15 November 2016

Long term strategy

“You know what solves it? When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster. Then you’ll have a [chuckles], you know, you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great.” — Donald Trump, Fox News, February 2014. “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment. ... Read more

15 November 2016

So, what now? Part 2: Information security

In part 1, I looked at quick easy activism involving donations to political organizations and charities. In this article I’ll look at something totally different — protecting your privacy. As you might have noticed recently, senior FBI officials seem to have a pretty chummy relationship with Donald Trump. I’m betting that the FBI and NSA will do whatever mass surveillance Trump asks them to. For his part, Trump has a history of surveillance — he used to listen in on private phone calls at his own resort. ... Read more

13 November 2016

So, what now? Part 1: Quick, easy stuff

So, the nightmare scenario which the polls said couldn’t happen, has happened. Not only that, Hillary Clinton left voters disinterested in even turning up to vote, so Republicans now control the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as the Presidency. I’m not going to go into any further analysis of how this happened. Plenty of other people will be attempting that. Instead, I’m going to be posting a series of articles about positive things you can do if you’re unhappy about the result. ... Read more

13 November 2016

Dear Trump voter worried about violent protests

For months, Donald Trump has been telling everyone that the election might be illegitimate, that it’s rigged, and that there is widespread fraud. He has said that the electoral college is a disaster, that the winner of the popular vote should be President. Liberals said this talk was dangerous. They said that it was undermining confidence in the democratic process. They warned that it could lead to violence. Experts agreed, and election officials predicted violence. ... Read more

9 November 2016

It’s the small details that stick with you

I worked the election all day, starting at 5:45am so everything could be ready by 7am. Just before the polls closed at 7pm, a Latina woman and her elderly mother came in. One of them had no suitable ID, and we couldn’t legally let her vote. The other had a folded and crumpled voter registration, years old, and enough ID that we could process her and let her vote. She had never used the voting machines, doubtless hadn’t voted in many years. ... Read more

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