Sunday Reads: New Years Wish

^My New Year’s Wish ^

 

 

Now for some interesting tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding the Kelly interview this morning:

 

 

 

And I want to end with this:

Fuck Yes!

And what is with all this Beto shit! Stacy Abrams ran a hell of a campaign…and came damn close to winning, even with all the possible illegal voter suppression that Kemp succeeded in achieving while acting as Secretary of State and running for Governor. She has a future ahead of her, but like Harris…she is a black woman.

This is an open thread…

Advertisements

18 Comments on “Sunday Reads: New Years Wish”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I’ve been cooking so much lately…I haven’t been able to catch up on the blog. I hope everyone is doing ok…it sure has been shitty lately.

    • Enheduanna says:

      2019 just has to be better – Democratic leadership of the House will help.

      Massive fog down here in ATL – good day to curl up and read. Hope you’re warm and cozy JJ. Thanks for the post!

  2. NW Luna says:

    Steel slats, hmmmm. Odd how Trump’s suddenly insisting on this form of a wall. Follow the money, indeed. Cui bono?

  3. NW Luna says:

    [Eureka] California Women’s March rally canceled over concerns that it would be ‘overwhelmingly white’

    Organizers of the 2019 Eureka Women’s March, originally scheduled for Jan. 19, said in a statement that the decision came after numerous conversations with leading local activists and supporters of the march.

    “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community,” the Facebook statement read. “Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach.”

    The Eureka group, which does not appear to be an official California chapter of the Women’s March, said it was “exploring holding an event in March to celebrate International Women’s Day,” which is celebrated on March 8. It also encouraged local supporters to attend a separate celebration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21.

    Census Bureau data from July shows that Humboldt County is about 74 percent non-Hispanic white.

    IMO this is misguided, as the participants reflect the demographics of the area.

    • quixote says:

      Misguided, sanctimonious, performative, and just plain d.u.m.b.

      Humboldt County was marijuana growing central, lots of BernieBros, and severely affected by the legalization of their big cash crop. Who knows what they’re up against.

    • Gregory P says:

      I am trying to figure this out. So the organizers have a problem with white women? Or they think that white women doesn’t deserve equality or representation? I think the largest demographic in the country is basically white women. These are the exact people you want protesting and engaged because if they are invested in an issue(s) then you are much more likely to get what you want. If you alienate this group then you have zero chance of getting anything accomplished because rich white men generally don’t give a flying ……… But this just goes to show how myopic some people can be.

  4. NW Luna says:

    Fake-porn videos are being weaponized to harass and humiliate women: ‘Everybody is a potential target’

    “Deepfake” creators are making disturbingly realistic, computer-generated videos with photos taken from the Web, and ordinary women are suffering the damage.

    Airbrushing and Photoshop long ago opened photos to easy manipulation. Now, videos are becoming just as vulnerable to fakes that look deceptively real. Supercharged by powerful and widely available artificial-intelligence software developed by Google, these lifelike “deepfake” videos have quickly multiplied across the Internet, blurring the line between truth and lie.

    But the videos have also been weaponized disproportionately against women, representing a new and degrading means of humiliation, harassment and abuse. The fakes are explicitly detailed, posted on popular porn sites and increasingly challenging to detect.

    This is horrible.

    • quixote says:

      The techbros have never seen a problem in the criminal treatment of women they facilitate, when they’re not actually causing it. They probably think this is a feature, not a bug.

      Reoccupy the public square. Turn all the tech giants into public regulated utilities

      • NW Luna says:

        Turn all the tech giants into public regulated utilities

        Yes.

      • Gregory P says:

        Changes certainly need to be made. This kind of crap is totally unacceptable. The free for all in the public sector has got to stop. RW talk radio, Fox News, creepy social media stunts and other gas lighting all need to be relegated to the trash bin and held accountable. We used to have censors for a reason. Not saying I am pro-censorship but lying on the air, publishing fiction as fact, denigrating women or other people, promoting hate, etc. are all beneath us. Pornography may be legal but people don’t have to partake in it (it is wrong and exploitative on every level). I’ve always made that my rule. I am opposed to exploitation. All exploitation.

        • quixote says:

          Exactly. The issues around censorship and free speech are central to democracy and the rule of law. Yes, censorship is no good, but what is it? We don’t have free speech adequately defined, so all sorts of criminal hate speech and lying and deception hide behind it.

          If we’d had free speech better defined, if we’d realized that there’s more to it now than just not pranking people with yelling “Fire” in crowded theaters, the Dump and a lot of nutjob radio and news, and the deeper swamps of the web, would have been shut down before they could bamboozle one third of the people.

          Not too long ago I did an interminable post here and on my blog about this very thing, plus heaps more under the “Free Speech” tab. It’s getting to the point where defining terms is an existential issue!

          • NW Luna says:

            Yes, using advanced video/photography techniques to put substitute one person’s face for another’s on a naked body is not free speech.

  5. NW Luna says:

    Heel, boy! Heel!

    Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday abruptly walked back his criticism of President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria … after lunch with Trump at the White House on Sunday afternoon.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-lunch-with-trump-lindsey-graham-shifts-course-on-syria-i-think-the-presidents-taking-this-really-seriously/2018/12/30/3b889f98-0c76-11e9-8938-5898adc28fa2_story.html?utm_term=.db46b734ca19

  6. NW Luna says:

    • Gregory P says:

      Not sure how you guys have lost the media angle on this. Incompetence, I guess. There is no possible way for Democrats to have affected the outcome of any legislation the last 2 years. Why aren’t you blasting that everywhere? Instead, you look like the New Jersey Generals getting spoofed by the Harlem Globetrotters. WTF is wrong with you idiots?

      • Gregory P says:

        I am replying here to Schiff here, obviously. To bad he isn’t going to see my comment and actually do something other than be the meek victims of an unhinged tv media empire.