Have the east coasters had their coffee? Good, here are a couple action items to keep us busy while we wait for the shitshow to start.
* I know that a lot of you will not like this, but subscribe to some papers. Choose the Washington Post or the NY Times, and then add a local daily if you have one you can tolerate. The Times especially disgraced itself this year but we need it alive more than dead, and the Post frankly did an excellent job keeping up with Trump. The framers of the Constitution could not have been clearer when they said that our Democracy will survive only as long as we have a free press. Trump already loathes the press, he is a vindictive prick with no moral limits, and he will have the levers of the state in his hands. Do your part to help them survive.
* People have already started with the abuse and xenophobia, and it will get immeasurably worse. Terrible people will try to divide us and make us live individually in fear. Fuck that. Find a vulnerable group and find a way to support them. If you have a gay relative, go with them to their next event if they do that sort of thing. See what the local Muslim or Jewish groups are doing that you might help out with. Volunteer at a women’s shelter or hook up with BLM if they have an event in your area. If you see a case of harassment in the local media, try to find the victim and offer a little support. The 21st century is pretty nice. Let’s stand up for it.
* Finally, this seems like a great time to bring back our old photography series. Email me a link to a few of your favorite pics on a photo site like Flickr (do not send the image itself please) and I will put them up in open threads. Send a short caption if you want one. If your computer cannot read our email links at top right, my email is (remove the zeroes): portus0jackson0ii at yahoo dot com.
Here’s one that I took a while ago while walking on a foggy day.