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existential1 wrote

Reread "Desert" this week...that shit is fire. Also been documenting the unnecessary packaging in lots of stuff. Like, when you order a sandwich at Starbucks, they take it out of the container, heat it, then give it back to you in a separate container. Comparing that to picking veggies from my garden, and trying new ones...like young radish seed pods yesterday...is just so much less waste.

Is there a word for feeling pain from seeing humans administering ecocide?

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Tequila_Wolf wrote (edited )

Desert's a great text as a starting point towards dealing with what is here and what is coming. That said, it's a bit cringey in the ways the writer talks about their time in Africa, and I don't like how it doesn't do the work of talking about how the collapse has already happened for so much of the world, work you'll see better in Aragorn!'s writing or in Blessed Is The Flame, for example here's Aragorn!'s review of Twilight Of The Machines:

What Zerzan continues to miss is that for the bulk of humanity, including civilized people, this apocalypse has already happened. We are currently the over-populated survivors of total destruction, blinking in the sunlight of our own loss, wandering aimlessly for food and shelter.

And so the text comes off as white and settlery in ways that are worth mentioning. Ways that unfortunately we might expect from green anarchist focuses, and also from the post-left generally especially until quite recently.

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existential1 wrote

Well-said. I'll have to check out that review.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Anarchist(ic) analysis in Africa from the US is almost invariably weak and reproducing of harmful ideas about the place. Even Saidiya Hartman's return-to-Africa text Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route is cringey at times.

Thinking more about Desert, though I haven't read it in some time. I really like the bioregional approach. But also it doesn't account for the ways that different bioregions exist on a political hierarchy, and so might not have smart things to say about how the bioregions of Britain owe reparations to bioregions the world over. Choosing bioregional lines as a focus of our territory seems to make sense, but also making transversal alliances globally with other (especially decentralised) liberatory territories/powers seems very important.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I haven't thought much about that bit. hm.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

a moot point to mention

I don't think it's moot for two reasons. Because it perpetuates the way that colonised and racialised peoples are invisibilised. And because the reason collapse is so big a deal at the moment is because it's collapse for white people too. Indigenous peoples have been facing and enduring collapse throughout modernity but only now that it's white people's problem too are we giving the shits we are.

I'm beginning to realize more and more that a state isn't necessary for genocide to take place. All it takes is one frame of reference to declare itself correct and everything else is a threat. Then all it takes is choosing sides.

I don't think we need states so much as state-thought (a la Deleuze).

Achille Mbembe characterises this well when he talks about racialising projects as those that enclose humanity within a small group (in our case Europeans), stealing humanity from the commons (similar to how we'd understand from Proudhon property as theft from the commons), and that being a justificatory mechanism for 'civilising missions' and other forms of fascistic violence.

All it takes is one frame of reference to declare itself correct

I'm not sure if it is ever just this or if there is also necessarily some kind of dehumanising function involved in a kind of moralising one's superiority in holding the framework.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

if over population is the problem and the climate is constantly nose-diving the only option is genocide

I don't think this is true either. Rather than genocide, a little dose of antinatalism can go a long way. Also, it seems like much of the west is becoming infertile, and aside from Africa, global birth rates are going into the negative already. That combined with a basic increase in autonomy for people with ovaries would likely result in a significant reduction in autonomously-decided birth rates.

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manc wrote

Have you got any direct links? Searching 'aragorn' and 'blessed is the flame' didn't get me very far

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

After having thought about this a few times, some of the cringier things said about the writer's trip to Africa, how they felt at home in the shantytown, here may be mitigated somewhat if they were indigenous and talking about res.

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ariel wrote

My first raddle post, been lurking for a few weeks. I'm currently just trying to achieve the simple goal of moving out of my parents' house. I'm hoping to come out as nonbinary soon and wonder if that will effect my ability to rent. Otherwise I could easily present as male to landlords.

