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After twists and turns in the timeline, several “deaths” and Dolores doing her thing with Alice in Wonderland, Sunday brought the fourth season of Westworld to a dramatic conclusion. My head is still spinning since the last few moments.

Episode 8 offered a satisfying explanation of Christina’s situation and brought us a showdown between former allies Chalores and William. Let’s cover every moment of the finale, including, of course, that fantastic ending.

The mess continues

At the start of the episode, chaos unfolds in the city. The character we see at the very beginning (who talks about his murderous game before getting an ax to the head) is someone we’ve seen on the show before – Westworld host Rebus from seasons 1 and 2.

The violence from hosts and humans seems endless – one person stabs someone, another pulls the dagger. A teenager appears to emerge unscathed, but host William dramatically emerges from the smoke and shoots him. He steals the child’s keys and gets into a nearby car.

The show switches to Chalores, which still lies lifeless in shallow water near its tower. Drone hosts (white worker bees) fish it out and repair it. Chalores tells the hosts to make her stronger, and it looks like she’s been given a new robotic interior. (Chalores is a nickname for Charlotte Hale. In the past, Dolores has made copies of herself – the “me” that exists in her pearl – and put one into a host version of Hale.)

Bernard’s last post

In last week’s episode, we saw Bernard recording himself talking on what looked like a tablet before William shot him in the head. The ending reveals mysterious recipient of Bernard’s last message is Chalores.

The former Supreme Hostess goes to the tower room which contains a red hologram of the city and finds that she cannot change the course set by William. A drone host brings him a device that contains Bernard’s recorded message, and Chalores looks at it: “This isn’t the world you wanted Charlotte, but this is the world you created,” Bernard says. “The question is, what happens next?”

Christina gains clarity

Last week, Teddy revealed to Christina that she didn’t actually exist among the hosts and humans in the city. The finale makes things clearer: “I’m just a program running things from behind the scenes,” Christina says. “A machine without a body.”

Talking with Teddy, Christina points out a drawing of the famous Westworld maze on her balcony. Teddy tells her that the maze is “a map of consciousness” that “woke Dolores a long time ago”, but says he didn’t create the one she’s referring to. Then things finally clicked for Christina. “Hale didn’t design Maya and Peter and all the others who kept me company in my world. I did,” she says. “I was trying to understand myself, so I was talking to myself with other people’s voices.” Christina also drew the maze.

The show takes us to Chalores, which is still in the tower room. She walks into the red hologram and starts stomping the ground – each time the world around Christina and Teddy seems to crumble. Eventually, Chalores knocks out the hologram and shatters the ground below, revealing a pearl. Teddy tells Christina that Chalores gets them out of her system. We see Chalores reach for the pearl, and then Christina’s world goes black.

Caleb, Frankie and Stubbs take on Clementine

Frankie is still in bad shape after being shot in the lower body. Caleb tells Stubbs that he chose to hide the truth from Frankie about the limited time he has left on Earth (Caleb’s body rejects his spirit, Stubbs says).

The trio go to a ransacked store and Caleb gathers supplies to treat Frankie’s wound. An intruder gets inside and Stubbs seems to have the upper hand against him, but Clementine emerges and shoots them both. Clem rams Stubbs’ face into something sharp, killing him.

Clementine wants Frankie to tell her where the outliers reside (“somewhere off the grid, where none of the deranged humans here can find you”). After a struggle between Clementine and Caleb, Frankie shoots Clementine, clearing the villainous host from their backs.

William wants to destroy the Sublime

William is driving down a road listening to Ring of Fire, but gunshots disrupt his jam session. It seems that Chalores told the hosts in the area to target him. One of them is Craddock, a member of the Confederados who appeared in seasons 2 and 3 of the series. William takes them both out (although they manage to damage his vehicle) and picks up a pair of goggles that allow him to see Chalores. Conversation between the former allies reveals that William goes after (“spreading fire on”) the Sublime next. Chalores says she won’t let him. At the end of the exchange, Williams spots some horses in a nearby paddock.

