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Signs from the Women's March

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I attended the Women's March in down town LA this morning.  The biggest takeaway for me was when speakers or protesters described undocumented families facing deportation or separation as our neighbors.  As a Jew, I know that my ancestors have faced pogroms where angry mobs sought to drive them out by threatening their lives and livelihoods.  It chokes me up when I imagine people who only want an opportunity to live in peace facing that kind of hate in America, MY country.  But it's reassuring to see that as long as hundreds of thousands of people are angry enough to keep marching and agreeing to stand up and protect our neighbors, we can make a stronger and safer America.

Here are a few of the signs.











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In LA, the roughest storms precede the clearest skys. The same is true is government #womensmarch #rights #lateachers #reopenthefuckinggovernment Link to Instagram

This Shutdown is a Disaster That No One is Treating Like a Disaster

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I'm very disappointed with Nancy Pelosi's response to the government shutdown.

Obviously, I'm far more than disappointed with Donald Trump's decision to shut the government down, and I don't really like Chuck Schumer's response, either.  But I highlight Pelosi because she's the only one of these three with some influence and who isn't the person who is shutting down the government.

I'm disappointed because Nancy Pelosi is doing exactly what anyone would expect her to do, which is doing nothing and letting a disaster unfold that will damage her opposition's political standing.  The problem is that this strategy makes no consideration whatsoever for thousands of people who are falling into permanent economic hardship due to this shutdown.

The media has reported, it seems, thousands of times about the visitors to Joshua Tree who now have to endure visiting a national park without the reassuring knowledge that a professional park ranger is keeping a…

HexLab: a Makerspace to be proud of

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Last month, I joined a makerspace called HexLab.  It's been around five years or so, but the founder concluded that he no longer has the time to manage it, so he transferred ownership to Allen Pan, a YouTuber I follow.  At the same time, HexLab is moving to a new location.

I've been volunteering weekly for the last four weeks, so I've gotten to see something old become new again and then take shape.  Last Saturday, HexLab had its first member meeting since I joined, and I volunteered as the interim facilities and safety coordinator.  For the next three months, I'll be responsible for setting up the equipment.  Equally exciting, though, is the opportunity to promote the ideal environment.  I think most tinkerers dream of getting to work in a place like Tony Stark's garage, or Shuri's lab, or the batcave.  I want this to be a space with flavor, and as interim facilities coordinator, that's what I'm going to try to do.

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Celebrating Tony's title win with a night at the Magic Castle #daddylovesawinner Link to Instagram

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Prayers are meaningless without action. It's time to demand gun control now. Go to www.shdemandsaction.org to force America to reflect on our gun problem as we head out to vote next week. #guncontrol #squirrelhill #pittsburgh #pittsburghstrong #treeoflife #stopthehate #shooting #massshooting Link to Instagram

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This may be my favorite photo from #lacomiccon so far Link to Instagram