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Who stole the dino emoji?

Jul 17th, 2022 6:44 am | By

The Boston public radio station WBUR did a conversational show several months ago about dinosaur emojis.

Emoji might not be 66 million years old, but they are pretty much everywhere. Join Ben and Amory as they explore the history of dinosaur emoji in LGBTQ+ communities and their more recent use as an online dog-whistle for anti-trans activists. What happens when one symbol is used for conflicting reasons? And can the dinosaur emoji avoid redefinition — or extinction?

Ben: So I want us to explore this. This specific thing that is happening with this specific set of emoji that’s really become this heated debate involving who gets to own the meaning of symbols, specifically the symbols that we all

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Lung-affirming care at last

Jul 16th, 2022 11:55 am | By

When satire is all too much like reality. The Babylon Bee:

Cigarette maker Marlboro has announced that they have added puberty blockers to cigarettes to make them legal for kids.

“Now that our smooth Marlboro cigarettes can block puberty, 13 and 14-year-old kids should be able to use them legally, without parental consent,” said a spokesperson for the company. 

Cited as “lung-affirming care,” the cigarette manufacturer’s decision to supplement their products with puberty blockers has caused progressives to praise Marlboro as a true advocate for children’s health.

Critics have pointed out the cigarette manufacturer’s sordid history of using deceptive marketing tactics to make young, susceptible populations think cigarettes were cool. But these critics were quickly and violently silenced

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Jul 16th, 2022 10:32 am | By

The utter patronizing stupidity of these people.

Of course by “inclusive” they don’t mean what sane people mean by “inclusive.” Of course they mean exclude women by talking about people instead of women.

No it is not “exclusionary” to “center” i.e. talk about women and women only in pro-abortion “messaging.” Why? Because men don’t need abortions, that’s why. Why don’t men need abortions? Because they can’t get pregnant. Most … Read the rest

This imbecile conversation

Jul 16th, 2022 9:47 am | By

For your reading enjoyment, a comment by philospher Daniel Kaufman in reply to a comment on a guest post at his blog Electric Agora:

Let me just be very clear, since I keep getting pulled into this imbecile conversation with the Manne Fan.

1. If you think that the abortion catastrophe we just experienced calls for referring to women as ‘impregnables’, you are either batshit crazy or too stupid to count your toes.

2. If you think this is a good idea politically; that it will strengthen the pro choice coalition, you are a fool and should be kept far away from politics if the Democrats are to have a chance of winning.

3. Telling your elders and betters

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The chilling effect

Jul 16th, 2022 6:13 am | By

This is even more terrifying – by a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University:

Earlier this week I was preparing to write a guest essay with my colleague Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an OB-GYN here in Indiana. We wanted to write about the chilling effect that the overturning of Roe v. Wade has had on medicine in our state and around the country in just a few short weeks. But then Dr. Bernard became a target of a national smear campaign for speaking out about her 10-year-old patient, a rape victim from Ohio who needed an abortion and had to travel to Indiana to receive one, given the restrictions in her home state.

On Wednesday night, our state’s attorney general

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Texas is 2012 Galway

Jul 16th, 2022 5:52 am | By

The New England Journal of Medicine tells us that Texas is hell-bent on letting women die if their pregnancies go wrong. Two, three, many Savita Halappanavars.

Health systems and clinicians planning their responses3 can look to Texas, where we have already witnessed the impact of strict abortion bans on the provision of evidence-based, essential health care for pregnant people. Since September 1, 2021, Texas Senate Bill 8 (SB8) has prohibited abortions after the detection of embryonic cardiac activity, which occurs around 6 weeks after a person’s last menstrual period. After that point, SB8 allows abortions only in physician-documented medical emergencies. Anyone suspected of violating the law or aiding and abetting a prohibited abortion can face a civil

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Insult women some more why don’t you

Jul 15th, 2022 4:03 pm | By

Take a deep breath.

Swimming World reports:

Lia Thomas, Brooke Forde Among 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

Man who cheated women out of swimming medals nominated for woman of the year. The insults just never end, do they.

NCAA champion Lia Thomas and American Olympian Brooke Forde were among the nominees for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year, released Thursday.

