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Medieval charm to keep your bees safe 

If you use straw skeps to house your bees, you probably find the swarm process (during which the bees move to a different skep so that you may collect their honey and wasp - see picture) to be a highly stressful one.

Not to worry! An 11th-century manuscript, most probably written in Winchester, provides us with a handy charm to protect bees from getting lost, being attacked, or even being stolen.

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In an earlier thread, I wrote briefly about trans people in medieval Europe, and discussed some of the main issues when studying the medieval history of trans people.

Today, if you'll indulge me, I want to spend some time discussing a single person in detail. I want to talk about the way she's been written about, and about her and what she can teach us about life as a trans person 600 years ago.

This is the story of Eleanor Rykener.

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IT'S HERE!

Four months ago I reached one thousand followers on this account. I wanted to give the wonderful people of the Fediverse something in return, and I offered to write an essay on a topic of my followers' choice. They voted, overwhelmingly, for @citrustwee 's birthday bit.

And now, after months of waiting, on her birthday, it is finally here. Happy birthday Evelien. And thank you, to all of you, for making logging on worth it.

write.as/garfield/in-her-book-

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On the 2nd of September 2004, just as France's children were preparing to go back to school, the "Law 2004-228 of 15 March 2004" came into effect.

Nominally, this law banned anyone from wearing "conspicuous religious symbols" in schools. In practice, however, it was widely understood to specifically target Muslim students and parents, in particular those who wore the hijab.

Girls and their mothers were now forbidden from "conspicuously" belonging to their faith.

im rewriting Das Kapital to add more bisexual representation

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"While I have never met a cow who could make tools, I felt sure that if I did, they (the tools) would lack something in sophistication and resemble the sorry specimens shown in this cartoon."

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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@garfiald the adlib should have been pooh but he wasn't brave enough to speak the truth like that

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@garfiald and he was. haven’t you ever read “Discipline! And Punish!”

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don't set your watches by it, but barring any further delays, there'll be a new issue, the first of its second volume, of earthly delights ꙮgdo, the weird e-zine i edit and occasionally write for, to coincide with the peak of the perseid meteor shower around august 13; featuring our very own @garfiald , @Colophonscrawl, and @a_lizard

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I just watched the Green Knight and @garfiald I have great news

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the people who think foucault was a neoliberal because he discussed and described neoliberalism should, if they want to be consistent, also claim that he was a pro-prison, pro-psychiatry advocate

if my gender was biopolitically generated and coersively enforced in societal structures, that would honestly save me a lot of work

and i do think the "morally inflected" part is what really matter, forming in- and out-groups seems like a necessary aspect of social interactions. but every discussion seems to hinge on who among the people speaking will go to heaven and who will go to hell

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maybe a useful way to think about it might be that problems stem less from people's opinions being "extreme" than from the voicing of opinions itself being primarily used to performatively create morally-inflected in-groups and out-groups

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i realise that this was a talking point like 6 months ago. im just having fun here

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one pretty funny thing about "how can you support cancel culture and prison abolition?" that an observant reader might notice, is that being cancelled is not, in fact, the same as being put in prison

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That one Garfield that reads weirdly lewd. 

@Alexis I also tend not to down coffee in one gulp, how is it possible to write a three-panel cartoon that not only makes no sense as a whole but also none of the individual panels make sense even considered in isolation?

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