Newsletter #178: What a Boring Week With No News

Hello Recompilers,

For updates about the Portland protests, Audrey is still maintaining a blog about what’s going on there.


It’s hard writing a weekly newsletter when nothing of note happens. Like this week. I mean, sure, an angry pro-autocratic mob stormed the Capitol building after pushing past a lackluster and inconsistent police presence. Yeah, they had zip ties with them. And a West Virginian lawmaker came along. Oh and an Illinois Congresswoman gave a speech including a Hitler quote outside the Capitol two days earlier.

And of course, Republicans are trying to blame it on Antifa.

But other than that, kind of a slow news week. Sorry everyone!


My Year in Mensa
Jamie Loftus produced one of the funniest and most insightful podcast series I’ve listened to, a four-part series about how she joined Mensa as a joke and about how culture propagates rightwing ideas.

Talk of the Week:

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This talk has been disabled (a talk on accessibility)

Dawn E. Collett gives a talk at Ruby Australia about their work as an accidental accessibility advocate


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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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