My sincere condolences for sticking around for Year Zoo.
Congratulations on your first Substack anniversary, The Good Citizen! 🥂
I appreciate that you apply your satirical wit and sharp observational skills to a variety of topics, and I found your Ukraine posts especially illuminating (I shared “Ukraine in the Membrane” with many a bewildered soul).
Here’s to another pasture-raised, grass-fed, mRNA-free year of bleating! 🐑
Congratulations GC on a great year! I love the diversity of topics and the genuineness of your writing. With all the madness of the last couple of years I can honestly say you're a beacon of hope and your humor has brought many smiles to my face. Thanks for all you do!
Year won of a kind, comrade good citizen. Cheers to a based year zoo!
Keep giving us your wit, knowledge, expertise, and valued opinions on the many topics you choose to share with us. Congratulations 🍾🎈🎉 on an anniversary and I’m happy to follow along.
I was very sleepy and opened up the email notice of your post and bolted up. Is this a farewell? I am so happy it's not! I have learned so much and value your points of view on all topics. I especially like when you interject your personal life with your commentary because it informs your perspective. No writing can be dispassionate from your own experience, so not sharing that would leave your readers hallow. I have been wondering how your astute and insightful commentary on such deep and often dark issues affects you day-to-day. It is heartening to hear you taking your advice to do 15 minutes a day of joy (and if it is really joyful it becomes longer). Music is salve. Learning to play and playing an instrument is therapy.
Hell yes, you do you, that's what we're here for. Thanks for consistently saving our sanity and in advance for the satire, can't wait. I've just had a shit night ending even worse by having one of my precious homemade ciders explode in my face and all over the walls of my room. After a good cleanup, I'm going to take exactly 15 minutes to drink the remainder of this fucker and smile like an idiot the whole time. Cheers!
Congrats on this milestone, GC! You're making this clown world shit storm far more bearable, thank you. If you're ever in Sydney, give us a bleat. We like sheep here.
"... but I could see from the metrics that all things horror and vaccine played well with readers."
Quantitatively this is true by definition (ie, because your analytics dashboard say so). However, a nice example of what engaged me most was the "Cuidado Con El Perro" piece (well, that wasn't its title, but the its catchy memorable lyric).
But why that one? Well, besides being beautifully written, it wove in an important purpose. The same purpose that other of your pieces imparted: A challenge, a sense of personal accountability, a what if Americans collectively responded to this or that.
If you go back to that piece and see my comment, I think I mentioned that your keeping us accountable was important, and indeed it is. Never stray too far from that. Admonishing is okay, in fact needed. 😊
I appreciate you. Im grateful for your insights. I still dont think it was a plandemic in the sense that i dont accept that this was a planned genocide. I hope you are wrong.
Im still in the Hanlons razor mode: why assume malign intent when it can be explained by stupidity (or incompetence or ideology)
But i am keeping my options open.
The past three years has felt like living in an insane asylum. Its the closest i hope i ever get to living in a totalitarian dictatorship. I have been deeply disappointed in my fellow americans and my colleagues (im a doc) . But there are alot of ppl out here who see through the miasmic diesel smoke propaganda. Thanks for what you do
Hip hip hooray Good Citizen!
Congratulations, Good Citizen.
And many happy returns of this day.
Oh and if you want some more inspiration for new material definitely read this: “give speech a chance”
By harley price
One of the few substacks that I consistently read. I enjoy the range of topics and humor during these crazy times. Bleat on, Good Citizen.
Congrats on year won. You were my first and remain my only paid sub. I'm still here because you respect our time and intelligence. Covid (part one?) has played out. How many more graphs, charts, memes, and shocking exclusives can we have? It was discrete test. You either passed or failed and are living with the consequences. If you learned anything, you learned that it's time to build some skills and do meaningful, human things while there's time.
Frankly, I like that you write about multiple subjects, even tho it was covid shenanigans that brought me here. You are living a curious life, but bold in your exploration. Were my life circumstances different (certain responsibilities I have that disallow me going anywhere, at least for the moment), I would love to explore in the same fashion.
This is and has been my favorite substack for some time now.
In the early 80's we'd often of a spring/summer evening take the 3 youngsters to Harvard Square for ice cream and to watch the jugglers and street performers. Tracy Chapman, an acoustic waif, alone with an open guitar case and a voice that cut through the buzz of people and traffic.
Well done Year Won. And please, fret not about the illusory 100k satelittes; tis but another murky, Musky, NASA CGI psyop. They've been laying cable in oceans' depths for over 100 years. A few drones, military planes, and balloons come closest to the science fictional imagination of Arthur C. Clarke. New ubiquitous cell towers which mushroomed exponentially during the dark night of lockdown are a real and present danger
Strum on, TGC. Always good to hear your bleating cutting through the buzzing.