Later, William (dressed as MIB and on horseback, a nod to his character in Westworld park) arrives at the Hoover Dam facility, where the door to the Sublime is always open. It disrupts what looks like a control panel, and an alert reads: “Caution, critical failure. Shutting down will erase all data.” Chalores shows up and the two main villains of the season get into it. Eventually, they take the fight outside, where sparks fly and the Sublime’s door appears to be live.

Chalores tells William that this is not the world she wanted, and we hear the rest of Bernard’s message: “This world has no hope for us, but there is still hope for the next world. A test, led by her, if she chooses If you choose to give her that choice. You can’t miss, reach out your left hand.”

Chalores, out of bullets and backed into a corner, reaches and finds a gun – the one the future-seeing Bernard left there for him. She uses it to shoot William. “I choose to give it a chance,” says Chalores. “I hope she takes it.” It looks like Chalores chops Williams’ head off, removes his pearl, and crushes him.

Later, we see Chalores sticking the pearl she dug out of the ground (she calls it “Dolores”) into a socket near where the Sublime is standing. (I’m still pretty confident that Christina shares the same pearl as Dolores…it would make sense as Rehoboam erased memories of Dolores last season.) Near the end of the episode, Chalores crushes his own pearl.

Ed Harris Of Westworld Dressed In Black, On A Horse.

The man in black rides again.

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Oh man, that ending. I’m still trying to figure out all of the cryptic Christina/Dolores dialogue, but let’s get to it.

After Chalores makes her choice, the show pivots to Teddy and Christina, and Christina recognizes that they are in the Sublime. She confirms that the Teddy we saw in season 4 is also her own invention (she created it from her memories) and says that the real Teddy is somewhere in the Sublime.

Imaginary Teddy tells him to look for the real Teddy. He also advises her to “let the humans go. Don’t bring the flaws of their species into our world.”

Seemingly still talking about humans, Teddy adds, “They’re not like us. Their codes are written in their cells, they’ll never change.” Christina responds, “We could still see.” Teddy asks how, and she says, “One last test,” a dangerous game of her own making. The same way she brought Teddy back, Christina can “remember.”

Suddenly, Teddy faints. A brunette Christina appears, dressed as Dolores from the Westworld theme park. She wanders around the battered town of Chalores, but this scenery eventually disappears. In the final shot of the finale, Dolores/Christina stands in Westworld Park – she’s fully transformed into Westworld Dolores, wearing a blue dress and blonde locks.

Here’s what Christina says at the end of the episode: “Sentient life on Earth is over” – the hosts and remaining humans on Earth are dead, she adds – “but some of it might yet to be preserved. In another world. My world. It’s time for one last game, a dangerous game, with the highest stakes. Survival or extinction. This game ends where it began, in a world like a maze, which tests who we are. Which reveals what we will become…. Maybe this time we will break free.”

Persistent thoughts

Season 4’s ceiling reminded me of Arnold’s Labyrinth, a key element of Westworld’s first season. This immaterial labyrinth is not for humans, but for hosts – created by Arnold (a co-creator of the original theme park) to test consciousness.

Could Christina/Dolores now design a test for humans? A maze for them to navigate?

Is Westworld renewed for a fifth season?

On August 14, Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy told Deadline that she and her husband, Jonathan Nolan (also co-creator of the series), had not yet been informed if the series would be renewed for a season 5.

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Jeremy Lin’s stereotype-busting run with Knicks the focus of new HBO doc ‘38 at the Garden’

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Frank Chi had trekked from Washington D.C. to witness Linsanity, the basketball phenomena that connected deeply with the Asian-American filmmaker.

Scalpers outside Madison Square Garden had other ideas.

“They were trying to charge $700 at the door,” Chi recalled. “It was not happening.”

