Rundown of settler-terrorism I read about in the news this week:
Please take the time to read and share the information.
Unskilled labor is a myth that employers use as an excuse to pay workers less.
Any labor takes some amount of skill to do. Just because quote-unquote "anyone can do it" doesn't make it unskilled. And what's more, many "unskilled jobs" are imperative to our society and its functioning. They are as important as, if not more than, the work of managers, executives, and "higher-ups."
Fuck anyone who puts you down by telling you that your work is unskilled or deserves to be exploited more. Your work is valuable. And so are you.
Bolivia, Fuck Imperialism & Elon Musk
Congrats to the MAS and Bolivian people, and Elon Musk keep crying as your stock plummets on news your lithium-stealing fascist coup of Bolivia w/ US-backed imperialism fails. https://telesurenglish.net/news/bolivia-several-figures-aknowledge-arces-victory-in-the-polls-20201019-0014.html
So apparently dragon.style shares its birthday with Cake For Trans Friends day. https://cassolotl.tumblr.com/post/166404257550
Since this is a very trans instance, I would like to suggest that if any of the broke trans folks on dragon.style would like some cake, they should post this fact, and let the better-off denizens toss them some cake money via paypal or whatever. Or some chocolate gold coin money if you wanna be on-theme for the site. :)
suggested tag: #cakefortransdragons
re: uspol, not electoral, failed state meta
in a stratified society like american apartheid, the state is only failed to a portion of the population (the bulk of it, really) so that some echelons will proclaim the good works of the state without seriously confronting its abject and intentional neglect. or, this confrontation becomes part of the system of excuses that ultimately launders and legitimizes the cruelty of the state. opposition without teeth, that assumes your fealty and offers nothing
uspol, not electoral, failed state meta
what it means to live in a failed state is that although the state may have public resources or public-interest institutions, they are inaccessible to the public and their acts are near-invisible. you find there is no help coming, no help available, and all the power flows to your oppressors. the de facto government becomes nothing but a system of excuses for neo-colonialism. you have no justice system, no public security, no assistance but mutual aid.
From the page:
emsenn’s newsletter is an ongoing hosted conversation centered around eir experiences with decolonization (huh?) and finding indigeneity (what?) in setter-colonial society.
Decolonization? indigeneity? setter-colonial? If you’re unfamiliar with these terms, you’re welcome to subscribe anyway, but please respect: it’s expected that everyone who engages in these conversation have a “basic” knowledge of the complex relationship between Indigenous (“Native,” “First Nations,” “Aboriginal,” etc.) and Colonial (“Western,” “White,” “European”) societies.
A “basic” knowledge is defined here as having read:
"Decolonization is not a metaphor" by Tuck and Yang
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Knowing that, more background on the host, emsenn:
emsenn is 30 years-old, Itázipčho (Sans Arc of the Lakota), queer (e/em/eir pronouns), has permanent health and mobility issues, and has developed skills in land stewardship and urban direct action. E currently explores the intersection of those skills, and uses this newsletter to provide educational or opinionated information about them and related topics.
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that thread about DARVO
I said earlier that I'd talk about this, so.
It's important to know what DARVO is and how it's used as a tool to bully people into silence/complicity in bad behavior.
DARVO is an acronym. It stands for:
Reverse Victim and Offender.
It is a technique that is used by abusive people to cover up their abuse.
It is incredibly common. Knowing how to spot it is key.
i hate the argument of "just block them" if someone posts triggering content because:
1. not everyone can or will have the means of knowing whos going to post what content. especially if its someone you follow boosting someone you dont follow.
2. this implies someone must see triggering content first, and then block someone. this is like, an extremely shitty situation that puts the traumatized person responsible for themselves
3. we talk a lot of shit about wanting to protect vulnerable people but cant even decide if CWing triggering stuff is something we should do
4. blocking 3/4 of the people on a platform because not CWing certain things is the norm, is ostracization of the traumatized lol
Things I'd like to see more in secondary worlds:
- Hunter-gatherer societies that acknowledge their sophistication and complexity and don't relegate them to noble savages
- Matrilineal societies that are not some caricature of "matriarchy"
- Nuanced ideas of gender and sex, dammit
- Religion and spirituality that are actually real and important guiding principles in characters' and communities' lives and not just exotic color or a source of supernatural power
- "Soft" skills like negotiation, relationship management, homemaking, spirituality, gardening, caregiving etc. being given actual importance. So sick of women characters' worth being decided solely by how good they are at violence, and physically disabled people being left out altogether unless they have Disability Superpowers.
@trini ther'es been intense censorship within the Navajo Nation as to the risks of the vaccine trial, the Nation's FB page has openly lied about the safety, etc.
Thanks for taking this seriously <3
We think we'll be able to get LBRY Android re-instated, but we'll probably have to compromise.
Good reminder to check out the @email@example.com version, which doesn't allow Google to track you and will always remain unrestricted.
The real story is that ‘developing’ nations have done remarkably better at fighting COVID-19 than the rich and white. The real story starts precisely where the western map ends. Here be dragons. We be dragons.
The real story is that places like Vietnam and Mongolia have completely kicked COVID-19’s ass. The real story is that places like Rwanda and Ghana have innovated and survived. There are countless stories like this — from Sri Lanka to Trinidad & Tobago, but you wouldn’t know because we’re not rich or white. But you should know. Because we’re right. This information could save your life.
(But please keep posting about a vaccine, eating like normal, and relying on your institutions to save you. It'll all work out for you I'm sure.)
Here lies something that might have been a pigeon in an alternate dimension.
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