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What they really mean

Comic by Jen Sorensen featuring a lecturer and audience member.

Lecturer: “In conclusion, America must ban immigrants from interior nations and instead celebrate European culture.”

Audience member: “You mean you support a strong social safety net?”

Lecturer: “Er, no.”

Audience member: “Excellent high-speed train systems?”

Lecturer: “No.”

Audience member: “Universal health care?”

Lecturer: “No.”

Audience member: “Liberal democracy?”

Lecturer: “No.”

Audience member: “Respect for science and the Paris Climate Accord?”

Lecturer: “No.”

Audience member: “Generous vacations and paid family leave?”

Lecturer: “No.”

Audience member: “Bicycle-friendly cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen?”

Lecturer: [Dark cloud over head] “LOOK, I MEAN I LIKE WHITE PEOPLE, OKAY?”

Audience member: “Oh, right.”

This is from a few years back, but it still holds true (and cartoonist Jen Sorensen’s depiction of the lecturer’s “fashy” haircut is spot-on).

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Accommodating people with special needs accommodates everyone

Comic showing people waiting at the bottom of a stair/ramp combo leading to a school as someone shovels the snow.

Person in wheelchair: Could you please shovel the ramp?

Shoveler: All these other kids are waiting to use the stairs. When I get through shoveling them off, the I will clear the ramp for you.

Person in wheelchair: But if you shovel the ramp, we can all get in!

It’s all too easy for we (temporarily) ambulatory people to treat special needs as a secondary concern, but as the comic above points out, accommodating people with special needs accommodates everyone.

(This doesn’t just apply to buildings — if you design or develop software or web pages, keep this in mind!)

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If you’re still on X/Twitter…WHY?

Graphic: “If you’re still on X/Twitter, ask yourself why.” Features Twitter spaces announcement “Live with Alex Jones, Elon Musk, Andrew Tate and Vivek Ramaswamy,” the infamous antisemitic “You have said the absolute truth” tweet reply, and a CNN graphic listing examples of hate on Twitter since Musk’s takeover.
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Thought for the day

I don’t want to go back to how it was; I want to go forward to where we should be.
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June is both Pride Month AND National Accordion Awareness Month!

And what better way to mark the start of both Pride Month and National Accordion Awareness Month than with a rainbow accordion?

Weltmeister makes a couple of rainbow accordions — the 30-key, 72-bass, 5-register Juwel (US$3,000), and the slightly larger 34-key, 72-bass, 5-register Achat (US$3,300). Accordions aren’t cheap!

Happy Pride Month and happy National Accordion Awareness Month, everybody!

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Just a reminder…

13,716 dead this year from gun violence. 0 dead from drag shows. 0 dead from reading banned books. 0 dead from someone else getting gender affirming care. 0 dead from pride flags.

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What “anti-woke” REALLY means

The people who use “woke” as a term of derision are the same as those who used (or still use) the term “politically correct” for the same reason:

I think Mike Godwin — yes, the Godwin after whom “Godwin’s Law” is named — is right when he says this:

Or, to quote Neil Gaiman on “woke’s” predecessor, political correctness:

I was reading a book (about interjections, oddly enough) yesterday which included the phrase “In these days of political correctness…” talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the colour of their skin. And I thought, “That’s not actually anything to do with ‘political correctness’. That’s just treating other people with respect.”

Which made me oddly happy. I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase “politically correct” wherever we could with “treating other people with respect”, and it made me smile.

You should try it. It’s peculiarly enlightening.

I know what you’re thinking now. You’re thinking “Oh my god, that’s treating other people with respect gone mad!”