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Ron DeSantis Pushes Florida Bill to Protect White People From ‘Guilt’ About Racist Past:

It also prohibits making people “feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin.”

Prohibits making people feel discomfort? What is it, Immodium? A silver bullet? Better than a therapist? Nope. Just white privilege.

Unbelievable.

A BASKET OF DEPLORABLES®

Analysis: A grave week for civil rights, democracy and a presidency - CNNPolitics:

Taken together, the measures would allow all Americans the right to a mail-in vote, create Election Day as a national holiday, standardize voting rules and restore protections against racial discrimination in state voting laws stripped by the Supreme Court. Republicans brand the bills as a federal takeover of the election system and rebuff criticism of state voting laws, which are rooted in Trump’s lies the 2020 election was stolen.

I’m sorry, but shouldn’t federal voting laws govern a federal voting day anyway? Only a basket of deplorables® would oppose these measures.

SHORTCUTS FROM SIX COLORS

Sharing all my shortcuts – Six Colors

A random smattering of Siri Shortcuts from Six Colors, most of which I have no idea what they do but am hoping to learn some things by looking at them.

¿WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Why celebration of MLK Day without legislation defangs the civil rights leader’s legacy - CNNPolitics:

(Notably, Manchin and Sinema’s intransigence calls to mind Martin Luther King Jr.’s withering observation that “the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens' Councillor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the White moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice.")

Almost every year on this day I post my favorite TEDx talk somewhere on social media. It’s by a woman named Nancy Duarte. In it, she deconstructs several famous speeches, from The Gettysburg Address to the iPhone launch, and reveals a surprising, common pattern. Her analysis of the I Have a Dream speech is particularly interesting, and worth reflecting on on a day meant to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

But we’re living in interesting times where one party is doing everything it can to not accidentally say “poll tax” out loud, and the other party is trying desperately to make voting more accessible to more legally eligible voters. In the middle of it sit two “moderate Democrats.” Two privileged, white moderate Democrats.

And it makes me angry. It’s past time to pick a side here, folks. You’re either with the party who’s fighting for restraining the practice of voting, or the party fighting for expanding it. And that’s just the way it is.

So that’s my message for MLK Day this year. It isn’t a pretty one. It isn’t a call for unity or compromise or “sensible reform” of any kind. It’s an enough-is-enough call to action. It’s a call to all the moderate liberals to quit walking down the middle and pick a damn side.

“A group of millennials is called a debt”

-Rena Hundert (@RENAHUNDERT)

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BY ANY RATIONAL MEASURE

Top Ohio court strikes down state’s gerrymandered congressional map - POLITICO:

“When the dealer stacks the deck in advance, the house usually wins. That perhaps explains how a party that generally musters no more than 55 percent of the statewide popular vote is positioned to reliably win anywhere from 75 percent to 80 percent of the seats in the Ohio congressional delegation,” state Supreme Court Justice Michael Donnelly wrote in the court’s majority opinion. “By any rational measure, that skewed result just does not add up.”

Finally some good news in Ohio!

EIGHT YEARS OR LONGER

Most people with alcohol and drug addiction survive : NPR

It typically takes eight years or longer to achieve long-term remission even with high quality treatment and medical care.

Q: HOW TO PREVENT 6,500 LIVES FROM BEING LOST, 250,000 HOSPITALIZATIONS? A: DON’T.

It’s almost like some conservative justices don’t care about people as much as they care about “states’ rights.” Or Benghazi or whatever.