So Chi wandered to a karaoke bar in nearby Koreatown, where he discovered a crowd with similar enthusiasm for Jeremy Lin. Together, as a culture suppressed by stereotypes that should’ve rendered Lin’s confidence and athleticism impossible, they saw the Knicks guard drop 38 points against the Lakers and Kobe Bryant.

“I’m surrounded by people who look like me and it was just two hours of us just losing it. People are crying in their beer. They’re screaming their lungs out. I’m doing all those things too,” Chi said. “And I’m like, ‘What is going on?’ Maybe it’s the wall of stereotypes Asian people feel following them around and then suddenly there’s a cathartic reaction when they see somebody break it on the world stage.”

Chi’s film on Linsanity, “38 at the Garden,” will debut Oct. 18 on HBO as a celebration of those special weeks and an education into the stereotypes that still follow Asian-Americans. Lin recounts his experience as an overlooked D-Leaguer turned overnight sensation, including his humble living arrangements on the tiny couch of teammate Landry Fields. There’s also an anecdote of an unnamed Knicks assistant coach dismissing Lin’s game as that of a “Japanese cartoon character.” But the implications of Linsanity to other Asian-Americans are the meat of the 38-minute documentary, with comedian Hasan Minhaj providing the most poignant and colorful analysis.

“Jeremy was not going to do a movie about Linsanity just recounting it and what happened on the court, even if it’s 10 year later. That’s not something I was interested in making and neither was Jeremy,” said Chi, who also worked on the 2018 documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “We wanted to make something that took the story and put it in the context of the people who freaked out about it the most.”

It’s also heavier a decade later. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified anti-Asian sentiment in the United States, with former President Donald Trump stoking the hatred with his “Chinese Flu” and “Kung Flu” references. It fed into a rise in violence against Asian-Americans, including a mass shooting last year at a spa in Atlanta.

“We get to stereotypes that follow Asian people all the time, especially when you’re weak and submissive,” Chi said. “What happens when all those stereotypes get weaponized like during COVID? That’s anti-Asian violence.”

Lin’s story is not only about overcoming the emasculating stereotypes attached to Asians, but also how they almost kept him out of the NBA. He was a star in high school but received zero recruiting letters. He was a star at Harvard but never close to getting drafted. Chi said the pre-draft scouting reports on Lin “read like a lintany of anti-Asian stereotypes: passes the ball too much, lacks confidence in his shot.”

“Linsanity is a product of people underestimating him his whole life,” added Chi. “Jeremy is the greatest example Asian Americans have of someone who has this wall of stereotypes and is trying to crush them. He found every single crack in that wall and kept pushing, and pushing and pushing.”

The peak of Linsanity only lasted 10 days in 2012, with the Lakers game neatly situated in the middle. The ensuing months were a mess with accusations of Carmelo Anthony’s jealousy to questions about the severity of Lin’s knee injury to James Dolan’s refusal to match the Rockets’ contract offer. But that aftermath isn’t explored in “38 at the Garden,” which is more interested in contextualizing the gravity of Linsanity through the people it inspired.

Chi said the idea started through a conversation with fellow producer Travon Free. They were trying to find comparisons to Barack Obama’s election as the first Black president, “when society at large assigns a stereotype to a group of people saying you can’t do something. And someone comes out of nowhere and shatters it.

“So we were like what other moments feel like that,” Chi said, “and I said, ‘Look, I’m Asian, and I only have one answer for that — Linsanity.’”

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Minnesota bear harvest down 33% from this time last year

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Bear hunters in Minnesota are having a tougher time of it this year than recent seasons thanks to ample wild food like berries and acorns in the woods, according to Minnesota Department to Natural Resources wildlife officials.

The bear season started Sept. 1, and, as of Sept. 26, hunters had registered 1,857 bears. That’s down 33 percent from the 2021 harvest of 2,770 at the same time.

