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[Nov. 9th, 2016|07:01 am]
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For my friends in the US --

* As i told my Muslim sister in law, i will continue to support religious liberties, looking for where i can be effective in education and advocacy. (If you are in the San Fran Bay area, supporting the building of the Islamic Center in San Martin against the NIMBY crowd is a concrete action.)

* I will continue to mind my carbon footprint and encourage others to mind theirs. I will work to educate on the realities of global warming.

* I will work to ensure EVERYONE is included in our society. I'm not sure how to do that but listen. Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. How can i help people understand that raising up people doesn't mean pushing down others?

* I will listen to the people who supported Trump and try to learn. Where are the bridges?

After the cut are my thoughts this morning for my record.

The first waking this morning was at just before 3 am when Christine came to bed. She tried not to give me the news, but no news was the news. I woke to listen to her stories of the evening and checked the county and state return sites.

Our county was blue: only voting for the Republican Secretary of Agriculture who *almost* got my vote. (He banned guns at the State Fair and riled up the NRA. He is well respected and has done a good job so far.) Given the number of Trump signs out in front of my neighbors homes, i can only assume polite (Democrat) Southerners don't post signs? I feel a little more secure.

Our state has gotten rid of the governor who stands against clean power, doesn't believe in global warming, and signed HB2 (the so-called bathroom bill). Knowing the despair that the bill has caused, the rejection of a sitting Republican governor when a "Republican" has taken the White House is a message that i hope will alleviate some pain in the trans community.

Our state has been GOP REDMAP'ed though: i fear the legislative branches at the state level may not have enough power to get rid of HB2. Our district sent a tea party-esque dude back to the US House and the state sent a regressive back to the US Senate.

My frivolous responses:
* is anyone checking on Alec Baldwin?
* wow, some folks made a lot of money on long odds.
* this puts Nate Silver's twitter meltdown in a new light.

My personal responses:
* I am thankful my mother's biopsy on Tuesday gave her a clean bill of health. That was very good and relieving news yesterday, and i am thankful to have had it. I am glad to have been with her as she left the appointment, some what rattled from the procedure.
* Libraries are more important than ever: my day job remains meaningful.
* I am glad to be living near my family.
* How can i reach out to angry white men and help? Because i don't think this administration is going to make anything better for them.
* I am glad to learn how to grow potatoes. When should we get chickens? I can't get rain barrels too soon. I wonder if Christine would be annoyed if I dug a root cellar. [I've always had an inclination to survivalist thinking.]
* I never believed the retirement savings would survive to when i needed to retire, anyhow.
* Bleached coral. Poor planet.

My first action this morning was to call my brother in Singapore. He's had to calm down his Muslim sons to explain there will be many checks and procedures before they are challenged on re-entering the US. I've written my Muslim sister in law of my support.

I want to hit my brother for being such a petulant political elitist: he COULD get his ass back in the states and become an educator and help change minds. Instead he answered the call with "I'm in exile." Actually, he answered with "Sig heil."

My frivolous responses above? I grew up in a household where my dad's clowning was the only way he could cope with a sensitive heart. My brother has learned very well. I'm not immune.


[User Picture]From: amaebi
2016-11-09 01:27 pm (UTC)
Strength to your strong elbow. Power to your powerful heart.
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From: michikatinski
2016-11-09 04:51 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. ♥
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[User Picture]From: lyrstzha
2016-11-10 08:03 am (UTC)
I have given some thought to bridges, too, because I need to feel something that isn't desperate disgust and despair. I think perhaps the root of bridges lies in the anger at the system itself. It is a broken system that runs on plutocracy and despotism; the people feel ignored and disenfranchised, and I get that. This was not the answer to those feelings, obviously, but intellectually I understand the frustration with a corrupt system that prompts a burn it all down response.
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