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On the ethics of looting BONUS 

As pointed out by boots riley and as I've become very aware of from Observations

Looting spreads the police out. When there's looting all over the city it spreads out police forces and keeps them from all going after protests. Divide and conquer. Protest in multiple locations and the looters whether they're trying or not are helping the protests

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thinking about how k pop stan twitter has done more to materially disrupt the police this week than any elected democrat politician

covid cases are going up due to states reopening in the past weeks. they will be blamed on the protestors, despite the incubation period

there’s no surer way for a guy to convince me he’s emotionally immature and living a preposterously unexamined life than by claiming systemic racism isn’t a huge problem in this country

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racism 

“welp time to clock in at the racism factory. i haven’t gotten a promotion or a raise in three years but at least i can still afford an xbox and get to say the n-word a lot”

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Do you want a good start for learning about the relationship between Racism and Capitalism?

Considering we probably need to dismantle one to dismantle the other, this short (16min) video is a great place to start:

Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore

youtube.com/watch?v=2CS627aKrJ

a lot of straight white dudes refuse to acknowledge their privilege bc they can’t bear to admit their mediocre, unimpressive lives aren’t even fully merited. it never occurs to them maybe they’d be /more/ fulfilled and /more/ accomplished living a life they want, rather than subserviently replicating the same toxic white supremacist patriarchy??

Tulsa, OK protests 

there's literally nothing you can say about people blocking roads when they literally put highways through the former Black Wall Street to prevent it from ever being rebuilt. Not only did they burn it down, they salted the ground.

Nobody owes you an explanation for why they block you. But if you need a reason, roll 1d10 or choose from the list.

Your blocker finds you:

1- too obnoxious
2- too offensive
3- factually correct, but annoying
4- remind them of their hated great-aunt
5- post too much about food
6- too gleeful
7- too non-sequitur-ous
8- too obsessed with Star Trek, quilting, Satan, and/or toenails
9- too much
10-roll twice more.

I hope having an answer brings you peace. Move on. :flan_thumbs::flan_cool:

As I've revealed in my last Patreon post, I've been working on adding end-to-end encryption APIs into Mastodon as an upgrade to the direct message system.

Any and all technical details available at the moment are here:

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An implementation guide for app developers is being worked on.

#mastodev

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Minneapolis public schools just voted to kick out the Minneapolis police.

the purpose of a trade union is to protect laborers from exploitation by capitalists; the purpose of a police union is to use the monopoly of state-sanctioned violence to extort communities. these are not the same

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just a note to the programmers on here: if your work involves ai, neural networks, or other expensive algorithms designed to replace human judgement, consider how much it's truly meant to be more equitable and/or efficient and whether it meets that goal. if it doesn't and you're just automating existing judgement at great expense, the purpose of including a neural network is to obfuscate culpability

this is not theoretical

Facebook engineer's resignation letter 

"Mark always told us that he would draw the line at speech that calls for violence. He showed us on Friday that this was a lie."

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