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Health and Sanity Check-Ins

Things are crazy now. I think we are all trying to stay healthy and maintain sanity as well. I thought I would start this thread so folks can check in and discuss how they're doing. I want all my BIC friends to be okay. I will kick this off with a first post. Take care of yourself lovelies.

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@WinglessOne I hear you. While I hope for the best, I'm afraid I am no optimist and have been deeply concerned about a rise in ultra-right nationalism and white supremacy for close to two decades now. I'm old enough to remember Timothy McVeigh so I'm very relieved none of the bombs detonated.

 

The research I have read on these groups suggest they are not well organized. But there are people with real military and combat training involved who are well armed, so coordinated group actions are not required to inflict serious harm. And I agree that this and other recent events have opened up opportunities for others, including other governments, to compromise the US's security. But despite its domestic issues, the degree of damage the US can still inflict via military retaliation or economic sanctions are not insignificant deterrents.

 

I also think chance plays more of a role in the unfolding of historical events than we tend to give it credit for. Things can sometimes flip on a dime or be really random.

 

I hope you are holding up alright and really appreciate your thoughts ❤️ And BIC members' honesty here! I think these situations call upon us to share, act, and also to dig deep to understand human nature and to ask what a good life and a good society are. These are important questions anytime but during difficult times, answering them and living accordingly become responsibilities no one asked for. Please stay safe and well everyone!!

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@itscarin Oh no, you saw what I saw and you’re not going crazy.  There was indeed a violent coup (most likely organized by the president) to overthrow the will of the American people.  If treason charges aren’t pending I have lost my faith in the system (haha if anyone wants to move to Canada, our leaders are corrupt but they do get some work done and generally don’t pit us against each other to pacify their fragile egos ;);)) 

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@heartsmyface I literally was playing with that idea in my head.... Moving to Canada...

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@heartsmyface I am exploring my citizenship options. 😂  thank you for confirming Wednesday was as nuts as I thought it was. 

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@itscarin - You're not the only one who feels this way!  Why did Capitol security not have a contingency plan in place for a violent demonstration?  That was absolutely rediculous!  😪

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@Titian06 I can tell you why. According to the arm chair experts in my area, the police and security were all in on it. How else would they have gotten in so easily? 

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@Titian06 I've been reading a lot on the subject.  I'm with you -- I think they should've planned better.  It's a very complicated, nuanced situation.  

 

The front page of the NYT "Inside a Deadly Siege: How a String of Failures Led to a Dark Day at the Capitol" had a good explanation.  I'm not all over social media scouring everyone's opinion on the subject, but I have seen comments here and there about people being upset that the capitol police "let them in" based on a few video clips that show the police opening the barricades and letting the mob in.  Seeing the collection of videos the NYT put together showed a bigger picture of what the cops were up against, and what the political situation was with the higher ups that prevented them from acting more swiftly.

 

There was also a good article in GQ "The man who saw the coup attempt coming is only surprised it wasn't much worse".

 

When I saw this unfolding live on TV, my first reaction was "I hope they don't find AOC or Ilhan Omar".  I really think they would've torn those women limb from limb if presented with the opportunity, and the fact that any elected official should be worried for their physical safety in their workplace is beyond the pale.  

 

Wednesday's security failure has a lot of different ways for fingers to point.  It sounds like there was an aversion to having an overly militarized police presence in response to the excess use of force for BLM over the summer.  There was questions about the chain of command.  Capitol Police failed.  A lot of different law enforcement agencies failed to take domestic terrorism seriously. 

 

You have to give credit where credit is due: it's  tricky to navigate how to respond to an armed protest.  The Boston Massacre started because the red coats used excessive force and the people of Boston got fed up and that moment became the tinderbox for the American Revolution.  There's also no denying white privilege was on full display.  It's tricky pinpointing an exact reason this turned into such a disaster.

 

That being said, it's incredibly frustrating seeing a slow and fractured response to Wednesday.  Everyone should be able to agree: angry mobs threatening to hang the Vice President, looking for elected leaders and their staffers to physically detain and worse is absolutely unequivocally unacceptable.  

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@itscarin As you say, this is a super complex situation. There are so many factors influencing the response from pandemic fatigue to the fact that the news media industry has been financially struggling more and more. Scholars will be studying this event many years into the future and even then, will probably not agree on causes or how much certain causes should be emphasized.

 

While this is very much unprecedented, the US also has a deep history of insurrection, domestic terrorism and white supremacists inciting extreme forms of violence, and so on, so like the GQ article, I saw the potential for much worse. For me, when the travel ban was enacted, the writing was on the wall. Political violence and aggression always starts with the easiest targets, the weakest, the most convenient. I foresaw there would be a series of cascading, self-inflicted damage from which the country would not be the same afterward. The rise of troubling trends started long before the travel ban of course. The ban was just like, a sign to me that they would accelerate.

 

I hope you're doing okay! ❤️ You're not overreacting or misreading things. This is major!

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On the news this morning🤔

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@eshoe - I sure hope there's an actual mask under that!  😯

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I legit saw someone in my local grocery store who was wearing something on his face which was in no way protecting/ covering anything or could considered mask. (metal mesh mask). 😩

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@naturalooks15 that is both amusing and mildly infuriating 🙄

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I just have to imagine there is, @Titian06 😂 

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Thanks for all of the well wishes. I’m currently in the hospital keeping myself safe. 

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@KehDee I'm glad you're taking care of yourself. I'm so sorry to hear you're going through a tough time. My heart goes out to you as I feel like I truly understand. 😪😔

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@KehDee 🙏

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@KehDee hugs to you. I am sorry you are struggling.. Hoping and praying that those caring for you right now act with gentleness and kindness💗

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That's both bad and good to hear, @KehDee. Hospitals are a blessing when you need them. Good luck and I'll be thinking of you! 

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Thank you @curlychiquita  its what I needed to do

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Just checking in again. I’ve been struggling lately. I had a really hard time on Christmas because I couldn’t celebrate with my grandma. But it was great to be with the family I live with and watch my daughter have a wonderful day. I was all alone for New Years and that always is difficult for me. I’m working on a mentally and physically healthier me so I’m hoping that starts to pay off soon. Take care of yourselves lovelies!

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@KehDee @Aw big hugs.   I’m so sorry youre having a rough time.  Just a few more months of this and we’ll be through it and looking back in relief.  
yeah while we wait it’s good to pull out the whole arsenal of coping tools... essential oils, meditation, baths, massages (if you can persuade someone to dole one out in exchange for snacks) yoga, long walks, healthy diet, therapy and talking it out.   It’s taking everything to stay some semblance of alright and it’s completely understandable to not be okay and need help. 

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