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The other day, I got a chance to bend the ear of a local congressional staffer who has been involved in politics her whole life. She had some advice for those of us living in the Deep Blue of eastern Mass. It was a brief conversation and the bolded bits are hers, with my amplification.

1. Stop with purity politics, especially outside of the Deep Blue. In an ideal world, we would all be capable of nuance and spoiled for choice when it comes to candidates. But we live in a two-party country where the other party has full control. If a red-state Dem will caucus with the Dems 60 percent of the time, back her. Because she may not be perfect, but she's still better than a Trump-controlled Republican.

2. Pick two issues and focus on them. Our entire way of life is under attack. Like, the whole damned thing. There's a firehose of information and attacks coming at us, constantly. You cannot do it all. I'm going to say it again. YOU CANNOT DO IT ALL. Pick two issues and get involved in those. Women's issues and education. The environment and civil rights. Immigration and hunger. Show up for the big rallies, too, but spend your personal time on your two issues.

3. Get involved locally. If you decide that your issue is education... who is on your school board? Get to know them. Visit their office hours. Start pushing for things like age appropriate sex ed. Learn how the system works. (Caveat: #notallmen but.... Men, please do not show up and expect people to explain everything to you. Nor should you show up and assume you understand the system better than everyone else and start spouting all your great ideas. Please show up and shut up and listen for a few months first.)

4. Run I feel like a hypocrite pointing this out because I'm not going to run. But even the people who love me best say it's probably best for me not to run. (I have a tendency to blurt "oh, for fuck's sake" in the face of dumb.) But we need more people to get involved in local government and run for office. Are you worried you're not qualified? Folks, a man who can't spell "honored" just took over White House. You are smarter and better prepared than Donald Trump. YOU CAN DO IT (if you can refrain from swearing at stupid people).

5. Help those who run. If you can't refrain from swearing, pledge to help out those who do. It's boring work -- stuffing envelopes, knocking doors, making phone calls, setting up chairs. But most of life is boring everyday maintenance work. We all know this, especially parents. We know how to do boring work. 
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Tech news keeps trying to kill off G+, yet here I am having real conversations every day. 
 
With the announcement that the "classic" G+ will be retired on Jan. 24, I'm seeing some angst in my stream about "everybody" leaving the platform. I don't see it. Those of us who've found and built communities here aren't going anywhere. Even Mashable gets that: http://mashable.com/2017/01/18/who-is-using-google-plus-anyway.amp ... (Love that they list "photographers" first among those who are still using the hell out of the platform). ETA: Events is returning!

Google's social network still has a large and active following.
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Usenet still exists and there are still communities there... but I have no qualms about saying "Usenet is dead".
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Hey everybuggy! Just a quick reminder about my #Make100 Nebula Necklace project! Help me make 100 necklaces with hand-painted nebula pendants by sharing the link (pretty please); and by pledging for one of your own, or dropping $1 in the 'tip jar' backer level.

http://kck.st/2j109Vm

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Mosaic presents Living Myth, a podcast with Michael Meade, renowned mythologist and storyteller. Meade presents mythic stories that offer uniquely insightful and wise ways of understanding the current dilemmas of the world we live in. Living Myth proposes that genuine solutions to the complex and intractable problems of our world require both transcendent imagination and cohering, transformative narratives.
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Status Quo Warriors (SQUeelers?) your time is over. Your racist, sexist, hateful worldview is a dinosaur and we are the asteroid you can't stop from crashing into you. 
 
I've had -- seriously, at this point -- a dozen messages, texts, etc., some of them from people I respect, suggesting I tone it down. Not happening.

Here's the thing: we had a chance to go into our multicultural future together with everyone ramping down the rhetoric, finding ways to live together, making sure the government worked for everyone, rising tide lifts all boats, etc.

Other side couldn't fucking cope with that. Instead these angry fucking old people decided to ramp everything up to 11, and leave behind to their children and grandchildren a world where they're despised and outnumbered.

OK. You're despised. You're vile, awful people, in direct proportion to how happy you are about Trump.

You're also in the minority, by about 3 million votes this last election -- more, taking into account the fact that young people don't vote sanely. And every year there are going to be fewer of you, and more of us.

And seriously, I hope you die in terror. The body count of your murderous worst selves is going to be in the millions before this is over.

