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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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This is the time when we have to resist. They need us to be quiet and compliant. When we rise up en masse, they learn they don't have the consent of the governed – and sometimes, it makes them change course.

Here's a handy spreadsheet showing who's up for confirmation, why they're terrible, the date of their hearings, and who to pester about it. Get on the phone and make your voice heard. This is our job this week. We sort of have a democracy still, broken and dysfunctional as it is. Let's remind our elected officials what their job is.


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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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Heyo! Have you got a song for the Resistance? Let me know by Saturday so I can get it added to the list!


This year is going to require a lot of resistance and rebellion. Even if Chitler hadn’t been elected in America, there’s severe inequality, relentless right wing movements, and various bigotries that need good people to stand against.Music is a necessity in these times. We need songs we can march to. Songs that get our blood …
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After a long interlude with ACE, we're now ready to jump in the deep end of our other creationist textbooks. Make sure you've got your scuba gear!

Science of the Physical Creation's on about the oceans now. They begin their section on oceanography with Psalm 104: 24-25, because it has got the word "sea" in it, and sez God made it, therefore "God did it" is Science Fact. I suspect they're doing this because there are only so many ways to work God into a discussion of seawater.

They talk about all the stuff dissolved in the oceans, and how salinity varies depending on evaporation or freshwater influx. Part of me is humming a little tune about evaporites, and how vast beds of same wouldn't have formed repeatedly in the midst of a great big flood. Oh, the ideas I'm having for creationist kiddies and science fairs just now... we should get some of the more subversive ones to try to create gypsum deposits in deep water.

We are now given many facts about thermoclines and color and pressure and such. It's all very ho-hum. But they can't even get their facts straight about sea ice, claiming that "when salt water freezes, the salt is left behind." Nope. Sea ice is quite salty when new; over time, that salt (in the form of brine) drains, so it's only multi-year sea ice that isn't salty. This is basic stuff that's got nothing to do with the age of the earth or evolution. I have no idea why they can't get it right, aside from basic scientific ignorance. They also diligently avoid mentioning that sea ice is important to climate and ocean currents. Gee, I can't imagine why.


After a long interlude with ACE, we’re now ready to jump in the deep end of our other creationist textbooks. Make sure you’ve got your scuba gear!Science of the Physical Creation’s on about the oceans now. They begin their section on oceanography with Psalm 104: 24-25, because it has got the word “sea” in it, …
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