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5 minutes of activism, for you

November 22, 2016

I’ve had so many thoughts and feelings and urges to do stuff since the election, I haven’t been able to write about it here at all.

But it’s time to do things. So I have a new blog to help us all DO things – little things that can make a difference, big things, whatever. It’s called The 5 Minute Activist.

Read, do, share, comment. Pursue your liberty.

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Yankee Candles fundraiser, y’all

November 5, 2016

candleMy daughter is a senior in high school, on the bowling team, and they’re selling Yankee Candles ONLINE as their fundraiser.

Like Yankee Candles? Like supporting youth bowling? Here’s what you do:

  1. You SHARE this all over, because candles, y’all. People like candles. They like supporting kids.
  2. You hit up YankeeCandleFundraising.com and order some stuff with the group number 990107358. Do it before November 15!

That’s what you do. And they get funds, and you get presents to give people. It’s WIN. Freaking. WIN.

Scalzi: “My Endorsement for President, 2016: Hillary Clinton”

October 15, 2016

Source: My Endorsement for President, 2016: Hillary Clinton

Changing the course of history: oh yeah, volunteer!

October 12, 2016

hellnoThis is an almost unprecedented move for me, but…I’m thinking about volunteering for the HRC campaign. I want to do more to make sure the bad guy (that’s Trump, for you following along at home) doesn’t make it to the white house.

It’s simple: Either DT or HRC is going to get elected. Volunteering might help swing the balance…shoot, some polls have TEXAS at a 1% difference between the blue and red vote (others have it at 4%, 6%, or 7%). Crazy, yeah, but I’m willing to put in a few hours on the off chance we can swing things blue.

Check it out. Sign up if you would: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/page/volunteer-learn/

The triumph of evil

October 8, 2016

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Vote.

Vote.

Share this, and vote.

Vote

On hijacking conversations: But what about [different issue]?

September 21, 2016

This is a pattern that must stop.

Person #1: “[Fill in the blank] is a huge issue! Yet another example of [Fill in the blank] just happened. That’s [an unreasonably large number] times it’s happened this year / lives affected!”

Person #2: “But what about [different issue]? Why isn’t anyone upset about [different issue]?”

This is never, ever appropriate. Stop being Person #2. Person #2 is, at the very best, derailing a comment or conversation. At worst, he or she is strongly implying that [Fill in the blank] is far less important than [different issue], and that Person 1 should stop talking about it.

Person #2 is saying SHUT UP. He or she is saying STOP TALKING ABOUT THAT THING. DO NOT TALK ABOUT IT.

This is inappropriate. Stop it.

Other, ridiculous examples include:

At home

Person #1: “Jimmy’s low English grade is a huge issue! Yet another example of Jimmy’s low English grade just happened. That’s the fourth six weeks he’s nearly failed English this year!”

Person #2: “But what about Jane’s messy room? Why isn’t anyone upset about Jane’s messy room?”

Jane’s messy room may indeed be a very big problem. But it is not what we are talking about right now, and we have to address Jimmy’s low English grade.

At work

Person #1: “Server outages are a huge issue! Yet another example of server outages just happened. That’s 14 times it’s happened this year!”

Person #2: “But what about network security? Why isn’t anyone upset about network security?”

Network security is indeed very important, and we can schedule a meeting for that at another time…even later today, if you like. But this particular meeting / conversation / email thread has the subject line “Server Outages”.

About the issues

Person #1: “Police violence against black people is a huge issue! Yet another example of Police violence against black people just happened. That’s an unreasonably large number of times it’s happened this year!”

Person #2: “But what about black on black violence? Why isn’t anyone upset about black on black violence?”

It is, again, entirely possible that ‘black on black violence” is a big issue that needs addressing. So is police violence against black people. So stop hijacking the damn conversation every time it comes up. Start your own, separate conversation about your issue.

Do not tell Person 1 to shut up.

He or she does not have to stop talking, for you to have your own conversation.

New music by Amanda Palmer

September 14, 2016