Thought Overflow…Golda’s BlogIf memes are like genes, then having a conversation in which you share ideas and come up with new ones is like…?

Of all the flimsy excuses of why children of the rich and powerful should have privileges from birth, meritocracy is perhaps the most blatantly illogical. Divine right of kings is more rational.

to write up properly:

very close analogy – pull from GrannyD’s speech; and the guy on Trevor Noah this week about data-basd and fact-based agencies having most problem with Trump

cancer cells defect in repair = repressing dissent/truth

the pathway to cancer is similar to the pathway to corruption

also humor / comedy as immunization

attacking the immune system

but also uniquely – because fewer heads can be more coordinated in its attacks on people, very systematic

attacks on the schools

Had a really interesting conversation with some long time Russian friends of mine. My friend Inna told me that because of all the discussions about it she decided to read Ayn Rand’s book; she said it was practically unreadable, and really reminded her of communist propaganda pieces.

The thing that both have in common, also with current propaganda about ‘great russia’, is ways to make people who feel low or put down feel better about themselves by feeling like their country or system is somehow great and better than others.
So its sort of a cheap way of making people feel good about themselves, but manipulating them in the process.

0 Vizzini…

Golda to Booknotes, RandomWrites  

Just finished “Its kind of a Funny Story”, great book, looked up the author and found he committed suicide in 2013, 9 years after he wrote the book about depression and real friends and creativity and his 5 days in a psych ward.

And tried to find his writings, like blogs, and found this – another fan, her words made a lot of sense to me:

“If there is one thing I have learned from Vizzini, it’s that struggles are not written in pencil. You can’t erase the past, and if you try to cross it out, it only looks worse. If you try to rip out the pages of your story that you don’t like, the book won’t make any sense.”

https://twloha.com/blog/thank-you-ned-vizzini/

Fun times and cool stuff at Unrig the System – it was lovely spending days in the company of organizers and activists, and tech innovators working on fixing things.

Wrote it up on Medium here:

The Jazz Fix: a riff-off of solutions to political corruption and gridlock

In the intro, Hamilton wrote

“It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.”

And, he expected Americans, common man in the street, to read it! Its ok to communicate complex ideas to each other, really it is…

Wrote the piece here Here’s my take on conservative economic theory: SuperFreakonomics SuperFreakonomics the book is consistently entertaining, sometimes fascinating, genuinely thought-provoking, excessively glib, fundamentally flawed, and viscerally disturbing. Let me explain….

So I was talking over ideas with my friend John, and he asked me to make a list of all the ones I’ve been thinking of, or trying to start, recently. And it was a long list! Here it is, and should anyone reading this be crazy enough to want to join forces feel free to give me a ring
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local/remote/general/political
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– helping HEPAC in Nogales see http://friendsofhepac.org. Just set up the shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HEPACooperativa need to promote it. Recruit volunteers (maybe on volunteermatch.org) to help manage their websites. sponsor kid at tech school there to mentor others in coder dojo. invite people in Tucson to visit/go on a water drop for No More Deaths (same organizer)

– helping Amani daycare volunteering with my kids there with refugee kids. follow up with dept of health and human services who are giving them a hard time. organize other volunteers to build a community garden there. remember to bring more folders for the kids.

– work on implementing the concept of helping communities in the course of campaigns and not only after winning elections. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/30/1685561/-Campaigns-Even-Long-Shots-Can-Create-Change-Now May commission with my neice Hannah some T-shirts promoting local candidates who need exposure, will give or give for donation these shirts to people who can then volunteer/donate blood while wearing them. Also maybe make that garden, above. Maybe use local Tucson volunteer site to recruit more (not sure if has to be non-political there). Maybe offer to campaign coordinators to train their volunteers.

– walk my neighborhood for the Ground Game. invite people to LD9 meeting and/or house party. fix up room so we can have house party

– offer to speak to one or more groups about ground game and political community organizing.

