http://www.thestranger.com/news/2017/10/04/25451102/we-snuck-into-seattles-super-secret-white-nationalist-convention um yikes. "Seattleites, even the ones who love Hitler, hate confrontation."
The first speaker to come up was Taylor (who during the break had performed a stunning act by using the ladies’ room after all the bullshit I’d been listening to about how gender-neutral bathrooms are destroying America. Though, to be fair, having a ladies’ room at an event like this is superfluous anyway). Unfortunately, the super-secret, closed-door Nazi plan didn’t turn out to be nearly as titillating as you’d want. Speakers encouraged followers to take the Gandhi approach and continue getting punched in the face a la Richard Spencer. The media will have no choice but to turn to its side, their reasoning went. Taylor, Dr. Johnson, and the other speakers are all pretty married to this strategy. They also disapprove of their followers using ethnic slurs in public because it gives the media soundbites to latch onto.
Much bleaker is Dr. Johnson’s Seattle-suitable, “secret agent” racism plan. Basically, white nationalists meet in secret at conventions like Northwest Forum while paying “lip service to diversity” at their day jobs. They move into positions of power where they can hire other racists and keep non-whites from getting into the company. Two years ago, this method would have seemed like a total joke, but these guys really do mostly work in tech, and they were doing a lot of networking. When talking about the people he has counseled on the “secret agent” method, Dr. Johnson has written that they include “college professors, writers, artists, designers, publishers, creative people working in the film industry, businessmen, and professionals, some of them quite prominent in their fields.” When I told Dr. Johnson I was reluctant to use my super film editing skills (I can’t even work iMovie) for the movement because I was afraid I would be outed in Hollywood he said, “You know, you can always be a secret agent, there's no shame in that.”
We also see a lot of normalization of these folks because of an unfamiliarity with how historic racist systems actually work. So people like the above can get away with just saying, no, I'm not a racist, no, I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a white nationalist not a supremacist, we're all equal, we just need to be separate... And people buy that. But people were using that argument 100 years ago, too, for the exact same things because they realized it's more palatable to present it that way than to present it the other way. I mean, duh. I'm seeing some of this in the periphery of some circles I keep an eye on. It's disturbing. I have a lot of contempt for the people who are being duped by it already anyway, though.
Okay, this short story (read by some guy but written by a woman) about this guy's time with this girl is just stupid, I want to kill both of them.
It's time to renew my driver's license. Sigh. I can do it at a kiosk thing, though, so that's nice. But it comes in the mail. Hopefully that's fast. I don't want to bother with waiting at the DOT.
As time goes by, the sense that we're utterly screwed by Trump and nothing will save us becomes more certain. There used to be hope that some of the GOP might hop in and intervene, but that was always a long shot.
GERRYMANDERING: I'm actually not terribly fond of the standard being put forth in the suit as it has been reported, but I do like the comparison of the resulting map to the quantiles of the randomly-generated maps. What I don't like is that it seems as if they were picking a fixed threshold based on what they saw in WI when the easy solution to me seems to be to make rules based on the quantiles you see in the randomly-generated maps from your state - this allows the particulars of regional geography to inform the approach. It might be that your particular distribution of voters ends up causing an imbalance, but if it does that all the time, you can live with it. I also like some consideration of the compactness ideas which I don't recall being in this case.
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