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Jirel's Journal
Jirel's Journal
June 9, 2023

Happy Pride Month, Candace Owens!

For those who enjoy just a bit more schadenfreude with their morning coffee, Candace Owens just got partially demonetized by YouTube for her anti-trans videos. YouTube had previously said that misgendering did not violate its community guidelines, but it has now changed its tune.

YouTube said that it demonetized several videos on conservative pundit Candace Owens' channel for violating its monetization policies on hateful and derogatory content, which the company said may apply to instances of misgendering or deadnaming.

YouTube does not publicly list any policy on misgendering but said in a statement that it considers deliberate misgendering as potentially violative of its monetization policy on hateful conduct.

On the Candace Owens Podcast channel Monday, Owens said YouTube gave her “an option to delete every video that I’ve ever done pertaining to gender in which I have accurately gendered someone” — referring to instances in which she’s used pronouns not preferred by trans individuals. Videos in which Owens misgendered individuals were considered “hateful conduct” by YouTube, according to Owens in a segment in the episode titled ‘I Have An Announcement To Make.’

March 17, 2023

Is Ron DeSantis a war criminal?

A former Guantanamo prisoner has fingered DeSantis as having watched his torture while DeSantis was stationed there for a year as a member of Navy JAG. His supervisor noted that DeSantis' duties required interacting with detainees and hearing their complaints and resolving them in accordance with US law. DeSantis enlisted in the Navy in 2004 specifically because he wanted to take part in Guantanamo prosecutions.

The United Nations has characterised the force-feeding of hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay as torture. The US government has denied that the practice amounts to torture, and it has been used against prisoners over successive administrations during hunger strikes.

Mr DeSantis was stationed on the base between March 2006 and January 2007, according to his military records.

An investigation by The Independent details the following claims:

Two prisoners held at the camp at the time Mr DeSantis was stationed there claim he witnessed the forced-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners.
Mr Adayfi claims that Mr DeSantis had initially told him he was there for the detainees’ welfare.
Mr DeSantis was stationed at Guantanamo during a year marked by riots, hunger strikes and death.
Part of his role was to field concerns and complaints from prisoners.
Mr DeSantis emerged from his time at Guantanamo as an advocate for its continued use, and against the release of detainees.

November 1, 2022

Head Games For Halloween.

We tend to have a lot of trick or treaters compared to a lot of places these days. They tend to come in two waves, the white suburbanites for whom their own exurb/suburb feels too “scary” so they pack the kids into a minivan and take them into our rural neighborhood, and later on the local kids, mostly Latinx. This year I decided to find out if the lure of candy would trump naziism, so I added a Vote Blue sign on the fence right next to the front walk. Yes indeed, there were some screeching tires as the local cosplaytriots hugged their kids close and took them to a less terrifying part of town. In all, we’re down 50% or more from usual.

Conservative asshurt is my love language.

June 26, 2022

An (im?)modest proposal for resistance.

A friend’s righteous rant sparked this as a point of organizing resistance:

Revoke (or do not sign) organ donor cards, and instruct next of kin/medical POAs to not donate your organs after death.

(I hear the cries of knee-jerk outrage already.) Look, it’s simple. Women are going to die because of these abortion bans. Do not let their organs be harvested to save their murderers. Women will suffer, become disabled, lose their livelihoods, lose their opportunities for education or a career, or die because abortions are denied them, when they are unable to access abortion care hundreds of miles away. Ok, then, I guess organ transplantation should require medical tourism as well.

Nothing in this scheme says that a person should not live-donate a kidney, etc. to a person they know and trust. It just means that women and their allies are drying up the flow of organs to strangers who may be their oppressors. It means that women and their allies are taking back control over their bodies. Will people die? Yes. That’s the point. What, did you think this war wasn’t going to have casualties? Besides the piled corpses of pregnant women? Decisions have consequences, and it is time for women to be fighting back ruthlessly.

After all, nobody is interested in even ending the filibuster for us, or expanding SCOTUS for us. Why, exactly, should we continue business as usual?

April 27, 2021

Who knows anything about PacToTheFuture?

I have been receiving spam from them. Are they for real? If so, they are the slimiest, worst-managed Dem PAC that I have ever encountered.

1) Emails read like clickbait that 17 year olds wrote for InfoWars.

2) You can't opt out.

3) Their contact email doesn't work - it bounces.

4) There is virtually no useful information on their website that would help determine whether this is a travesty of a Dem PAC, or right wing trolls.

(For reference, it's www.pactothefuture.org)

February 18, 2021

Because we all need a laugh, 13 curses to mutter against Ted Cruz while you boil snow to drink.

1. May you wait in line outside the only open grocery store for four hours only to find that there is no food left, save a Pop-Tart that slipped under some shelving. May the Pop-Tart be the weird cherry flavor. May you buy it, cut it into quadrants, and eat it over two days.


3. May you record yourself making a snow angel for the first time in your life only to realize that you’re lying on your neighbor’s dog’s frozen deposits. –Forrest Wilder

4. May snow slip off an overhang as you pass underneath it, nailing you right on your noggin while you’re heading outside to pee.

5. May you make direct eye contact with your neighbor during your yard pee.


The rest at:

December 8, 2020

Of course. It's 2020. Why WOULDN'T some mystery disease crop up?

So now there's a mystery disease in India, with 300 people hospitalized. Headaches, seizures, nausea, passing out - fabulous. Might be the water, but they can't find any contaminants. They don't *think* it's a virus...


November 19, 2020

Once again, Rudy goes unhinged.

How much judgment does it take to avoid stupid opportunities to humiliate yourself (and your client)?

Imagine you’re Rudy Giuliani. You’re prattling along, giving a press conference, and you spot a way to reference one of your favorite movies to make your legal case … BAM! Twitter rips you to shreds.

That was the crux of a truly bizarre press conference that President Trump’s personal attorney gave on Thursday, which CNN, MSNBC and Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto declined to air. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, was arguing that Trump campaign reps were not allowed close enough to properly observe ballot counting in Pennsylvania for the presidential election, which Trump and his team have refused to concede despite the Associated Press and other major news outlets naming Democratic challenger Joe Biden the winner two weeks ago.

Giuliani decided to re-enact a scene from the 1992 comedy “My Cousin Vinny,” which starred Joe Pesci (no relation to the author of this article) and won Marisa Tomei an Oscar, to call out just how far away the Trump representatives were from the ballot counters.


And the New York Daily News, one of Giuliani’s hometown newspapers, ran an op-ed by one of Giuliani’s former speechwriters on Thursday that called him “pathetic” and lamented his dive “into the deep end of a fetid pool of manufactured election conspiracy theories.”

The presser got even stranger as a black stream of what appeared to be hair dye began rolling down Giuliani’s face as he sweat at the podium...

November 6, 2020

What's On Your Playlist When The Election Gets Called?

What song(s) do you want to blast when this is all over, and you have a big drink and party?

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