erinptah: (Default)
"The inclusion of survivors' information, she says, is a violation of federal law protecting the information of people applying for special visas or other protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking." An Orwellian ICE database by people who want to whip up fury at criminals, without actually protecting their victims.

"White Terrorists Killed More Americans This Week Than Refugees Have in 40 Years." That's true a lot of weeks.

"The tank debate between the Army and Congress goes back to 2012 when Odierno testified that the Army doesn't need more tanks. Odierno lost then too. Congress voted for another $183 million for tanks." But tell me again how the GOP believes in fiscal conservatism.

"I could give him a 30-minute lunch detention [...] But do you really think that's going to remedy what his issues are? ... He walked miles to get here. Why?" Schools in New Orleans trying to practice trauma-informed discipline.

"Sources suggest that authorities were informed of the danger posed by Abedi on at least five separate occasions in the five years prior to the attack on Monday night." His friends, his family, and his local mosque all tried to warn the police, but nothing was done. Keep that in mind next time you hear someone asking why the Muslim community isn't doing its part.

"Sure, there's money going in: around $161bn a year in the form of loans, remittances (those working outside Africa and sending money back home), and aid. But there's also $203bn leaving the continent. Some of this is direct, such as $68bn in mainly dodged taxes. [...] Then there's the $30bn that these corporations "repatriate" - profits they make in Africa but send back to their home country, or elsewhere, to enjoy their wealth. [...] Today's report estimates that $29bn a year is being stolen from Africa in illegal logging, fishing and trade in wildlife..."

"60 percent of those who benefit from the home-mortgage interest deduction didn’t think they had ever used a government social program. Fifty-three percent of those with student loans didn’t think they had used one. Among Social Security beneficiaries, 44 percent thought themselves unsullied by the touch of government, and among Medicare beneficiaries, 39 percent said the same. Twenty-seven percent of those in public housing answered in the negative, as did 25 percent of those on food stamps."
erinptah: (pyramid)
A federal civilian hiring freeze ordered by President Donald Trump has forced at least two Army bases to indefinitely suspend some child care programs. Okay, louder for the folks in the back: Republicans do not support our troops. They pay lip service when it's convenient and screw them over once it's not. The party that gives a damn about the military is the Democrats.

"[The Obamacare removal of health-insurance lifetime limits] took effect September 23, 2010. Timmy was born September 29. On December 17, he surpassed $1 million worth of bills in the neonatal intensive care unit. He didn’t leave the NICU until he was 6 months old." One of the many American children that Republicans don't care about.

"In El Paso, 11-year-old Rudy Smith lost most of the therapy services that helped him cope with cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy, which plagues him with 50 to 100 seizures a day. His mother says she’s having trouble getting prescriptions filled, and the insurance company keeps sending her incorrect or faulty medical supplies." A subset of the many children in Texas that Republicans don't care about.

"I thought I should try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration, in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America's Muslim citizens. I lasted eight days."

One more way the Trump administration is killing jobs: he's on track to devastate our tourism industry. "A drop of that magnitude, if continued, would reduce the value of foreign travel within the U.S. by billions of dollars. And the number of jobs supported by foreign tourists and their expenditures in the United States—and thus lost—would easily exceed hundreds of thousands of workers in hotels, restaurants, transportation, stores, tour operations, travel agencies, and the like."

A case from 2011, with lessons for today: "Cash gets angry when people tell him that his Hispanic workforce was taking jobs away from Americans. Since the new law began two weeks ago only two American citizens have come by his farm asking for work."

Thousands of photographs showing what America looked like before the EPA. (Hint: there's a whole lot of smog.)
erinptah: (lighthouse)
Leaving Westboro Baptist: "When Brittany Murphy died, Phelps-Roper had seen the disparity between her reaction and that of the rest of the church as a sign that something was wrong with her. Now the contradiction of her mother’s glee and her own sadness made her wonder if something was wrong with the church."

Leaving Stormfront: "But the unstated truth was that Derek was becoming more and more confused about exactly what he believed. Sometimes he looked through posts on Stormfront, hoping to reaffirm his ideology, but now the message threads about Obama’s birth certificate or DNA tests for citizenship just seemed bizarre and conspiratorial. He stopped posting on Stormfront. He began inventing excuses to get out of his radio show, leaving his father alone on the air each morning to explain why Derek wouldn’t be calling in."

