US liberal pieties
I learned today that USCIS has started giving people appointments at non-local offices. And by non-local I mean sending Seattleites to Yakima, or people from the Olympic Peninsula to Portland.
If you don't have a car (or if they give you the first appointment of the day), that in practice means needing to spend at least one night there per appointment. If you have a lawyer, having them present (which improves your chances) just got waaaay more expensive.
US liberal pieties
...If you can't make that appointment, you may have to make a case to them for why and depend on their accepting that to even be able to reschedule. And rescheduling puts you at the back of the queue for that particular hurdle, so it can set your application back months. Between fingerprinting, interviews and ceremonies, the green card and citizenship processes require a minimum of three appointments each if all goes well. ...
I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.
This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.
I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.
Rather than an ebooks bot, I want one that detects me being full of myself and instantly replies with this cartoon: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzitWIsJmnf/
What can we do about concentration camps?
Donate or volunteer with organizations that are taking or have taken action to make a difference:
Local Rapid Response hotlines for legal assistance and reporting raids:
"Over the next two weeks, Jews are taking action across the country to shut down ICE and show that this problem is not just at the border, it’s everywhere — we need anyone and everyone to take the streets and stop business as usual. Even if you’ve never planned an action before, we will support you to get things off the ground. Join our mass call on Monday, July 1st, at 9PM EST. Even if you can’t make the call, sign up and we’ll send you everything you need to know!"
Fort Worden #florespondence. The purple ones are in a former gun emplacement; I appreciated the upgrade.
Open call to action: Moderation app for fediverse software!
We received a request to #Tusky in the past week, as Mastodon has now opened API for moderation.
As we don't want to spread ourselves too thin we think it'd be better if someone else on here worked on this, but you'd also receive our full support and help where we can.
Let us know if it's something you'd like to work on, and we'll give you a boost!
GitHub issue for context:
Neanderthals and science interpretation
The Neanderthal genome was sequenced recently, and it was found that people from certain regions (including many parts of Europe) have genomes that are 0.5-3% Neanderthal. The rest of the world has genomes that are basically 100% Homo sapiens.
I would like to point out that if the regions of this discovery had just happened to be inverted, it would be used as incontrovertible evidence of the fundamental genetic inferiority of certain people.
Looks like somebody is raising money to paint a realistic-looking keyboard & display onto a brick of metal: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/microsafex/worlds-first-patented-unhackable-computer-ever
Things we can do about the current US Migra awfulness
@twistylittlepassages @eldang Here's one from Indianapolis organizers. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DPr93K73Y27_eV6oxauXrp7XVqetQOvzff0BRaWR07Y/mobilebasic
Today in #ShitDuolingoSays
Hey so, I'm putting together a transmasc resource site (to include compilation of folks' self-reported experiences with transitioning, legal info stuff by state, a community/media side of things, and eventually hopefully community submissions).
I'm really interested in transmasc folks sharing what sorts of info they'd like to have covered, whether that's personal experiences they want represented or questions they'd like answered.
Pls send me yr thoughts, and boost this if yr comfy with it.
Racism mention, Confederacy
The current exhibit by Sonya Clark is incredible, it's an examination of the Confederate truce flag, which was a white dish cloth (with 6 unobtrusive vertical red stripes, 3 at each end) that was waved by a soldier accompanying Lee to Appomattox. Clark asks the viewer to imagine a world where instead of the divisiveness of the racist symbol of the Confederate battle flag, we had dedicated ourselves to the reconciliation and humility of the Confederate truce flag.
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