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  • Saturday Stuff

    10/19/2019 2:48:51 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 42 replies
    email | 10/18/2019 | unknown
    Questions with no apparent answers: 1. If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous? 2. Which letter is silent in the word "Scent," the S or the C? 3 Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned. 4. Why is the letter W in English called double U? Shouldn't it be called double V? 5. Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and It just takes 75-100 years to fully work. 6. Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty. 7. The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims" 8. 100 years...
  • Virginia teacher fired for not using trans student's preferred pronouns sues school district

    10/02/2019 8:43:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/02/2019 | Michael Gryboski
    A Virginia teacher who was fired for not agreeing to use the preferred pronouns of a trans-identified student has filed a complaint against the school board that dismissed him. Peter Vlaming, a former French teacher at West Point High School in Williamsburg, filed the complaint in the Circuit Court for the County of King William on Monday. The lawsuit argued that the school board violated “Vlaming’s constitutional, statutory, and contractual rights” when they decided to fire him last year. Vlaming is seeking a permanent injunction that allows him to be reinstated, a permanent injunction preventing the school board from punishing...
  • De Blasio's NYC bans use of words 'illegal alien' said supposedly in 'hate'

    09/27/2019 8:26:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 27, 2019 | Monica Showalter
    Now that socialist Bill de Blasio is washed out of the Democratic presidential election primaries, he's back to running New York City, doing the Sandinista thing , and banning free speech. The New York Post has identified his latest bid to make New York Cuba : It’s now against the law in New York City to threaten someone with a call to immigration authorities or refer to them as an “illegal alien” when motivated by hate. The restrictions — violations of which are punishable by fines of up to $250,000 per offense — are outlined in a 29-page directive released...
  • Sean Penn Attacks Trump: ‘Not a Chance in Hell’ to Win Re-Election

    09/08/2019 3:43:04 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 104 replies
    <p>Penn made the remarks as he promoted his new novel on stage in a conversation with actor Nick Offerman.</p> <p>“I don’t think there’s a chance in hell that Donald Trump is going to win the presidency next time because I’m getting a sense that it’s going be an exponential jump in young people who are going to say, ‘No thanks.'”</p>
  • Dave Chappelle ‘Sticks & Stones’: Why I’m not allowed to say f*ggot but allowed to say N-word?

    09/04/2019 6:17:35 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 78 replies
    Stick and Stones Special
    So she sits me down. We have a nice conversation. She tells me, “Oh, the sketches are great.” I go, “Oh, fantastic. Well, then… well, then, why am I here?” She said, “Because, David, there’s no way… that you can ever say the word… “f*ggot” on our network. I didn’t know I did anything wrong. I didn’t try to defend myself. I said, “All right. F*** it, I’ll take it out. Have a good afternoon.” And as I was leaving, it occurred to me. “Hey. Hey, Renée, quick question. It’s just a question. Seriously, I wanna know. Like, wh-why is...
  • Gender Pronouns And The Supreme Court: Battle over the chosen use of pronouns in court filings

    08/21/2019 2:05:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    We’ve touched on this subject a few times recently, but there’s another layer to the upcoming Supreme Court case of R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that’s worth considering. It has to do with the battle over the chosen use of pronouns in court filings. The Associated Press picked up on this yesterday and the story highlights the different approaches being taken by the two sides. As you may recall, the case revolves around Aimee Stephens, a male funeral director employed at the funeral home who came in one day and announced to...
  • Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite

    08/19/2019 9:06:26 AM PDT · by DFG · 28 replies ^ | 08/19/2019
    In George Orwell’s “1984,” the classics of literature are rewritten into Newspeak, a revision and reduction of the language meant to make bad thoughts literally unthinkable. “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words,” one true believer exults. Now some of the writer’s own words are getting reworked in Amazon’s vast virtual bookstore, a place where copyright laws hold remarkably little sway. Orwell’s reputation may be secure, but his sentences are not. Over the last few weeks I got a close-up view of this process when I bought a dozen fake and illegitimate Orwell books from Amazon. Some of them...
  • [satire] Gay Bar Sues City Over 'Manhole' Ban

    07/23/2019 8:57:34 AM PDT · by chordmaster · 34 replies
    BERKLEY, CA - Owners of "The ManHole" - an iconic local establishment catering to gay, non-binary individuals who identify as male - has filed a lawsuit against the City of Berkley over its recent ban of certain gender specific terms. The lawsuit claims the ban is an "egregious assault on non-threatening casual gender specificity" and that forcing the bar to change its name would be detrimental to business.
  • The Family Planning Title Wave

    07/18/2019 5:20:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | July 18, 2019 | Tony Perkins and FRC senior writers
    The news wasn’t just a shock to the country, it was a shock to Wen herself. “I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting,” she tweeted. “We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.” That “good faith” ended abruptly when the president of America’s abortion giant found out she was fired. One of those philosophical differences, sources say, is that Wen happens to believe women’s health care is for, well, women. “Two sources told BuzzFeed News that Wen refused to...
  • Call Me ‘They’: The singular “they” is inclusive and flexible, and it breaks the stifling [tr]

    07/14/2019 5:37:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 10, 2019 | Farhad Manjoo
    I am your stereotypical, cisgender, middle-aged suburban dad. I dabble in woodworking, I take out the garbage, and I covet my neighbor’s Porsche. Though I do think men should wear makeup (it looks nice!), my tepid masculinity apparently rings loudly enough online and in person that most people guess that I go by “he” and “him.” And that’s fine; I will not be offended if you refer to me by those traditional, uselessly gendered pronouns.
  • This map shows the most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish

