[personal profile] yendi
Before getting to the one-day-only deals, a reminder that you can nab $5 off any $15 purchase of books at Amazon through Monday.

Amazon's started their $Winterholiday Countdown (okay, they call it "12 Days of Deals"), and the focus today is on kid stuff. All of these are one-day deals:

The Despicable Me 3-Movie Collection (with the two DM movies and the Minions film) in a Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo pack is $17.99 (40% off).

There's a huge one-day Kindle book sale including Rick Riordon books (about 20 of them), Ivy and Bean books (most $.99), and assorted others by Melanie Dickerson, Kami Garcia, Kelly Barnhill, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery (yes, The Little Prince will only run you $1.99 today).

There's also a big sale on, well, big toys. This ranges from a 20" Darth Vader for $19.99 (less than half of what it costs elsewhere) to a 5000-piece K'Nex Roller Coaster for $353 (amazingly less than half what it normally costs from other retailers). Needless to say, Prime Shipping's really your friend on these deals (which also include huge dollhouses and other large toys).

If your kid likes music, or if you're an aunt or uncle who wants to drive your sibling crazy, there's a sale on assorted musical instruments for kids, including guitars, drum kits, xylophones, and more.

And finally, a one-day deal that's not kid-specific: The Queen-sized Intex Pillow Rest Classic Airbed with Built-in Pillow and Electric Pump is $19.99 (46% off).
[personal profile] yendi
Spending most of the day offline, but a few things to highlight:

Amazon's Deal of the Day nets you the complete Seinfeld on DVD for $39.99 (44% off).

Speaking of things about nothing (see what I did there?), The combo pack of The Neverending Story and Where the Wild Things Are on Blu-Ray is $7.89, which is actually cheaper than buying either movie separately.

For PC Gamers who somehow don't have it, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition is $10 (75% off) for the digital edition.

And Amazon's once again got a book coupon, this time for $5 off a $15 purchase, using promo code GIFTBOOK. And yes, all the big core D&D books qualify and most are already on sale (down from $49.95 to $29.95), and there are good deals on some other systems (like Pathfinder), too. And, of course, there's the slew of "regular" books that qualify for this as well. The point is, cheap books.
[personal profile] yendi
Today's a touch hectic, but it seems that just about every deal from yesterday's post that wasn't a Deal of the Day is active, so yay!

Only three deals I had time to highlight, but they're all pretty solid:

The major Deal of the Day will nab you either the Extended Edition Lord of the Rings Trilogy on Blu-Ray for $26.49 (78% off) or the Extended Edition of The Hobbit Trilogy for $38.99 (61% off). As some of you know, I'm decidedly NOT a Tolkien (on paper or screen), but some of y'all are, so enjoy!

I am a James Bond fan, though, and the Ultimate James Bond Collection on Blu-Ray/Digital for $99.99 (33% off) is a hell of a nice deal (note that Spectre is now included in the set).

And in the "luxury beauty" section of Amazon, you can spend $50 and get a $25 credit for more from the same section.

Ubuntu still isn't free software

Dec. 2nd, 2016 01:12 am
[personal profile] mjg59
Mark Shuttleworth just blogged about their stance against unofficial Ubuntu images. The assertion is that a cloud hoster is providing unofficial and modified Ubuntu images, and that these images are meaningfully different from upstream Ubuntu in terms of their functionality and security. Users are attempting to make use of these images, are finding that they don't work properly and are assuming that Ubuntu is a shoddy product. This is an entirely legitimate concern, and if Canonical are acting to reduce user confusion then they should be commended for that.

The appropriate means to handle this kind of issue is trademark law. If someone claims that something is Ubuntu when it isn't, that's probably an infringement of the trademark and it's entirely reasonable for the trademark owner to take action to protect the value associated with their trademark. But Canonical's IP policy goes much further than that - it can be interpreted as meaning[1] that you can't distribute works based on Ubuntu without paying Canonical for the privilege, even if you call it something other than Ubuntu.

This remains incompatible with the principles of free software. The freedom to take someone else's work and redistribute it is a vital part of the four freedoms. It's legitimate for Canonical to insist that you not pass it off as their work when doing so, but their IP policy continues to insist that you remove all references to Canonical's trademarks even if their use would not infringe trademark law.

If you ask a copyright holder if you can give a copy of their work to someone else (assuming it doesn't infringe trademark law), and they say no or insist you need an additional contract, it's not free software. If they insist that you recompile source code before you can give copies to someone else, it's not free software. Asking that you remove trademarks that would otherwise infringe trademark law is fine, but if you can't use their trademarks in non-infringing ways, that's still not free software.

Canonical's IP policy continues to impose restrictions on all of these things, and therefore Ubuntu is not free software.

[1] And by "interpreted as meaning" I mean that's what it says and Canonical refuse to say otherwise

Just Testing Again, Please Ignore

Dec. 1st, 2016 09:49 pm
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Everybody all right over yonder? Good! Then I can shut down for the
night and go to bed.
[personal profile] yendi
I'm short on time today, so only a handful of items that have caught my eye:

(From previous days, the $2.99 Marvel Masterworks sale has finally ended, but active deals include the free audiobook of Invisible Man, the huge Queen Games sale (which was supposed to be one-day-only, but is still going) which includes Alhabra, Escape, Fresco, Kingdom Builder, and a lot more, The Best of Michael Swanwick for $2.99, the Calphalon Nonstick 10-pc. Bakeware Set, the Calphalon 6-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set, the T-fal 12-Piece Ultimate Hard Anodized Scratch Resistant Titanium Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Anti-Warp Base Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set, the Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set, Saw: The Complete Collection, Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition, and the Kindle edition of The Living Dead.)

One of today's Daily Deals is on Classic Board Games and Toys, with huge discounts on Mastermind, Chutes and Ladders, Yahtzee, Trouble, Magic 8-Balls, Clue, Candy Land, Spirograph, and a lot more. This is a really good one if you've got folks in the elementary school range.

Elsewhere in toys, the K'NEX Education - Simple and Compound Machines Set is $25.39 (53%off), while the K'NEX Education - Intro to Simple Machines: Gears Set Engineering Education Toy is $17.89 (55% off), and the K'NEX Beasts Alive - K'NEXosaurus Rex Building Set is $12.24 (51% off). A decent amount of other K'NEX items are on sale, although there doesn't seem to be an officially announced sale of any sort.

