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We've reached the end of the Obama era. Now America swears in a man who's already proven he'll be the worst president in its history.

I'm joining the women's strike, which means I won't be doing any posting over the next couple of days. After that, I'll be spending my time offering up every ounce of resistance I'm capable of.

This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This administration deserves no first chances, much less second ones.

Here is a collection of some of the graphics I've created for resisting the assholes determined to fuck this country and the world over. Feel free to use them for your own rebellious purposes.


We’ve reached the end of the Obama era. Now America swears in a man who’s already proven he’ll be the worst president in its history.I’m joining the women’s strike, which means I won’t be doing any posting over the next couple of days. After that, I’ll be spending my time offering up every ounce of …
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Here's how to deal with the fact that a great orange buffoon is getting sworn into our highest office: go see Hidden Figures. Just go. Go see black women fighting misogyny and racism and Jim Crow while doing badass math. You need to see that right now.

This review is mostly spoiler-free

Take your children to go see it. Yes, even the young ones. Yes, even the teens. Look: I was in a theater full of little kids and teenagers, and they were sitting there beside unrelated adults up to the age of probably-watched-John-Glenn-orbit-live-on-teevee-with-their-own-kids, and apparently they were all riveted. I have never been to a movie that full of young folk who were so extraordinarily quiet. I've never been in an auditorium packed with nearly 400 people of all ages and had such an uninterrupted experience. The kids will do fine, and they need to see this.

Hollywood put out a movie about black women doing math, and it was spellbinding. I never thought they'd try. And since they tried, I never thought they'd do it with so much math and so few explosions. They had exploding rockets, but seemed almost embarrassed to mention them. There was a love story, but only because one of the real women this movie is based on actually got married in the middle of our race to space. It wasn't shoved in just to hook our emotions, and you get the feeling they'd rather be doing more math. The movie stayed remarkably true to actual, historical events.

You'll get to meet three of the most extraordinary women in our country's scientific history: Katherine Goble (later Johnson), Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. You will get to see them be math nerds. You will get to see them have interests other than marriage and children. Hell, you'll even get to see one of them fix a car. In a dress. Did you know women could fix cars while wearing dresses? Well, now you do.

You'll get to see three black women star in their own story, as heroes, not as sidekicks and inspirations to white people.


Here’s how to deal with the fact that a great orange buffoon is getting sworn into our highest office: go see Hidden Figures. Just go. Go see black women fighting misogyny and racism and Jim Crow while doing badass math. You need to see that right now.*This review is mostly spoiler-free*Take your children to go …
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**Updated with further reasons to ask your senators to oppose Betsy DeVos**

The Senate will be holding confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos on January 17th. If you care about America's public schools, if you think all of our kids should have a solid education, and if you want to prevent religious indoctrination from being subsidized by the federal government, now is the time to call your senator and make your voice heard.

Look up the number here. All you'll need is one simple sentence:

I'm calling to ask [Senator's name] to block Betsy DeVos from the position of education secretary.

That's it. That's all you have to say. Easy-peasy.

If you want to include a little bit about why you oppose her, you can let them know the following:


If we truly want America to be great, we need to support robust education for all its citizens.
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Fucking magnets, how do they work? Well, Science of the Physical Creation is about to 'splain, or at least sum up. We should invite Mssrs. Bruce and Utsler to attend the lesson. Pretty sad when creationists know more about a well-understood scientific phenomena than a couple of pathetic white boy clowns, innit?

We should be on the lookout for Eurocentrism here. The section on Magnets and Magnetism starts off talking about how the Vikings used lodestones to find north. This ignores the fact that the Chinese had been using lodestones since around the second century BC and had figured out how to make a compass from them for navigation by the 11th century (and perhaps earlier).

Tell you what, I'm real sick of white people pretending they invented all the things, when people of color had actually been doing them a lot longer. And yes, I will demand better of even white evangelical creationists. The Vikings were no more Christian than the Chinese at that point, so I know the SPC folks are capable of giving credit to non-Christians.

