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children's book request, explaining cops to kids, birdsite boost 

I always trick myself into reading Saga by saying, "this has to be the volume where things are mostly happy, right?" Ten minutes later, I'm always crying

Best Headline of the Week goes to LiveScience, for:

A Star in the Big Dipper is an Alien Invader

(It's not one of the major ones; the star, J1124+4535, was only discovered in 2015. Its emission spectrum doesn't match neighboring stars born in the Milky Way, but does match stars from a dwarf galaxy known to have collided with the Milky Way long in the past.)

Books on WI and midwest native plants:

- John "the absolute motherfucker" Curtis, Vegetation of Wisconsin (the original and best)
- Lynn Steiner, Landscaping with Native Plants of Wisconsin
- Black and Judziewicz, Wildflowers of Wisconsin
- Samuel Thayer, Foragers Harvest and sequels
- Michael Kuo et al, Mushrooms of the Midwest

Meta announcement 

Chelsea Manning released (for now) 

Recommended reading for comrades and accomplices (all of these are available in audio format):

- Howard Zinn, A Peoples History of the US
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples History of the US and All the Real Indians Died Off
- Robin Kimmerer Wall, Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss
- Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race
- Sonya Renee Taylor, The Body is Not an Apology
- Brene Brown on vulnerability
- bell hooks, anything and everything
- Angela Davis, ditto
- Bessel van der Beek, The Body Keeps the Score (large academic text on somatic trauma and recovery)
To be continued, feel free to add suggestions


Having one of those days where everyone looks familiar. Maybe I should start documenting when it happens.

Wanna start a folk punk band called Midwest Under Water. @glitterwitch are you in? πŸ˜‚

You can follow multiple hashtags on Mastodon very easily:

1. Search for a hashtag
2. Go to the search results column, open its options and select "Pin"
3. On the pinned column, open its options and select "Include additional tags for this column"
4. Add all the hashtags you want to follow to "Any of these"

This pinned column will then show results for the tags you add to it.

It allows you to follow topics in a single column the same way you would follow people.

#MastoTips #Mastodon #Hashtags

Long clarification of capitalism and alien life πŸ˜‚ 

i think it's cute that trees get to sleep in the wintertime. they get to take a nap, they close their eyes and have tree dreams, then they get to slurp up some sun again

Hi, everyone! We are a workers co-op, predominately based in the UK.

We provide tech services with a commitment to privacy, transparency and sustainability. We have a strong commitment to libre software.

We are especially interested in working with co-ops and other collective organisations working for a better world.

This account is simultaneously posting on both Twitter and Mastodon (Fediverse). Bear with us while we tweak the settings for this integration. It might be a little annoying till we figure this out πŸ˜„

Blaming capitalism for the fact that I'm probably never gonna get to meet aliens

From Bev Sellars' intro: The last 150 years have seen no progress for us. Imagine if we could actually change that. Imagine if the houses of the Indigenous people were shared on the equal basis that we intended

[T]he greatest strength of Indigenous people is sharing. Even today we are the poorest of the poor in Canada, but because of our sharing culture, we survive. I also say that one of our greatest weaknesses with the newcomers was sharing, because that gave
them power. Imagine if we could right the wrongs. What if we dared to believe that it is still possible to do that? The truth is, if you are armed with knowledge, you have the power to make it a reality

This handbook is designed to give you that knowledge. It brings together some of the most important Indigenous academics, activists and allies to explore the impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples and to look at paths toward decolonization that can right those wrongs and may, some day, lead us toward
true reconciliation

Decolonial read for the day: Whose Land is it Anyway? Manual for Decolonization, edited by Peter McFarlane & Nicole Schabus.

Easy to read, powerful, short. Take a look here:

SBC meta, registration 

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