The things we’re not taught

I don’t know how to make friends, and I don’t know how to manage when they go away. I don’t know how to love myself in a way that isn’t destructive. I don’t know to recognise when I’m hurting until it’s too late, or reach out for help until it’s almost unsalvagable. I don’t know how to live my life in a way that it’s not a struggle to convince myself to get out of bed every morning; that today will definitely be a better day than the last; that the world is a beautiful place definitely worth saving.

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Google: Like, it’s really not that hard to do better

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44699263 Google’s argument, as reported in this BBC News story, is that it’s entirely within their guidelines. That’s true. It is fully within Google’s terms for third-party app developers to allow employees to read the emails captured by their apps as long as it’s compliant and the user has granted permission. But that doesn’t mean… Continue reading Google: Like, it’s really not that hard to do better

Rainbows everywhere

Today was the first day I’ve ever walked in a Pride Parade. My greatest love and thanks go out to all the Northwestern people who helped organise us together under (well, behind) one banner, and to the Parade organisers and marshals for making it happen. It was amazing. I’ve rarely felt so energized and so… Continue reading Rainbows everywhere

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Even the water from the tap is a political subject

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/skokie/news/ct-met-water-lawsuit-skokie-evanston-20180621-story.html Plenty of Chicago-area newspapers are reporting this story as if it’s some kind of unusual water dispute between two Cook County municipalities. But water is an essential resource, and it’s fairly obvious that not everybody has equal access to fresh water. This dispute is particularly intense because Evanston (as the supplier of water) can’t… Continue reading Even the water from the tap is a political subject

The cake fight is over but the question wasn’t answered

The Supreme Court’s ruling is impressive legal gymnastics that allow it to avoid answering the question of what wins in a conflict between the right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion exercise and the right to equal protection under the law. But this unanswered question would undoubtedly come up before the Supreme Court… Continue reading The cake fight is over but the question wasn’t answered

Adding to Snopes’ fact-check about Maxine Waters on CNN

In addition to Snopes’ fact-check, I note two things: First, the President cannot impeach anyone; Second, if Maxine Waters did become president, she can’t impeach Donald Trump because Trump would no longer be president.

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When a cake is not just cake

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/06/gake-cake-fight-why-bakers-had-right-to-refuse-order I appreciate the argument, but Kenan Malik is presenting a different frame of reality. There cannot be a legal difference between discriminating against a class of people or discriminating against a particular individual, or else we effectively destroy the effectiveness of anti-discrimination legislation. A person who yells “Indians should go back to their own… Continue reading When a cake is not just cake