There's a delightful introduction to magnets, which explains that electrons, planets, and even galaxies can act as magnets. They tell us how we can detect magnetic fields with a compass, and visualize them with iron filings. Several illustrations show us what the fields of disk, bar, and horseshoe magnets look like. And they not only tell us, but show us by using more filings, that opposite poles attract and same poles repel. The law of magnetic force is shown. We learn that even magnets can "overcome the gravitational force of the entire earth" at close range. They finish up this first bit by talking about magnetic permeability, which would probably make ICP heads explode, because it's a little weird.

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The Senate will be holding confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos on January 17th. If you care about America's public schools, if you think all of our kids should have a solid education, and if you want to prevent religious indoctrination from being subsidized by the federal government, now is the time to call your senator and make your voice heard.

Look up the number here. All you'll need is one simple sentence:

I'm calling to ask [Senator's name] to block Betsy DeVos from the position of education secretary.

That's it. That's all you have to say. Easy-peasy.

If you want to include a little bit about why you oppose her, you can let them know the following:


The Senate will be holding confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos on January 17th. If you care about America’s public schools, if you think all of our kids should have a solid education, and if you want to prevent religious indoctrination from being subsidized by the federal government, now is the time to call your senator …
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What's worse than having an utter shitstain of a husband in the FLDS? Potentially not having him. When Merril has a massive heart attack, Carolyn has to face the fact that while she doesn't love him, she needs him.

Content note for emetophobia, forced marriage, child abuse, medical stuff

On the way to the hospital, trying desperately not to vomit from morning sickness and fear, Carolyn confronts her unpleasant reality.

>>I was terrified. Women I knew in the community who were assigned to marry other men after their husbands' deaths always ended up in more drastic situations. I honestly did not know how I could survive in a family if I was treated any worse.

Not all - but many - polygamous families were similar to lions' prides. When a new lion takes over, it kills off all the cubs from the previous lion. I had seen situations where the new husband chased off all his new wife's sons and then married her daughters or married them to his sons. Girls can stay in the family as a commodity, but boys are often outcasts.<<

Carolyn has no way out.


What’s worse than having an utter shitstain of a husband in the FLDS? Potentially not having him. When Merril has a massive heart attack, Carolyn has to face the fact that while she doesn’t love him, she needs him.Content note for emetophobia, forced marriage, child abuse, medical stuffOn the way to the hospital, trying desperately …
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Content note for antisemitism, Trump, eliminationist rhetoric.

I think that where Trump and Hitler really diverge from each other is in their sincerity. Trump has always been a con man and a reality show personality. There's no doubt he's a bigot and a racist, not to mention a complete misogynist, but those things weren't tied to his political ambition from the beginning. In fact, he seems to have pursued politics only to revive his failing brand. And the outrageous shit he spews on an hourly basis is calculated to pander, to shock, to get people buzzing. He's discovered it's very easy to get his ego fed to bursting by being the most "politically incorrect" politician possible. He hasn't spent his life dreaming of Muslim registries and letting the religious right overthrow our Constitutional rights. These just happen to be a few of the things that get people sleazy enough to follow him excited, so he pushes them.

Hitler, on the other hand, pursued political power early on. And from the start, he intended to slaughter as many Jews as he could manage.


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Yesterday, we saw that Martin Luther King would've definitely been part of the resistance to Trump's regime. Today, we're going to see he would've also been one of those politically correct social justice warriors. He would've been marching for a guaranteed minimum income, higher minimum wage, and affirmative action. He would have been demanding universal healthcare and championing Obamacare in the meantime. He would have been defending Planned Parenthood to the hilt, probably even doing clinic escorting when he could. He would have been standing up to protect public schools from people like Betsy DeVos. And he definitely wasn't at all here for your libertarian free market at all costs bullshit.

