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This is important content cuz it touches on one of the more overlooked aspects of the recent altright encroachment: a lot of it is about doing it “for the lulz”. Making traditionally marginalized groups angry or reactive is a form of entertainment for some, and the fact that happens to work towards reclaiming white male supremacy for them is more of a secondary bonus. That’s what makes it so difficult to logically or “correctly” combat it; the most forward face isn’t an ideology or philosophy, so to speak, but rather a form of indulgence. It’s not a grand mission, it’s a game they play.

for-marginalized-bw-only: black-to-the-bones: Black girls…




Black girls deserve to learn free from bias and stereotypes.

Most black girls experience this hatred at schools. And classmates are not the only problem, there is no support from teachers, too. That’s why they get so affected by their school experiences. Black kids deserve to be treated just like everybody else, they want to study, they want to learn something ,too. However due to prejudice they are 5 times more likely to be suspended than their white peers and it can ruin their lives forever.  National Women’s Law Center created this video to change the situation. Join the movement to help black girls feel normal and get the same opportunities everybody else has.


Finally something focusing on black girls!

Getting rid of nazis on your blog


Hey, if you’re sick of nazis on your Tumblr but you keep on having to block new ones, Tumblr’s most recent experimental feature can probably really help you out. It’s called Reblog Graphs and you can test it here

Basically, what it does is show you a network of how your post was reblogged and who were big influencers in getting lots of reblogs. That’s useful in general but extra usefull if you want to know who to block to get rid of shit on your dash. 

For example, this post that I wrote got a lot of notes and when I use Reblog Graphs is generates this graph:

I’m the yellow dot and all the other dots are reblogs, the bigger the dot, the most reblogs originated from that reblog. Next, I can click on the dots and see who they are and what content they added. For example:

When @thatdiabolicalfeminist reblogged my post the result was a lot of supportive reblogs, helpful feedback and conversations that I want to have. 

But check out the other cluster: 

When wogbeginatcalais reblogged my post the result was a stream of hateful comments by white supremacist, nazi blogs and nazi trolls. Not stuff I want and one reblog started all of it. 

I had blocked a lot of white supremacist blogs when the hate started, but according to Reblog Graph I missed out on quite a lot of the most important blogs that were causing my post to be noticed by these shits in the first place. By blocking key nazi dots in this chain, I can now more effectively stop nazi shits from finding my posts. Good to know!

That’s all. Happy Tumblring. 

The basic opsec failures that unmasked James Comey’s Twitter show how hard this stuff is


Gizmodo’s Ashley Feinberg (almost certainly) figured out that James Comey’s secret Twitter handle was @ReinholdNiebuhr, because America’s top G-man failed at some of the most basic elements of operational security.

Comey’s mistakes are simple and devastatingly compromising: he used the same handle in more than one place, he tweeted links that were all about James Comey, he told at least one friend which account was his and let that friend follow him, he named his account after a philosopher he wrote his senior thesis on, he publicly mentioned that he had a secret Twitter account and disclosed the number of followers it had – and his son also leaked some info.

As Joseph Cox explains, if you’re going to maintain an anonymous alter-ego online, it’s very important that your alter-ego never express interests or make references to things that your non-secret identity is interested in, and that you never tell anyone about it.

But this account obviously existed to let Comey blow off steam, so it inevitably would have some links to his real identity; what’s more, Comey’s identity recycling (the same handle on Instagram and Twitter) is such a common sin that it almost seems hardwired into us.

If America’s top G-Man can’t get this stuff right, it tells you that it’s pretty danged hard.

The app that’s teaching the world an indigenous Mexican language

The app that's teaching the world an indigenous Mexican language:


This week,  “Let’s Learn Náhuatl” (Ma tiwelikan nawatl), was officially released, an app created to teach and preserve the indigenous Mexican Nahuatl language.

“In a sub-conscious way, you’ll know some Náhuatl , you’ll have heard the greetings, numbers, some verbs, maybe the animals, body parts, types of maize or scared places that govern the Nahuatl world.”

The project is the result of a collaboration between Manuvo, the National Institute of Indigenous Languages, and the Laboratory of Digital Citizenship, and offers a playful experience for those interested in learning Náhuatl words and expressions (which originated in Acatlán, Guerrero).

The graphics were designed by the design collective Metzican who created all the visuals that accompany the application. They highlight the nuances between the various Mexican communities whilst carefully avoiding clichés.

Presently in Mexico there are around 1,586,884 speakers of náhuatl or mexikatl (‘mexicano’) living across the country. The aim of this initiative is to utilise technology as a mechanism to “disseminate and generate interest in the indigenous languages, the community’s way of living and the cosmology of the indigenous villages in Mexico”.

Also in development is an app to learn purépecha, (the language spoken mainly in the northwestern region of Michoacan) which will similarly represent the identity of the village.

The app “Let’s Learn Náhuatl” is available to download for free on IOS and Android. For more info, check out Manuvo.

Dropbox is about to kill off part of the internet.




Newer users may not realise that Dropbox once included a “Public” folder for shared links. Everything in that folder got a unique url which could be copied and given to any other individual(s) as a direct link to that content, or which could be embedded into another forum post so that - for example - an image would appear.

Dropbox ended support for a Public folder for new users some years ago, but existing users were assured they could continue to use theirs. There are now millions of links on the internet which are from Dropbox users’ Public folders.

Now Dropbox are discontinuing the Public folder for ALL users. If this wasn’t bad enough (after the promises which were made), Dropbox are refusing to ‘grandfather’ (i.e. preserve) the links that are already out there, even after they end support for all Public folders. All such links will, overnight, become ‘dead’, wherever they are on the internet.

Dropbox refuse to explain WHY they will not preserve existing links, refuse to enter into discussion about this, and refuse even to explain WHY they won’t discuss it. They’ve also been heavily censoring any discussion of this on their own forums: deleting threads to make it look like there’s less of an organized outcry, editing other user’s posts without their permission to say completely different things than they originally did, deleting posts altogether. They only stopped doing this once it was pointed out that people with e-mail subscriptions to the topic (such as myself), could see and had evidence of what they were doing. 

Dropbox is a shady company that continues to lie to its users, won’t offer any recompense to the PAYING CUSTOMERS who use this feature that they were PROMISED, and is destroying tens of thousands of people’s real work, from college professors to small businesses. 

Do me a favor, and spread this. Drop dropbox. 

Also: archive your Dropbox links however you can