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ghost looks for jobs 

almost every tech job posting ever:

"we're committed to diversity in tech....

....we're looking for someone with 5+ years of experience....

....in very specific technologies....

....which have historically been extremely exclusive and prejudiced....

...and consequently only cis guys have experience in these technologies....

....so we're going to hire an experienced tech bro, because business needs are business needs."

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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alice in wonderland 

alice: how long is forever?

white rabbit: sometimes, just one second.

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Ableist word profile: gimp 

From 1925: a disability which affects an individual’s leg(s); also used to describe an individual with a disability that affects their leg(s).

etymonline.com/word/gimp

Fosstodon 

What I see happening with that instance is pretty much a carbon copy of what happens in the greater FOSS community: someone with power is finally publicly revealed to be a bigot, and everyone involved in the project just shrugs and remains ignorant (by choice or by privilege). There’s blowback for a bit and oppressed people are harmed so they leave and/or cut off contact, and the status quo remains unchanged.

Until privileged tech folk stop coddling fash tech folk, nothing will change.

Ableist word profile: dimwit 

A combination of “dim” (to mean “low intensity”) and “wit” (to mean “intelligence”), calling someone a dimwit is insulting their perceived intelligence.

Same goes for related words like half-wit, nitwit, and fuckwit.

etymonline.com/word/dimwit

ableist word profile: pinhead 

Zip the Pinhead was a freak show performer named William Henry Johnson, the child of slaves who was recruited into the shows because of his small head, thought to be microcephaly (where the cranium does not grow to its fullest size, sometimes resulting in intellectual disabilities, although Johnson was not believed to be intellectually disabled).

Zippy the Pinhead (a comic strip) was partly influenced by Johnson's life.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_the_

abelist word profile: stupid 

from the 1540s: "mentally slow, lacking ordinary activity of mind, dull, inane,"

from 16th century Middle French stupide

and directly from Latin stupidus "amazed, confounded; dull, foolish," literally "struck senseless"

...and so on.

etymonline.com/word/stupid

"NSFW" as a CW 

friendly reminder that the phrase "not safe for work" erases sex workers and centers white collar workers above all others (including disabled non-workers and asexual folks) who may need a heads up about what's contained in the post.

there are better ways to tag "NSFW" content. some suggestions:

- nudity: sexual or nonsexual
- partial nudity
- sex or sex acts
- lewd
- kink
- porn

thanks.

fighting antifatness: when fat people clap back 

my favorites:
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“Thank god, now let’s hope this fat bitch doesn’t buy all the cupcakes.” In an epic move, Blossom decided to clap back — by buying all the cupcakes in the store.
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“I had an older woman come up to me while I was on [a stationary] bike. She put her hand on my shoulder and said ‘don’t worry honey, you’ll get there.’ I said ‘bless your heart, this is a stationary bike. Where do you think I’m going?’” —AJ
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ravishly.com/fat-people-clap-b

a quick refresher about ableism in the English language 

spoiler: it's ABUNDANT. yes, even in 2018.

some resources:

"Idiot, imbecile, and moron were, not so long ago, used in a psychological classification system, and each one was assigned to a fairly specific range of abilities." from Merriam Webster.
merriam-webster.com/words-at-p

Disabled Feminists (sadly now defunct) selection of ableist word profiles:
disabledfeminists.com/category

Autistic Hoya's lengthy list of ableist terms:
autistichoya.com/p/ableist-wor

ghost looks for jobs 

almost every tech job posting ever:

"we're committed to diversity in tech....

....we're looking for someone with 5+ years of experience....

....in very specific technologies....

....which have historically been extremely exclusive and prejudiced....

...and consequently only cis guys have experience in these technologies....

....so we're going to hire an experienced tech bro, because business needs are business needs."

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

disposable straws, or how the disabled are destroying the planet 

plastic straws are the devil's tools, but factory farms, leaded water, and oil pipelines get a pass?

stolen from twitter:
While Joseph Friedman's original concept came from observing his daughter at a soda fountain, the first targeted sales of the "flex-straw" were to hospitals in 1947. "Bendy straws" are now frequently cited as an early example of .

twitter.com/LCarterLong/status

alice in wonderland 

alice: how long is forever?

white rabbit: sometimes, just one second.

Pet loss ment. (-/+) 

No one has been in Ginger's favorite spot since she passed in March, but this morning Lillian has been here for hours.

Lillian was Ginger's bff (best feline friend), so it seems fitting that Lillian is the first cat to decide it's okay to use it.

FOSS-worship shitpost; cw: capitalism 

if you "FOSS OR DIE" fucks spent half as much time lowering the barrier for entry for everyone who says "i'd love to use FOSS tools but i don't have the skills/time/physical or mental energy/computing power to run a [proprietary/capitalist software] alternative" as you spend shitting on people who can't adopt that aforementioned FOSS alternative, you FOSS fucks would have singlehandedly shut down the entire proprietary software industry by now.

diet/nutrition/sizeist research, capitalism 

a major Mediterranean diet study that everyone loves to quote has been retracted.

it turns out the study wasn't quite as random as they claimed. and even when accounting for this error and bias, people following a Mediterranean diet did have some health benefits, but these benefits were not caused by the diet itself.

qz.com/1305718/the-science-beh

you know what DOES improve health outcomes?

Money.

qz.com/1045037/the-mediterrane

i found this great old pic of ginger on an old usb drive.

cats 

kepler really wants to be ginger’s bff, but ginger’s not having it because kepler has been a jerk too many times, and she doesn’t have patience for his shit.

but this seems like a fair compromise for now. anticapitalist.party/media/rxr

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