Newsletter #165: The US holds its breath

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.


Breaking news comes faster and faster, and is harder to keep up with, yet it’s hard to see today as anything other than “the day we found out Trump has Covid.” Weeks from now who knows what we’ll look back on today and think. All we know is that several prominent members of the Republican party have tested positive for Covid. We also know that Twitter is not allowing people to pray for Trump’s death on their platform. We know that this year, for many of us, has been categorized by an intense feeling of just… not knowing what is going to happen next. The New York Times lays out some of the specifics about the election if what so many people cannot tweet about comes to pass.

Meanwhile, Amazon workers have walked off the job in protest of the firing of someone who raised safety concerns and Google is coming under fire for potential disability discrimination.


Live Like the World is Dying: Kitty Stryker on disability and prepping
On the latest episode of my prepping podcast, I talk with Kitty Stryker about what it means to prepare for disaster while navigating mobility and mental health concerns.

Talk of the Week:

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Hello World

Ian Coldwater talks at Intro Sec Con 2020 offers an introduction to infosec for people who have not felt traditionally welcome in the space.

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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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