Look, I’m gonna be honest with you guys. Today’s probably going to be just the biggest mess, news-wise. Brace yourselves.
But, there’s a bright spot! Scientists around the country have been clocking hella overtime to save NASA’s earth science data – and other climate data – before the Trump administration can make it all disappear, and they have succeeded!
Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data
“On Saturday morning, the white stone buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus radiated with unfiltered sunshine. The sky was blue, the campanile was chiming. But instead of enjoying the beautiful day, 200 adults had willingly sardined themselves into a fluorescent-lit room in the bowels of Doe Library to rescue federal climate data.”
Groups around the country assisted, plus built all kinds of applications to track data changes on government websites and keep track of stuff that was already “disappeared” by the Trump administration, because yes, they totally were already doing that.
It’s actions like these that give me hope. In the face of the horror show that is the Trump administration and the GOP in Congress, Americans are pulling together to fight back, rescue the tools we’ll need to recover from this administration, and stop them in their tracks. Journalists are digging in and breaking news daily, making it harder and harder for the GOP to remain silent against Trump.
Days like yesterday, when the news cycle is wall-to-wall drama and fuckery, can make you feel hopeless. It can drown you in garbage until you think that there can’t possibly be any way forward. That is not true. We’re fighting back, and we’re winning some of these fights.
Dawn is coming, people. Stay tough. Stay mad. Resist.
Today appears to be a slow news day. As everyone is hunkered down in the black depression of an impending Trump presidency, feverishly making merry for the holidays in an attempt to ward off a burgeoning sense of doom, there seems to be little to talk about.
Here’s a few things to read, instead.
- File this one under great news: Johannes Cabal, Necromancer, will be answering questions in an upcoming edition of Dr. Nerdlove. If this doesn’t tickle you pink then you need to 1. Read Jonathan L. Howard’s Johannes Cabal novels, which are amazing, and 2. check out Dr. Nerdlove, who writes an entertaining love life advice column for geeks.
- NPR: Who’s Who In The Future Trump Administration – Just sticking this here as your friendly regular reminder that we are, in fact, all doomed. Welcome to the Dark Ages, folks.
- Vox: I live in Flint. We’re still drinking bottled water. – FYI, the water pipes in Flint are still pouring poison, three years later. If that’s not a travesty, I don’t know what is. On the upside four more officials just got charged, bringing the total up to 13.
- Ars Technica: Congrats, hackers: you’re now a munition (sort of) – Hackers are weapons now apparently, which, considering recent events, makes sense to me.
- TechCrunch: How Google’s Search business and humanity’s information is disappearing – Thanks to walled information gardens like Facebook, various apps, and other areas of the Internet outside the reach of search engines, our knowledge is disappearing.
At some point I may be caught up to my work. This point is not that point. At any rate, here are several stories I’ve stumbled over lately that are worth a quick read.
And of course, it wouldn’t be much of a blog post if we didn’t check in on the Trumpster Fire and politics in general.
Finally, the Daily Cute.