This Is My Call to Action

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This is my call to action. The world has gotten frightening and dark. It is in these times that if we can’t find heroes in the world, we must become them. I was re-watching Wonder Woman when my purpose with my essays and tweets became crystal clear. Reports have been streaming in that the Russians used Tweets and Facebook ads starting several years ago and continuing through today and tomorrow to divide all of us and stir up disagreement. Their aim is to cause civil war, either literal or figurative. I am going to stop that. I’m just one social…

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Worldcon Thoughts After Sasquan: Next Year in Kansas City

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Next year in Kansas City, we will be hosting Worldcon (“we” meaning we Missourians, not me personally, as I am a minor player at best in this drama). I am thrilled and excited to finally be in a place in my life where I can participate in person instead of through my endless babblings on line. Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch the Hugo Awards 2015, and I have opinions. I started to write them as a Facebook post, then decided to move them here: My more coherent (daylight) thoughts on the Hugos: The puppies got…

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Thank You, Mr. Nimoy: Spock Taught Me It’s Okay to be a Girl

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Goodbye, Leonard Nimoy. This “half alien” geek girl will miss you. I first watched Star Trek (the Original Series) on a small black and white television when I was about eight or nine. We had to hold the rabbit ear antennas just right to get the signal, and it was a revelation to me years later that they all had brightly colored uniforms. A lot of girls identified with Uhura. She was beautiful, intelligent, commanding, and oh, so cool. And she could speak “side eye” code sooooo well. But I didn’t identify with her. I wasn’t cool. I wasn’t beautiful.…

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Anti-Vax: Dangerously Wrong about Autism and Vaccinations

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Sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to tell someone when they are not only wrong, but dangerously wrong. I ran into this recently at a conference on autism. Not only some of the attendees, but some of the presenters had fallen into the dangerous and discredited belief that autism is caused by vaccinations. Putting aside for a moment why a nationally recognized autism advocacy organization would support this position (suffice it to say that I will not be giving this organization any more of my money), I want to deal with why people believe this even though the evidence the…

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