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Since it's that time of year where people everywhere start asking me whether I'm coming to , here's my answer:

No, it is not possible for me to come, because the orga has chosen not to implement any COVID safety precautions, forcing me to choose between "keeping my kidneys working" and "attending a hacker event".

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Why I do not like hanging around liberals anymore 

Because they're like oppression lootboxes.

The liberal viewpoint is not one of intersectionality; they might sound very progressive and recognize one or more types of oppression, but do not (wish to) recognize the way these interact, or the structure and patterns that underlie all of them.

This means that it's only a matter of time before I hear them say some extremely shitty and/or bigoted stuff about a topic that they don't recognize as a form of oppression, but I can't know upfront which topic it will be, or when it'll happen.

With my intersectional friends, I could then just point out that it's a form of oppression, and they will take it seriously, introspect, and work (over time) to understand it. Mistakes happen, but they will try to learn. All I need to do, is remind them.

With liberals, however... they do not recognize it as another occurrence of the same thing, and so I am left having to "prove" from whole cloth that yes, it really is a form of oppression, before they are even willing to put in *any* effort to understand the problem.

Every time this happens, it takes hours of my time, and energy that I do not have to spare.

I am already running on fumes most of the time, and I honestly just don't really want to hang around people who put that sort of price on not being shitty.

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Why don't you just use XMPP? 

(Leaving this here as a FAQ since I get this 'question' entirely too often.)

Because every single time I engage in a discussion with an XMPP proponent, it takes less than 5 minutes to get to "XMPP is fine, you just need to adjust your expectations/requirements", and this FOSSbro attitude is *exactly* why I jumped ship from the XMPP community years ago.

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A reminder that if you are on,, or (and a couple other less common instances), I will not see your replies!

These servers are silenced here because while there are a fair amount of nice folks on there, they *also* have moderation issues or a set of policies that's just not compatible with that of

If you want to make sure that your replies arrive here, I would recommend moving to a smaller instance with better moderation and vibes :) Preferably one where you (can get to) know the people running it!

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I've actually been here for a while already, though mostly inactive! The Birdsite Situation prompted me to pop in here again. And I'm terrible at writing introductions, so I usually just say "I do stuff on the internet".

But uh, I do all sorts of activist-y stuff, work on radical FOSS (see, write (educational) stuff, am more or less a lonely polyamorous gender blob of indeterminate sexuality who likes both cuddles and kinky things, and I always have 10 times as many projects as I have time for, as is customary with ADHD brain :) Sometimes I even finish some of them!

While I'm an introvert and need plenty of time to myself, I *am* happy to meet like-minded people and spend time with them, and as long as you're not a bigot or apologist, you should feel free to interact with me and/or follow me!

Also, I live in Rosmalen (near Den Bosch) in the Netherlands, and honestly would like to get to know more local folks, and I also have some vague intention to start a queer hackerspace around here if I can find enough interested people. Eventually!

Here’s what parenting can look like.

When I told my dad I was trans, my dad’s response was, “Oh! I can send you jewelry now!” (He was retired and made jewelry as a hobby).

Two days latter, I had a letter in the mail addressed to Joelle, the first time “Joelle” ever got mail, with a necklace in it. Later he made me this one. He told me, “I hope I got the colors right, I looked it up online.”

You don’t have to mourn a child transitioning. You can be the first to do so many affirming things.

"432hz", wild hypothesis, no evidence presented 

The 432hz music 'conspiracy theory' and subculture really just boils down to that being a more pleasant/engaging thing to listen to for certain neurospicy brains, and an entire subculture/religion being constructed around that to 'socially justify' it, because neurodivergent accommodations are not otherwise respected in society

One thing I hate the most about trying to prepare a trip to another country is that it's very difficult to find anything useful on the internet. :doom_mad:

The search engines are filled with travel blogs who have clearly been paid to promote the place to say that You Should Most Definitely Check Out These 25 Things, which are always the church, some castle, a few statues and the city center - which you can only see after accepting their cookie policy and their 1528 partners.

YouTube is filled with influencers that tell you their local pastry is a-ma-zing and you should DEFINITELY try it, and all the informative videos are made by Americans who have not been there and read aloud a list of facts that they copied from Wikipedia.

