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When people come with the argument that "human nature" just doesn't allow certain utopia, I always turn sad.

You grew up in a belief system which was aggressive enough to colonize most of this planet. You internalized this so much, that you can't even imagine something entirely different anymore.

This has nothing to do with human nature. That is malleable to a large extent; what you consider "natural" is nothing but socialization.

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kill your heroes. believe in ideas, not in the people who pioneered them. the picture of your hero that you hold in your mind is always more perfect than they were in reality -- and when you attempt to defend them from criticism, because you have built your beliefs on that person, you will inevitably betray some of your own ideals.

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A month ago, I offered free editorial services, with priority given to bipoc, lgbtia+, and similar marginalized people. Nobody has taken me up on it, but the offer still stands. I'm a technical writer with a thirty year career, and a ttrpg author and book editor with twenty years of publications across multiple companies. Please help me find relevance by helping you.

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Please, stay the fuck in, wear a mask if you need to go out and socially distance because I want to leave the house sometime this year.

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I know I'm mostly preaching to the choir here: but if you are against anti-fascists, you should do some self-reflection and figure out what it is that you stand *for*.

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COVID-19, social distancing, masks, swearing 

It's starting to really annoy me that when I go shopping, I'm almost always the only person in the shop wearing a mask.

It's almost impossible to keep the recommended distance for the whole time you're in a shop, and it's even harder for the people who work on the till. They can't dodge away from you when their literal job is to sit there blipping your shopping and handing you your change.

Wear a fucking mask, you selfish fucks. I cannot believe the shops haven't already made it compulsory to protect their staff.

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I've finally found some prison and police abolition groups in 'Canada'!

www.facebook.com/bartonsolidarityproject

cp-ep.org

www.facebook.com/TorontoPrisonersRightsProject/

www.noprisons.ca/abolition-coalitoin

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I want a girl who is covered in sediment,
Who shrieks in infrasonic at the moment she kills,
With iridescent skin and seven rows of teeth
And paralytic venom she secretes from her gills

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the five types of "i need a haircut but we're in lockdown":

1. I need a haircut and i will fuckin riot for it
2. I need a haircut and will impatiently wait for SAH orders to be lifted
3. I need a haircut but there's, like, nine billion online tutorials on how to DIY it and i won't see anyone irl before it has a chance to grow out anway so new skill time
4. I already invested in cheap clippers as a broke college student so bold of you to assume i've bothered leaving the house for this shit in the last decade
5. *banging on #4's door* "I already cut my hair but i need it to be GAYER can i borrow your clippers for an undercut"

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the fiction we're told is money was invented because it was inconvenient to barter for everything, but that kind of a barter-based economy only exists in situations where people who've been taught that myth are forced to do without currency. in the real world, barter only exists between strangers, with no common authority binding them — with friends, you trade mutual obligations. in the same situation, currency would be worthless, since there's no-one to fiat it

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food, sourdough, covid-adjacent I guess 

If you cannot reliably get hold of bread yeast, and you live somewhere that elderflowers grow, this may be of interest:

I made my sourdough starter in 2018 by putting some elderflower heads in a container of flour and water (half each by volume). After three days it was absolutely fizzing. First few loaves tasted floral, and then it settled down.

It's not a very sour taste but that's probably because I store it at room temperature and feed it haphazardly.

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Remember. Western society tries hard to make us cold and ruthless. An act of kindness is an act of rebellion.

Go. Rebel.

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Tipping, icy cold take 

I mean, like...

It is entirely reasonable to add as much as you want to a delivery tip or a tip jar in a store

You don't have to just tip 20-30% right now

You can go as high as you want and afford

That is a thing you can just go right ahead and do

You can just drop $50 on your coffee, and $100 on the delivery driver, and $75 on someone entertaining or educating you, all in one day if you want

You don't need permission

And thing is...

It doesn't stay with that person. It goes where it's needed. That's how helping out struggling people works. It gets spread around to everyone they wanted to help and couldn't, who you might not know

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when I say things like "people should, in the general case, dance," please understand that I don't mean you should dance well, or that it is too late for you and you'll never learn. neither thing is true. you probably already dance in some contexts, to some degree, and I'm glad, and you should continue dancing. I'm saying you should dance until you're comfortable doing it and you've found ways to move rhythmically that you enjoy. it will be good for you and your relationship to yoyr body— *no,* I am not talking about a cardio habit! I'm talking about learning how to make your body feel good — and it's a cultural knowledge that's prerequisite to other knowledges and helps you connect with other people

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And just in case anyone missed the memo, Bandcamp is waiving their fees and doing another 100% artist day on the 1st of May

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its just occurred to me also that the number of UFOs you have seen is inversely proportional to your skill at identifying flying objects

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Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.