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Lending credence to the idea of a "skin tone" filter is a particular news article from a while ago. As related on Gizmodo, British police officers tried to create a bot to search for porn but it kept sending back pictures of sand dunes. Presumably the skin tone filter of that bot did as bots do, and acted absolutely, without context or nuance. The story has become known as "Send dunes" (send nudes, send dunes, sand dunes, get it? har har har.)

Now, this particular news story with its accompanying photo was posted on Tumblr...

And it got flagged.

"Punching down" is also slang for verbally attacking or making a joke at the expense of someone who is below you in terms of wealth, privilege, social status, or political power. For example, a rich person making fun of the poor, a person in the majority mocking minorities, etc.

The opposite, whereby someone without status or privilege mocks someone in power, is called "punching up."

Operation Rich Peasants

I'm a hoarder. I don't just mean "I collect stuff" or "I couldn't be arsed with the housework this week LOL" but a proper "let's put this freak on a TV show" hoarder. I've been working on this for years. Counselling, CBT, regular sessions where my friends come over and help me sort through my stuff.

As I've improved - and by 'improved' I mean that most days you can see floor space big enough to…

News for Noders

December 1: Iron Noder has ended, and the initial results are in!

December 2: Happy Hanukkah!

December 12: Happy birthday to horacetheclown!

December 25: Merry Christmas!

Coming in January: sign up now for the reQuest 2019: the reTurn!

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November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 22 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: This is the month of Tender Lumplings Everywhere: The 2018 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

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September 7 С днём рождения, Stasik!

September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

Septemaaarr 19 Talk like a pirate day.

September 25 Happy birthday Templeton!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!

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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 9 長崎

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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