A start and a stop

There’s a lot going on right now, in my life and in the world. I spent a sizable portion of the last two weeks ricocheting between hope and all-consuming despair, something that hasn’t helped my fun new TMJ problem, the apparent source of months of ear pain. For Texans, for Jews, for queer people, it’s been a ride, and I feel very much at the intersection of what it means to be all of those things. I’m furious with so many people, inspired by so many others. I miss home and I wish I had been there on election night and I keep hoping maybe I will be there next time and maybe nearly three decades of waiting will finally pay off, there will finally be an earth-shattering shift, everything we know about the Lone Star State will change, forever. Who knows (not me.)

I’ve been frustrated with the coverage of Texas by coastal D.C. and NYC media, weary of the way the South is painted and perceived. I’m still incredibly anxious about Georgia and Florida, with those two states occupying my thoughts long past the end of Tuesday night. I’m also still thinking about the beatings climate took that night, and how everything just seems so, so bleak all of the time. But on Friday I had an upbeat interview with an advocate who firmly believes the fight is just beginning on carbon pricing; I’ve been hearing tremendous enthusiasm from friends in Texas, excited and energized. So it isn’t all a black chasm — I just wish, and I’m sure many others do as well, that at some point everything would just be better, even a little bit.

Blues Buzz

Queer Jews on why they love being Jewish. Something is happening in Texas. They don’t kill us because of how we pray. The last days of Beto mania in Texas (a candidate carried by women.) Radical queer politics in the South and Appalachia. National media would have you believe Texas is devastated, a take that is inaccurate: Beto’s new, blue machine has changed the state forever. In the Deep South, running to the left was a good idea after all. On Ali Smith’s fast-paced, quick-dropping seasonal quarter, a tale of our modern woes. LUCY MCBATH. How a woman becomes a lake. I do actually really find Gillian Flynn fascinating.

My beloved hometown. © E.A. Crunden

My beloved hometown. © E.A. Crunden


Florida constitutionally bans offshore drilling — and indoor vaping. Landmark climate efforts failed in Colorado and Washington after Big Oil spent nearly $70 million to defeat them. Another climate denier will replace Lamar Smith — but there are some silver linings in this story. Michigan didn’t have a green wave but it did get what it needed. A triumph for indigenous communities and a blow to the Trump administration as a judge rules against the Keystone XL pipeline. Carbon pricing is not dead — it’s only just getting started.

Around the Globe

Africa. Ethiopia eyes launching its first satellite. A mass-kidnapping in Cameroon has so far largely resulted in releases. Sudan is set to be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. The U.N. has called for Libya’s election to take place in 2019.

Americas. Canada’s weed explosion. Under Bolsonaro, Brazilian ties to Cuba may be on the chopping block. Also, Brazil’s halal meat industry is about to be compromised if the country moves its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the first victim of the post-midterms firings. Twelve people were killed in a mass-shooting in California. Trump massively moved to restrict asylum seekers.

Asia. The U.S. has mass-imposed pre-Iran Deal sanctions on Iran, as the country’s economy (and people) suffer the results. Yemen’s brutal famine worsens amid unending war. The Pakistani attorney for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, has fled the country while Italy is eyeing offering her asylum.

Europe. Anti-corruption Ukrainian activist Kateryna Handzyuk died following an acid attack. Flooding in Sicily has killed at least 12 people. Hungary follows Poland’s lead on slowly gutting the judiciary (to the consternation of leftists.) The mayor of Warsaw has blocked a planned far-right rally.

Green Scene

A new study finds that wildfires hurt people of color and low-income communities more. The seeds of indigenous food sovereignty. Rural America is living out its own water crisis. Utilities are quietly praising EPA environmental regulation rollbacks. Tribes protesting Michigan’s Line 5 are ready to go all-out. Toxic smog coats Delhi.

Spoken & Written

“Weeks ago, I wasn’t dreading Beto losing nearly as much as I was dreading the inevitable ‘Texas sucks’ takes from people who are supposed to be our progressive allies.” — Erica Huff, a Beto voter.


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