21 February 2017

So that's what it takes

“He said being gay is a ‘lifestyle choice’, said we should hate Islam, wrote that women should disconnect from the Internet and be restricted from becoming scientists, said Jews run everything, made Holocaust jokes…” “They’re valid points of view.” “He encouraged his fans to harass feminists and trans people.” “That’s just words on the Internet.” “He published people’s private information, photographs of their relatives, their addresses…” “That’s not a crime.” ... Read more

20 February 2017

Making America great again

Post currently spreading virally on Facebook, original author unknown: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election: Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They’re holding signs and marching every week. ... Read more

18 February 2017

The Deep State

You might have seen a talking point going around at the moment about the “Deep State”. Timelines are kinda my thing at the moment, so let’s take a look at how the “Deep State is not your friend” meme has snowballed: 16 Feb 2017: New York Times. 15 Feb 2017: The Atlantic. 08 Feb 2016: Counterpunch. 11 Jan 2017: The Intercept. 21 Dec 2016: Jacobin. What triggered this recent set of “Deep State is trying to take down Trump” articles? ... Read more

12 February 2017

How we got here

Transcribed and cleaned up from comments from a deliberately anonymous friend of Nick Pettigrew on Twitter. Minorities for the last 20 years: “Hey guys, listen, the Nazis are back and they’re grouping together on the internet.” Mainstream white culture: “Haha, Nazis, Godwin, Godwin! You broke Godwin’s Law!” Minorities: “I’m not happy with this person advocating my extinction being ‘given a platform’.” Mainstream white culture: “You’re the real Nazis, and freedom of speech is in peril! ... Read more

3 February 2017

Bandcamp #NoBanNoWall day

It’s Bandcamp’s Human Rights Day. They’re donating all their profits from today’s sales to the ACLU. In addition, over 200 artists and labels are donating their profits to the ACLU as well. So, it’s a great time to go buy some new music. Bandcamp offer lossless FLAC files as well as MP3s, streaming as well as downloads, and they pay the artists more than Apple or Amazon do, taking only a 10-15% cut. ... Read more

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