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Honoring His Roots

This is a real item from the Pumpkin merch store. (very reluctant link)

The one on the left, I mean. I know, I know… it’s easy to get confused.

By the way – everything I need to know about “America First” I learned from Dr. Seuss:

Click through for more examples

Our Proud History!

I have been trying to make this point, but this video does it so much better.

Terrorism

The white-supremacy terrorists are now driving cars into crowds of protestors, echoing the 2017 attack in Charlottesville. Here’s the latest widely-publicized incident, in Seattle.

Click for Local News Report

One of the women injured in Seattle, Summer Taylor, has since died.

I wonder how many of these murderers will be shot by police? The over/under is at ½. I’m taking the under.

Domestic terrorism will not get you any more inconvenienced at the airports. Your police force will not be even more heavily armed with, (oh I don’t know, what’s left? Fighter planes? Tactical nukes?) because this is the kind of terrorism your Rethuglican government likes.

“Very fine people.”

Rushmore

This is Oglala Sioux Nation land.

But of course when the owners of this land said Pumpkin was not welcome to trespass there and make yet another pitch for boogaloo, the police were instructed to break up that “illegal protest.” Pumpkin went anyway.

The “Good” Fairy

The only imaginary part about this is the fairy:

Matt Bors

This cartoon is from 2015 but nothing has changed, not for the better, anyway.

Recently, one of the founding members of OpenZFS (an important Unix data center file system) changed the “slave” terminology in his project’s code to a more accurate one of “dependent”. As the clickbait headlines say, “you’ll never guess what happened next!”

But this being the Internet, unfortunately, outraged naysayers descended on the pull request, and the comments were quickly closed to non-contributors. I first became aware of this as the moderator of the r/zfs subreddit where the overflow spilled once comments on the PR itself were no longer possible.

Ars Technica, June 11

Similar reactions have met software developers replacing “white-list/black-list” with “allow-list/deny-list” even if the latter are also more descriptive and accurate.

The linguistic association of “white” with “good” and “black” with “evil” is an important tool in maintaining structural racism. People with a vested interest in structural racism are the ones you will see protesting seemingly absurd things like those examples above.

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