Stakes is High
That’s what politics is — the way we distribute pain. It’s not a sport or a fraternity or a game. It’s how we determine who gets medication and who dies young, who learns in a class of twenty kids and who learns in a class of thirty, whose school has a counselor that’s trained to look for signs of sexual abuse and who doesn’t.
And, just to add a more local, current spin (i.e. the NHS):
Facebook post re. 'Virgin Care'.
An irate local farmer told me he voted to leave as a protest against EU bureaucracy that delayed payments of his subsidies. He thought Defra was an EU department. He didn’t realise it was The Department for Rural Affairs and that the EU had fined our governmental department for its incompetent administration of subsidies
But there are no simple platitudes. Yes the London attack was terrible, but UN fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul, Brexit grinds on, Trump's healthcare reform failed (\o/ for now at least), and Red Nose Day raised £71 million...
And the sun is shining on a beautiful and somewhat crisp spring day.
(Subject line from Kipling's Kim, which is my favourite book of all time)
ETA: Make that two:
The FBI probe into Trump and Russia is huge news. Our political system isn’t ready for it.
Folks, let’s take a step back and absorb the fact that the FBI has confirmed there is an espionage investigation involving the White House— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) March 20, 2017
Ask your MP to stand with EU citizens in the UK
Regardless of whether you voted to ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ in the EU referendum, we need to use the next two years to build a society which treats other people with dignity and our environment with respect. That means we shouldn’t be treating the lives of the three million EU citizens in the UK as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations.
As one of those three million, I can't help but agree...
ETA: Although there are good news now and again: Brexit: Government suffers second defeat in Lords
ETA: Lovely post here with MORE: 10 Beautiful Moments at the Oscars That Were Basically “Fuck Yous” to Donald Trump
Also, this website, via lynnene:
President Hillary Rodham Clinton
News from the Real America, Where the Majority Rules
It's hilarious, and apparently makes Trump supporters really mad!!
( So many links, I'm sure a lot are out of date by now... )
Not surprising with stories like these:
British Muslim teacher denied entry to US on school trip
Calgary seniors shocked at being fingerprinted, photographed by U.S. border officials
I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House
When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.
Washington Post: Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos resigns following outrage over his past comments about pedophilia
The New Yorker: How Alt-Right “Fellow-Traveller” Milo Yiannopoulos Cracked Up the Right
BBC: Donald Trump: MPs clash over UK state visit
Mr Flynn, a member of the petitions committee, said [...] there was "no question of any disrespect" towards the United States in opposing Mr Trump's visit, but said the president had caused problems in "every political area in which he has become involved in" and had been "behaving like a petulant child".
BBC: Transgender dolls: Breaking the mould or just a fad?
Everyday Feminism: 9 Things Not to Say to a Non-Binary Person
CNL: Adorable 4 year old holds her own Women's March with her dolls
BBC: Hidden Figures: How Nasa hired its first black women 'computers'
via Tumblr (and EXCELLENT): A brilliant explanation of actual feminism, rather than what most people think it is! :)
Michael Moore: Do These 10 Things, And Trump Will Be Toast
In case there is any doubt, everyone in the UK loathes Piers Morgan. Jeremy Clarkson once said that he thought they should put Piers Morgan on the 4th plinth on Trafalgar Square, as he is clearly impervious to any attacks, and it'd be nice to let pigeons shit on him daily... Oh and J.K. Rowling of course is spot-on as always:
Because you had a premonition that one day the author would roar with laughter at seeing you called out for your bullshit on live TV? https://t.co/8rkKSqJTnG— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 11, 2017
It's a weekly column rather than a constantly updating blog-thing, encompassing most of the internet, but goodness, I've missed him. First article here:
The Madness of King Donald
Andrew Sullivan is one of my favourite writers, partly because I don't always agree with him. But he is always questioning, and searching and asking questions, and he has a very unique perspective.
Alec Baldwin Just Destroyed Trump & Bannon On SNL
This made me laugh so much that my 15 year old came to ask what the matter was. (Yes you have probably all already seen it.)
And here is a video that... well, was rather prescient:
Donald Trump's Fascist Week: The Daily Show
Before Dr. Seuss did children’s books, he did anti-fascist political cartoons. Remember Trump’s slogan is America First.
People have also been posting festivids links, and oh, there is one for Attack the Block. Perfect, perfect, perfect song:
'When they come to destroy the Earth, they'll have to go through you first.'
Plus, speaking of movies:
Vox: Some say Hollywood is out of touch with America. 2017's Best Picture nominees say otherwise.
With thanks to Kerkevik.
Whatever you can say, 2017 isn't boring.
ETA: AND MORE!!
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
And because we still live in a country where the law matters, they won.
(Not completely, of course, but they're fighting back.)
VOX: Thousands of people are protesting Trump’s immigration order at airports across America
And here is the Pope, speaking in October:
Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’
I also found it especially apt that today's gospel was the Beatitudes. (Full readings here)
I want to quote everything, so go read...
OK, just the psalm:
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
Ps 146, 6-10
Hillary Clinton is out in public again after the election, and New Yorkers are loving it https://t.co/ytslhh01EN— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 16, 2017
Warren embraces her role as a top Democratic foil to Trump
The “Women’s March on Washington,” explained
It was organized to put the Trump administration on notice about women’s rights — and it could draw more attendees than the inauguration itself.