Isn't the name "United States of America" so...presumptuous? "America" has always referred to the entire continents of North and South America (which were originally connected - e.g. see the Great American Interchange), yet the US decided that we *were* America.
The framing is so dishonest and awful, and it's why I usually try to refer to this country as US rather than USA - we're but a small *fraction* of America.
Climate change is *already happening*. The first world (made up of mostly colonizing nations) simply wants to pretend that it's in the far future because it's more convenient to pretend our actions can still continue "until it gets too urgent" than it is to face the reality that we fucked up the planet and other people are currently paying the price.
This shit is *already* happening, and the first world simply doesn't care. #climatechange
Coming out is a thing because the *closet* is a thing. The closet is a thing because society isn't safe for LGBTQ+ people.
We should be fighting for a world and a society in which there is no closet, where people are able to fully express themselves without fear of being harassed or assaulted or fucking killed.
We can, *and must*, do better.
'Science' is not neutral because 'science' is conducted by humans and humans have biases, period. The good thing about science is *not* that it's neutral but that it provides a mechanism for accountability.
As long as you have humans in the equation (and *yes*, that includes humans training AIs, motherfuckers), there *will* be bias. There *will* be narrative selection. And y'all should think a *lot* before unquestioningly using it to shut down trans and nb requests for inclusivity.
As a cis man speaking to cis people everywhere, we *have* to normalize asking for pronouns and not assuming. It's a small way in which we can make the world safer for our trans, non-binary, gender-nonconforming, etc comrades.
I know it might feel weird at first, but part of it is also retraining *yourself* not to assume, and to get rid of the internalized assumption that we can guess/infer someone's gender and pronounds based on how they look.
Is anyone interested in starting a new adaptive GTK Rust client for Signal for Linux smartphones and desktops? I wrote a post on the @PINE64 forum about my reasoning for this technical approach:
*Do not respond to this with criticism of Signal*. If you're annoying about that, I'll block you.
@fsf This is meaningless until it is backed up by action by removing Stallman from the FSF board and GNU. I am also disappointed by validating the bad faith attacks trying to deligitimize people's free speech by claiming they are somehow violating Stallman's right to free speech by holding him accountable. Trying to appease both sides typically ends up pleasing no one.
Richard M Stallman
@Dee IME this isn't needed. Just say anything about Stallman and the trolls will come out to defend him.
Holy shit look at this yarn my amazing wife dyed
Stanford scientists reverse-engineered the Moderna COVID vaccine from discarded remnants, and have posted the mRNA sequence publicly on GitHub https://www.vice.com/en/article/7k9gya/stanford-scientists-reverse-engineer-moderna-vaccine-post-code-on-github
The Tor Project has made it clear to Freedom Software Foundation and #LibrePlanet in the past that we did not want to participate in the event if they welcomed RMS back.
To re-instate him without notifying the community prior to the event is against the transparency we stand for in this community.
The Tor Project is joining calls for Richard M. Stallman to be removed from board, staff, volunteer, and other leadership positions in the FOSS community, including the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project. Sign the open letter: https://rms-open-letter.github.io/
#OtD 25 Mar 1939 the Nazis brought in a new law forcing all 10-18y olds into the Hitler Youth. Despite Nazi efforts, thousands of working class teens formed the Edelweiss Pirates, who fought the Hitler Youth and helped Jews and POWs. More in our podcast: https://workingclasshistory.com/2018/04/04/wch4-anti-nazi-youth-movements-in-world-war-ii/
After attending a funeral in Mozambique, 75 people died. They'd all drunk pombe, a traditional alcoholic beverage, which had poisoned them with Bongkrekic Acid that had developed from the fermentation of the corn used in the drink. There is no known ant...
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Just give people the things that they need to survive without all this fuss, and then let people who want to make shit make shit and let it help everyone else.
And if you are going to argue about how that doesn't work, the entire fucking internet is built by people who have enough resources to not worry and so they make shit.
The internet runs on linux, that is what you get when only a tiny section of the population has time to just play around.
So let everyone else do that too
anyway, if you're making calls to tolerance and just getting along:
1) remember that "getting along" has always looked like letting your idols/big stars/etc push people out
2) redirect that energy toward the people who ARE the problem, not the people responding to the problem
3) don't @ me
Wild how many white men (and yes I am seeing this today specifically from white men) would prioritize "what if we can just learn to get along with each other" when the people they want folks to "get along with" are actively driving people out of the community.
Put your energy on THOSE people, not on the people who have a problem with those people.
'"But we wouldn't have X without [horribly toxic person]"
True, but you cannot even FATHOM all the ideas/products/processes/community leadership you've lost out on from the people you've driven out.
You're focusing on a couple constellations at the expense of the Milky Way
Statement on Richard Stallman rejoining the FSF board
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