Good luck to squeaky with the recovery!
* The Tap (Ballotpedia). This is a weekly newsletter of politics news and events, including Trump news, special elections, SCOTUS activity - a whole wide range of stuff. Definitely worth subscribing.
* State legislative special elections, 2017 (Ballotpedia).
* WTF Just Happened Today, a daily politics news twitter. Nice for getting just the headlines from, without all the repeated retweets some twitters do.
News / Analysis
*Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media (Guardian). Read only if you want to turn your panic up to 11.
* Ohio Gov. Kasich says House conservatives may cause "problem" passing Obamacare replacement. This is REALLY interesting to me - it suggests that some GOP congress members are so conservative that there's no satisfying them AND the base that's demanding that they get to keep their health care benefits, so the Republicans will have to work with (/ make at least moderately happy) some Dems to make up for those lost conservatives. (In addition to the Dems they'd have to have to pass any bills at all, obviously.)
* Chris Christie tells GOP lawmakers to hold town halls: ‘You asked for the job. Go do it.’ (WaPo)
* Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump (Buzzfeed)
* I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House (Atlantic)
It's hard to know what to say about Bandette that I haven't already said. It makes me smile. It's serious when it needs to be serious and slight when it needs to be slight. It's lovely. And the hardcover editions are very pretty.
I spent last night and this morning in PDX hanging out with friends. I like my classmates at UO, but there's something about my folks in Portland that I miss. I'm so glad I went.
Meanwhile, I have taken up tatting!
So the weird twisty helix-looking part of the beginning of the strand is because I had forgotten that you have to do two half-hitches in opposite directions to get a tatting double stitch. Then the light dawned (I'm slow, okay?) and the straight-cable-looking section is where I figured it out and practiced that for a while. It's hard to see in the photo, but I'm using two different colors of thread (yellow and orange, both colors I hate  so I don't mind using up lots of it making ugly practice tatting, I'm weird) so that I can tell what the working thread is.
 My favorite color is black. Which reminds me, I need to write up The LEGO Batman Movie, which Joe and I saw together.
I was introduced to tatting by lshelby, who generously set me up with basic supplies and some instructions. I struggled with it for a while (to master the double stitch, you have to figure out how to "flip" a loop, which is apparently the big stumbling block when most people try to learn tatting) then set it aside. The kit didn't survive the flood but I remembered how intriguing it was (also, she sent me the most GORGEOUS tatted dragon pendant, which also didn't survive the flood, and I want to make some of my own! she has the pattern online), and it's cheaper than knitting. Tatting thread is, like, basically thread, so it's much cheaper than fancy yarn. (Also I divorced knitting because I can't knit lace to save my soul.)
I use two shuttles to do tatting, although there are other ways. I picked Aerlit shuttles because they seem to be reasonably well thought of and were reasonably priced ; some people like the tiny crochet hooks for unpicking stitches gone wrong, some people hate them for catching in thread. I don't have a strong opinion yet. There's also a kind of tatting you do with needles, but I don't know how that works at all.
Also, the shuttle doesn't come with a cat sticker on it, I just stuck it on for decoration and to help me tell the two shuttles apart (because you have a working thread and a non-working thread). The smart thing to have done would have been to buy shuttles in two different colors but I didn't think of that. Whoops!
 You can even make your own tatting shuttles out of cardboard or plastic. But at a few bucks apiece I figured I'd rather have the kind with a bobbin. There are super fancy shuttles carved of the bone of unicorns or whatever the hell, but I'm not making that kind of investment in a new hobby I don't even know yet if I'll stick with it.
ETA: Tatted Treasures has a lot of great tutorial videos and posts on shuttle tatting, if you're interested.
ETA #2: Tatting the double stitch would have made so much more sense so much earlier if people had explained it to me in terms of KNOT THEORY.
ETA #3: I sent this pic to my mom, who reports that when she was in school, she had a friend who made tatted lace, but that at school they learned crochet and knitting, not so much tatting. She also reports having heard of or seen books on tatting in bookstores, although again, not as popular as knitting or crochet. And that she's seen Japanese shuttles that have pointy ends but not the crochet looks like on my Aerlit shuttles.
Anyway, as good commonplace books do, it collects bad poetry as well as good, and I opened it to something so thoroughly appalling that the selection has been stuck in my head for more than a week. I truly think this belongs in the annals of terrible verse with William Topaz McGonagall and Julia Ann Moore, for the comma splices if for nothing else (and there is else). I showed it to Ruth, and spent the next five minutes desperately wishing for a video camera; I really thought they were going to throw the book out of the window.
( Abandon hope, etcetera. )
With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, this right-wing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network.
Based on what readers "like" or click online, this company builds "probability models of how people vote. And then they look at what they can do to influence that." They serve up links to right-wing stories and conspiracy theories - deliberately trying to influence people to vote right-wing. And they are EVERYWHERE.
