Unfortunately, that about sums it up. The software that runs our elections is hackable—and because it’s privately owned, we don’t even have enough insight into the code to know when it’s been hacked. This is why we need publicly owned software that’s transparent to the public (a.k.a. “open-source).
1) I’m tired of the wildfires.
2) The wildfires are dramatically exacerbated by climate change (source: http://www.pnas.org/content/113/42/11770.abstract).
3) Climate change is perpetuated by Republican politicians and their administrative and judicial appointees (source: https://www.rollingstone.com/…/why-republicans-still-rejec…/).
4) My contribution to fighting fires is to support politicians who believe in science and are hell-bent on combatting climate change.
5) If you’re with me, please make a donation to 2 organizations today: Swing Left (to take back the House of Representatives) and Flippable (to flip state legislatures blue).
Donate to Swing Left here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/swingleft…. Donate to Flippable here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flippable-1….
The fire up North has been devastating to so many—more than 1,000 residences lost—but messages like this from Redding businesses make my heart sing. So many of us who live in cities are quick to assume that companies are only out to make money. That was never my experience growing up in the small town of Weaverville. And even though nearby Redding isn’t “small”—it’s got nearly 100,000 people!—it still offers example after example of business owners taking care of the people in their community. Sure, it might be good for their brands, but I wholly believe that these owners care first and foremost about people. <3
We launched rumii on the Steam Store today! Go download and have your next meeting or class in VR!
If you already have and love rumii please download on Steam for the newest updates and leave a review if we have made your life better.
Means a ton to us little developers in a big Steam world. <3
There are two important political actions you can take TODAY to help families at the border.
First, use the link below to contact your legislators, and demand that they pass the Keep Families Together Act. https://www.aclu.org/…/call-senators-stop-dhs-separating-ch… It’s no secret that people with reasonable views often stay quiet, while people with extreme positions will call their politicians every day. Now more than ever is the time to stand up and be counted among those who refuse to countenance stripping babies and children from their parents.
Second, open your calendar, find June 30, and write this: “Attend protest.” (Hundreds of cities across the US will feature protests that day; you can find a map of events here: https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/.) Then text three friends and get at least one to commit to joining you. This is a proven way to hold yourself accountable and increase turnout. This is too important to stay inside. We need to show, with our bodies, that we are outraged by the cruel treatment of immigrant parents and their children.
Mitchel says “I think that you and the occupyers should, BEFOREHAND, outline precisely what it is you are seeking and hand it to management with a chance to respond a week or two before you take such precipitous action.”
Hey, ONE THING AT A TIME!
(1) My intent right now is to get a few people to sustain a dialogue that produces plans for action in several specific areas.
(2) What I would “give management a chance to respond to” depends on what plans this dialogue produces.
(3) Areas we will look at include Fund Raising, Advertising, Programming, etc.
FINALLY, Mitchel apparently misses the “scare quotes” around the word “Occupy”. He apparently never read the statement I uploaded to MediaFire, so here is an important segment:
.By “Occupy” I mean simply “doing things without official authorization.” Not to disrupt management or governance procedures, not disruptions of national board or local board meetings such as can be seen in numerous YouTube videos. I mean to do useful things for WBAI without waiting for official approval and not depending on WBAI equipment, personnel, or space.
I have the most generous and supportive father, Dr. Joe Gruber. He worked very hard for many years as a dentist to support our family. I owe my entire life to him, he provided me with a comfortable stable home, an excellent education and the support to follow my passion and art to benefit all that have interacted with it and did this all with unconditional love.
He also completely supported the purchase and renovation of the apartment that Esther Kim and I live in and home that’s available for rent on Airbnb, Casa Estlan (see link in comments, available at discount if you message me directly) He and my mom just visited here this past May.
Wishing him a very Happy Father’s Day. He is spending it in NYC with the rest of my family, my mom Rita Gruber, sister Amy Carpenter, her husband Neil, their daughter Arielle Rogg and her new husband Jon, and son Maxwell.
You want to stop the NRA? Embrace proportional representation in the US.
Right now, Republicans who support the NRA can get elected and prevent gun reform because they live in special little districts that don’t represent majority opinion. Their voters like gun laws the way they are — or, even worse, want to repeal the few controls we have in place. Institutions like the Electoral College, equal Senate allocation for each state regardless of population, and winner-take-all voting rules stand in the way of true majority rule, instead over-representing the preferences of these rural, red-state, and/or gerrymandered voters.
If you want to ensure that majority will translates into public policy outcomes — that the vast majority of Americans who want commonsense gun reform get their way — then embrace proportional representation, and stop the distortion. (The best org working on this is FairVote, btw.)
ABOUT OUR WBAI “WORK GROUP”. The intent is not just to share ideas, but to organize for action on behalf of WBAI. Privately, some may speak more freely. Success of the group requires free discussion of ideas by every member. Accordingly, the group is being changed from “Public” to “Closed”. Only its MEMBERS can see posts. Only members can see who posts what.
I just submitted an application through Burning Man to create a 30 foot high 11:11 Diamond Portal in front of the new Google offices in Mountain View. The shape was first conceived of in 1984 while studying the golden ratio at Parson’s School of Design and finally built for Burning Man as a 16 foot high installation with the Quasar Wave Transducer vibrating it from inside. If everyone who reads this can share it and envision seeing this piece being selected (and if you know Larry or Serge, put in a good word!)