but I feel confident that this is not what the Framers had in mind.

Because this is not a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not even a little. Krystal knows what I am talking about.

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