Blackbeard

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Blackbeard wrote

You're right about the Salvation Army, of course, but I know it still sucks to have somebody close to you say that kind of shit. Keeping spreading the truth though :)

I went through the same thing with my work-family time. I was a mail carrier and I was gone every single day for at least ten hours. If i was lucky, I'd get home just in time to play and read with my kid, maybe give them a bath, and put them to bed. It tore me apart inside, but my child loved it so much when I was home for that little bit because all my attention was on them.

Our culture doesn't make it easy- the vast majority of us don't make a living wage, and barely scrape by no matter how hard and long we work. When it was just me by myself, it wasn't a big deal- I didn't care if I couldn't pay rent, or couldn't afford to eat much for a few days. But, once you have a kid, you'll do anything for them, even if it means working all day every day, missing out on most of their waking hours. I hope you are able to get a break soon, before you get too burnt out!

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Wonderful suggestions, thank you! I'm not familiar with Elaine Brown, but have always loved the work of the Panthers, so I will definitely be reading more about her. And thank you for reminding me about the Mujeres Libres! I had a great book on them, and we have been talking about women's roles in combat and warfare, and I mentioned the YPJ, but overlooked Mujeres Libres and Zapatistas, so I will go back and mention them as well. I'm a big fan of Lucy Parson, and have been looking for some good writings of hers to share with the class.

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Blackbeard wrote

As a former mail carrier, I can assure you that packages get ripped off daily, since Amazon demands that we just leave the package no matter what. High theft area? Exposed front porch? No matter, just leave the package. Your mail carrier likely fucking hates Amazon due to the increased workload, so they don't care, they know Amazon will just refund you or ship you another one. From what I understand, you can hit Amazon with this scam a couple of times before they make you sign for it or pick it up at the post office. Remember, Amazon knows next to nothing about the conditions of your home, or the amount of theft that occurs in your neighborhood. Some people follow mail trucks around on Sunday deliveries and pick up packages that get dropped off. And, during the Christmas season, all bets are off. Shit gets delivered to the wrong address, packages get stolen like crazy, things get dropped off without being scanned, etc. So if you can wait, that might be a better time to pull this off.

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Blackbeard wrote

Costco shouldn't be too bad. Getting in without a card is easy enough, as you can just say you want to apply for one! They also have (at least at my store) next to zero employees on the floor. The people checking receipts at the door are usually so busy checking a long line of receipts that they are pretty happy to have somebody leave empty handed- less work for them. I would imagine it's fairly easy to rip off easily concealed items from Costco. If in doubt, just buy a slice of pizza before you walk out so it looks like you just came for lunch.

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Good ol' USA here, so yes, history of brutal colonization. I'm not a descendant of those colonizers, my family having moved here just a couple of generations ago on both sides of my family. Unfortunately, the main advantages I've gained from my family is that I am a tall, white, blonde haired, blue eyed male. Because of this I have immense privilege, but ones I can't really give up. I also haven't used these privileges to their full advantages, so I'm a broke-ass person living paycheck to paycheck, so I'm not able to give any possessions or money to people who have been harmed by the racist imperialism of the country in which I reside, which I would happily do given the opportunity to do so.
I think that one of the best things that most of the average white citizens of the U.S. can do, is go making our own reparations. I know that by just being a white I benefit from the institutionalized racism, whether I want it or not. Therefore, I think giving away property and money, whenever possible, to people of color who are in need, is one of the most impactful things we can do in our immediate lives. Changing the culture is going to take a long time, but in the meantime, we can make a difference in people's lives right in our own community by sharing the bounty of our advantages.

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Always! I don't particularly care what the person wants to do with it. If they want to buy beer, fine. If they are going to buy food, great. What's a few bucks for me? I'd happily pass it along to somebody for whom it might make a real difference. It might help that I'm a fairly physically impossibly male, so I don't generally fear for my safety.

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Blackbeard wrote

Olives. I try them every time thinking one day I will like them, but I just can't stand them! I get so annoyed when somebody orders pizza and it's just covered in olives. They are so overpowering, they ruin any food they are on/in for me.

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I don't think they've changed, but I've been given much more to think about. Raddle is, as far as anarchist/communist spaces tend to go, fairly open and friendly, so it's really served, for me, as more of a place where I feel free to actually include my thoughts and ideas. Quite a welcome change!

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Wholly opposed to it when done to children or those otherwise unable to consent, beyond medical reasons. If you're an adult and want your penis to look a certain way, or you find you need to do it for medical reason, then by all means, do whatever you want with your body. Otherwise, it seems to stand to reason that the foreskin is there for a reason- if it was so detrimental to our health, I'm sure nature would have selected for people with limited/non-existent foreskin. As an uncut person, I would never want to be circumcised, so I'm thankful my parents didn't make that choice for me. For anybody who doesn't think it's child abuse, perhaps they have a different definition of abuse. I think that cutting off a part of somebody's body without their consent, and without anything to numb the pain, would constitute abuse, whether it's done for religious reasons or not. If we cut off the clitoral hood of females, I would certainly think that's wrong.