Rabbi Shimon bar Yocḥai says: Come and see how beloved the Jewish people are before the Holy One, Blessed be He. Every place they were exiled, the Divine Presence went with them. They were exiled to Egypt, and the Divine Presence went with them, as it says: “Did I reveal myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt?” (I Samuel 2:27). They were exiled to Babylonia, and the Divine Presence went with them, as it is stated: “For your sake I have sent to Babylonia” (Isaiah 43:14). So too, when, in the future, they will be redeemed, the Divine Presence will be with them, as it is stated: “Then the Lord your God will return with your captivity” ( Deuteronomy 30:3). It does not state: “He will bring back”, but rather “He will return,” which teaches that the Holy One, Blessed be He, will return together with them from among the exiles.

Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 29a

Down there – he said – are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any inequity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathsomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass-produced darkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality. They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don’t say no.

–Terry Pratchett , “Guards! Guards!”

Granny Weatherwax: “sin, young man, is when you treat people like things. Including yourself. That’s what sin is.”
Mightily Oates: “It’s a lot more complicated than that–”
“No. It ain’t. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they’re getting worried that they won’t like the truth. People as things, that’s where it starts.”
“Oh, I’m sure there are worse crimes–”
“But they starts with thinking about people as things…”

–from Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett.

Absolutely stellar job Republicans. Extra credit for further traumatizing a survivor of rape in the process. Bless your little hearts you’re just so overflowing with that wholesome Christian love we all just can’t get enough of that I’m overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude and completely at a loss for words as to how I should express my praise.

This is absolutely hilarious, because I’m old enough to remember when unelected Homeland Security bureaucrats were given power to unilaterally enact sweeping changes to society because of perceived terrorist threats. You won’t believe what happened after that. Real True Americans called anyone who questioned any of it every name in the book for ten-plus years, and then when they ran out of already-existing names they made up new ones. Libtard has had particular sticking power. When calling us every name in the book wasn’t doing the trick, they accused us of every crime in the book, and then made up new ones when they ran out of those. Keep that in mind the next time a Real True American pleads for civility or complains about liberals being mean to them.

Narrator: Democrats should absolutely do everything in their power to make these four representative of the entire conference.

Following is a transcription of what are apparently official comments from Yoast regarding the slated WordPress 5.0 release on Thursday. I’m providing this transcription for those who are using Twitter clients which do not support alternative text, (essentially the blindness-specific Twitter client), as well as for those on Facebook, Micro.blog and Mastodon. The quote reads:

We vehemently disagree with the decision to release WordPress 5.0 on December 6th, and think it’s irresponsible and disrespectful towards the community. However, we’re now going to try and support the community as well as possible and we hope to show everyone that Gutenberg is indeed a huge step forward.

Yoast is one of the largest plugin developers in the WordPress space, and they’ve made no bones about their support for accessibility. This tweet, for example, carries alternative text, and Yoast has made it a point to ensure that the user interfaces for their Search Engine Optimization plugin are as accessible as possible given the current WordPress interface. Joost’s comment is probably as professional as it’s going to get on this score, and know, I’m not counting the “everything-is-awesome” type comments that will inevitably be shared by Matt from Gutenberg’s cheering section in the score. There’s been a lot of chaos around Gutenberg and accessibility, and it’s heartening to know that so many in the WordPress space, including some rather large plugin and theme shops, are fighting alongside traditional accessibility advocates. All of you have my sincerest thanks.

Dear #WordPress leadership: Get your shit together because this is one of a handfull of people who are actually #a11y experts who are also skilled React devs and your squandering WordPress’s hard-won rep on a11y for an arbitrary deadline is a damn shame.