    06/24/2019 7:55:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/24/2019 | Andy Kiersz and Ivan De Luce
    Americans speak a lot of languages. Using individual-level census data, we found the most commonly spoken language at home other than English and Spanish in each state and Washington, D.C. German, French, and Vietnamese are common in several states. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Americans speak a ton of languages, and this map shows which languages other than English and Spanish are the most common in each state and Washington, D.C. The US Census Bureau's American Community Survey annually asks more than 1 million Americans questions about their lives, families, and backgrounds. One question asks respondents what...
  • Philly judges discuss language access following study of court reporters

    06/10/2019 3:13:14 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies ^ | June 5, 2019 | Cassie Owens
    How long is a minute, exactly? Common Pleas Court Judge Kai Scott, thinking of courtroom scenarios, offered the phrase: “She was there for a minute.” “A person who’s hearing it could think that person meant an actual minute,” Scott said. “But a minute, if you’re in the black community, could be an hour. It could be six hours. A minute is a long time.” Situations like these were on the table last week at “Why Language Matters,” a closed event for Philly judges. Dozens of judges filled the room to workshop issues of miscomprehension of African American English. SNIP The...
  • Master THIS! Now the O-word makes people 'feel like slaves'

    06/05/2019 6:34:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 6/5/2019 | Joe Kovacs
    As if controversy over the N-word were not enough to get the blood of many Americans boiling, now there’s an uproar over the O-word. And what on earth is the O-word? “Owner.” Apparently the term is too offensive for some in the National Basketball Association, and now there are reports that numerous teams in the NBA have had high-level discussions about moving away from the word “owner.” TMZ Sports says two teams have already implemented that policy. “We’re told the conversations essentially center around the idea that the term, owner — in a league where the majority of the players...
  • Bristol academic cracks Voynich code, solving century-old mystery of medieval text

    05/15/2019 5:12:44 AM PDT · by vannrox · 52 replies
    PHYS ^ | 15may19 | by University of Bristol
    A University of Bristol academic has succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programs have failed—by cracking the code of the 'world's most mysterious text', the Voynich manuscript. Although the purpose and meaning of the manuscript had eluded scholars for over a century, it took Research Associate Dr. Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, to identify the language and writing system of the famously inscrutable document. In his peer-reviewed paper, The Language and Writing System of MS408 (Voynich) Explained, published in the journal Romance Studies, Cheshire describes how he successfully deciphered the manuscript's...
  • Bisexual high school baseball player calls out opponent for gay slur

    04/29/2019 8:02:04 AM PDT · by Midwesterner53 · 61 replies ^ | 4/21/19 | Jim Buzinski
    A high school baseball player in upstate New York who came out publicly as bisexual a year ago has condemned one or two players on an opposing team who called him a “faggot” during a game earlier this month. Sam Culwell, 17, a pitcher and third baseman at Rondout Valley High School in Kenhonkson, New York, detailed the April 10 incident against Marlboro in a Facebook post: My name is Sam Culwell. I’m a straight A student, I play baseball for Rondout Valley’s varsity team, and as a matter of fact I’m the captain. I’ve played baseball since I was...
  • Conservatives Shouldn’t Use Transgender Pronouns

    04/04/2019 8:43:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies
    National Review ^ | April 4, 2019 | Graham Hillard
    ... the arguments in favor of transgender pronouns — defined here as the incorrect application of “he” and “she” as well as absurd neologisms like “ze” and “zir” — are, in the end, shortsighted. Though compelling on their own limited terms, they fail to take into account that further capitulation where language is concerned can only give aid and comfort to a movement whose success is inevitably attended by the sexualization of children, the sanctioning of brutality, and the dramatic curtailment of freedom of speech and thought. About the scale of their ambitions, transgender activists have not been shy. “Nuance...
  • Netflix Has Turned Its Back on Latinos

    03/17/2019 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 60 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 17, 2019 | Vanessa Erazo
    The cancellation of "One Day at a Time" hurts in a way the diversity numbers can't fully convey. In Netflix's Cuban-American family sitcom, "One Day at a Time," Rita Moreno's punchy one-liners are a complete delight. Justina Machado, who stars as single mom Penelope Alvarez, triggers a sobfest every time she delivers an utterly vulnerable monologue. The series tackles issues from homophobia to colorism with sensitivity and insight, and offers Latinos -- members of a woefully underserved demographic -- the chance to see ourselves, warts and all, while still reliably delivering laughs and earning rave reviews. Aside from being a...
  • Food for Thought

    03/11/2019 5:53:01 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 23 replies
    email from a friend | 3/11/2019 | unknown
    1. Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 a piece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backward: NAIVE 2. Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool? (My sentiments exactly!) 3. OK ... so if the Jacksonville Jaguars are known as the 'Jags' and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are known as the 'Bucs,' what does that make the Tennessee Titans? 4. If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea does that mean that one enjoys it? 5. There are three religious truths: a. Jews do...
  • A Critique of Politically Correct Language

    03/08/2019 2:41:36 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Defenders of politically correct language claim that such speech reduces offensive behavior and encourages conscious thinking about individual merits. On the contrary, the drive for politically correct language relegates more and more terms to the exclusive domain of bullies, while requiring unthinking, reflexive adherence to the latest stupid language fashions. [PDF file at source]
  • New York is failing non-English speaking students, report finds

    02/28/2019 11:56:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 28, 2017 | By Nicole Acevedo
    New York state is failing to ensure that children and teenagers who come from families who don't speak English as the first language don't fall behind, according to a coalition that advocates for educational opportunities for people of color. A newly released report from the LEAD coalition, a group of 30 organizations, points out that the state has the nation's second lowest graduation rate among multilingual learners (MLLs) and English Language Learner (ELLs), as well as higher dropout rates and lower rates of proficiency in math and English as compared to the rest of the student population. In just the...