My wife is in Boston for work until next Saturday, so I am entirely responsible for keeping our pets and son alive until she returns, which sounds like it ought to be a lot of work but I think I can probably handle it. I’ve got about a page and a half of stuff I intend to get accomplished before she gets back, and despite spending several hours with an extra fifth-grader in the house this afternoon I managed to cross several items off of my list. Most of them were what a motivational speaker might call “quick wins,” but fuck it, they still count. I have a couple of Projects in mind for tomorrow, so we’ll see how we do.
I think tomorrow I’ll write the Obi-Wan review; I meant to do it today but the day got away from me and all the sudden it was 8:00, which is sort of the unofficial “Goddammit get something on the screen” deadline for blog posts around here, and the review is going to demand at least a little more thought than I think I’m ready for at the moment. I am also considering a Manifesto of sorts; a What Do We Do Now type of thing that no one will listen to and will never come true. And it’s all going to come down to vote, you morons anyway. I’ve blocked, conservatively, dozens of idiots today, and there will likely be more tomorrow as I continue to lose even the vaguest vestiges of patience with what are either young progressives without a single stitch of sense about how things actually work or, perhaps more likely, Russian bots.
That said, I can’t really blame The Youngs, at least not exclusively; I put this on Twitter already, but this little bit of Fucking Nonsense From People that Should Know Better showed up in my text messages yesterday, and, uh, I wasn’t in the mood:
Probably shoulda just typed STOP, as Kati-from-the-DSCC never responded and likely also wasn’t actually a person, but whatever. A fucking petition. No, I’m not signing a petition. Petitions are for twelve-year-olds. Nothing that mattered has ever been changed by a Goddamned petition.
(Prove me wrong, if you can; I’m pretty sure I’m right here, but if you know of a counter-example, I’d genuinely love to hear it.)
So, yeah, everything still sucks and I still hate it here, but at least for the time being I’m no longer, like, actively marinating in hatred. Progress? Sure.
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The current situation may be a little different. But, overall, to the best of my knowledge, petitions are often one part of a coordinated and strategic initiative, often working to raise awareness and as a way to engage with people (and voters) about an issue. It’s a statement of support, but is not always a standalone measure. For example, I’ve volunteered to work the phone bank for this cause/this organization that has utilized petitions: https://apnm.org/what-we-do/securing-sanctuary-for-chimpanzees/ and https://www.change.org/o/animal_protection_of_new_mexico. Here’s another initiative that had petitions as part of its strategy: https://trapfreenm.org/roxys-law-victory-%F0%9F%90%95/ and https://apvnm.org/against-all-odds-roxys-law-has-passed-the-new-mexico-legislature/.
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I am stunned that the spam filter didn’t snap this up with all of those links, but I’m glad it didn’t. Thanks! 🙂
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Figured it might be a little bit of hope in a dark time. At least, that was my intention, anyway…(says the person who spent some of my work day today looking at affordable cities in Canada).
I didn’t even think about putting links in comments would get me marked as a spammer. Ook! I’m a numpty! Ha!
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