It’s Fully Tangled

Anyone who’s worked with yarn will be familiar with the situation I’m going to describe. You’ve got your beautiful skein and you want to wind it for use but as you’re working you discover it’s tangled and as you try to wiggle out the yarn that is wrapped every which way around itself you discover it’s fully tangled around itself. Some people take the time to find the ends and work those ends around and through the knots to untangle the mess. Other people throw the skein into the trash and don’t look back. A third type of people actively looks for tangled skeins because they relish the opportunity to slowly work through the mess inch by inch continuously working towards that perfectly wound workable ball of yarn (yes, there is a group on Ravelry who will fix your badly tangled skein). Don’t worry, my skein is fine. I fall into that first category of person. I have spent hours untangling an out of control skein. What I really appreciate are that third category: those that do the work for others. They are courageous and tenacious.

In the world at large we are seeing lots of tangles. Some seem to be having their ends worked back through. It surprises me how on so many fronts things are being coaxed open. I’m getting answers to questions but I’m being left with new questions. Eventually those tangles will be unfurled. These are just a few of those tangles.

Covid has been in our life for nearly 18 months. We’ve had our lives altered in ways that can’t be undone. But over that time the narrative has shifted. What once was a conspiracy theory: the virus leaked from a lab has morphed into a highly viable theory. Intelligence reports suggest that scientists were hospitalized in November 2019, a few months before things were being reported. Over the past few weeks Dr Fauci, who we all looked to as the expert guiding us through the pandemic, has admitted to funding the Wuhan lab via grants. Now it appears he was likely funding gain of function (the juicing up of viruses making them more contagious and/or more lethal) research after it had been banned by President Obama’s administration in the USA.

This ball of tangles extends beyond Dr Fauci, Covid and the lab in Wuhan. It seems that Connecticut has seen, according to this article, 18 cases of myocarditis in young people who received the Covid vaccines. They say it’s mild which is good. But at the same time Project Veritas reported on a whistleblower who leaked documents showing that Facebook was censoring vaccine concerns on a global scale. They are using an algorithm to censor based on phrases they filter for. The whistleblower was first suspended and then fired from Facebook. How would people know to have concern if the information is censored?

While we are talking about vaccines, in general I am very pro vaccine. If we can prevent people from getting sick or dying it is a good thing. But I am highly bothered by the fact that states are offering incentives to get the Covid vaccines. It started with Krispy Kreme offering donuts. That seems harmless enough. Then NYC offered Shake Shack food. Not unreasonable. Now we have Ohio and California offering entry in a lottery for a million dollars. Why is an incentive necessary?

Tangled in with the vaccines is the whole vaccine passport thing. Having been a military dependent I’m very familiar with this concept. When H was a baby we had to bring along her yellow vaccine booklet for them to stamp and sign when she got her vaccines. The Husband had one too. I’m not against a piece of paper with a stamp. I am concerned about a digital medical file being available on the internet. The lack of privacy and hack ability are just two issues I see. We live in an imperfect world where people take advantage of the data of others.

The final tangle, for today anyway, is a big knot down in Georgia. A judge had allowed an audit into specific ballots from the 2020 election following the laws of Georgia but then the election officials filed a suit asking for a stay. What I find puzzling is why did the election officials hire two prominent criminal defense attorneys? This tangle should be interesting as it unfurls.

I’ll be keeping an eye on all the tangles. So many of them seem to be all along the same skein.

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13 Responses to It’s Fully Tangled

  1. You always raise some very good points. I’m inquisitive and fall into the first category of tangled messes. Follow the ends to see where it leads but in yarn and in life.

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  2. I always tease out the tangles, no matter how long it takes. (I once let my grandchildren use a ball of cheap yarn to create a maze in my house, all around furniture – that was a lot of fun to untangle – and a lot of fun to create, too) I think we’re going to see many tangles undone in the coming months.

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    • My Mom wove a web of many different strands of yarn around and through a room of the house, with birthday party favors on the ends; each child had to follow the yarn to get to their favor. I’m still using bits of that yarn when I need a bit of color for something – and we must be looking at 60 years ago now! (and I don’t thing the kids were careful winding up the balls of yarn – which means my mother untangled it all later!!)

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  3. How would people have known to be concerned if the Pentagon Papers hadn’t been leaked? Anything Facebook censors – not that I’m in favor – pales beside what our government keeps from us.

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  4. thespazzygimpgirl says:

    Hello, friend! I’m sorry to hear about the tangles. As a former military brat, I don’t mind vaccination passports. When I get my vaccines at the pharmacy, I update my primary care’s office and keep a note in my day planner on the page about important health things.

    As far as incentives, the Publix grocery store offers $10 gift cards with free flu shots every year. It’s not unheard of. The Red Cross finds donor companies like keebler elf cookies and people to make the shirts they give out. Nobody goes for the shirt or cookies, but it’s nice to have a way to say “thanks for doing your part to help save lives”.

    I hope you can find some peace. I’m glad you could save your yarn. ❤️

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  5. ReginaMary says:

    I once received two tickets to a NY Mets game for donating blood; the seats were in the nose-bleed seriously (seriously). I don’t like the idea of money as an incentive. I feel like that may prey on peoples vulnerabilities. I can’t help but think that if people vote using dead people’s identities, what would prevent someone from presenting themselves for multiple shots just to get the perk? I know it sounds like a stretch, but that is why people don’t get paid for donating blood, right? So many people are desperate for food and money. I don’t know.
    That being said, I am in the 3rd category of untanglers! It really goes along with what people close to me call my “creepy patience”!

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  6. ReginaMary says:

    I once received two tickets to a NY Mets game for donating blood; the seats were in the nose-bleed section (seriously). I don’t like the idea of money as an incentive. I feel like that may prey on peoples vulnerabilities. I can’t help but think that if people vote using dead people’s identities, what would prevent someone from presenting themselves for multiple shots just to get the perk? I know it sounds like a stretch, but that is why people don’t get paid for donating blood, right? So many people are desperate for food and money. I don’t know.
    That being said, I am in the 3rd category of untanglers! It really goes along with what people close to me call my “creepy patience”!

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  7. Stefanie says:

    “yes, there is a group on Ravelry who will fix your badly tangled skein” – No way! How trippy! I have a jacked up sock yarn set that the cats – then kittens – decided to mess with when I was at Craft Night one night. It’s still shoved in a project bag somewhere.
    I wonder where the heck does the money for our CA vaccine lottery come from? Don’t we need it somewhere else?

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