December 11th, 2004

Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09

Buy blue

Thanks to greenfizzpops (and nex0s, who got it from her) for this link (http://www.buyblue.org/bluexmas.html) to a table of companies that donate Republican and companies that donate Democratic. *Sigh*, I’m going to need to find a new steak house. There’s an Outback that’s very convenient on my way home from work. Unsurprised about a lot of the companies, though. For instance, I knew Costco treated their employees very well and was sort of the antithesis of Wal-Mart. I’m unsurprised that their political contributions are also antithetical to Wal-Mart’s.

[Edit: If you stop shopping someplace because of their political contributions to the Repugnant Party, you might want to drop them a note to that effect. My guess is that most of these companies see political contributions as business expenses more than as a matter of ideology. Wal-Mart isn’t going to stop contributing to Republicans, because their core business model is tied in with Republican divide-and-conquer strategies of subjugation, but I’m sure many of the other companies would happily reduce their conservative contributions if they started to look like a net liability rather than a net asset.]
Pol: UN flag at ICJ at the Hague

Thoughts on social progress

After this past presidential election, it’s easy to get depressed. In the microcosm, it seems like things are going badly, because we notice all the setbacks — and of course, there are some huge setbacks, and they’re real! — and don’t so much notice the steady progress in the background. With that in mind,Collapse ) So taking the long view, even on a scale of twenty years or so, it looks to me like things are getting better rather than worse.