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Stuck, motionless, on an +Amtrak Cascades train for five* hours now, which is more than the intended duration of the entire trip, and over twice as long as a bus would have taken.

This is some pretty serious bullshit.
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There was some trouble with a bridge and for some reason we weren't just transferred over to buses like every other time we've been stuck somewhere. I got home at 4 AM and woke up for work at 7 AM. :-/ Hubby is on the phone with them now.

I'm glad I finally got home, though, and didn't have to live off the land Lord-of-the-Flies-style.
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Yep. There is no excuse for giving money to an organization which aims to deny a group of people their right to marry the person they love. Free speech does not come without consequence.
 
Brendan Eich. Nothing I've read so far on the topic of his resignation has convinced me that what happened was a bad thing. In fact, I’m really quite disappointed to read responses like this (and many others) from people on the right side of equality which still fall into framing it as a fundamentally political issue. I can see the objection to ousting the leader of a private organization for political disagreements. But the reaction against Eich wasn't because of his stance on deficit spending, or his views on the situation in Crimea, or whom he voted for in the last election -- the reaction wasn't political at all. The reaction was because Eich is a bigot.

The fact that the reaction manages to be framed as political only reflects the sad truth that the collective public consciousness in the United States hasn’t yet developed the same kind of visceral reaction to bigotry based on sexual orientation that we have developed for things like racism and anti-semitism. People have lost much more important positions for much more oblique expressions of those kinds of bigotry. Trent Lott comes to mind. He was forced to resign from a powerful leadership position for simply suggesting that Strom Thurmond would have made a good president when he ran on the segregationist ticket.

Yes, things here are somewhat different because Eich was a leader in the private sector, not a politician. But I can’t really believe that a reaction against him would have been accused of being political in nature if it had instead come out that he supported a return to segregation, or that he had railed against Jews for being usurers, or that he didn't think women should have the right to vote. Sure he’s not out there picketing funerals with the Westboro Baptist Church, but not every racist joins the Klan either. Voluntarily giving a chunk of your money to a cause wholly dedicated to diminishing the level of social equality afforded to another group of people is, in my opinion, quite overtly bigoted.

So I can’t get behind the idea that employees of the Mozilla foundation (and others on the Internet) were wrong to demand Eich's resignation, because all reasonable arguments I've read on the topic are based on the idea that the reaction was politically motivated, and I reject that premise. Let’s not confuse the process with the goal. The political process is a mechanism by which improvements in equality and recognition of human rights can be achieved, but equality and human rights themselves are by no means political.

Even if he would likely have been a very competent CEO, and even if there would likely have been no direct adverse effects on the employees, even LGBT employees, I think it is entirely reasonable that people would object strongly to working under the leadership and direction of a demonstrated bigot. This is especially so for people who hold their job because they actually care about what they’re doing, and not just to pay the bills.
The forced resignation of Brendan Eich will have a chilling effect on political discourse.
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I'm not a fan of the death penalty, but these monsters absolutely deserve to be locked up for the rest of their lives. Good on India for [finally?] taking violence against women seriously. I hope this tough response sends a loud and clear message.
The trio are first to be convicted under India's tough new 'anti-rape' law, aimed at curbing violence against women
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Behold, the healing power of prayer.
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Wow. People with disabilities often live with very tight budgets to begin with. To pay a disabled person $20 for 40 hours of work is fucked up.
Advocacy groups push to end subminimum wage law, which allows bosses to give scant payment to people with disabilities
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Goodwill? right then.
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"A Republic, if you can keep it."
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Republican vs Democrat is largely a smokescreen. You and I no longer own the political process in this country, and it will just get worse the deeper that the Supreme Court keeps digging.
Even anti-Comcast Al Franken got one Comcast donation 5 years ago.
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Mmm hmm..
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LMAO! Love it.
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A great episode of "ask dela" -- nice to hear Ben/DeLa's thoughtful answer regarding transphobic language in the drag community.
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+Sam Harris if you can't find a word to describe your meaning of "spiritual" then why not borrow from another language or create your own word for it? Either option would give you the opportunity to educate/inform others while avoiding unintentionally loaning credibility to those who are instead referring to supernatural nonsense.
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Sam Harris.... is a poop head. 
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