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yes!!! let’s hear it for neurodiversity!!!

i am thrilled by the idea of neurodiversity awareness. this is personal for me. i’m *still* learning to love my brain for working differently and to value my own way of thinking, speaking, and being.

i am so happy to think that there could soon be a generation of neurodiverse kids who grow up learning how to use their unique brains instead of being written off as “difficult” or pumped with drugs.

From the article: It’s time that we stop thinking about conditions like ADHD and autism as ‘disabilities’ and recognize them as valuable pieces of humanity’s neurodiversity

U.S. Department of the Interior
From the article: Some of the first park rangers in America, weren’t rangers at all. They were Buffalo Soldiers — African Americans who served in the U.S. Army after the Civil War. They got their famous nickname from Cheyenne warriors, who likened their dark curly hair to that of buffalo hides. From 1899 to 1904, they were among the first people to work in Yosemite, Yellowstone and Sequoia national parks — more than 10 years before the creation of the National Park Service. These dedicated men protected wildlife from poaching, put out wildfires, built trails, roads, buildings and other infrastructure, and forged a proud legacy in our nation’s history. Celebrate them today on Buffalo Soldiers Day!

Digital Marketing 101 for Small Business Owners

Oh hey, I’m teaching this class next week! If you’re a small business owner who wants an overview of best practices in Digital Marketing Strategy, you should come!

If you’re not, please feel free to enjoy this rare post from me that isn’t about some sort of global crisis! 💕
From the article:

In secret recording seized by FBI, Trump and Cohen discuss making payments for story of model who alleged affair with Trump

you ever get the feeling we’re all just extras in an Apprentice spin-off reality show set in the White House and that it’s being produced by some really bad dudes who are burying the real plot with a bunch of sideshow tomfoolery?

yeah, me too.
From the article: The revelation of the tape comes as longtime Trump confidant Michael Cohen has signaled that he might be willing to cooperate with federal investigators.

The NRA’s Biggest Donors Can Be Kept Secret Now & It Matters More Than You Think

It’s true: Dark money just got darker. Just in time for the Russia party.

Like, literally they announced this the same day as the NRA/Russian spy connection.
From the article: Holding politicians accountable for where they choose to donate large amounts of money is about to be a little bit more difficult. Many of the NRA’s biggest donors are now going to be able to keep their donations anonymous, according to a new law tha…

Dan Rather
From the article: I will not minimize the gravity of what happened today. I don’t need to. Terms like “Treason” and “Conspiracy” and “Impeachment” and “Blackmail” are now firmly in the mainstream parlance of even Beltway insiders. It’s about time. To all of them I ask: who is really surprised by the shameful spectacle we witnessed? President Trump has been nothing if not consistent about his willingness to obsequiously kowtow to a murderous autocrat who is actively attacking the United States. And at the same time, he is attacking our democratic institutions and undermining the very Constitution he has sworn to uphold.

The reasons for his display of fealty to Putin will, I believe, inevitably be revealed. In the meantime, amidst all these charred embers of American moral leadership, I remained convinced that this will not stand. This will not be who we become, as a country or a people. President Trump clearly does not represent where the vast majority of Americans want to be, the inflated huzzahs of his dead-end supporters notwithstanding.

This is a moment of clarity. There is no more denying who President Trump is. The question is who are each of us? And this will be the question going forward for anyone who has offered this administration support and excuses. I know many of you have seen this clarity for far too long and worry that another red line has been crossed with no repercussions. I understand the desperate frustration. But to all of you I say, pressure builds cumulatively. Republicans are now searching for bearings in a political tornado. Many more know what is really at stake than are letting on. They have a choice: their country or cowardice.

To those who see themselves in resistance, this is not a time for self-doubt. The moral imperative, the political imperative, the patriotic imperative is to organize a stinging judgement at the ballot box that will echo throughout history. The stakes are perilously high, but don’t underestimate the power of justice.

#Steady #Courage

Leah McElrath on Twitter

a thread worth reviewing
From the article: “These tweets today from Trump’s account use some very specific and distinct language. (They definitely aren’t written by him.) So…I got curious and started researching. And I’m going down a rabbit hole that is weird af. That’s all I’m going to say right now.”

Woke Folks

If we all do what we can, we will change the world.

Good Humans FTW!!!!!!!!
From the article: Al Dornan, 78, began walking through his Wethersfield neighborhood carrying a homemade sign to show support for dreamers and immigrants on January 25th.

He walks 2.5 miles every day, rain, snow or shine and, at the time of the filming, just logged his 132nd consecutive day. After becoming frustrated with inaction in Congress he was inspired to start walking after hearing a voice in his head telling him it was time to act.

Despite living with back pain due to scoliosis and spinal stenosis, he remains undeterred and plans to continue “until I physically can’t walk anymore.”

He is a hero.

Show him some love! Share this everywhere.