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"Wanton destruction of the personal privacy of any person who has ever come near a political organization is a vicious but effective means to smother dissent."

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"Such hack-and-dump operations are designed to blackmail people, and deter people from entering into politics."

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"Whistle-drowning is designed to flood the public a flurry of allegations that make it very difficult to concentrate on the important questions facing us."

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Some quotes from the piece:

"Given the decreasing time available, what are the important questions, and how much attention should they get, and how?"

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There is a lot of insight in this piece, including Tufekci's ongoing argument that we are in a war for attention, more than a war for (free) speech.

I also learned the term "whistle-drowning" (~ DDOSing of the media / public discourse), which seems like a handy word for these times.

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Zeynep Tufekci's latest newsletter makes some important points about how poorly the media is covering what is important about the Hunter Biden story: the obvious blackmail.

zeynep.substack.com/p/ignoring

US electoral politics, being a nerd about numbers 

If you want to see some numbers that might blow your mind:

electproject.github.io/Early-V

This has all of the public early voting data available.

It's...kind of amazing. Here's one small nugget:

In North Carolina, there have already been 3.8 million votes cast between early voting and returned mail-in ballots. That's 81% of the total votes cast in 2016. Not only is that a huge number, a 26% of those early votes are cast by people who did not vote in the state for the 2016 Presidential Election. Either they didn't live there, weren't eligible or simply did not vote.

Given this early vote data, plus the responses in polls compared to previous elections, plus the record mid-term turnout in 2018...I am really firmly coming to believe that the turnout might actually be the highest in a century...and that's despite the right's continuing voter suppression manuevers.

The "bonus seed goop" that I put in a pot didn't have to go through the drying process, and is already sprouting up.

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Day 4

This is a day after filling the planter with water, after letting the seeds dry out and stick to the planter for two days.

You can see the seeds starting to sprout.

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Is this a metaphor about United Front strategies? 馃 馃悵

RT @ferrisjabr@twitter.com

Japanese honey bees have developed a defense against Asian giant hornets: if a hornet invades, the bees envelop it, beating their wings furiously until they cook and suffocate the hornet to death.

Unfortunately honey bees and native bees in N. America do not have this defense.

馃惁馃敆: twitter.com/ferrisjabr/status/

When the so-called president goes on TV and tells the Proud Boys to "stand by", this is the shit he's stirring up.

Vote him out. Alicia's and all our lives depend on it.

RT @aliciagarza@twitter.com

The FBI visited my house today. They arrested a man in Idaho on weapons charges who they believe was affiliated with white supremacist groups. They found my name on a list in his home, alongside others.

馃惁馃敆: twitter.com/aliciagarza/status

As a bonus, since I had some left over chia seed goop, I put it in a pot. We'll see what happens!

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Chia Unicorn, Day 1.

Now we wait for two days for the seeds to dry out on the planter.

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A friend discovered I didn't know what a chia pet is, so she got me one. Wish me luck!

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