"Justin Bainbridge is 27 and works two jobs, but he wasn't allowed to start saving money for his future until a few months ago. Bainbridge has Down syndrome, and like other people with disabilities who receive government benefits, he can't have more than $2,000 in savings. If he does, he would start to lose those much-needed benefits. But a new type of savings vehicle is giving Bainbridge, and others, a chance to save more cash."

"I moved my whole company to a five-hour workday where everyone works from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over a year later, we're sticking with it."

"As of [February 7], all images of public-domain works in The Met collection are available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). So whether you're an artist or a designer, an educator or a student, a professional or a hobbyist, you now have more than 375,000 images of artworks from our collection to use, share, and remix—without restriction."
erinptah: (Default)

"Immediately after the reports, BLM was blamed because Black people are violent threats who hate police, right? But that entire narrative was wrong—it turned out that the perpetrators were two white men who were far from affiliated with BLM. At that point, the Blue/All Lives Matter crew dropped the subject, not because it suddenly didn’t matter that the cops had died, but because the people who had killed them were no longer part of the threat group."

"British police used a Taser on a black man they thought was a robber. He was their race-relations adviser."

"Police officers responding to a burglar alarm fatally shot a homeowner, who had grabbed a gun when he spotted an intruder, after shots were fired in their direction as they arrived at his house."

(Although most news stories about cops shooting homeowners involve a black victim, you can also read about the occasional white guy getting shot in his own house. Along with his dog.)

"Dozens of Jewish Community Centers in the U.S. were evacuated [January 18], including in Manhattan and California's Bay Area, after receiving near-simultaneous bomb threats, according to various local reports."

Millions of Shia Muslims made the pilgrimage of Arbaeen this fall, in defiance of Daesh's threats and deadly attacks against the pilgrims.

"Here's a list of things white friends have done/can do which actually make me feel safer."

Practical advice for white allies on how to talk to white non-allies.

erinptah: (Default)
Because after that debate I think we're all thirsty for some substance.

"If you can distinctly recall the excitement of walking into your weekly computer lab session and seeing a room full of Apple 2Es displaying the start screen of Oregon Trail, you’re a member of this nameless generation, my friend." (Calling myself a millennial is usually not a bad fit, but yeah, this is my subcategory.)

"Five months in, I can’t remember the last time a stranger read me as a woman, and my mask of manliness is melding into my being, becoming part of me. It’s becoming comfortable. I don’t have the same sudden clarity that came with top surgery, but every new difference – smaller hips, bigger shoulders, a thicker neck – removes another layer of noise. Changing my physical self and my social self didn’t have to change my identity, but I think it might have. I still call myself genderless, but I also lump myself in with trans guys without thinking. "

"At first, I didn’t believe I had anything wrong with me. But after meeting my current therapist, Dr. Samoon Ahmad, I began to understand and accept my diagnosis — I was bipolar, and my nude jaunt was part of a manic episode. It wasn’t until I got out of Bellevue three weeks later that I saw the front page of The Post with the headline 'Ball Drop in Times Square.'"

"I am dark enough to not live within the tent of whiteness, but I am light enough that many people experience significant confusion when trying to class what level of 'not-white, maybe heading toward-Black, deficient' I am. Depending on the year and location, I am a 'dirty Arab/Muslim,' a fellow Latina, a Mulatto, a Mizrahi Jew, a half-white person who suspiciously may not be down with Black folks."

"I didn’t want some American sales clerk knowing I couldn’t understand simple, elementary-school English. We’d look for that Ziploc bag in another store. I wasn’t about to let anyone think we were Middle Eastern immigrants coming here to steal jobs from honest Americans. I would not be responsible for a surge in Islamophobia over a Ziploc bag."
erinptah: Hiding in a box (depression)

People killed by police, 2016. 389 and counting.

Compare it with this time last year: "In May, the Washington Post analyzed the 385 fatal police shootings in the United States that had occurred so far in 2015. The Post noted its number, which came out to two officer-involved shooting deaths per day, was more than twice the rate that the government had recorded over the past decade."

[Video] Putting a fake cover on a Bible and reading verses, claiming they're from the Quran. People react pretty much exactly as badly as you'd expect them to.

30% of GOP voters (and a full 19% of Democrats) are in favor of bombing. They don't need to know anything about the people they're proposing to bomb. As evidenced by the fact that you can give them the name of a made-up country, and they won't notice or care.

