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In case you live under a rock (or maybe you haven’t talked to any British-obsessed people in the past 24 hours), Kate Middleton is pregnant. (E!)

NASA is coming to the conclusion that the Solar System is larger than previously thought. The Voyager spacecraft should have left the Sun’s magnetic field a while ago, but this hasn’t happened yet. That’s why they call it the final frontier… (CNN)

The rap group Das Racist has split up.If you don’t know who they are, they came to Bacchanal a few years ago and were interviewed by an avant-garde news source. (Salon)

A study indicates that the Roma people (also known as gypsies), are descended from the lowest caste of Indian society. According to the report, the Roma are descendants from “untouchables” or Dalits who migrated from India 1,400 years ago. (Telegraph)

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  • Bwog says:

    @Bwog The term “gypsy” is a slur. Get your collective shit together. Thanks.

    1. TBB says:

      @TBB ^Seriously, this.

      A people’s proper demonym should never have to be qualified by a slur, and to legitimize the slur by placing it in that context is just not cool.

    2. ummm says:

      @ummm the Telegraph article says they’re represented by an authority called the Britain’s Gypsy Council. i hardly think it can qualify as a slur then…

      1. TBB says:

        @TBB http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiziganism
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_the_Romani_people#Gypsy_and_Gipsy

        The problem is that the term “gypsy” is so widely-used, and so much more so than the less pejorative names for these peoples, that many Romani & Travellers have opted instead to reclaim the term.

        See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reappropriation#Race_and_ethnicity

      2. Ummm says:

        @Ummm Given Britain’s penchant for antisemitism and racism in general this doesn’t surprise the general public, however, just because they’re “represented by an authority called the Britain’s Gypsy Council” doesn’t make it ok. Sheep.

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