Just gimme some simple recommendations like "Finnish people like saunas so you should try a sauna" stuff, I'll see the rest for myself anyway.

uspol, gaza, future. this is about liberals and democrats 

in ten years, this will become another Iraq, another Gulf War, another memory where liberals will conveniently forget their place in it. they will claim they had no choice, or if they are at all remorseful, that they thought they were doing everything they could.

they will place themselves in the shoes of the same radicals they threatened and wished violence upon. "well they should've known not to do that" they say of any of the innumerable victims of state violence. they would never dream of defying the state so openly in that moment. but when they have created enough distance for the radical and the just to become the ordinary, they will say "that was us. aren't you proud? we did that." and they will only speak the names of the radicals they must acknowledge.

and further, they will transform images until it suits them. Nixon and Reagan are hazy memories, praise them when the moment is suitable. Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and King Jr. are no longer subversive and quite so radical - their edges that cut the social order until it bleeds will be softened until they become blunted enough that anyone can handle them with ease.

all images are subject to this regardless of their position at the time. to the liberal, had the national guard and snipers not been brought in during the Detroit Race Riots, there would have been nothing else but the destruction of the city. to this day, many of them stand by Johnson and Romney's decisions. unavoidable tragedy. Kent State Massacre, unavoidable tragedy. LA riots, what else could the state do? unavoidable tragedy, if they even say the second half.

they'll say the same about Gaza as they have about Iraq and Afghanistan. there was no other choice. they know it's not true. tell them to go fuck themselves if ever they try to claim a W

@ahelwer I love when stuff like this is included with a system 😊❤️

Huh, a complete viaduct has disappeared at Amsterdam Zuid 🤯

A wide ask here so please boost: my grandfather is trying to get rid of an old business computer, and I was wondering whether any vintage computer people might want it. It was purchased for $50k from The Ultimate Corporation in the early 80s. This ran the Pick operating system, and my best guess is the hardware was originally manufactured by GE or Honeywell. It's about the size of a half-rack and currently lives in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. It has sat covered in plastic in a chemical warehouse for the past 35 years. Where do people usually post stuff like this other than here? Thanks!


"gender isn't real" and "race isn't real" are actually incredibly different statements (cw: violence, incl. sexual violence) 

when someone says "gender isn't real", they're talking about how our society just kind of decided to put silhouettes in pants on one bathroom sign and in skirts on another - the cloth is just cloth, the bodies in it are just bodies, and the people are just people. when we are presented with ideas like "man", "woman", "butch", "femme", "elf", "dragon", and "robot", we can do whatever we want with them - they are just stories we tell about who we are and who we are like.

when someone says "race isn't real", the stories they're talking about are about how it's totally fine for white western Europeans to torture, rape, and kill Africans, Asians, Arabs, and indigenous peoples around the globe. the stories aren't about who we are and who we are like, but who gets riches and who gets dead. and the stories, riches, and deaths don't care who you actually are.

a skirt and blackface are very different things.


Check yourself when criticizing Kamala Harris. There's lots of great criticism for her, though she seems like the absolute best candidate the left could have this year.

But check yourself, because a LOT of people are using anti-black and anti-woman tropes to criticize her, and it is REALLY easy to fall into those.

Friendly reminder to my fellow americans:

Perfect is the enemy of good, and perfection is impossible in any system where entropy exists - such as this universe we live in.

And, just maybe, consistently choosing to improve society somewhat - no matter how small the improvement - will lead to an improved society for everyone much faster than holding out for The Perfect Solution To All Problems.


And it's not like this will stop me from indexing the site (which doesn't seem to be their goal anyway - they have an explicit allow-all robots.txt), but really this only inconveniences *them* because now their server has to handle more requests due to me indexing category-by-category??

I do not understand what they are trying to achieve here

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??? why would you have a robots.txt pointing at a sitemap.xml and then the sitemap.xml just responds with "Connection failed! You are not authorized!"

These are small calories (cal). The large or dietary calorie (Cal) is equal to one kilocalorie (kcal), and is gradually being replaced by the latter correct term.

I did not listen to myself.

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Localizing a point by Michelle MiJung Kim:

If the AfD takes power, what would you pour your heart and energy into building and protecting?

Start doing that now, and continue regardless of who's nominally in power or for how long.

NLmedia transfobie (ook gij 1V) 

Verslaggeefster van 1Vandaag noemt mensen die transgender jeugdzorg steunen een cult vergelijkbaar met Jehova’s getuigen, iedereen die er later uitvalt (detrans) wordt geëxcommuniceerd. Nou, dan weten we ook weer hoe neutraal de verslaggeving van 1Vandaag is 🙄

I wonder what percentage of urban trees are removed by house flippers. Anecdotally every time a tree in my neighborhood goes down it's to increase resale value.

There used to be two big trees behind my house (in my neighbors yards). Lost the first one a year ago, losing the other today

I'm beating a drum like, electronics isn't actually sorcery y'all,

and then TI casually drops *this* into a datasheet

I want to live in the least patriotic country. that

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