Thursday, January 31, 2019

Toss a bunch out on their ear

And the rest (mostly) get religion. After a series of election losses for ARRL incumbents, plus the (in appearance, at least) hasty departure of a new president, it seems we members got the attention of our Board of Directors.

Addressing an ARRL governance issue, the Board repealed the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors, commonly known as the "Code of Conduct," on an 11-3 vote with one abstention.

The Board voted unanimously to create a Legal Structure Review Committee to study and make recommendations to update ARRL's legal structure "to reflect ARRL's current operational needs."

Yeah. "...current operational needs." Like keeping the membership happy with the direction of our national amateur radio group. They've already gotten the membership involved, and it cost a lot of people their cozy little positions of power. I know I didn't vote for the Roanoke Division incumbents. A lot did; more didn't. This happened in other divisions as well.

Now if we could just make this happen on a national level.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

There will be no civil war - until there is

(Via the Woodpile Report)

Matt Bracken is all sunshine and puppies in this piece for American Partisan. I had a hard time pulling a money quote, but let's go with this one.

In short, Civil War Two will quickly become an urban versus rural conflict divided along demographic and cultural lines. This type of dirty civil war will be fought at the zip code and neighborhood level. Front lines will be vague and constantly shifting, with three or more local factions often competing for supremacy. It will be a civil war of secret arrests, disappearances, IEDs and targeted assassinations that will have many of the worst attributes of Argentina and Northern Ireland in the 1970s, or even Rwanda and former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Like I said, sunshine and puppies. I doubt that what he says will be news to those who come by here, but take some time and go read it anyway. Then see to your preparations for bad times. They might be here before you know it.