We had a big scare over the last three weeks. Our website went down and all of our data seemed to be lost. Over the last couple of days we were saved by Betsy, who came to the rescue and got us back up and running. Our biggest fear was that we may have lost 16 years of data. But that didn’t happen.
Now we’re in the spot where we have to decide what to do with ourselves. I know Steve probably has felt quite a bit of relief from not having to do daily updates and posts. And me? I’ve been missing in action for quite a while already.
I thought I'd take a minute to check in, see how folks are doing. I've been laying low for quite a while for lots of reasons, mostly involving bad health. It's been tough, especially given the daily insults we're facing from the Tarheel Taliban. And with the Uncle Tom Robinson shit-storm brewing, there's no telling how much evil is on the way. Add in a toxic stain of gerrymandering and we seem to be in for the very worst.
We've been under attack by robots for several hours, receiving hundreds of spam posts and logging hundreds of new (robot) users. I'm worn out from fighting them and have to go do some work now. Sorry to leave you with whatever shows up.
I'm sure there's a way to use tech to stop this, but I don't know how to do it.
Below is an email from a friend who is currently living out west. Think of it as a road map for how to survive, if and when the shit hits the fan. In my opinion, the odds are high that our government will fall into fascism, both at the national level and here in North Carolina. It could get ugly.
With that preamble, here's what one person is doing to prepare for the worst. I'm on a slightly different track, but many of the actions he's taking are on my to-do list.
I used to enjoy working the polls. A chance to do something that had a civic value. A chance to build a sense of community.
After this election I will never work the polls again.
Since last Thursday I have had so many of my neighbors come up to me in the booth and express their contempt for me just because I am wearing an election vest.
They don’t know I live on the same street or in the same neighborhood. They think I am part of the 'big scheme'.
It would be a mistake to say we have "given" Republicans all the rope they want. Truth be told, they have taken it, pure and simple. In their reckless lust for power, they have crossed every boundary of decency and fairness. In pursuit of domination, they have thrown aside integrity, local control, and personal freedom. They have behaved like bulls in a china shop, stomping adversaries into oblivion, just because they could.