and this week is no different. Yes to all the comedians saying, “I’m old enough to remember when we were all just worried about nuclear war with North Korea.”
So as you can see in the bottom video link, for some reason I’ve had “John and Hank have got a purple tank” stuck in my head (possibly from watching some of the Indiana Jones clip that shows every fight with Nazis… I hate Nazis). If you listen to that often enough and don’t click away, eventually youtube plays the most excellent John and Green We are All Bat People songify (which is how #1 discovered Vlogbrothers). One of the lines that John says is, “Crime is not actually caused by evil.” When this songify first came out, I agreed with him whole-heartedly. Crime *is* caused by “systematic disenfranchisement and lack of opportunity” (and lead in the water, and so on). But that’s only small crime. The crime that superheroes only fight when they’re bored waiting for the movie or comic book to get underway. The muggings and petty thievery. Until this year, I believed that super-villains were overblown. I was wrong. I was very wrong. Steve Bannon isn’t disenfranchised. He doesn’t lack opportunity. He is just full-stop evil. A super-villain. Whoever is writing these anti-Trans laws and funding politicians to bully Trans people; that person is evil and powerful. Nazis in their crisp white Trump polos and khakis– they’re not lacking opportunity. This isn’t economic anxiety. They’re not just misguided. Comic books and other fantastic novels have been warning us about this kind of evil for ages. Not all villains are complicated. Not all villains are well-meaning but misguided. The kind of bully Trump is is an ageless one. Literature and history have been warning us, but because we lived in a society where their voices were dulled and Hitler was a long-dead memory (and other genocidal leaders geographically so far away), we scoffed at them as unrealistic.
So what can you do? I’m still following actions for americans and 5calls for action items. Even if I don’t say it here, I still make calls every week, and boy do those $25 donations to various groups and candidates sure add up. DH is still going to local indivisible meetings (he’s now the treasurer) and democratic party meetings and the occasional protest or rally. Voter enfranchisement is an incredibly important issue right now– DH is a voter registrar and I’ll be attending the local indivisible become a voter registrar workshop in September. There are a lot of ways to get active and to fight hate and to bring our country back on the path bending towards justice. (As always, please leave suggestions in the comments!)
A chilling report from a synagogue in Charlottesville
Fox News, Daily Caller delete posts encouraging people to drive through protests Here are the states that have introduced legislation to make it legal to hit protesters with cars If you live in one– call up your state legislators and tell them WTF
An excellent rant by FrugalToque
Turns out fascists didn’t actually get the trains to run on time. That was just propaganda!
One way to confront racists
And if you’re more into cream pies than punches or conversation, here’s another.
Unfortunately the short documentary video clip of Sir Nicholas George Winton who organized the rescue of 669 children, mostly Jewish from the Nazis got taken down (the company gave permission, but twitter is being slow to release it). There’s a longer version on youtube that is less dramatic. Watch it. You need to watch it. Have lots of kleenex handy. Then hug your loved ones close to you. (I’ve also put a shorter youtube clip down below.)
GOP senator Corker accuses mom who paid $40 to meet with him because she was worried about her kids’ insurance of being a paid fake activist.
Oregon makes abortion accessible to all women
Texas Women now have to pay for rape insurance (also insurance to cover ectopic pregnancies as the amendment about saving the life of the mother did not make it into the bill)
More research showing that refugees have zero effect on native outcomes
This is pretty good
#Notallstatues are bad: The English Pug and the French Poodle
I also have this question
dog poop paper vs. plastic
I would totally buy this if DH’s old t-shirts weren’t so comfy
Jeans through the ages
How songs get stuck in my head