XKCD 4/18/2014

Mouse over text on the comic’s webpage: “I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.”

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if anyone ever says “derp” in a way that isn’t “don’t use derp because it’s derogatory to neuro-divergent people” then im going to curse the ever-loving fuck out of them

I didn’t know this. :[
I did some googling and didn’t find any evidence to suggest that linguistic link, and I’ve never heard it used in that connotation, but I’ll refrain from using it until I’m proven wrong or right.

"Derp is Offensive and Ableist" 
"An Open Letter to Lauren Faust: On the "Derpy Hooves Character from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"
i apologize these both being semi-pony related but as far as I understand, most of the storm considering the word was loudly vocalized at the time the matters surrounding this character was being debated about being banned
also if you even just look at google image results for the d-word everyone looks as though they’re, well, “not smart”
while it may not be solely used as an offensive phrase, it does damage to mentally ill people by allowing leeway for them to be mocked in this manner

thanks for the links! I had never seen those memes.  I think in my circles, people used it more to mean more like a “brain fart”, which happens to everyone, or (in CS) doing something overly simplistic and ignoring the consequences, than referring to other people that are differently abled than themselves.  I never really knew the internet history of the word (but then, I also didn’t know that “stupid” is considered ablist / had ablist origins, so there’s clearly a lot I’m ignorant to).  I’ll try to refrain from using those words now.

side note: it seems like most words for doing something silly, out of character, or misguided were originally used as ablist terms.  does anyone reading this know of words I can use instead?  if it’s not a burden on you, I would appreciate if you let me know somehow, by reblogging this or maybe dropping me an ask, though I know it’s a lot to ask of someone to engage with someone else who is ignorant.

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 “Student loans are destroying the imagination of youth. If there’s a way of a society committing mass suicide, what better way than to take all the youngest, most energetic, creative, joyous people in your society and saddle them with, like $50,000 of debt so they have to be slaves? There goes your music. There goes your culture. There goes everything new that would pop out. And in a way, this is what’s happened to our society. We’re a society that has lost any ability to incorporate the interesting, creative and eccentric people.” ~David Graeber

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Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.

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in before tumblr screams about cultural appropiation

This doesn’t even count as cultural appropriation

This isn’t a person robbing a culture, to hell with the others

This is a child born right next to that culture

Who was embraced by the people and taught how to do some of the things they do

Which is not the same as cultural appropriation

No cultural appropriation. Just something really beautiful.

I love the picture where she’s cuddling a frog.

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Can we talk about how Cap and Bucky have opposite masks?

Cap has mouth and eyes exposed, forehead covered. Bucky has mouth covered and eyes painted black, his forehead exposed.

What a lovely symmetry.

But the symbolism too. Cap’s is a helmet, protection, to keep him safe from physical harm. Bucky’s is a muzzle to keep him silent and anonymous and on a leash.

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There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 

On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 

Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

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