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OK, so a thread on how to use the moderation features of Mastodon:

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📢 Calling all Sunbeams! 📢

If you have a federating account on and you've been here a month or more, this is relevant to you.

We, the co-operative, have just passed a proposal (2019-07-22) to allow our Mastodon users to join the co-op free of charge. Previously, we required a small monthly donation before allowing participation.

This means you may now create an account on if you wish, so as to be able to join in with discussions, have your say in how the co-op operates, and contribute to deciding what we do and what services we provide. You may do all of this without donating any money, if you so choose.

It would be great to see some fresh faces, as more recently we've become stretched a little thin and discussions on Loomio are fairly infrequent. There are also plenty of small tasks that a newcomer could take on if they feel able to support the co-op.

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seattle CHOP, death 

One person is dead and another wounded after a shooting at the Capitol Hill Organized/Occupied Protest:

According to this journalist on the scene, the deceased is an African-American man (I've seen conflicting information about his age):

The police are of course spinning this tragedy as the CHOP being hostile to those who are only there to protect and serve ("a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims" ... next sentence: "the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics"). According to the first linked article, "A security employee working in the area reported the shooter had been in a black SUV that arrived in the area on E Pine. A 911 caller told police a man carried a rifle out of the SUV before gunfire erupted, according to East Precinct radio updates."

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PSA: Stores are starting to ban the sale of 'non-essential' items like plants, seeds, and clothes. It's rolling out at random based on local rules.

Some things you may need in the future that could be deemed non-essential:

- Furnace filters
- Light bulbs
- Seeds
- Potting Soil
- Wood
- Oil, etc. for your car.
- Clothes
- Shoes
- Socks (never enough socks)
- Fabric
- Yarn
- Thread
- Other crafting materials.

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Covid-19, U.S. News 

- They couldn't agree to send people money.
- They want businesses to reopen soon.
- 13,500 or so Americans are stuck abroad.
- ICE is dipping into the PPE kits needed for doctors.

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@solarpunkactionweek turning into action MONTH thanks to my school and work going all online. Yesterday I filled up this bottle tower planter with spinach so I can eat greens all summer. I got seedlings from the local hardware store, but if you start some yourself it's a great way to grow a lot of veggies in a small space and reduce water loss too. Details in the captions!

Have y'all donated to emsenn yet for eir as yet unpaid labour for SBC?

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the more I think about the idea of free money, the more I want the free money

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There is a massive #livecoding livestream event kicking off on the 19th, and running until the 22nd. Three days of non-stop algorithmic music, lots of friends are participating, add it to your calendar.

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the news would still be useful if they were all this person

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I'm thinking of making little needle felting kits for anyone in my town whose stuck at home cause they're self isolating, chronically ill or any other reason.
But I need help deciding what to make the kits for. Hedgehogs, ladybugs, mice, gnomes or pumpkins?

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(-) anti-work, covid-19 

I swear. If I get this thing, I'm going into the office and coughing on my bosses. They act like this is a fucking joke.

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covid 19, general suggestion 

If you have the money and you’re gonna order things from small shops and individuals (e.g etsy, fedi peeps) to help those struggling with income due to covid 19, perhaps consider asking if they’d mind taking payment now and posting it later?
Could help to reduce workload and therefore exposure risk for post and delivery people, especially since people are ordering more of the essentials online at the moment
Would also mean the person posting doesn’t have to go out

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:sunbeam: admin 

Removed Dissident Kitty's spam from the wiki.

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Ive never said that Im the most oppressed person.

But when it comes to racism, particularly in the USA, Europe & Latin America...I'm going to center ppl who are dealing with the worst treatment bc of racism.

that means BP
that particularly means dark skinned BW

If that incites you to call me a racist (aka reverse racist) or
colonizer or plantation runner or anything like that, esp to white folks who maybe dont know abt race like some of us, then have fun centering ppl w the privilege

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Uhm, where did I, or anyone on my mod team claim to the 'oppressed?'

And prioritizing the safety of Black folks is racist now?

LOL, remember what I said about people making shit up about PV to STAY MAD at us because we don't center the sensibilities of white folks and their tokens?

Ha, everybody wants to be a progressive until it comes to the agency of Black folks.

Then they go Rush Limbaugh in a heart beat.

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SBC meta 

I'm gonna try to get involved!

Downloaded the client from F-Droid and set up a Matrix account (username/password->email confirmation) so I can follow the new thread @liaizon started for figuring out how to hand instance administration over to the collective.

There's a Discourse thread as well:

And of course people can talk to each other about any ideas they have. I'm not particularly interested in wielding authority as a rule, and I don't have any special power, so I can't promise any action, but I'll offer this thread as one place for people to mention the ideas/thoughts they have for the sake of modeling what I hope to encourage.

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