The duo is among 577 graduating student-athletes in Division I, II and III nominated for the award. Schools nominate their athletes for the award, and conferences select up to two from each school. The preliminary list will be narrowed down to 10 athletes from each division, 30 in total. The Woman of the Year award was

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The low-key greeting

Jul 15th, 2022 12:13 pm | By

Jamal who?

President Joe Biden bumped fists with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman when the two men met for the first time in Jeddah on Friday, effectively putting an end to his efforts to shun the Saudi leader.

“Yo, buddy. That whole cutting up Jamal Khashoggi with a bone saw thing is water under the bridge.”

The low-key greeting underscored the tense circumstances of the trip, with Biden seeking Saudi promises to help lower oil prices, but wanting to avoid any appearance of being too friendly with Prince Mohammed, 36, whom he’d vowed to ostracize for the 2018 killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi. 

Look, we need the oil, ok? What are we supposed to do, figure out how … Read the rest

Guest post: It’s been quite a week

Jul 15th, 2022 12:03 pm | By

Originally a comment by Screechy Monkey on Split the girl.

Local Ohio news outlets: Pregnant 10-year-old is forced to go to Indiana for an abortion because it can’t be done in Ohio

Conservatives: This can’t be true! This story is false!

Glenn Kessler, WaPo “fact checker”: Hmm, yes, this story seems very dubious, where is the criminal charge against the rapist? (Because we all know that all rapes result in criminal prosecutions) And this doctor is an activist, because she performs abortions, unlike GOP state officials, who are objective and trustworthy.

Local Ohio news outlets: Uh, yes, it’s true, we attended the rapist’s arraignment today, where were you guys?

Kessler: Hm. Well. Nevertheless. It’s all about ethical practices in … Read the rest

But it was the anecdotal beginning

Jul 15th, 2022 11:44 am | By

Always be sure to fact-check the rapes. Bitches lie, you know, especially when they’re ten years old. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler was on the case:

This is the account of a one-source story that quickly went viral around the world — and into the talking points of the president.

The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, which had guaranteed a right to abortion, has led a number of states to quickly impose new laws to restrict or limit abortions. Ohio was one of the first, imposing a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape and incest.

On July 1, the Indianapolis Star, also known as the IndyStar, published an article

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Your daily reminder

Jul 15th, 2022 10:40 am | By

This may be the stupidest ever.

Here’s your daily reminder that the universe is made of custard.

Here’s your daily reminder that sheep have 47 legs.

Here’s your daily reminder that Thomas Jefferson got a PhD in astrophysics at Stanford.

Here’s your daily reminder that it takes 5 hours to walk from Boston to San Diego.

In short, no, not everyone gets abortions. Let’s break this down to make it easy to grasp: there’s a whole large category of … Read the rest

Guest post: Okay, whatever, the point is…

Jul 15th, 2022 10:03 am | By

Originally a comment by Sastra on The genderist version of the German-Russian Non-Aggression Pact.

Getting clear definitions of these concepts is like nailing jello to the wall; that’s intentional. That nobody on the genderist side seems to care is interesting.

Indeed it is. It’s particularly interesting when the insouciance is coming from skeptic or atheist communities which up till now have been laser-focused on the weakness of poorly-defined concepts shoring up elaborate edifices of practice.

“Homeopathy works because (garble garble) … okay, whatever, the point is that it works.”

“God exists as (garble garble) … okay, whatever, the point is that He exists.”

“The ‘gender’ in ‘gender identity’ means (garble garble) … okay, whatever, the point is that trans … Read the rest

Dozens of fires are burning

Jul 15th, 2022 8:05 am | By

Global hotting is real.

Residents and holidaymakers have fled towns and villages in France as fires are whipped up by high winds and tinder-dry conditions in several countries in Europe. More than 10,000 people have been forced to leave the south-western Gironde region in the past few days.

Dozens of fires are burning in Portugal and Spain where temperatures have surged above 40C. At least 281 deaths in the two countries were linked to the heatwave.

Meanwhile the cruise ships arrive and depart, the planes take off and land, the cars zoom, the container ships circle the globe.

