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Algernon Moncrieff

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For the socially distanced vacation - we are renting an RV.

We are typically stay-in-the-Marriott types, but this year is different. So the 2020 vacation plan is to rent a large RV from Cruise America and head out - me, the missus, an adult kid, and a highschooler. We will stop at campsites at a state park and a national park. The idea is that we'll bring food, bedding, tons of hand sanitizer and wipes, and (with the exception of stopping for gas) we will be self-contained.

I expect hilarity to ensue. Or possibly divorce.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Sep 12, 2020, 11:29 PM (22 replies)

Denver protest class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Denver alleging that, during the protests in Denver in May and June 2020, the Denver police and other law enforcement agencies providing assistance to Denver police (1) used excessive force on protestors, and (2) wrongfully arrested protestors for violation of the nighttime curfew, in violation of their right to freedom of speech and expression. See here. If the Court certifies this class action, this lawsuit will represent certain classes of people impacted by the law enforcement misconduct set forth in the lawsuit and not just the named Plaintiffs.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Aug 26, 2020, 10:53 PM (1 replies)

Lean on your Republican legislators to join the fight to save the USPS.

From Hillary Clinton, via Facebook

Trump admitted this morning that he is sabotaging the USPS to stop people from voting safely by mail during a deadly pandemic.

Lean on your Republican legislators to join the fight to save the USPS.

Then make a plan for how you'll cast your vote.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Aug 13, 2020, 07:03 PM (5 replies)

Who do you want Biden to pick for Veep?

On Tuesday, Joe Biden set off a new wave of speculation about his running mate when cameras captured his handwritten talking points about Kamala Harris (“Do not hold grudges”; “Campaigned with me & Jill”; “Talented”; “Great help to campaign”; “Great respect for her”). What that means for the senator’s chances is unclear, but we should know soon; Biden also confirmed that he will announce his vice-presidential pick during the “first week in August.” So we are in the short rows for this long-anticipated event and can now present the main prospects for the last time, with their pros and cons. Unless noted otherwise, the order of this listing is my own ranking of likelihood, and with that and five bucks you can get a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

The Pros and Cons of Biden’s Top Vice-Presidential Prospects
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Aug 10, 2020, 01:21 PM (26 replies)

85 days out. Now is a great time to 2x check your voter status


- If you have not registered, do so NOW!
- If you know an American citizen over 18 who is not registered to vote and isn't happy with what's going on in America, get them registered.
- Please, please, please look at Voter ID requirements in your state. If you need to update a drivers license, get a state ID card, apply for a passport, update your voter's reg - now is a great time to do that. On election day, make sure you have all that stuff handy.
- Check to see where your polling place is. Check again as we get closer to election day.
- Mark election day - November 3, 2020 - on Google calendar, Outlook, or whatever the heck you use

This is my personal conviction - not Vote.org: if you plan to vote absentee/by mail, consider that you may need a Plan B. Consider alternatives, such as early in-person voting or taking election day off.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Aug 10, 2020, 01:04 PM (4 replies)

Paramilitary-Style Tactics in Portland Mirror Decades of U.S. Violence on the Border & Abroad

Democracy Now!

The harrowing scenes of paramilitary-style units in the streets of American cities like Portland has shocked mainstream America, but award-winning independent journalist Todd Miller, who has reported on border security and immigration for over a decade, says it’s a reflection of how the U.S. has operated around the world. We also speak with Cecilia Menjívar, UCLA sociology professor, who says the image of unmarked vans snatching people from the streets “brings back memories to Latin Americans who lived through disappearances of families and friends and co-workers.”

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Jul 23, 2020, 12:32 PM (2 replies)

My advice: Act as if absentee/mail-in voting won't be an option

If early voting is an option in your district, do that instead.

Consider putting in for a day off on election day now. It's hard for the boss to object this far out.

If you take election day off, go to the polls as early as you can. Once you've voted, help others get to the polls.

Keep an eye on your polling place location. Switching polling places to cause confusion is a common tactic. The internet can be your friend.