“The mandate would have covered about 84.2 million Americans (our population is about 332 million). OSHA estimated (before Omicron) that the rule would save 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations over a six-month period.”

heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january…

TORI AMOS: MIXTAPE MEMOIR

Still one of my favorite musicians of all time, although I’m not a huge fan of her later work and basically stopped collecting. My friend Andy shared this with me but I’ve gotta be honest, I have no flipping idea how to listen to it. I don’t see a play button! Maybe an adblocker is blocking it or something. Will have to try again on another browser or something. 🎵

Tori Amos’ Mixtape Memoir: Stories of Her Own — mixtape memoir

“REPUBLICANS ARE MORE RUTHLESS THAN DEMOCRATS”

Analysis: Joe Biden and Democrats run up against relentless conservative power - CNNPolitics:

Certain they will capture the House at least in November’s midterm elections, some GOP lawmakers are raising the possibility of impeaching Biden, and planning withering investigations against top administration officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci. The President’s son, Hunter Biden, could find himself called to testify before Congress, in what would be an agonizing moment for his father and evidence the GOP would use its possible majorities as an unfiltered tool of revenge for Trump.

NOW PLAYING

I miss Q-Sound

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The Promise Of A New Day by Paula Abdul. www.shazam.com/track/524…

MISS MAGGIE IN THE MORNING

🐈 Good kitty.

PRO-LIFE EXCEPT IF YOU WORK FOR A COMPANY WITH 100+ EMPLOYEES

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Supreme Court blocks Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large private companies - NPR

The decision to invalidate the regulation comes as COVID-19 cases reached a new high of 1.4 million early this week.

I love how pro-life conservatives would rather see us all die than not.

HAPPINESS PIE

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Quebec’s ‘unvaxxed tax’ has people rushing to get vaccinated - NPR

In the province, roughly 90% of its eligible population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Canada’s COVID-19 tracker.

Canada really does sound better and better all the time.

ALEXA, TELL ME EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY. ALEXA, LIE TO ME.

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Amazon’s Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data - WIRED

TL;DR People trust Amazon more than any other entity except the military and medical providers. People really, really, really shouldn’t do that. Also, everything is awful.

VOTER RIGHTS

King family: ‘Difficult decision’ to attend Biden’s voting rights speech - POLITICO:

“We’re beyond speeches. We’re beyond events,” Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown told Atlanta’s NPR station. “We don’t need any more photo ops. We need action,” former Georgia NAACP President James Woodall told The New York Times.

It’s time to pass some laws, Mr. President.

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‘Jeopardy!’ champion Amy Schneider shares what her winning streak means - NPR

A primer: How to Clean Your Vinyl Records – Review Geek

Do you still have tangible media? Or have you gone fully digital?

I PROMISED MYSELF…

I’m promised myself I wasn’t going to be one of those people who go on about deleting their social media accounts. But did I tell you I deleted my social media accounts?

🚫Facebook 🚫Twitter 🚫Instagram 🚫Pinterest ✅LinkedIn (hey, cut me some slack they post jobs, plus they have LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com))

What I’d like to do, which promises to be much more difficult, is migrate away from Google products (Gmail) and towards more privacy focused replacements.

I think that’s going to be a heavy lift.

ITE RELEASES MACMOJI AND OTHER AWESOME SIRI SHORTCUTS

iTE - MacMoji

I love this shortcut for Mac and iOS - easy (albeit pretend) way to get the latest MacBook Pro model. 💻

More Siri Shortcuts by iTE

GARFIELD MINUS GARFIELD

I LOVED Garfield comic books as a kid and would check out stacks of them from the little kiosk library in the mall every time we’d visit.

As a much more cynical adult, I absolutely cackle over the Garfield minus Garfield comics, which do exactly what it sounds like they’d do. Wikipedia: Garfield Minus Garfield

THE SULTAN OF SYSTEMS

Jim Bruner: Columbus CEO Future 50

Congratulations to my friend, Jim!

Y’know, the Ohio library community really oughta listen to me when I nominate speakers for conferences… 😉

A MOST EXCELLENT MOMENT IN AMERICA’S HISTORY

To Thee We Sing… - Steady

This is a most excellent story and moment. It was supposed to make me smile, but really it made me cry. I’m tempted to share it with my team at work in the spirit of DEI. You should definitely watch the video. It’s a true reminder of our best potential.

IOS HOW TO STOP THE IN-APP REVIEW ANNOYANCE

How to Stop the In-App Review Annoyance - The Mac Observer

Go to Settings > App Store. Scroll down until you see In-App Ratings & Reviews, and toggle it off.

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