- Welcome back to the new, revisionist Phantom Scribbler. You know, the one with no comments on any of the posts. Years of the pixie party vanished, just like that. Thanks a lot, The Company Formerly Known As Haloscan.
- But I have to admit that I get some bizarre existential glee out of seeing it all wiped away and transformed into a years-long monomaniacal monologue.
- Except when I had to wipe away the "We'll always have Hogwarts" sidebar. That gave me no glee whatsoever. None. Stupid Haloscan.
- Also, in order to restore some comment function to this blog, I had to blunder around in my own code and royally screw things up. I think the only problem I still haven't figured out is the one currently on display in these double bullets. But if you find any other good ones, lemme know. Maybe I'll fix them someday. Or, you know, not.
- Because I have already thoroughly bored all of my FB friends (and, I know, that category includes most of you still reading), I'll say it here one more time: Partners In Health. There is no better place to put your aid dollars.
- If I might go on an intemperate rant for a moment, you know what I think is the second-best thing you can do for Haiti, after you make whatever donation you can afford? Turn off your fucking television. Why? Because every single person who has been flown into Haiti for any purpose other than to dig through rubble or treat patients or deliver aid is nothing but another example of the shameless exploitation of Haiti in particular and the endless profiteering on human suffering in general. Blah blah blah raising awareness blah blah blah. Our awareness has already been raised. And, besides which, our need to have our awareness raised is NOTHING compared to the need of the people who are suffering. Haitians don't need us to bear witness to their suffering -- they need relief for their suffering. Later, if and when the suffering is relieved, THEN will be the time to bear witness, if by that we mean "listening to Haitians tell their own stories, because they have determined that it helps them on their long road to healing if they can present those stories to others." NOT if it means, "CNN and other media organizations are using this compelling content to raise their audience numbers so that they can charge more money for their advertising slots." Really, if you spend more than a minute contemplating the fact that actual real money is changing hands so that one company can pay another company to advertise to you while you consume images of human suffering, your head will certainly explode.
- And on that note. Happy 2010, all you vanishing pixies.