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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 31 2013

Treated like subhuman garbage

Lindy West, like many observers, points out that a report abuse button on Twitter could be used for just more of the same abuse. The thought of having my Twitter account potentially suspended by abusers in retaliation for fighting back against my own abuse is profoundly enraging. On the other hand, though, this week someone …

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Jul 31 2013

Burka Avenger

Pakistan now has its own caped crusader, but under the cape is a burqa. Hmm. Pakistan’s first caped crusader is a burka-clad superhero who fights school-hating baddies by night and moonlights as a gentle, compassionate schoolteacher by day. Burka Avenger has yet to launch on TV, but she is creating quite an impression in a country …

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Jul 31 2013

It’s rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible

Just because. The parrot sketch.

Jul 31 2013

It’s going downhill

Texas is racing at top speed toward the edge of a cliff again. At least six creationists/”intelligent design” proponents succeeded in getting invited to review high school biology textbooks that publishers have submitted for adoption in Texas this year. The State Board of Education (SBOE) will decide in November which textbooks to approve. Those textbooks could be in …

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Jul 30 2013

Numbers

Marcela Kunova on online harassment at the Huffington Post UK: Virtually every woman who publicly contributes to a political debate is subjected to virulent and largely anonymous online invective, or “trolling”. But it is far more than simply readers’ feedback. Trolling is intended to make women shut up – and to remind them their primary purpose is …

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Jul 30 2013

Newsnight on Twitter trolls

That bit of Newsnight is on YouTube.

Jul 30 2013

Trolls griefers and flamers

defa

Things get more interesting every day. BBC Newsnight talked about the Twitter harassment tonight (that is, two and a half hours ago). Paul Mason wrote a related article about it. It traced the harassment back to none other than Rebecca’s “guys, don’t do that” video, and showed a bit of said video. Then it talked …

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Jul 30 2013

Living unquietly

Sometimes the 140 character limit can produce aphoristic wisdom. From Quinn Norton for instance. if I always tried to police my language for those out there who want to use it to attack me, I would have no words left anyhow, the act I do which causes the most offense is living unquietly. Recognized.

Jul 30 2013

Troping the tropes

becca

This made me laugh.

Jul 30 2013

Journalist hunts the elusive woman atheist

Secular Woman responds to the Salon piece on where oh where oh where are the women atheists. Last week Salon writer Katie Engelhart asked, “Where are the Women of New Atheism?” Since she couldn’t seem to find many, or mention by name most of those she did acknowledge, we decided to give her a hand …

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