Bruce Sterling on the US election: the net is great at tearing down, terrible at building

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Bruce Sterling's characteristically acerbic remarks on the US election gets to a really important point: internet-based movements have been amazing at tearing down corrupt establishment system, but have failed (so far) to create the kinds of stable governance structures that build up something better from the ruins. Read the rest

Rules for surviving an autocracy

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Masha Gessen, who grew up in Putin's Russia, has six rules for us: 1. Believe the autocrat; 2. Do not be taken in by small signs of normality; 3. Institutions will not save you; 4. Be outraged; 5. Don’t make compromises; 6. Remember the future. Read the rest

Before Trump condemned post-election protests, he called on Americans to "fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice"

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Donald Trump's inaugural presidential tweet moaned that "Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!" was posted even as he was deleting his 2012 post-Obama election tweets repeatedly calling for a "revolution." Read the rest

America's actually had worse presidential races than this one

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If you're a Hamilton fan, you know that the Burr-Jefferson race of 1800 was such a shitshow that it ended up with the Vice President-elect murdering his most vocal critic after assuming office. Read the rest

San Francisco high-school students stage a mass walkout in protest of Trump

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Go, kids, go! Read the rest

How science fiction can help us survive Trump's America

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Tor Books associate publisher Patrick Nielsen Hayden found himself presiding over a "long-planned major meeting" the morning after the election of Donald Trump, and used the chance to explain why, on that day, he was "very grateful that I work in science fiction." Read the rest

Clinton's data-driven "ground game" sucked in exactly the same way "targeted ads" suck, for the same reason

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Tom Ewing rails against the Clinton campaign's reliance on "micro-modelling preference at an individual voter level to tell [volunteers] who to turn out where with what message and where to allocate resources." Read the rest

Trump and Brexit are retaliation for neoliberalism and corruption

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Glenn Greenwald frames what I've been trying to articulate: as neoliberalism and its handmaiden, corruption, have swept the globe, making the rich richer, the poor poorer, and everyone in the middle more precarious; as elites demonized and dismissed the left-behinds who said something was wrong; as the social instability of inequality has been countered with increasingly invasive domestic "war on terror" policing, millions of people are ready to revolt, and will support anyone who promises no more business as usual. Read the rest

The first transgender suicide hotline: 877-565-8860

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Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 ( Read the rest

If ever there was a time to watch Chaplin's speech from "The Great Dictator..."

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I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Read the rest

Women are flocking to Susan B Anthony's grave to cover it with "I Voted" stickers

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Suffragist and one-dollar-coin model Susan B Anthony put her life and freedom on the line to win the vote for women in America, but she never got to cast a ballot herself. Read the rest

Edward Snowden to Trump campaign: "old laptops" could vet 800,000 emails in "minutes-to-hours"

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As the FBI announced that it had reviewed the emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop and determined that there was no incriminating material about Hillary Clinton on them, the Trump campaign roared with incredulity, insisting that it was inconceivable that the FBI could have vetted 800,000 emails in 8 days. Read the rest

My neighborhood realtor is determined to turn a buck on electoral eschatology

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(found this hanging from my front door-knob) Read the rest

Daveed "Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson" Diggs's PSA on the difference between Hillary and Trump

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Daveed Diggs is the fastest rapper on Broadway thanks to his stunning performances in the roles of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in Hamilton. Read the rest

Shepard Fairey's Trump poster: DEMAGOGUE

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The artist whose iconic Obama/HOPE posters were the subject of a bitter legal dispute while simultaneously defining the 2008 campaign has produced a poster for Trump, entitled "Demagogue." Read the rest

"Massive scale" shut-down of polling places in districts known for suppressing black voters

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When the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, it meant that the 2016 presidential race would be the first one in 50 years without the fundamental protections the act promised, as a check against racist voter suppression. Read the rest

Donald Trump's campaign takes away his right to tweet without supervision

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Trump's press team no longer lets him control his own Twitter account, according to campaign insiders who spoke to the New York Times; now he must dictate proposed tweets to grownups who decide whether to publish them. Read the rest

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