Link Love

WordPress has taken away classic editing mode again which means it is very difficult to add things from my phone or to interact with posts. No more word cloud to easily pick tags. No straight-forward html view to fix stupid edits (it looks like I can still do this within a block). I hate this. (Aha! even though you can no longer navigate to wp-admin, if you use an old link it is still there. So I’m saved for a little bit. Not on this post though. And not on my phone.)

Fascinating article on backward contact tracing.

Poor big boat.

We haven’t done any activism for a few weeks, but voting rights are under assault in America right now. Call your senators about HR1 (now S1). Here’s a five calls link. If you do it now you can leave a message.

8 Responses to “Link Love”

  1. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    I have no desire to use the block editing mode, I don’t have time for any new nonsense, so I always switch back to classic on my phone. My fingers are crossed that they’ll leave me alone on desktop.

  2. teresa Says:

    Awww, poor big boat. Also, I was irrationally amused by big boat *before* I found out about her “interesting path” and now I’m dying.

  3. Debbie M Says:

    Your big boat link was a fun way to find out about the blocking of the Suez Canal. I kind of loved it.

    And I’d seen the Amber Ruffin piece. She’s almost crying by the end. She got me crying much sooner.

    I’m working on a script to support the For the People Act but have not yet called.

    As usual, thanks for posting!

    • Debbie M Says:

      Okay, I did it. Here is the script I used:

      I’m calling to express my support for S. 1, the For the People Act. Addressing corruption, protecting voting rights, and reforming campaign finance should be bipartisan priorities to make our democracy better. I support making it easier for Americans to vote; making people wait in hours-long lines like we’re in Communist Russia is not acceptable.

      That doesn’t mean I oppose fighting voter fraud. We need much better security for our registration rolls and for our voting machines. I also want to point out that though we currently require photo IDs in most cases, poll workers do not even look at the photos, so I don’t see how these ID rules are helping.

      And if you think that letting more people vote means you are more likely to lose elections, then perhaps try to appeal to the majority of your constituents.

      The passage of this bill would require changing how Texas runs its elections. We’ll have to allow automatic voter registration, allow last-minute registration updates, let more people vote by mail, undo our gerrymandering, and more. So I ask you to support the swift passage of the For the People Act to maximize the amount of time our state has to update our elections. Thank you.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        That’s great!

        For those not paying attention, Republicans are trying to pass bills to make it harder to vote all over the country. In addition to calling your federal senator about S1, you may want to check to see if there are local bills you can call your local state representatives about.

      • Debbie M Says:

        Yep, Texas is already doing most of the terrible stuff, but they’ve got a bill (Senate Bill 7) asking for a few more, such as limiting the hours of early voting (I love that we have early voting!), requiring proof of disability to vote by mail using the disability reason, forbidding neutral election officials–but not partisan groups such as political parties–from sending mail-in ballot applications or even encouraging the use of mail-in ballots, and allowing partisan poll watchers to record voters who receive help filling out their ballots. Thank-you–I have e-mailed my state senator, who is actually a Democrat!

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Awful! Thank you for contacting your state senator!

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