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emma wrote

Reply to comment by Kinshavo in Friday Free Talk ! by Kinshavo

In hindsight, I wish I'd called it out right there and then, but after working there the entire time without incident I was just completely unprepared for something like this to happen.

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emma wrote

Reply to comment by potatoes in Friday Free Talk ! by Kinshavo

We play trivia games (e.g. Kahoot, jackbox.tv) on Fridays for about half an hour to break up the monotony of working from home. Everyone joins a video conference where the game is streamed, and people submit their answers via their web browser.

One of my coworkers decided it'd be funny to submit a slur to the game.

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emma wrote

After three years of everyone being cool, a coworker decided to be transphobic in the friday quiz today. I'm devastated, and have no idea how to handle this going forward.

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emma wrote

Reply to comment by Styx in by antwawo22

Love when information is simultaneously both extremely censored, yet very easy to 'just look up'.

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emma wrote

Reply to comment by antwawo22 in by antwawo22

I'm trying to spread awareness that might stop a world war.

I'll attend your nobel peace prize ceremony after you succeed.

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emma wrote (edited )

You're presenting a very shallow picture of a cat's desires, which you simply cannot claim to know exhaustively or indeed, at all, because... well you're not them and you can't look into their brain. Doesn't mean we can make inferences from their behavior, but even then your list falls short.

Until it's proven that cats understand unjust hierarchy and such, I'm just going to assume cats are more or less what they seem: simple creatures that eat, sleep and hump things, with relatively complex emotional needs, and just enough cognitive ability to figure out that doors are hinged and climbing on furniture gets their humans' attentions. The concerns about authority and ownership are fundamentally beyond their understanding, and raising them on behalf of cats just comes across as some weird drive towards moral purity in the face of other anarchists who are equally lacking in sense of perspective and realistic expectations of cats' anti-authoritarian leanings.

And as I said, in my experience cats do care about being kept inside, since the ones I've lived with cried in front of the door to be let out and often tried to escape when they got the chance

This means very little, sorry to say. We have neighbour cats that will do this when they want to be let inside. It's not in any way indicative of some desire for autonomy or free roam, they're just trying to get food lol.

And even if they didn't care, because maybe all they've ever known is inside, that still doesn't mean that it's okay to keep them inside, is it? Imagine keeping a human inside from birth, and then claiming it's okay because they don't care about being kept inside.

And here you do the "what if you did this to a human" thing again. Amazing.

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emma wrote (edited )

'Indoor pet keeping' already implies a certain control or ownership over the 'pet', who is defined in terms of their subservient position or relation to their owner.

This is just yet another instance of anthropomorphising pets to draw shallow parallels between human atrocities and pet keeping. Presumably a nod to slavery?

But it doesn't change the fact that cats are kept inside, i.e. that they are not allowed to go outside, and you can't deny that they do occupy the position of a subject, in the sense that they are subject to our will.

Cats don't care about this. Cats only care about the things I listed above, and depend on humans to provide them. If anything, my cats own me, as I have to constantly feed and clean up after them (not indoor cats, btw).

Addendum: I will admit there's a valid point to be made about power imbalance, but it only really matters if you abuse your pets. This has nothing to do with indoor keeping, however.

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emma wrote

Cats want three things:

  1. food
  2. cuddles
  3. my office chair, sometimes with my lap between it and them

They do not give a shit about "incarceration" or "authoritarianism". I've read many essays about these topics to my cats, and they always respond by getting me to feed them, or by licking themselves downstairs. The very idea that a cat can give a shit about these things, or feel they're subjected to them, makes me wonder if some of you have ever even seen a cat in your entire lives.

Predictably, the discussion has degenerated into comparisons of how the way we keep pets is superficially similar to bad stuff that is done to humans. These kind of arguments, along with the recurring "real anarchists do so and so" threads, just make me feel despair when reading this site. But I digress.

Ultimately, indoor cats can be happy and healthy. If you let them outdoors, in addition to the effect on wildlife, they risk being hurt by factors outside your control, like traffic or wild/stray animals. It's up to you if you think the benefits of letting your cats (free litter box lol) outweigh the risks.

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emma wrote

thinking a lot lately about how this guy i was smoking with turned from hippie to hitler the moment i mentioned i'd given 20 kroner (around 2 eur/usd) to a roma beggar

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emma wrote

Those tools won't help if the network interface is saturated, and the hosting provider classifies Raddle as a liability.

Ultimately, large providers like Cloudflare and Amazon can shoulder the burden of DDoS attacks against their customers, while smaller providers either 1) can't, or 2) can, but only by reselling the larger providers' services. It sucks to be reliant on them, but at least it's only for reverse proxying towards a host of our choice.

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