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Made an SSB account 

We'll see how this works out: @f724qWzdPv26agFw4ovzmMN0VcjnuSCDVUWUijb4r+w=.ed25519

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I'm 25, studied mathematics in university and recently escaped my childhood home to a safe place where I've connected with wonderful people and started figuring out how to be a healthy functional person. I find far too many things interesting and there aren't nearly enough hours in the day to pursue them all, but I love getting people talking about things they're excited/knowledgeable about, and I love explaining things/sharing information I've collected.

This instance is what finally motivated me to join Mastadon (as someone who has basically no social media accounts). I heard about solarpunk a few years ago (I think from something @whyvoneenee reblogged) and didn't look much further into it, but recently I tailed @socalledunitedstates here from Tumblr where I'd been reading anarchist blogs and now I'm really excited about so many of the things I see people imagining and learning/teaching together.

I'm excited to get to know more of you and possibly even be helpful!

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I worked retail years ago. The general public didn't call today "Black Friday" then, that phrase was used behind the scenes by retail employees who were dreading their worst working day of the year. "Black Friday" was basically saying "we're doomed," it wasn't a HAPPY expression at all.

Later the marketing types got hold of the term, it began popping up in ads, and now the shopping hordes are all "yay Black Friday!"

It makes my retail-survivor heart sad every time an expression of pain coined by the overworked and underpaid is used to entice more shoppers.

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"And if you talk with them off the record and ask "what do you really think? How bad is it really?", what they will virtually always tell you is that it's almost certainly worse than what we publish, because we only publish what we can prove. "

youtu.be/MCVxqr63aXI?t=900

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@kate I was told awhile back that if enough advertisers realized at once that targeted ads are kind of bullshit, it could trigger a "subprime attention crisis" that collapses a lot of Big Tech's revenue streams at once. With potentially far-reaching consequences for the rest of the economy.

This feels... at least plausible

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Let me try this post another style:

"We can't let the left get violent,"

does a *lot* of heavy lifting as a sentence.

First, who is "we"? "We" erases difference, and power relations, and it flattens complexity, removing discrete responsibility. ("What Do You Mean 'We', White Man?", Ivie, on the white "we")

"The left" is another similar flattening, bringing in ideologies as diverse as white settler-colonialism and Anarkata under the same, uselessly broad, lens. This sort of unmarking leaves room for the dominant ideology to be seen as a neutral "normal". ("A Third University is Possible," la paperson, and "Second Sex", Beauvoir, on how unmarking erases the domination undergirding normalcy)

And "get violent" ascribes a certain belief to that uselessly-broad "the left:" non-violence.

Expanding a short sentence out, we get:

Those who control society must use their domination of political ideology to prevent others from practicing anything but non-violence.

Spelled out that way, it hardly seems like the same sage advice as before! Spelled out that way, it sounds like yet another person saying we can't allow the oppressed to get too uppity.

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The takeaway here shouldn't be anything specific about guns or violence, by the way, but this:

It's all well and good to say "no one is immune to propaganda," but we're all able to exercise media literacy. My ability to look at a simple sentence like "We cannot allow the left to get violent," and hear it as a dogwhistle is not some magic power, but the result of explicitly, dedicated learning, because I understand that my failure to understand media often results in harm.

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We need all eyes on @Gidimten@twitter.com right now - they have been raided by RCMP and are posting live updates from their situation. #AllOutForWedzinKwa #wetsuwetenstrong #Wetsuweten

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unpopular opinion / hard pill to swallow 

@polymerwitch

This essay by Russell Means blew my mind. I was like, "fuck, he's right, industrialism needs to be ditched with Capitalism. A communism based in industrialism isn't going to automatically solve the horrors of climate change, colonialism, or imperialism, etc"

theanarchistlibrary.org/librar

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"The lie that Indigenous people can’t use modern technology if we protest the religious and cultural bigotry of those who misuse the sacred objects of the religious traditions of any of the MANY separate Indigenous American cultures hinges on the bigoted myth that Indigenous Americans played no part in the development of modern technology, which is patently untrue."

projectmoe4u.medium.com/protec

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In 2019, 3 athletic adults froze to death in the United States, because they injured themselves on a jog and it got unexpectedly, but mildly, cold while they were out.

