• School Vouchers Are Just Code for ‘Segregation Forever’, the Daily Beast: “Their advocates claim that vouchers and “school choice” constitute a civil right, a social justice issue. In fact, the call for “sc […]

  • Ted Cruz Positively Outraged That The Government Would Interfere With His Reproductive Rights, Wonkette: In the time-honored tradition of trolling forced-birth conservatives by introducing legislation to […]

  • Melanie Mallon posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    False dichotomy leading to a straw man that no one is arguing.

  • This week’s post is a brief and uneventful break from all the digital BS we wade through every day lately. It comes from the Upside Down a published source, a magazine for structural engineers, who apparently read […]

    • That is one strange graph.

    • Hey there! Not sure if anyone is really tuinking about bad chart thursday these days, but if so maybe take a gander at the ‘largest one month job gain’ chart in this article. Truly a stunning and useless graph that really miscontextualizes things: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/05/jobs-report-may-2020.html

      • You wake up in the hospital, heavily sedated but in serious pain. “What happened?” you ask. “We have good news and bad news” says the doctor. “You’ve been shot four times, once in the head, twice in the chest and in the shoulder. The good news is the shoulder wound was a clean through-and-through and we’ve mostly stopped the bleeding.”

      • oo, oo I have one too! I love BCT.

        I never saw anything so blatant in my life, they reorganised data from different dates to make it SEEM like the trend was down wards!

  • Melanie Mallon posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    How can you read that thread and conclude that America has gradually become less racist? Every example in that thread shows instance after instance of America going BACKWARD on race and white supremacy. This doesn’t mean that America is “just as racist” as the colonists in the sixteenth century. It means that the country constantly backslides…[Read more]

  • Melanie Mallon posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Welcome, Isis!

  • Melanie Mallon posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Where do you see that claim made? “Just as racist” isn’t the point of the thread as I read it. The point is that there isn’t a straight line of progress on racism and against white supremacy that goes from worse to better. That line turns back on itself repeatedly in our country’s history.

    I really don’t see any evidence that wearing…[Read more]

    • > One of the most popular misconceptions about black history is that over time, America has gradually become less racist and more tolerant. That is not true.

      > Harriot continues documenting the progress of white supremacy, tying it to present-day forms and making clear that the idea of progressing away from racism and white supremacy is a myth…[Read more]

      • How can you read that thread and conclude that America has gradually become less racist? Every example in that thread shows instance after instance of America going BACKWARD on race and white supremacy. This doesn’t mean that America is “just as racist” as the colonists in the sixteenth century. It means that the country constantly backslides…[Read more]

  • Some of the most eye-opening information on the internet comes in the form of a tweet thread, with Black twitter and History twitter leading the way. This week’s post combines the best of those worlds with a […]

    • So, the United States is just as racist and intolerant today as it was when the first Africans disembarked in 1526? It’s outlandish claims like this that make it more and more difficult to convince people of the need to address the remaining vestiges of the country’s racist past.

      • Where do you see that claim made? “Just as racist” isn’t the point of the thread as I read it. The point is that there isn’t a straight line of progress on racism and against white supremacy that goes from worse to better. That line turns back on itself repeatedly in our country’s history.

        I really don’t see any evidence that wearing rose-colored glasses leads to anyone addressing anything difficult. The opposite is usually true: we have to be uncomfortable enough to do something about a problem.

        • > One of the most popular misconceptions about black history is that over time, America has gradually become less racist and more tolerant. That is not true.

          > Harriot continues documenting the progress of white supremacy, tying it to present-day forms and making clear that the idea of progressing away from racism and white supremacy is a myth in American history and society.

          These two comments combined suggest America is not progressing when it comes to racism and intolerance, which demonstrably false.

          > I really don’t see any evidence that wearing rose-colored glasses leads to anyone addressing anything difficult. The opposite is usually true: we have to be uncomfortable enough to do something about a problem.

          Two words: Chicken Little.

          • How can you read that thread and conclude that America has gradually become less racist? Every example in that thread shows instance after instance of America going BACKWARD on race and white supremacy. This doesn’t mean that America is “just as racist” as the colonists in the sixteenth century. It means that the country constantly backslides without an active fight to progress forward. We are in the midst of such a backslide right now. White supremacy is on the rise.

