What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Linkee-poo maybe down, but I'm not as flat as all that

"House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday said that Donald Trump supporters who bully women and minorities were not welcome in the Republican Party." Well that's going to make the annual GOP meetings a little awkward. Plus, didn't answer the fucking question. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States has emboldened white supremacists… The neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer published a list of more than 50 Twitter users who had expressed fear about the outcome of the 2016 election, urging its readers to 'punish' them with a barrage of tweets that would drive them to suicide." Lovely constituency you have there, Mr. President-elect. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

Woody Guthrie's New Years Rulin's. May be of help to you for how to continue in this world. (Grokked from Dan)

Jim Wright on the coming bug hunt. And I agree with him, mostly. He believes Trump and the Republicans in Congress will be out once they're unable to deliver for their constituency because our government, by design, moves slowly. I don't think they will, because while their supporters could be described as rabid, and while they'll want their agenda passed, mostly they want to break government. And because the GOP has lost their parliamentarians (the people who know how to get things done), the next 4 years will be similarly dysfunctional as the past 6 years. And they won't notice, because Fox News will tell them about the glorious new times we live in.

Kameron Hurley on there being nowhere to run and how movements rise when people realize they have nothing more to lose.

"The white working class turned out, and they struck back… But Trump has promised an economic agenda that will increase the ranks of the uninsured by tens of millions, that will eliminate crucial safety net programs for low- and moderate-income Americans, that could start a trade war that drives up prices and devastates the economy, and that will put in place a tax code that exacerbates inequality and leaves many families with children worse off." And that's just the economic side of things. Yes, the group that supposedly put Trump into the White House are the ones that will suffer the most from the conservative agenda. But the thing is, these people don't see themselves as the beneficiaries of social welfare programs. Not because they aren't, but because they don't connect their payments to government welfare because they'd never be on welfare. This is like people on Medicare telling the rest of us we shouldn't trust government to run our healthcare system and to not let government take over their Medicare. If it wouldn't affect people I care about, as well as people like myself, I would say it's something they justly deserve. But here's also the thing, most poor people didn't vote for Trump. And the vast majority of poor people are white. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

"Pulling from news reports, social media, and direct submissions at the Southern Poverty Law Center's website, the SPLC had counted 201 incidents of election-related harassment and intimidation across the country as of Friday, November 11th at 5pm." To all of those conservative pundits who are saying liberals need to get over the election and stop protesting, fuck right the hell off. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"Women across the country are rushing to get IUDs… They're concerned that the Trump administration might end Obamacare provisions that require insurers to cover intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other contraception, and cut funding for abortion and reproductive health overall. So women are looking for long-term solutions like IUDs: ones that will outlast a presidency. But they may have a bit more time than they think." I wouldn't take the chance of waiting. Plus, going into a new doctor might take months to have an actual appointment. Also, it's not like they may run short of the IUDs you would rather have (hint, that's irony, yeah, for the past 10 years we've seen prescriptions run short).

"Police are investigating a wave of alleged hate crimes against Muslims, Hispanic Americans, black people, ethnic minorities and the LGBT community in the wake of the US election." (Grokked from Jessica Freely)

"After campaigning on a promise to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, D.C., President-elect Donald Trump is stocking his transition team with lobbyists for major energy and communications corporations." I'm working on a theory that "drain the swamp" is a new dog-whistle. I haven't decided if it means "kick out all the Democrats and liberal leaning career employees" or an allusion to Washington DC having a majority minority population. Plus that whole, "he'll appoint smart people" thing. Well guess who he considers smart people? Maybe people who have been talking about these things in the circles he runs in.

Tweet of my heart: @tithenai I keep thinking about the safety pin thing & why I'm reacting to it the way I am, & it comes to this: it feels calculated to be low risk. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

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