Temperatures were set to top 40C in large areas of western Spain as well as Portugal on Friday. At Pinhão in

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Split the girl

Jul 15th, 2022 7:21 am | By

Scum of the earth:

The 10-year-old Ohio girl who crossed state lines to receive an abortion in Indiana should have carried her pregnancy to term and would be required to do so under a model law written for state legislatures considering more restrictive abortion measures, according to the general counsel for the National Right to Life.

Would be forced to in other words. A female child would be forced to push out a baby: rape times a million.

Jim Bopp, an Indiana lawyer who authored the model legislation in advance of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, told POLITICO on Thursday that his law only provides exceptions when the pregnant person’s girl’s life is in danger.

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Guest post: The genderist version of the German-Russian Non-Aggression Pact

Jul 15th, 2022 5:38 am | By

Originally a comment by Your Name’s not Bruce? on To pronoun or not to pronoun.

If “non-binary” has any meaning at all, that meaning should utterly undercut the current notion of “trans”…

This has always been a marriage of convenience to bolster numbers. It’s like the genderist version of the German-Russian Non-Aggression Pact. The “trans umbrella” has so many identities that, if you look for very long at all, are completely contradictory. NB and gender fluid identities both go against the concept of gender as a fixed, internal sense of whatever it’s supposed to be a sense of, but in different ways. Nonbinary identities supposedly stand outside the male/female dichotomy. But how does that work with the trans/cis dichotomy? … Read the rest

Wife croaked, send cash

Jul 14th, 2022 5:14 pm | By

Trump shares his hearfelt sorrow at the death of one of his wives, the, the, you know, the blondy one, the foreign blondy one.… Read the rest

The censors send kind regards

Jul 14th, 2022 2:44 pm | By

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission seems confused (or worse).

Official bodies saying that knowing people can’t change sex is a “controversial belief” when it’s just a humdrum obvious known by everyone fact. Official bodies saying that in some circumstances it may be lawful to limit how “men are not women” is expressed. I await the heavy hand of the law falling on my shoulder because I’m aware that men … Read the rest

Guest post: Not an allegiance, a hostile takeover

Jul 14th, 2022 12:01 pm | By

Originally a comment by Artymorty on Gay men seeking abortions.

I detect a strong tone of bullying subjugation in HRC’s statement. I could be wrong, but I doubt other groups’ advocacy orgs are putting out tweets with such wording that could be interpreted as claiming ownership over abortion rights. But that’s par for the course for the gender movement: its objective is to annex and then dismantle anything that has to do with biological sex. First, they took over gay rights orgs, which, save for LGB Alliance, have been completely assimilated by the Gender Borg and are now overtly hostile to actual homosexuals like me. Now it’s abortion’s turn.

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Look away from the bear

Jul 14th, 2022 11:43 am | By

An epic opening paragraph by Olivia Nuzzi at New York Magazine:

Donald Trump was impeached twice, lost the 2020 election by 7,052,770 votes, is entangled in investigations by federal prosecutors (over the Capitol insurrection and over the mishandling of classified White House documents and over election interference) and the District of Columbia attorney general (over financial fraud at the Presidential Inaugural Committee) and the Manhattan district attorney (over financial fraud at the Trump Organization) and the New York State attorney general (over financial fraud at the Trump Organization) and the Westchester County district attorney (over financial fraud at the Trump Organization) and the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney (over criminal election interference in Georgia) and the Securities and

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They didn’t do this in the 13th century

Jul 14th, 2022 9:51 am | By

The Daily Mail [sorry]:

A town carnival has been forced to issue an apology after a float that jokingly featured burly men dressed ‘as the Olympic 2024 female athletic team’ was deemed ‘transphobic’.

Forced? Really? How?

Trans stand-up comedian Donna Landy attended the Great Torrington Mayfair and Carnival in Devon back in May and blasted a float for being ‘offensive’ and highlighting a backwards’ viewpoint on transgender issues.

I assume a trans stand-up comedian is one who isn’t funny.

The float featured a sign declaring: ‘Of course we’re women, we sit down to pee’ and ‘Olympics 2024 woman’s 100m final’ – referencing the recent decision from FINA, world swimming’s governing body, who recently adopted a new policy to prohibit

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