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I have to say something: I am
now unemployed. After 5 years I had to leave my company and seek new work.

But in the meantime I have rising rent to deal with, and I am helping my brother, who lives with me. Please pitch in: cash.me/$Underwraps77

I also have a Patreon page, where I will provide some writing from my website Long Pale Road, along with other work: patreon.com/Y3w_tree

My writing is archived here: longpaleroad.com

I hope you like my stuff.

And let’s be clear, validation is an important thing. It would be disingenuous of me to say that babbling like this isn’t a form of validation-seeking. People are like that. It’s ok. You have to be taken care of somehow, and if having a social network where you get to embrace yourself through others while having a passion or yearning is how you do that, that’s great.

But often, when approaching it this way, we make ourselves into wrecking balls. Great for breaking, but not so much for healing.

I mean...aren’t I just paraphrasing shit other people who are famous for having worked with and lead people have said repeatedly throughout their lives, with varied successes? Because it feels like some very vocal people have forgotten about that. They don’t care about history as much as they say they do by virtue of naming their profiles after a famous person. They don’t even care all that much about the effectiveness of their approaches or theories.

What they care about is validation.

And I bang on about this because even if we think we’re winning (which we’re not or people wouldn’t be talking about this), how you work with people and why matters a lot. Having systemic, materialist thinking is one thing. But we’re not chess pieces. You can’t just scream McKinnon, Sanders, Parenti or whomever at someone, or nurse your superiority complex with people who just so happen to have the same historical fandom you do, and march onto victory.

I see it often, from people who read an excerpt of a white feminist and thinking that its ok to talk down to assault victims and sex workers, to the unfortunately real stereotype of white bros reading some socialist theory and disparaging the labor of everyone who isn’t them as, “divisive identity politics”.

In my experience, people don’t pull that shit in person. But we can’t separate online behavior from the streets while calling themselves a scholar, organizer, worker or even a citizen.

I’ve lived through circumstances where the ground has shifted on me so much. Friends, family and lovers have abused me on a whim, and I’m contending with how much harm I may have done as well.

We rightfully point to economic systems, class and the many prejudices interwined/harnessed by them. But we also have to take responsibility for how we deal with other in our communities while fighting this. And what scares me is that a lot of people just push that aside while fighting systems.

‪As much as discourse is directed at systems and people who do harm, I’m fearful on two fronts: of the violence we recreate upon each other when seeking/making justice, and of my ability to live up to an idea of what a noble, marginalized person is in communities and in systems under threat of violence and exclusion.

The Women's March was...a march. It was fine. Felt more nervous going masc than I did last year when I wore my dress.

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Linux and “open source” in a nutshell, from the horse’s mouth:

“There is a genuine reason to worry. My desktop is free but my data and applications (which run in the cloud) aww not … what do you care about more – just that the code is open or also about the business practices as well?”

Linus Torvalds: “Personally, I only care about the code. When I say maybe there are people who worry about walled gardens and cloud provides who take ownership of your data, I am not one of those people.”

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Coming up on Starz: A young woman is magically transported to a 2-dimensional world where she has a steamy affair with an octagon. Stay tuned for Flatlander.

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...I just linked an article about Enero Zapatista yesterday, and multiple people talk about politics daily, from within programming to anarchist/communist stuff. To say nothing of the sex workers who need it to survive.

Ok, so anecdotes are not how one attacks the point of Mastodon being apolitical, but for all of its problems (and there plenty of them), I never found it to be that.

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Mastodon Is Crumbling--- We're All Getting Together To Hang Out And Make Different Fruit Crumbles, Mine Will Be Strawberry

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