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Me and a homeless guy save a bug

A homeless katydid

A homeless katydid

Yesterday was a hectic day around the Combat! blog offices, as we moved into an exciting AirBnB on East 6th Street normally occupied by a young woman who loves the Misfits and hates to dust. Did you sleep last night beneath an enormous Die, Die My Darling wall hanging? Because I sure did. Before that, though, I ate Japanese curry with Tommy and Laura. On my way home, I found a bug.

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A depressing report from the Times

Dinosaurs and aliens vie for control of Earth.

Dinosaurs and aliens vie for control of Earth.

Adam Nagourney gets big points for including the clause “tucked away on a stretch of gun stores and pornography shops” in his report on midterm elections at the state level, but otherwise he has depressed the fudge out of me. The overall thrust of the article is that this year’s elections will provide parties with opportunities to control both statehouses and the governor’s mansion in several states—opportunities they will use to stymie each other. By “parties,” we mean the Republican Party. And they’re not just stymying each other; they’re also passing legislation that conflicts with federal law. Welcome to a world of black despair: the Times series on single-party control of state governments.

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Combat! blog flies through air for real this time, isn’t useful

Plane

It probably seemed like I was going to write you from New York this morning. It seemed that way to me, even after Green Taxi forgot to pick me up yesterday, and even after United delayed my flight three hours, and after I spent 40 minutes in line at customer service, and after a young man spent 20 minutes trying to book me on a later connection in Denver while periodically mumbling “I don’t know how to do this,” and after he couldn’t print any boarding passes, and after I got back in line and went through the whole rebooking process with somebody else. Then United delayed my flight again, past the last possible connection, and my choices were to fly into an overnight stranding in Denver or go home. So I spent four hours at the airport yesterday and achieved nothing, except $40 in wasted cab fare. Today, I will do it all again. United sucks. We’ll be back Monday with a real blog.

Combat! blog flies through air, isn’t useful

Kim Jong Un visits a lubricant factory.

Kim Jong Un visits a lubricant factory.

It’s amazing how the signal moments of one person’s life constitute mundane detail in another’s. There is no Combat! blog today, because I am flying to New York. Probably, you don’t care. But it’s exciting and fun for me, like a series of arbitrary events that become ironized or surprising from a certain perspective. You know: like a joke. How about you read this work of genius while I eat airport Chili’s. We’ve both been so terribly reduced.

Opponents of nude bike ride address council for 90 min., revealing flaw in democracy

"Bare As You Dare" ride organizer Nita Maddux. Photo by Michael Gallacher of the Missoulian

“Bare As You Dare” ride organizer Nita Maddux. Photo by Michael Gallacher of the Missoulian

When I heard that Nita Maddux had organized a clothing-optional bike ride in Missoula “as a way for people to demonstrate acceptance of their bodies and express their inner child,” I did nothing. I have no opinion on this issue, partly because I have the internet and can see as many naked people as I want, and partly because I burn easily. Also I will be out of town. Apart from reading about it in the Missoulian, my experience is exactly as if the naked bike ride were not happening at all. I consider that relevant, since a bunch of people are having the same experience and freaking out.

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