            Your second quotation is my summary of the rest of the thread, not Harriot’s words, and I could have been more precise and explained it more in line with what I said above.

            I assume you’re jokingly conceding that there’s no evidence by citing a children’s story that isn’t relevant.

    • I make the observation that this post implies America is as racist and intolerant today as it was when Africans first arrived. You respond that’s not what this post says. I quote from the post the portions that say exactly that. Now you are saying America has been going backwards on racism for five centuries, but we are not as racist as sixteenth century colonists. How can both be true? Either we are progressing–albeit in fits and starts–or we are not progressing. Which is it?

      My reference to Chicken Little was a reference to the fact that people will STOP LISTENING when claims are demonstrably false. There IS still racism in America, but to claim we have been backsliding on the issue for five centuries is demonstrably false. The situation today is FAR BETTER than it has ever been. People will never apply the kind of focus required, however, to see the few remaining vestiges of racism when they are busy scoffing at claims that white Americans are as bad as the slavers who first brought Africans to North America 500 years ago.

  • Melanie Mallon posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    It is an actual poll, not satire!

  • Large Majority of New Hampshire Democrats Prefer Death by Meteor Than to See Trump Win Again, Rolling Stone: “Somewhat surprisingly, 28 percent of conservatives joined the majority of Democrats on wiping out […]

  • In response to an argument no one was making, a Trump supporter gifted everyone on a Facebook thread with this week’s featured chart. I think it was secretly a cry for help because it (unintentionally?) mocks […]

  • I masochistically watched nearly every hour of the Senate impeachment trial*, and I can say unequivocally that Trump’s lawyers’ defenses were blatant lies. This is not surprising, of course, but these lies are […]

  • More Georgia Racism: Snellville Business Owners Find ‘No More N***er Businesses’ Letters Pinned to Their Stores, the Root: The headline really says it all, and I don’t want to give the letter itself any more […]

  • Even the least jaded among us are probably not surprised by the Senate GOP’s decision not to try the impeachment of Donald Trump by voting against documents and witnesses. Republicans have always had an abusive […]

  • On Cultural Appropriation: A Latina Novelist Calls Herself out Amid the “American Dirt” Controversy, Salon: Whether or not you’ve followed the controversy over Jeanine Cummins’ book, this article provides a […]

  • Higher Minimum Wages Linked to Reduced Suicide Rate, Ars Technica: “A number of studies . . . have indicated that financial stressors are a significant contributor [to suicides]. And a few recent studies have […]

  • $1 Billion for Briny Breezes? Real Estate Broker Thinks Trump Would Buy . . . and Residents Are Listening, Palm Beach Post: This is too on the nose not to share. Apparently, Trump family friend Vanilla Ice is […]

    • Melanie Mallon,
      I am so glad Hallmark caved to the American mainstream and told One Million Bigoted Loser Moms and the misnamed “American Family Association” to shove it.

  • Shot: Things We Saw Today: Hallmark Caves to Homophobes, the Mary Sue: “The campaign was spearheaded by One Million Karens who would like to speak to the manager Moms, which started a petition demanding that […]

  • Metaxas’ “Donald Builds the Wall” Recalls Nazi Children’s Books, at Love, Joy, Feminism: “I watched a video of Metaxas doing a ‘dramatic reading’ of his book. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t being unfair to […]

    • In reality, ICANN had never had much actual authority over who is allowed to have certain TLDs (three letter domains) such as .com, .org, and so on. They don’t even regulate who can get a .gov domain; the US Government does that separately. This is why some of the first .org domains were used by for profit companies. After public backlash, the domain servicers (i.e. GoDaddy and the like today) privately promised to only sell the .org domains to non profits, but only well recognized ones. I could always buy abcxyz.org, but redCross.org or something else recognizable was harder to get them to agree to.
      In short, there are literally no requirements to buy a .org domain except good faith from the registrars. Even if there were requirements, ICANN has no teeth to enforce any requirements anyway. They have literally no power to regulate anything.

  • Protesters Blare Christine Blasey Ford Testimony and Dress Up as Handmaids outside Kavanaugh Speech, USA Today: “As guests filed into Union Station to hear a keynote speech by Supreme Court Justice Brett […]

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