Newsletter #155: Portland Rises Up

Hello Recompilers,

Some of the editors of Recompiler (not me, I’m just a newsletter-writer) have started a blog to track the Portland protests and it’s one of the best resources I’ve seen to keep up with what’s going on, with timelines of each night and a roundup of news.


Trump carried through on his promise to invade the United States, and as expected the “State’s Rights” crowd is silent on the issue. No one else is silent about it though, and this weekend, protestors all over the US and the world are responding to a call for solidarity actions.

If you want to lose yourself in Covid numbers, there’s an interactive tool that lets you calculate the likelihood of deaths in your county.

If you want something nicer, here’s a transcript (and a short video, if you want) of Richard Pryor, in 1977, perfectly laying out exactly why capitalism promotes racism and why “getting into positions of power” within existing structures to solve that problem is a trap.

Oh, and: cops in Minnesota are using drones to look for topless women to ticket.


Worst Year Ever: Moms Vs. The Feds, The Service Industry Vs. The Virus
I’m stuck at home, in my small quiet town, and FOMO is eating me up, so I’m consuming as much reporting about what’s going on in Portland as I can. The conflict between the people, the city government, and the Feds is endlessly fascinating. So here’s some reporting and analysis from on the ground.

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Elle Meredith talks at the RubyConf AU 2020 about how companies can help their junior developers become senior developers.


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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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