This made me really curious whether Democratic fundraising is vulnerable to similar levels of grift, and I THINK the answer is no, although I'm not 100% sure, but I went digging through the terms & conditions for WinRed, ActBlue, and Anedote, and let me tell you what I found.
If you donate to Democrats, you've probably used ActBlue. I checked their terms & conditions and found basically nothing about fees at all.
There's a bit in my novel CATFISHING ON CATNET about crisis PR. In the story, Steph hacks an "instructional robot" so that instead of delivering the planned sex ed unit, the robot is just handed over to the AI character, who answers EVERYONE'S questions rather colorfully.
This makes the local news, then spreads nationally, and the communications director of the robotics company finds himself in front of cameras trying to explain that it's the school's fault for not installing a security patch.
This is a good thread and a good explanation and I just want to note, for the record, that @mattyglesias ABSOLUTELY KNOWS EVERYTHING EXPLAINED HERE, he just apparently doesn't think writers should be able to make a living off their books.
I keep mentally writing AITA reddit posts on behalf of Harry and Meghan.
"My grandmother rules my entire family with an iron fist. I grew up that way so I was basically used to it -- until I married a wonderful woman and they were so nasty to her and suddenly I could see how awful they were. We moved 5,000 miles away to escape. AITA?"
"My family is trash-talking my wife to the press in a bid to keep me from talking about them publicly. WIBTA if I go ahead and do the interview I've got planned?"
I wrote about some of Dr. Seuss's lesser-known books back in 2015, and if any of the people currently wringing their hands over Dr. Seuss being "cancelled" have ever read "Scrambled-Eggs Super" or "McElligot's Pool" I will EAT MY HAT.
I want to note for the record that it's also not "cancellation" when the people you've entrusted with your literary legacy think that it's in the interests of your literary legacy if some of the books you wrote are allowed to be forgotten.
It is, in fact, entirely normal for a famous and successful writer to have books that stay in print and books that do not. There's a lot of stuff that doesn't age well. Sometimes you can do revisions, sometimes you just let the book slide into obscurity.
I was pondering Internet communities and how certain portions can get really toxic and weird and was thinking about mothering dot com. This thread talks about the straight line that led a depressing number of people from "natural parenting" to QAnon.
When I was a new mom, in 2000, there was a store in St. Paul that sold breastfeeding supplies that I went to, and they also sold Mothering magazine, and I wound up subscribing briefly and finding my way to the discussion boards.
I was a regular poster there for a while. I don't actually remember how long -- after a few months I discovered another community that was a better fit, then moved on from there to a break-away community. (This was a super common experience for an online mom at the time.)
I had a few more things to say about the whole "aspiring writers who cut their teeth on fanfic" thing. (I'm not QT'ing the original tweet because at this point that would REALLY feel like punching down.) I want to talk about the writing I did as a kid & teen.
One of the things that got cancelled due to COVID last year was Minicon, and one of the things I was REALLY looking forward to at Minicon was a planned event where a bunch of us were going to pull out our oldest juvenalia for a reading.
The oldest juvenalia I have is from 4th grade, when I had a weekly assignment that was "write 1 page of whatever." The story I spent most of the year working on is about a girl who goes to summer camp and meets a talking horse.
I served food in my high school cafeteria, shelved books in my high school library, and scooped frozen custard for minimum wage. The library job was pretty great. Working at the custard stand sucked rocks through a bendy straw.
When I was a teenager, the minimum wage was $3.35/hour, which over the course of my high school years ranged in current value from $7.85 to $6.48.
I also babysat for $2/hour, which was less than I should have been charging. One parent paid me $1.75 and did not correct this problem when I finally got the nerve up to tell her my rate was $2. I said OK and was passive-aggressively busy every time she called after that.
A thread for me to show off my stress-crafting. I've been doing embroidery, mostly fairly small embroidery pieces. These are all freehand, I'm not using patterns. Inspired by some photos I've seen online of landscape embroidery that are really WAY more impressive, tbh.
The first piece I did, in September. Looking at this now, the thing I'm probably happiest with is the texture of the French knots for the "vague suggestion of flowers" near the bottom.
I've said for years that as far as I was concerned, Collin Peterson could keep his seat forever, and if anyone wanted an illustration of why it matters whether an extremely red district has a conservative Dem or a Republican as Rep, Fishbach's got you:
(This loss was entirely inevitable, that district went OVERWHELMINGLY for Trump four years ago and eventually Peterson was going to retire or die and at that point it was going red and probably never coming back.)
I say "probably" because, well, look at Georgia, for one thing. But also, Amy Klobuchar's popularity extends well outside the metro. Minnesota is kind of a weird state and I don't pretend to be an expert on anything outside the cities themselves.
I am literally begging everyone in Minnesota to flip their ballot over and vote for Paul Thissen. Michelle MacDonald is a far-right Bible-prop-using drunk-driving frivolous-lawsuit-filing disaster of a candidate.
Her past shenanigans involve a non-profit that spent years mostly appearing to exist as a PR wing for a woman who kidnapped and hid her children as part of a child custody dispute while pretending they were missing.
Here's what I wrote about her in 2014, when she got banned from the Republican Booth at the State Fair: