26 Sep 01:53

Your Feelings Still Matter

by Randal Milholland

Comic for 9-25-2020

The post Your Feelings Still Matter appeared first on Something Positive.

24 Sep 22:09

Clear Language on Slavery

by Jason Kottke

I’ve posted before about how the language we’ve been conditioned to use about slavery and the Civil War obscures reality. From historian Michael Todd Landis:

Likewise, scholar Edward Baptist (Cornell) has provided new terms with which to speak about slavery. In his 2014 book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books), he rejects “plantations” (a term pregnant with false memory and romantic myths) in favor of “labor camps”; instead of “slave-owners” (which seems to legitimate and rationalize the ownership of human beings), he uses “enslavers.” Small changes with big implications. These far more accurate and appropriate terms serve his argument well, as he re-examines the role of unfree labor in the rise of the United States as an economic powerhouse and its place in the global economy. In order to tear down old myths, he eschews the old language.

@absurdistwords had a great thread on this recently, urging us to “stop obscuring the horror with detached, antiquated, euphemistic terms”.

Clear Language on Slavery:

Slaves = Hostages
Slave Owners = Human Traffickers
Slave Catchers = Police
Plantations = Death Camps
Mistresses = Rape Victims
Discipline = Torture/Murder
Overseers = Torturers
Trading = Kidnapping
Profit = Theft
Middle Passage = Genocide

For example:

“The prominent slave owner never publicly recognized the offspring of he and one of his slave romances but allowed him to serve in the house”

is really

“The rich human trafficker raped his female hostage and then held their son hostage as well at the death camp he owned”

And from an earlier thread:

When you replace

“Owned slaves” with

“Was an active and willing participant in a vast conspiracy to kidnap children from their families in order to force them into industrial and sexual servitude”

It becomes harder to write slave owning off as just a blot on one’s record.

For instance:

George Washington was our first President and was an active and willing participant in a vast conspiracy to kidnap children from their families in order to force them into industrial and sexual servitude

They continue:

America treats slavery like an oopsie rather than a centuries-long campaign of nightmarish, brutal terrorism.

America sees the systemic and sadistic destruction of Black families as an etiquette violation.

Which is why it will excuse slave owners so readily.

Tags: language   racism   slavery   USA
25 Sep 05:01

Comic for 2020.09.25

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
25 Sep 07:11

Comic: Kit Slash Caboodle

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Kit Slash Caboodle
25 Sep 19:02

The Shirk Report – Volume 597

by twistedsifter

the-friday-shirk-report

 

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, WITI, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
Wait for it
Good one Shaggy!
Simpler times
It was fun while it lasted
You know you need to log off when
Get outside
Sea tornado. Get inside
This deserves an Oscar
This spot is reserved
You sit on a throne of LIES
I felt this
When your friend asks you to watch their kid for a sec and they start crying
This temporary beach art is beautiful!
Green army man cosplay ftw
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line
Task failed successfully
Actually though
A little work motivation
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

Photos: Remembering the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Love the Fig
The Biggest Wave Surfed This Year
Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020
The Divisive Movie Score Index
It’s Okay to Say ‘A Myriad Of’
Four-Day Work Week Statistics: Could It Ever Really Happen?
Why Erdogan wants to turn Istanbul into an island
What It Was Like to Be Prince’s Personal Photographer
Royal Museums Greenwich: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 Winners

 

5 VIDEOS + September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NO LIE, IT’S THE WEEKEND!

 

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25 Sep 22:24

Rare case of black licorice poisoning kills man in Massachusetts

by Beth Mole
Bulk black licorice candy.

Enlarge / Bulk black licorice candy. (credit: Getty | Andia)

Because 2020 hasn’t provided enough extraordinary ways to die, the universe offers a grim reminder that eating too much licorice candy can be deadly.

A 54-year-old construction worker died in Massachusetts recently after eating an excessive amount of black licorice—which naturally contains a toxin called glycyrrhizin, aka glycyrrhizic acid. Doctors published a case study of his poisoning in the New England Journal of Medicine this week.

According to the study, the poor fellow was at a fast-food restaurant when he abruptly went into cardiac arrest. He “gasped suddenly, with full-body shaking and loss of consciousness,” the doctors report. Paramedics arrived within minutes and revived him with four shocks and CPR. But when he was admitted to the hospital about 30 minutes later, doctors found he had multi-organ failure, “profound metabolic derangements,” dangerously low levels of potassium in his blood, and cardiac arrest associated with ventricular fibrillation, which is when the lower chambers of the heart twitch erratically without pumping blood. All of these conditions are consistent with licorice poisoning.

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26 Sep 08:49

I for one...

by Scandinavia and the World
I for one...

I for one...

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25 Sep 00:53

SSSS page 338

SSSS page 338 is up.
25 Sep 16:46

[ASAP] Photocatalytic Generation of Aminium Radical Cations for C–N Bond Formation

by Jacob M. Ganley, Philip R. D. Murray, and Robert R. Knowles

TOC Graphic

ACS Catalysis
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c03567
25 Sep 01:20

Cookie TIme

its mfing cookie time

25 Sep 20:37

That Moment When Your Try To Dive Into Water But Hit A Rock Instead...

by Mike Miles

More Amazing Gifs:


Someone Messed With The Wrong Dude..

Kim Kardashians BIG Christmas Special...


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27 Sep 11:18

Link round-up for 27 September 2020

by Infidel753
Various interesting stuff I ran across on the net over the last week.

o o o o o

Must-read of the week:  Stop spreading scare stores about Trump stealing the election.  It will just depress voter turnout, which is our real weapon.  Read this too (found via Hackwhackers).

Bug off.

I bet this sticker placement was deliberate.

Stop in for some cake at the white man café.

"The 72 virgins were not what I expected."

She's stocking up on fresh meat.

He's just going for a ride.

Which witch are you?

Cook up some Alien food.

Always do proper maintenance on your electric sign.

Find new meanings for familiar words.

Explore the poetic side of knives.

Check out a few creepy fonts.

By Hook or by Book celebrates Stephen King.

See a sample of Scott Stoll's spooky art (click pics for bigger).

This is a gymnast with a difference.

Here's how to make a car change color based on temperature.

See if you can figure out what message this person is trying to send (found via Strangely Blogged).

This Halloween, scare a Republican.

Uninvited art criticism is worse than useless.

Bluebird of Bitterness examines spam comments (I once had something similar).

Veganism is Satanic, apparently.

See a startling mountain.

A graphic I linked a couple of weeks ago had been edited to hide its real meaning -- see the original here.

Trump is awful and so is McConnell.

An actress stands up to pronoun bullying and gets a barrage of abuse.

Guns and idiots don't mix.

"A blue whale's anus....."

The New York Crank has some nursery rhymes for the time of Trump.

And it was all for nothing.

The internet is global and doesn't need American moral imperialism.

Why are atheists so diverse?

Anti-maskers don't give a shit about other people.  Luckily, their numbers are dwindling.

Ginsburg's death moves a soccer mom to join the one true religion.

Violence is tempting, but it just gives the enemy what they want.

Never forget what really happened in the Sweet Cakes case.

It can't happen here, or.....

Earth-Bound Misfit suggests a way for Trump to take revenge if we vote him out.  I don't think this is likely, but it's an "interesting" thought.

Here's a mini-round-up on all the nasty shit Facebook is doing.

Get your face masks here and support the Navajo.

This guy is basically claiming he killed Ginsburg by putting a curse on her.

A top RedState writer who regularly attacked the NIH was actually an employee there until he was exposed.

Only 2% of millennials have a "Biblical worldview".

The Trumpified US health department is spending $300 million on an ad campaign to make people feel better about the pandemic.

Landlords sue for the right to evict tenants who can't pay.  Who the hell do they think is going to rent all the apartments they empty out?

"Mitch McConnell seems very worried....."  He knows he's on the losing side of history.

A mob attacks a car and tries to drag the driver out -- then police detain the victim.

Decline of the cities:  central Minneapolis is being "terrorized" as order breaks down.

A gang of right-wing thugs plots violence against protesters and leftist politicians here in Portland (found via Crooks and Liars).  Note that there are only about a hundred of them, they were easily infiltrated and exposed by Antifa, and their last clash apparently ended in a rout.  Meanwhile, a right-wing rally here yesterday fizzled pathetically.

A "Christian ethicist" ignores mountains of evidence of Trump's corruption.

Rationalizations evolve over time.

Senator Feinstein needs to hear from a few zillion constituents to tell her to get with the program.

A meat-packing plant that infected hundreds of people with covid-19 is punished -- with a fine of $957.

Trans ideology is bringing people together with a new respect for free expression.

History shows that tax increases don't hurt the stock market, and may even boost it.

If the Supreme Court strikes down the ACA after Democrats win the election, the only plan available to replace it is that of Bernie Sanders.

A hateful Christian has his say about Ginsburg.  John Pavlovitz is getting exasperated.

Many young Americans are disgracefully ignorant about the worst crime of the twentieth century (found via Miss Cellania).

The Barrett nomination is an insult to Ginsburg's memory.  Since we can't stop the Senate vote on her, it's in our interest that it happen before the election.

