Long Weekend Open Thread — A Thousand Hands


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The elections are over.  Shopping season begins in earnest.

Don’t shop in person today because it means that whoever you bought from made their retail employees work on Thanksgiving.  It’s supposed to be a holiday, bosses.

The movement for tomorrow is to encourage people to shop small and locally, not at big box stores.  (In my mind, Costco gets a pass.  It just does.  Don’t ask me to explain it.)

Walmart workers either are already on, or are going on, or are going on something like, or want consumers to go on, strike tomorrow.  The company is apparently freaking out over the prospective Black Friday actions.  I know that there is discussion of picket lines and actions tomorrow, but I don’t think that information belongs on a public blog.  (If any of you have disinformation, though, that’s welcome.)

China is, as usual, taking a rap tomorrow for the decisions of our retail overlords (good name for a band, that) to buy more and more merch from there.  I don’t know how to react to that, but I do have an alternative to China bashing.  Here goes:

My high school friend Rey writes this about this video:

Dance of a Thousand-Hand Guanyin, nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf.

“All 21 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in Athens at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics.

“But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year.

“Simply amazing.”

And there you have it: it can be a fractious world, but damned if it isn’t mind-bogglingly beautiful as well — not just the scenery and the cute animals, but we people, and what we can accomplish, as well.

Have a happy feast day and remember those who cannot feast. This is your Long Weekend Open Thread; talk about whatever you want, within reason.

And, oh yes, Happy Thanksgiving.


About Greg Diamond

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.