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Today’s Thoughts: John Fetterman, voter intimidation, Doctor Who, more

⚕️ I think it’s reasonable to be concerned about a political candidate after they have a major medical event, so I think it was fair for the media to be like, “Hey, Fetterman’s cool, right?” in the aftermath of his stroke. Strokes can have serious, debilitating consequences. But it’s been five months and every doctor I’ve heard talk about it says Fetterman’s doing great, recovering well, and will likely continue to do so, and we’re still getting this ableist bullshit from the media. The verbal/communication issues he’s experiencing are normal and part of recovery, not something to be concerned about. He’s not impaired, he’s just healing. But the media insists on framing it like it’s some kind of serious problem. Fuckin’ Trump could barely get through five words without mangling half of them, but sure, Fetterman’s having the problem.

🚩 MAGA Cultist poll watchers in Arizona are intimidating voters. I’m shocked. Shocked, I say. Expect to see that shit everywhere, by the way. Maybe bring a hefty “walking stick” or a really large, cranky-looking dog with you when you go to vote this year. Or, y’know, get vote-by-mail happening in your state. It’s super hard to intimidate voters at the polls when they’re voting in their living rooms in their jammies whenever they get around to it.

📺 Doctor Who’s going to be on Disney+ in 2023, which, cool, because I have that service, but also not cool, because a lot of people don’t and can’t get streaming services because the Internet blows in rural areas. We should maybe get on fixing that, guys. Also, it would be nice if all the episodes were in one place where everyone could see them, instead of scattered across three different paid services.

🌡️ Hydrodams don’t work as well as they used to. Those are the dams we use to make electricity, like the Hoover Dam, or the absolutely massive Three Gorges Dam in China. Thanks to climate change-caused drought, there isn’t enough water running through them, so they can’t make as much power as they used to. Also, the ice is melting faster in Antarctica than we thought it was, which is super bad. We’re probably fucked. Neat!

🏛️ The Republican base – and hell, many, maybe most, Republican leaders – believe Joe Biden is an illegitimate president. They think he lied and cheated to win. And it seems like they might take the House back in the midterms. In which case, they’re definitely gonna spend a whole bunch of time vengeance-impeaching Joe Biden. And probably a bunch of other Biden admin members. I’m glad we don’t have anything important to work on, like climate change or the war in Ukraine or inflation or the economy or anything like that.

🤨 Matthew Perry – yeah, you know, the guy who did Friends and then basically nothing else ever – apparently wrote a memoir. In the book he bashes the Internet’s boyfriend, Keanu Reeves, for like, no reason? Like, why would you waste book space shitting on Keanu Reeves? “Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?” he writes. On Chris Farley’s death he writes, “I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room wall when I found out. Keanu Reeves walks among us.” (Emphasis his.) I’m getting the feeling that this was meant to be a punchline, dredged up from way back when Keanu Reeves was a little baby actor in like Bill & Ted, or Dracula where he got roasted for his bad English accent, and like, Matt Perry thinks that shit is still funny?