Blackbeard

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Blackbeard wrote

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.

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I'm a horrible procrastinator. It's something I really want to work on, because I think it would really simplify my life and make it easier. It's probably the personality trait that bothers me the most about myself. I'm going to start being more proactive later this afternoon. Well, maybe tomorrow...

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I love to travel and see the world, though I have little experience overseas. I'm from the U.S. and try to travel extensively in this country, but have also traveled throughout the Caribbean, and spent a month in Cancun. I just try to bring my values with me and act accordingly. My family would take cruises to the Caribbean, and we would always get a taxi to take us away from the port town, where we could spend our money with locals, and get a better picture of the real culture, rather than the amplified, commodified verson presented for the tourists. When we lived in Cancun, we found a little hostel out of the tourist area and spent our time on the beaches the locals went to, and ate at the places locals went. We heard very little English in the month we were there.

Of course, there are myriad issues involved in the actual traveling, where you take corporate transportation to get there, but you do the best you can- stay with friends, make friends you can stay with, take public transportation, avoid the tourist areas, be adventurous while remaining respectful. As anarchists, nearly anything we do within the capitalist culture we are forced to participate in carries morally questionable or objectionable repercussions. most times we just have to make the best possible choice in the circumstance, and do our best to put ourselves in a favorable position where we can rely mostly on ourselves, our comrades, or the good will of people in the community.

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One night I had a really weird dream (and I don't remember my dreams very often) that was particularly vivid, and it felt like I was looking in on a scene of a guy looking through the backseat of a car, rifling through it. When my friend arrived to pick me up the next morning for work, she told me that my car was wide open. I went down there and somebody had gone through my car and stole all my CDs, and went through all the stuff in my backseat. Totally tripped me out, as my dream came rushing back to me ,and I realized it was the backseat of my own car I was seeing. The car was parked on the opposite side of the road, on the opposite side of the house, so there is no way I could have seen or heard anything. That's the first time I ever really believed in something like the spiritual or paranormal.

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I feel like this is just right. A new way of living requires a new mindset- we don't get to indulge in all the same luxuries we had under capitalism in our anarchist utopia. Or, if we do, it's because we found some way to make it work in our locality. Otherwise, if you don't have steel for buildings, use earth, or rocks, or wood. Can't manufacture iPhones and computers with materials where you live? The world is probably better off for having fewer of those dumped into landfills, leaching toxins into our water. I love chocolate and coffee as much as anybody, but I can live without them just fine if it meant a more egalitarian world for us all.

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You could create a floating island from empty plastic bottles and netting. Some guy created his own, called Spiral Island, just off the coast of Cancun. It has sand, a house, done ducks, a garden or two. I believe he is fairly self sustained. If you're ever down that way, he is supposed to be pretty welcoming and fun. There are a few articles that go further into detail out there on the internet, and I believe at least one video.