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Going Postal

Well, now he wants to destroy the post office. Who could possibly have seen this coming?

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Voting by mail works great. Oregon has been doing it since 1987, with no more trouble than any other state’s electoral system.

What’s more, the Pumpkin only wants to stop vote-by-mail in states where Democrats have a good chance. Voting by mail is harder for his Russian buddies to diddle.

Layers of Insanity

As someone pointed out online, every school system has an opening safety plan that requires all children to act 100% of the time as no child has ever acted. In the history of children.

This’ll go well. Especially when the administrators’ hearts aren’t really in it. As we saw in Georgia this week, when a girl was suspended for sharing this picture:

In response to severe Internet backlash, the principal revoked her suspension, completing the Streisand Effect.

Well-played, sir. Tell me, are you as diligent about trying to enforce the mask policy as you are about say, the girls’ dress code? Or do you still manage to send every girl home whose outfit that day bares *gasp* a shoulder?

But seriously, the impulse to punish a student who exposes that the mask policy at this school is an absolute joke — as opposed to the school staff who are utterly failing to enforce it — shows the tragic denial of reality by all too many of those charged with caring for some aspect of what we used to call, the public good. And the outcome is an anticlimactic obvious one.


When I find a bug in a piece of software, I usually want to report it. Some software producers make this easy. Others put the burden of proof on me.

Here’s a fun negative to try and prove: prove that the issue you’re trying to report would not get fixed by the fixes to any one of these we already have in the backlog. It sounds easier than it is. And it doesn’t even sound very easy.

Companies: I have a better idea. Accept all the reports. Your QA staff are better equipped to evaluate them for duplication than we poor users. What’s that you say? QA is understaffed to handle this task? Then QA is just plain understaffed… and that’s how we got here in the first place.

Try Not to Breathe

The title was my first impulse on November 9, 2016, for the duration. But Jill has rules including one that requires me to breathe.

For Four Years? srsly?

In the age of COVID-19, the advice does seem all the more pertinent.

Postal Disservice

The mail will figure large in this upcoming election. Pumpkin rails against mail-in voting but then tells people to use absentee balloting, which is handled by… mail.

His new Postmaster-General, Louis DeJoy, is beyond corrupt.

Click through for NBC News story

Already I am seeing online reports of serious delays in non-junk mail. (story here) Small retail businesses who use the USPS for shipping are especially hard hit. I know the plural of anecdote is not data, but this “tracks” (as the kids online like to say).

If the Rethuglicans choke off the mail, they can make sure to count only the votes they want (editorial from Portland). And democracy in the US will be finished, drowned in a sea of lost or delayed mail-in ballots.

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