Monday, August 8, 2022

Trump's hiding of records at Mar-a-Lago

Also, a retrospective on Washington Post articles on the background of this topic.

"‘He never stopped ripping things up’: Inside Trump’s relentless document destruction habits" (Feb 5, 2022)
"National Archives had to retrieve Trump White House records from Mar-a-Lago" (Feb 7, 2022)
"Some Trump records taken to Mar-a-Lago clearly marked as classified, including documents at ‘top secret’ level" (Feb 10, 2022)
"15 boxes: Inside the long, strange trip of Trump’s classified records" (Feb 12, 2022)
"Some records taken by Trump are so sensitive they may not be described in public" (Feb 25, 2022)
"Grand jury used in probe of classified documents taken to Mar-a-Lago" (May 12, 2022)

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

'Climate lockdown': On reducing personal consumption

Reducing personal consumption is not a new idea. But here's a new framing, borrowing from pandemic precautions: climate lockdown. Read the essay by Marjan Krebelj on Medium: "A Case for an Immediate Climate Lockdown" (July 22, 2022). Another: "The Storm Is Coming and We’re Headed Right Into it" (July 25, 2022).

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

USAmerican white evangelicals' anger at desegregation led to their anti-abortion cause

Immediately following 1969 desegregation law in Holmes County, some white parents started white-only private schools. They were 501(c)(3) non-profits that didn't have to pay taxes, and donors didn't have to pay income tax on money they donated to these schools. Green v. Kennedy (1970) ruled against these private schools and Nixon changed the IRS code too. Evangelicals like Jerry Falwell were unhappy with the ruling.

Up to this point in USAmerican history, white evangelicals hadn't been a voting bloc, and conservative political organizers realized that this could be a turning point to seize the evangelical vote. But they didn't want to take up the explicitly racist cause of segregation academies, which is what the white evangelicals really cared about in the moment. Instead, they wanted to channel evangelical outrage toward another cause.

Similarly, see also this July 25, 2022 article from FiveThirtyEight: "How The Fight To Ban Abortion Is Rooted In The ‘Great Replacement’ Theory." It says:

"The movement to end legal abortion has a long, racist history... Throughout colonial America and into the 19th century, abortions were fairly common with the help of a midwife or other women and could be obtained until the point that you could feel movement inside... But the dynamics surrounding the procedure changed by the mid-19th century... Laws limiting abortion, it was believed, would ultimately force middle- and upper-class white women — who had the most access to detect and terminate unwanted pregnancies — to bear more white children. ... Declining white birth rates, along with the rising eugenics movement — a now-discredited pseudoscience focused on the genetic fitness of white Americans — were connected to the practice of abortion, and this helped bolster flawed, racist arguments for a total ban of the procedure. ... Their tactics worked. By the 1900s, abortion was illegal in every U.S. state. ... while the [1973] decision in Roe overturned the nation’s remaining abortion bans, it didn’t address the underlying forces that had helped establish them, which brings us to today, as the anti-abortion movement is once again front and center following the court’s decision to overturn Roe."
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See also: "American history to explain ‘How did we get here?’". Medium lets you read a certain number of stories for free every month. You may also consider a paid membership on the platform.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

How to get an automatic warning of transphobic websites and users

Today I learned that there is a Shinigami Eyes extension available on GitHub to indicate which internet material is trans-friendly and which is trans-antagonistic.

I hope that's useful. Carry on...

a pearl necklace. the woman is smiling but you can't see the rest of her face above her lips.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Anti-transgender messaging campaign, July–August 2022

Christopher F. Rufo will be publishing anti-transgender propaganda beginning today and continuing for the next six weeks, concluding his messaging in mid-August just before U.S. kids return to school.



Tuesday, July 19, 2022

'Groomer' slur banned from Reddit

scary-weird Christmas elf decoration

On the trans person's body: It was 'a little phrase just for you!'


I referenced this tweet in "Gödel is Sure Bach, and Trans People Are Sure Their Gender". It's a 6-minute read on Medium. Medium lets you read a certain number of stories for free every month. You may also consider a paid membership on the platform.

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