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Who am I? I am a translator, webcartoonist and once and future musician/songwriter. Married to an American artist/scholar/teacher who is a mass shooting survivor. Old as dirt, feeling twice as old again. Two stepkids, two dogs, one cat. Politics generally left, philosophically an anarchist. Non-religious, history of undiagnosed depression. Like beer, need coffee. Has a sociopath's palate. Love things that go Zworp.

If you need social media to know what fascists are thinking and saying, that's a you problem, not a social media problem.

friendly reminder that:

- you do not need to think someone is the scum of the earth to block them or mute them
- being blocked or muted does not mean you are a bad person in any way shape or form
- you have a right to surround yourself with people you enjoy, indeed, you have a right to happiness
- people liking you doesn't mean you are a good person
- you liking something or someone doesn't mean that that thing is good

it is a misconception I think a lot of people hold, and it's not truth.

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Hey folks, an instance with Bolsonaro supporters just arrived in the fedi, brasileiros.social including what seems to be a bot reposting bolsonaro content from :birdsite:

If that wasn't enough, they say in their terms "they hope never to have to moderate because everyone is adult and polite and will hear, listen and respect each other", in other words, smells like freeze peach.

#fediblock

But let's consider other protests around the world and indeed in America too. When they are protesting against dictators, or climate or say White supremacy baked into a democracy that fails them. We should be concerned about the privacy implications. We need to educate folks.

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One final note, we also need to ensure that law makers don't use this attack on democracy as an excuse to push for weakened encryption and/or backdoors. Given the fact that planning on parler was pretty much in the open, no reason to give additional tools to infringe on Privacy.

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The great thing about using the admin account to state extremely non-controversial things like

"Fuck off, white supremacists" and "we deplatform anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers"

Is that all the bad-faith broslices will tell on themselves by replying to sealion me or whatever

we're still trying to raise the last of the money to move to get out from under the threat of the evictions they keep filing - they're about to re-file to renew the court dates again and we really need to go - mostly so i can stop being physically ill from the stress of all this BS
tired of throwing up from all the anxiety

Please, if you don't need part or all of your stimulus check or can boost this to someone who doesn't

cash.app/$luxotek
venmo.com/luxotek
paypal.me/luxotek

asking for money help, boosts needed :boost_ok: 

hello!

it looks like i'm not gonna be getting the stimulus :blobsad:

and i need around $50 for groceries and like $60-ish for medical weed

i've been trying to find a job video editing or something, i've been too afraid to apply at anything facing the public because i have asthma and if i catch covid i'll probably die

paypal: paypal.me/v33b33

venmo/cashapp: vantablack420

thank you so much for literally keeping me alive, fediverse!!! :black_sparkles: :blacker_heart:

#TransCrowdFund

Because I am getting too many strange signups in the last 24 hours and most people don't read the Terms of Service, I added a Temporary Notice to Masto.host Pricing page: masto.host/pricing/

"If you are looking for an alternative to Parler, this is not it. Please look elsewhere. Thanks."

I hope that's clear enough :)

Sure sounds like the market has decided that Parler doesn’t deserve to survive. Capitalism, amirite?

covid regulations, uk 

Behavioural psychologist with an interesting take on “covid fatigue” in the U.K. In summary: data suggests “covid fatigue” is a popular myth driven by anecdote, and where significant numbers of people are failing to follow regulations it’s because they lack the support they need to self isolate.
blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/01/07/p

guess who is back in chest infection hell!!
me!

is it worse than every other infection i’ve had in the last 12 months?
absolutely!

did it come out of nowhere and get really bad overnight?
yep!

are we able to work with me bedbound and my partner being my caregiver?
nope!

can we afford medications or food?
fuck no!

if anyone has the capacity to help us out it would be very appreciated, this is incredibly exhausting for us both.

venmo/cashapp @ luciluc
paypal.me/JuniperandAdonis

Sighted people have a lot of problems that can be fixed things developed for visually impaired people, things like audio description or tactile dots. When I point this out I usually don't know what people think of it or if they're likely to care.

But I just told Tristan that the problem of touch buttons existing outside of touchscreens (like on modern TVs, etc) can to some extent be fixed with tactile dots, and he said "you are changing my world, my life,," so I think that went well.

uk pol, toby young, odious little toad 

so it turns out that a bunch of students who joined "grass roots" free-speech movements in the UK discovered shortly afterwards that (a) they were astroturf fronts for Toby Young's cryptofascist Free Speech Union, and (b) that they were asked to refrain from expressing certain views that didn't hew to the right wing orthodoxy of the FSU

i'll remember that, for when i next come across a freeze peacher (although tbh i don't that often - possibly because my DMs are blocked to non-followers)

theguardian.com/media/2021/jan

(ed. it always helps to remember to link to the story you're paraphrasing...)

friend looking for work and a place to stay, ideally in the UK, please boost far and wide 

hi fediverse
a trans friend of mine (18yo) is stuck with an abusive family in london
she's looking for a way out, and needs a place to stay until she can afford her own
she knows about programming / ITsec, and IT in general
she's willing to relocate anywhere within the UK, preferentially around london
she does have some funds saved up and would be able to contribute to living costs

"The Met Police said Londoners should expect officers to be more "inquisitive" about why they are "out and about" during lockdown"

oh so this will be just like the first lockdown then won't it, where black people are harassed and fined while white people can just say 'I'm going to the supermarket' and get a friendly wave. there was a black paramedic who was harassed by the cops for going to fucking work back last year in the early lockdown, and black labour MP Dawn Butler (who I have met personally and is a cool socialist lady) who was stopped and harassed by police too without them even knowing who she was. the Met THEMSELVES has openly admitted they're institutionally racist, and you fucking trust them with on the spot interrogation that is somehow magically not going to go along racial lines?

furthermore, black and brown people are far more likely to be doing the key worker jobs and are thusly more likely to be singled out for being out and about where well off white workers can stay home, meaning this further will be used as a method of harasment of non white Londoners

@privacyint no. stop. don't.

Instead, use *different* strong random passwords for most of your services, and keep them in a password manager.

most password managers will help you generate strong random passwords automagically.

asking people to change passwords often is pushing them to use the same weak password across different services. and that's a way bigger security issue than an old password, especially if the old password is long and random.

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