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Posts I think are worthier than the rest, for easier reference instead of simply scrolling through the flood.

Biden’s first day in office



Republicans for Joe Biden (@RepsForBiden) Tweeted: What’s the first thing you want President Biden to do on the first say in office?

Good question, actually. Let’s see…

  • End the Muslim travel ban
  • End the policy that puts children in cages
  • Start finding those kids’ parents (and tee up therapy/counseling for those kids and families)
  • End the rest of Trump’s Executive Orders that actually had any effect
  • Accept the resignations of/fire all Trump executive branch appointees (including federal prosecutors)
  • Begin prep for Infrastructure Week (start looking for shovel-ready projects?)
  • Begin assisting the various regional state efforts to combat covid
  • Wear a stylish mask (black-on-black paisley or something, I dunno)

I might be modifying this list as time goes by.

… And, sure enough (based on other replies to that tweet):

  • Rejoin Paris Climate Accord
  • Rejoin WHO
  • Submit TPP ratification to Congress
  • Replace troops pulled out of Germany
  • Begin discussions with Europe on enforcing Iran nuclear agreement
  • Instruct DOJ, ATF to begin investigations of domestic terrorism and anti-government extremists
  • Revoke Trump family security clearances (that’s a gimme, though, right?)
  • Remove the barriers around Tinyman Square
  • Fix the Rose Garden
  • Begin discussions with China on ending tariffs
  • End DOJ efforts to repeal ACA
  • Nominate as many new Cabinet heads as he can (Day ONE)

Trump keeps touting New Jersey fraud case to attack mail voting. Local leaders say he’s not telling the whole story. – The Washington Post


I guess I’m going to have to dig this up in a few weeks.

The Russian Disinfo Operation You Never Heard About | WIRED


I feel like I should save this article for use in a future discussion.

«”…it’s honestly a bit disconcerting to realize how slow we are to piece back together the broader picture of Russian information operations. There are still things that we don’t really know.”»

Talking About Race @ National Museum of African American History & Culture


I love that we come to this site through a site on apartment interior decorating (I guess?). Like… “Get your shelves in order, get your soul in order”-type stuff.

Kate Germano (@kate_germano) Tweeted: “But in a nation still struggling with the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and white supremacy, we must have these tough conversations if we have any hope of turning the page and healing. This new portal is a step in that direction…” https://t.co/KzAO6pHcrW

Anyway, here’s the direct link, in case all the intervening links go away: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice – Equality Includes You – Medium


To do: ask my local NAACP branch if they think this is a good list. (I’m guessing the answer will be “yes”.)

Or not. Here’s a counterpoint: https://twitter.com/LilyBolourian/status/1266058333997367296?s=20

How urban or rural is your state? + COVID-19 stats


Interesting how urban Texas and Arizona are.

«How urban or rural is your state?

FiveThirtyEight’s partisan lean and urbanization index for each state»

New YorkD+2212.56North CarolinaR+510.32
New JerseyD+1312.24MissouriR+1910.20
Rhode IslandD+2611.72LouisianaR+1710.18
IllinoisD+1311.62South CarolinaR+1710.11
ConnecticutD+1111.41New HampshireR+29.92
ArizonaR+911.30New MexicoD+79.90
DelawareD+1411.01West VirginiaR+309.11
UtahR+3110.96North DakotaR+339.05
GeorgiaR+1210.55South DakotaR+318.73
Partisan lean is the average difference between how a state votes and how the country votes overall, with 2016 presidential election results weighted at 50 percent, 2012 presidential election results weighted at 25 percent and results from elections for the state legislature weighted at 25 percent. Note that FiveThirtyEight’s current partisan leans do not yet incorporate the results of the 2018 election.

FiveThirtyEight’s urbanization index is calculated as the natural logarithm of the average number of people living within a five-mile radius of a given resident.


(Don’t know how important it is that 538’s partisan lean figures don’t include 2018 election. That election seems to have been a Pretty Big Deal.)

Now, couple that with whatever per-state COVID-19 stats you like. I’m assuming cold-weather states like Alaska and Vermont have a lot of people indoors (i.e., in close proximity), but Mississippi might a good rural state to track. Or West Virginia, if you think structural racism might affect the figures. Or both, really, MS and WV.