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FuckCopyright wrote

Not much going on although I've noticed I've been feeling quite depressed a lot lately. Got into a project I probably regret being involved with, not to mention I may have to resit assignments, as well as personal issues taking over. I don't want to start doing anything fun since I still have to think about my future.

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a_perfect_map wrote

Hey I hope things look better for you soon, I always remind myself that every emotional state is temporary at least. Sometimes its hard to remember though.

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ziq wrote

fucking finally

now I can sleep for 2 days

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

Another Friday in possibly the longest month of my life. Two months ago life was so different. Things are interesting.

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a_perfect_map wrote

I was thinking yesterday that like, how cool would it have been if instead of focusing on industrialization, engineering, making bigger bombs, factory farming- what if humanity instead put the majority of its effort into social and gender research? How cool would that world be? Fuck yeah, we would live in tribes still maybe but just pool our efforts into overcoming ourselves, abolishing racism and sexism. Eventually a healthy global culture not created by horrible neo liberal fragmentation could even happen maybe. Do you think such a culture would undergo post-modernity sooner?

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mofongo wrote (edited )

It's mid morning and I haven't done shit of work. I'll have to stay up late, lol.

I want to make strength exercises, but everytime I do the smallest effort my hip inflames and takes away all strength and flexibility on top on consistent pain.

Anyways, back to work.

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a_perfect_map wrote

You ever try CBD for inflammatory pain? Just beware that its hard to get pure stuff, because unregulated. Also CBD is like grapefruit juice in that it can make other medications dangerously potent.

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mofongo wrote

The pain is sporadic and does not disrupt me even at its worst. I can take paracetamol to handle soft pain, or a single OTC anti-inflamatory pill for the worst. Medicine regulation is almost non-existent here, so if needed, I can get harder stuff by paying full price.

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a_perfect_map wrote

OK hope ya feel alright, stay away from them opiates though IMO that shit is evil

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vandemic wrote

Yo, I follow a yoga channel called "Breathe and Flow" to deal with my dancers hip and have found their content pretty helpful. I do jiujitsu (which can be hard on your hips), and a lot of their yoga is oriented around that. They have a lot of videos and I encourage you to check em out, but I'll link you a more recent one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7l3-iakW24

What kind of strength exercises are you trying?

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mofongo wrote

Thanks for the link! I'll check them out.

A bit of body weight training, mostly upper body because it's dangerously weakened and I need the core training due to a bad back. Sadly, I'm not making any progress because it's hard for me making a schedule with two small children to keep an eye on.

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Majrelende wrote

The scarlet runner bean seems perplexed by the lack of surfaces to climb on, but the nights are still too cold to put them outside. I would guess this should change soon.

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sand wrote (edited )

finally picked up repopulating /f/zenarchism again a few days ago by going thru the old one's moderation log. can't find some of the stuff, but i'll get what i can find reposted soon™

looks like the /c/Faith_and_Spirituality forums haven't had much activity lately. wonder if most folks here are just not into it

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

Probably there are a lot of anarchists who only understand spiritual matters within the very limited framework of rejecting a very specific and narrow idea of religion, since they have no idea that their idea is narrow and that what spirituality can be is stuff unimaginable to them and also completely outside of what they understand to be spirituality.

And then I assume there are few anarchists who are like me?

The things that I do that are spiritual is very specific to me and I have never articulated them.

I'm influenced by a range of things and occasionally when something new is interesting I will learn about it and find out how it affects how I want to live.

I consider my spiritual practice to be no different from my everyday lived ethic.

An insurrectionary ethic of repair.

Could write a book unpacking that, how it relates to movement and becoming and flows and their incompatibility with rigid impositions, to various philosophers and philosophies through history, to geography and cartography in relation to enclosure and disenclosure and reparation, to attack, to One Piece, to the sun and heliotropism, to violences in thought, the list goes on. I have never articulated them and also there are ways that they cannot be articulated.

It's a rare brief moment when I am able to carve out time to really think about these things, because of the daily weight of life and death that lives in my body.

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sand wrote

that fire inside

this this this

i want to learn more about the chaotic! trance that tries to tap into that, custom that tends to the fire, orientations toward conflict

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

The first episodes of One Piece are some of the worst. If you like shounen anime in general it's very unlikely that you would not like One Piece. But it's a kind of show that gets exponentially better as it goes on.

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sand wrote

Could write a book unpacking that

i'd read it! hah

i like you! i feel very similarly, though i think you're more active than me lol. it's encouraging. (may you be protected \o/ ). i'm in kind of a long-standing rut trying to find anything i can to untie the knots in my unconscious mind that keep me spent and passive.

i really want to ask you to expand on everything in that list! (except one piece -- i'm caught up :P ) but i'll ask specifically about "violences in thought" if you're interested in writing more on it. i've been thinking some about how anger can bring clarity lately. no pressure tho!

