Gods bless Bristol, as it continues to slowly erase the name of its biggest slave trader from... well, all manner of things all over town. Today's news is a pub that decided they shouldn't wait until they have a better name before dropping "The Colston Arms", so they are now provisionally "Ye Olde Pubby McDrunkface". https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-53240033
I hope for the staff's sake that the name doesn't stick, but it's right near the posh university so I bet it does.
news, mapol, polyamory, somerville (++)
Somerville recognizes polyamorous domestic partnerships
On June 29, Somerville quietly became one of the first cities in the nation – if not the first – to recognize polyamorous domestic partnerships.
The historic move was a result of a few subtle language shifts. For example, instead of being defined as an “entity formed by two persons,” Somerville’s ordinance defines a domestic partnership as an “entity formed by people,” replaces “he and she” with “they,” replaces “both” with “all,” and contains other inclusive language.
uk pol, trans rights -
and so ends Stonewall's period of being supportive :-(
St Louis MO, reddit link
The mayor of St. Louis read out the names and addresses of people who petitioned to defund the police.
This is intimidation, clear and simple.
Don't be surprised when people who previously believed in systems of governance lose their confidence and take on the challenge of fighting injustice more directly.
Just a reminder that telegram is not secure (and yes, I mean secure, not private) I thought it was bad but it's worse than I'd imagined:
I will *not* be streaming on Wednesday in support of the #TWITCHBLACKOUT in protest of Twitch's inaction against abusers and harassment on their platform.
blm rebellions 2020, nyc
NYC might be about to set up an autonomous zone.
Furries and Policing
Y'all are very much welcome to your own opinions on this. I don't want to trod all over traumatic experiences and how you feel when you came away from those.
But at the same time, I don't want to see "This makes me feel uncomfortable, I'm going to see how I can possibly make this into an illegal thing so that the cops can take action" because that REALLY REALLY REALLY reeks of "Using the police as your personal concierge service"
Alan Turing bday, suicide mention
Alan Turing was born today
He was gay and neurodivergent, famous for 'Turing machine,' a model for modern/general purpose computers
he was also chemically castrated by his government for being gay (instead of prison time), and later committed suicide at 41
Rest in Power, Alan
we don’t talk enough about how much of a privilege gender presentation truly is. if you’re binary trans and your size and proportions roughly map to cisnormative expectations of your gender, that’s such a blesssing
for everyone else it’s hugely expensive, impractical and time-consuming to find garments which A) fit, B) are comfortable to wear for extended periods and/or while participating in strenuous physical activity, and C) accurately reflect your gender identity w.r.t. your body
huh. latest take on coronavirus is simultaneously encouraging and personally terrifying
Good news: we don't think you're contagious for a full two weeks before coming down with it
Bad news: at some point during that two weeks, which likely varies from person to person, you are just a volcano of contagion for a day or two
this explains why we're seeing all these superspreader incidents and why masking works so good: anything to reduce you personally being a volcano helps a shitton
ever sit back and remember how Leonard Peltier is 75 years old and has been in prison since 1977 and has no hope of parole until 2024, and how Mumia Abu-Jamal is 66 and has been in prison since 1982 and was on death row until 2011, and is still serving a life sentence, and how Assata Shakur has been living in Cuba in exile since 1979, and how the trials for literally all of these activists were utter bullshit kangaroo court nonsense?
Just a dragon
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