Another daily deal is on the DEWALT DCK421D2 20V MAX Lithium-Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit, 2.0Ah for $249 (25% off, and a solid $100 below other vendors). I'm not particularly handy, as anyone who knows me is aware, but some of y'all do like this stuff.

It's a little late in the season, but there's also a one-day sale on Fila Puffer Jackets for Men and Women, $34.99 each (down from $120).

In kitchen goods, the Hamilton Beach Belgian Waffle Maker is $17.99 (36% off, about $8 off other deals), while the larger Hamilton Beach 4-Piece Belgian Waffle Maker is $22.85 (33% off, about $9 below other deals)

The Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set (basically similar to Pyrex storage) is $25.99 (42% of, and about $30 off other sellers).

In movies/TV, Kingsman: The Secret Service is $8.49 (35% off) on Blu-Ray/Digital (but most places are selling it for above the $12.99 list price), and Game of Thrones: Season 1 on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital is $39.99 (50% off).

Both Dredd and No Country For Old Men are going for $3.99 each for Blu-Ray/Digital packs (Dredd also gets you the DVD and 3D versions).

And finally, for Prime members only, the ION Audio Tailgater Portable Bluetooth PA Speaker with Mic, AM/FM Radio, and USB Charge Port is on sale for $69.99 (about $45 off other deals including shipping). The regular price of $99 is pretty decent (it'll still save you $15 or so), but the Prime deal makes this special.
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[CW: suicide]

Elizabeth Waite was a trans woman who committed suicide last week. I did not know Elizabeth, but several of my friends did. In an article for the Daily Beast, Ben Collins described what happened after she died (CW if you follow the link to the article: it quotes extremely transmisogynistic and violent comments and images, including some that incite suicide.)


The night the article describes, I sat in my office after work with Elizabeth's profile open in a tab, watching the stream of hateful comments pour in almost faster than I could report them to Facebook. My friends had mentioned that members of an online forum known for terrorizing autistic trans women were flooding her profile (particularly her last post, in which she stated her intention to commit suicide) with hateful comments. Since I didn't know Elizabeth and wasn't emotionally affected by reading these comments in the same way that I would have been if I had known her, I felt that bearing witnesses and reporting the comments as abuse was work that I could usefully do. Since many of the comments were obviously from fake accounts, and Facebook is well-known for its desire for good data (read: monetizable data), specifically accounts attached to the names people use in everyday life, I reported those accounts as fake as well.

And later that night, I watched dozens and dozens of emails fill my inbox that were automated responses from Facebook's abuse reporting system. Most of the responses said this:


Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the comment you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards.
Please let us know if you see anything else that concerns you. We want to keep Facebook safe and welcoming for everyone.


screenshot of the quoted text

Because the posts in question were eventually made private, I can't quote the comments about which a Facebook content reviewer said "it doesn't violate our Community Standards", and in fairness to the person or people reviewing the comments, some of the comments weren't obviously hate speech without the context that they were in a thread of people piling on a dead trans woman. Facebook lacks a way to report abuse that goes beyond "the text of this individual comment, in the absence of context, violates Facebook's Community Standards." That's part of the problem. If trans people were in positions of power at Facebook, you can bet that there would be a "report transmisogynist hate mob" button that would call attention to an entire thread in which an individual was being targeted by a coordinated harassment campaign.

Likewise, even though Facebook is notorious for harassing trans people for using the names we use in everyday life as our account names, when I reported an account with the name "Donny J. Trump" for impersonation, I got an email back saying that the account would not be suspended because it wasn't impersonating anybody:

screenshot of the aforementioned text

Facebook's tools don't address this problem. Imagine you're the family member of a trans woman who just died and whose profile is receiving a flood of hateful comments. Dozens of users are posting these comments -- too many to block, and anyway, what good would blocking do if you don't have access to the deceased person's account password? The comments would still be there, defacing that person's memory. Reporting individual comments has no effect if the harassment is conducted by posting a series of memes that aren't necessarily offensive on their own, but have the effect of demeaning and belittling a person's death when posted as comments in response to a suicide note. And getting an account converted to a "memorial account" -- which allows someone else to administer it -- can take days, which doesn't help when the harassment is happening right now. Again: you can look at Facebook and know that it's a company in which the voices of people who worry about questions like, "when I die, will people on an Internet forum organize a hate mob to post harmful comments all over my public posts?" are not represented.

But Facebook doesn't even do what they promise to do: delete individual comments that clearly violate their community standards:

Facebook removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks people based on their:

Race,
Ethnicity,
National origin,
Religious affiliation,
Sexual orientation,
Sex, gender, or gender identity, or
Serious disabilities or diseases.


Out of the many comments in the threads on Elizabeth Waite's profile that clearly attacked people based on their gender identity or disability, most were deemed by Facebook as "doesn't violate our Community Standards."

At this point, Facebook ought to just stop pretending to have an abuse reporting system, because what they promise to do has nothing to do with what they will actually do. Facebook's customers are advertisers -- people like you and me who produce content that helps Facebook deliver an audience for advertisers (you might think of us as "users") are the raw material, not the customers. Even so, it's strange that companies that pay for advertising on Facebook don't care that Facebook actively enables this kind of harassment.

If you read the Daily Beast article, you'll also notice that Facebook was completely unhelpful and unwilling to stop the abuse other than in a comment-by-comment way until one of the family members found a laptop that still had a login cookie for Elizabeth's account -- they wouldn't memorialize it or do anything else to stop the abuse wholesale in a timely fashion. What would have happened if the cookie had already expired?

Like anybody else, trans people die for all kinds of reasons. In an environment where hate speech is being encouraged from the highest levels of power, this is just going to keep happening more and more. Facebook will continue to refuse to do anything to stop it, because hate speech doesn't curtail their advertising revenue. In fact, as I wrote about in "The Democratization of Defamation", the economic incentives that exist encourage companies like Facebook to potentiate harassment, because more harassment means more impressions.

Although it's clearly crude economics that make Facebook unwilling to invest resources in abuse prevention, a public relations person at Facebook would probably tell you that they are reluctant to remove hate speech because of concern for free speech. Facebook is not a common carrier and has no legal (or moral) obligation to spend money to disseminate content that isn't consistent with its values as a business. Nevertheless, think about this for a moment: in your lifetime, you will probably have to see a loved one's profile get defaced like this and know that Facebook will do nothing about it. Imagine a graveyard that let people spray paint on tombstone's and then stopped you from washing the paint off because of free speech.

