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about follow requests, current politics/tech situation, free speech discourse, conservatives get lost 

Hi new people! I'm being extra careful with follow requests at the moment due to a wave of

- fash scum exilees from neolib social media
- kiwifarms/channer infiltrators targeting me personally
- libertarian/free speech techbros enabling the former by federating with them, providing them with server space etc.

which has led to my toots being screenshoted, personal attacks, the whole jazz.

I won't accept your follow req if you don't have pronouns in bio, clear politics, and look like a real person with a history of good interaction. I might not accept your follow req even then if you’re not in a well-moderated instance with clear rules of conduct and a healthy blocklist.

if you want to debate the evils of censorship, kindly go federate with somebody else. Actually if you’re an instance admin do try to debate, this way I know to add your domain to the blocklist.

if you're right-wing and want to organise together against big tech, go suck my nonexistent balls.

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vegan cw ask, :boost_ok:​ 

TL;DR: CW animal products, including milk/honey/leather/wool/etc., including text.

That's the ask. I’ll just speak bluntly for the rest of this toot; please avoid reading it if the bitter tone is not good for you.


CW is the big one. CW your food posts for food, for the sake of people with eating issues and the like. But also mark them as nonvegan, meat, milk or however you prefer to word it. CW text-only posts talking about those things.

including milk, please. especially milk, please. there’s a reason for the vegan saying ‘dairy is the cruelest of all’. being reminded of what’s being done to dairy cows and their babies as we speak can ruin my mood for the rest of the day. on a vulnerable day it can, and has, more than once, reduced me to a blubbering crying mess. just tag it.

(fellow vegans: it is useful to CW food posts as "vegan" because so many people fail to mark animal abuse that I usually avoid clicking "food" toots, unless I know the person to be vegan.)

please also CW selfies or photos with things made of animal bodies, or things taken from animals, like animal leather, wool, horn, honey, beeswax etc. and CW animals in conditions of exploitation, like farm animals.

I’m not triggered by those things. It’s not abuse done to _me_ after all, I hold the speciesist privilege like all of us. I’m not disgusted or squeamish either, that’s not how any of this works. When I look at a photo with an animal product, I’m not looking at a piece of animal tissue and going ‘ew, gooey’. I’m looking at a nightmare machine of entirely unnecessary exploitation and pain, at a powerful ideological system wrapped around it to normalise it. I’m thinking of what was done to a living, feeling, sensitive being (or, in the case of milk, to a family) to produce that thing, and then trying to multiply it in my head times 990 million cows or 23 billion chickens etc. I can't help myself from doing the algebra of integer times pain. I’m thinking of what happens to human workers in the animal industry. I can’t turn it _off_, once I learned to see processes I can’t unsee them. I’m looking at my own impotence to make this absurd situation just stop, stop, at my own guilt to just carry on with life as if this inconceivable maelstrom of 100% avoidable, unbearable suffering didn’t matter.

So it’s a little bit depressing.


The other peeves are just terminological quibbles and not super important or anything, I understand why people say that and I take it in stride, they just reflect common misconceptions.

• Not "vegan diet". It's not a diet. Plant-based is a diet. Veganism is an ethical position; it's the observation that all beings capable of suffering are moral subjects. It’s no more a diet than ‘Kantian consequentialism’ or ‘Vedic nītiśāstra’. Reducing it to diet is already taken for granted the objectification of other animals which is just the point in question.

- Not "dietary restriction" either. If I don’t rob candy from a child I’m not restricting my diet, I’m trying to be a good person. Not eating honey robbed from bees is literally, exactly, exactly, the same.

- Not "you can/can’t eat this?" It’s not that I can’t eat a thing, it’s that I don’t want to.

- Not "but isn’t X is worse for global warming" (soy farming, palmtree industry etc.).

As it happens, the animal industry is terrible for the environment, and eating plants is a much more efficient use of resources (necessarily, because of trophic loss). If you think this or that form of animal exploitation is better for the environment chances are it’s capitalist propaganda and will turn out to be wrong upon examination. Even if we are thinking purely of saving humanity from the looming catastrophe, stopping animal exploitation is about the best measure we can take.

But this is just a happy coincidence. Even if it was the other way around and killing or enslaving other animals could save millions, it would be still wrong. The self-interest of humans, however aligned to it, is not the reason why it’s wrong. (In this hypothetical scenario, if we _had_ to choose, then I wouldn’t blame people for choosing self-preservation at the expense of other lives. But then the task would be to find out ways to get the necessary resources without all the killing. In our reality, that step is already given, all we needed was to figure out B12 production and that's long been solved.)

I don’t argue vegan stuff and I don’t ask for arguments, but leaving that aside, to bring me ecological (or, even worse, nutritional) arguments is to miss the point.

> Stannis: I know the cost! […] If Joffrey should die... what is the life of one bastard boy against a kingdom?
> Davos: Everything.

(A Song of Ice and Fire)

U.S.A. Politics 

Ok folks it's the 15th.