A blogger explains how pregnancy made her even more pro-choice.

We can and must end minority rule in the US.

An anti-mask, covid-denialist politician in Tennessee has died of the disease.

"DeJoy moved so early and with such ham-handed aggression that the USPS is now being watched by every Democratic officeholder in the nation, an army of Democratic lawyers, a handful of cranky federal judges, and the actual employees of the USPS."

Ginsburg is gone, creating a serious threat to personal freedom in the US, but she would have wanted us to fight on.  Her work is best appreciated by those who remember the time before.

Republicans threw away everything for the sake of controlling the courts.

Even in the time of Trump, wind power is booming across the US.

There's grounds for hope about antibody therapy to fight covid-19.

Grass-fed beef is no healthier than grain-fed, is unsustainable on a large scale, and contributes to global warming.

Jupiter has a monstrous armada of moons.

There's another rover on the way to Mars, to look for fossils of ancient microbes.

Women's rights are not a political issue, at least in certain parts of the UK.

The barrage of abuse against JK Rowling recalls that directed against Salman Rushdie.  She's become an expert where it counts.

The Catholic Church in Germany is closing hundreds of churches as attendance implodes.

Bloodthirsty religion strikes again.

Cindy Erazo served six years in prison for a miscarriage.  The original sentence was thirty years.

Saudi Arabian dissidents launch an opposition party in exile.

Jai Shri Ram is the new rallying cry for religio-nationalist terrorism.

China's system of concentration camps in Xinjiang is bigger than we thought, and is being expanded.  The US House has voted almost unanimously to ban imports from the province.

In Tibet, as in Inner Mongolia, the Chinese regime is suppressing the use of the native language in education.

Here's a quick cheat sheet on the key Senate races.

If you want to do more than vote, support these organizations.

Trumpanzees block a polling place in Virginia.

The Postal Service is back.

This is somewhat reassuring.

Both parties push back against Trump's threat not to accept the election result.  Treat him like the toddler he is.

Find out what ballot measures will be voted on in your state (found via You Might Notice a Trend).

Radical progressives should vote for Biden.

No, Trump cannot steal the election via state governments ignoring the state's popular vote and appointing their own electors.  Get a grip for fuck's sake.  There will be no coup in this countryRead this too.

More links here.

[Image at top:  Mars]
25 Sep 08:38

Chapter 77: Page 41

Broke it.
25 Sep 06:33

Girl Genius for Friday, September 25, 2020

The Girl Genius comic for Friday, September 25, 2020 has been posted.
25 Sep 05:01

Comic for September 25, 2020

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26 Sep 00:44

You could like, save the world.

by Jessica Hagy

The post You could like, save the world. appeared first on Indexed.

25 Sep 04:50

Girl Genius for Friday, September 25, 2020

The Girl Genius comic for Friday, September 25, 2020 has been posted.
25 Sep 19:24

Disappointment

by Matthew Inman
Disappointment

The Oracle offers some insight.

View on my website

26 Sep 03:44

Parity Conservation

Bloody Mary is made of antimatter. It explains so much.
25 Sep 19:11

The Shirk Report – Volume 597

by twistedsifter

the-friday-shirk-report

 

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, WITI, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
Wait for it
Good one Shaggy!
Simpler times
It was fun while it lasted
You know you need to log off when
Get outside
Sea tornado. Get inside
This deserves an Oscar
This spot is reserved
You sit on a throne of LIES
I felt this
When your friend asks you to watch their kid for a sec and they start crying
This temporary beach art is beautiful!
Green army man cosplay ftw
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line
Task failed successfully
Actually though
A little work motivation
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

Photos: Remembering the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Love the Fig
The Biggest Wave Surfed This Year
Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020
The Divisive Movie Score Index
It’s Okay to Say ‘A Myriad Of’
Four-Day Work Week Statistics: Could It Ever Really Happen?
Why Erdogan wants to turn Istanbul into an island
What It Was Like to Be Prince’s Personal Photographer
Royal Museums Greenwich: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 Winners

 

5 VIDEOS + September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NO LIE, IT’S THE WEEKEND!

 

this is fine 33 The Shirk Report – Volume 597

 

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25 Sep 20:43

Comic: Kit Slash Caboodle

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Kit Slash Caboodle
26 Sep 10:26

Comic for 2020.09.26

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
26 Sep 02:11

Disappointment

by Matthew Inman
Disappointment

The Oracle offers some insight.

View on my website

26 Sep 05:10

Comic for September 26, 2020

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27 Sep 05:03

Comic for September 27, 2020

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