Pinned toot

free software and oppression 

Personal opinion, after reading:
"Today, I aim to get arrested. It is the only real power climate protesters have " from an XR activist that wrote an article for the guardian.

If you keep spreading that sitting in prision is the most effective one can do to counter the climatecrisis, I will make callouts to activly boycott XR.

You keep crossing that line that many have told you to stop.

And you even still build up a database by calling people to hand over their private data to you, incl. if they want to be arrested or not.


If you don't know how to stop a tank - stop a tank factory.
Or one of hundreds of other institutions we collected on this map. They are all supporting and benefiting from the mass murder of the people of #Rojava !


follow the link to see that full map:
(note about the map: it's open for editing. So feel free to join maintaining it.)
#Riseup4Rojava #defendRojava

🎶 I see a red flag
and I want to turn it black.
No tankies anymore,
our movement not hijacked 🎶

And so I want to go away. I will apologise for mistakes (of which I am sure I will make many), but I will not hide who I am.

I will get on with doing the things I desire to do and that feel important to me.

I do not give a fuck what you think of me. If I manage to do any good in this world, it will be because of my actions. Not because the right set of strangers can happily nod along to every opinion I feel is important and novel enough to share.

Mastodon and Twitter and probably other things will drive you into a constant state of fear about how you’re perceived by strangers. It’s not healthy.

This is what it really means to have an echo chamber. Not by shutting out the trolls and the fascists, but by punishing anybody from deviating at all from the consensus and making dissent in the ranks terrifying. Democratic centralism was a bad idea when Lenin did it and it’s a bad idea how.

Mastodon is a bit better mostly because that consensus is less controlled by tech liberals and tankies, and you can’t keyword search for dissent to punish, but it’s fundamentally the same shit.

I looked at twitter tonight to see what that was like nowadays and gods the depression from years ago came right back. Everybody being extremely angry and the arguments being de-facto won by whoever had the biggest follower count while being vaguely sympathetic to social justice. How careful I’d have to be if I participated to not end up being cancelled myself for having thoughts beyond “X is bad”. People endorse this! Say “if you’re worried about being cancelled maybe you should be” or whatever

I might take a social media break. The blog will continue.

especially if they’re stallman

(before somebody does not understand what this means: I am not suggesting literally murdering anybody, but rather killing the concept of having heroes that you unconditionally look up to and defend rather than acknowledging that people who do some good things can be extremely bad in other ways. Idolisation is setting yourself up for disappointment)

tech consumers are so fucking entitled.

who told you that these apps needed to be perfect on launch? why do you hate seeing glimpses of of the labor underneath these platforms? why are you bougie commodity fetishists who refuse to honor the immense amount of labor that it takes to produce services like mastodon, nextcloud, linux, etc?

Extinction Rebellion is what happens when a bunch of jumped-up liberals use young radicals as cannon fodder to keep them from doing anything useful.

Openstreetmap is reaching the point that it is just more information rich and beautiful than google maps and that is awesome




@embr (while you’re at it, I strongly recommend including your full key fingerprint rather than just 64 bits of it)

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