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Finally, just when I was thinking of starting to use Mastodon actively, got myself a new userpic, drawn by majestic Iasmin Omar Ata.

I'm in love with their style; if you are too, check out their website iasminomarata.com/; they also take commissions!

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Unpopular opinion.
Just that someone opposes USA does not make them a good person.
Just that some ruler opposes USA does not mean they're not a dictator, does not mean they do not oppress their own people, and does not mean people don't have a right to rise against that dictator.

Not sure why it is unpopular. I thought it is so obvious that it should go without saying.

thinking about self driving cars, but the cars are longer, with capacity for about 90 people per car. and maybe we could simplify the decision-making of the AI by providing a set path and schedule that they would adhere to. perhaps a physical mechanism on which the self-driving car could always be on, something like a rail to minimize them going off path and being a danger to cyclists or pedestrians. anyone in Silicon Valley want to fund this? we could even chain the cars together to maximize efficiency.

"My imaginary wizard is secretly gay but it's not in any of the books." 🙄 She has no track record of ~any~ support for LGBT youth. JKR's sudden "concern" for gay kids isn't fooling anyone.

_wt

And guess what happens when I'm trying to "download your information" (which they are legally obliged to provide because of GDPR)?
"Error: Something went wrong."
OF COURSE.

It seems that if a photo of person's ID was not provided in two days, Facebooks disables your account permanently. Without explanation, and (of course) without allowing one to delete said account.

"Activity on your account didn't follow our community standards" lol, it was my first log in to facebook in a year.

"The only people who get upset about you setting boundaries are the ones who were benefitting from you having none."

Marloes de Vries

We are taught by popular media that it is acceptable, even beneficial, to use persistence as a tool to bully others into accepting our demands despite their refusals. This erosion of consent is exemplified in the story "Green Eggs and Ham" (Seuss, 1960). In this essay I will

July 4, Hawaii, Independence 

To conflate the two "freedoms," on the one hand, confuses what free speech is actually about, and on the other makes the freedom of free software seem much more fundamental than it actually is. Unless the free software movement is about campaigning against the criminalization of programming activities, the comparison to free speech is meaningless and intellectually dishonest.

developer working conditions, racism, misogyny 

i just got a discord message from a coworker like "have you heard about the unionization efforts" and instantly I am fucking PRESSED because our group is so nascent and if we're leaking this badly at this stage in our organization we are super fucked. nope turns out just another parallel group of coworkers are also trying to unionize lmfaooo

Haven't used Facebook for a year and now it requires me to upload a "Photo ID". That's after it required me to confirm my email address (again), add another phone number and confirm it, and upload my current passport photo.

Of course, Facebook being Facebook, I cannot even delete my account. Because in order to delete an account, one must be logged in, and in order to log in I would have to give Facebook a photo of my ID. Which they won't have, obviously.

Bonus point: I live in EU with GDPR.

Tankies, having not read the law: National Security Law in Hong Kong only makes it illegal for CIA agents to finance Hong Kong subservience to Britain.

Hong Kong government: Under National Security Law it is illegal to say "liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time": info.gov.hk/gia/general/202007

(and of course I messed up with the wording here, entirely inverting the point of my toot...)

Reminder that Israel is holding nearly 2 million people in a under 150 square mile open air prison called the Gaza strip.

It is the 3rd most densely populated area in the world and none of the people who live there are allowed in or out.

The Palestinians who live there face regular bombing raids from Israel, and any attempt to protest this is met with lethal force, with hundreds of unarmed Palestinians being killed each month, and thousands injured.

So one could say it's the peak of white man's burden and colonialism for tankies to decide that people of former western colony cannot decide their own fate or cannot self-govern. For tankies to decide who is a part of which ethnic group. For tankies to decide which master should rule which people. For tankies to decide what should one consider to be a motherland.

PRC is the colonizer, and those on the West who support its actions in HK because "hongkongers are Han" have a colonizer's mentality

And it's not as if Britain has occupied Hong Kong with its inhabitants, and now the inhabitants can finally be reunited with their motherland!

Britain occupied Hong Kong territory for sure, but it was 170 years ago. And, like, 90% of the Hong Kong residents at the moment of handover were these who deliberately fled from PRC to Hong Kong since 1945, and their descendants.

These people fled PRC for a reason, and in 1997 they've been handed over to PRC without anybody asking their opinion.

And I cannot emphasize this enough:

Hong Kong was handed over from Britain to China like a sack of potatoes. PRC decided it wants HK, Britain decided it is willing to satisfy PRC demands, and nobody bothered to ask the actual Hong Kong people about this. Just one master giving his slaves to another.

So what did this new master do? Maybe he freed his slaves? No, PRC just rolled back some limited democratic reforms and started quelling all dissent. All under pretense of being a "motherland".

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