I bought my friend an elephant for their room.

They said “Thank you.”

I said “Don’t mention it.”

Is there a joke here that 15 thousand people get but I don’t?

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"So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me ‘arch priestess of the sightless,’ ‘wonder woman,’ and a ‘modern miracle.’ But when it comes to a discussion of poverty, and I maintain that it is the result of wrong economics—that the industrial system under which we live is at the root of much of the physical deafness and blindness in the world—that is a different matter! It is laudable to give aid to the handicapped. Superficial charities make smooth the way of the prosperous; but to advocate that all human beings should have leisure and comfort, the decencies and refinements of life, is a Utopian dream, and one who seriously contemplates its realization indeed must be deaf, dumb, and blind."

Helen Keller (letter to Senator Robert La Follette, 1924)

funny how the most popular narrative about helen keller is a harmless little girl who learns to communicate and then the story ends for some reason gee i wonder why that is

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Gee. Why does the popular narrative end before she became a communist? So strange! And the Martin Luther King Jr. narrative does the same thing! What a coincidence!

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Also, that the narrative is generally about the abled teacher helping her and how amazing she was to be able to do it.  As the wikipedia article frames it: “The story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.”  So even the story about Helen Keller is often not really about her.

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Helen Keller is a glaring example of it, but history’s dominant narratives are full of women whose stories are depoliticised and infantilised in order to make them more “inspirational”.  

A current example: when Malala Yousafzai is the brave little girl who just wanted to learn, she’s the world’s darling, but when she tells Obama that drone strikes are driving terrorism the cameras all turn off. 

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Tags: justice



Because they were always heroes, even before they officially became them.

ok but no no no no no that is literally tony being a villain like absolutely 100% supervillain territory that is a giant ass bomb that he built and then didn’t care who got it he was NOT a hero first that’s the whole point of him that’s what he brings to the shitfest that is the avengers team some of them ARE heroes who needed a little something extra to prove it to everyone else steve right i basically mean steve but thor was a genocidal playboy tony was a supervillain and bruce had the most dangerous bad practices with science of a tropey mad scientist ever no they were not good men steve was always a great man sam is always a great man but these other guys are proof that owning your mistakes is the best way to be a better man THAT’s the POINT

So when I first saw this post the very correct rant here was a bunch of hashtags. So I wrote this:

local $/ = undef;
open FILE, "toomanyhashtags.txt" or die "Couldn't open file: $!";
binmode FILE;
$string = <FILE>;
close FILE;
$string =~ s/<a class="post_tag" href="http:\/\/\/tagged\/[^"]+">#([^<]+)<\/a>/$1 /g;
print $string;

And it automatically removed all of the tag links. I feel that it’s useful enough to share.

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If there’s a “heavens no” and a “hell yes” why isn’t there a “purgatory maybe”


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Go Forth and Educate Yourselves!

I’d also highly recommend watching the Jane Elliot Brown-eye/Blue-eye experiments, which can be found here:

Not only should you educate yourself but use this for good. Look around you and help others who don’t have this privilege. Hiring, donating, community service, etc.

After this post went viral, the original artist had to delete their tumblr because they were inundated with death threats.

There were people more offended by this comic than offended by the existence of racial disparities—to the point where they threatened this artist’s life.

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Tags: justice



I thought you might want to watch this. The feels.

i’m starting a kickstarter to refund this person’s dignity please donate

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The superior domesticated apex predator pursues their quarry through challenging terrain.

The superior domesticated apex predator pursues their quarry through challenging terrain.

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Okay but Never Gonna Give You Up (better known as Rickroll) is actually a really really horrible song for many reasons, which I will better explain under the cut. 

Brace yourselves, this is pretty long.

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A brilliant metaphor

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Tags: justice


Follow-up from my post about the AIDS researchers who were killed in the plane crash:

Despite earlier reports approximately 100 passengers on board the plane were on their way to the conference, Barré-Sinoussi said that number was unlikely.

"We are very confident that we had at least six colleagues on board. There might be a few more, but not the number that as been announced [by the media]"


Which is some small comfort, at least.