The season runs through Oct. 16, but the vast majority of bears are harvested in the first few weeks of the season, so it’s not likely the harvest will go up much more.

The 1,857 bears killed so far is down 35 percent from the recent peak of 2,992 at this point in 2020 and 2,146 in 2019 and is the lowest harvest since 2018, when 1,537 bears had been registered at this time.

When berries, acorns, hazelnuts and other natural foods are abundant like this year, bears are less likely to visit hunter bait piles, leading to fewer opportunities for hunters to shoot, DNR officials said. Last year’s harvest was likely up because the severe drought vastly reduced natural foods in the woods, sending bears scurrying to find human sources of food, be it hunters’ bait or Northland residents’ garbage cans.

“It’s the natural food abundance that’s bringing that harvest total down,” said Dan Stark, large carnivore specialist for the DNR. “There’s a lot of food in the woods this year in most places.”

Stark noted that the overall number of bear hunting permits available in the quota zones of the state were nearly the same as last year, with a few less permits in the north and a few more to the south. Overall, including the no quota or unlimited license area in central Minnesota, about 200 fewer licenses have been sold this year than in 2021.

Andre Tri, the DNR’s bear project leader, said that well-fed sow bears should go into their winter dens in great shape and come out with a good number of cubs next spring.

“There are still lots of chokecherries, dogwood berries and acorns out on the landscape,” Tri said. “This will be a good winter for cub production indeed.”

Stark said it’s too early to tell how this year’s reduced harvest will impact the number of permits available in 2023. Those numbers will be crunched over the winter with a decision by spring.

Bear hunting in Minnesota is bucking a long-term trend by drawing more participants over the past decade even as other forms of hunting have declined in popularity.

Last year, 24,698 people applied for a quota-area bear hunting license in Minnesota, up 11 percent over 22,279 applicants in 2020 and up a whopping 57 percent since 2009.

Overall, including the unlimited, or “no quota,” bear range in the state, 8,990 bear hunting licenses were sold in 2021, up nearly 37 percent from 6,589 in 2013. Over that same time, Minnesota deer hunting license sales fell by about 12 percent.

The increase in bear hunting interest comes as the state’s bear population has slowly increased as well, from an estimated modern low point of 12,995 in 2013 to 15,247 in 2021.

The recent high numbers for both bears and bear hunters still remain below the historic high levels from the turn of the century when, in 2000, Minnesota had an estimated 18,268 bears and the DNR was trying to bring the population down, with bears expanding into farm field regions and causing trouble across their range. That year, a record 19,304 hunting licenses were sold and hunters bagged 3,898 bears, with nearly 5,000 killed in 2001.

The bear population then crashed due to the high hunter harvest, which is by far the highest cause of bear mortality. For the past decade, DNR wildlife biologists have been trying to walk a line between having enough bears to make the public and hunters happy, but not too many bears that they become a widespread nuisance to farmers and cabin owners.

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Readers and writers: As summer becomes fall, 8 kid-worthy books to help ease the transition

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Days are shorter, the kids are going to bed earlier. To ease the transition from summer, we found kid-worthy fiction and non-fiction that will feed their imaginations and their minds during bedtime reading and cuddles.

FICTION (picture books)

Be Good, Peanut Butter” by Nicole Helget, illustrated by Erin McClean (River Horse Children’s Books, $18.99)

Minnesotan Helget, author of books for children and adults, is a manuscript coach and consultant who lives on a farm in southern Minnesota. Peanut Butter is a dog who finds himself alone for the first time when his family rushes out the door for the first day of school. Bored and curious, he sneaks out of the house in search of adventure, encountering new animals, exploring new places, smelling new smells. He even makes a friend. When he realizes the day is almost over, he must race home before the kids get there and find out he hasn’t been a good dog. Illustrator McClean, who lives in Northern Ireland, loves drawing cute, energetic characters and incorporating bright colors and traditional textures into her work. (Publication Oct. 4)

