Since there's ISSUES with transphobia in the Green Party at the moment, I did a very little bit of research before voting in the online internal elections (ends 31/08).

Here's the list of candidates for all 9 votes and what I found, to save you some time:

UK politics 

Skip to 50 seconds into this video: — Eddie Dempsey says in 12 seconds what the Labour party has failed to say in 25 years:

“This is about who owns what. Are we going to have a country that's run for corporations, with some people in it, or are we going to have a country that's run for the people in it, that's got some corporations?”

Excellent bad pun about UK politics and sport 

Keir Starmer is praying for a 0-0 draw on Sunday because he just can't bring himself to support the strikers.

I joined because I agree with the party's goals — I want for my home what they want for Scotland — and specifically because Patrick Harvie has shown leadership and solidarity by rejecting anti-LGBTQ+ campaigning in GPEW.

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I'm a member of the Green Party of England and Wales. As of today, I'm also a member of the Scottish Greens.

It’s a horrible dusk in the kingdom, and you are an adorable human.

A podcast mentioned Chicago in passing, and now I've spent half an hour listening to 6 different versions of Chicago by Sufjan Stevens.

The ninth annual international Gender Census 2022 is now open until 13th August 2022!

It's for anyone whose gender (or lack thereof) isn't described by the M/F binary. It's short and easy, and results are useful in academia, business and self-advocacy.

UK politics, Our Flag Means Death meme 

Me watching the news right now…

The (in my circles at least famously) non-binary creator of the recent She-Ra reboot is going by Nate now, and here's a comic where he talks about this:

The "and this is... uh" "uh" part reminds me real hard of my own name feelings around 2014-2015.

To take a serious point from a probably-not-entirely-serious-but-you-can-never-really-tell comic — — there's no point trying to be something you're not, because you're *already* a shitty version of that something-you're-not. Stop trying to be a good dog and just be a rock.

Star Trek pun; craptoot 

Elizabeth II: The Wrath of Ma'am

UK politics 

I don't understand why so many opposition MPs are so keen for Boris Johnson to resign as prime minister, so that he's replaced by another Conservative MP, presumably one who has until now approved of Boris Johnson's behaviour. How would some other Conservative MP be any better?

More whinging about companies, this time British Gas 

Our boiler developed a small leak yesterday, so we called British Gas, and they sent out an engineer who has fixed it and serviced it. Excellent!

But I've also received an email telling me that apparently I've opted into some “Rewards” bullshit. So I log into my account on the web and opt back out. They ask why, without a free text field. Tickboxes include “I'm not interested in the bright ideas” but not “I never opted into this bullshit”.

Don't trust HSBC UK bank 

When you try to make an online payment from an HSBC bank account, they may ask you to type an email address. If you read the accompanying text carefully, it says they don't actually need an email address; they just want you to type something, so they can collect *biometric behavioural data* (typing cadence), which they send to a company called Callsign, based in Abu Dhabi. I'm astonished this is legal under the GDPR.

Food smells tasty: good ✔
Food tastes smelly: bad ✘

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