Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.
🗳️ We still don’t know who’s gonna control the House of Representatives. It seems like most journalists/pundits/etc. think the Republicans will take it, but by, like, a squeak. There’s a hopeful handful who think the Democrats may just barely hold it, though. We held the Senate, though! We’ve got the Senate, 50-50, with the VP to break ties. If Warnock wins his December run-off vote against Herschel Walker, then we’ll have the Senate 51-49, which means we don’t have to share power in committees anymore, so McConnell can’t block nominees or tie things up in committee as he has been doing. It also means that Sinema and Manchin have just a teeny bit less power, and that’s also good. So if you have a spare buck or two, maybe throw it Warnock’s way.
🏛️ Meanwhile, Democrats in the House are looking to check a few items off their To-Do List in the remaining session. For example: Protecting equal marriage rights and raising the debt ceiling (important so Republicans can’t take it hostage next session, if they take the House).
🦤 A little more Twitter drama: Musk just had one of his companies, SpaceX, buy a great big ad package from Twitter, which is kind of like robbing Peter to pay Paul, I think.
🦤 Speaking of Twitter ads, I had some weirdness over the weekend with them. I subscribed to this advertising blocklist a few days ago. The list blocks all of Twitter’s major advertisers (kind of a “half-protest, half-screw Musk” thing), and the maintainer is adding new advertisers to it as fast as she can. Last time I looked I think the list was over 800 accounts? I don’t see ads on desktop because I use an adblocker, but between the blocklist and advertisers in general fleeing Twitter, I’ve seen a marked decrease in the amount and quality of ads in the Twitter app (where I can’t use an adblocker). I can’t tell if something is breaking down or if Twitter’s ad inventory situation is so dire they’re having a hard time finding ads to serve me.
📱 The government’s coming after TikTok again. Look, I love TikTok. I will happily kill hours scrolling TikTok. I love it so much I have rules about when I’m allowed to open the app, just so I don’t waste my whole literal day on the damn thing. People are doing some seriously cool stuff on this app. But it is absolutely egregious spyware and you should definitely not have it installed on any device. Of course, apps like Facebook, Instagram, the Amazon store apps – none of them are a whole lot better… but at least they’re not reporting to a hostile government. Probably.
Between work and watching election news I’ve got a busy day ahead. Here’s a couple of interesting reads I found, though.
🗳️ Tomorrow is Election Day. Consider this your friendly reminder that we may not know the results of Election Day right away. It might take awhile – mail-in votes, etc. I’ve seen some folks saying it might take as long as it did in 2020. So brace yourselves.
🐦 Over the weekend Twitter collapsed and everyone moved to Mastodon. I mean, not really, but kind of really? At least half my Twitter list set up Mastodon accounts and started poking around the site.
Mastodon is kind of different from Twitter, and it has a bit of a learning curve. It reminds me a bit of the Old Internet, the pre-social media web that was basically made up of a ton of weird little communities that didn’t interact too much with each other. I hope all the Twitter refugees don’t shit that all up.
Anyway, here’s a couple of tutorial-type things that I’ve been finding useful:
🐘 FYI, the Republicans are up to their usual voter suppression tricks. They’re suing to stop mail-in votes from counting in swing states.
🍊 Meanwhile, we’re apparently still looking forward to a Trump indictment after the midterms, which should be interesting considering Trump was planning to announce his 2024 campaign after the midterms.
🤢 Sometime this morning Musk posted a tweet that read, “If you don’t like Twitter anymore, there is awesome site called Masterbatedone.” and deleted it not too long after. Not because the “joke” was tortured, but because he also added an image along with the tweet that appeared to be his own computer screen, showing a Mastodon instance of some type or another. And folks, his computer screen was filthy. And had what certainly looked like a pube on it. I am not making this up. Yes, he got roasted half to death for it.
🐦 Musk kicked off the promised massive layoffs this morning, and was promptly sued for it for violating California law, which requires a 60-day notice for a layoff this size. Which, LOL. Hey, remaining Twitter employees, y’all should quick and unionize this morning. I bet you could give him positively crippling heartburn for the weekend if you do.
🐘 This is a TPM Prime article, so I’m not sure if you’ll be able to read it, but: “There’s Going to Be A Global Financial Crisis in 2023.” The upshot is that we have a debt ceiling fight due shortly after the midterms, and the GOP have promised to hold the debt ceiling hostage for Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid cuts, as per their usual tactics. Democrats have several options available to head this off at the pass. They could take the GOP off at the knees by getting rid of the debt ceiling altogether or raising it ridiculously high now, before a possibly GOP-controlled House is seated after the midterms. But TPM has some experts claiming that the Democrats aren’t going to do this because… well, they’re Democrats, basically. Ug. Just… uuuuuggggghhhh.
🗳️ Please, for the love of little puppies with heart-shaped spots, get your ass out and vote in the midterms, and vote for Democrats and progressives. Fuck knows the Democrats are pissin’ useless, but at least they aren’t Republicans.