Politics nerd + regular nerd = super nerd.
188 stories
·
1 follower

Seven Years

1 Comment and 4 Shares
[hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"
Read the whole story
effingunicorns
5 days ago
reply
it's been kind of A Day so I'm not afraid to admit I cried
jlvanderzwan
4 days ago
Had the same with the previous comic, that this one references. I felt so much relief when I reached the end of this one...
jlvanderzwan
4 days ago
Links for the new readers: https://xkcd.com/881/, https://xkcd.com/1141/
jlvanderzwan
4 days ago
These are also related but more humorous in nature: https://xkcd.com/933/, https://xkcd.com/996/
jlvanderzwan
4 days ago
And this one explains how the experience of dealing with cancer "works": https://xkcd.com/931/
gordol
4 days ago
As someone who is now officially a cancer survivor, this one hits home.
Share this story
Delete

Takeaways from Election Night 2017: Be Like Danica Roem

1 Share

Here's the tally sheet, for those following along:

-- Democrats win Governors' races handily in both New Jersey and Virginia.

-- Republicans, who held a 32-seat advantage in the Virginia state House, had those gains completely decimated

-- Maine became the first state to pass Medicaid expansion by ballot (over the strong objections of our governor)

-- A Liberian refugee beat a four-term incumbent to become the first black mayor of Helena, Montana.

-- Democrats win mayor's seats in Charlotte; Manchester, NH; St. Paul; and New York City.

-- Hoboken, New Jersey elected the first turbaned Sikh mayor in American history.

-- In Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins became the first black openly transgender person to win a council seat in a major city.

-- Tyler Titus won his Erie School Board seat to become first openly trans person ever elected in Pennsylvania.

-- Danica Roem became the second openly transgender person ever elected in a U.S. statehouse (Althea Garrison, a black trans woman won as a Republican in Massachusetts in 1992)

Hey Colin Jost!

It was a good night for Democrats. It was a bad night for Donald Trump and Steve Bannon.

But here's the important thing for Democrats this morning: Don't be an asshole. Remember the day after Trump won? Remember how many assholes on social media drove us into a white hot rage? It was that white hot rage that led to the Womens' March. It was that white hot rage that encouraged so many new people to enter races in Virginia. It was that white hot rage responsible for our ability to maintain Obamacare. It was that white hot rage that has prevented Donald Trump from passing any major pieces of legislation.

Don't give them our white hot rage. Be like Danica Roem.

More importantly, we can't lose that white hot rage. We're going to need it in 2018, because those midterm elections will decide who controls Congress and state houses across the country; it will determine how Congressional lines are drawn for the next decade. It will probably determine the future of health care.

But the most important takeaway from last night is this: We no longer need to feel helpless. Over the last year, Democrats made strong showings in four House races in heavily Republican districts, but we didn't win any of them, and for a lot of us, that created feelings of helplessness. Like we were trapped; like there wasn't anything we would ever be able to do about it. We were stuck with Donald Trump and his 36 percent approval rating. That we'd just have to accept this new world order and make the best of a bad situation.

We don't have to do that. We can change our situation.

It's unbelievably comforting to know that we still have that power; we just have to wield it. We handed control of our country over to a mad man, but we can wrest that control back. Trump has opened up a lot of festering wounds and highlighted a lot of problems that have been buried under the surface, and we're never going to be able to unsee what we have witnessed over the last year. It doesn't matter how many elections we win in 2018 or 2020; those people will still exist. But we can marginalize them again. We can get back to a place where men like Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, and Milo Yiannopoulos are trolls that we scoff at instead of people who control policy. We gotta keep chipping away until Donald Trump is a lame duck President.

There is still more good than bad in this country. We just gotta show up. Last night, we finally did.


Read the whole story
effingunicorns
40 days ago
reply
Share this story
Delete

Defensive Profile

3 Shares
NO DRAMA ZONE -> If I've made you sad, you'd better not tell me, because I am TERRIFIED of that situation and have NO IDEA how to handle it.
Read the whole story
effingunicorns
45 days ago
reply
Share this story
Delete

Digital Resource Lifespan

4 Comments and 6 Shares
I spent a long time thinking about how to design a system for long-term organization and storage of subject-specific informational resources without needing ongoing work from the experts who created them, only to realized I'd just reinvented libraries.
Read the whole story
effingunicorns
49 days ago
reply
Share this story
Delete
3 public comments
claudinec
47 days ago
reply
Books FTW.
Melbourne, Australia
kleer001
48 days ago
reply
One of reasons I'm so resistant to dumping my audio cd collection, streaming is flaky. Also why I just got a portable bluray drive.
acdha
48 days ago
reply
Basically my job. It’s hard to get people to think about the inherent nature of formats: digital is easy to copy perfectly but it rots as soon as people stop using it. Too many people are obsessed with the physical storage layer rather than the never-stop-moving part…
Washington, DC

Making Progress

2 Comments
I started off with countless problems. But now I know, thanks to COUNT(), that I have "#REF! ERROR: Circular dependency detected" problems.
Read the whole story
effingunicorns
56 days ago
reply
I feel personally attacked
DragonJTS
55 days ago
Put it in your spreadsheet
Share this story
Delete
1 public comment
mowkam
53 days ago
reply
I to jest powód żeby ruszyć z Excel :)
Polska | Poland

Jet Lag

1 Share
I had some important research to do on proposed interstellar space missions, basketball statistics, canceled skyscrapers, and every article linked from "Women in warfare and the military in the 19th century."
Read the whole story
effingunicorns
70 days ago
reply
Share this story
Delete
Next Page of Stories