"So [on March 7] the president killed roughly 150 people in a country where the U.S. is not at war. The Pentagon issued a five-sentence boilerplate statement declaring them all “terrorists.” And that’s pretty much the end of that." GDI.

"The weary F.B.I. agent replied: 'Toby….Seriously. Get some sleep.'" An American amateur tries to investigate a (fake) ISIS agent on Twitter, and ends up getting more than a year in prison for his enthusiasm.

"Garza testified that Santellana never threatened him nor did he feel that Santellana was a dangerous person. Yet that did not stop him from recklessly approaching the vehicle with a loaded weapon and firing when Santellana did not obey orders from this large man in gym shorts, who did not initially identify himself as an officer or show a badge." No justice for Jonathen Santellana.

"Mr. Pean had expected an apology after the shooting. Instead, during four days in intensive care, prosecutors charged him with two counts of felony assault on a police officer. They accused him of attacking with four “deadly weapons” — an unspecified piece of furniture, a wall fixture, a tray table and his hands."

"Scott Collins, a spokesman for the Inglewood Police Department said that the couple refused to obey the officers’ commands to exit the vehicle. The officers then feared for their safety and opened fire on the car — killing the couple." Here's the kicker: the people in question were asleep. No justice for Kisha Michael or Marquintan Sandlin (or their now-orphaned children). Black people can be literally unconscious and cops will still profess to being too terrified to do anything but gun them down.

Well, here's at least one case of the police being in legitimate danger...from each other. Cops raid wrong house, shoot and kill the dog, shoot the man who owns the house, then one of them shoots and kills another of the cops.
erinptah: (daily show)
I found John Oliver's proposed "to be played only when the end of the world is confirmed" video genuinely inspiring.

"Dollar-for-dollar, analysts say GiveDirectly is among the most effective organizations in the world trying to eliminate extreme poverty. GiveDirectly transfers about $1,000 to very poor families over the course a year. It makes no rules or even suggestions about how to use the cash."

"That is what “The poor will always be with you” means in the Bible. In Deuteronomy and in Matthew, Mark and John. It means, therefore, we are commanded to open our hands to the poor and needy."

"By an 8 to 1 margin, the most conservative Supreme Court in US history decided that the Federal Law that authorized strict penalties for 3rd strike felonies is unconstitutional. This reverses decades of cases where the Court ruled that locking up people for minor crimes and throwing away the key is just fine."

“Every birthing room practitioner needs to know that the first thing you say to parents of an intersex child isn’t ‘We’ll fix this.’ It’s ‘You have a beautiful child who will be healthy and happy. We’ll give you resources and connect you with others.’

"This Guy’s Extra-Long CVS Receipt Costume Is Literally Perfect." (As someone who shops at CVS a lot, I can confirm that yes, it is.)
erinptah: (whereshipping)
Realistic AUs thread. "Peter Parker is bitten by a spider while visiting a science lab and gets a slightly itchy bump on his hand for a few days."

Bad Advice Thread. ("Check your living privilege, necrophobe.")

Change a letter, get a new canon. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Scone. A young boy's quest for the platonic ideal of baked goods."

Remove a letter, do the same. "BiShock: A first-person shooter where the protagonist fights his way out of a nightmarish city while coming to terms with his sexual identity."

Add or remove a letter, do the same. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factor: Charlie auditions to be on a show where people have to make chocolate while singing popular pop songs." / "Futari Wa Pretty Cue, a series about magical girls who defeat their enemies with the power of snooker."

They just keep coming. "Breaking Bard: Misadventures of the worst Shakespearean theater troupe in history." / "A Song of Lice and Fire: A more realistic depiction of medieval life."

"You're too earnest for the flames of wank / So backbutton, go, you're through / How could I make a mod out of you?"

N+7 game rides again. "Unless exchange's carrying the martini trellis, daydream."

"The idea of an all-knowing, all-powerful mod... or many mods, I don't know...it doesn't make much sense. Is there someone out there watching everything we post?"
erinptah: Girlycard (hellsing)
"Pope Francis says the issue of gay marriage should be studied and not dismissed out-of-hand, a senior Roman Catholic cardinal has revealed. "

"Every time I see it, it’s a reminder to call him," Mr. Gelles said of the number. "I find it kind of hard to relate to people I don’t know and places I haven’t been to and this thing called the Holocaust. The thing I relate to more is my grandfather."