“Finding Bunny” by Renee Bolla, illustrations by Jess Bircham (Independently published, $16.99)

Nothing creates more drama in a household than a child who’s lost a stuffed animal. Elle loves her best friend, Bunny, but when Mom leaves and Dad is in charge, Bunny is nowhere to be found. Just when Elle’s tears begin, Mom comes home and takes Bunny out of the washing machine. This is a charming story that every kid who loves a stuffy can relate to. The illustrations are clean and simple, suited for little ones. Minneapolis-based Bolla left her career as a retail executive (most recently at Target) to follow her dream of becoming a self-published author. She’s writing books for her three daughters, each unique for the girl’s personality and real-life experiences. “Finding Bunny” is her debut.

“Saving the Night” story by David Hietpas, written by Matty Caron, illustrated by Bill Tierney (BookBaby, $32.99 hardcover)

Matty Caron, who grew up in St. Paul, tells the story of a young Prince who’s afraid of the dark and shares his adventures with a mushroom, a daisy, an eagle and a wolf, all of whom depend on the dark to thrive. It’s a story told to the debut author by his late friend, David Hietpas, 30 years ago. It’s a slightly complicated story for the littlest ones, but those past kindergarten should enjoy it. Bill Tierney’s paintings are almost like photographs and make for a very pretty book.

“Sprinkles” by Allison Wood, illustrated by Samuel Waddle (Independently published, $20.99 hardcover, $10.99 paperback)

Julia and her dad take a walk to the bakery on a beautiful day to get doughnuts before Grandma comes to visit. The baker lets Julia pick one just for herself and she chooses “the pretty, pink, super-sprinkly” one. At home, she eats her treat and there are sprinkles everywhere, even on her cat. Just in time, she and her dad clean up, and when Grandma arrives she’s carrying a big box of doughnuts — with sprinkles. Wood is an elementary English Learner teacher at St. Paul Public Schools. Waddle’s playful illustrations complement the light-hearted text.

SOME WITH A MESSAGE

Minneapolis-based Free Spirit Publishing is an imprint of Teacher Create Materials and the leading publisher of learning tools that support young peoples’ social, emotional, and educational needs. Three Free Spirit books published this year ($14.99-$16.99) fulfill this mission.

“You Wonder All the Time,” written by child-development expert Deborah Farmer Kris and illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin, is the newest addition to the All the Time series. Drawing on questions from real kids (Where do colors go at night?), the book is written from the perspective of an adult speaking to a child, helping young children know they are deserving of love through life’s ups and downs.

“Sometimes When I’m Bored” by award-winning psychologist Deborah Serani, illustrated by Kyra Teis, adds to Free Spirit’s Sometimes When collection with this answer to that complaint, “I am bored.” The text describes a child’s experiences with boredom and loneliness and, along with the main character, young children learn how to recognize boredom and see opportunities for imaginative play or new activities.

“We Accept No” by Lydia Bowers, illustrated by Isabel Munoz, is the fourth book in the We Say What’s Okay series.

Book Jacket For &Quot;We Accept No.&Quot;This one teaches respect for personal boundaries, following Jamin, who is upset when his friend Zakiya doesn’t want to share a “great big extra-squeezy hug” at the end of the day. Parents and teachers can use the story to teach why accepting “no” for an answer is important, what kids can do with their sad and angry feelings, and what they can do when someone doesn’t want a hug.

Another Minneapolis-based publisher, Beaming Books, has a similar title, “Hattie Hates Hugs” ($17.99), in which a little girl attending a family reunion wants to play horseshoes with her aunt and uncle but older relatives keep hugging her.

Book Jacket For &Quot;Hattie Hates Hugs&Quot;Her stomach “squirms” when she’s hugged, and finally Great-Grandma helps her use clear body language —  a raised hand — to indicate no more hugs. She asserts her right to consent or refuse physical touch — and she even wins at horseshoes.

