I’ve had two panic attacks in the last two days. Anxiety fucking sucks.
The purple is back!
Looks like Jehovah’s Witnesses will join the redress scheme in Australia finally, but don’t think it’s because god somehow inspired them to do the right thing:
The organisation says it will sign up because of new rules introduced by the federal government, which mean it would lose its charity status — and subsequent tax exemptions — for continuing to hold out.
“Now that the law requires charities to join the scheme, Jehovah’s Witnesses will comply,” it said in a statement to AAP on Wednesday.
Ah! Okay! Well at least the organization is being honest about being rotten. It can’t lose its precious tax status! The organization still takes absolutely no responsibility for the abuse that’s happened under its watch, but don’t take my word for it:
“Jehovah’s Witnesses did not voluntarily join because we object to the assertion that the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses assumes responsibility for children,” the group said.
For an organization that micromanages every aspect of life for members, this is certainly an interesting twist. But hey, a win is a win. I’ll take their hand being forced to do the right thing for victims, over nothing, any day.
What is it when all you have is nostalgia? When all there is left are moments and memories from years long past? What does the love mean, when it’s for someone who no longer exists?
It’s nothing. For all that was feared to lose, is already lost.
One of my favorite therapists to follow on all of social media is @DrSprankle. I really identified with a lot of this clip. While the religion I grew up in didn’t believe in heaven and hell, armageddon and paradise were the substitutes.
I was wrongly labeled a rule breaker, a rebel, or some type of deviant for not being able to live by the archaic and sex-negative rules. I’ve spent most of my life internalizing these labels, hating myself and thinking I was broken. Thankfully, I’ve realized these were just lies that were spoon-fed to me by mostly well-meaning people.
If you also struggle with sexual shame, I definitely recommend the episode.
An amazing explanation of cognitive dissonance by @ProudSocialist here. And while he’s talking about politics and how the ruling class continues to sedate the masses with platitudes, it’s scarily similar to my experience waking up from cult indoctrination. My whole sense of reality was challenged by new information that was undeniably true. It’s difficult, jarring and it continues to bring me grief at times. But as difficult as truth can be to stomach, that doesn’t make it any less true.
Give the whole episode a listen.
Any of y’all watched Cosmos on Disney+? I was watching it this morning and it just blows my mind that we’re such an insignificant spec in the grand scheme of the universe.
Employers expect you to go above and beyond while giving you the bare minimum. We need to start demanding more democracy in the workplace.
Biden’s bombing of Syria shows me how important it is that we stop treating politics like team sports. It isn’t Red vs. Blue. Both of these parties do the bidding of the military industrial complex. This attack is wrong. Period.
I started watching Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ the other night, and I’m really vibing with it. It’s so fucking wholesome and charming. Jason Sudeikis surprised me with his performance too.
I started my free trial of Apple Fitness+ tonight and decided to do one of the dance workouts. I had such a blast! The workout was fun, the instructor was great, and it all hooks up with my Apple Watch. I’m excited for these workouts to get me more active.
I enjoyed reading this week’s CSS-Tricks newsletter. I found the section on frontend development to be especially interesting.
Sex isn’t shameful. You aren’t shameful for enjoying it—in whatever form you like having it—with other consenting adults, or on your own. It’s a hard message to learn, but as we shift into a more sex-positive future (hopefully) it can begin to manifest.
This is the first weekend in a long time that I’ve actually enjoyed. I went to my Zoom support group, made time to go shoot some hoops at the park, and I even made it to the beach today. Hopefully I won’t jinx it, but the fog feels like it’s lifting.
Kelly introduced me to Finding Fred. It’s a fantastic podcast about the one and only Fred Rogers. The episode “I Like You As You Are” had me in tears and feels immensely relevant right now. Fred’s words of wisdom really speak to the broken inner child that I’m working so hard to heal. Give it a listen, I can’t recommend the show enough.
I originally discovered Lexii Alijai on SoundCloud back in 2015 with her remix of “How Bout Now”. I loved her flow and lyrics, and it didn’t hurt that she’s was a Saint Paul native. Naturally, I had no choice but to stan and support her.
Lexii is working through some shit on Come Back Soon. She talks about the pressure to succeed for her family, depression, drug use, and her unapologetic sexual escapades. The EP feels like an artist coming into their own. Lexii sounds self-aware and confident.
It’s sad to see Lexii’s life end at the incredibly young age of 21, but she remains alive through her art that we will continue to enjoy for many years to come. And I think there’s something beautiful about that.
- Hoodie SZN (feat. Wale)
- All These
When you’re fat, you realize how many brands don’t give a fuck about fat people. We want soft, comfortable and stylish clothes too, you know.
Here is my new and updated home screen. I’ve been doing the one page thing, and it’s really worked out for me. I have all the things I use frequently here, and everything else I just search for or use the App Library.