Open thread Nov. 29, 2022 Dan Crawford | November 29, 2022 6:46 am “Open thread Nov. 22, 2022,” Angry Bear angry bear blog Comments (14) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Here in Arizona the election turmoil continues. Yesterday Cochise County, located in southeastern Arizona, refused to certify their election votes. The state of Arizona had a deadline of November 28th for all Arizona counties to certify. The Secretary of State’s office, under governor elect Katie Hobbs, immediately sued Cochise County.
If the votes in Cochise County are not counted, it would lead to possibly two Democratic wins, one for the Superintendent of Public Instruction and one for a congressional seat.
Zoom world: now that everybody can see what everybody else has and everybody wants what everybody else has. That’s what’s happening in Iran; that’s happening in Afghanistan (!); that’s what’s happening in China. Ideology aside; ideology pushed aside: people just want simple freedom of speech, people scream they just want normal lives. Female virtual house arrest; entire cities locked down at the first sign of infection push Zoom world freedom demands over the top.
Remember Marshall McLuhan’s “The medium is the message”? The means by which information is transmitted is just as important the content. Zoom world is the internet version of McLuhan .
When is AB going to have two open threads: one for back and forth discussions and one for dueling cut-and-paste essays? Would be conversants (me) feel smothered by the thousands of words of borrowed essays on all sides.
Why go through all the ups and downs and in and outs — yada, yada, yada — and rounds and rounds of labor organizing ?
Let your elected legislators do all the hard work for you.
All you have to do is show up on election days and vote.
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When are progressives going to wake up to the political possibilities of pushing for this labor reform:
When unions take over the economy the average person will have the same financial punch as the oligarchs and most of the votes. And pushing this issue takes no finances now — the central impact on most people’s lives comparing to the impact of 1960s anti-segregation impact on minorities alone.
All we need do is talk up the proposal in venues we usually inhabit and watch the political wild fire cross the country.
With Intimidation and Surveillance, China Tries to Snuff Out Protests
Communist Party officials are using decades-old tactics, along with some new ones, to quash the most widespread protests in decades. But Xi Jinping is silent.
NY Times – Nov 29
What China’s Protesters Are Calling For
Protests against Covid restrictions have evolved into broader demands. Here’s what videos show about what demonstrators want — and the risks. …
Oath Keepers Leader Convicted of Sedition in Landmark Jan. 6 Case
A jury in federal court convicted Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the far-right militia, and one of his subordinates for a plot to keep Donald Trump in power.
Three other defendants in the case were found not guilty of sedition and Mr. Rhodes was acquitted of two separate conspiracy charges.
Stewart Rhodes and one of his subordinates convicted for plotting to keep Donald Trump in power
‘Breach of the Big Silence.’ Protests Stretch China’s Censorship to Its Limits
NY Times – Nov 30
Days later, videos of chants and confrontations are still visible on the Chinese internet. It’s a sign of how a groundswell outmatched the world’s best internet control system.
Russia’s foreign minister defends strikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure
(This is not a free link.)
NY Times – just in
Russia’s foreign minister Lavrov defended the strikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, which the United Nations has said could amount to war crimes …
UN seeks $51.5 billion in aid, driven in part by the war in Ukraine
NY Times – just in
Thank you, Tony Fauci
Journal of Infectious Diseases – Dec 1
Why Are Middle-Aged Men Missing From the Labor Market?
NY Times – Dec 2