The descendants of the secret Nazi master-race-building breeding program. To the surprise of no one, they're a completely ordinary bunch of people, united mostly by being freaked-out when they uncover their family history.

"Constantine was a Roman emperor, and a military man. So he said, 'Right. Figure it out and tell me. I’ll believe anything you say, but get it all in one sock.' He called NiceaCon One, and invited all the BNFs and SMOFs of the Christian world to have a business meeting and hammer it out."

"Divorce is higher among religiously conservative Protestants – and even drives up divorce rates for other people living around them, a new study finds."
erinptah: A map. (writing)
"There are many dying languages in the world. But at least one has recently been born, created by children living in a remote village in northern Australia. Carmel O’Shannessy, a linguist at the University of Michigan, has been studying the young people’s speech for more than a decade and has concluded that they speak neither a dialect nor the mixture of languages called a creole, but a new language with unique grammatical rules. "

The Voynich manuscript: possibly not gibberish after all? New analyses find patterns that would show up in encoded language, but be hard to fake at random.

Before there was Esperanto, there was Volapük: "a universal language created in the late 19th century by a German priest called Johann Schleyer." Its heyday of popularity has long passed, but there is still enough interest to create a Volapük Wikipedia with 100K+ articles.

Mapped data from US-wide dialect surveys. As a nation we are united by shopping carts, but divided by fireflies.

"Goodbye" is a derivative of 14th-century chatspeak. (God be with ye = Godbwye = Goodbye)

"5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think."
erinptah: A map. (books)
Ben Franklin on taxes: "The Remissness of our People in Paying Taxes is highly blameable; the Unwillingness to pay them is still more so. [...] All the Property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other Laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition."

"Fincher’s $70,000 farm subsidy haul in 2012 dwarfs the average 2012 SNAP benefit in Tennessee of $1,586.40, and it is nearly double of Tennessee’s median household income. After voting to cut SNAP by more than $20 billion, Fincher joined his colleagues to support a proposal to expand crop insurance subsidies by $9 billion over the next 10 years."

"The IRS actually threatened to revoke the church's tax-emption because Pastor George Regas said: ‘Mr. President, your doctrine of preemptive war is a failed doctrine," on the Sunday before the 2004 election. [...] Conservative churches that actively campaigned for President Bush in 2004 were not audited by the IRS."

"'When he came in and showed me all of the documents, it was just unbelievable,' Henry said. 'Who gets foreclosed on when they've made all payments on time?'"

"Obamacare passed a major milestone in California, which late last week announced lower-than-expected healthcare premiums for its 5.3 million uninsured, less than many small businesses now pay in group plans....In contrast, the refusal by red-state America to create these health exchanges, which would be more local control—a supposed Republican value—and to accept federal funds to expand state-run Medicaid programs for the poor, means that about half the states are turning their backs on their residents, especially millions of the poorest people."

Old Economy Steven. It hurts my heart a little how true some of these are.

At least we can leave all this on a hopeful note:

"The [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] reviewed my complaint, and sent me an email the very next day saying they had submitted it to Fifth Third Bank. The email directed me to my own account page that would show all the correspondence among the parties. When Fifth Third Bank responded two days later, CFPB notified me immediately by email of the new development. [...] A week later, the bank refunded $280 – all the fees they had charged me."
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"And yes, those directives include the claim that '[t]he Church's defense of life encompasses the unborn' and a mandate to uphold 'the sanctity of life 'from the moment of conception until death.'' But come on. That obviously does not apply when Catholic Health Initiatives, the Church-affiliated organization that runs the Church-affiliated St. Thomas More Hospital where a young woman and her two unborn fetuses died, is the lead defendant in a lawsuit."

"I grew up in a conservative area and had internalized some challenging attitudes about abortion, poverty, and the death penalty—attitudes aligned with policy that worked against my (and my family’s) interests. Still, I discovered that I was ready to drop everything for a friend who needed my help. Eventually, I learned to hold this level of compassion for complete strangers, too. [...] Here are some things I learned when I began to leave my assumptions behind."

"I am done making excuses for the pro-life movement. I am done trying to explain that the movement is not anti-woman. I am done trying to insist that the movement really is simply trying to “save unborn babies.” I’m done because it’s not true. The pro-life movement supports the exact policies that will keep abortion rates high."

"Texas School District Investigates Muslim Bias in School, Finds Christian Bias Instead: A perfect example of fear-mongering backfiring."