What responsibilities do social media companies -- large ones like Facebook that operate as completely unregulated public utilities -- have to their users? If you'd like, you can call Facebook's billions of account holders "content creators"; what responsibilities do they have to those of us who create the content that Facebook uses for delivering an audience to advertisers?

Facebook would like you to think that they give us access to their site for free because they're nice people and like us, but corporations aren't nice people and don't like you. The other viewpoint you may have heard is: "If you're not paying for the product, then you are the product." Both of these stories are too simplistic. If you use Facebook, you do pay for it: with the labor you put into writing status updates and comments (without your labor, Facebook would have nothing to sell to advertisers) and with the attention you give to ads (even if you never click on an ad).

If you're using something that's being given away for free, then the person giving it away has no contractual obligations to you. Likewise, if you are raw material, than the people turning you into gold have no contractual obligations to you. But if you're paying to use Facebook -- and you are, with your attention -- that creates a buyer/seller relationship. Because this relationship is not formalized, you as the buyer assume all the risks in the transaction while the seller reaps all of the economic benefit.


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[personal profile] yendi
Deals from yesterday that are still good include the $2.99 Marvel Masterworks, the free audiobook of Invisible Man, the huge Queen Games sale (which was supposed to be one-day-only, but is still going) which includes Alhabra, Escape, Fresco, Kingdom Builder, and a lot more, and The Best of Michael Swanwick for $2.99.

The Kindle Daily Deal today offers 14 different books for $2.99 each, including Stephen King's excellent (and Edgar-winning) Mr. Mercedes, James Lee Burke's The Jealous Kind, and Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One.

Another daily deal will nab you the Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set for $89.99 (33% off, about $50 below other dealers). If you've been reading me for a while, you know of my love for Calphalon cookware (nearly every piece of cookware we own is Calphalon, Cuisinart, or Rachel Ray), and it's not just because the brand sounds like a Transformer.

Not a daily deal (AFAIK), the superb John Joseph Adams anthology The Living Dead is $1.99 on the Kindle.

Speaking of Calphalon, the Calphalon Nonstick 10-pc. Bakeware Set is $61.44 (39% off, and about $40 off other vendors), while the Calphalon 6-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set is $26.99 (10% off, but really about $16 below other vendors after shipping).

In other kitchen items, if you prefer T-Fal, the T-fal 12-Piece Ultimate Hard Anodized Scratch Resistant Titanium Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Anti-Warp Base Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe PFOA Free Cookware Set is $82.06 (about $30 off other deals). And the Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set is $12.03 (about $2 off other deals, but still a nice deal for the set).

If you're a fan of super-high-end noise cancelling headphones, the Sony H.ear on Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone in Charcoal Black are $199 today only (43% off other sellers).

In movies and TV, Star Trek Beyond on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital is $12.99 (68% off), and is actually surprisingly good, unlike the previous movie in the series. Saw: The Complete Collection is $11.99 (52% off) on Blu-Ray (not as nice as the $9.99 deal a few days ago, but still damned cheap for seven movies). And the Ong Bak Trilogy on Blu-Ray is $9.99 (57% off).

And finally, in board games, Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition is $16.99 (32% off). It's not a great game, per se, but I did have a lot of fun playing it.
[personal profile] yendi
Pretty much all the previous deals are dead, as is always the case at this time of the year. The exceptions: the 6-Quart Instant Pot, still on sale for $68.95 (43% off), making it cheaper than the smaller version, and the $2.99 Kindle editions of Marvel Masterworks (which also work on Comixology).

I'm not sure why, but the Audible version of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is free. Really. So grab it.

There's a HUGE one-day sale in board games, with Queen Games items at 50% off and more, including ridiculous discounts on Kingdom Builder and Alhambra (both the regular and Big Box versions), as well as Parfum, Escape Zombie City, Fresco, Greed, and a lot more. Definitely worth grabbing if you like any of these games.

One of today's Daily Deals is on Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures on Blu-Ray/Digital for $39.99 (50% off). This includes all three movies and the full cartoon series (as well as plenty of extras).

Also in movies, you can nab a Blu-Ray pack of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II for $9.99 (33% off list, but about 50% off other sellers), and Beetlejuice for $5.86 (41% off).

The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (with the best of their films -- The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, and Duck Soup -- is $35.27 (41% off) on Blu-Ray, while the lesser (but still fun) The Marx Brothers Collection (with A Night at The Opera, A Day at The Races, A Night in Casablanca, Room Service, At the Circus, Go West, and The Big Store) is $21.98 on DVD.

Kindle Daily Deals today include both Michael Swanwick's Not So Much, Said the Cat and any of Max Allan Collins's Disaster Series Mysteries for $1.99 each.

Also cheap on the Kindle: The Best of Michael Swanwick for $2.99, Kij Johnson's The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe for $2.99, Chuck Wendig's Invasive: A Novel for $2.99, and Alastair Reynolds's The Iron Tactician for $3.99.

In video games, Tales from the Borderlands is anywhere from $14.99-19.99 for the entire package, depending on your system.

In beauty supplies, there's both a beauty sample box for $11.99, and men's grooming sample box for $9.99, with each coming with the same amount of credit (so you get $11.99 or $9.99 back to spend on other beauty supplies). Both of these are for Prime customers only. As with any deals involving credit or rebates, it's worth checking to make sure the original deal's up your alley even if you forget to use the credit.

In educational toys, the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit is $16.04 (54% off), and the Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is $10 (58% off).

And finally, in books for kids, Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down is $7.92 (43% off).
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[personal profile] tim
Talking Heads, "Life During Wartime"


A Trump presidency would literally be unconstitutional. Would? Will?

Electoral College must reject Trump unless he sells his business, top lawyers for Bush and Obama say, by Judd Legum for ThinkProgress (2016-11-24).
This is where the Electoral College comes in. Tribe notes that the Electoral College was “originally conceived by Framers like Alexander Hamilton as a vital safeguard against the assumption of the Presidency by an ‘unfit character’ or one incapable of serving faithfully to ‘execute the Office of President of the United States [and] preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.’”

“[T]o vote for Trump in the absence of such complete divestment… would represent an abdication of the solemn duties of the 538 Electors,” Tribe said.

This view is not a position of disgruntled liberals. Richard Painter, Bush’s Chief Ethics Counsel, was in complete agreement with Tribe and Eisen during a recent appearance on CNN. “I don’t think the electoral college can vote for someone to become president if he’s going to be in violation of the Constitution on day one and hasn’t assured us he’s not in violation,” Painter said.

