Cheeks

Cheeks wrote

In regards to lexicon on a larger and sometimes cultural level, "bastard" is synonymous with "asshole" much more often than "a fatherless child." Also "asshole" more often than not is attributed to someone being a jerk in lieu of being attributed to someone's actual anus. Where does this leave us? I think intent is important and we must consider the larger adoption of words and their associative meanings more so than their meanings of the past.

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Cheeks wrote

Honestly... Its not that difficult. You don't have to completely forgo human interaction.

Luckily with my band mates and our mutual friends, roommates, partners there isnt even one degree of separation. Most of us work together too. We exist very communally though we live in roughly a dozen different houses at a time. We currently have it setup so the older folks in our tribe, 60+ years old, 4 out of 5 of them have moved in together for the duration of the pandemic. The other has chosen to stay here at our place and just be mindful of our interactions and distancing. We still have our morning coffee and conversation sitting in the garden in the back yard at a reasonable 8 to 9 feet apart over homemade zucchini bread and eggs with the occasional ironic 'hail trump' thrown in over our talks of political happenings. He does his reading outside in the back, I drink and write on the front porch. Whenever we use common areas like the kitchen, we sanitize after use. Even if I'm just grabbing a beer from the fridge, I grab the sanitizer rag from the sani bucket(bleach water replaced a few times a day) and wipe down the handle on the fridge. As far as band practice goes, we are all masked up. When we go to the store we are masked up. When we are at work we are all masked up. Which is still so ironic to me as I ve been arrested for being masked up at demos. It's all about being mindful. Taking a few precautions allows for life to continue similarly as it has. I'm glad my 66 year old roommate decided to stay at home during all this. I know he is safe. And it was small things to maintain that. Someone's gotta call me a 'godless infadel' when I let my tomato plants become root bound before transplanting them.

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Cheeks wrote

Even games that are listed as platinum on protondb are often buggy, requiring launch options that can differ from each proton version, to being not required but usage of the lutris install scripts are. Point being, native is a complete out of the box experience. I don't need that, I'm a determined fool to make shit work that I want to work, but for new linux adopters gaming is kinda the last hurdle to on board them. So any bigger game titles doing a native port is closer to a win win scenario IMHO.

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Cheeks wrote

Great share!!!

The numbers are staggering juxtaposed between the amount of houseless compared to the amount of literally abandoned, not to mention unused, houses and buildings in our cities. This and food security has always been extremely important to me.

Last week an elderly downtown houseless person in my community got struck by a car on her bike and died. The community pulled together to give her a send off amounting in around 300 people downtown payon homage to her. We loved her, she loved us. We helped her, she helped many of us often with just a listening ear, but often more.

Thanks. I needed the continued affirmation right now.

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Cheeks wrote

I do agree with you u/Tequila_Wolf but you are limiting the concept of mutual aid to humans and (sub)cultural existence. Kropotkins idea of mutual aid is biologically scientific extending across species and further validates a lot of biological scientific thought even before him. Mutual aid is simply working in tandem for the benefit of the whole, whether it's a small group, large group, in mass, inter-species or extra-species. I'm sure I could phrase that better but I'm a few pints deep at the pub.

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Cheeks wrote

I know this isn't contributing towards what you're asking but can we stop talking about marxist-leninism? It lacks serious transformative revolutionary praxis. There are multiple historical case points almost always resulting in the same state capitalist model that is highly oppressive/repressive.

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Cheeks wrote

Best: I wanna be well: how a punk found peace and you can to. By Miguel Chen

It's basically Buddhism 101 for punks. And written in a really relatable way. I've always been fascinated by Buddhism and Buddhists. I find them to be noble in some aspects and delusionally complacent in others. A good read for anyone trying to be a better a version of themselves, whatever the fuck that means.

Desert. By anonymous Just reread this. More wonderful the third time.

Worst: The Fall by Albert camus One sided conversation with someone who is gonna commit suicide. I actually liked it but it pissed me off.

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Cheeks OP wrote

I agree with you completely. But in this particular case, considering those that will be my constituents, it would be a got bed for progressive ideas, that I may be able to garner more support for more radical backing. We've had one year of commissioners that the local IWW supports half of the six in office. This is a chance to make that 4 out of 6. And if you know anything about the BS democratic process you know majority rules. So theres that.

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Cheeks OP wrote

The only thing hypocritical is the way so many anarchists act hard-line about so many things and it's the same ones who rarely do any actual organizing that are the first ones to yell 'sell out.' I'm not calling you out directly, I've always appreciated your opinions and ideas here, but moving things forward and appealing anarchism and direct action to a larger group seems a bit more important than stomping on others attempts as it doesn't fit your mold of what anarchism is.

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Cheeks OP wrote

You're assuming that I'm running against someone. Most local candidacy is uncontested in the majority of US cities, as most candidates only file at the last minute when they know there isn't competition. I've made positive impacts on many people here over the last 15 years. So it shouldn't be to arduous of a task.

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Cheeks OP wrote

It varies based on the way the city government works. Here in my city we have district commissioners and two at large that serve all districts. I am going for an at large commissioner office position. City commissioners are the ones that create committees that over see certain municipal or other city relevant institutions, and create, repeal, redefine, ordinances.

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Cheeks OP wrote

Honestly, there are a few things that need to be done to ease the pain of the working class, poor, and further marginalized population of my city. And that's not gonna happen in the interim, short of revolution. Examples, highest utilities in the state with the munipalites passing failed business decisions losses to the general population($600 US for electricity, water, trash removal, recycling services, happens a few times a year for many folks.) There is a large homeless population here as a result and the criminalization of them is not only costing the city more with an increased police presence, but an anarchist friend of mine runs an organization to combat homelessness here in a way that is benificial to those that are houseless and the community as a whole. I wouldn't be the first anarchist to run or be elected to office in the state BTW.

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