Democratic Underground Hacked

So - in case you have been not paying attention due to a stupor of post-election depression, the popular lefty forum site Democratic Underground was badly hacked on election night and remains more or less down. It's believed that some user information may have been accessed during the hack. The site admins believe that password information was comparatively safe since the passwords were hashed in the site database.  I wouldn't put a lot of faith in that, so if you happened to have a password on Democratic Underground that you were re-using on other sites 

a:. Stop doing that

b. you probably ought to change your passwords elsewhere as a good cyber-hygiene practice.

The Mic and liberal talk radio gone from Madison

I will have rather a lot more to say about the political revolution that took place on Tuesday as time goes on, but I think one of the great ironies is that at the same time  that Donald Trump was elected president, liberal talk radio disappeared in Madison. The MIC, 92.1, is apparently going to be changing format. This is not a huge surprise in a lot of ways since I Heart Radio (formerly Clearchannel) has not been a big sympathizer for lefty causes. Still the timing is interesting. Nobody really knows what they are changing to, and apparently the current plan is to play Christmas music until the end of the year, at which time they will unveil their new format.

I am afraid this is a harbinger of things to come. We have just elected a president who has made it clear he does not believe in the first amendment and thinks that public figures should be able to sue those who disagree with them. All of this makes the need for community media and conversation more crucial. I'm trying to do something about that. Watch this space.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement in Response to Election of President-Elect Donald Trump and Subsequent Protests in Several Cities Across U.S.


The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement in Response to Election of
President-Elect Donald Trump and Subsequent Protests in Several Cities Across U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 10, 2016Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement at the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election:

"We stand at a critical moment in American democracy.  Events over the past year make clear that our nation is deeply divided. We must work together to bridge this divide to create the conditions necessary to achieve unity, promote cross-racial understanding and eliminate racial tensions.

The origins of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) lie inside the White House.  In 1963, President John F. Kennedy issued a call for lawyers across the country to mobilize to help combat discrimination and protect the rights of minorities.  While some progress has been made, we know that this progress is fragile and can be easily unraveled.  As we prepare for President-Elect Donald Trump’s tenure and a change in administration, the Lawyers’ Committee will continue to advocate for policies that ensure that every man, woman and child living in this nation is treated with dignity, fairness, respect and equality. In 2017, we will aggressively push the new administration, as we have consistently pushed every administration for decades, to take action to promote and ensure equality and justice under law for all.  

Joining Hands and Respecting Differences

Kathleen Vinehout
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“We try very hard to not have political discussions at our family gatherings,” my friend told me over dinner.
“How sad,” I replied. This comment – one I’ve heard many times in past months – stood in sharp contrast to the enthusiastic spirit of community I felt the night before.
I joined many neighbors in celebrating the release of a new album of local music. The accomplishment is a collaboration of three local musicians – Yata, Sinz and Orfield - in a delightful compilation entitled Dancing in the Light.
The crowd was enthusiastic, clapping in time with the music. One couple joined hands to dance even among the standing-room-only crowd.
As we left the concert, neighbors reminded each other of the dinner coming up in Alma. Parishioners at St John’s Lutheran Church will join hands to host a fundraiser for the victims of the flood in Buffalo County.
Somehow, we must figure out a way of taking the “joining of hands” from our local neighborhoods and apply it to the big decisions we make at the state and national levels.

So - the time has come

Ballot Box

It's time to vote. This election leaves us with real choices - Please, let's not hear the "both parties are the same" argument. All the way through the ticket we have people from both of the major parties who genuinely are different. 

I'm not going to re-hash the presidential race, as I am sure you are all tired of hearing about it. I know I am. Let's just say that you have a choice tomorrow that will influence the direction of the country for years to come, from treatment of the environment, our behavior toward immigrants, and perhaps most clearly, who will be on the supreme court for many years to come. I'm counting on all of you to go out and do right by your families, your kids, and yourselves. 

Latest Clinton email story proves how broken America is

Jay Bullock (you may know him as Folkbum) reflects on the Clinton email "scandal", and the breathless press coverage thereof. Certainly a mistake, certainly a bad decision, as Hillary Clinton has said over and over and over. But not "illegal" as has been said by Trump and supporters. And Jay is certainly right that it is not a foregone conclusoin that Trump will lose - I live in rural Wisconsin and know a LOT of Trump voters - and their yards are full of Trump signs.

Think of the things we can do

Walker and Trump

If we had a Republican in the White House, a Republican majority in the house, and a Republican majority in the United States Senate, think of the things we can do.

Scott Walker last night during Donald Trump''s appearance in Eau Claire.

Frankly I have thought of little else for the past year. We might very quickly move from having a completely incapacitated government to a completely demonical one, laying the groundwork for regression in the US for decades to come. Imagine a more conservative Supreme Court for at least  a generation, continual suppression of voting rights, mass deportation, camps full of people on their way out, and a country headed by someone who has no respect for the law and who will be in court immedately after taking office both for business chicanery and child rape.

Think of the things they can do. Then on Tuesday go vote to make sure they can't do it.

Eau Claire EPA Water Listening Session


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 5:00pm

Listening Session with US EPA Region V Administrator Robert Kaplan

WHAT: Water pollution, quality and quantity are serious concerns across the state. Many people are personally impacted by these issues. If you have concerns about your water resources and drinking water, discharges from industry, management of municipalities and CAFOs, and the role of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in managing those resources, join us at a listening session with the US EPA Region V Administrator Robert Kaplan.


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