Resisting normalization

  • No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along, by Charles M. Blow for the New York Times (2016-11-23).
    Let me tell you here where I stand on your “I hope we can all get along” plea: Never.

    You are an aberration and abomination who is willing to do and say anything — no matter whom it aligns you with and whom it hurts — to satisfy your ambitions.

    I don’t believe you care much at all about this country or your party or the American people. I believe that the only thing you care about is self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment. Your strongest allegiance is to your own cupidity.

    I also believe that much of your campaign was an act of psychological projection, as we are now learning that many of the things you slammed Clinton for are things of which you may actually be guilty.

    You slammed Clinton for destroying emails, then Newsweek reported last month that your companies “destroyed emails in defiance of court orders.” You slammed Clinton and the Clinton Foundation for paid speeches and conflicts of interest, then it turned out that, as BuzzFeed reported, the Trump Foundation received a $150,000 donation in exchange for your giving a 2015 speech made by video to a conference in Ukraine. You slammed Clinton about conflicts of interest while she was secretary of state, and now your possible conflicts of interest are popping up like mushrooms in a marsh.

    You are a fraud and a charlatan. Yes, you will be president, but you will not get any breaks just because one branch of your forked tongue is silver.

    I am not easily duped by dopes.

    I have not only an ethical and professional duty to call out how obscene your very existence is at the top of American government; I have a moral obligation to do so.

    I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything, but rather to speak up for truth and honor and inclusion. This isn’t just about you, but also about the moral compass of those who see you for who and what you are, and know the darkness you herald is only held at bay by the lights of truth.

  • Making White Supremacy Respectable. Again., by Katherine Franke for the Los Angeles Review of Books (2016-11-21). Franke connects the dots excellently between the normalization of white supremacy and brocialist class-only analysis that decries identity politics:
    Let me be blunt: this kind of liberalism is a liberalism of white supremacy. It is a liberalism that regards the efforts of people of color and women to call out forms of power that sustain white supremacy and patriarchy as a distraction. It is a liberalism that figures the lives and interests of white men as the neutral, unmarked terrain around which a politics of “common interest” can and should be built. And it is a liberalism that regards the protests of people of color and women as a complaint or a feeling, ignoring the facts upon which those protests are based — facts about real dead, tortured, raped, and starved bodies. The liberalism Lilla espouses reduces these facts of human suffering and the systems of power that produce that suffering as beside the point.
  • Prejudice, “Political Correctness,” and the Normalization of Donald Trump, by Julia Serano (2016-11-22). Lots of great points to take away here about the blame game that white male leftists play to blame their own failures on vulnerable groups:
    So unsurprisingly, in the wake of the most shocking U.S. presidential election outcome in recent history, many pundits have decided to place the blame, not on the horribly blundered mainstream media election coverage, nor the millions of people who actually cast their votes for Donald Trump, but rather on activists on the left who have pushed too fiercely for “identity politics” or “political correctness.” Their thesis (whether stated explicitly or implicitly) is that if Democrats simply ditch all this “political correctness” nonsense, then they can win back many of those voters.

    And frankly, I cannot think of a worse possible takeaway message from this election....

    So how do activists accomplish changing these social norms? Well, there are a number of ways, although they tend to fall into one of two camps. There are “soft appeals,” in which the activist makes a thoughtful, well-reasoned case on behalf of the group, or in which members of the group demonstrate (through their everyday actions) that they are non-threatening, competent, moral, etc., and thus deserving of acceptance. In a perfect world, soft appeals would be sufficient to bring about increasing acceptance, but unfortunately there is one big problem: Soft appeals only work if members of the dominant majority are open to changing their minds. Some are, of course, but many others are stubbornly resistant to relinquishing their prejudice....

    To put it another way, “political correctness” is not an ideology, nor is it a specific set of behaviors. It is simply a slur that people utter when they want to dismiss an expression of social justice activism that they do not like. One person’s “political correctness” is another person’s common decency or righteous activism....

    It is also crucial to note that, while many people resent activist attempts to change social norms, we are not the only ones engaged in such actions: Those who harbor prejudices are also constantly trying to assert and/or change social norms, albeit in the opposite direction. And yet, these latter attempts do not face similar scrutiny or smearing. If I promote gender-neutral restrooms or pronouns, I will be dismissed as being “politically correct,” whereas North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (who championed HB2, the law that criminalizes trans people who use public restrooms) is never described as “politically correct” (even though he has clearly engaged in political attempts to enforce a social norm of his own creation).

    Trump repeatedly bragged about wanting to destroy “political correctness” — once again, the term acts as a euphemism for dismissing or dismantling social justice norms. Trump ran the most explicitly racist and xenophobic national campaign of my lifetime. He made numerous blatantly misogynistic comments, and we learned of numerous accusations that he sexually assaulted women (not to mention his own bragging to that effect). He openly mocked a disabled reporter and called deaf actor Marlee Matlin “retarded.” In any other recent election cycle, any one of these incidents would be disqualifying, let alone all taken together. These acts would have been disqualifying because, after many decades of social justice activism and advocacy, we had firmly established social norms that deemed these sorts of blatant discriminatory acts to be beyond the pale, to be simply unacceptable. Granted, prejudice most certainly had not completely gone away, but the fact that there was a steep social price to pay for overt expressions of discrimination helped to keep the most extreme bigots at bay....

    And now, in the face of the biggest potential rollback of social justice norms in the last fifty years, some political pundits are urging Democrats to reject “political correctness” (by which they mean social justice activism). Seriously, are you kidding me?....

    You know what: I would *love* to stop talking about being transgender. It would be absolutely wonderful to live in a world where I didn’t have to constantly consider that aspect of my person. But you know what? I don’t have the privilege of not thinking about it, because there are shit-tons of people out there who hate me, harass me, and who wish to criminalize and silence me *because* I’m transgender. “Identity politics” is not an expression of narcissism (as some pundits seem to believe), but rather a form of organized activism to resist those who wish to disempower and disenfranchise us. Donald Trump ran a campaign that constantly stoked hatred against minority/marginalized groups; he selected one of the most anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-women’s reproductive rights politicians in the nation to be his running-mate; he is now tapping white nationalists to play high-level roles in his administration. All of these prejudices have long histories. And yet somehow, these pundits have the gall to claim that *we’re* the ones who are making this about identity?

  • Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today., by Timothy Snyder (2016-11-15). I don't agree with all of this, but "Do not obey in advance" is a good reminder.