"This week, a Republican state lawmaker who had backed the voucher system decided to change her mind. Apparently, she thought public funding for religious education was a great idea, right up until she learned that her religion wasn't the only one that might benefit."
erinptah: (rainbow)
The Nevada Senate! The Rhode Island Senate! The Delaware House! The entirety of France! The entirety of New Zealand -- complete with Maori love songs from the gallery when it passed!

Also, the current Pope advocated civil unions for same-sex couples in his home country. And Maryland (which has been cool on the same-sex marriage front for a little while now) nixed the death penalty not so long ago.

Sometimes things don't suck.
erinptah: A map. (writing)
AO3 stats on shipping/gen categories, with the requisite debate on What Gen Means, plus some discussion on how relationship tags can work.

"What are the defining characteristics of "zine-y" fic? I know that zines existed, and that you had to walk ten miles uphill both ways in the snow for them, but next to nothing about the fic that went into them. Or, for that matter, how about 90's fic?" Fans reminisce about various eras of fandom.

"What defines a child for you?" As applied to fiction, where characters' apparent ages, chronological ages, mental ages, and species' relative ages may all be wildly out of whack.

FFA mediates between two anons who are definitely not [personal profile] politicette and myself regarding nursery decoration conventions in A/B/O universes.

"How would you describe an orgasm? What's it feel like?"

Tales of embarrassing fannish pasts.

A thread on femslash and yuri tropes, largely featuring discussion on Sedentary Yuri Fandom.

And another, on "what did you wish femslash did better/did at all/stopped doing?"

On the religion post: Religion as personal choice and worldview versus religion as inextricabe element of a person's birth culture, and experiences thereon.

"You really love {coffee shop AUs / potatoes / women in drag}. Fortunately, other people do too! Unfortunately, most people are into {slashing baristas / french fries / androgyny} and you're into {characters geeking out about coffee / hash browns / hard butches}. Share your woes and examples!"

The kind of slip-ups multilingual people make with language (versus the ones fic writers expect them to make), and how the various modes of speech intersect in their brains.
erinptah: (The Newsroom)
"So there my friend stood, in 1990, in Jericho, believing that the universe was 5,994* years old and staring at a man-made wall that was 8,000 years old."

20 Muslim inventions that shaped our world. You probably know about algebra, but what about quilting, windmills, and fountain pens?

If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average.

Images from 1910: "Photographer Kozaburo was the first to produce tourist shots for Japan with an album of 51 collotype black and white photographic prints, which were painstakingly inked in by a team of 100 colourists, and gave Europe one of its first glimpses of life inside the previously secretive state." Includes some beautifully-chosen then-and-now comparison shots.

Views on abortion from various Christian establishment groups in 1978. Episcopals, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and others articulating positions that are thoughtful, reasonable, and pro-choice.

" ...the women who were turned away from an abortion were more likely to rely on government assistance, more likely to be living beneath the poverty line, and less likely to have a full-time job than the women in the study who had obtained abortions. They also registered more anxiety a week after they were denied an abortion and reported more stress a year out. They were no more or less likely to be depressed. And women who gave birth suffered from more serious health complications [...] than the women who aborted, even later in their pregnancies."

"The first photographic images in the late 1820s had to be exposed for hours in order to capture them on film. Improvements in the technology led to this exposure time being drastically cut down to minutes, then seconds, throughout the 19th century. [...] Seems children were just as squirmy then as they are today, because another amusing convention developed: photographs containing hidden mothers trying to keep their little ones still enough for a non-blurry picture."

6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America: the title is kind of a misnomer, as the topic is more "ridiculous misinformation you believe about the state of America before the Europeans got here."
erinptah: Madoka and Homura (madoka)
An apparently-authentic scrap of papyrus from the fourth century has Jesus referring to "my wife". Trust Slacktivist to give an interesting breakdown of what that could mean.

End-of-the-world believers: "I got to know a dozen or so believers prior to the scheduled apocalypse....Then, after Jesus was a no-show, I stayed in contact with them—the ones who would talk to me, anyway—over the following days and months, checking back in to see how or if their thinking had changed."

A history of how people interpreted Christ's "descent" (these days "descent into Hell") in the days before the modern concept of Hell had come together.

