Just getting this one in before the sun rises. Yet another mish-mash of miserable machinations all inspired by my unhealthy obsession with Creepy and Eerie magazines. But these are in color so you can see all the carnage without any imagination whatsoever! Happy Halloween!
This is a longish (~4,000 words) essay about why people still go back to Tom Clancy's books, how they're both toxic and really relevant to American life in 2019, and how Clancy wrote the purest distillation of the World of the Boomer Dads. I swear it's also a lot more fun to read than this makes it sound.
A photographic examination of the 2020 campaigns and the people's response to Trump. [more inside]
Strikelist is a phone banking + GOTV tool that I built for the 2018 US elections, used by a handful of winning campaigns in Rhode Island this past fall. It's totally free, and it's exclusively for progressive candidates, focusing on local and state-level elections. [more inside]
When the Chequers Plan came out, I found myself accidentally live-parody tweeting it as an effort to stay sane. It turned out to be an interesting experiment in political satire as a writer. So I decided to try it as a more deliberate creative experiment again this time around. [more inside]
It's that time o' the year when I rasterize my hallucinations to the dark and nameless interweb for a bit of fright entertainment. WARNING: it includes (shudder) Dick Cheney which may blaspheme some browsers. Enter if you dare and have a splendid Samhain!
Political action committees (PACs) obscure which candidates they fund through layers of contributions to intermediary PACs. I built this tool to help untangle those relationship and show how money moves through webs of PACs to political candidates you might not expect. [more inside]
A cursed relic of our revolting age, Male Tears remixes vintage comic book imagery into a verbo-visual slurry for your shame or amusement: forty pages of thwarted privilege, humiliating failure and unchecked emotions exploding into weeping and/or violence. [more inside]
A daily list of news and views you can use. [more inside]
Some quirky templates in case you need to channel your rage about the current inhabitant of the Oval Office into meme form. Starting off with one basic pose, but more to come! Suggestions welcome in comments.
Thicket is a platform for rigorous thinking. Users can map out political ideas, discover relevant research, and debate policy claims with others. Thicket puts your beliefs about policy in context, connecting them to relevant academic research and to opposing arguments. Thicket is aimed at students, researchers, journalists, and everyone interested in politics and public policy. The intro video is the best place to start. [more inside]
A podcast examining the intersection of Technology, Politics and Philosophy, from an unapologetically Socialist perspective.
Oh, just some video madness that ensues when a couple of stoners start, you know, rappin' about Pizzagate and take it a little too far. [more inside]
While Congress debates a rollback of the ACA, I wrote my mom's story as a reminder that health care isn't just a line item on a budget spreadsheet.
An in-depth exploration of pan-Asian responses to Taiwan's same-sex marriage ruling, interviewing 42 LGBTQ people and activists from all across Asia, published on Autostraddle! [more inside]
It is with the greatest pleasure that I share with you Radical Technologies, the book referred to here, and for so much of which I'm indebted to conversations that have happened here. [more inside]
On Wednesday, June 13th, Rise and Resist will be delivering Trump's birthday present to Trump Tower in NYC - one way plane tickets to Russia. Sign his birthday card now, and tell him why you want him out of the Presidency, and out of the country. [more inside]
I created an interface to help you learn more about your Massachusetts state senator and house rep based on their past votes and bill cosponsorships. The app uses data collected by the organization Progressive Massachusetts and was developed in cooperation with them. I'm hoping it helps MA residents assess their state reps based on their legislative records, rather than their rhetoric. [more inside]
Reading for Change! April 2nd event will be online, everywhere. [more inside]
I mentioned this idea in a politics thread and decided to throw it together. This replaces "falsehood(s)" with "bullshit" on any web page. As a bonus, it replaces "false" with "full-of-shit." It makes the news a bit more readable. Screenshot
A point-and-click game about the recent US Travel/Muslim Bans, made as part of Indie Train Jam 2017. [more inside]
This is a (longish) short story about brand strategy and revolution, published by Fireside. Deeply informed by being nose-deep in the never-ending election/political threads since, what, July? ...Content warning for contemporary politics.
A short, illustrated guide to things you can do to make the world better and take care of yourself now that Everything Is Terrible. I created it as a way to get myself out of a deep politics-related funk earlier this month.
The culmination of a lot of conversation I've had with fellow artists, designers, and writers. How do we effectively sell Leftist ideology ? How did we get here? What does a new left art look like? What should it's goals be? What's the best way to achieve them?
