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Drawing battle lines 2012

RT @BarackObama: Every GOP senator just voted against helping women get #EqualPay for equal work.

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 01:43 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

Participate. 2012

Voted. It took 4 minutes. #noexcuses

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

Not too happy with Ukraine right now 2012

Anti #gay crackdown in Ukraine during #Euro2012. Tell Merkel to dump the cup.

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

A reminder of what we're up against 2012

RT @BarackObama: Republicans have promised to block the Paycheck Fairness Act today—a bill that would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

Women of the U.S. (& men who believe in equality), it is time to punish Republicans at the polls. EVERY election matters this year. Vote.

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 08:26 AM in politics & philosophy, tweets, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Watching Wisconsin today 2012

RT @mc_frontalot: Wisconsin! You will note that in 100% of cases, a 'union buster' is an amoral thug owned by the plutocrats. Recall Walker Tuesday!

RT @cshirky: Republican activists are lying to WI voters, saying if they voted FOR a recall, they don't need to vote IN the recall.

Isn't deliberately misleading a large number of voters about exercising their right to vote a crime? If not, why not?

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

little stuff matters 2012

Might have noticed before, but since @MituK's great post on "normal" the color of @Atul_Gawande's mic here is glaring.

(Great talk by Gawande, I should also note.)

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 05:31 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

my June 2012 voting slate 2012

President:
Barack Obama, with great pride and pleasure.

State Propositions:
28: Yes. Supported by folks I usually agree with.
29: Yes. Smoking creates expensive health problems which often create burdens for others beyond the smoker. Extra money for cancer research combined with higher costs that may reduce the number of smokers is a double win.

City & County Propositions:
A: No. I understand the garbage/recycling contracting could be improved in theory, but the reality is that a worker-owned, locally-based business that's doing a great job doesn't need to be messed with. (Also, support from Quentin Kopp is a great indicator of how not to vote.)
B: Yes. Let's keep this beautiful landmark preserved and available to the public.

Democratic Central Committee, District 17:
Zoe Dunning, who serves her country well.
Bevan Dufty, who is sometimes a bit preposterous but who I generally like and trust.
Matt Dorsey, who seems to have been doing well.
Petra DeJesus, ditto.
Scott Wiener, who I've been supporting for years with no regrets. Also, he's a big NERT supporter and that makes me really happy.
Alix Amelia Rosenthal, again someone I've had no regrets over voting for.
Gabriel Robert Haaland, ditto (plus congratulations on choosing a first name he really loves, something my also-trans pal Ashley has made me much more aware of lately).
Rafael Mandelman, ditto.
Carole Migden, hell yes. Let's keep those smarts working for us.
Justin Morgan, good endorsements and goals, plus we need more black male representation.
Hydra Mendoza, pretty sure I've voted for her in the past too and she has good endorsements.
David Campos, don't always agree with him (iirc) but good endorsements.
David Chiu, I've been really very happy with and continue to support strongly.
Leah Pimentel, pretty sure I've voted for her in the past too and she has good endorsements.

U.S. Senator:
Dianne Feinstein, with frustration and reluctance due to her position on PIPA, but we need a powerful fighter for women's health and pay issues, which make more of a difference in more people's lives.

U.S. Representative:
Nancy Pelosi, who has come out against SOPA. Good.

State Senator:
Mark Leno, who's continuing to do great work.

State Assembly:
Tom Ammiano: ditto.

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 03:39 PM in politics & philosophy | Permalink | Comments (0)

fix the broken process 2012

RT @anildash: Maybe a better way for companies to understand why racist/sexist ads are bad is to describe them as factory defects

Anil's posts are reliably worth reading, but I think this may be one of his best yet.

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 03:04 PM in linky goodness, politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

Innovation is what we need right now 2012

Planning my vote & noting with concern @DianneFeinstein's apparent continued support of PIPA. RIAA shouldn't trump the rest of us & the web.

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 03:04 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets, warnings & kvetches, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

The slow, slow upward battle 2012

RT @BarackObama: FACT: On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. #EqualPay

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 08:58 AM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

NYT: "Men invented the internet". Like hell they did. 2012

RT @xeni: My thoughts on the steaming turd of an opening line in that NYT piece on Pao vs KPCB, & sexual discrimination in tech.

Posted on June 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets, warnings & kvetches, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

“Then someone will make you.” 2012

RT @glichfield: How Israel treats visitors with the wrong kind of name: pointless humiliation. (via @mohamed)

Reconciling what I hear about the modern state of Israel with my reading and viewing of accounts of the Holocaust is difficult and painful, like watching someone who was mugged go through a terrible and negative personality change.

Posted on June 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM in politics & philosophy, travel, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

specific realities 2012

Rec'd reading: "Why I perform abortions: A Christian obstetrician explains his choice" on @njdotcom

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 04:03 PM in health, politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

Oy vey 2012

RT @burritojustice: It’s moroning in Amercia.

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 08:16 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

That's more like it! 2012

RT @BarackObama: American manufacturers have added 489,000 jobs since January 2010—gaining jobs for the first time since the 1990s. #MadeInAmerica

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

This is not ok. 2012

Surprised & disappointed by lack of info on @bbcnews & @cnn on the horrific beating of Ukrainian Svyatoslav Sheremet http://www.allout.org/ukraine

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 08:02 PM in Current Affairs, politics & philosophy, tweets, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Look at the real numbers before swallowing myths 2012

"Federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s."

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 04:34 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

“I want to know if my hair is just like yours” 2012

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM in linky goodness, politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

Don't get complacent 2012

RT @thelancearthur: GOOD NEWS: Opposition to same-sex marriage at record low numbers. BAD NEWS: Those who oppose it more likely to show up & vote to oppose it.

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

represent, people 2012

Very excited for the Egyptian people as they head to the polls to vote #democracy

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 10:32 AM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

Putting the grrr in the grrrl 2012

When a woman born before women's right to vote gets her rights impeded now, it makes me mad

"Small gov't party" my ass!

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 02:44 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

money talking 2012

Robert Reich Explains How @MittRomney Got Obscenely Rich

The president shouldn't be seeking a country built to flip.

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM in politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

while also upholding the Constitution 2012

"When you're president… Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot." —President Obama

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 04:07 PM in politics & philosophy | Permalink | Comments (0)

Measurability matters 2012

Fine, you want measurable results? Bloomberg’s BGOV Barometer study is quite clear. Jobs, GDP, income, # in poverty...

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 03:16 PM in linky goodness, politics & philosophy, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

The big growing up 2012

For some people it seems the transition into a multi-racial, post-nationalist world is as hard as graduating out of the simple structures—freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and inter-campus rivalries—of high school.

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 01:00 PM in politics & philosophy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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