Shit's probably actively be on fire soon.

a) self-care

b) content warnings

c) no platforms for trash people

"What's the length of your play week? We should focus on that rather than the workweek. We gotta increase the size of the playweek"

(Srsly Wrong podcast)

why are other girls so cute when they deny that they're cute

btw do y’all know about A11Y. it lets you simulate the major types of colour blindness, it's neat o/

try it on your designs and start using red/blue rather than red/green for error/success distinctions 😌
(also don’t rely _just_ on colour ofc, but as long as you’re using colour as a supplementary signal, red/green is particularly bad, a full 1% of XY people have protanopia).

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I think it would be cool if there was a browser plugin where you could just click an element and hear how it's read by common engines.

Sadly most software is still private property so that’s impossible/illegal to implement, but at least linux and android readers….

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I don't always write in a way that's fully screenreader-oriented in my toots (idiosyncratic punctuation, kaomoji, typographic chars, it’s quite visual-oriented, plus I code-switch a lot).

But when I write image captions I try to imagine a screenreader reading it, and phrase/word/punctuate differently because of it.

I don’t know if this even makes sense 🤷‍♀️

Rage love is now the instance with visible no doubt about it People of Color and Black Folk mod team

and you will deal

self-quote, lesbian life 

me: (half-asleep) mumble mumble was it?
she: mm?
me: how was therapy
she: (adjusting my blanket) sleep, sleep
me: was it good
she: yes it's worth it, only it's a bit exhausting
me: (hugging plushies) that's great baby, I mean you did great baby
me: you're a great baby

@ljwrites @pfx
That was worth checking though. I didn't know there is a presence of Welsh community in Argentina due to colonization that took place in the mid 19th century.
Some Argentinian places have Welsh names.

If I had been told about Patagonian Welsh ten minutes ago, I would have thought I am trolled.

status update: moving super fast with my new year's resolution ☝️

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immigration silliness 

"Also Frau elilla, we have reviewed your application and noticed that you have been putting out some really bitchin' outfits, we have therefore granted you permanent residence. As soon as you figure out how to do eyeliner, citizenship will be on the table"

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content warnings 

Writing something and then immediately thinking about whether it has aspects that could be upsetting, disturbing, or not appreciated by some people

teaches you to be empathetic and thoughtful about content and word choice, as a reflex action.

fediblock -- general fashy freeze peach doucherocketry, public timeline is full of Intellectual Dork Web reposting bots

thoughts on federation/defederation, blocking, abstract mention of lewd content as an example, reposting in public 

(Talking to somebody about unfair instance blocks)

I mean in any situation where your instance doesn't federate with the instances where there are people you want to talk to, you can always just use an alt in another instance, or use the move account function.

If you think the block on your instance was unjust (I personally hold that instance blocks based on non-admin user behaviour are only warranted if the admins are enabling it), then that’s something you are well justified in protesting and fighting about. But it doesn’t prevent you from talking to your friends. It just prevents you from talking to your friends using that instance as your entrance point.

(If you really care about keeping access to individual ppl you should have our IMs tho! this here is just the coffeebreak room, it's all transient, instances come and go all the time!)

In general it is useful to have several viewpoints into the fediverse because, well, at literally every single point the view into the fediverse is different. If I posted my lewds here rather than [server] almost nobody would see them, I picked [server] for a reason, I get a very large amount of queer girls but almost no cis men interacting with me at that corner of the graph. But I've been considering a new alt at [server2] to post my monstergirl content, which usually gets no attention at [server]. And while I do some silly agitprop here, if I was to get serious about organising online I'd create an alt in one of the activist instances, not just because of basic opsec ofc, but also because this way my content will be federated to more relevant ppl (=will be in the "toots the instance knows about" of more instances that I want it to be in).

I don't know if you've ever set up your own instance, but a fresh new small instance like this one has a peculiarly lonely fediverse experience; that's why I built a fairly large list of connections at first, so I could kickstart it by retracing all those connections through the account move, and then I made an effort to follow ppl from many big instances for extra nodes, and even then (e.g.) hashtags here remain basically useless because my instance doesn't know about what's going on.

And all of this without even having anything to do with blocking. At any given time most instances aren't federating with you, not because they've blocked your instance but because they never touched it.

(An important point here is to think federatively – when I say "I get little attention to my monstergirl content at [server]", I don't mean just that the fellow users there (who might see it in the "Local" timeline) don't interact with it. I mean the full graph of all instances that touch those toots has few ppl interested in it, when I submit the toot at that entry point into the fediverse. A more topical instance (like [server2] in this case) is beneficial not just because the people in Local are more likely to engage with it, but also because the people from elsewhere in the fediverse who like that kind of content are likely to have already drawn a link to that server. And when somebody from Local boosts my toot, they'll be boosting it to a set of followers who are in instances that are, by definition, more likely to have people who would like to see that kind of content. etc.

Federation is a simple model but it brings about big qualitative consequences. It's how stuff here feels so much more like a community than twitter, it's how you find people that somehow you feel like you can really connect to, it's how you find audiences even if you're not famous (as opposed to the very clear divide between users and influencers in centralised social media).

A crucial point is that this follows in part from the fact that everybody does _not_ federate with everybody. If all toots reached everywhere, we'd have twitter. Not even talking about blocking and bad agents here, but about the mood, about that feeling of being a disembodied voice talking into abstract polemics rather than having conversations with people who know who you are.

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