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Saturday Night time Owls: When the long run feels hopeless, we will't change our minds


Many people are not just feeling pessimistic about their personal futures right now. There is also an overwhelming one collective Feeling of powerlessness and negativity. It's not only that my future feels bleak, but also our. And since the pandemic is a collective phenomenon, nothing of us can do anything to ignore it or avoid the restrictions it places on our lives. There is very little new to end our days, few new faces, little movement, few fun events to look forward to. We can only wait – for a vaccine, for a choice, for herd immunity, for something Anything that could change our outlook.

But we are not helpless. While there is little we can do to change the harsh realities of the pandemic, we can change the way we think about them. By doing two things, we can improve our ability to cope with this situation, as well as negativity and feelings of powerlessness in the future.



"I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will."
Antonio Gramsci, Letters from prison (1926-30)



It's not just SCOTUS: Chairman @LindseyGrahamSC has committee votes scheduled for five more Trump decisions next week. Includes Kathryn Mizelle, who was found unqualified, just 8 years away from law school, and has not tried a case since she was admitted to the bar. An outrage.

– Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) September 26, 2020


At Daily Kos that day in 2009Forty-nine out of fifty governors who managed to take the call:

Yesterday the White House held a conference call between Vice President Biden and governors of the US states and territories. The purpose of the call, according to the White House Pool Report, was "to exhort states to collect and submit quarterly by October 10th jobs created and saved by the US Reinvestment and Restoration Act." Forty-nine governors, or their representatives, joined the call. The one person who skipped it? Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R).

Jindal was one of the most outspoken critics of the Restoration Act – at the same time he goes through the state and takes credit for the federal dollars he distributed. In July, Jindal declared the legislation an "incentive that has not stimulated". Still, he had no problem handing out huge checks in his name … the recovery Act's millions of dollars in funding for vocational training programs, housing aid programs, homelessness prevention programs, police training, criminal justice technology modernization programs, and community included development bloc grants.

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