Always bring a jacket with you.

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(By bringing your fight to the frontier of colonialism rather than its establishment, you cut heads off the hydra, but do not address its body, if you do not understand why moving from from neo- to late-liberalism is a bad strategy for facilitating anyone's liberation.)

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"I don't care about all your attempts to stay alive or whatever, I'm going to be above all that once I finish working on these encrypted routing protocols and sharding content addressable distributed storage systems and my solar powered Forth minicomputer that runs on a Z80 I found in a university closet"

lololol!

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folks'll really spend 100 hours trying to understand data sharding through poorly scanned PDFs but haven't actually ever looked up "racism" on Wikipedia. lol!

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(imagine trying to design technology for social communication while only using knowledge from STEM fields of research, not sociology! lol!)

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Decentralizing social media is just moving it from neo-liberalism to late-liberalism, but, as it is said, y'all ain't ready for that conversation.

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remember if you see a coworker on their phone at work no you didn't

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"The lie that Indigenous people can’t use modern technology if we protest the religious and cultural bigotry of those who misuse the sacred objects of the religious traditions of any of the MANY separate Indigenous American cultures hinges on the bigoted myth that Indigenous Americans played no part in the development of modern technology, which is patently untrue."

projectmoe4u.medium.com/protec

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Hey French and American folk:

Unless you are actively involved in advocating that your state make reparations to Haiti (and other slave colonies), you need to shut the *fuck* up about who might be culpable for climate change.

You took Haiti's topsoil for sugar to prop up your aristocracy, put them in debt when they fought for liberation, invaded them *repeatedly*, stole their material wealth, blockaded their ports, and continue to abuse their people through colonizer NGOs.

If it were *just* Haiti, y'all would be culpable. But it isn't. You genocided, burnt, mined, lumbered, farmed, the Earth to dust, stealing it all back to your own lands for your own enjoyment.

Fuck off.

You wanna see how openly colonialism still is practiced?

Ever seen a settler say to use spent coffee grounds on their garden because it's good fertilizer?

...Okay now think on that a moment.

*Where* did the grounds come from? *Why* is it good fertilizer?

Your coffee is the stolen wealth of those you subjugate, no metaphor.

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I keep getting told I'm ignorant to how the Internet works because I state this information. (I can't even call it an opinion, I'm simply describing a behavior that is done.)

Invariably, people explain that the Internet is a public, anonymous forum. Here, no one knows you're a dog, y'know?

I'm really not sure why I have to point this out, but simply because something is *possible*, does not mean you are obligated or required to do it.

For example, in the physical world, it is possible to touch people. Some people, if you touch them, will request you do not do it. I have never seen anyone respond:

"Oh, well, this is a physical, four-dimensional environment. Maybe you don't understand, but there is nothing that prohibits me from touching you."

One of the things that makes the Internet the Internet is that it exists through a series of protocols that are mutually agreed-upon by the participants, rather than the protocols being defined and enforced by some central authority. There is no one who will *force* your HTTP server to comply with the standard, it simply won't be accessible to clients that *do*. But we each choose to participate in, and set, our own protocols.

By saying, "People cannot implement human-enacted protocols on the Internet," you are saying, "Only the digitally enacted protocols are real."

This says, "Digital authority supersedes humanity on the Internet." That is a stunning abdication of personal responsibility and power that is.

In the material context of this reality, digital authority is granted through capitalism by systems of colonialism which enact and further whiteness.

Therefore, saying "you can't stop me from @ ing you" is an appeal to white supremacy over the humanity of the person you're speaking with.

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PSA but in the Fediverse and Twitter and many social networks, BIPOC and other people who are marginalized by the dominant society often have terms of engagement in our profilse, that suggest how people should engage with us on the given platform. Through years of experience with marginalization, we have become experts in navigating through the Web, and have shared guidance on how others can help facilitate that movement.

It is heavily encouraged that you check the profile, included pinned toots/tweets, of people, before you reply to them.

Thank you.

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