"When Jesus saw this he grew angry, 'Why did you wreck my roof? Do you have any idea how much that cost to install? Do you know how many tables and chairs I had to make in my carpentry shop to pay for that roof? The reeds alone cost five talents. I had them carted in from Bethany.'"

Old news but good news: "Though the matter won't be fully resolved until an inevitable Supreme Court case, for now, a federal appeals court this morning ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional." Plus: The first gay wedding on a military base. Awwwwwww. (Bonus: they met through a homophobic church, and started flirting after a fellowship retreat :D)

"All the world's major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether." --The Dalai Lama
erinptah: (daily show)
You know, sometimes it feels like I take as long to organize these links into elegant topical groupings as I do to actually save the things...

Japanese cat weight lifting: grabbing progressively bigger fish and dragging them away! The winning cats end up waddling away, dragging these gigantic fish they can barely get their teeth around. It's adorable.

Thirty-two-thousand-year-old flower recovered from the tundras of Siberia...and yes, they got it to bloom.

"Many of these schools [rely on textbooks that] teach their pupils Bible-based "facts," such as the existence of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and all sorts of pseudoscience that researcher Rachel Tabachnick and writer Thomas Vinciguerra have thankfully pored over so the rest of world doesn't have to."

Elaborating on one of the specifics in that link: "What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory?" It's pretty mind-boggling.

Atomic theory as expressed in English with all the non-Germanic words removed.

Cross-linguistic color theory! How languages develop color words and in what order, how language affects our ability to distinguish colors, and a massive XKCD-originated survey of color names.

32 innovations that will change your tomorrow: inventions set to come out within a few years that will affect your everyday life. Some seem stupid or gratuitous (hands-free hair-washing? Is it really that hard to shampoo?), but some are particularly useful (medical-detection sensors for your teeth! Synthehol!).
erinptah: (daily show)
A new round of "the Talk" is becoming a standard: how to react when your kid discovers porn online. Must include "explaining what 'acting' is."

"For the past 10 years, Waschbusch has been studying “callous-unemotional” children — those who exhibit a distinctive lack of affect, remorse or empathy — and who are considered at risk of becoming psychopaths as adults." Creepy, heartbreaking reading about one family's struggle with their 9-year-old.

""As a father, you'll do anything for your child,' Reynoso, an American citizen originally from Mexico, said through a translator. Now, he's suffering a Kafkaesque ordeal in which he's hounded to repay loans that funded an education his son will never get to use — loans that he has little hope of ever paying off."

Another borrower spends $23,449.65 to pay off less than $1200 of her student loan debt, and concludes that this whole thing is a scam.

"Yes, apparently when you shove through legislation that allows religious organizations to receive state funding, Christians aren’t the only ones who want it — an Islamic school was one of 38 institutions approved for the voucher program, which is a huge problem for people who believe religion helps children so long as it is the religion of the swamp people they are representing."

"What exactly is Obamacare and what does it change?" via Reddit's board with a most excellent title, Explain It Like I'm Five.

Jen Sorensen, the cartoonist behind Slowpoke, breaks down the dilemma of self-employed people and health insurance.

A chart of who gets quoted about abortion, birth control, planned parenthood, and women's rights, broken up by gender.

Actual biblical views on abortion. Mostly in the vein of "this pregnant woman committed a crime whose penalty is death, so she will be put to death," where the notion of "the unborn fetus is an independent life" never even comes up.
erinptah: (winding road)


"You want to have the boy crucified and murdered just for dramatic effect?"

"No! Please, that's sick! Not just for dramatic effect! Do you have any idea how many chocolate bunnies this thing is gonna sell?"
erinptah: (Integra)
The words used to identify ASCII characters, from the familiar to the obscure.

Indian man who wandered away from his family at age 5 finds them again...via Google Maps.

A column written on the death of William Hanna (as in Hanna-Barbera), as written by the characters he was known for.

Some thoughts on small talk from people who aren't good at it.

House of 1000 Manga reviews Hellsing (the manga, with nods to the animated versions). With appreciation for the style, ridiculousness, and glory all in turn.

What's the gospel in seven words? The limit forces lots of responses to be perfectly eloquent...and perfectly snarky. A favorite: "Fine, you can use mixed fabrics again." (Putting it another way: "Having a kid does change everyone, apparently.") Vonnegut's version: "Goddammit, babies, you've got to be kind." The Bill & Ted version: "Be excellent unto each other. Party on." One commenter's daughter adds: "For God's sake, don't be a dick."

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