implied systemic transphobia, call for help Show more
the doctor i received HRT from is facing sentencing today. she's been harassed and attacked just for providing adequate care to UK trans people. she's never once had a complaint from a patient, but other doctors and non-patients (namely terfs) have hounded her in to losing her medical licence. all just for giving people like me HRT.
Moar hydropohones + fewer technical requirements to listen to our orca neighbors: https://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2018/11/30/hydrophones-open-a-world-of-underwater-sound-to-people-at-home/
There's something in the juxtaposition of these two articles:
This one is about how a no-longer popular instrument (which I love to use) is still revealing insights into human biology:
and this - about using new technologies to examine ancient manuscripts:
Both are about finding traces of unexpected life by looking in ways no one else has thought to. This fills me with longing.
climate Show more
TIL that every single climate monitoring station in the Pacific Northwest shows an increase in temperature over my life time. Every single one.
antivax Show more
antivax is a harmful reactionary ideology that costs lives
& when you debate things like the flu shot you are giving antivaxers ground.
like it's utter bullshit. just get the fucking flu shot. get it get it get it.
it doesnt matter if you're scared of needles or think it doesn't work, it should be LITERALLY MANDATORY to get a flu shot. you SHOULD NOT be allowed to participate in society if you're ABLE to be vaccinated and you HAVENT
Chion (on p. 172) also points out the precursor of Star Wars' crawl text in Zechariah 5:1–4:
"He asked me, 'What do you see?' I answered, 'I see a flying scroll, twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.' And he said to me, 'This is the curse that is going out over the whole land...'"
from Chion, Michel. Words on Screen. Translated by Claudia Gorbman, Columbia University Press, 2017, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/nyulibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4774014.
Ukraine & Russia Show more
Some useful context from a few months ago on the shenanigans in the Sea of Azov: https://www.rferl.org/a/sea-of-troubles-azov-emerging-as-tinderbox-in-russia-ukraine-conflict/29417753.html
The West is going to sorely regret appeasing Putin with Crimea. I hate that this lesson has to be learned all over again.
Statements I wish were less true
One of those mornings when I "lose" my phone into a different pocket from usual.
tbt when Nvidia researchers trained a neural network to generate images of cats and from the internet-sourced input data it learned that Impact 24pt White is a defining characteristic of cats
OT Remembrance Sunday, Kiel Mutiny WW1 Show more
Lest we forget...
The first World War was ended 100 years ago by working class soldiers turning on their officers and overthrowing the Kaiser.
"On 4 November 1918 they armed themselves and set off, in their thousands, for the industrial centres of northern Germany. Jan Valtin, a participant, remembered: “That night I saw the mutinous sailors roll into Bremen on caravans of commandeered trucks – from all sides masses of humanity, a sea of swinging, pushing bodies and distorted faces were moving toward the centre of town. Many of the workers were armed with guns, with bayonets and with hammers.”
By 9 November, with workers swarming into the streets of Berlin, the Kaiser abdicated: only the declaration of a republic, with a Labour government and the promised “socialisation of industry”, prevented outright Soviet-style revolution."
uspol (~-) Show more
On balance, yesterday's election result is still getting me down.
Don't get me wrong: there are plenty of bright spots. And it's a relief to even have some nuance to discuss. But it's nothing like the kind of decisive repudiation of P45 and his racist politics that I wanted to see. And he'll still get to install whoever he likes if another Supreme Court seat opens up. And we still aren't getting a carbon tax here. And so on....
fascists that might be in your area, PSA (UK) Show more
Btw, if you see groups like Generation Identity, EDL and the like perform any action in your area (like activism, stickering, reading groups, etc.) Take a picture and drop Hope Not Hate an email. They are an anti-fascist organisation that likes to keep tabs on what these people are up to and the more data points, the better!
I gave them evidence of GI stickers in my neighbourhood a few months ago and they appreciated it!