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yaaqov wrote

Whoah, I am in a very very very similar situation. Good luck!

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Welcome. Good luck with moving out. Figuring out where and how to be out can be a pain!

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Last week I found out one of my projects had gone viral. We got a lot of attention. Two political parties contacted us, including the president of one, and the provincial chairperson of another, large one. Along with three newspapers and a radio show asking for interviews. It's been amusing.

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ziq wrote

Amazing!

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

It's been fun replying to the political party people especially. But we're not going to do interviews. It's also not that kind of work. Completely offline and anonymous work that's tied to an email address was captured and put on some people's social media.

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6c_6f_76_65 wrote

I am assuming this is good news. Congratulations!

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

It's mostly just interesting and fun to engage with these people and see the contours of the political spaces they inhabit. It's a propaganda project, so it's nice that more people are engaging it. And we put it together well, so only people who go out of their way to misunderstand it will.

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Pop wrote

Annoying thing about most superhero series are how they end up getting involved with some 'good cop' in the local department who they share intel with etc

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ziq wrote

They even made new Spidey's dad a cop which pisses me off so much I lay awake at night thinking about it.

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SomeIconoclast wrote

In all fairness, his dad was a retired SHIELD agent in the comics.They had classic Spidey install some sort of radio surveillance system for the NYPD in the PS4 game.

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Splinglebot wrote

currently trying to reconcile my desire to meet new people with my desire to avoid new people at all costs

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bloodrose wrote

So I've not been participating much lately 'cuz things ain't going well for me. I won't go on about the health issues...but wanted to share with you beautiful people the latest: the company I have been slaving for is being acquired...and the deal they worked out for the employees is the shittiest I've seen in the Silicon Valley (though a coworker of mine has seen worse). So, with the exception of closing the books this week, I won't be working the long hours anymore. I'm leaving work at 5 from now on. Fuck those fucking assholes and their shit fucking deal. I've actually hurt my health working the long hours, hoping to save enough for a scrap of land for my family. I'm worried I'll be using those savings on rent now. Bastards. I'll find out in August.

Anyways, hopefully I'll get a bit less depressed and be around here more if I'm working less. haha. <3 you all

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mofongo OP wrote

I hope the extra at home time helps you with your illness as well. Rest is important to heal.

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bloodrose wrote

Thanks, I hope so, too. I sure as heck will be taking sick time whenever I feel like I want it in the next moth.

I also have two camping vacations planned soon which I am hoping to do some forest bathing during.

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bloodrose wrote

I just started to drift off to sleep, and started dreaming that I was in a sinking ship and Bernie Sanders was there and he was lecturing me that the real problem is wall street. I woke myself up because I didn't want to hear it anymore.

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alex wrote

working through every episode of King Of The Hill. it’s better than the Simpsons. fight me

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I have a bunch of friends who get upset with me because KoTH doesn't do it for me. I would sooner rewatch the good Simpsons seasons. I've often wondered what I'm lacking that makes me not so into it.

I don't like not liking things! Sometimes I think about what it would be like if I didn't like some of my favourite foods, how much I'd be missing out on. Then I think about how much I don't like that other people like, and how I'm missing out on that.

Like somebody please teach me how to like jazz god damn it.

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mofongo OP wrote

I feel like KoTH is a bit too American to enjoy at time, I found that if I'm not familiar or have an opinion about certain things of Midwest US, I'll either miss the joke or get it at an intellectual level only.

The ones I enjoyed the most are the ones that focus more on character development than anything related to culture. A few that I remember is the one Bob discovers he was unwittingly used in military experiments, Bobby dealing with bullying, Hank discovering his son's parentage.

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ziq wrote

Idk why anyone would argue that. The Simpsons has been on for so long, its batting average has dropped like a rock. I could watch KotH all day.

