Want to be a part of CT’s annual Point In Time Count?

homelessEvery year, states that receive federal aid conduct a census of people who are homeless in their state.

Connecticut’s census — a Point In Time count — is scheduled for Jan. 24, and volunteers are needed. This is an awesome way to learn more about homelessness, and you’ll be conducting an important task in the push to end homelessness as we know it in the Nutmeg State. These aren’t just numbers. These are people for whom the state’s recent incredible push hasn’t worked. Yet.

You’ll receive training, and you’ll be performing an incredible task.

To volunteer — and learn more — go here.

Oh, Don! The visuals!

nbc-fires-donald-trump-after-he-calls-mexicans-rapists-and-drug-runnersYou can block the Lincoln Memorial. Block the Capitol Mall. Close down I-495, for all I care. Tell me I’m not welcome in D.C. during your inauguration weekend, you big ol’ chicken who’s hogging up the public space because you think (or so I assume) that your bombast will scare off me and the other moms, sisters, aunts, daughters, and grannies.

It is to laugh, that you can scare us off. In fact, you’ve managed to piss us off even more, something I didn’t think possible. We who don’t salute you are coming to show you that nothing scares us. No. Thing. Not threats to our access to health, not your treating our nation’s capital as your private playpen, not your pussy-grabbing, nothing. We are strong. We are many and

WE ARE COMING ANYWAY. Tha-a-a-a-at’s right. We will come to the capital to exercise our First Amendment rights, and you should know that even to your most rabid supporters, your seeking to block us looks bad, Don. It just looks bad.

So buckle up, Don. It’s going to be a hell of a ride.

What, ho, the American Dream?

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If you want to read more, go here.

As you read this, I’m in class.

unnamedSo if things go as planned, right about now I’ll have my PowerPoint loaded up, and I’ll walk around my desk, ask after everyone’s health, and launch into my last-lecture-of-the-semester in COMM3399, Media Campaigns. (At least, I think that’s the name of the class. I hit the midterms last semester before I realized I’d be calling a class I was teaching by the wrong name.)

But whatevs. I showed, every time, on time, prepared to teach. And if I can’t for the life of me remember the class name, or when is scheduled the final, that’s all on the syllabus, Sparky, and you can look it up yourself.

This 8 a.m. class was not my idea. 8 a.m. is never my idea. I am almost always up before 8 — sometimes long before 8 — but I am rarely both dressed and ready to speak coherently. At semester’s start, I counted the days I’d have to be up at 5:30 to make this damn class, and then teared up a bit because it seemed insurmountable.

Who knew that it would turn out to be one of my favorite classes? Who knew that the election (which we followed closer than most) would go so much off the rails and give us so many hours of discussion pleasure?

Who knew? I didn’t. The same goes for my JRNL3352, Journalistic Research, which may actually be called Journalistic Performance. We started the class with “What is the truth, and where can I find it?” We were so young back in August. This was before we talked about “fake news” and “post-truth.”

So today is the last day of the campaign class. I don’t have much planned, mostly a quick run-through of what we discussed, and what might show up on the final (to be held at 8 a.m. on an upcoming Saturday, if you can imagine that). I will be done by 9:25, at which point I might do a little jig down the hall. I did it. I showed up, on time. And learned a great deal. That’s one of the secrets of teaching. You learn.

Onward. And I really would like to live the kind of of life where a 5:30 a.m. alarm is followed strictly by climbing onto a plane to go somewhere awesome.

Double onward.

What happens if there’s a partial repeal on Obamacare?

purchase-health-insurance-policyFrom the Urban Institute:

The number of uninsured people would rise from 28.9 million to 58.7 million in 2019, an increase of 29.8 million people (103 percent). The share of non-elderly people without insurance would increase from 11 percent to 21 percent, a higher rate of uninsurance than before the ACA because of the disruption to the non-group insurance market.

Of the 29.8 million newly uninsured, 22.5 million people would become uninsured as a result of eliminating the premium tax credits, the Medicaid expansion, and the individual mandate. The additional 7.3 million people would become uninsured because of the near collapse of the non-group insurance market.

And that’s just for starters. You can read the entire report, “Implications of a Partial Repeal of the ACA Through Reconciliation,”  here. And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

Pope: It’s a sin to spread fake news

mte1oda0otcymdmzntqxnjq1In an interview with a Belgian newspaper, Pope Francis said:

“I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into — no offense intended — the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true.”

Here’s more on coprophilia.

Gotta say it: With the introduction of that word, I kind of wonder if this whole thing isn’t fake.