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Self-inflicted deadline: finish next draft of my fantasy novel by 6/25.
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Hmm. Deadline, missed. Still editing though.
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What he said.
 
The Abrahamic traditions that give modern (using the term loosely) people problems with with non-traditionally gendered people, in performance or preference, is exactly the same as the Karo and Hamar tribes' taboo concept of mingi.

Exactly the same.

The "cursed" status. Worry about some form of contagion. Ostracism, exile, and murder of the supposed cursed people -- and failure to ostracise, exile, and murder invites natural disasters, plagues, famine, and disease.

Exactly the same.

We've mostly gotten past the superstitious nonsense associated with being born left-handed, although it certainly sticks around in our Latin-based and Germanic languages. Unless some religion or other invites a resurgence.

We know what causes our natural disasters, our droughts, our famines, and our plagues. And while there is some amount of self-inflictedness there, we know that the real problems are greed, willful ignorance, and criminal negligence.

It's not gay people. It's not deformed or crippled people. It's not transgendered people. It's not left-handed people. It's not children born out of wedlock or without the blessing of the tribal elders who treat all of the children of their families like livestock (and you can't find a more traditional/biblical form of marriage than that). It's not twins. It's not bisexual people. It's not a child whose upper teeth come in before their lower ones.

If you look on any human being with visceral disgust, you learned that. And you can teach yourself better.

People are monstrous not because of how they are made but because of how they act toward their fellows. Figure it out before there is too much more blood on your hands.
In Ethiopia's Omo Valley, tribes still carry on ancient rituals that would make the average Westerner reel in horror.
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I do want to punch the writer for using of the word "frontier" in the first sentence, though. It does not mean "where no white man has gone before", as it was used in the piece.
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This is very much Bronx Science humor.
 
Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson 
Might Superman have a super digestive system? Only on @StarTalkRadio: 
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Aww yeah
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GUYS GUYS GUYS GUYS you have no idea how big this is. Or if you do, then come over here and squee with me!
 
Official report.
Scientists announce discovery of clear gravitational wave signal, ripples in spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein
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My mind has been on fire since I heard about this.
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Glycine, the simplest (and simplest possible) amino acid in our list of 20 necessary for building proteins for life on Earth, is almost certainly ubiquitous throughout the cosmos.
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Holy crap
 
The US states that have decided to try to legalize businesses and public services violating the basic human rights of gay and trans folk have earned our nation an official travel warning from the UK government's foreign travel office to potential visitors.

Good job, chumps.
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No aliens, by me
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This is the kind of geek-talk we used to engage in while I was in HS.
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