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The Whiteness Project

Ugh. I can’t even… But I’m going to try. I’ll be frank. When I first heard of this project, sight unseen, I imagined it was a series of vignettes detailing how the lives of individual white Americans was difficult, and using this to claim that white America had it just as bad as African-Americans or…

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Pop Culture Link Round Up 10.18.14

Warner Brothers has given the green light to a big screen adaptation of the novel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (h/t The Mary Sue).  In the same press release that revealed the Wonder Woman solo film, we learn: The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on…

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Woman of the Day: Isadora Duncan

History class, English class, Math class…growing up, I remember learning of the accomplishments of many people in US and world history.  Almost overwhelmingly though, the people discussed were white men. Very rarely were women discussed. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that the accomplishments of women have historically been ignored.  This is another way that sexism…

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Woman of the Day: Empress Cixi

History class, English class, Math class…growing up, I remember learning of the accomplishments of many people in US and world history.  Almost overwhelmingly though, the people discussed were white men. Very rarely were women discussed. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that the accomplishments of women have historically been ignored.  This is another way that sexism…

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Blasphemy laws are an affront to human rights

Freedom of thought and freedom of expression are two fundamental rights that every human being has. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in recognizing these rights, declares: Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or…

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Sniff Sniff I smell a bigot!

Yesterday I was worthy of death because raging asshole Mr. Chaps thinks homosexuals make baby jesus cry (actually he thinks worse than that; even among homophobes, many don’t support killing gay people, unlike Chappy McChaperson). Today, in an attempt to outdo that homophobic bigotry, I got a lovely message from one Justin Raimondo (he is the editorial director of…

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LGBT Link Round Up 10.17.14

Hate Crimes Down Overall But Up Against Lesbians And Transgender People And now for some good news: hate crimes decreased by 17 percent in Los Angeles in 2013. This number comes from the L.A. County Commission of Human Relations (LACCHR), which analyzes reported hate crimes in L.A. every year. There were 384 reported hate crimes…

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Survivor Stories: Clai Lasher-Sommers

An epidemic of gun violence has overtaken the United States. More than 30,000 people are killed by firearms every year; more than half of those the result of firearm related suicides. Discussions about gun control often center on reducing the numbers of firearm related deaths. Unfortunately, what often gets lost in those discussions, is that many people have…

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Aerial drone photos of killer whales

An unmanned remote controlled vehicle has allowed scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Vancouver Aquarium to film killer whales from above. The high resolution camera mounted to the drone has taken beautifully detailed images of the magnificent creatures. (photo courtesy of NOAA) (photo courtesy of NOAA) (photo courtesy of NOAA; you can check out further images…

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New York Comic Con Cosplay

One of these days I’ll make it to one of these conventions. NYCC. SDCC. Dragon Con.  One of them. You’d think a huge comics fan like me would have already been to one, seeing as I’ve been reading comics for three-quarters of my life.  I’ve already decided what costume I’m going to wear (and who…