Quote of the Day: Diversion

 

”Go listen to politics!” — My ~2.5-year-old son about eight years ago while I was trying to potty train him

I had just discovered some political podcasts that I liked and he had taken note. He seemed to think that I would leave off potty training him at the suggestion of peace, quiet, and the opportunity to listen to another podcast.

He tried this several times but I finally got him potty trained, politics notwithstanding.

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  1. Aaron Miller Member
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  2. Arahant Member
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    I like the way he thinks. Not bad for that age, either.


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  3. Major Major Major Major Inactive
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    Qoumidan: ”Go listen to politics!”

    “Politics,” or “potty training:”
    Apparently they’re mutually exclusive.

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  4. Qoumidan Coolidge
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    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    I’m currently potty training #4 and #5, so I’ve got poo on the mind.

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  5. Bob Thompson Member
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    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    This reminds me of a quote I recall from an article in the express.co.uk about on a report published by Tony Blair’s think tank, the Institute for Global Change in which it was said populism could become the “new normal” in Europe and “transform public policy in radical ways”.

    The report’s co-author, Yascha Mounk, said: “2016 was the year that populism went prime time, but as our data makes clear: this rise started well before 2016.

    “This populist wave has not crested and unless politicians managed to identify and counteract the structural drivers, populism will keep garnering strength in the years to come.”

    There you go, great illustration above. Does this apply in America?

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  6. Arahant Member
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    Bob Thompson (View Comment):
    Does this apply in America?

    Seems to.

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  7. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    are those outhouses? Funny!

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  8. Trink Coolidge
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    Qoumidan: . . . eight years ago . . 

    Adorable :)   Is he still so clever at trying to reroute your attention?

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  9. GLDIII Reagan
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    Qoumidan (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    I’m currently potty training #4 and #5, so I’ve got poo on the mind.

    FYI, When they get to their teen they start giving you another kind of Poo.  And you will find yourself wistfully recalling the simpler and more basic kind of poo. Hopefully you will will be granted grandchildren who will fill their lives with poo, and the great poo cycle will be complete. You will smile at this poodiciment.

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  10. Qoumidan Coolidge
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    Trink (View Comment):

    Qoumidan: . . . eight years ago . .

    Adorable :) Is he still so clever at trying to reroute your attention?

    He tries, but he’s never really gotten better at it.

    When he hits his teens, though, then I think I’d better be prepared.

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  11. aardo vozz Member
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    The OP and comments remind me of an old saying:  “Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often, and for the same reason.”

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  12. Eeyore Member
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    Fun misread: My ~25-year-old son about eight years ago while I was trying to potty train him…

    Ah, “They’ll-learn-when-they-want-to parenting finally runs out of patience,” thinks I.

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  13. Kate Braestrup Member
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    Trink (View Comment):

    Qoumidan: . . . eight years ago . .

    Adorable :) Is he still so clever at trying to reroute your attention?

    My friend Monica still talks about all the times she’d call to chat, isolated-Mom-to-isolated-Mom. As soon as I picked up the phone and said hello, my baby daughter would start to shriek. A few minutes of shrieking would end abruptly, and we would have at least twenty minutes of silence in which to discuss the state of the world…

    See, my daughter had figured out that I would give her an extra feed if it meant she’d be quiet long enough for Monica and me to dissect Iran-Contra or the benefits of Phonics or whatever.  So she trained me. The phone rings; Mom lactates.

    Not, thankfully, to this day.

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