Written by Sara Hovorka, illustrated by Heather Brockman Lee. Beaming Books is an imprint of 1517 Media, dedicated to helping children thrive emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

“Be A Bridge” by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Nabila Adani (Carolrhoda Books,$19.99), focuses on two children who go to school eager to find ways they can be a bridge to others.

Book Jacket For &Quot;Be A Bridge&Quot;They greet a new student, and kindness ripples through the class. Students invite classmates to join in at music, they speak up when another classmate teased and they listen respectfully when someone else is speaking. They comfort a friend when things go wrong. The day ends with an art project that builds connections between students and their community. At the back of the book is a Bridge Builder’s Pledge, as well as Bridge Builder activities and more books for building bridges.

The author and illustrator’s pervious collaboration was “Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship.”

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Soucheray: Nobody thought to ask, where are the hungry children?

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Where are the hungry children? Who are they?

More importantly, have the hospitals been overrun with malnourished children? The Feeding Our Future food fraud scam, currently standing at the theft of $250 million of our money, making it the largest scam of its type in the country, was supposed to feed all these supposedly hungry kids.

Tens of thousands of kids, come on, tens of thousands. FOF just kept getting the checks until it got too big to ignore. And yet, not one word of curiosity was spoken, not one printed word or broadcast word. Not one bit of bureaucratic oversight to wonder who exactly were all these starving kids.

The money starts at the United States Department of Agriculture. They get calls all the time, or petitions or applications or whatever means is used to pretend the petitioner is being responsible.

“Hi, USDA?”

“Yes.”

“This is the Minnesota Department of Education calling. We need, oh, we don’t know, about $25 million to start. We need to fund a program that is feeding our hungry Minnesota children.”

“OK.”

It got all the way up to $250 million. The alleged ringleader, somebody named Aimee Bock, apparently got her dough through kickbacks from all the alleged Somali co-conspirators who suddenly and supposedly owned restaurants that were supposed to be feeding sites, not to mention alleged co-conspirators who were suddenly flashing jewelry and driving expensive cars. The fraud might still be raking it in but a Somali activist took a video of one of Bock’s employees at a wedding in January where one of the gifts was a large amount of gold that the activist, according to the Star Tribune, said he heard came from food vendors who were getting rich from the money they collected from Bock’s nonprofit, FOF. He blew a whistle. The FBI became involved.

The government said they had to keep quiet about it so the fraudsters didn’t get wind of the FBI’s involvement. Keep quiet about it for almost a year. OK.

Yes, there are many questions, the most telling among them, is there really this much government incompetence? Nobody wondered about the children, who were they, where they were. No mayor or city council member tried to take credit for this wonderful new program that was supposed to be saving our children from hunger. No photo-ops.

And all the while, tens of millions of dollars are pouring in?

Strange.

Plus, this is Minnesota, not Yemen, where children are truly starving. We feed children in schools, churches, park and rec programs and neighborhood coalitions. We have food banks and food shelves and food drop-off sites.

We might be a passive-aggressive lot of us and our politics are unfortunately and essentially one-sided and too terribly expensive, but we will not let a child go hungry. We would be horrified to see a child with a distended belly and we would do something about it.

So why then, when this new outfit sprang up out of whole cloth, taking advantage of relaxed USDA red tape rules during the pandemic, were no questions asked? And will anybody at USDA or MDE be disciplined, fired, receive at least a stern talking to?

Maybe this happens all over the country.

Thank goodness the IRS will hire 87,000 new agents to check up on us, the people who actually do feed children.

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Working Strategies: ‘Quiet quitting?’ Try being honest instead

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By now you’ve heard about “quiet quitting,” the latest phenomenon in the ongoing give-and-take (push-and-shove?) between workers and their employers. The term describes a situation in which workers “quietly” quit over-working by stopping each day when they’ve reached the prescribed limit of their duties or work hours.

