tension

tension wrote

When humans prune, fence in, beat, raise their voices, segregate into monocultures for mechanical harvest, exterminate children, fail to keep seeds, and in general, fail to empathise as living beings and break their ancient agreements with their fellow species-- I think this is what these primitivists are describing.

This is domestication. I guess ... I don't see the point in making a distinction between good domestication and bad domestication. Seems all the same to me. and then you equate a decidedly uneven, hierarchical relationship with evolution, a process of adaption. Forcing adaption and causing all sorts of unintended consequences (like pain and sickness) is ... not anarchy? Right? Am I not understanding something here?

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tension wrote (edited )

There's a difference between spreading seeds and doing nothing else, and genetically altering animals to grow fatter than their bones can support. Sure, you could argue that the former is "evolution" and the latter is "domination" but ... why even bother to defend "domestication" as a concept? The beetle and the squash need not describe their mutually beneficial existence as a form of control over the other, for that is what domestication is, a taming of wild nature, a purposeful dampening of the freedom to simply be, a transformation for the sole benefit of one life over another, a hierarchy in action. Domesticating means exerting control over the behavior of living beings, for generations, until something pliant has been achieved, more often at the expense of the domesticated.

I had a biology professor state that the purpose of life is to make copies of yourself. In that sense, chickens and bananas and puppy-milled pups are doing absolutely amazing. Mutually beneficial, in that there are more of them because of a process of domestication. Nevermind that the chickens are sick and pumped full of antibiotics, or that the bananas are succumbing to plagues that take full advantage of monoculture practices or that the dogs are bred to the point of dying.

When people decide that domestication is domination, though, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I could do without either. I don't need to make a plant do anything other than what it already does. Look around and see the consequences of domestication. Seems to me that trying to control nature has created a situation that is completely out of control.

Perhaps you're right. Domestication is the same as helping out a friend (while they help themselves to you). Nothing but coevolution. Humans are nature. Anything humans do is natural. However, you can't deny that a line has been crossed, and your purposely guided coevolution has led to a ton of suffering. Can't blame people for defining a word in extremes. We are living in extreme times.

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tension wrote

I had a friend that made me sit through AGDQ a couple years ago (I had no idea what I was getting into) and have since grown to have mad respect for speed runners, pushing themselves and their games to the absolute limit.

I've been considering doing a run, but I don't know that I like any single game all that much to put in the neccessary time. How did you pick your game?

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tension OP wrote

I didn't even know it was possible to get banned from 4chan (outside of posting illegal stuff)

I made a game out of calling out -isms, and on 4chan the game never ends. I love talking shit. I love verbal battles. I love forming clever take-downs and making people seethe with indignation by pointing out their ideological inconsistencies. Cognitive dissonance is a wonder to behold.

I mostly hung out on the Pokémon and anime boards (seemingly less problematic topics of discussion) and when bigotry reared its ugly head, I responded in kind. What the fuck does trans hate have to do with video game PvP balance discussion? So, I made some noise. The folks up top noticed. Multiple times, I was banned for being "off topic" despite the fact that the racism and transphobia had nothing to do with the topics at hand. Obviously, the people in charge like the hate. Why else would they mod the asshole of the internet? While I miss posting nonsense and basking in juvenile humor, wading into the muck eventually became too much. There used to be people backing me up when I spoke up. Guess they all left (or died), and I figured it was a lost cause to keep fighting an enemy on their own turf. I eventually realized that Pokémon and anime are inherently part of the -isms. Almost all anime is misogynistic and racist at its core. Ditto for Pokémon (couldn't help myself there). Like, why am I spending so much time trying to sway discussion about a series predicated on capturing and subjugating animals for magical cockfighting? What a fool I was to think a single voice could push back against a horde of hate zombies. If anything, spending so much time amongst the posting dead put me in danger of becoming one. I feel sick thinking about what I witnessed. The worst of humanity on display, and there I was, throwing popcorn at Hitler's face.

chapo chat banned me in less than 5 minutes for complaining about transphobia and American football. A personal record. They spammed me pictures of pig balls covered in poop, so I never bothered to go back. Embarrassing for everyone involved.

I'm so happy I found raddle. It isn't much, but having a healthy outlet for my posting compulsion means the world to me. Feels good to know I'm not alone in thinking a lot of what happens on this planet is all kinds of fucked up and gross. Anarchists are alright.

Going by upvote numbers it seems pretty constant over this year.

Fair. People come and go, but there's a small and consistent userbase to hold the place together. Dare I say, raddle feels like a ...

community

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tension wrote

Reply to comment by tension in Friday Free Talk! by gone_to_croatan

I feel like a bad mould on forums. I add nothing. I seemingly disappear. I come back. I annoy. I persist.

If this post gets downvoted into oblivion, I will leave raddle forever and go shitpost on anews or something. I heard Discord is popping, but I am wary of promoting anti-government discussion on a platform that is always watching, and will willingly work with the cops. Might as well make a Facebook at that point.

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tension wrote (edited )

Been slowly chugging away at Advance Wars 2. I was getting my ass beat until I realized I had to embrace the logic of the game. At first, I tried to save all my troops, because, well, that's what a good commander would do. Then I realized part of the strategy of winning is using pawns as bait. Cheap infantry is easily replaceable. Expensive tanks and rockets, not so much. I won a mission by commanding my troops out into an open field. A dangerous, mission-ending flying bomber took the bait. My clueless platoon was slaughtered, but with the bomber within range, I managed to retaliate with a clean hit from my anti-air units. In this way, the expensive mechs remained unscathed. I needed those machines like I needed martyrs for the cause. Eventually, I won, but it made me think about the logic of war. How many fighters in today's ongoing conflicts are sent to their deaths as mere decoys for some grand plan? All of them. Who pays the cost of war? The dead. Never the commanders. At least, not in my game.

Other than emulating children's war games, I started playing Fatal Frame 4. The jump scares still get me.

God, I love video games. Wish more had anarchist themes, but I can enjoy chess and hate the king all the same.

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tension wrote

I'm no longer worried about the ex creeping on me. I want to contribute to this project in some way ... or just read more theory so I can keep up with the anarcho-academics on here. I am continually inspired by raddle. There's gotta something I can do to make myself useful ...

Sorry for being weird! I'm not so sure how to reach out over the chasm that is the internet, but I appreciate commenting back and forth nonetheless. Oh, raddle. I come for the anarchy and stay for the Leafer cow rants.

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tension wrote

Reply to comment by moonlune in Friday Free Talk! by gone_to_croatan

Remember when I told you I'd get a job if you got a job? I've been living off of savings since 2020. Down to my last thousand bucks. Perhaps it's time to get a job, and if I get a job, the universe must reward you with an even more glorious position, because I'm only really doing the job thing for you, moonlune. I'm that lazy. I rather be under a tree playing Gameboy.

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