The Best Rose Quartz Fanpic Ever

In response to this story on Breitbart, especially this paragraph:

Paz’s most grievous sin, in the eyes of Tumblr, appears to have been her drawing of the character Rose Quartz. Paz’s drawing of the generously proportioned character, which can be found here, was accused of being too thin and thus “fatphobic.” Tumblr is well known for its community of vitriolic “body positivity” campaigners, who believe that fat people should be considered an oppressed minority.

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Project Bugout

elyse-hospitalbrian-hospitalIt is well known that prominent Elyse Wojnowski-Anders’s [Facebook Twitter Instagram] health, both physical and mental, is in freefall as of late. Both she and her husband Brian have spent time in the hospital in the last week.

What may not be as well known is that they have two children. The oldest is a girl in 2nd grade whom Elyse refers to as Bug. The youngest is a boy in kindergarten whose moniker is Moose. It is unknown who was caring for the two children when both adults were in the hospital.

This reporter thinks that the time to think about the future of the Wojnowski-Anders children is now. To this end, SkepDirt proudly announces Read more of this post

Welcome, Breitbart readers!

This reporter would like to come out of retirement to welcome all the intelligent, discerning readers who found their way here via the exquisitely-written article on the Block Bot entitled “BBC-Featured ‘Block Bot’ Runs Into Legal Trouble“. The best part of the article:

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Two Bombshells

Bombshell Number One

As SkepDirt’s loyal readership has undoubtedly noticed, there hasn’t been any action in this publication in months. This reporter owes you an explanation.

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Dawkins gets a break at last


“If we construe ‘Islamophobia’ as ‘fear of Muslims’ and not ‘hatred of Muslims,’ then the press is guilty of it far more than is Dawkins.”

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

At last the British press has given Richard Dawkins a break! In truth, I can’t remember the last pro-Dawkins piece they’ve published, although there are dozens taking the other side, every one a carbon copy of the others.  Strident. Bigot. Racist. Superannuated.  You know the tropes. While people have every right to differ with Richard’s ideas, the wolf-pack behavior of the British press is more like a feeding frenzy than a reasoned assessment of his ideas.

But in the August 24 Spectator, British journalist and author Nick Cohen analyzes this phenomenon in a piece called “Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim bigots, not just Christian ones. If only his enemies were as brave.” He not only decries the press for its herd mentality, but indicts it for cowardice: its refusal to defend liberal Muslims who stand up against their oppressive and conservative coreligionists.

How refreshing is this beginning?

It’s August…

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Heath George, Credible Danger

Heath George (@WDP_HeathGeorge on Twitter) recently Tweeted the following:

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Twitter’s Outrageous Terms Of Service

evil-twitter-birdIn the last few days, Bravest Hero and father of skepticism ElevatorGATE*  got into a bit of hot water when delicate flower Ana Mardoll** got mad at Storify CEO Xavier Damman*** because Ana brought herself to the attention of ElevatorGATE, and wanted to blame someone else for it. The salient parts of this backstory can be found in these two Storify pages: one by ElevatorGATE, and one by LazySavant. John Scalzi (@scalzi on Twitter) recently wrote a blog entry on Storify’s Terms of Service.

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In A Dirtshell: Cosplay

According to Wikipedia, “cosplay” is

an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

Here are some pictures of good cosplay:

Good Cosplay 1

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