I found out about the Town Hall Project from this question on ask. The data in the spreadsheet are amazing, but it can be pretty hard to get the most relevant data out of a spreadsheet. I made a couple hacked together maps to help with that question, but then decided to actually make a real thing as a learning exercise and to hopefully help other people out. [more inside]
The current political cycle is terrible! But I am terrible at not being a news and politics junkie! Since I'm not going to get a break from it, I thought I'd put together this newsletter digest so you don't have to drown in it, too.
Just a short and sweet Medium post (my first). My family was briefly stuck in the Seatac airport terminal during last weekend's protests over Trump's Muslim ban. I put together some thoughts about crowd dynamics, and what you can do to support a protest action you didn't necessarily intend to be swept up in.
Back when we started the KNOWMORE.ORG project in 2005, we posted about it here, Excited young pups that we were. In the time in between we educated hundreds of thousands of readers over the last decade, covered the entire Global Fortune 500 and then some, and rated each company for Worker's Rights, Environmental Concerns, Human Rights, Political Influence and Business Ethics. We created an award winning browser plug-in, helped remove Dov Charney from American Apparel, and did it all on volunteer hours and DIY fundraising before crowdsourcing existed. Sadly, pending a crowdsourcing appeal, the site is in danger of closing down this April. [more inside]
Twitter header images of Trump supporters [more inside]
An online game specifically made to call out Elon Musk on his collaborationism with the Trump regime. Will you manage to board the Mars rocket, or will you be crushed by an unsympathetic bureaucracy?
A Google Chrome extension that replaces mentions of the Trump administration with "Trump Regime," which seems more appropriate.
I started a new site based around the idea that long-term political involvement is often an overwhelming idea. But if we promise ourselves to do something one hour a week, we could change the world. Aimed at people who are looking for ways to get started in political activism, it currently consists of links to resources about how to find your representatives, and how to contact them effectively, but this is just the start. Over the next few weeks, I hope to build a much more interactive site that gamifies the process, allowing you to form teams, log time and contacts, and find & share new tactics for organizing. There are a ton of progressive resources out there, but getting started and making it a habit can be too daunting for a lot of folks. I hope to change that.
I felt like I should build a little web resource for the big day, and so: inaugurationlivestream.com.
Race Invaders is a podcast hosted by myself and my friend Tim Yang, in which we discuss social justice, politics, culture, and probably more geek shit than is necessary, but we like it. [more inside]
Ever since the election, I have been obsessed with the possible reasons that many white American women voted for Trump, and the reasons that many white American feminists continue to not support measures that would be beneficial for queer women and women of color. This essay is the result of that obsession.
CallGov.us is a simple tool for calling your senators and representatives in Congress -- you can create scripts and calls-to-action, track your calls, and share with friends.
That last exam was rough. Real talk, America: if we don’t want to fail, we have to do some serious make-up work. [more inside]
Simple twitter bot that posts insults Trump has lobbed at his opponents. Insults from the NYtimes The 282 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List
A quick single-serving site encouraging people to register to help keep a certain small-handed politician out of the White House.
A 3000-mile journey across the country by bus, talking to people about theirs lives and the upcoming presidential election. [more inside]
I've been working on a simple timeline of Trump's stated positions and comments, juxtaposed to the endorsement of every politician who's come out in support of him. There's still so many endorsements and Trump statements to add, but I think it's a good start. [more inside]
A gallery of people being terrible to one another online, in the name of politics. [more inside]
<In the wake of the UK's decision to leave the EU, an early general election may very well be called. We on the left-of-centre need to get our act together and build a progressive alliance in order to defeat the forces on the right. This site is an attempt to start to build an information portal to assist in the process. All comments welcome! [more inside]
In the vein of Talk Obama To Me, we've created a Trump talking machine capable of making gems about Mexico, China, and snake oil. Please enjoy responsibly.
I've been making a fantasy game but instead of sports, Ballotcraft is entirely about the weird, wonderful, and terrifying world of American politics. Come place bets on who the nominees will be, challenge your friends to see who can best predict the primaries, get super wonky on the forum; we got all you need to go politi-nuts on Ballotcraft! [more inside]
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Photos from the New Hampshire presidential primary. [more inside]
A Markov Twitter bot remixing Sarah Palin speeches and Erowid trip reports.
In the spirit of our previous reader on European Socialism and Communism (volume 1), the Communist Research Cluster has released a reader on Black Revolutionaries in the United States (volume 2). [more inside]
You are presented with a bill from 2005-2014, and have to decide if that bill was sponsored by a Democrat or a Republican. Some are obvious, some are tricky, and some are really surprising! [more inside]
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