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societal entrapment 

Fuel is reaching all-time high prices. Our society has come to be shaped in such a way that public transport is unusable or nonexistent. People often have no alternative to driving to have their needs met. Its price is now being gouged by oil companies because they can.

There is a baby formula shortage. Baby formula was made into a necessity, as part of the "liberation" of women, to free them from the duties of child-rearing, to grant them the gracious privilege of joining the workforce. (note: I'm framing this from the perspective of capitalism and patriarchy. I don't like framing maternal roles as "duties" and I think "child-rearing" is a harmfully reductive way of referring to how parents relate to their children)

Congressional measures to resolve these problems were struck down.

In order to have reliable shelter, we must participate in the property or rental market.

After world war 2, the rapid expansion of suburbs, and the GI bill pulled american society into the hazy dream of home ownership.

Today, property prices are skyrocketing, rent is unsustainably expensive, and no one with the meant to do so has any interest in resolving the problem.

First, it's profitable to get people hooked on the products. Invent a market.

Then, it's profitable to gouge the fuck out of the prices.

Because people need those things, they're going to buy them anyway, right? It's not like they have a choice to not buy them now.

We are made reliant on these systems, and then our reliance is used to shackle us.

I have no interest in rioting.

But there will be riots.

They are coming.

Harder and faster than in 2020

These stresses that I see, that everyone sees, in all the people around them.

They aren't going away.

The pressure is building.

Where are you directing the monumental energy building up inside you?

Or is it not going anywhere? Are you building up the pressure, with nowhere for it to go? Are you going to explode?

I've seen it happen to my friends. With nowhere for their energy to go, it turns inwards. They self-destruct, because they only place they can see to direct their anger is at themselves.

It's not your fault. The way things are isn't because you didn't do enough.

Take a break. Let go of the frustrations over how our society has failed us, let go of the way things should be.

See the way things are, and accept where you are in that.

Accepting that things are the way they are doesn't mean giving up.

It means you can finally understand where to start.

Start from where you are.

And move forward from there.

Know where you are.

Decide where you want to be.

Decide for yourself how you will get there.

Hello! #introduction #introductions

I'm Avery, I'm the international cultivar registration authority (ICRA) for the #Tradescantia genus.

I'm responsible for registering new cultivar names and keeping track of old ones. At the moment I'm working on historic research to make an initial checklist of every name that's ever been documented.

I'll be posting updates on here, but the best info will be on tradescantia.uk!

#horticulture
#plants
#botany
#houseplants
#plantscience

Here's to projects like Harfbuzz, OSM Nominatim, Gettext, LibICU, eSpeak NG, TZDB, IConv, ATK, etc!!

Internationalization is vital! Accessibility is vital! Inclusivity is vital!
(Ethically these terms all come from the same values, but they refer to different aspects of the work)

You may naively think the tasks these projects tackle are trivial, but they are anything but. I doubt anyone understands the full picture they implement...

Да, сегодня, Федиверсу оказывается 14 лет стукнуло.

Поздравляю, мальчишки, девчонки и все сопричастные!

И еще раз приветствую всех, кто присоединился к нам недавно!

Вот вам розочка.

#Fediverse14

@rf

war (against rojava) 

Every day, this happens.
I don't toot it every day, b̲e̲c̲a̲u̲s̲e̲ it its every day.
So, just a reminder:
"Turkish occupation and its mercenaries bombard the villages of Shahba Canton with heavy artillery"
hawarnews.com/en/haber/turkish
"Turkish occupation shells rural Tal Tamr"
hawarnews.com/en/haber/turkish

@Stoori Reminder for privileged software engineers: Country borders are not language boundaries.

1080 p готов. В общем, вот моя кустарная запись того самого семинара @drq для всех желающих.

youtu.be/iTT_UHF128E

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@EU_Commission these proposals will put journalists, abuse victims, and whistleblowers in danger. It is unacceptable and shameful to hide behind abused children to push such draconian laws.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_of

The other day I saw a poll asking “what made you stay at mastodon”. Choices were like “my friends are here”, “dunno, I just stayed”, or some specific good aspects of this place. That was rather ironic as my reason which is also most Chinese users’ reason, is not listed. To this English speaking world, it’s beyond imagination for many that people tooting in Mandarin would most likely call themselves “cyber refugee”. Because we had nowhere to go. Because everywhere was censored and we had to flee.

broad compounding social stresses 

Yesterday, there was a drive-by shooting outside my house. I watched the person drive away from my bedroom window.

Later that day, I went out to distribute food with my local chapter of Food Not Bombs. Across the street from the distro, someone overdosed and fell over on the sidewalk, unconscious.

I've noticed cycles of interpersonal stresses have a very broad impact. Our interconnected society ebbs and flows. The moods of people affect other people. The internet amplifies this, into a machine to echo the most intense of interpersonal moods around the world, and amplify them back at us.

We are alive.

Yes, the world sucks. A lot of really bad shit is happening constantly.

I am not above it.

You are not above it.

But remember.

We choose our actions for ourselves.

When we are overwhelmed, by trauma, by stress, it can feel like we have no choices in the actions we take.

Remember that there are always alternative options for action. This does not mean that they are better or worse.

It means they exist.

Breathe.

Center yourself.

We are alive.

But more than that.

We seek to build a better world.

Don't forget that.

EU folks, the latest @EU_Commission proposal for scanning private communications and undermining end-to-end encryption is an extreme threat to privacy.

It threatens the right to meaningful encryption and would force your communications to be subject to scanning and classification by AI outside of your control. Truly dystopian shit.

This won't become law without the EU parliament's assent, so please follow this closely and speak up. See EDRI's analysis here:

edri.org/our-work/private-and-

51°C in Pakistan gemessen

In wurden heute in der Stadt 51,0 Grad gemessen. Es handelt sich um die bisher höchste Temperatur dieses Jahres auf der Erde. Somit war es noch heißer als im Jänner in Australien, als dort 50,7 Grad verzeichnet wurden.

orf.at/stories/3265736/

It's only [Filtered] if it comes from the music competition region of the fediverse, otherwise it's just [Sparkling redacted]

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