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Politics, news, events, science, social changes, ideas, things of great import… you know… stuff you don’t care about? Or perhaps you do. Anyway… here it is.
doc-avalon:

Holidays & Days of Note for September 27, 2014
*   Birthday of Confucius in 551 BCE. 
*   Day to honor Uronica Breton (Ancient Scotland) Goddess of heather and heather wine. You can make wine from heather? I bet that tastes weird.
*   World Tourism Day (International) I’ve been thinking about visiting there.
*   International Rabbit Day  duck day! No, no, just rabbit.

doc-avalon:

Holidays & Days of Note for September 27, 2014

*   Birthday of Confucius in 551 BCE. 

*   Day to honor Uronica Breton (Ancient Scotland) Goddess of heather and heather wine. You can make wine from heather? I bet that tastes weird.

*   World Tourism Day (International) I’ve been thinking about visiting there.

*   International Rabbit Day  duck day! No, no, just rabbit.

cracked:

Remember, free speech exists strictly to help us vote out our leaders…even when they’re kind of amazing.
5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Free Speech

#5. It Only Prevents the Government From Restricting Speech
None of our laws protecting free speech apply to authorities outside the government. Obviously someone outside the government has much less power to restrict free speech; they can’t throw people in jail or a box with holes in it or anything. But they can do some things. Your right to free speech won’t protect your job when you start shrieking obscenities at your boss during meetings. And if someone else has given you a platform to speak on, like a show or newspaper column, then they’re under no obligation to let you keep that platform if they don’t like what you’re saying.

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cracked:

Remember, free speech exists strictly to help us vote out our leaders…even when they’re kind of amazing.

5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Free Speech

#5. It Only Prevents the Government From Restricting Speech

None of our laws protecting free speech apply to authorities outside the government. Obviously someone outside the government has much less power to restrict free speech; they can’t throw people in jail or a box with holes in it or anything. But they can do some things. Your right to free speech won’t protect your job when you start shrieking obscenities at your boss during meetings. And if someone else has given you a platform to speak on, like a show or newspaper column, then they’re under no obligation to let you keep that platform if they don’t like what you’re saying.

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elfboi:

This Land Is Mine

by Nina Paley

neil-gaiman:

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

PLEASE. 

Please do it. This one is important. You may not think YOU are important (you are, by the way) but if your representatives know that you care about how they vote, and if you call, and the person before you calls, and the person after you calls… then they vote to keep the internet the way it is. 

DOOOO ITTTTTTTT (said in the reassuring voice of the thing under your bed when you were tiny)