Moral courage

  • [CW: Nazis, Holocaust] Trump: The Choice We Face, by Masha Gessen for the New York Review of Books (2016-11-27):
    The difficulty stems from the realist tradition in politics. In contrast to what is sometimes called idealism, the realist position holds that the political world is governed not by morality but by clear and calculable interests. Alliances and conflicts turn into transactions with predictable outcomes. The realist reasoning is applied most clearly and most often to international relations, but it has seeped into all political life, turning virtually every conversation into a discussion of possible outcomes.

    Realism is predicated on predictability: it assumes that parties have clear interests and will act rationally to achieve them. This is rarely true anywhere, and it is patently untrue in the case of Trump. He ran a campaign unlike any in memory, has won an election unlike any in memory, and has so far appointed a cabinet unlike any in memory: racists, Islamophobes, and homophobes, many of whom have no experience relevant to their new jobs. Patterns of behavior characteristic of former presidents will not help predict Trump’s behavior. As for his own patterns, inconsistency and unreliability are among his chief characteristics....

    We cannot know what political strategy, if any, can be effective in containing, rather than abetting, the threat that a Trump administration now poses to some of our most fundamental democratic principles. But we can know what is right. What separates Americans in 2016 from Europeans in the 1940s and 1950s is a little bit of historical time but a whole lot of historical knowledge. We know what my great-grandfather did not know: that the people who wanted to keep the people fed ended up compiling lists of their neighbors to be killed. That they had a rationale for doing so. And also, that one of the greatest thinkers of their age judged their actions as harshly as they could be judged.

    Armed with that knowledge, or burdened with that legacy, we have a slight chance of making better choices. As Trump torpedoes into the presidency, we need to shift from realist to moral reasoning. That would mean, at minimum, thinking about the right thing to do, now and in the imaginable future. It is also a good idea to have a trusted friend capable of reminding you when you are about to lose your sense of right and wrong.

  • Thanksgiving Discussion Guide by Showing Up for Racial Justice. Thanksgiving is past, but study now for your holiday gatherings with racist family members (if your family is white).

Calling it what it is

  • Hey, Republican parents who said you didn't know how to explain gay marriage to your kids: any tips on explaining neo-Nazism to mine? -- [twitter.com profile] cberedjick (2016-11-22).
  • If you voted for Donald Trump... by Tess Rafferty (2016-11-21).
    I am tired of trying to see things your way while you sit in your holier-than-thou churches/white power meetups, refusing to see things mine. Did I just lump you in with white supremacists? No, you did that to yourselves. You voted for the same candidate as the KKK. You voted for a candidate endorsed by the KKK. For the rest of your life, you have to know that you voted the same way as the KKK. Does that feel good to you? Here's a hint---it really shouldn't, especially if you call yourself a Christian.

    I'm tired of pussyfooting around what offends your morals while couching what offends mine, because racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia offend mine.

    Let me say it right here---if you voted for Trump, I do think you are a racist. I do think you're homophobic. I do think you're a misogynist. Racism, and homophobia, and misogyny are all a spectrum, and you're on it. You might not be a 'cheering while a black man gets lynched' racist, but boy, did you just sell them the rope and look the other way.

  • The Identity Politics of Whiteness, by Laila Lalami for the New York Times Magazine (2016-11-21). "A common refrain in the days after the election was “Not all his voters are racist.” But this will not do, because those voters chose a candidate who promised them relief from their problems at the expense of other races. They may claim innocence now, but it seems to me that when a leading chapter of the Ku Klux Klan announces plans to hold a victory parade for the president-elect, the time for innocence is long past....

    No, the top issue that drove Trump’s voters to the polls was not the economy — more voters concerned about that went to Clinton. It was immigration, an issue on which we’ve abandoned serious debate and become engulfed in sensational stories about rapists crossing the southern border or the pending imposition of Shariah law in the Midwest.

    If whiteness is no longer the default and is to be treated as an identity — even, soon, a “minority” — then perhaps it is time white people considered the disadvantages of being a race. The next time a white man bombs an abortion clinic or goes on a shooting rampage on a college campus, white people might have to be lectured on religious tolerance and called upon to denounce the violent extremists in their midst. The opioid epidemic in today’s white communities could be treated the way we once treated the crack epidemic in black ones — not as a failure of the government to take care of its people but as a failure of the race. The fact that this has not happened, nor is it likely to, only serves as evidence that white Americans can still escape race."

  • White nationalists? Alt-right? If you see a Nazi, say Nazi, by Lindy West for the Guardian (2016-11-22).
    the US press has been floundering in a gyre of panic over the internal taxonomy of racists....

    Not a Nazi, then, just a guy who’s shaken hands with a whole bunch of them. That’s fine. We’ll wait and watch....

    One defining aspect of alt-right white supremacy is that it vehemently denies its own existence … This erosion of language is an authoritarian tactic designed to stifle dissent. If you cannot call something by its name, then how can you fight it?"

  • The Rise Of The ‘Alt Right’ And Religious Right Are Chillingly Similar, by Katherine Cross for The Establishment (2016-11-23).
    The history of the Republican Party these last 30 years is the tale of a flesh-eating virus....

    The racists Trump has courted will destroy the Republican Party as we know it, but that slow, violent death will catch us all in its wake, with potentially devastating consequences for American democracy—and what may rise in its place should comfort no one....

    The tragic reality is that just as Reagan exploited the resentment of white Christians, now the resentments of white men in general—especially white people who feel dislocated by social progress—have been harnessed into a potent brew that has actually brought fascism into power here. Though a minority in this new movement, young whites who’ve expressed their nihilism and outrage through trolling and harassment campaigns like GamerGate, or through sites like 4chan, also have been politically aroused. To a party desperate for young blood, they provide a likely target.

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First, let me start with my annual "can we stop using that term" request. We no longer live in an era where people are without internet all weekend, and only get connectivity when they come into work. Also, nothing should be called "Cyber" anything, and that's been the case since Mark Silvestri's terrible Cyberforce came out nearly 25 years ago.

Anyway, as to deals:

First, leftover deals from previous days worth highlighting:

The most important previous deal that's still active is the $10 off $25 Book Coupon with the code HOLIDAYBOOK (full details at the link). This one expires on Tuesday, and pretty much covers all physical (non-Kindle) books in the store.