Go to the internet now and read up on your state's voter ID law. Make sure your State ID, Drivers License, Passport, and Voter's Reg are up-to-date and ready to go.

Remember that the "ProFa" forces of Donald Trump may not gracefully concede defeat. To the degree possible in these difficult times, get your financial house in order. Remember that you do still have Second Amendment rights (as our crazy uncles have all reminded us). Don't dismiss that option out of hand - you may need to defend your life before this is all over.

After seeing Portland, don't believe for a moment we aren't at this point:

Draped in lush trees and surrounded by stately buildings, Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo might look like a place to check out monuments or stop for a relaxing rest. But each Thursday, one of Argentina’s most famous public squares fills with women wearing white scarves and holding signs covered with names.

They are the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, and they are there to bring attention to something that threw their lives into tragedy and chaos during the 1970s: the kidnapping of their children and grandchildren by Argentina’s brutal military dictatorship.

For decades, the women have been advocating for answers about what happened to their loved ones. It’s a question shared by the families of up to 30,000 people “disappeared” by the state during Argentina’s “Dirty War,” a period during which the country’s military dictatorship turned against its own people.


If you are into prayer, pray that our nation survives this moment intact. Pray that DUers don't end up arrested out of hand. Pray for our opponents - pray that they realize that even though we disagree, secret police are the way of the Nazis that our grandfathers fought, not the way of Americans.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jul 22, 2020, 01:38 AM (17 replies)

Want to persuade an opponent? Try listening, Berkeley scholar says


In a polarized climate, on issues of existential importance, it can be difficult even to hear opinions that contradict our own — on issues such as same-sex marriage, for example, or climate change, or Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump. It seems offensive that someone doesn’t see the world as we do, and there’s a tendency to correct them, to tell them they’re not just wrong, but deplorable.

Expressing such frustration may provide emotional relief, but it’s not likely to persuade. In fact, it can make people harden their existing views.

For a 2016 study published in Science, Broockman and Kalla worked with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and SAVE, a South Florida LGBT organization, on a field assessment of voter attitudes toward a new Miami-area law protecting transgender people. One group of door-to-door canvassers, a control group, said nothing to residents about transphobia.

But another group engaged in “deep canvassing,” a process based on asking sensitive questions, listening to the answers with sincere interest and then asking more questions. If residents expressed bias toward transgender people, the canvasser might ask them to recall a time when they were treated unfairly for being different and what that felt like.

The outcome? “These conversations substantially reduced transphobia, with decreases greater than Americans’ average decrease in homophobia from 1998 to 2012,” the research found. In effect, about 10% of the deep canvassing respondents shifted toward a more sympathetic view of transgender rights, with effects lasting for at least three months.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Jun 30, 2020, 01:21 AM (1 replies)

NBC - Trump says 'biggest risk' to re-election is not stopping increased mail-in voting


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says in an interview that the "biggest risk" to his re-election prospects in November is increased mail-in voting and whether he can win lawsuits to stop its expansion.

"My biggest risk is that we don't win lawsuits," Trump said in an Oval Office interview Thursday with Politico that focused on the 2020 race.

"We have many lawsuits going all over. And if we don't win those lawsuits, I think — I think it puts the election at risk," he added.

..except it has nothing to do with lawsuits. The GOP will simply defund the USPS. So my question to DU and progressives - what's the backup plan? Work under the assumption there will be no mail service to deliver ballots. How do we get those voters to the polls and get their ballots to the ballot boxes?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Jun 19, 2020, 01:04 PM (13 replies)

COVID & Blood Clots

Not a particularly political post. Not a request for vibes/thoughts/prayers/tots/pears.

Several months back, this friend had a bad upper respiratory illness. Now, the friend has been diagnosed with a blood clot. AFAIK, the blood clot, although it will need to be treated, isn't life-threatening. The friend's doctor has revisited the illness from several months back and believes that my friend had COVID. The question in my mind is this: we've seen COVID do some odd blood-related things, so how many people are going to have additional symptoms weeks and months down the road?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu May 28, 2020, 09:38 AM (5 replies)
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