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"Yahoo bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion in 2013, and Verizon bought Yahoo's operating business, including Tumblr, for $4.48 billion in June 2017. Verizon banned porn and most nudity on Tumblr about six months after buying Yahoo, and in 2019, it sold Tumblr to Automattic. Tumblr was by then worth a fraction of its previous value. The sale price wasn't announced but was reportedly "well below" $20 million."

While there's nothing good going on in Afghanistan right now, I had a thought about one easy-to-miss element of the badness. One of the effects of cultural misogyny and the general disrespect of women is that, like here, there were very few women involved in the government and security forces in Afghanistan. I suspect a largely female military would not have traded their provinces over to the Taliban nearly so easily. The general carrot-and-stick threat the Taliban offered to male leaders simply doesn't exist for women. There is no carrot.

Said a different way, looking at this situation it's plain that women should not rely, or even trust, men to protect them. They need their own stake in the power structures and militaries that are meant to protect them because men cannot be relied upon.

Finished up Axiom Verge 2. The story was much easier to follow in this one. The Breach was pretty punishing but the game did a good job of giving you close respawn points. If I hadn't found the "teleport to save points" item when I did the game would have been a slog though. 5/5 metroidvania.

My plans for the rest of the night have been replaced by Axiom Verge 2.

Suddenly in the middle of it all comments show up like this one:

"And then just when I'm firmly in the Code of Conduct camp, along comes someone in a blithering moral panic screaming that we have to do a massive clean up and remove all references to master/slave in our code! And abruptly I'm over on the 'where did all these snowflakes come from?' side. If you want to be offended by something like that, then go right ahead. You have that right. But you absolutely lose my sympathy when you choose to do so. And it is a choice. The 'n' word is inherently offensive. The word 'slave' is not. The institution of human slavery was absolutely abhorrent. But words have multiple meanings and the word 'slave' has been used in a metaphorical sense to refer to dependent relationships for literal centuries."

They start out getting it and then suddenly miss the point entirely. It basically becomes this:

"This one word that I acknowledge the racial animus I agree with you about. This other word that I acknowledge the racial animus of I don't personally find offensive though. This makes you the asshole and weirdo for finding that racial animus offensive in this context that I don't."

Unfortunately you see how well white supremacists have convinced people that obvious white supremacist talking points aren't played out here.

They talk about slavery as if it were entirely in the past tense. They genuinely seem to not know that the institution of slavery and racial epithets are tied to each other. They've been taught not to consider how normalizing these words helps to normalize racism and being a part of that makes them a cog in the institutional racism machine.

Said a different way: White supremacists have convinced them they're not complicit so that they can continue to be completely complicit in white supremacy.

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My thoughts on this don't seem to want to settle down today. I keep relating it in my head to experiences as a member of the Board of UT and in OWbN. It seems like so often it comes down to two things:

[1] People protecting their shitty friends
[2] People protecting their shitty words

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"I have personally used and enjoyed the Perl language for nearly 30 years, and it's distressing to see the bigotry and edgelording coming from prominent elements of the community—not to mention the Board's failures to respond decisively. The Perl community is not the first to struggle with "culture wars" revolving around a code of conduct, either, which makes it all the more puzzling why its Board seems incapable of formulating one.

Ultimately, the presence of toxic elements—whether racist, sexist, or just plain aggressively bullying—in a community of any real size is perhaps inevitable. The real test of a community is not the discovery of those elements, but its reaction to them—particularly its willingness to acknowledge them. So far, the Perl community seems to be failing that test."

RIP. WKUK was one of those underground influences in my life. The people that know it though it's something to be missed.

"I cannot help but recoil as if I’ve been slapped in the face when my ICU patient tells me they didn’t get vaccinated because they “just didn’t get around to it.” Although such individuals do not consider themselves anti-vaxxers, their inaction itself is a decision — a decision to not protect themselves or their families, to fill a precious ICU bed, to let new variants flourish, and to endanger the health care workers and immunosuppressed people around them. Their inaction is a decision to let this pandemic continue to rage."

I "love" how even in the face of this controversy Blizzard is still like, "We can't have a woman in charge. Put a man there too to make everybody feel more comfortable."

I went and watched "Industry Baby." I was surprised by how tame it was. You gender-bend the Side to Side music video and suddenly some people are acting like pop music suddenly shouldn't be sexual.

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"I don't see an end to this."

I haven't watched the Industry Baby video yet. I'm sure it's genuinely the sort of thing that makes a straight man clutch his pearls. Good for him. Keep doing it.

I love how these corrupt megacorps intentionally ruin countries so thoroughly that any legal action, whether legally correct or not, is tainted by corruption. Somehow all of that obvious criminal activity is used to free Chevron of responsibility for their crimes. I believe we called this "Dark Sanctity" in OWbN. When somebody is so comically evil that somehow this protects them from justice.

I coulda sworn I had plans for Sunday, but I cannot remember what those were now.