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

I'm curious to hear about what you're all doing, what kinds of resistance happens in your areas, etc.

Alts welcome, obvs.

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a_perfect_map wrote (edited )

I have discovered people around really want diapers and baby formula. Those both do not stay in my food station more than like an hour. This makes me sad and happy. Food is gone more and more regularly now too.

I'm debating putting a survey in the station. Basically, check a box or write in what you would like to see more of. Cause I consider it 'public property' essentially, so was trying to think how to 'democratize' it a little bit more. Unsure as of yet.

Police has been at my neighbor's a few times, they are brown folks so I stuck some of my fliers on immigration law and general rights as to dealing with the police in their mailbox on the DL. It is so sad how many people don't understand their rights. Never taught in school, and on TV its all cop dramas where 'suspects' consistently do the exact worst thing legally possible. Don't get me wrong, civil rights are the machinery of the state and can do as much harm as good. But for fuck's sake, never, ever talk to the police. It can only hurt you. Pro tip- if the police ask you if they can do something, like 'can we come inside your house' or 'can we search you' your answer should always be NO. In court if its your word against a cop's, you're fucked.

The police get so pissy when you film them :-) dealwithit.gif

Also spread the word on jury nullification https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_nullification

Be safe homies.

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

Anybody read anything lately that was illuminating or that gave them a better analysis or better sense of predictive power for what is to come?

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vandemic wrote (edited )

More predictions.

Food.

Where I live, my country's agricultural economy relies on a massive annual influx of illegal migrant workers. None of them showed up this year, and less than half of the TFWs with paperwork came thru. Combined with the coldsnap we had in April, my prediction is that we will encounter: crop failure, rising food prices and breakdowns in the supply chain.

So far, simply by following my own logic and reasoning, I've been consistently ahead of the general consensus. 2 months ago, I was already stocking up on essential foods and medicine (panic buying, they call it. I call it common sense) in order to avoid lines wrapping around the block, back when my family had their heads buried in the sand about it. I was also rockin a mask, back when the authorities were still scolding us for doing so, before they changed their mind about it.

And so in 6 months from now, we will have a food crisis. Count on it.

Cash.

Cash is going out, and it's unclear if it'll ever come back. This is a serious problem. A cashless surveillance society must be avoided at all costs. We need accessible, user-friendly guides for Bitcoin/Monero... And for gods sake if you do know how to use those things, please teach your friend, on condition that they teach someone else. We need "Each One, Teach One".

Facial Recognition

FR programs are coming out that can identify you based on your eyes and eyebrows. Perhaps we can fool this technology by using masks that have special patterns... like eyes? Perhaps fake eyebrows can become a thing, similar concept to fake moustaches. There's also a company in Japan coming out with relatively normal-looking special glasses that can foil FR ( https://www.popsci.com/new-japanese-glasses-block-facial-recognition/ )

I'll think of more things later.

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rot wrote

i think it was china that was testing gait id. gait as in the way someone walks

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Majrelende wrote (edited )

If this is true, perhaps it would not be too bold to add ‘revolution’. Any revolution will be horrible, but perhaps there might be a chance of making some space and learning from anarchists’ past mistakes.

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vandemic wrote

go for it. you seem like you might have a lot to say about it.

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FuckCopyright wrote (edited )

So far I just need a mask to stop being recognized by certain people for personal reasons, but I'll have to consider hiding more of my face too...

I may also invest in a hardware crypto wallet in the long term - got an online Monero wallet but it's not ideal and well, I don't really have any crypto at the moment.

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vandemic wrote

My prediction:

take a good look at your own body. by this time next year, that is the only thing in this world that will truly be yours. All your savings, possessions or property? Gone. I hope y'all have been keeping physically fit. Trust me, it'll be important later, possibly the most important thing you can do, along with staying tight with the ppl in your community.

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Majrelende wrote

I am not sure if I follow your reasoning... would you mind explaining?

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vandemic wrote

Aight so...

During the last 30 years, we were basically living on our credit cards: shipping off our industry abroad and then using our debt-based money to pay others to do the work and sell us their stuff. At home, we built a system that imports everything from abroad or are service jobs like restaurants. This created a fragile prosperity that depended on always going further in debt and always having foreign countries accept our money.

The system overcame the 2008 crisis, which was due to a small portion of people not paying their mortgages, which set off a domino fall in everything. This occurred because people saw their houses as worth less money and stopped spending while banks saw losses on their loan collateral and stopped lending. The solution was to print enough money and buy up everything that was falling in value so people would spend and banks would lend again. It worked well because the 2008 problem required a solution that this system can easily provide.