– asked a friend/co-worker if he wants to partner on an app, ‘greenatu’ (terrible name), basically it lets me very quickly say into my phone or press one button, “talk to shanna” or “talk to friends” and it sets me ‘green’ for talking to a specific person or group of people. If they use the app also, and also are ‘green’ in my direction, it either automatically connects us or lets me know a list of the people who are ‘green at me’. This is good for very busy people who have short windows of time to connect, instead of always scheduling phone calls, just turn green at a specific group when you have time to talk, and talk opportunistically to whoever is available. I think it would be good for optimizing time but it would have to be marketed in order to be successful, because its the kind of app that is more valuable the more people use it. This would be for-profit but probably a B corp if I have any say so and it would help political organizers too. If Gunnar is interested may try to get investors.

– after greenatu add stackfor, easy way to save things to show specific person in person. then myapi, ways I want to interact with others, match up. then mindthreads, the organizer thing.

– with creativetucson.org, ‘Hot Seat’ idea (have a candidate simultaneously questioned by one stakeholder from each side of the spectrum. Ping pong, should be funny and insightful, I hope). Email the current candidates and see if they want to do it (already have studio & camera resources) Have already run by the creative staff, they like.

– with creativeTucson.org, ‘Reverse Roles’ idea where a thoughtful person from each side plays each other and discusses some practical issue, they have to act as each other (hopefully not too satirically!) Shanna who does improv very enthusiastic about this one.

– organize more volunteer citizen journalists to get started, kickoff is Sept 18 at this webinar https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/hub/get-trained at 9AM PST I have one volunteer committed to this and want to get 3-4 more.

– eventually finish porting btucson.com to graphql/react interface and maybe have some citizen journalists write there, show connections and relationships between things

– work with LocalFirst to get together a group to do local inventory search so people can more easily find local products, buy local online, local gift cards.

– learn and do more physical making, planting

– ** online not started yet ** – Raise the Voices – maybe raise funds thru crowdpac, basically amplify voice of anyone imprisoned or killed for political reasons

– with Al, work on TheAngryHandicap.com blog site with articles from his life/thoughts; he’s done one thanking former pres bush sr

with civ.works https://civ.works/
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– Local Event Calendars: improve the event scraping and use our interface to make a good local Tucson calendar once George opens up the Freemium version (i wrote the original scraper, george’s team has improved and integrated it into civ.works)

– Making Laws on Github: look at laws at http://represent.us/ and http://publicleadershipinstitute.org/model-bills/ see if anyone local is interested in pushing one or more of these forward in Arizona, if they want to modify put it on Github and try to get people into the process of public modification of bill text. Also try more controversial policy docs/laws like compromises on abortion, maybe a community works citizenship path.

– did – got volunteers at http://volunteermatch.org, George just trained the first two today on a Zoom session, they have started work on Slack since I talked to you!

with crowdpac
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(I already have a whole list of these, but on my other computer, will paste later. this actually should be my main area of focus.)

myself/readers
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– finish writing very detailed take on Freakonomics answering flawed arguments and presenting a different view. for my neice Sarah who asked me to read that book, but will also share publicly.

– write regularly for different audiences. I write for a progressive audience here https://www.dailykos.com/user/wordmonkey/history but want to find a place to engage a moderate/conservative audience. Maybe medium. Maybe my own blog and link things.

– some of the articles: write about applying DBT principles and psychology to politics/diplomacy; about open source principles to laws and society. also best practices articles. Prison reform! Interview experts/stakeholders on any of the above projects.

– continue the FB order of the teaspoon page with one small thing a day

that’s all, I think. Feel free to share all/parts with friends if you want.

So I signed a petition today at dailyKos, asking congress to prevent Trump from having the authority to start a nuclear war. And I thought, well, petitions aren’t very effective and I don’t know if this will do any good. But at least, if there is a nuclear war and we are all gonna die, at least I know I signed a petition….

hm.

I did get a bunch of people at the peace fair today to agree to make phone calls against that SB1142 bill. Now back to aligning voter files to enable our communities product. Would it have made any difference if I just went hiking? But then there was Anna Maria with the families of those killed by the border patrol. I think I’m glad I went. Fighting back is a funny thing.