Other previous deals still active: Amazon Echo for $139.99, Echo Dot for $39.99, digital editions of Marvel Masterworks for $2.99 each, $5 magazine subscriptions, and Entertainment Weekly for $10, Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice for $8.99, Home for $3.99. Oh, and all the kitchen, DVD, board game, and book deals from yesterday (including 7 Wonders!) are still active!.

New deals just for today include:

400+ Kindle Books for $3.99 or less! The best choice here is M.R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts, but you can find authors like Emma Donahue, Nicholas Sparks, Karin Slaughter, Neal Stephenson, George R.R. Martin, Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), Joe Hill, Pat Conroy, and a lot more! Some of those books are as low as $1.99, too.

Amazon's also got Kindle Unlimited for 25-40% off their usual price (depending on the length of service). Note that this now includes audiobooks and magazines, which makes it a hell of a nice deal.

The Dash Buttons -- Amazon's one-click buttons for reordering household items -- are on sale for $.99 today with the coupon code "CYBERDASH," and you get a $5 Amazon credit the first time they use them. Note that there is now a Cheez-It Dash Button, which is the greatest idea ever, as I run out of Cheez-Its way more often than I run out of Tide.

Another daily deal is on the Jurassic Park Collection (with all four movies) on Blu-Ray with digital copies as well for $19.99. That's either $5 per movie, or $10 per movie for the ones you'll watch more than once.

While yesterday's PS4 deal is dead, the Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle Xbox One is $254.99 (a solid $70 off other prices), while the 2TB Gears of War Edition is $399 ($45 off other deals).

In daily Kitchen Deals, if you want something more powerful than the lower-end mixer in yesterday's post, the KitchenAid KL26M1XER Professional 6-Qt. Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is $219.95 (60% off). And it's a gorgeous item to have in your kitchen.

And the five-quart version of the Instant Pot, which some folks (like [personal profile] zarhooie) have been raving about, is on sale for $49 (46% off). It's a combo pressure cooker/slower cooker, etc that's supposed to be amazing. The 6-Quart version is also on sale for $68.95 (43% off).

In fitness, there are huge sales on both Garmin and Fitbit activity trackers, with the Fitbit Flex 2 for $59 being the most tempting of them for me.

In gorgeous coffee-table books (and remember to use that coupon!), Dalí: Les Dîners de Gala, which looks awesome, is $35.99 (40% off), and Atlas Obscura is $17.50 (50% off).

In cheaper books, the paperback of The Book Thief is $3.89 (70% off, the price paperbacks were when I was first buying them).

More good movie/TV deals: Season 1 of iZombie on Blu-Ray for $11.21 (72% off), Glengarry Glen Ross on Blu-Ray/Digital for $4.99 (53% off), The Big Lebowski (Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital) for $7.99 (60% off), Dredd on Blu-Ray/DVD/3D/Digital for $3.99 (73% off), and all seven Saw movies on Blu-Ray/Digital for $9.96 (60% off).

In board games, Codenames is $9.10 (54% off, about $5 off other deals). Forbidden Island os $10.19 (15% off, but about $4 below other sellers really), Ticket To Ride - Europe is $28.04 (44% off, and about $10 off other sellers), Jenga is $7.99 (15% off, but about $8 off other deals anyway), and Hungry Hungry Hippos is $8.67 (61% off, about $5 below others). And in the best deal, Paris Connection is $14.99 (77% off, and about $25 off other deals).

In toys for the kids, the Fisher-Price Imaginext Shark Bite Pirate Ship is $30 (40% off, about $8 below other sellers), and the Fisher-Price Imaginext Walking Croc & Pirate Hook is similarly cheap, $15.99 (20% off, but $6 below other sellers). And the Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike is $39.52 (44% off, about $20 below others).

There's also a huge Hasbro sale, with discounts on Trivial Pursuit, Furby, Nerf, My Little Pony, Disney Princess, and other lines.

And if you spend $100 on Amazon toys anytime (in one purchase) before December 31, you can get the Gund 2016 Plush for free!

And finally, in video games, Red Dead Redemption GOTY Edition for the PS3 is $10 (67% off), and still a great game.
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cherry blossoms on a twig with a yellow autumn leaf
A neighborhood cherry tree is blooming. Photo by sanguinity.

Read: The book that gave me solace during election week was Lucy and Linh, an Australian YA novel by Alice Pung. Lucy wins the inaugural Access Scholarship to an old and cutthroat girls’ school. No one else is the daughter of Chinese parents from Vietnam, or helps out at home sewing piecework. Lucy observes and navigates politics of race, class, and femininity. Whew. Intense but in a way that I love. I highly recommend it if you like the exploration of power dynamics in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. (It did end a little suddenly and neatly. Part of me was okay with that because I needed Lucy to be okay; another part wishes there were another whole book developing the last 40-ish pages.)

Write: I’m taking a half hour a day to write by hand in a spiral notebook. It feels good to have my mind to myself, with no media input and no audience. Not even a project I’m working on, unless I want to. Just me.

Run: 39-mile week achieved! I left the long run (nine miles) until today, and also made up the last three walking miles I needed. It was a push to get this week’s mileage in without my commute to make it feel natural. And early darkness (usually of the cold and rainy variety) kills motivation for an evening walk, frankly. Next: the milestone 40-mile week, half running (10/6/4) and half walking (5×4).

Resist: I sent a “Not Bannon” postcard for Postcard Avalanche, mostly for the mental health benefits of fighting normalization in my own head.

If there’s money left in the checking account at the end of the month Wednesday, it will go to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to help cover bills for the Water Protectors. The latest developments worry me.

I’m one of the millions who aren’t overtime-eligible after all. I don’t work over 40 hours a week, so for me it’s just whether I fill out a time-sheet starting December 1, or not. But I feel for all those fast food and retail managers who put in 50 or 60 hours a week.

This post also appears at read write run repeat. Comments read and welcomed in either place!

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The most important previous deal that's still active is the $10 off $25 Book Coupon with the code HOLIDAYBOOK (full details at the link). This one expires on Tuesday, and pretty much covers all physical (non-Kindle) books in the store.

(Other previous deals still active: Amazon Echo for $139.99, Echo Dot for $39.99, digital editions of Marvel Masterworks for $2.99 each, $5 magazine subscriptions, and Entertainment Weekly for $10, Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice for $8.99, Home for $3.99).

The PS4 Pro is on sale for $339.99! That's $60 off other prices (and I suspect this is one that'll sell out quickly).

A Kindle Daily Deal today gets you Mira Grant's Parasite for $2.99.

