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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.

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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.

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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)

if you make a horror literature podcast that starts like your average talk-only podcast, only to smoothly fade in binaural recordings and sound effects that sound spatial on headphones: I hate you, and you have my pouting, bitchy applause 👏(u.u )

@celesteh @Nocta Brazilian showers always have grounding!

Most buildings, however, don't.

So the shower's grounding wires go nowhere. Like all grounding wires for everything in your house.

I hope you enjoy little shocks from random devices w/metal frames and buying no-break UPSes for all your expensive computer toys ☺️

(there's usually however a relay or other protection that will knock the power itself off if it escapes, so dangerous accidents are rare even in old houses. all you get is a cold shower and having to walk out wet & naked in winter to flick the switch up again; something that may happen often to long-showerers like me.)

(some people just plug the showerhead’s ground wire into the neutral. this is widely considered to be A Bad Move.)

(another fun thing is when the lights and other devices start to flicker whenever you turn your shower on, very horror movie vibes, great for Halloween)

aw my kid's having a trans kid class online and wanted to bring me on cuz i'm trans too and show me off *sob sob sobbb*

all genderswaps are canon, and they're all happier after transition. sorry I don't make the rules

re: blasphemous toot, Lovecraft 

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1997: mirror phobia
2017: mirror dysphoria
2019: mirror lotteria
2021: mirror santería

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1997: mirror phobia
2017: mirror dysphoria
2019: mirror gender-lottery
2021: mirrorwitch

four mirror magic spells for trans people, cw: dysphorias 

The following spells face dysphoria heads-on. They can feel super uncomfortable, and sometimes downright terrifying. Please take care and be sure you can access your support network before trying.

🪞 To flip the gender of the mirror self 🪞

Works best when you have already seen yourself at least once, so you know what it feels like. To be cast when you glance at your reflection and see it as the wrong gender. If you glanced at it by accident, don’t look away. Stop. Look at it. Look at it.

Breath deep, three times.

See the mirrorself as somebody else. Start the spell with a greeting. "Hi, I’m $name, and I’m a $gender_noun" (girl, boy, man, femby etc.) – out loud whenever possible. The boy/enby/etc. in the mirror is another person, telling you that. Do you believe them?

(If you have too much voice dysphoria to speak out aloud, let mirrorself say the following exact words: "This is my voice and it’s a $gender_nouns’ voice, because I’m a $gender_noun".)

Mirrorself is fully confident in their (her, his, faer etc.) gender. They’re showing it to you, like a model at a photoshoot. Don’t look away. Look deep into their eyes. Let them pose. Let them tilt their head, make funny faces, laugh and scowl and get angry. Make angles, gestures, body language symbolic of who you are (girlish, motherly, non-conforming? a kitten, a dilf, monster? pose like one.)

Keep doing this until the gender in the mirror reflects you. Bow or nod or otherwise thank mirrorself for their (his, xir etc.) help.

polyam feelings, lesbians 

smiling at ex who’s been three days in a row fully unable to weave for sweet Aphrodite has overcome her with longing for a girl :blobcatlove: :transbian:

selfie, eye contact 

hallo again Mitdeutscher*innen

all you ppl who keep complaining that Brazilian electric showers have no grounding—there you go, grounded. happy now? we can do things by the book too

gf photo, plushie 

I'm happy @enum and Sealette are so close already :blobaww:

acab means acab, trans, cooptation 

cis person: Look at this story, I found it so heartwarming how they accepted her

news item: military police sergeant transitions to woman, boss was ok with it [pretty photo of attractive, white trans cop in murder uniform]

me: (smile so yellow it's bleaching my hair again)

the plush bot is literally the best being in the universe like imagine actually beeing that good,,, i love it

sugar, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, slavery, genocide, religion 

Hopkin's "The Salt Road", despite being about another kind of plantation, stayed with me, soaking in. It made me reframe what is my country, from start up until now. The sheer scale of human suffering, what slavery *meant* in day-to-day lived experience. It's t@he power of fiction I guess, even more of fantasy fiction.

Sugar: Plant energy in its most concentrated form.
Cachaça: The same, but liquid, intoxicating, burning.
Tobacco: A ritual drug of attack shamans, commodified into a large-scale scam of addictive death.
Coffee: Introduced late, forcibly taken by the coloniser from Africa, also cleansed of religious significance and turned into the fuel of capitalist work ethic: no more staying awake to chant god’s name in Sufi devotion, but staying awake to work more for a fixed salary.

The common trends: Concentration. Concentration of power, chemically. Concentration of power, economically, socially, structurally. Refining power into powders, or water which is fire. Profaning of the sacred. Commodification. Lies.

Above all, machinery. These giant mechanisms eating indigenous land into cracked-earth deserts, chewing innumerable Black lives into bloody pulps, and outputting the powders for sale to Europe. Sugar. Coffee. Brazil.

The coronels hoarding wealth, absolute in their domains like dragons, the world's worst economic inequality, the same families in power, the indigenous genocide project still ongoing with covid policies. Rusty, sputtering, running out of wood to burn, the black magic machine still grinding lives.

(quoting something: "'It won't take, the blood of Jesus has power.' The exú-cult grandma laughed: 'Actual blood has more.'")

No wonder these are the offerings, the sacraments, the work tools of umbanda: coffee, sugar, tobacco, alcohol.

gun in photo, reference to violent movie, no violence in photos 

"Don’t you think Lunga went too far?"

"No."

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