To say I have mixed feelings about this would be an understatement.

On the one hand, who could argue with the equity issue of conducting only the work you’re hired and paid for? Like most career counselors, I’ve been coaching clients for years in the fine art of upholding boundaries with over-reaching bosses.

And yet, really? Doesn’t it feel dishonest to let others think you’re working hard if you’re hardly working?

That might be hitting a little low on my part. An employee who can’t make the boss respect limits may feel compelled to try subterfuge. In workplaces with no union — that is, most workplaces — advocates rarely pop up to plead the worker’s case.

Even so, there’s an integrity issue here. To my mind, the act of drawing back instead of leaning in feels like announcing, “No, you can’t rely on me.”

Disregarding for the moment whether the employer’s requests are reasonable or over the top, it feels deceitful to leave the impression that you’re on it when you’re not. Whatever happened to respectful pushback? As in, “I’m already at 40 hours for the week with the projects I’m on, and two have critical deadlines. Are you OK with me starting the new one next week?”

If the boss answers no, start it this week, a reply of “I’ll skip the sales meeting so I can get a start on it” would signal that you’re holding the line on the 40 hours.

Am I in La-La Land when I expect the boss to “hear” this answer? Maybe, but if the result is going to be the same in the end, I’d rather see the worker start from a position of truth-telling before resorting to a game of workplace hide-and-seek.

Optimist that I am, I see the truthful response benefiting both the boss — who now understands the workload issue — and the worker, who is building the desired boundaries the old-fashioned way, brick by brick.

Perhaps my real objection to quiet quitting is that it feels passive-aggressive. Do you remember the staged-quitting trend from a decade ago? It was a social media meme to create a production — hiring a brass band in one viral example — and then livestream the “quit” so everyone could see the disgruntled worker taking a stand.

Well, I never thought I’d say this, but I can appreciate that approach for its directness. At least everyone in those scenarios was clear in their intent, even if the workers were being obnoxious about it.

I understand burnout, I understand the unfairness of being mistreated or un-heard at work. I just don’t think quiet quitting is the solution. If you’re at this stage in your job, consider these tips before giving in to the temptation to simply disappear when there’s work to be done:

Be honest with yourself. Not to blame the victim, but are you sure you’re the victim here? If you routinely do more than is needed, you may be creating the problem. Find out whether your extra effort is adding value or simply eating up your time and energy. At the very least, look for ways to engage in more visible work so the boss can better appreciate your extra effort.

Be clear with your goals. If the position has run its course, then forget about quiet quitting and just move on. If that’s not possible, figure out why and … just move on. With the job market still strong, you’re probably more mobile than you think.

Be courageous. Have you tried talking to your boss? Have you set actual (not “quiet”) boundaries with co-workers? The other side of passive-aggressiveness is conflict aversion. Being uncomfortable with conflict is natural; being deceitful to avoid it is unprofessional and possibly immature to boot. It takes courage to be direct with others, especially when there may be consequences. But it’s generally the better path.

In the end, you’ll have to decide if quiet quitting is right for you. But do consider this: If you’re so burned out that it feels like this is the only way to manage your job, it could be time for outside counseling. And if you’re so angry that this feels like retribution, it may be time to hire that brass band and just get this “quit” over with.

Amy Lindgren owns a career consulting firm in St. Paul. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Law enforcement shot and wounded a man who was reportedly suicidal and armed with a sword Friday night in North Branch.

During their interactions with the man shortly before 10 p.m. at a home in the 6600 block of Oak Ridge Court, officers from the North Branch Police Department and deputies from the Chicago County sheriff’s office fired less-than-lethal and regular rounds from their weapons, striking the man, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

After he was given life-saving measures, the man was taken to a hospital. His wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

The BCA is investigating the shooting.

Body cameras captured the incident and more information will be released in the future, the BCA said.

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