I should probably stay away from the news in general.
All I have for the Ukrainian people is this, and I say it with all my heart: Fuck ’em up.
To the people in power in the international community who can do something but are just sitting around watching: Fuck you.
I get that no one wants to actively participate – fine, get them more weapons, now. I’m hardly the warmonger of my younger days, but we at least owe them the means to defend themselves.
And then we have the CDC just deciding that the pandemic is over. It’s such a slap in the face to everyone who has actually *tried* and put forth effort and sacrifice to end this shit. “Oh, but you can still stay home or wear a mask if you want” – yeah, but I don’t WANT to, and I’d like to have us in a situation where I legit do not HAVE to – and I don’t think this approach is going to get us there.
I’ll be happy to be wrong about this, but I think it’s going to fuel another surge within a month, which may or may not overwhelm the hospital system, which means it’s going to be that much longer before we can snuff this out.
This idea that the elderly, disabled, immunocompromised, and kids under 5 can just hide away and we can pretend they don’t exist is seriously fucked up.