Things we can do about the current US Migra awfulness
I wish I could point to some magical action that would stop this grotesquery on its own, but there is no such thing and the absence of that is not an excuse to do nothing. I'm assuming that you're already talking to your elected reps about this, so here are some additional things you can do (these tend to be local to me - please reply with equivalents where you are and I'll boost those):
Bob [not his real name]: Do Jews really wear kippahs?
me: Jewish men do, though only relatively religious people wear them all the time - it's mostly just for during prayers.
me: well, the law as far as I know only specifies that we're supposed to cover our heads in the house of the Lord, and I think wearing them for other prayers is by association, and then some people want everyone to know their Jewish wherever they go.
Bob: yeah, but why kippahs? (...)
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All done. All requests from Gab's user agent are now blocked as per https://social.mootech.eu/@maxine/102412789235076104 and kiwifarms' IP address range as reported in https://glitch.social/@kyzh/102435853605463552 is also blocked.
I don't want to oversell either measure--anyone can get round them by starting an account on an instance we trust and not drawing attention to theirself--but these at least put a higher barrier between and the most instances than mere blocks would. #WeirderAdmin
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People think that tai chi is an easy thing for old people but it has some badass weapons forms, which means I got to wave a spear around... with some old people, but also some non-old people as well.
Here's the grandmaster in my lineage with the spear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNAc7PR4TMQ
I wrote an essay about truth sources, authority, illness, and disability: https://terribly.online/post/what-is-a-need-what-is-an-illness
Fediverse SFFBookClub August Poll
I didn't take nominations this month because we already have a wide field.
The Doodle poll is at https://doodle.com/poll/iu2tewciif4vfsh4 . Vote for as many as you wish--high vote-getters that do not "win" will return in future polls.
Some of the books (I'm looking at you, Ms. Butler) may warrant content notes--anyone is welcome to give them (with a spoiler-tag CW) in a reply to this post. Polling will close on the 29th.
on bad UBI takes (370 words)
i'm sick to death of supposedly enlightened people going "UBI won't work, what we really need is universal housing / food / etc". because what that tells me is that to those people, individual agency is an optional extra, rather than the essential component of freedom i (and most anarchists throughout history, in fairness) understand it to be
without agency, universal housing & food is just charity, dependent on the whims of the assigning authorities. without agency, you might as well be locking people in prisons... or concentration camps.
now if you want to talk about better ways of ensuring that people can control their own circumstances and plot their own course to a better future than UBI, i'm all for hearing about it. but if that comes down to "all you have to do is make your case in front of the right people..." then you're part of the problem. if you can't even get past your own entrenched ableism and unconscious privilege, how the hell are you going to build a better future for anyone who doesn't look like you?
i have a nagging suspicion that anyone who says "the answer is universal housing / food / etc" fondly imagines a future where they're on the committee making the allocations. i don't think for a second they could conceive of having to be the person standing before that committee, having to justify a basic requirement for their quality of life to a panel of people who have no way of conceiving of that requirement as anything but an inexplicable luxury - and knowing that life would be a hell of a lot easier if only they knew someone who knew someone on that panel...
*because that's how these things always pan out*.
it's a product of the fundamental misconception that power is bad because the wrong small group of people have it, rather than recognising that concentrated power is bad for everyone, wielder and victim alike, and that the only way to ensure that we never again find ourselves in a situation where a few people can ride roughshod over the destinies of everyone is to redistribute power down to the individual level, and only allow such structures to arise as preserve that atomisation.
"NASA could create a Climate Corps — modeled after the Peace Corps — in which scientists and engineers spend two years in local communities understanding the unique challenges they face, training local populations and connecting them with the data and science needed to support smart, local decision-making." I would serve!
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I tried to fix a docker thing in order to run that query about what emoji people use, and uhhhh that was an exciting 15 minutes full of error messages. But we're back!
Explaining UK history to 'murcans
@eldang Farting on a dead utilitarian would definitely maximize my happiness.
This comic about conspiracy theorists (who are often right-wing white men) is fascinating and weird and not a little disturbing:
ukpol, hereditary rulers
I grew up in a fucking ridiculous country, and there's nothing like Brexit for plumbing the depths of that https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49040128
@sam_andarin Welcome to !
Seattle, ICE, something you can do
If you see ICE in Washington state out making arrests or questioning people, you can call the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network hotline:
Donating to WAISN is a great idea too if you're able: https://www.waisn.org/donate
Astronomy is a deep and passionate interest of mine. It has captivated me since I was a small child gazing at stars up until I was a scruffy looking postdoc receiving a PhD certificate in astrophysics. I'm saying this so you'll understand where I'm coming from when I say – the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) needs to be built somewhere else. They need to leave Mauna Kea alone.
There are many other places to build telescopes, and it's inexcusable that US authorities are doing their best to sweep Native Hawaiian voices under the rug. I want no part in this. Nor should anyone with even a shred of compassion.
This year's x̌ʷə́lč / Salish Sea canoe journey is underway!
Follow the canoes: https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/apps/InreachMapping/InreachMap.php?EID=1
Pretty map with an overview of how many nations are taking part, and how far some are paddling: https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/ded20e1f-6ab8-4c58-86ed-8df22232c9d7/20191500.png/:/
And Matika Wilbur's take on the occasion: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0BIN3jg5AJ/
A collection of minutiae from Des Moines Creek Trail back in March: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eldan/albums/72157709735435331
My pal Ben works with a great group called wikitongues, and they released this playlist for the International Year of Indigenous Languages! https://open.spotify.com/user/8ah66qe6e99omh2a3mq44puif/playlist/7jloyvOxKeKoAaNSrf5Hqk
A community that skews thoughtful and weird. Everyone who abides by the code of conduct is welcome, thoughtful weirdos most of all! :)