Lots of kitchen deals:

The Creo SmartGlass 3-qt Baking Dish is $23.99 (about $13 below other deals.

The Proctor-Silex 4-Quart Slow Cooker is $12.23 ($9 below other deals), about as cheap as a basic four-quart cooker will get.

Likewise, the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor at $29.85 is $9 below other deals, and dirt cheap for a food processor, and the Black & Decker 5-Cup Coffeemaker at $11.99 is $5 off other deals (although five cup's a little small for me).

The Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates is $25 ($7 off other deals), and the Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Long Slot Keep Warm Toaster is $28.92 ($18 off).

I've never used a standalone roaster, but if you're a fan, the Oster 22-Quart Roaster Oven with Self-Basting Lid is $40.49 ($21 off other deals).

The OXO Good Grips Two-Fold Grater is $12.99 ($5 off other deals).

And in nonstick cookware, the Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick 14-Inch Skillet with Helper Handle is $33 ($11 off other deals), the Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Omelette Fry Pan, 10-inch and 12-inch Set, is $41 ($13 off others), and the T-fal Specialty Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Jumbo Cooker 5-Quart Saute Pan with Glass Lid is $19.99 ($8 off).

In movies/TV, season 1 of Narcos is $8 (54% off) on Blu-Ray (same price on DVD if you prefer).

Just in time for the holiday season, Krampus is $$4.99 (78% off) for the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo. Other cheap Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo pack options: Spotlight ($6.99), The Peanuts Movie ($5.99), Crimson Peak ($6.99). A regular Blu-Ray of Gone Girl is on sale for $5.99.

Bad Santa, which was on sale earlier in the week on Blu-Ray, is $1.99 (60% off) on DVD.

In video games, Tomb Raider for the PC is $4.99 (75% off).

In board games, Castle Panic is $18.46 (47% off, and about $10 off other dealers after shipping), 7 Wonders is $23.79 (52% off, about $12 off other deals), and Tokaido is $22.09 (13% off, but $9 off other deals because Amazon has it with a lower list price).

And finally, in gaming-related books, Volo's Guide to Monsters is down to $29.97 (40% off), and because that's still over $25, it's eligible for the HOLIDAYBOOK coupon, so you could snag it for $19.97. A nice holiday grab for the D&D person in your life (note that other D&D books, like the Dungeon Master's Handbook, are also on sale at really good prices).
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The most important previous deal that's still active is the $10 off $25 Book Coupon with the code HOLIDAYBOOK (full details at the link). This one expires on Tuesday, and pretty much covers all physical (non-Kindle) books in the store.

(Other previous deals still active: Amazon Echo for $139.99, Echo Dot for $39.99, digital editions of Marvel Masterworks for $2.99 each, $5 magazine subscriptions, and Entertainment Weekly for $10).

One of the Deals of the Day is the X-men Universe 9-Film Bundle (containing all six X-Men films, both Wolverine films, and Deadpool, all on Blu-Ray) for $59.99 (70% off). Deadpool and the two Wolverine movies will also include the DVD copies, and all but The Wolverine include digital editions, too

The "Ultimate Edition Blu-ray + Theatrical Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack " of Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice is $8.99 (75% off). Of course, none of the bonuses or the cheap price changes the fact that you're stuck with a mediocre Zack Snyder film, but at least you'll have it in many versions, and it's pretty.

Speaking of high-quality summer blockbusters no one asked for, the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo pack of Independence Day Resurgence is $8.99 (55% off).

The Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo pack of Home is $3.99 (84% off). And the Blu-Ray edition of Easy A is $5.75.

On of the Kindle Daily Deals is Ian Tregillis's The Mechanical for $2.99. This is a really good book, you guys. First in a trilogy, dealing with the nature of free will, robots, and an alternate history in which the Dutch have used technology to conquer the world.

Also cheap on the Kindle: Louise Penny's latest, A Great Reckoning for $2.99 and Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon for $1.99.

In video games, Madden '17, NBA2K '17, FIFA '17 are $29.99 (50% off) each, and Dragon Quest Builders (for PS4 only) is $40.19 (33% off) as a digital edition.

In kitchen goods, the Good Cook Set Of 3 Non-Stick Cookie Sheets is $10.99 (about $6 below other sellers), something I needed to know because our previous cookie sheets look like they need replacing.

And finally, the Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick 14-Inch Skillet with Helper Handle is $27.75 (72% off, and about $19 below other sellers). A lot of other items in the Rachel Ray nonstick line are on sale, too.

But the best thing at Amazon today

Nov. 24th, 2016 08:55 am
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is the reviews and questions/answers about this Trump Hat Christmas Ornament. Fucking priceless trolling against the man intent on destroying our fucking country.
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(Note that yesterday's deals on magazines and Marvel Masterworks are still active.)

Amazon's in full Black Friday mode, but a few things that stand out:

Bad Santa (unrated director's cut on Blu-Ray/Digital combo pack) is $3.99. And man -- both Bernie Mac and John Ritter were in this, and that makes me sad that they aren't alive for the sequel.

The Echo is $139.99 ($40 off), and the Echo Dot is $39.99 ($10 off). Both have been on my "cool gadget I want but probably don't need" list for a while. There are assorted deals on other Amazon devices, too (mostly the low and mid-range items), if you want tablets, TV devices, e-readers, etc.

And finally, for the next few days, you can save $10 off $25 worth of books with the coupon code HOLIDAYBOOK!
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I haven't been as immersed in Amazon pre-holiday deals due to, you know, the country falling apart, but there are a few things worth checking out today:

One of the Kindle Daily Deals is Robin McKinley's Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast for $1.99.

Also on Kindle, all of the Marvel Masterworks editions are going for $2.99 each (and work on Comixology, as well, making this a better deal). These are the digital versions of the huge and expensive hardcovers Marvel's been producing, and are great ways to dive into a lot of great stories.

There's a Black Friday deal on $5 Magazine Subscriptions, with a lot of solid choices, including The New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Food and Wine, Wired, Family Circle, and more (with some also getting you the digital editions on top of the regular magazines). There are also decent sales on a bunch of other magazines (Entertainment Weekly for $10 being the best of those).

In Kitchen stuff, the Vikilulu Ceramic 6-Inch Chef Knife with Non-Slip Handle is $9.95 (67% off).

The Lodge 7-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is $44.79 (61% off, $30 below other deals, and worth it because free shipping on cast iron is a steal).

And in toys and games aimed and the kids, Headbanz and Uno Attack at $7.99 each (about $6-10 less than elsewhere).

