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Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 30 2013

Inaccessibility Checker plugin installed at FtB

A few times during FtBCon 1, I had complained that people who use screen readers often have a hard time of making sense of some bloggers’ tendency of putting up an image as the sum total of their post, without even the decency of alt text or a caption for people with vision disabilities. Worse …

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Oct 30 2013

Mighty Girls Hallowe’en

Girl dressed as Link from Legend of Zelda - why must a girl be the damsel when she can be the hero?

I realize I’ve been neglecting the blog again. Sorry ’bout that. Here, have some adorable little girls who would not be stopped from being exactly what they wanted to be for Hallowe’en by something as socially-constructed as gender.

Oct 28 2013

Last-second sanity from Texas on abortion restriction law!

Well this is some heartening news. Less than 24 hours before new abortion regulations were set to take effect in Texas, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday blocked implementation of one provision challenged by abortion providers and partially blocked a second provision, ruling that they could place an undue burden on women and are …

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Oct 26 2013

Vintage 90s anti-”socialism” healthcare fearmongering

Any of this sound familiar? There sure is a lot of pushback against everyone getting healthcare in your country for some strange reason. And it seems to be coming from the same anti-humanistic religious sources. Surely Jesus would be against healing the sick without first making a profit, amirite? The only truly American health care …

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Oct 23 2013

Beta-testing a new feature.

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I’ve had the plugin that I’ve been talking about for Freethought Blogs mostly-done for a few weeks now, and I’ve had it installed on the live server for that time with no ill effects. Tonight, I managed to get the final pieces of the puzzle out of the way, and it’s ready to go live. …

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Oct 22 2013

Lila Rose, anti-abortionist, tries to steal Malala Yousafzai’s activist cred

If you ever decide to unironically compare yourself to a civil rights activist who has risked everything and (almost) lost it all while fighting for, say, a woman’s right to be educated, and your cause is as patently uncivil as preventing women from choosing what to do with their bodies, expect to get laughed at …

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Oct 21 2013

Asexual awareness week

Once upon a time, I was young and foolish, and thinking I was so enlightened about sexuality I suggested at a lunch table with friends that Freud was onto something when he said “the only unnatural sexuality is none at all”. Little did I know a friend at that table with me — about whom …

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Oct 21 2013

Almost winter weather, time to get a toque.

Blue/purple knitted toque with Venus symbols and word "MISANDRY". Also, a cute pompom on top.

Time to break out the winter gear. Found here. Hand-made made-to-order for $35, or you can order the pattern instead.

Oct 19 2013

Elsewhere, another community handles similar events differently.

It’s no surprise the science blogging community, even the “mainstream media” parts of it like Scientific American, intersects heavily with the community of atheists and freethinkers that make up the skeptical and atheist communities. Not all the members of the science blogging community, though, have any inclination toward being part of the atheist/skeptical communities. In …

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Oct 18 2013

The risk factors for being raped: a complete list

1. Being within fucking-distance (or even groping-distance) of someone who rapes people.

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