People only blog what they are prepared to blog

“The Commission spent two years engaging with communities all over the U.S. to explore how best to respond to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in our political and civic life. Its final and bipartisan report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, was released in June 2020 and includes six strategies and 31 ambitious recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026, the nation’s 250th anniversary.”
Our Common Purpose, by the American Academy (yes, we have one), 2020

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“Join us for a fascinating episode with Katie about her journey, the bugs in bug bounty programs, and the people who inspired her along the way. Interviewer: Kimberly Truong; Special guest: Katie Moussouris (@k8em0 on Twitter), Founder and CEO of Luta Security.”
S3 Ep8: A conversation with Katie Moussouris [Podcast], by Kimberly Truong, Sophos Podcast, 25 November 2020

Tech women talking tech threats.

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“Dolly is someone who understands that money is something you do rather than something you have, an insight our politicians and leaders somehow keep missing. People use money to create division, to hurt and destroy. They amass it and sit on it and want to be applauded for it. Dolly uses it to construct the kind of world I bet she wishes she had been born into.”
Dolly Parton helped fund a Covid vaccine. This isn’t the first time she’s saved us, by The Guardian, 01 December 2020

America! Dolly! America!

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Colors of the World Skin Tone Crayons, 24 Count

Wow, this Crayola is much cooler than the one I grew up with.

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“Young Americans voted for a candidate, not against one. In our first wave of election research in October, the vast majority of survey respondents had already settled on their candidate, with 64 percent saying they planned to vote for Joe Biden and 28 percent planning to vote for Donald Trump. When asked to give a reason for their choice, 58 percent said they liked and supported their chosen candidate’s stance on issues important to them, while 25 percent said they neither liked nor supported the other candidate’s stance on issues important to them. In other words, a majority of young Americans responding to our survey said that support for, rather than opposition to, a candidate and his positions was a key motivating factor in their choice of candidate.”
How Social Issues Influenced Voting by Young Americans, by Derrick Feldmann, PhilanTopic, 24 November 2020

What a luxury to be able to vote FOR a candidate. My first vote was AGAINST R Reagan, alas.

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“The complaint was filed on Wednesday following a year-long investigation launched by terminated employees who filed a petition with the board in 2019, after hundreds of Google employees carried out internal protests and public demonstrations against Google’s work with US Customs and Border Protection. This came after a huge walkout in 2018 over the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. The Communications Workers of America union helped author the workers’ charges.”
Google broke US law by firing workers behind protests, complaint says, by Kari Paul, Guardian, 02 December 2020

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“The heavily redacted document does not name Donald Trump or other individuals and leaves many unanswered questions, but comes amid media reports that the US president is considering sweeping pardons before he leaves office next month.”
US justice department investigates alleged ‘bribery for pardon’ scheme at White House, by David Smith, Guardian, 02 December 2020

Welcome to PardonGate.

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“‘And it looks like President Trump is going to spend the next two months mashing those buttons,’ the Daily Show host continued, as Trump has reportedly considered issuing pre-emptive pardons for his three eldest children, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, none of whom have been charged with a crime.”
Trevor Noah: ‘Trump is just handing out pardons like they’re gift cards’, by Adrian Horton, Guardian, 03 December 2020

Pardonpalooza.

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“There’s a comparison to be drawn with works of art in public institutions; in 1990 thieves broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 works of art, including one of only 34 known paintings by Vermeer, and while speculation remains rife about who was behind the theft (and why), none of the items has ever been recovered. Nobody can stand in wonder in front of that Vermeer now, save possibly a handful of people. Smiley was offered a partial amnesty for assisting in the recovery of his stolen maps. Perhaps the passage of time, or a similar amnesty will play a part in the safe return of the Gardner pieces and the Darwin manuscripts.”
Passing sentences … what’s the worst kind of book thief?, by Shaun Bythell, Guardian, 27 November 2020

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“The judges who threw out Trump campaign cases include Trump appointees. Judge Steven Grimberg in the northern district of Georgia booted a complaint by a Trump elector seeking to block certification of the state’s vote. ‘I didn’t hear any justification for why the plaintiff delayed bringing this claim until two weeks after this election and on the cusp of these election results being certified,’ Grimberg wrote. Before the election, another Trump appointee, Judge J Nicholas Ranjan, threw out a Trump complaint in Pennsylvania challenging mail-in ballots. And district judge Matthew Brann of Pennsylvania, a former Republican party official and Federalist Society member, sternly jettisoned a separate Trump campaign challenge filed after the election. ‘This court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence,’ Brann wrote. ‘In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.'”
Five factors that helped US democracy resist Trump’s election onslaught, (this time, GM) by Tom McCarthy, Guardian, 30 November 2020

Trump appointed judges ruling on law, and You Are There.

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“Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump will follow her bestselling exposé of her dysfunctional family life with a new book on ‘America’s national trauma’, her publisher has announced. The Reckoning will be published by St Martin’s Press in July 2021. According to St Martin’s, it “will examine America’s national trauma, rooted in our history but dramatically exacerbated by the impact of current events and the Trump administration’s corrupt and immoral.”
Mary Trump to release new book on ‘America’s national trauma’, by Martin Pengelly, Guardian, 01 December 2020

So there is something to look forward to.

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“So, what started as an existential argument between Guardian-reading game players may well end up informing a new understanding of visual perception and sensory input. In a world where an increasing number of our interactions are happening in digital and virtual spaces, understanding why some people push down to look up has never been more vital or less nerdy.”
‘There’s a gaping hole in our knowledge’: the scientists studying why gamers invert their controls, by Keith Stuart, Guardian, 02 December 2020

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2020 at the Wapshott Press

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Reading:

“Bushwacked,” by Molly Ivins and Lou Dobbs

“The Conversations,” by Richard Whittaker

“Graphic Classics: Oscar Wilde,” by Molly Kiely and some other people

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Watching:

Aliens Resurrection
Fantastic Beasts 1 and 2

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Quotes:

Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow, but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment.
T.S. Eliot

Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
T.S. Eliot

Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

People only see what they are prepared to see.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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