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Tantek Çelik

Updated: 2017-01-21T10:38:07-08:00


Starting a modest #IndieWeb #100Days of Positive Posts #100DoPP, inspired by @aaronpk #100DaysOfIndieWeb #100daysofmusic, @jkphl #100days of #opensource, @sebsel #100dagen500woorden, and @gRegorLove #100Words in 100 Days. Despite being an optimist, I’m also expecting many (more) things to (start to) go wrong today with the inauguration of the new @POTUS. And since they’re often measured on their first 100 days in office, I’m making a deliberate effort to post at least something positive every day, preferably at the start of the day, as a direct counter. The basic idea for #100DoPP: * Every day: post something positive on your own site * whether something positive you did (ideally) * a positive / constructive idea or suggestion * or something positive someone else is doing or suggesting * Preferably *before* posting anything negative that same day I’m not sure if I’ve ever had 100 continuous days of posts on my site, so I’m expecting to have to make this a part of my daily routine just to make sure it happens. @Twitter and other so-called “social media” make it easy to post *something* every day to their silos, so 100 days of that is not interesting in my opinion. It’s also easier to complain than to be constructive. Thus despite not being as ambitious as or certainly (which is seriously amazing), I expect 100 days of deliberately positive posts, on one’s own site, to be no small feat. Perhaps a medium feat. ;) Up for the challenge? Join me and tag your posts #100DoPP. Up for more? See: for additional 100 Days projects.

 In flight: civil & rational discussion with a white woman who voted for Trump. #nofilter #RESIST tl;dr: Better message for change. (Hillary = status quo) She believes in him as an experienced business leader. She’s worried about growing federal debt, about lack of opportunity and progress for anyone below upper middle class (echoing Occupy messages). She saw no hope in Hillary, nothing she stood for, no believable plan for progress, for change. This is someone who is fit. Who runs on trails and goes bicycling. She rides road & mountain bikes with mostly men, has heard, constantly hears locker room like talk and has just come to expect that from men, even friends. She’s long past tired of it, expects it, accepts it, perhaps as fundamental to men driven by an evolutionary imperative to procreate. Life pursuing its continued existence. Her words. She thus found it easy to excuse, even dismiss Trump’s sexist & misogynist rhetoric. She’s not on Facebook. Nor Twitter. Sees them as unhealthy wastes of time, makes no excuses for Trump’s words there. She reads NYT & WSJ, questions and dislikes their biases, reads them anyway. Listens to NPR. Asked if I knew the show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! She said I sounded like Peter, one of the hosts. Talk to people. Ask questions rather than making assumptions. Find out how they came to think and believe what they do. Everybody has a background, everybody has context. Find out what you have in common as well as your differences. Accept that it’s ok to have both. We discussed and debated many things: eating healthier vs acquired diabetes and cancer treatments, personal choice & responsibility, healthcare systems in various countries, double standards, false equivalences in the media, political correctness, bullying, political contribution corruption, PEOTUS cabinet nominations from big money, women’s health and women’s rights. She’s convinced Roe v. Wade is solid, that states’s efforts are a bigger threat. “Don’t mess with Texas? No, Texas is a *mess*!” in reference to their recent anti-choice legislation. We talked about Obama commuting Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We discussed the ethics of whistleblowing. She wasn’t familiar with the details about Snowden. I suggested she check out the film. Apparently it was available on the in-flight entertainment system. So she started watching it as I watched Mr. Robot. Small steps. Respect. Communicate. Question. Listen. Suggest. Resist.