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If you read one thing this week, read this:
A Minority President: Why the Polls Failed, and What the Majority Can Do This is an excellent article that talks about world views and the brain and how absolutely essential the language used around politics is for shaping how people vote.
Follow up reading includes actions you can take.
tanaqui has an excellent round up post this week on what our Minority President’s next moves are and what DHS is doing.
Not a lot of movement at the moment but we’ll keep you updated as they continue.
Anyone thinking of running for office? The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is holding candidate training this spring and summer for how to run for office
You can request a recording of the conference call that took place this week with Elizabeth Warren to discuss resistance strategies
snickfic ’slink roundup on running for office, and work done by the resistance, including a platform for The Movement of Black Lives
In yesterday’s roundup Civics 101 podcast, enrollment in ACA maps, resistance news, how voter ID’s discriminate, and Delaware’s special election for a State Senate seat goes to Democratic candidate Stephanie Hansen
Updates of Minority President’s campaign in contact with Russian operatives during the campaign and his undermining of democracy by attacking the press
This week I
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
got on a resistence call
signed up for daily action alerts
called my state senator
called my state representative
called my governor
went to a protest
went to a town hall
got involved with a local group
sent a postcard/email/letter
took care of myself
committed to action in the coming week
did something else
Heather (who founded and runs Scarleteen) is a heroine and a national fucking treasure. Please signal-boost and let's help look after her.
* In a chaotic presidency, Civics 101 is giving listeners a reintroduction to how the U.S. government works (Nieman Lab). Civics 101 podcast!
* Interactive Maps: Estimates of Enrollment in ACA Marketplaces and Medicaid Expansion (Kaiser Family Foundation). See also this spreadsheet (linked in the sidebar) that gives % enrolled and # enrolled in each congressional district in the country. Very useful info for calling your congressperson!
News / Analysis (To Read)
* How Voter ID Laws Discriminate (Atlantic)
* First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Launched (NPR)
* Why Tim Keller, Max Lucado, and Hundreds of Evangelical Leaders Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban (Christianity Today)
* FEC commissioner: 'I will not be silenced' (The Hill)
* Proposal to increase Nevada minimum wage packs hearing rooms across state (Las Vegas Review-Journal).
* One month in, anti-Trump movement shows signs of sustained momentum (Arab News)
* H.R. McMaster Breaks With Administration on Views of Islam (NYT)
* Dismal Voucher Results Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins (NYT)
* Hansen wins, preserves Dems' control of Senate (Delaware Online). There's some more context for the Dem effort in this election here and here (Joe Biden!).
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Feb. 14: The New York Times reports that Trump's team had continuous contact with Russian operatives during his campaign.
Feb. 22: The Minority President calls media the enemy. The intelligence officer who led the raid against Osama Bin Laden calls Trump's attacks on the press "the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime."
Feb. 23: CNN reports that the White House called senior FBI officials and asked them to deny the Russia story - interfering with the FBI's investigation.
Feb. 24: White House press minion Sean Spicer bans NY Times, CNN and others from a media briefing.
Feb. 25: I make a "tribute donation" to the Center for Public Integrity (which funds investigative journalism) in the name of Sean Spicer, "Just because I care".
Also, film composers ALL hate temp tracks, haha, but that's not news to anyone at this point!
(I can't figure out how to embed this, sorry! The Youtube "share" thing confuses me.)
(Thanks to Seth Dickinson.)
( Minor spoilers under here. )
It's a really great novel, anyway; engaging characters, a brisk read, I really had trouble putting it down even when I ought to have been doing other things. Awesome fantasy engineering, squabbling gods, revolution and betrayal, fencing, fighting, torture, true love, miracles, sensible polyamory, you name it. None Owns the Air is a prequel short story set in the same universe if you want to check it out!
Gosh, do you think coming up with something constitutional might be difficult? Maybe that's why the White House has finally involved the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security in formulating the ban. It's a pity those pesky analysts at DHS have produced a draft report that disputes that citizens of the banned nations pose a threat.
DHS issued memos placing the vast majority of the U.S.'s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.
But Mexico isn't happy with the plan to deport all undocumented immigrants back to Mexico (even if they're not Mexican)
Santa Cruz’s police chief accused DHS of turning a raid targeting violent gang members into a secret immigration sweep.
It's going to be hard to recruit the ICE and Border Patrol agents needed to enforce any order.
The ACLU and other groups have promised to challenge the crackdown on undocumented immigrants
Border Patrol demanded the ID of everyone on a domestic flight before allowing them to deplane.
Meanwhile, the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient detained and accused of gang affiliation based on an apparently doctored statement, continues. I've struggled to find updates on this, so please let me know if you have better sources, but it seems his lawyers are refusing a bond hearing in immigration court, arguing the case belongs in federal court, not immigration court.
Check out our muslim ban, immigration, DACA and protest tags for actions you can take, such as places that will need donations and protests you could attend.
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