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The Pickety Witch — Damnit, Gerry!

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The Pickety Witch — Damnit, Gerry!
By Amelia E. • Issue #39 • View online
Hello, Disney+ Day survivors and all those whose lives aren’t controlled by a sentient mouse. Last week was insane, but it looks like things might [looks around and barely speaks above a whisper] calm down a bit after Wednesday? Who knows. Thanksgiving is next week. Time has no meaning.
I wrote about why Kingo made the most interesting decision out of all of the Eternals, despite Thena being the clear front runner for best on the team. I also covered the Supergirl finale, which was beautiful and poignant and hopeful and empowering and just a perfect, perfect ending to a show that I will miss as passionately as I do Agent Carter despite its far longer run. Also, Shudder has a lot of movies that whip ass and if you want to come for writers creating SEO stories, you’ll have to come for mine, too.
(P.S. that fun Kingo article at the top of the graph? Those are the kind of stories we get to write because we do SEO pieces. Said article? The one all the folks with bad faith arguments on SEO stories claim to want? It got all of 4 engagements on my social. Maybe if you’re one of those folks holding onto said bad faith arguments, you might consider how often you engage with the things you’re interested in rather than the ones that you hate.)
((Me? Salty? Not a day in my life.))

Annoying gif? Wait till you hear about an even worse Gerry.
Annoying gif? Wait till you hear about an even worse Gerry.
What is Gerrymandering?
It’s easy for political terms to start to sound like buzzwords. Misuse to the point that a phrase has no meaning any longer has been a republican strategy for longer than most of our lives. So, what does gerrymandering actually mean?
  1. manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class.
  • achieve (a result) by manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency.
  • “a total freedom to gerrymander the results they want”
Why do I need to worry about it?
There are long and short answers to this question, but the shortest possible way I can break it down is with a game of checkers. A fair district would start with the correct number of checkers on each side of the board. But with Gerrymandering, one side suddenly gets 3 rows of checkers rather than two. And it only gets worse each time redistricting occurs.
If you’re more visual, here’s an image breakdown of how elections get stolen via redistricted areas (i.e. Gerrymandering).
via WaPo
via WaPo
Gerrymandering sucks. How do I stop it?
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