Google stops notifying me of nothing

It hap­pened qui­et­ly. This week, Google stopped send­ing me dai­ly email noti­fi­ca­tions about how I had no events sched­uled on my Google Cal­en­dar. It’s nice.

I test­ed it, to make sure, putting a dum­my event in today, and I did get a handy email today. But not Tues­day, or Wednes­day, or Thurs­day or Fri­day.

I may miss it, mind you, always hav­ing a mes­sage wait­ing for me in the morn­ing. But I won’t miss the con­stant reminder of how agen­da­less my life is.

September 11

Yeah, it’s my birth­day.  Thanks.  36.  Oh, much appre­ci­at­ed, and you don’t look a day over 21, either.

Five years ago today, evil peo­ple per­pe­trat­ed a ter­ri­ble tragedy in this coun­try.  And yes, the world has changed since then.  But make no mis­take, the machi­na­tions of the con­ser­v­a­tive US polit­i­cal estab­lish­ment have changed the world in many more ter­ri­ble ways than the events of 9/11 did.  How can I say that?  Am I blam­ing Bush for 9/11?

Don’t be daft.

The world in the year 2000 was full of extrem­ism and ter­ror­ism and mass killings and inno­cent lives lost and habit­u­al per­se­cu­tion and pover­ty and geno­cide.  The world in 2006 still has all of that.  Noth­ing has changed in that regard.  Ter­ror­ism was­n’t born on 9/11/2001.  Maybe Amer­i­cans had their eyes opened–in a hor­ri­ble, trag­ic way–that morn­ing.  But it was all there to be seen.

What is new is the pain, suf­fer­ing, and dev­as­ta­tion wreaked by our coun­try since then.  What is new is the belief firm­ly held by Amer­i­can con­ser­v­a­tives, evan­gel­i­cals, and extremists–and increas­ing­ly by the under-edu­cat­ed mid­dle class­es hun­ger­ing for a Shep­herd to guide them–a belief that we have the right (some would say the God-giv­en right) to pun­ish oth­er peo­ple who dis­agree with us.  Com­bine this with the mil­i­tary and eco­nom­ic might of our coun­try, and you have today’s changed world.

A world in which I am both glad and hor­ri­fied to be an Amer­i­can.