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gr8writingtips:

male readers can be squeamish when it comes to periods in narratives, so use different punctuation marks

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"And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."

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youredarrenfreakingpotter:

My dad would tell me that when we were little and people would say to him “wow, four daughters, that’s a lot of weddings to pay for” (because traditionally the bride’s family would pay for the wedding), my dad would respond with “well, we’re hoping at least one of them will be gay so we can split the cost with the other bride’s family”
He said people never knew how to respond

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bananamerlin:

maderadearquitecto:

Thermochromic table by Jay Watson

imagine banging someone on that table

imagine being home alone and seeing imprints on that table

noooooo stop

Imagine having a friend sit at that table for a long while, but when they get up there’s no imprints at all.

What if you got up after trying to console a crying friend, and found that you had no imprints… and they were crying because they missed you?

aaaah it was a cool table now it’s a horror/drama story

American Horror Story 4 : The Table

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deducecanoe:

I interrupt my frequent unhappy rants about my low self esteem, panic-inducing lifestyle and all the ways fandom craps on itself to bring you ducklings in dresses made of cupcake papers. Ok. You need this. Shut up and accept that you need this.

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blameaspartame:

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood …"

blameaspartame:

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood …"

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lokicolouredglasses:

fandom-universe:

kungfucarrie:

The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”

"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.

"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."

"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."

(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)

This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.

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"So…screaming’s a free action, right? I can scream and maybe cry a little while I’m stabbing?"

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  • Question: I don't know if they are common in America, but I recently looked up a few chastity talks on YouTube and they are generally awful. I had no idea. One of the most popular talks is done by Jason Evert, active in the ''pro-life'' movement, who said he loved ''gender stereotypes'', that ''women should act like ladies to be treated like them'', who reinforces the value of virginity and shames promiscuous behaviour. I feel bad for Americans that this stuff is happening in schools. - goldfishandumbrella
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    misandry-mermaid:

    This is why organizations like Planned Parenthood and Scarleteen are so VITALLY important.  Because abstinence-only education only leads to young people having sex without the knowledge and tools to ensure that it is safe, healthy, and responsible.  We need to abolish abstinence-only education funding from public schools.  It is a travesty that young, impressionable students are subject to that dangerous, misogynistic garbage.

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  • me most of the time: people are okay, I guess. like no one is 100% bad.
  • me after reading the comments section in any article, ever: this world can only be cleansed with fire.
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ricktimus:

Neil deGrasse Tyson is not impressed with all your sexism.

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crocomire:

this website has crossed the boundary and we need divine intervention

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vastderp:

it’s come to light that the ‘net 30’ terms that were described by a member of DashCon’s upper management weren’t correct. Whether that misinformation was deliberate or accidental, we can’t say for sure.

first bolding: weaselly passive phrasing, diffusing culpability onto vague third party (that scoundrel!)

second bolding: insinuating there was sabotage in a really transparently sleazy way.

We can only say that we’ve taken measures to remove the person who handled that situation from our company.

vague third party thrown under the bus—“we” took care of “the person”. iirc this happens 3 times in the statement.

Additionally, it was suggested that the Renaissance Schaumburg had denigrated our attendees, saying that they didn’t like the ‘type of clientele’ our event brought in. That has since been proven 100% untrue. When two of the Con Heads were told by the third that such a thing had been said or otherwise insinuated, it wasn’t wholly unbelievable—as it’s happened to so many other events in the past

first and second bolding: weasel words again. who suggested it? the vague third party takes another hit, admins still blameless.

third bolding: this whole thing reeks but i want to draw your attention to the way this staffer frequently suggests malicious shit may be going down to hurt the con spirit. never enough to have to defend it, just little remarks here and there.

—and, in our state of panic, we believed what we were told,

told by whom? darn that vague third party! it’s all xir fault!

therein passing it along to our attendees. DashCon’s sincerest apologies go out to everyone who was hurt by this statement, including our attendees, vendors, staff members, and everyone at both the Renaissance Schaumburg and their parent company, Marriott International.

the first indefensible fuckup so far. now, notice how the apology is solid as shit and reads like a PR script. someone got some stern professional advice, is my guess.

If you donated cash and would like it returned, please also let us know by 11:59pm EST on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

it took them six days to hire a lawyer to protect them respond to the complaints, but you only get til the 19th to get your money back because time is of the essence. mm-hm.

Please send an email todashcondonations@gmail.com with “Cash Donation Refund” in the subject line. Within the body of the email, please include your full name, phone number, Invoice ID from your badge purchase [to verify your ability to have been in attendance], and the amount you donated.

Reminder: the cash was collected in bags, and receipts were either optional or nonexistent. most of these people were teenagers opening their wallets.

Upon advice of our legal counsel, we have been instructed to sort through claims, try and determine legitimacy [based on total amount claimed versus total amount received], and make an informed decision about potential refunds in coordination with both legal and accounting at that time.

translation: you can kiss your cash goodbye. also note how when the refund comes up, the lawyer is suddenly invoked twice in a single sentence. very intimidating!

Even if you’ve already emailed or invoiced us about your donation, please do so again in the above described manner to ensure we don’t miss your claim.

jump through the hoop again!

Any claims made after 11:59pm EST on Saturday, July 19, 2014 will be disregarded. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but there must be a hard cut-off in order for us to properly sort through claims.

lol

Thank you again to everyone who helped us out. You have no idea how impressive and touching it was to see what can be accomplished in such a short time. We never expected to have to do anything of this sort, and your support was overwhelming to all who witnessed it. You have our eternal gratitude.

notice how they slather on the praise immediately after the bad news. playing on loyalty and the spirit of community. pretty good work there.

As reported by the Baker Street Babes, they did mention speaking to their lawyer. For the record, this was not what sparked our action, though.

beautiful thinly-veiled defensiveness. they don’t dare talk shit about the talent, but they can put in teensy little hints that shit went down but they’re Too Professional to do more than drop in allusions to it.

Why did you consistently give false information to the committees which helped plan Dashcon, including misinformation about where their fundraising money would go? 

ooh, some answers!

While we at DashCon didn’t want to blatantly skip over this question, we would require significantly more information to properly address this question to our best ability.

NOPE! dodged like a matrix bullet. 

the entire rest of the ‘official statement’ is a complete trainwreck. the story of what happened with WTNV is particularly cringeworthy and the author can’t seem to resist adding little emotional flourishes to the writing that make the apologies seem sort of conditional.

it’s worth reading. watch for the switches from vague, passive language (“nouns were verbed” followed by no elaboration) to hyper-specific PR-speak with names being named (billy jones did this thing that was bad at 04:13:45 pm EST). it’s pretty interesting to see that it mainly happens when subtle personal blame is being assigned.

i will leave you with this:

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It has been confirmed that this rule was changed to reflect WTNV seats mid-event, but other rules render any change to #21 moot regardless.

  • #25: The Schedule is subject to change at any time, even during the convention.
  • Last line on the Rules and Policies page: “DashCon reserves the right to change these rules at any time, and attendees are responsible for their own individual knowledge of the convention rules.”

damn, man.

DashCon has been instructed that refunding the reserved seats in direct opposition with our rules would call into question all of our rules and policies. We are both saddened by and understanding of this stance. Potentially losing the enforcement of all of our rules and policies is not something we can risk now or at any time in the future. For anyone who has questions regarding this decision, we will [upon request] direct you to our legal counsel.

aaand they lawyered up. 

you almost have to respect their audacity for going with an explanation that boils down to “we can’t refund you because while you were waiting for the panel that never happened we added rules that say we can’t refund you!”

that takes guts. so does ending the shitshow with this:

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hee

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