turn of the year thoughts
I'm just gonna let this be scattershot.
First, here's my partner @nein09 reminding us both that there were good things in the year. https://weirder.earth/@nein09/101339066275518533 Many of them apply to me too; I didn't get to play the music but I got to hear almost all of it and that's also a joy.
I am also grateful for:
* All the friends who've also let me whine at them, and know how to remind me of the better things without being trite.
Blech, sick again. It's not even particularly bad, but I'm wrapping myself in cotton wool because on Friday I leave for a trip I really really need this to not intrude on: first staying with my pregnant cousin for a few days, then on to Haïti to run this workshop that I'm super fucking nervous about.
And now I haz an enormous sad, I think because taking all of that seriously has meant cancelling my last socialising before I leave town for a couple of weeks.
On balance, yesterday's election result is still getting me down.
Don't get me wrong: there are plenty of bright spots. And it's a relief to even have some nuance to discuss. But it's nothing like the kind of decisive repudiation of P45 and his racist politics that I wanted to see. And he'll still get to install whoever he likes if another Supreme Court seat opens up. And we still aren't getting a carbon tax here. And so on....
fascists that might be in your area, PSA (UK)
Btw, if you see groups like Generation Identity, EDL and the like perform any action in your area (like activism, stickering, reading groups, etc.) Take a picture and drop Hope Not Hate an email. They are an anti-fascist organisation that likes to keep tabs on what these people are up to and the more data points, the better!
I gave them evidence of GI stickers in my neighbourhood a few months ago and they appreciated it!
@Wewereseeds as the young people like to say these days, ACAB!
(All Capybaras Are Beautiful)
Song OTD https://youtu.be/WKODRJH75xE
I have a personal favor to ask of you netizens.
This is the last time I'll ask.
If you are refraining from voting tomorrow, please don't. We're going to need each and every one of you to stop the bleeding from the massive headwound that is the Trump administration.
I know the options may not be what you wish they were, but as a favor to me, if you could spare it, please do.
More counting of what we have left from spaaaaaaaaace: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46046264 (I had nothing to do with this one, just think it's cool)
🛰️ 🐋 🌏 💙
Algorithmic racism: quick easy request
Thanks, friends. I am reassured to learn from a bunch of you that this isn't a US- or world-wide issue. Either Siri has profiled me as potential fodder for Jews for Jesus (lol), or more likely I'd already searched for them at some previous time in this phone's life, because they creep me out so much and... well... I've been feeling a lot of identity threat this year.
On the way home #IPetThatCat, which was also some help.
fax the HHS / us pol
You can find the fax number o your regional office of the civil rights division of the Department of Health and Human Services here: https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/about-us/contact-us/index.html
Faxing or sending snail mail is better than emailing because it leaves physical traces and it can be seen piling up.
You can fax them for free by uploading a pdf to https://faxzero.com/
Here's a great demonstration of the value of randomised controlled trials and the limits of observational studies:
It also shows no benefit from workplace wellness programs. In an ideal world this would make them mostly go away, but I fear capitalism's ability to cause the worst possible outcome from any given thing. In this instance, I could easily see employers responding to this data by finding excuses to lay off employees who don't sign up.
Hey weirdos! There are 6 days left to donate to the giving project I'm working on (thread up from this toot for context). If you are moved to contribute, the easiest way is to go to https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/SocialJusticeFund/donate.html and put "Criminal Justice 2018" in the giving project designation, and my name in the comment box.
This will be my last nag about it, and as always @ me if you have any questions about the project.
A community that skews thoughtful and weird. Everyone who abides by the code of conduct is welcome, thoughtful weirdos most of all! :)