Morning news roundup!
Your hed source is an episode of CHiPs. I wrote about it here: https://open.substack.com/pub/martiniambassador/p/blame-it-on-the-boogie
These aren't "hacks" and they certainly don't originate with Martha. Per usual Ms. Stewart is taking credit for others work, and continues making people feel bad about their less than Connecticut lifestyle.
Just reminding any Bay Area wonkers that tonight is our monthly meet up. 6pm at the Embarcadero Hyatt Regency's Eclipse Restaurant and Bar. We meet in the back, because we've got room and privacy there. Plus, we know the waiters. Look for a woman in an magenta wheelchair.
"NPR got ICE’s inspector reports, which both the Trump and Biden administrations tried to keep secret, for very good reason: Their own inspectors called their practices “barbaric,” and they’re fucking filthy."
Maybe past due to get around to that abolishing ICE business, yes?
Will New College last longer than a head of lettuce?
They gender-segregate chess because men can't stand losing to women. Same thing happened for the shooting events in the Olympics. When they were combined, a woman won gold and by the next Olympics, they'd split them into men's and women's competitions.
A reminder that tomorrow's movie is Airplane! Available for free with subscription on Hulu and Max. For $3.99 in the usual places. This one is going to be silly, not too much thought required, just have fun.
Movie info always available here: https://www.vigilhome.com/wonkcentral/index.php?page=movie
Okay, look, I love Erin In the Morning, I do. Amazing work. On many issues we'd be lost without her.
But while her reporting on the facts of the ICF banning trans women from chess tournaments and forcing trans men to forfeit previously won titles, the analysis is lacking. The framing from Erin focusses entirely on anti-trans actions and implies irrational anti-trans bias is the root. I quote:
>> "Given that the usual "unfair advantage" argument doesn't logically apply in this context, these regulations appear to unfairly target transgender individuals while sidestepping even the usual arguments against trans competition." <<
But there's a framing here that **does** make sense of the ICF's motivations and intentions: It's the sexism.
While I am all for trans advocacy (shmear some of that good stuff on my bagel, baby) there are times when you need a little more feminism.
Gender is complicated, and it is not possible to extract gender discrimination against trans people from the context of gender discrimination against cis women. The answer is a little intersectionality. And when you get a little trans advocacy in your feminism, and when you get a little feminism in your trans advocacy, those two tastes taste TRANSFEMINIST together. (Now THAT's a bagel!)
ICF is attacking trans people because they're some misogynist fucks, is what I'm saying. Hell, I even wrote a "Note" about it yesterday if you want to understand better why I believe this is true and how their motivations make sense under this analysis. Here! Have a Note!
We're in SoCal and we're going camping this weekend. Whee! Just in time for Hurricane Hilary to dump rain on the mountain.
I'm hoping it will be mild Saturday while we're hiking and we can leave after dinner. I don't want to drive home in that ish on Sunday
My greatest worry in August camping is heat- I never thought I'd have to worry about rain.
Read that New Yorker article on returns. I'd feel like a glutton if I bought two pairs of shoes at the same time just to get the right size, but reading about the purchasing habits of other people makes me think I'm a statistical outlier.
It is 7:45 am on a Friday morning, and I am already done with work. No, not done working for the day, done dealing with annoying fucking requests. People, if you are having an issue, do NOT send me an email where you have accidentally copied two completely separate issues and pasted them together, guaranteeing that it makes absolutely no fucking sense. And when I ask you what you want help with, do NOT claim that the issue is exactly what you have sent. I can tell when you are sending two separate notifications that come from two completely disparate applications. Yeah, I'm looking at you, guy who says that notification from server A, process B, was sent by Server B, process Z, and includes ABBZ.
The chess thing makes complete sense. Those assigned male at birth obviously have more muscle mass, even after they begin hormone treatment, and often work on making themselves more feminine, than those assigned female at birth, even after they begin hormone treatment, and often work on making themselves more masculine. Without a true manly-man's strength and endurance, a trans man wouldn't have a fighting chance in the physical world of chess, and with their secret memories of their former BDE, a trans woman is just too powerful for those born with ladybits women to hold up against in the intense physical world of chess. Also, mice secretly rule the universe. Don't tell anyone.
Good Martha Stewart hacks, Trix!
I already use about half of them, and the other half look promising.
Daily Kos does a shout out to Dok Zoom and Wonkette!
Here I was going to be all self-righteous and technical weather langugey about calling a Pacific storm a hurricane, but then NOAA tells me to hold my horses buddy, it’s only a typhoon if you go far enough north. How about them apples?
In the North Atlantic, central North Pacific, and eastern North Pacific, the term hurricane is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a typhoon. https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/cyclone.html#:~:text=The%20same%20type%20of%20disturbance,associated%20with%20the%20weather%20system.
Well, my southwest friends, as someone who has lived in hurricane zones almost my entire life-- even where I've lived outside the US-- here are a few tips:
1. Do you have a basement? LOL move anything you care about out of there NOW.
2. If you have any damage, it's more likely to be caused by wind than rain (except your basement, of course). If you are actually in the path of high winds, protecting your windows with plywood or whatever you can get your hands on is a good idea. If you're not sure if you're in the direct path, follow your local NOAA/EMA guidance
3. The reason everyone is told to get bleach is because flood water is nasty. Really, get a gallon or two of bleach, and try not to expose your skin to flood water if you can avoid. Get rubber gloves and keep the most waterproof shoes/boots you own with you.
4. And drinking water, blankets, and enough food that doesn't require cooking for a few days. You want instant coffee, even if you never drink it otherwise
5. If you get an evacuation call, GTFO. Don't be my dad, who insisted we hunker through a few hurricanes when we lived in coastal NC. We lost a dog and his kids have never forgiven him. We also got skin rashes. See above: bleach.
6. If you have a basement: You will not be able to buy a sump pump afterwords. Every hardware store in 100 miles will be sold out. Talk to you neighbors, and maybe plan on sharing one so the supplies will be spread wider. Get thee to Home Depot today.
7. A high tide after a hurricane can be almost as hazardous as the hurricane itself. Be careful.
8. If you still own a radio, now is the time to make sure you have new batteries in it. Or to buy a radio. And charge all your backup chargers. But don't count on being able to use your cell phone. Seriously, try to have a radio-- or at least find out if a close neighbor has one, and be within hollerin distance.
9. Don't give in to the temptation to drink your way through the hurricane. You may need to move quickly & be alert. You can drink as much as you want when it's over