How do we know? Because he had very definite opinions on those subjects. Look:


Yesterday, we saw that Martin Luther King would’ve definitely been part of the resistance to Trump’s regime. Today, we’re going to see he would’ve also been one of those politically correct social justice warriors. He would’ve been marching for a guaranteed minimum income, higher minimum wage, and affirmative action. He would have been demanding universal …
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Take your seasickness prevention pills and weigh anchor, my darlings. We are embarking on a long voyage, and I'm afraid it isn't the lovely salt sea, but an ocean of creationist bilge we be sailin'. BJU has got a lot to say about oceanography. A good portion of it is utter bunkum. And there's three bloody chapters of this shite.

Here. This meme may help us survive.


Take your seasickness prevention pills and weigh anchor, my darlings. We are embarking on a long voyage, and I’m afraid it isn’t the lovely salt sea, but an ocean of creationist bilge we be sailin’. BJU has got a lot to say about oceanography. A good portion of it is utter bunkum. And there’s three …
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It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the day on which far too many people vigorously whitewash a great social justice warrior's legacy. See, we all know he was a good man, even a great man. We all know that opposing him shows you're a disgusting, bigoted asshole. But he's no good for the status quo warriors unless he's been cherry-picked to oblivion.

They try to pull his fangs, folks, and then they demand we be more like their false idol of him. Fuck that.

Firstly, read the entirety of his Letter from a Birmingham Jail to see how he dealt with the don't-let's-rock-the-boat allies and the status quo warriors. If you don't think he'd have been out there blocking freeways with Black Lives Matter activists and making the comfortable very uncomfortable indeed, you haven't heard a word this man has actually said.

Secondly, here's a selection of quotes that should leave you in no doubt that non-violent didn't mean non-confrontational. His insistence on love didn't mean asking the oppressors quietly and respectfully to please if it isn't too much trouble to maybe consider stop oppressing people. He was out there making the comfortable damned uncomfortable. He was there to confront, not conciliate. He demanded justice. And he kept demanding, even though many people wanted him to just STFU. Listen:


It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the day on which far too many people vigorously whitewash a great social justice warrior’s legacy. See, we all know he was a good man, even a great man. We all know that opposing him shows you’re a disgusting, bigoted asshole. But he’s no good for the status quo …
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I call Trump Cheeto Hitler (Chitler for short), but the first paragraph of Chapter 2 shows what a cheap imitation of Hitler he really is. The original Hitler, at least, presented himself and his vision of the German volk as something of virtue: "the epitome of selfless devotion, humble origins, and abstemious tastes." Trump is just a crass flim-flam man appealing to base greed, xenophobia, and bigotry.

But both of them know how to work their audience. Both enjoy preaching to crowds. Hitler thought highly of his own ability to influence an audience, bragging that he could bring his naysayers around within just a few hours. He sold them Nazi ideology by figuring out what they wanted to hear. Like Trump, he was a huckster.

Hitler seized upon technological advances to get his message out. "Without the loud speaker," he said, "we never would have conquered Germany." I'm reminded of Trump using his reality shows and Twitter to conquer America.

Of course, neither of them win over as many people as they claim.


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This is one of those chapters that makes even the gentlest people want to grab Merril by the neck and press on his throat button until he shuts up. The man is so stuffed full of his own self-importance that he thinks he's practically omniscient. His need to control everyone around him is breathtaking. James was right. He's one of the most emotionally abusive assholes on the planet, and if I die before he does and find out there's an afterlife, I shall choose to spend a part of it as a poltergeist devoted to making him as miserable as unhumanly possible before he croaks.

And after the last chapter, that's saying a lot, isn't it?

If you're reading along: we're taking this chapter out of order so as to avoid having one huge post sandwiched between two tiny ones.

Content note for serious injuries, bleeding, medical neglect, emotional abuse, and spiritual abuse.

Generally, if their seventeen year-old sons are found unconscious on the roadside after a dirt bike accident and had to be life-flighted to the nearest trauma center, parents will make a beeline to be at the bedside. Especially if said son's spleen is bleeding and might cause him to bleed out at any moment. If a parent is told they need to sign papers authorizing emergency surgery, they'll be trying to travel at light speed to be there.

Not Merril and stepmom Barbara.

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