I blame radio silence (at least in terms of posting here) on using up the vast bulk of my interpersonal skillpoints on federal, state, and local politics in meatspace or the near equivalent. And, frankly, the feeling that that is in fact a more "cost-effective" place to use them in terms of making anything happen. Not that I don't love my DW community, but when I've commented here about politics I've wanted to be extremely meticulous and thorough in how I lay out my thoughts, whereas, frankly, sometimes in meatspace just being another warm body who's present at a march or a town hall or whatever sort of political gathering and being casually supportive of others through words or simple presence is enough, and on the other hand, maybe it's better to save that thorough meticulousness for my conversations in whatever form with the staffers of assorted elected officials.
I have a longer and more serious post on the topic brewing, but for now, I'll share a few useful links (which I may have done before, but I have
been away awhile!):
On the Issues
: This website gives a comprehensive, and as far as I can tell, nonpartisan, overview of elected officials and candidates on... pretty much every issue imaginable, especially for longer-serving incumbents; it includes voting records, bills sponsored, quotations, and ratings/evaluations by various organizations across the political spectrum. TrackBill:
This nifty little app lets you track any bill at the state or federal level, though the catch is it seems to work best if you know the bill number. It lets you see various drafts and revisions, sponsors, etc.5calls:
This one's both an app and a website; unlike the other two it is distinctly
partisan, but it gives you neat little lists of issues about which to call, scripts for ideas of what to say, and links to the numbers of officials you should call about a given issue.
And, a bit of political humor from my own quirky sense of it... ( which I shall cut for the snarky partisanship contained therein. )
And a little riffing on life/politics and art, mostly Star Wars, but also Final Fantasy VII and XII: ( Again, cut for snark. )