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Monday, November 13th, 2017
8:12 pm
Drive-by: Chess
I just Netflixed a concert version of Chess, a show that has some current resonance because it's not just about Russian-American tensions, but includes a horrible American named Trump(er).

If the love triangle was a woman and two men rather than a man and two women, they could have called it Capablanca.
Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
8:28 pm
Amazing Web Page on Harvey Recovery
Duplicate of my entry on this_fine_crew which is definitely worth joining to see everybody's Harvey posts (and movement posts in general):

https://anothergulf.com/a-just-harvey-recovery/

Lots of great resources, worthy places to donate you probably haven't seen yet, what supplies are needed--and putting the storm in the context of a broader recovery effort.
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
2:17 pm
More Links for Donating Leftishly
C&Pd from an Our Revolution post by Jim Hightower (a long-term progressive voice in Texas politics):

Local relief groups, progressive organizations, unions, and immigrant rights groups are already mobilizing grassroots relief efforts. Here is a list of groups and efforts you can plug into to help:

The Texas Workers Relief Fund. A union-relief effort by the Texas AFL-CIO, donations are tax-deductible. The state fed has been closely coordinating with the Houston and Corpus-area central labor councils to provide material aid.

RNRN Disaster Relief Fund. Our ally the National Nurses United organizes medical relief for major disasters through this fund.

Texas DSA. DSA chapters (also allies) have been organizing both volunteers and those in need at a grassroots level. Sign up here to offer help (or ask for it) or donate directly to Houston DSA.

Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group Fund. If you want to donate directly for relief in the Coastal Bend towns hit directly by the hurricane.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston's mayor has set up this fund to assist with victims of Houston's ongoing and increasingly dangerous flooding. Donations are tax-deductible.

The extreme enforcement policies of SB4 and ICE have put immigrant workers in increased harm's way through the crisis. Immigrant and refugee groups such as RAICES in San Antonio are moving to get aid directly to immigrant families. Jumping in now is just the beginning.
11:05 am
Addendum: Houston Community Fund
https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-3833118145683060992?midqs=-8534321293867089920

directed toward marginalized people and communities. One aspect of environmental racism is that poor people and people of color are always disproportionately affected by disasters.
10:58 am
Monday, August 28th, 2017
8:36 pm
Obama.org Suggestions re Harvey Relief
The post from obama.org recommends donations to:

*Redcross.org; you can donate $10 automatically by texting HARVEY to 90999
*Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
*Save the Children
*Houston Food Bank

I particularly like the sick burn at the end of the message: "If you're able, please do what you can to help out. As President Obama said, that's what we do as Americans."
7:04 pm
DSA Harvey Relief Link
Obviously not everybody here is a DSA member (...for those who are, hi, comrades!) but here's a link to the Houston DSA chapter's fundraiser, which includes needs of undocumented people:

https://www.youcaring.com/peopleimpactedbyhurricaneharvey-914409
11:21 am
Harvey: How to Help
http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/ways-can-help-people-hurricane-harvey/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Web%20Social&utm_content=Harvey%20Help

Local focus but has some suggestions you might not have thought of.

One thing I learned from Sandy recovery is that setting up an Amazon wishlist is not the most productive way to help. People were paying $50 plus delivery charges to send a blanket. We damn sure needed blankets, but we could have helped a local business recover by paying $7 for blankets from the store.

Once the roads open and deliveries can be made, some of the best things you can send are batteries (lightweight!--but they have to be shipped by road, you can't air mail them), sanitary supplies like tampons, and diapers. Flashlights, lanterns (Brooklyn Lanterns are GREAT), headbands with LED lights, and phone chargers are also really useful. Space blankets! I love space blankets! Socks and underwear are also really useful until a full-scale clothing distribution can kick in.
Sunday, June 11th, 2017
9:11 pm
MoveOn Ready to Resist Call
Just got off the Ready to Resist Call. They're suggesting a new tactic: go to your Facebook, look for "Friends In" in Alaska, Maine, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Ohio. If you *have* any FB friends in those states (and they're not, y'know, your Uncle Beauregard who gives everybody an NRA membership for Keep-the-Christ-in-Christmas) then ask them to tell their Senators to vote against the AHCA. The AHCA is going to be rushed in without hearings or indeed any of the normal procedures for considering a bill. So even if the Senator is a moss-backed conservative, he or she might want to get a chance to read and consider the bill before being rushed into voting for it.

On a lighter note, see https://act.moveon.org/event/cookouts_create/create/ to find (or host) a Resistance Summer Community Cook-Out on June 24-25 or July 1-3 so we can get together over some cold beer and tofu kebabs. Or whatever.
Monday, May 22nd, 2017
1:42 pm
Rock the Vote's Online Registration Platform
https://www.rockthevote.com/get-involved/register-voters/

for campaigning to get people registered, which is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for electing more people on our side. We also have to get out in front of vote suppression.
Monday, April 10th, 2017
7:38 pm
Drive-By: Shakespeare Resources for Teachers
Globe Theatre's site for resources for teaching Shakespeare:

http://teach.shakespearesglobe.com/teach-shakespeare-get-started

Of course it's the end of the semester, innit, but maybe if you're teaching summer session or getting ready for fall? Or have a room full of restive high school seniors to pacify?
12:55 am
Drive-By: Dogwaggers
Trump/Pence slogan: BOMBS IN GILEAD?
Thursday, March 30th, 2017
3:43 pm
Variorum: Food and Politics
The exercise bike at the gym has the option of French Landscape, which made me think that they could do a French version of GBBO called Four de France. And if you don't pedal fast enough, your oven goes off.

