Apparently the Department of Justice wants an internet provider, Dreamhost, to turn over IP addresses of everyone who visited a website built to coordinate protests of Trump’s Inauguration.

The request also covers emails between the site’s organizers and people interested in attending the protests, any deleted messages and files, as well as subscriber information — such as names and addresses — and unpublished photos and blog posts that are stored in the site’s database, according to the warrant…

This is some chilling shit right here. Dreamhost responds:

We intend to take whatever steps are necessary to support and shield these users from what is, in our view, a very unfocused search and an unlawful request for their personal information.

I’m happy to say I use DreamHost for my personal website, and if I can get my act together, I’m going to move Idiotking there too.

Date posted: August 15, 2017 | Filed under housekeeping, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

President Trump’s Lies, the Definitive List – via The New York Times

Date posted: June 23, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Quote of the day (yesterday) goes to Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) at Betsy DeVos’s appearance before Congress on the 2018 Education Department budget:

Education is not mayonnaise, and, frankly, the day we start treating the education of our children like we do the marketing of a condiment is the day we have given up on our kids.

This was in response to a Republican Senator’s (R-La.) comment that choosing a school should be like going to the store to choose from six kinds of mayonnaise. Louisiana was ranked #46 out of 50 states in USNews’ 2017 report and last in an independent 2016 study.

Date posted: June 7, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

In my office this afternoon, about 2/3 of my colleagues gathered in the conference center to watch a live feed of Trump announcing that he was withdrawing the US from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. I watched the first 10 minutes or so and then went back to my desk, as I’d heard enough bullshit by that point.

One of the first projects I worked on at WRI was an infographic explaining IPCC climate models and what they meant for the health of the planet; the takeaway is that we’re locked into a global 2˚ increase no matter what we do, but it’s most likely going to be 4˚ and we’ll keep getting hotter unless dramatic change is made. The Paris Agreement was the beginning of that dramatic change, and this shitstain just torpedoed it in the name of…coal? Business? I don’t even know what the fuck he was talking about because all of his talking points were half-science.

WRI was intimately involved in the Paris Agreement, from helping write the language of the actual document to shepherding individual countries through the talks to writing the actual protocol that countries use to measure greenhouse gases. We did excellent work there and it sucks to see this administration dismantle it to make a small bunch of xenophobic billionaires happy.


Date posted: June 1, 2017 | Filed under politics, WRI | Leave a Comment »

This is the Mayor of New Orleans, addressing the press about his decision to remove four confederate statues in the city. This speech says so much so well.

These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.

It’s long but I encourage you to listen to the whole thing.

Date posted: May 23, 2017 | Filed under politics | Leave a Comment »

File this under blue state, FUCK YEAH!

Maryland has become the first state to guarantee funding for Planned Parenthood, promising to reimburse clinics if the federal government cuts support.

My Governor, who is a Republican, did not endorse the bill but did not veto it, and allowed it to go into effect. $2,700,000 is fucking peanuts compared to the lack of any viable alternative to effective, low-cost family planning care.

Date posted: April 10, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

On the other hand, Donald Trump’s graphics were easy to dismiss. They combined the design sensibility of the Home Shopping Network with the tone of a Nigerian scam email. Like so many other complacent Democrats, my only question was: Why is this even close?

Michael Beirut does a postmortem on his logo for the Hilary campaign, putting it in the context of the Obama campaign, the changes in atmosphere since 2008, and how his personal experience put him out of touch with the Midwest, where most of Trump’s supporters originated.

Date posted: April 6, 2017 | Filed under art/design, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Um, what the fuck?

President Trump has reorganized the National Security Council by elevating his chief strategist Steve Bannon and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Before joining Donald Trump’s inner circle during the 2016 campaign, Bannon was the head of Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism.

Wonder why there’s a sudden ban on Muslims entering the country? This shit is going to get worse and worse.

Date posted: January 29, 2017 | Filed under politics | Leave a Comment »

We got turned away at the Halethorpe train station because there were too many people boarding further up the line, so we didn’t go to the March On Washington on Saturday. However, the New York Times has Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent. I’m so incredibly happy it was this widespread.

Date posted: January 23, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Mr. Spicer said that Mr. Trump had drawn “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration,” a statement that photographs clearly show to be false. Mr. Spicer said photographs of the inaugural ceremonies were deliberately framed “to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall,” although he provided no proof of either assertion.

So here’s your new boss, America. We’ve got a guy who spends the first day on the job bitching and complaining like a first-grader who didn’t get any candy for dessert.

Date posted: January 21, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »