Swalwell calls out Matt Gaetz for dangerous political stunts:

“Mr. McClintock (R-CA), I am not kidding you, Mr. McClintock said, ‘Well, it’s not like we’re going to invite somebody who committed murder.’ No, he literally said that. ‘It’s not like we’re going to invite somebody who committed murder.’

“Okay. Well, who did Mr. Gaetz bring? He brought Corey Beekman. Corey Beekman in 2019, was in a standoff with the Michigan police after he was arrested and charged with murder, assault with intent to commit murder and two counts of felony firearm possession.”

To safeguard healthy twin in utero, she had to ‘escape’ Texas for abortion procedure | MPR News:

The email hit her inbox on Monday, September 26 at around 9 in the morning. “It’s so much worse than I imagined,” she wrote in her journal. “It’s trisomy 18. It’s Edwards Syndrome.” Online, she read that about 90% of fetuses with trisomy 18 die before birth, and those that do survive usually only live for a few days. “I just want to throw up. I can’t even come up with words to describe how devastating this is,” she wrote.

A few hours later, a genetic counselor called her. “It just gets worse,” she wrote after that conversation. “Basically, every day that Baby B continues to develop, he puts myself and his twin at greater risk for complications, preterm birth, etc. But she can’t say much – she was careful about what she even said.”

Japanese Manhole Covers Are Beautiful:

The Case For Shunning – by A.R. Moxon – The Reframe:

There has to come a point when we finally insist to take the evidence before us and to draw moral conclusions—because unless we do, we won’t ever be able to address the problems before us. If we don’t make moral judgments about speech, we’ll find ourselves on a treadmill of discourse, always running but never getting anywhere, endlessly compelled to apply an indestructible skepticism to the evidence, and an indestructible credulity to specious conjecture and lies.

It’s time for us to understand people for what they insist on being. To understand that participation with the popularized genocidal urges gripping our country is an unacceptable moral failing, as is support for the politicians and pundits who are pursing it, as is membership in the political party around which it is organized and energized. To understand that unforgivable moral failings deserve not our ears, but our backs.

Believe people when they tell us who they are – If we did that sooner, Scott Adams finally saying the quiet part out loud wouldn’t really be a surprise.

Wokers Paradise – DORK TOWER 27.02.23 – Dork Tower:

The Courtyard – cabel.com

February 27, 2023

The Courtyard – cabel.com:

This apartment building is near my house. Built in the 50’s and remodeled in the 2010’s, to the credit of whoever rehabilitated the building, they kept the courtyard. And they landscaped it nicely.
As part of the landscaping, there’s a large area of rocks in the center of the courtyard.
And to someone living in this building, this courtyard rock garden became a canvas.

The making of Ice Cubes, an open source, SwiftUI Mastodon client. | by Thomas Ricouard | Feb, 2023 | Medium:

A great nuts-and-bolts read on the making of a solid app. If you’re curious about building software for Apple stuff, this is a great overview of how it all works.

The making of Ice Cubes, an open source, SwiftUI Mastodon client.
This is the beginning of a series of articles about the making of Ice Cubes

Nazi parade met with circus clown music | Boing Boing:

This past weekend, a group of neo-Nazis in Gera, Germany decided to take to the streets for a parade in support of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Little did they know, the locals had other plans. Instead of responding with anger or violence, they organized a counter-protest that included playing humiliating circus music — a creative and humorous response that effectively undermined the neo-Nazis’ message.

Give the clowns a soundtrack.

In Order to Keep Our Editorial Page Completely Balanced, We Are Hiring More Dipshits – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency:

Here at the New York Times, we believe that all sides of the story should be tolerated and explored, from white supremacists being actually kinda cool if you think about it, to people who believe that saying college campuses should be less PC is somehow an interesting use of 1,000 words. That’s why we’re expanding our editorial staff to include more dipshits. Because everyone, no matter how intellectually lazy their conservatism, deserves a column in our newspaper.

It Is Journalism’s Sacred Duty To Endanger The Lives Of As Many Trans People As Possible:

The Onion folks – Obviously satire, re: editorial choices at major outlets and the attempts of their journalists to reconsider the harm they do.

We just made Quentin up, and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean stories like his aren’t potentially happening everywhere, constantly. Good journalism is about finding those stories, even when they don’t exist. It’s about asking the tough questions and ignoring the answers you don’t like, then offering misleading evidence in service of preordained editorial conclusions. In our case, endangering trans people is the lodestar that shapes our coverage. Frankly, if our work isn’t putting trans people further at risk of trauma and violence, we consider it a failure.

We stand behind our recent obsessed-seeming torrent of articles and essays on trans people, which we believe faithfully depicts their lived experiences as weird and gross. We remain dedicated to finding the angles that best frame the basic rights of the gender-nonconforming as up for debate, and we will use these same angles over and over again in hopes that this repetition makes them suffer. As journalists, it is our obligation to entertain any and all pseudoscience that gives bigotry an intellectual veneer. We must be diligent in laundering our vitriol through the posture of journalistic inquiry, and we must be allowed to fixate on the genitals.

It is against free speech to stop us from fixating on the genitals.

And poignantly:

All great journalists, and even those lesser journalists who don’t work for The Onion, eventually ponder why we do what we do. Is the point of reporting to illuminate the world around us, so that we may make meaning of it? Or is it to cause people in minority groups to question their humanity and persuade others to demonize them? We know where we stand, proudly dreaming of genitals.

Research shows that trans people are over four times more likely than cisgender people to be the victim of a violent crime. We salute our colleagues across the media who are working tirelessly to make that number even higher.

—The Onion Editorial Board