This time tho, it's different. Now dollars are being printed at increasing rates, but less stuff is being made. The stuff that was made before the flu hysteria is being bought. More dollars are chasing less stuff. This means the value of the dollar is diluted. However, it doesn’t have an immediate effect because many newly printed dollars are just sitting in bank accounts and we still have stuff to sell in warehouses. Lots of companies and individuals have debts that must be paid in dollars, so there’s a demand for them despite all the printing. Also, prices are sticky because everyone expects a return to normalcy and people still expect to pay a certain amount for a certain thing. Later they’ll react when stuff gets harder and harder to find, and the only people still selling it are “price gouging”.

For these reasons, the dollar’s fall won’t be immediate and the dollar could even rise in value before plummeting.

But understand that this system was not designed for self-sufficiency. You know what I'm saying? There aren’t small farms everywhere for everyone to return to like it was back in the 1930s. The State must keep printing dollars to support people or there will be mass-disorder. However by printing dollars and showing weakness, they’re demonstrating to our overseas trading partners that they can just keep their stuff for themselves rather than sell it to us. As these foreign countries see the dollar losing value, they’ll unload their dollars as well, creating an avalanche.

At this point the dollar system will confront a crossroads: the Fed will have to offer dollar credit lines to all businesses in all the world, and all foreign political and business authorities will have to bow down to the US and become modern slaves or the dollar system will fragment and the purchasing power of it will collapse. The American empire will experience a loss of power faster and greater than the fall of the USSR and with much more human suffering.

So, again. Basically, look at your body, and consider that this is all that you are going to have this time next year. All of the property, the savings, the things you collected – will be gone. You are effectively going to be dumped naked into an entirely new world, where nothing that you built before will matter, save for the person you’ve built yourself into, along with your relationships.

As far as the USA is concerned, what you are going to have in the coming months is a totally and completely wrecked nation, with tens of millions of homeless, food shortages, martial law, government bunkbeds, government soup, FEMA camps, kill lists, riots and everything else you can think of from your favorite and least favorite science fiction dystopia films.

From there, things will progressively spiral, over a period of one to three years, I'm guessing, until parts of the country begin to break off, as areas become ungovernable, as the federal government loses the ability to maintain martial law in certain regions. Religious cults will be big, as will criminal gangs. Most other forms of social organization are going to fall away.

Over the next couple of months... a lot of people are going to tell you things will eventually "go back to normal", and you’ll have a certain desire to believe them. But you can't, because they're wrong. Nothing is going back to normal. Nothing is coming except chaos as the system collapses all around us. You need to use this time to start getting used to having nothing... except maybe those things that really mattered all along, like good health and good people.

My core piece of advice is this:

Get strong. Legally acquire some weapons; a good rifle and a sidearm. Consider putting a plan together to get out of the cities while the getting is still good. Think ahead about food security and start networking with other people as much as you possibly can.

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polpotisevil2 wrote

Maybe you are right, but I think you are forgetting military strength and the willingness of the american people to go to war for economic interests. As well as the resurging movement to bring some manufacturing into america ("make/keep america great again")

Not that your advice is bad. That's close to my advice during a normal situation, COVID-19 or not.

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toocats wrote

Anyone else deal with eczema? If so, how do you treat yours? What worked for you? What didn't?

Mine just flared up while outside watering my sister and BIL's garden while they're out of town; I figure the heat or something environmental (I also have allergies) triggered it.

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polpotisevil2 wrote

Mine only flares up in cold weather, and is especially bad after extreme temperature changes in cold weather (like a hot shower or after cooking something). The only thing that completely solves it for me is getting out of the cold. I do apply absurd amounts of lotion (coconut oil or something else natural) to it though, and it at least helps a little bit.

Haven't really dealt with it in a couple years though, I live in a much hotter area now.

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vandemic wrote

A few days ago I could feel myself slipping into a downward spiral. Was starting to let myself go -- smoking too much weed and spending way too much time on the internet. It was bad. Went one day (oh fuck!) two days (oh fuck!) 3 days without working out, and also without showering or brushing my teeth, or anything. Old traumas flashing in my brain (can't look away). It's so insidious how it all creeps up on you... unexpected like Apophis from the blackness of space. Only this here isn't a blackness, but rather a smothering blanket sense of grey that attacks by suffocation. It is relentless. It is something I've been grappling with for a long time. Most of my strategies against it in the past have not worked. Another thing is that it's not something I can ever put to rest forever, but can only hold at bay. I know that if I ever ease up on it, it'll come back and gain the upper hand.

I find the best defense is a good offense. To be aggressive and get after it.

This morning I woke up and said to myself, "Today I'm going to fuck shit up and attack the day with fire in my eyes. I'm going to get back on point with my routine and prepare for what's next". Did 15 minutes of jumprope and some strength training. Now I fna have breakfast.

Feelz good man.

Hope y'all are havin a good day, yo. Pullin for ya.

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jouissance wrote

I've spent the past few months feeling like an automaton. It's eating me alive.

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