31 March 2020

31 March 2020


 31 March 12020 is the International Transgender Day of Visibility. It’s also World Backup Day, Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis (Azerbaijan), Freedom Day (Malta), King Nangklao Memorial Day (Thailand), and Transfer Day (US Virgin Islands). And it’s 12 Farvardin 1399, 6 Sha’ban 1441, 22 Paremhat 1736, 11 Caitra 1942, 16 Mina 5120, 6 Nisan 5780, and JD 2458939. There appears to be no news; the pandemic has swamped everything else. Republicans in America are taking advantage of the focus on the pandemic to gut environmental regulations intended to help keep us alive long-term; even if we survive the novel coronavirus (and we [collectively] will) we may not make it through the heat death of the ecosystem that supports us. I can honestly face the certainty of my own relatively imminent demise with more calm than that of our species. Life goes on becomes an empty slogan if it is restricted to anaerobic bacteria and the like.

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