Which made me think that it would be adorable if Sue Perkins and Rachel Maddow had a show called Donald Trump: No, Really, Fuck that Guy where it was mostly political commentary, but every once in a while they change into pedal pushers or shirtwaists and cook 50s-style casseroles. And they could make a deal with a manufacturer for special-edition Soup Erkins (cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, etc.), a la Newman's Own, with the profits going to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU.

PS: PETER PANOPTICON--surveys your sex life! never grows up!
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
1:18 pm
A Cinco de Mayo Carol
Vladimir Putin was as dead as a doornail. There was no doubt about that. So when Donald Trump saw him (in company with Big Bird, and the Spirits of Wives Past, Present, and to Come) he thought he was just a bite of overdone steak with ketchup.

Big Bird showed him the spectres of Ignorance and Want. "Are there no privatized prisons? Are there no workhouses?" Trump cried.

But then he saw his favorite thing, Himself. He saw a lonely little boy at school. The loneliest!

So he had a change of heart and went to where Tiny Tim was doing his Medicaid work requirement, wall-building. Trump gave him a crutch.

"Allah bless us, everyone!" said Tiny Tim. So Trump took away his crutch.
10:28 am
Drive-By: Logo
Yesterday I sketched out a logo for [Project to be Disclosed at a Later Time]. I'll never be able to use it, because Corporate Intellectual Property is Sacred, but I superimposed the Rebel Alliance logo over a large letter omega. Especially when I added big eyes, it looks like a sort of owl-frog creature. It's so cute I Can't Even.
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
6:15 pm
Drive-By: Masterpiece Classic
ANTIGONE GIRL: woman is determined to bury her husband.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
6:41 pm
Drive-By: Pooh Pooh
As a book about children's literature reminds me, Winnie the Pooh was living in the Hundred Acre Woods "under the name of Sanders." Explains a lot, really.

Probably will not be on the t-shirts for the Science March: #Black Holes Matter.
Monday, February 13th, 2017
6:36 pm
Drive-By: Allo Allo
MICHELLE FROM THE PERSISTENCE: Listen very carefully. I will say this over and over again until I get through to you.

It just occurred to me that Trump considers the phrase "Great Depression" a personal challenge. We can have a Depression that's Greater! Bigly!
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
6:51 pm
The Whiteboard
One of my coping mechanisms is sacking out on the bed reading thrillers (and in fact have written Jack Reacher Yuletide fic). I also like Jeffery Deaver, especially the Lincoln Rhyme series. The way that Rhyme eventually finds the correct solution (generally after at least one equally plausible but incorrect solution) is to maintain a whiteboard where each new clue is enrolled as it develops.

My current events version is to keep track of some of the totally unimportant people and entities, who have no capacity to do anything to him, that Trump has already pissed off.

Partial list:

* The intelligence community
* Mexico
* Australia
* The Pope
* The Old Guard of the Republican Party
* Republican members of the House of Representatives who think Trump should tell them about his plans before, say, their 11-year-old reads about them on Twitter
* Most of the diplomatic corps

I mean, obviously, a lot of other people, but with fewer options for biting him in the ass.

At some point, Trump's voters are going to figure out that of course his populism was a lie, and that the reason they don't have good jobs at living wages is that they are systematically underpaid by the rich--and that Trump took away benefits from his voter base for the benefit of the 1%.

I think Congress is going to proudly take credit for freeing people from the chains of PPACA--effective AFTER the 2018 election, so if the voters point out that no, actually, they preferred having inefficient and expensive health coverage to no coverage at all and no controls over medical costs, they can un-repeal.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
7:16 pm
Oh Jersey City Never Change Part Whatzis
City Hall, a not-unattractive Gilded Age building, is over on the next block from my house. It is surrounded by lampposts with gigantic clear glass globes that are the most 1970s thing you've ever seen (well, except for the thermoses in the second episode of Blakes7)). Today, as I walked past on the way to the gym, I saw a couple of trucks with cherry-pickers so the municipal workers could install new and perhaps energy-efficient light bulbs.

THEY ARE RED. (The lightbulbs, not the municipal workers, although I can hope.) Because what better use of the city budget than to make City Hall look like a discount bordello? (For the British and britaboos among you, the phrase "pound shop" springs to mind.)

I am cheered by, after a period of several years, being able to walk on the sidewalk to get to the gym. The barriers and scaffolding have finally come down because they're almost finished with the outside of the hotel, which is a truncated oval building that looks like most of a racetrack. Perched on top of the glass cylinder that is one of the exits for the PATH train. Because who wouldn't want to stay in a posh hotel that vibrates every few minutes and admits and disgorges rush hour crowds?
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