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PerfectSociety wrote

I passed my pediatric advanced life support training with flying colors, and managed all the codes quite efficiently and effectively. I was feeling pretty proud of myself and my colleagues and seniors were pretty impressed. It actually made me ponder a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine lol. (Thus far I've been set on Pediatric Critical Care or Neonatal Intensive Care.) I start seeing patients on Monday as a brand new resident in pediatrics. Had my final day of orientation today. My girlfriend's birthday is tomorrow and I'll get to spend a lot of time with her over the weekend. Overall, it's been a good week and I can't wait to start doing the work I love in medicine and obviously I can't wait to spend time with my girlfriend either this weekend :)

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BrowseDuringClass1917 wrote

Im gonna get a job

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videl wrote

there should be a word that means "congrats & condolences"

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existential1 wrote

There is. You just have to pronounce all of the syllables in congratulations and add a question mark to the last one.

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OldHippieChick wrote

I wanted to go home and can some apricots, but it turns out I don't even know the meaning of the word.

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rot wrote

how'd it take me this long to find PJ Harvey?

2nd dwarf fortress is doing good. keep getting an alert over and over for some reason.

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6c_6f_76_65 wrote

Did not wear enough SPF protection this week. Pretty bad sunburn from the middle of my bicep to the tips of my fingers. Hurts to move anything and it burns even when I shower with cold water.

I think this weekend is going to be a good time to relax and catch up on some reading.

Did manage to relief WM of some raised planters. These are all going to different families to get them started on growing herbs. Gave out about a 12Lbs of red wigglers. Spread tons of mulch in the garden this week.

For the life of me I can not get the image of the dad and little girl who died out of my head. I have had the worse nightmares since seeing that image. But, it keeps my resolve strong that the majority of people really don't give a shit. If that picture didn't move you to cry or put you in a dark place the struggle is not real enough. I desperately want to take a trip out to the Rio Grande and build a garden memorial. Somewhat silly but I lifted a puma and a couple monkeys and have them on the edge of my garden to bring in some spirit of El Salvador.

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bloodrose wrote

I didn't see the Rio Grande picture. The one that I still have nightmares about was a few years ago the little boy in red washed up on the shore

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mofongo OP wrote

Did not wear enough SPF protection this week. Pretty bad sunburn from the middle of my bicep to the tips of my fingers. Hurts to move anything and it burns even when I shower with cold water.

Do you have alloe vera? The meat is very good for burns, my mother used to rub it on me when we returned from the beach.

For the life of me I can not get the image of the dad and little girl who died out of my head.

Me either, I saw my daughter in that picture and have been horrified too. My SO plans for all of us migrate to the US at some point and ...

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6c_6f_76_65 wrote

I have 3 large plants inside. I cut the leaves open and slathered it all over my arms. My grandmother used to say it was also good to drink on an upset stomach. Not sure I believe it... the taste is pretty bad.

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mofongo OP wrote (edited )

The weight gain plan is doing great, I lost two pounds.

In other news, I've been playing this Chess extension that has pvp. Way simpler than I hoped but it does its thing well most of the time. Good time nonetheless.

The matrix chatroom has been very quiet, sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself.

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comrade_pikachu wrote

I was very impressed with Kamala Harris's performance in the debates. Sanders didn't say anything to risk offending his good friend Joe Biden, but Harris was all over Biden, pointing out his flaws as a candidate. She truly stole the show.

I think Harris has a much better chance of beating Trump than the other candidates.

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ziq wrote

Kamala Harris is a cop.

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sudo wrote

She is? I thought she was a lawyer, then a senator.

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ziq wrote

Yes.

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sudo wrote

I can't find anything about that... everything I've read says she worked as a district attorney and an attorney general. Those are essentially the state's lawyers, which is definitely an oppressive job, but it's not the same thing as being a police officer. Don't confuse terms.

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comrade_pikachu wrote

Will you please, Ziq? I'm not saying I want to go to bed with her or that I think she's a communist. But you'd have to be a fool to not see she's the best candidate to defeat the fascist in chief.

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