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Sky Jewels

Sky Jewels's Journal
Sky Jewels's Journal
November 3, 2023

Ruminating/self loathing

Like many people, I’m prone to lying awake thinking about every stupid thing I’ve ever done and said. Recently I kicked that into high gear because I made a BIG mistake and got a scammed and exposed some sensitive personal information. Believe me, I should have known better, but a series of events led me into a state of mind when I was vulnerable and gullible. Anyway, I am having trouble sleeping because I have a constant thought loop running of “I am a fucking idiot who blew it and I hate myself.”

Has anyone else gone through something similar? Thanks.

August 30, 2023

Speaking of Rudy Giuliani, here's a reminder of the breadth of his evil

He was one of the three main attorneys that won the horrible 2002 deal that allowed Purdue to keep murdering people by continuing to make and push OxyContin.



Purdue Pharma hired Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor and now Donald Trump’s lawyer [note: he was his lawyer at the time this article was written], to head off a federal investigation in the mid-2000s into the company’s marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller at the centre of an epidemic estimated to have claimed at least 300,000 lives. According to the CDC, the death toll from OxyContin and related prescription opioids now exceeds 200,000.

The Sackler family made billions from OxyContin. While Giuliani was not able to prevent the criminal conviction over Purdue’s fraudulent claims for OxyContin’s safety and effectiveness, he was able to reach a deal to avoid a bar on Purdue doing business with the federal government which would have killed a large part of the multibillion-dollar market for the drug.

The former New York mayor also secured an agreement that greatly restricted further prosecution of the pharmaceutical company and kept its senior executives out of prison.



August 2, 2023

My great hope: That the Trump indictments/Jan. 6 arrests/imprisonments/fake elector charges, etc.

give pause to at least some U.S. fascists/Nazis/Republicans and make them think twice about attempting another coup d'etat/election theft/democracy overthrow in the future.

TBH, I do wish that Garland had acted with much more urgency and swiftness. The very foundation of our country was at stake. ... But, better late than never, I guess. *sigh*

July 27, 2023

"I'm a devout Christian, but I believe in science."

No you don't.

You can't simultaneously believe in the laws of science and magic. For example, if you truly accept science, you can't believe that a deity impregnated a mortal. You can't believe that the product of this bizarre event, a carpenter from the Judea of a couple thousand years ago, was put to death but then came back to life and will return to Earth eventually to save his followers. You can't believe that a powerful invisible wizard (his "father" ) is directing things on Earth and ostensibly elsewhere/everywhere in the universe. You can't believe that there's a supernatural realm that occasionally overpowers the natural realm. You can't believe any of that magical stuff if you truly believe in science. Like the commercial says, "That's not how any of this works." The two concepts, Christianity* and science, are mutually contradictory.

Somehow, it reminds me of the "Sheldon" scene from When Harry Met Sally:

*Some "Christians" say that they just like and follow the messages attributed to Jesus in the Bible. Well, that's fine, but I was always told that being a true Christian requires faith in the magical poppycock. So, this doesn't apply to those who don't believe the supernatural stories, yet still call themselves "Christians."
February 8, 2023

*** Official THANKS FOR THE HEART/S thread for all to use ***

Individual "thanks" threads sometimes get lost, so I thought it would be nice to have the thanks in one place for donors to see.

Personally, I'd like to thank my kind benefactors from the bottom of my you-know-what! I appreciate you very much!

December 11, 2022

Cake4Kids. org - a volunteer group that bakes birthday cakes for underprivileged kids

I just heard about this group and thought some of you talented bakers (a group that unfortunately does not include me) might like to put your skills to good use and help make personalized bday cakes for kids who otherwise probably wouldn't get one. It sounds very low-commitment -- you request a cake when you've got the time and inclination.


November 10, 2022

To any Ukrainians out there in cyberspace...

A lot of us here in the USA did what we could to prevent a pro-Putin Republican takeover of our government. We understand all too well that making donations, making phone calls, writing letters and postcards, putting out signs, knocking on doors, driving people to and working at the polls, talking to friends and family to urge them to vote for Democrats are nothing compared to the battles you've been waging. But when each of us did our little part, we felt you walking shoulder to shoulder with us. We fought for ourselves, but we also fought for you, and for the rest of the world. The election results are far from perfect, but they're a lot better than many people expected. They indicate that the USA will not abandon you in your hours of need after all. Thank you for fighting so hard against the forces of authoritarianism and fascism and evil itself. You inspire us every day.

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