Ever since last Tuesday happened it has become impossible to think or talk or nightmare-dream about anything outside of the election results. On November 9th, without much thought, I started signing emails with: "everything is awful."
This is because it felt immediately wrong to send an email that wasn't about the election without somehow addressing the fact that we are all in deep trouble once Donald J. Trump becomes President of the United States. IRL he's becoming The President! It's really happening. Everything is awful. So I felt the need to sign off with acknowledgement of that. It is my Turner Doomsday Email Sign-Off, if you will.
The Turner Doomsday Video is the video Ted Turner's Cable News Network had on file to play in the event the world was about to end. (Note to networks: don't have one of your own? Time may be running out! CBS aired theirs last night.) When Turner himself prepared the ultimate apocalyptic sign-off, he declared, "We'll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event. When the end of the world comes, we'll play 'Nearer My God To Thee' before we sign off."
Turner never aired the video, and my email signature is being shelved for something more proactive, because that's what we need right now.
Everything might be less awful if you donate to the ACLU or Planned Parenthood,