Today

… I woke up to an email in my inbox from Lyft saying they were donating one million to the ACLU over the next 4 years. That email filled me with pride! I also donated to the ACLU. A little bit less than one million.

Then I deleted my Uber account, which felt awesome.

Good job to Starbucks for pledging to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years. How do you like THEM holiday cup designs, Republicans?

Honestly, when STARBUCKS is standing up to the GOP… you know the winds are shifting.

 

 

This is some world-class bullshit

 

That was my favorite sign from Portland’s pro-women, pro-human, anti-Trump march last weekend. It was a very plain, small sign, just scribbled in some magic marker:

 

“This is some world-class bullshit”

PERFECT. Yes. This, my friend, is some world-class fucking bullshit. Ha.

 

Other wonderful slogans:
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Be Bigger than Bigotry (sign held by a ten-year-old)
Fuck you, Cheeto Voldemort (yes)
We Shall Overcomb (this was the message on MY sign, but I read the slogan on the internet, so I can’t take credit)
I’m Not Gay as in Happy, I’m Queer as in Fuck You (awesome)

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also, mad props to the infinity symbol sign that had nipples painted on. You get the Herb Lubalin award (nah let’s make this the Ellen Raskin award instead).

What else:

  -Not My President tees spotted around Portland.

-I just signed up for Slate Plus.Yes, I’m paying for news. It’s time to start giving money to journalists, America. In 2017, every time I click on a news link, and I run into a paywall… I’m… GASP… PAYING FOR A SUBSCRIPTION.

-Let’s end on some Big Country… to play us out. I guess maybe I’ve never posted about Stuart Adamson and Big Country before. Well, I just love Big Country. I won’t go into how much.

Parvenu: one that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it

Deep Thoughts

Deep Thoughts

An incredibly beautiful acceptance speech from Zadie Smith:

“If novelists know anything it’s that individual citizens are internally plural: they have within them the full range of behavioral possibilities. They are like complex musical scores from which certain melodies can be teased out and others ignored or suppressed, depending, at least in part, on who is doing the conducting. At this moment, all over the world—and most recently in America—the conductors standing in front of this human orchestra have only the meanest and most banal melodies in mind. Here in Germany you will remember these martial songs; they are not a very distant memory. But there is no place on earth where they have not been played at one time or another. Those of us who remember, too, a finer music must try now to play it, and encourage others, if we can, to sing along.”

Also:

“I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man’s pride.”

William James

Orange, White, and Blue

Orange, White, and Blue

The Absolutely Huge and Incredible Injustice in the World (Ron Padgett)

… credit and thanks to Austin Kleon’s newsletter, where I keep learning about incredible poems. Poetry is the way! Also, music videos!