Free thought is prime target for commodification and exploitation.

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Nothing like a super sunny window to render a 1 dollar lipstick utterly fabulous. And add excitement to a fairly boring basic black dress.
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The fake bangs are in full effect so far this 2018 – I don’t think I’ve managed a day without wrangling said illusion. The turtle necklace provides a satisfying focal point, with the particular charm of it’s mobile little joints.
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Old school beaded belt, providing company to the necklace to satisfy the day’s urge to represent my indigeneity.

Admittedly I am in ranting mode, though my stated intention is to conjure forth insight.  I will rectify the lapse by saying perhaps unmitigated outrage itself provides a path toward wisdom.  Once the synapses settle.

So, on to the rant.

I’ve taken a few semesters off from teaching, per the impossibility of finding feasibly affordable daycare that wouldn’t pretty much eat up the majority of my adjunct wages.  But that’s not the bother: I accept my road to frugality gracefully.

When I was teaching, I was a fan of the National Archives website, particularly the Founding Documents section.  A comprehensive resource overall, replete with all manner of scanned originals and historical background and expert commentary and pictures and bibliography action and so forth.

I’m still reeling from what I found last night.  I visited my trusty old “archives.gov” (nooo, don’t goooo!) site only to find a shockingly truncated and dumbed down version utterly lacking in its former glory as a reliable educational resource.

I knew this current Administration foreboded an array of disheartening blows to the wellness of our public lands, and I assumed that those changes would mark the sight of my own particular heartache.  But, oh!  This loss of archival depth is an unexpected blow, and so egregiously upends the importance of true scholarship.  I knew the scientists were under duress, but apparently even the librarians need not apply for any appreciation of their work and talents.

Naive perhaps, but I hadn’t conceptualized the speed with which “.gov” could fall in my esteem.  From a recommended resource to a farce.  Archives are supposed to challenge the depth our awareness and inspire the acquisition of knowledge, not chirpily skim the surface. It’s just bogus.

 

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