Off and on for the past year I’ve been increasingly frustrated with the slowness of this blog. Whether loading the site to upload a new post, edit or just view, it’s been too slow. I’m still not certain how much of the problem is the server and how much of it is WordPress. Regardless, a few weeks back I decided it was finally time to try a couple of the alternatives I’d been considering. I signed up first for Blot.im as I thought it would be the likely answer. It’s a great service but after three weeks I decided I should at least try an account at Micro.blog before making any decisions. I’ve been cross-posting most of this blog’s content there since 2017 but never actually had a full-on hosted account.
After 24 hours using Micro.blog I’ve decided that I’ll be hosting there. It didn’t take me long to decide I preferred it. While I do like the simplicity of Blot’s posting via files in folders, I’m even more impressed with the speed and ease of posting to Micro.blog. Other benefits of Micro.blog are the templates and other available plugins. To my eyes it looks quite a bit nicer than Blot or WordPress and so much less effort/cruft than WordPress.
The Inflation Reduction Act is a step in the right direction in terms of shifting the US towards solar and wind. But it’s still an attempt to keep the machine rolling along. Better than nothing but not nearly enough. It’s just nudge to the steering wheel but the accelerator is still full on.
Perpetual growth and consumption is not something we can continue. It’s not a truth we want to admit.
With the fall of Roe we’re seeing just the beginning of what will be many terrible situations for women and yes, girls. It only took a few days and we now have the first such known example. A girl, 10 years old, raped and needing an abortion had to travel from Ohio to Indiana for the procedure.
Not surprisingly, the right-wing reacted with everything from denial of the rape happening to suggesting the pregnancy was a gift from god to, at this moment, pursuing the doctor that performed the abortion. And quite a few other feats of mental, political, linguistic gymnastics.
As an anarchist I’ve long thought the two party electoral system of the US is deeply, fundamentally flawed. It’s never been a democracy so much as a republic with a veneer of democracy. Of the two parties the Democrats are the ones that are, in recent decades, the party seen as being “left” or progressive. Of course it’s not at all but it has those elements within it and is seen as the best chance for a manifestation of those political expressions. Robert Reich’s article discussing the Democrats in terms of 2022 politics is on point. This bit stood out for me:
The most powerful force in American politics today is anti-establishment fury at a rigged system. There is no longer a left or right. There is no longer a moderate “center”. The real choice is either Republican authoritarian populism or Democratic progressive populism.
Democrats cannot defeat authoritarian populism without an agenda of radical democratic reform – a pro-democracy, anti-establishment movement. Democrats must stand squarely on the side of working people against oligarchy. They must form a unified coalition of people of all races, genders, and classes to unrig the system.
Trumpism is not the cause of our divided nation. It is the symptom of a rigged system that was already dividing us.