And you are going to lose. You're going to be shunned by decent people, and your grandchildren are going to have a bloody hard time of it. (Mine too, to some degree -- though not as rough as yours.)
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A thing I always kinda wanted to do, was make 'adventure kits' for fantasy larps/rpgs. Some props, a GM's guide, some puzzles, and people could buy them to drop them into whatever game they were playing. I started making one years ago for someone I knew who ran a larp, but there were issues (with people, not the kit).

Maybe I'll make one this year and see what happens. 
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That could be a cool kickstarter
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Yay! My #Make100 was approved: Nebula Necklaces on @Kickstarter http://kck.st/2ixeTYF

One of a kind necklaces featuring hand painted nebula/space centerpieces.
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Here's my deal- I don't think of myself as a violent person. I don't think that violence is the right answer to most problems. I think violence tends to suck, across the board.

But if I was confronted with a person who's entire ideology says that people should die because of their skin colour or beliefs, and they spent a whole lot of time & energy encouraging others to think that people should die, and trying to get that ideology made acceptable and normal? I would probably punch them. I wouldn't feel guilty about punching them. I would likely feel good about punching them, because they're a horrible horrible person.

And if this means you think less of me, or that I have some sort of moral failing for not being horrified by the thought of punching a genocidal schmuck in the face, then I'm sorry I'm not some idealized perfectly moral and ethical human. 
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#BasicIncome

"...it could force society to reassess the value of such roles and the rewards offered to those who do them. Indeed, a guaranteed income – even a supplementary one – could challenge the idea that people are only valuable members of society if they work.
Modern society revolves heavily around work. Our jobs are an essential part of our identity. Unpaid productive work such as volunteering, housework and caring for dependents is undervalued..."

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170118-what-if-the-state-provided-everyone-with-a-basic-income

Trials around the world are about to explore what happens when people are guaranteed a minimum amount of money to live on. The radical policy could reinvent our relationship to work.
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OMG DRESS WITH PLANETS ON IT THAT ISN'T FROM THINK GEEK

http://www.eshakti.com/shop/Dresses/Constellation-print-crepe-shirtdress-CL0044492
Our starry print crepe shirtdress is capped with a spread collar and the seamed waist nips in the silhouette above a box-pleated full skirt that gently swishes as you move.
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And which you can have custom-made to your measurements (they come out great! I just ordered 2 more!)
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ALL HAIL KING GEORGE III the FIFTH!
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"However, it is extremely important to emphasize that micro-level inaccuracies do not detract from the credibility of the two broad points that I establish above: that Trump’s organization has had a relationship with the Kremlin and that he is subject to blackmail."

https://medium.com/startup-grind/evaluating-the-buzzfeed-dossier-by-a-former-intelligence-analyst-53d9611f1657#.sqj308bhd
Over the last 48 hours — since Buzzfeed published an intelligence dossier alleging the Russian government’s involvement with President…
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If you're a Callahanian or a D'ni Nerd, yes, this is that Eleri.

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Birth, Myst, Gaming, Crafty Stuff, Woo, Polyamory, My Family, Dealing With Government Agencies, WTF is up with the Right Wing, Nerdy Geeky Stuff, Bouts of Self Pity, Bouts of Mushy LoveyDovey.

The Sort Of Nonsense Up With Which I Will Not Put: 
Proselytizing about your political/religious/social viewpoint. I don't mind being disagreed with, but if you start claiming the One Right True Way, I will thwap you. 

Nasty comments about people with disabilities. If you are into that shite, GTFO of my Google+

Homophobic or Anti-GLBTQOMGWTFBBQ comments. Just no. 

Personal attacks. Duh. 

"That internet drama in the game industry that's about ethical journalism, no really". Seriously, if you're proGG, you do not want to be around me. 

ZOMG RON PAUL. There will be none of that. 

A tangental note: Discussing libertarian political viewpoints in my posts is probably a Bad Idea. I just fundamentally don't get the mindset. It is so opposite mine, I can't wrap my brain around it. I'm unlikely to get real pissy unless it gets nasty, I'm more likely to just drop the conversation. (The only time I have ever gotten REALLY mad, was when someone elsenet said my disabled daughter should never be allowed to vote because she was a beneficiary of government services.)
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