Escapism: Podcastss

Nov. 22nd, 2016 02:08 pm
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In the comments to my post a couple of weeks ago, the topic of escapism came up. I'm a big believer in having some outlet from stress (whatever the source of stress might be), and I figure it's not a bad idea to share some of mine. I'll be making posts with books, movies, TV, and games that I've enjoyed recently, but figure I'll start with podcasts. I'm deliberately limiting myself to ten, because I do not have the patience to write up the 40+ ones I listen to on a regular or semi-regular basis (in no particular order):

Offshore -- This is an absolutely riveting new podcast from Honolulu Civil Beat, exploring (in its first season, at least) two murder cases in Hawaii -- one from a few years ago, one from before it achieved statehood -- with some significant parallels. It's not a whodunit -- the killer is known in both cases -- but rather, an examination on the effect of imperialism on Hawaii and the abuse that Hawaiian natives deal with even today. Really great reporting and storytelling

You Must Remember This -- Karina Longworth's incredible set of stories about old/classic Hollywood has covered everything from Charles Manson's time in Hollywood to the rise and fall of MGM, with major episodes on tons of stars, both eternal and faded. Her most recent series was a six-parter on Joan Crawford, and the show's on hiatus until January, but there's a ton of material to catch up on.

GE Podcast Theatre -- The only fiction podcast I listen to. In spite of the name and sponsorship, this is the only podcast that actually has no ads or interruptions. Season 1 (The Message) was a really well-done story about alien contact and language with a couple of nifty twists. The second (which is only two episodes deep so far) is about a man whose late wife's personality has been recreated from her social media posts (but is nothing like the Hayley Atwell Black Mirror episode), and is very solid and utterly different from the first season so far.

Outside Magazine -- I don't think anyone would confuse me for an outside person, but the magazine of the same name has done really good stuff with their "Science of Survival" podcast series, including a look at how extreme cold would kill you, how the heat index affects border crossing, and a three-parter on an investigation into a Bolivian plane crash that was hampered by altitude sickness. Surprisingly great journalism from a source I'd probably have never noticed if it hadn't been pointed out to me.

Lexicon Valley -- This has now been taken over by John McWhorter, who I know some folks aren't a big fan of, but I've really liked his run on the show. He's done interviews and deep dives into everything from Shakespeare's readability, emojis, spelling reform, and more. He's wonderful at noting that language constantly shifts, and comes down pretty heavily as a descriptivist while still being willing to listen to folks who disagree with him. If you like language, you should listen.

Gastropod -- My favorite food podcast, bar none. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley do a great job of telling long stories about everything from oysters to mezcal to the revival of Native American cuisine. They're funny, their guests are great, and they recognize that food-related podcasts can dive into subjects beyond just how something tastes or gets made (the same can be said about another of my favorite podcasts, the Sporkful, but Gastropod does it slightly better, imho).

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History -- this is barely a podcast at this point, as Dan's episodes are 3-6 hours long each, and appear every few months or so. He does epic dives into epic topics, including the fall of the Roman Republic, a history of the Khans in Mongolia, etc. Older episodes eventually get put up for sale, but it's worth grabbing new ones for free when they're released.

Presidential -- This one just ended, but was a great podcast from the Washington Post, focusing on each president, one per week, leading up to the election. I still haven't listened to the final episode (on Trump), and might never bother, but the ones leading up to it (including the ones on folks I can't stand) all still offer a huge amount of knowledge. Guests like Karl Rove (on the McKinley one) and John Linnell (on the James K. Polk one) offer a change of pace from more expected (but still great) folks like Delores Kearns Goodwin, David McCullagh, and Bob Woodward.

99 Percent Invisible -- Theoretically a podcast about design, it's really a podcast about whatever Roman Mars and his team of brilliant nerds research, and episodes have covered everything from the way the Shift in baseball has evolved to Legionnaire's Disease to urban foraging. Really just one of the top-notch podcasts you can find, and one I always listen to right away.

Lore: The best way I can describe this is "99 Percent Invisible, but only for local myths and legends." It's great storytelling combined with the sort of hauntings, ghost stories, and local faerie tales I've loved for ages.

I listen to a ton of other podcasts (I have a whopping 95 in my feed, although a few are ones on hiatus that likely will never return, like Movie Date), and am happy to offer other recommendations (and hear yours; I'm always adding more, and occasionally culling some from my feed). But these ten are all good ones if you want something fun to listen to, for whatever reason.
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Again, no nice formatting due to the high number of links I was sifting through.

http://echothroughthefog.cordeliadillon.com/post/153393286626/how-to-call-your-reps-when-you-have-social-anxiety

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/217831/what-to-do-about-trump

http://joshuafoust.com/this-is-not-normal/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/19/hamilton-mike-pence-trump-voters-safe-space

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/11/18/george-takei-they-interned-my-family-dont-let-them-do-it-to-muslims/?utm_term=.87d582b3aac4

https://blog.valerieaurora.org/2016/11/18/spreadsheet-of-signs-of-fascism/

https://thecorrespondent.com/5696/were-heading-into-dark-times-this-is-how-to-be-your-own-light-in-the-age-of-trump/1611114266432-e23ea1a6

[Syllabus for white people to educate themselves -- I haven't read all these links yet, but I plan to] https://docs.google.com/document/d/1By9bUjJ78snEeZuLXNGBdlVMJgEQWMEjR-Gfx8ER7Iw/mobilebasic#heading=h.bi12zdslqy3z

https://milenapopova.eu/2016/11/dear-liberal-friends-you-do-not-have-the-tools-to-fight-trump.html

https://storify.com/miniver/how-fascism-accumulates-power-by-testing-people

http://bust.com/feminism/18550-white-working-class.html

http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/11/13/questioning-safety-pin-solidarity-revealed-why-i-cant-trust-white-people/

[also re: safety pins] https://www.facebook.com/amadi.lovelace/posts/416858352035561

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-told-conservatives-to-work-for-trump-one-talk-with-his-team-changed-my-mind/2016/11/15/f02e1fac-ab7c-11e6-977a-1030f822fc35_story.html?utm_term=.c460b3ffaf1e

http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/11/15/right-now-theres-not-much-to-do-but-survive/

https://www.facebook.com/anand.kalra/posts/10107350655399473

And one non-election-related link, because we need it:

http://queenmobs.com/2015/11/addmtv-the-mountain-goats-this-year-2009/
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