Sometimes I want to find the person who first came up with the idea that it is “ableist” or a form of “cultural appropriation” for hearing people to want to learn sign language



and give them a really blistering lecture about how they are completely abusing the concept of “ableism” and “appropriation”.

No, it is not ableist for ANYone to want to learn sign language.

No, it is not appropriation for ANYone to want to learn sign language.

Deaf people WANT for more people to learn sign language so we can have more people to communicate with.

So please, *please* don’t ever tell anyone that their wanting to learn or use sign language is in any way ableist or “appropriation”. Because it is *not*.

If you are a person with auditory processing issues, then we WANT for you to learn sign language if it might make communication easier for you.

If you are a person who is non-verbal, then we WANT for you to learn sign language if it might make communication easier or more accurate for you.

Yes, we still want you to learn sign language even if your auditory processing issues, or your loss of speech, only happens sometimes and not all the time. Part time need for sign language is still *need for sign language*.

Yes, we still hope you will consider learning sign language even if you have no personal need for sign language at all. Your learning sign language can give *us* more people to communicate with, and therefore still benefits *us*. It is not ableist for you to want to learn sign language to benefit other people. In fact, it’s basically the *opposite* of ableist because it makes it easier for us to be fully included in society.

A more detailed response for people wanting to learn sign language, particularly for people with auditory processing issues.

(Resources for people with APD in general)

Oh, seriously. And people, there is a constant need for hearing people who know sign language. You can literally do it as a job.



Kodkod (Leopardus guigna)

The kodkod is the smallest cat in the Americas. It lives primarily in central and southern Chile and marginally in adjoining areas of Argentina. Since 2002, it has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List
as the total effective population may comprise less than 10,000 mature
individuals, and is threatened due to persecution and loss of habitat
and prey base. The kodkod has a small head, large feet, and a thick tail. Typical adult length is 37 to 51 cm. Kodkods are equally active during the day as during the night,
although they only venture into open terrain under the cover of
darkness. During the day, they rest in dense vegetation in ravines,
along streams with heavy cover, and in piles of dead gorse. They are excellent climbers, and easily able to climb trees more than a meter in diameter. They are terrestrial predators of birds, lizards and rodents in the ravines and forested areas, feeding on southern lapwing, austral thrush, chucao tapaculo, huet-huet, domestic geese and chicken

photo credits: Mauro Tammone



We have a birth announcement. Miss Ginny Pig, gave birth to five babies a couple of hours ago.

All went well, as you can see. Very tiny , but lively little babies. Ginny Pig is not sure what she will do with five lol, as is evident in the video.

Welcome to the world little ones. 🌺





Autistic Person: “To decide who to hire, the applicants should try out for the job the same way a student in school would try out for a varsity sport. They should be given tests that directly measure their ability to perform the job. Whoever performs best on the tests will get the job.”

Allistic Person: “To decide who to hire, the applicants should be forced to have a conversation with me. The conversation will involve me asking vague questions like ‘tell me about yourself’. The questions I ask will be so hard to answer that people will literally pay someone to give them tips on how to answer them. I’ll also be testing things like body language and eye contact, which tell me jack shit about their ability to actually perform the job. But it’s okay, because I have psychic abilities that tell me who to hire within one minute of meeting them.”

Society: “I think we’ll go with the allistic person’s idea.”

The hiring process for jobs is a major practical detail of why I hate capitalism.

…Unfortunately there are reasons why job interviews exist the way they do. They boil down to ‘does this person have an impossible-to-quantifiably-measure “soft” skillset?’ 

Soft skills are things like “the ability to comfortably interact with people”, “the ability to communicate clearly about what you want”, “the ability to stay calm under pressure”, “the ability to show up on time and be properly organized”, “the ability to think on your feet”, “the ability to keep a poker face and respond professionally when someone asks you a dumbass question”, and so on. 

(Sometimes they’re a little more targeted: “the abillity to not be a flagrantly bigoted ass in public”, “the ability to Not Creep Neurotypical People Out”, or “the ability to realize this hiring manager is a whackaloon and get out before you wind up working for The Company From Hell”.)

Soft skills are mostly irrelevant to the Job Description- your ability to program in SQL or drive a forklift isn’t correlated to Clear Communication or Thinking On Your Feet. Soft skills are also often things that autistic people are very, very bad at. So at first blush, job interviews look ridiculously unfair. “Why can’t they just hire a person who can do the job description? Isn’t that what they want? Why do they have to make us jump through all these hoops that are not what they want?”

The problem is… soft skills are actually really important. 

In The Bromeliad Trilogy, there’s a scene where a socially-awkward scientist is trying to explain to someone why social niceties are important. I don’t have the exact quote on hand, but it’s something like this:

‘People are like machines, and words like “please” and “thank you” are the grease that makes them run smoothly.’ 