From someone who teaches AP US History:

If you are confused as to why so many Americans are defending the confederate flag, monuments, and statues right now, I put together a quick Q&A, with questions from a hypothetical person with misconceptions and answers from my perspective as an AP U.S. History Teacher:

Q: What did the Confederacy stand for?

A: Rather than interpreting, let's go directly to the words of the Confederacy's Vice President, Alexander Stephens. In his "Cornerstone Speech" on March 21, 1861, he stated "The Constitution... rested upon the equality of races. This was an error. Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth."

Q: But people keep saying heritage, not hate! They think the purpose of the flags and monuments are to honor confederate soldiers, right?

A: The vast majority of confederate flags flying over government buildings in the south were first put up in the 1960's during the Civil Rights Movement. So for the first hundred years after the Civil War ended, while relatives of those who fought in it were still alive, the confederate flag wasn't much of a symbol at all. But when Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis were marching on Washington to get the Civil Rights Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965) passed, leaders in the south felt compelled to fly confederate flags and put up monuments to honor people who had no living family members and had fought in a war that ended a century ago. Their purpose in doing this was to exhibit their displeasure with black people fighting for basic human rights that were guaranteed to them in the 14th and 15th Amendments but being withheld by racist policies and practices.

Q: But if we take down confederate statues and monuments, how will we teach about and remember the past?

A: Monuments and statues pose little educational relevance, whereas museums, the rightful place for Confederate paraphernalia, can provide more educational opportunities for citizens to learn about our country's history. The Civil War is important to learn about, and will always loom large in social studies curriculum. Removing monuments from public places and putting them in museums also allows us to avoid celebrating and honoring people who believed that tens of millions of black Americans should be legal property.

Q: But what if the Confederate flag symbol means something different to me?

A: Individuals aren't able to change the meaning of symbols that have been defined by history. When I hang a Bucs flag outside my house, to me, the Bucs might represent the best team in the NFL, but to the outside world, they represent an awful NFL team, since they haven't won a playoff game in 18 years. I can't change that meaning for everyone who drives by my house because it has been established for the whole world to see. If a Confederate flag stands for generic rebellion or southern pride to you, your personal interpretation forfeits any meaning once you display it publicly, as its meaning takes on the meaning it earned when a failed regime killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in an attempt to destroy America and keep black people enslaved forever.

Q: But my uncle posted a meme that said the Civil War/Confederacy was about state's rights and not slavery?

A: "A state's right to what?" - John Green

Q: Everyone is offended about everything these days. Should we take everything down that offends anyone?

A: The Confederacy literally existed to go against the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the idea that black people are human beings that deserve to live freely. If that doesn't upset or offend you, you are un-American.

Q: Taking these down goes against the First Amendment and freedom of speech, right?

A: No. Anyone can do whatever they want on their private property, on their social media, etc. Taking these down in public, or having private corporations like NASCAR ban them on their properties, has literally nothing to do with the Bill of Rights.

Q: How can people claim to be patriotic while supporting a flag that stood for a group of insurgent failures who tried to permanently destroy America and killed 300,000 Americans in the process?

A: No clue.

Q: So if I made a confederate flag my profile picture, or put a confederate bumper sticker on my car, what am I declaring to my friends, family, and the world?

A: That you support the Confederacy. To recap, the Confederacy stands for: slavery, white supremacy, treason, failure, and a desire to permanently destroy Selective history as it supports white supremacy.

It’s no accident that:

You learned about Helen Keller instead of W.E.B, DuBois

You learned about the Watts and L.A. Riots, but not Tulsa or Wilmington.

You learned that George Washington’s dentures were made from wood, rather than the teeth from slaves.

You learned about black ghettos, but not about Black Wall Street.

You learned about the New Deal, but not “red lining.”

You learned about Tommie Smith’s fist in the air at the 1968 Olympics, but not that he was sent home the next day and stripped of his medals.

You learned about “black crime,” but white criminals were never lumped together and discussed in terms of their race.

You learned about “states rights” as the cause of the Civil War, but not that slavery was mentioned 80 times in the articles of secession.

Privilege is having history rewritten so that you don’t have to acknowledge uncomfortable facts.

Racism is perpetuated by people who refuse to learn or acknowledge this reality.

You have a choice. - Jim Golden”

Everybody that's skipping over their vaccine for political reasons is essentially deciding to throw away a ticket that they were given instead of healthcare workers in poorer nations. Their health is being sacrificed to give you a chance that you're not taking. There are people dying across the world begging for this opportunity. You're so privileged that you're just putting it out with the trash.

If you liked the goofy energy of Leverage, then Leverage: Retribution is for you. Only one episode in but it's amazing so far.

The Delta Variant has risen from 0.6% to 12% of the cases in Georgia over the last two weeks. Those numbers are given in percentages, so it could be that the total number of infections went down. It did not. According to the GDPH they're trending up over the last two weeks.

This new wave of the virus is twice as contagious. It's spreading through unvaccinated clusters because you guys have no protection against it. Almost every concern you have about the vaccine is a substantially smaller risk to you than the disease it's protecting you from.

This thing can kill you. It can kill others. Stop. Helping. It. Get vaccinated.

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