By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Readers, I’m going to be lazy today as well. I’ll return with a full Water Cooler tomorrow. For today, here’s some of the material that’s built up in my Xmas Folder. –lambert
ME-02: “Poliquin drops challenge to ranked-choice voting, clearing way for Golden to take seat in Congress” [Portland Press Herald]. “In his statement, Poliquin continued to term ranked-choice voting as ‘unconstitutional, and therefore illegal’ and said that in the statewide referendum, voters in his district of central and northern Maine rejected the election method. Poliquin did not formally concede the election in his statement, but said he had been honored to serve in Congress for the last four years and wished Golden ‘personally the best during the coming term.'” • Classy, as is dropping the news on the day before Christmas. More important than the office holder is that the challenge to RCV failed. That’s quite a Christmas gift!
Realignment and Legitimacy
Concrete material benefits:
South King County DSA giving out some coats and food to our neighbors in Kent this week. pic.twitter.com/xu3idhi6zn
— South King County DSA (@DSASoKingCounty) December 22, 2018
The only political institutions doing this are DSA and the churches, apparently…
Robert Mueller devotional candle:
A devotional gift for Xmas. pic.twitter.com/Dw3FADZb14
— Nick Decaro (@decaro_nick) December 25, 2018
One for the Brits:
A tin of mince pies baked during World War II was found perfectly preserved under the floorboards of a hotel on the Isle of Man 😱
They've now been put on display at the Manx Museum
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) December 24, 2018
A good obsession to have:
My 3 year old is so obsessed with David Byrne that all he wanted from Santa was an electric guitar, a mic, and a ‘Stop Making Sense’ suit. pic.twitter.com/SGfY7XK4YO
— Cassie Murdoch (@cassiemurdoch) December 25, 2018
A musical interlude for Cassie’s three-year-old, though not especially Christmas-y:
News of the Wired
This is a good thread (and not especially gendered when you go through it):
HOW TO HELP IN THE KITCHEN AT THE HOLIDAYS WHEN YOU ARE A DUDE AND HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY SHOOED OUT OF THE KITCHEN, ONLY TO WATCH YOUR MOTHERS AND SISTERS LOOK EXHAUSTED ALL THROUGH THE HOLIDAY
— Hannah Erroneous (@TheMonaOgg) December 24, 2018
And the follow-up:
My favourite negative reactions to this thread have been “wow, so hierarchical”. I get why people like horizontal hierarchies and they have their place, but time sensitive operations involving expertise built up over years is a great contest for listening to the experienced folk. https://t.co/BjgK7lOquZ
— Hannah Erroneous (@TheMonaOgg) December 25, 2018
* “Context, of course.” Not “contest.” Dammit, @jack, where’s that edit button?
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