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I'm a Schrödinger's person right now because Facebook says I am fake (even though I use the same name everywhere on the net) but it has let me keep my account for 7 days, after which I have to prove who I am to Facebook's satisfaction or be disappeared from Facebook, which means everything I ever posted there becomes invisible to other users, although Facebook gets to keep it.

Based on what I've heard from other people, Facebook is completely arbitrary with regard to what it will accept as proof (one person sent a copy of her driver's license and they rejected it), so even if I do decide to jump through that hoop, which I am disinclined to do, I still have no more chance of surviving on FB than Schrödinger's cat.

I have to decide what to do about this tomorrow. In the meantime, here's some linkspam.


I love these watercolor kitties!


OOOH SHINY (many pix of large crystals)

Laws, sausages, and computerized medicine.
This is a 5 part article, very long, and FUCKING BRILLIANT. Content warning for people with medical-treatment-based PTSD. The article makes clear that computerized medicine is often better than the systems it replaced, but it also complicates the lives of health care workers, and therefore patients, in many new ways.


This is a brilliant sociological analysis of dieting and fitness fashions, and their relationship to religion, and how we report and making stories about things, and one-color thinking, and so on.

I'm worried about posting it because I don't want to come across as saying "you, individual reader who does something like avoid gluten, are Wrong™." If you avoid gluten or eat a certain way because you feel better when you do that, that's different from making pseudo-scientific or moral claims about gluten/other way of eating.
But I want to post it because I absolutely love the way, every time the interviewer uses some buzz phrase, the interviewee calls out the phrase. (Example in first comment.)


I found it very hard to pick one bit to quote, and you really should read the whole thing if it has any relevance to you as a disabled person or an ally, but here's what I picked:

"You’re hyper-focusing on one part of a much larger problem when you use the term 'Big Pharma,' and to put it bluntly, you’re using a term that is steeped in ableism the vast majority of the time. Which, my allies in social justice for the disabled, I know you’re not intending to do. So please, listen to those of us in the actual fight, and as an ally please stop talking about 'Big Pharma.' It’s a buzzword that needs to go.


"Before you embark on the journey of decoding your bill, you might also want to have a look at a tutorial — Understanding Your Medical Bill — produced by the Khan Academy, an online educator, and the Brookings Institution in Washington. It’s a bit over 12 minutes. That’s about five minutes longer than the Khan Academy’s tutorial explaining Newton’s second law."

Date: 17 May 2015 01:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
I have a friend who can only use Facebook under her married name (which is not the name she normally uses) because her surname is Yoda. It's a perfectly normal Japanese surname, but apparently because of Star Wars it must be fake! Good luck if you decide to battle them.

Date: 17 May 2015 02:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
Thanks for that link about diets as religious/moral observations. It's excellent.

The water colour kitties are gorgeous.

Date: 17 May 2015 02:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
Oh f*ck. Good luck against the bureaucraps.

Date: 17 May 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
I wistfully wish I could be blocked from Facebook, because I might read more novels.


Gr8 links. The sparkling crystals make me drool. I'm always astounded at the minerals which bubble as they form. They seem unlikely, but why not?

Further on the religion dispatches, the always-informative Fat Nutritionist is analyzing the Whole30 diet / lifestyle. So far she's approaching it as a religious ritual, first and foremost. To wit:
begin quote
It is okay to make symbolic decisions about the food you eat, as long as you acknowledge making them for symbolic reasons, and as long as you acknowledge that those same decisions don’t necessarily work for other people. It is okay to make aesthetic or moral decisions about the food you eat, but it is not okay to make up out of whole cloth a complicated science-flavoured rationale in order to lend credibility to your choice.
end quote

Date: 17 May 2015 07:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
This was the comment that I would like to print on a flag: Since Whole30 is basically paleo but stricter, I tried it. I made it five days before developing an anal fissure.

Date: 18 May 2015 02:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
The idea that giving any wacky diet "a try" can be physically dangerous is something I hope more people come to realize.

Date: 17 May 2015 08:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amadi
I was dispatched from Facebook in February over my name. I was informed by a little bird who used to work there that they will especially question your name if you're not googleable by it. But you likely are googleable by the name you use there, I am not. I also note that everyone I know who has been suspended in the last six months is someone of non-normative/typical gender. The jig is kind of up.

Date: 18 May 2015 10:44 am (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi

They struck a deal with the drag queens and threw the rest of us under a bus.

Date: 18 May 2015 02:46 pm (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi

Oh, so they just lied all around. Lovely.

Date: 24 May 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
So Facebook managed to avoid the storm about gender identities by changing their firm, then went right back to enforcing their belief in the gender binary by going after names that they don't believe are real. Nice work, if you can get it.


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