 That’s what all the interview bullshit is supposed to be for.

It’s not Because Capitalism. It’s not to weed out autistic people or other people the interviewer is bigoted against (… most of the time). It’s to make sure that you have the basic skills to keep interpersonal contact running smoothly. Most of the time you don’t have to be particularly socially ept, but you have to be ept enough that you won’t aggravate your coworkers just by showing up, fail to do basic tasks on time even if they’re critical, or be that guy who microwaves fish in the office kitchen.  

I don’t think job interviews are necessarily the best way to test for soft skills, but I’m having a hard time thinking of a better one that doesn’t require job candidates to work for free. And it sucks that autistic people don’t have many (and there aren’t good ways to learn), but as someone who’s been on both ends of the equation: working with someone who has no soft skills sucks, and being expected to have soft skills when you don’t have them sucks. It’s gross, but … what can you do, you know?

I really appreciate you adding this, @earlgraytay.

As someone (I have no idea whether I’m NT or not, and pretty sure it depends entirely on the precise specifics of the classification system being used) who has conducted job interviews, I agree that a lot of the process is crappy, but am uneasy about the idea that soft skills are complete bullshit.

I was looking to hire people who would interact directly with people with disabilities. These people needed to be patient, understanding, and not blatantly ableist. Those are… not things a resume will tell you. Knowing that Bill worked as staff at the group home might tell me Bill is a medical-model monster oppressor, or it might tell me Bill is the one guy who singlehandedly made the institution less godawful because he listens to self-advocates and activists and constantly asks his boss “how can we fix ____?”

Could a test tell me these things? Possibly, if I could come up with ways to make questions that don’t make it obvious to Bill what we want him to say.

But interacting with Bill and seeing what he has to say about the people he’s worked with might be a better way of getting that information. Does he say positive things about them? Does he seem overprotective? Does he, as a depressing number of people do, cope with burnout with sarcastic and cruel jokes about the people he serves?

Interacting with him can tell me those things in a way a quiz can’t.








i had no idea they were so frickin huge

I love them so much because they’re about as sharp as a baseball and their anatomy is ridiculous to the point of them literally being classified as plankton for years because they just sort of get blown around by the ocean and look confused, but because they lay more eggs than ANY OTHER VERTEBRATE IN EXISTENCE, evolution can’t stop them

Why is no big predator coming and gnawing on them?

Their biggest defense is that they’re massive and have super tough skin, but they do get hunted by sharks or sea lions sometimes and they just sort of float there like ‘oh bother’ as it happens

Even funnier, because they eat nothing but jellyfish they’re really low in nutritional value anyway, so they basically survive by being not worth eating because they’re like a big floating rice cracker wrapped in leather.

Perfect example of “survival of the fittest” NOT meaning being some hyper aggressive, muscular manly asshole. This creature fell upon the complete opposite combination of traits and just rolled with it and evolution was like “well, it’s working, somehow".

Michigan Health Chief Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For Flint Water Crisis



Michigan’s director of its Department of Health and Human Services, Nick Lyon, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office over the Flint water crisis.

Chief Medical Executive Dr. Eden Wells will be charged with obstruction of justice.

Lyon and Wells are the highest-ranking state officials to be charged in the crisis. The charges stem from an investigation led by Michigan’s attorney general.

The involuntary manslaughter charge stems from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia, that spread in the city following its switch in water source. According to the indictment, Lyon knew about the outbreak but failed to alert the public.

Michigan Health Chief Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For Flint Water Crisis








Tiny dirty stray kitten hanging out at the bottom of our stairs since yesterday. There are a lot of self-reliant ferals around our apartment, but this little thing was dirty & covered in burrs. We gave it some chicken but couldn’t catch it. I think it may have wandered over from the outdoor cat hoarder colony down the street; that house is awful & we saw kittens there last week.

This morning the downstairs neighbor managed to grab it for us, and I put it on this cozy towel & started combing and picking the burrs & sticks out of its fur. It calmed down immediately and has been chilling here with me in the kitchen ever since. Got a vet appointment in an hour to get my little buddy cleaned up & checked out. I hope it isn’t too sick; I think it might have a cold.

If we can, we are probably going to keep her.


What a difference a day makes! Took this little guy to the vet, got the fleas and dirt washed off him, got some antibiotics for a slight cold, but he is otherwise fine. Kneading and purring up a storm, eating a lot and being heart-crushingly adorable. 

We have named this glorious creature Nux.


A little over a month later and Nux is growing into a very long and floppy shoulder cat!

Oh my god!!!!

i’m so happy for this cat i hope nux knows im proud of him

I just told him!