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Just happened to be thinking about Octavia Butler.

I miss her so much.


I hate to tell you, but I don't think they even think about that.

His diehard supporters are pissed, whether that's rational or not, whether the choice of targets is rational or not.

Trump is the guy who supports their prejudices and tells them they're great.

Logic doesn't work. Positive emotion doesn't work. Appeals from people who don't echo their prejudices don't work.

I really think they're unreachable by the good guys.

This is really making me weep.

There's not that many reasons, or avenues, that one gets in his position.

Connections help, but I don't think he started out with any.

Smarts, education, motivation, developing connections. That's a lot of work.

Motivation - me or we? Well, I do still think he's a corporatist, and I can see how he (I assume) found it necessary, whether I agree or not.

But do I think he's basically for we the people? Well, duh.

Am I grateful? Well, duh.

Oscar’s Ageism

With recent protests being particularly embarrassing to the Academy, AMPAS has now moved to try deal with what they perceive to be their “too many voting old white men” problem.

But they’re doing it in exactly the wrong way, exchanging their existing diversity problems for outright ageism.

Rather than changing their membership and voting rules going forward for new members in a manner that would encourage racial and other diversity, they’ve decided to try cull their oldest members — some in their 90s who have been Academy members for many decades and have always played by the rules — by stripping them of their Oscar voting rights.

While this obviously does not rise to the level of the kind of rampant workplace ageism and discrimination as reported recently by The New York Times, it still is a slap in the face to loyal, older AMPAS members who have done absolutely nothing wrong, and is yet another example of society kicking older persons in the gut as an ostensible “quick fix” solution for complex structural problems.


AT&T Exploits Massive Loophole to Deny Budget Internet to Some Low-Income Customers


When AT&T merged with DirecTV, the Federal Communications Commission mandated the company give anyone on food stamps internet service for a monthly fee of $10 or less. The program, which launched in April, is called “Access From AT&T” and requires the company to charge SNAP recipients $10 (plus tax) if the download speed “technically available” in their area is 5 or 10 Mbps. Poor folks in areas where the download speed “technically available” is 3 Mbps pay $5 (plus tax).

But as the National Digital Inclusion Alliance attempted to help people apply for this discount, the organization discovered that many were told “the program was unavailable at their addresses” even if AT&T internet service was available in their neighborhood.

The NDIA figured out that AT&T was able to deny SNAP beneficiaries discounted internet service in areas where the fastest speed available was less than 3 Mbps. And while you might think such slow internet is a rarity in rural areas, it actually accounts for around 21% of blocks in Cleveland and Detroit. The blocks with internet service below 3 Mbps constitute some of the cities’ poorest areas.


One of Gary Trudeau's favorite books isn't a book.


Bought it and I agree.




The only good thing I have to say is that Woody wrote "This Land Is Your Land" in response.

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