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Spokane Mutual Aid call for donations :boost_ok:​ 

Right now, support to Spokane Mutual Aid will go towards helping me to open up my house as a social space for queer people and other marginalized people within my community. Spokane has a severe lack of any kind of noncommercial social space for queer people, and I would like to open up part of my sizable house for this purpose.

Contributions to Spokane Mutual Aid are tax deductible charitable donations.

If you want to help me help my community, contribute here:

opencollective.com/spokane-mut

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I seem to have a lot of new followers.

I'm Anarkat.

I decide what to do for myself, and I hope for other people to do the same.

I do what I can to help other people understand what is truly possible for them to accomplish.

I think that a better world is possible.

My idea of a better world is one in which:

  • people are free to make decisions for themselves
  • money does not exist, as money can only restrict access to resources, not promote it
  • people seek to understand other people more than they seek to be understood
  • decisions are made with an understanding that the way things are isn't the way things have to be
  • everyone understands that other people are simply people

I believe that the way to building a better world is to live as much as possible in the ways which I think are possible in a better world.

We can live in a better world today, if we believe it's possible.

If you don't think I'm a "real" anarchist, because I don't meet some criteria for what it means to be "anarchist" then consider the deep irony of being an anarchist trying to dictate someone else's identity.

Then chill the fuck out and realize that you can't control anyone else, including what other people think about or call themselves, and trying to tell someone else that they're wrong about a part of their own identity is doomed to failure.

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If I can let go of defensiveness, and understand what my own emotions are trying to tell me, I can understand myself better.

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If you're stopped by a cop:

I went to a seminar put on by the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. If police stop you outside a car, this is what you should do:

ask: "Am I free to go?" Persist until you get a yes or no
-if yes, leave ASAP
-If no, say this:
"I'd like to speak to a lawyer"
"I don't consent to a search"
"I am exercising my right to remain silent"

Simply being silent doesn't invoke that right. You have to invoke the right to remain silent directly. Being more precise can only help, but it is not necessary. "I'm invoking my right to remain silent" is also valid.

You must request a lawyer clearly and directly. It may be true that a cop could claim ignorance of what someone means when they say "I want a lawyer" or "I'd like to talk to a lawyer," but the meaning in the context of an interaction with police should be obvious and claimed ignorance would not hold up in any court that isn't rigged, like small town courts.

The lawyers that hosted the seminar relayed the story of someone who was in the process of being arrested and said "I want a lawyer, dawg." The police and state successfully argued to the court that the meaning of what the person said was unclear, and they thought he was requesting a "lawyer dog." Be concise and precise in your wording.

Even if police hassle you about not consenting to a search, and even if they proceed with a search anyway, directly stating you don't consent to a search ensures that if they search you and find anything, that evidence could be dismissed as invalid due to being unlawfully obtained.

Action is not hypothetical. When we turn the idea of action itself into a metaphor, we've deceived ourselves into not doing anything.

Defend the land. Blow up cop cars. Resist.

Class war is no joke. States and capitalists have declared war on all living things. We must fight back to survive.

This is more than a political aesthetic.

state violence vs interpersonal violence 

I find it unsurprising that a country whose government seeks primarily to achieve goals through violence finds that its people are similarly unable to resolve problems through means other than violence.

When people are permitted to engage with and relate to each other outside of systems of violence, I find that most people would prefer to.

As long as violence is how people are expected to relate to the people around them, it's the tool that people will have.

the problems of our society aren't simple problems of individuals. It is our entire system of society which is toxic and violent, which drives people to violence.

Harry Potter shit 

I read part of the fandom wiki entry for "wizarding schools" and was astounded at how much effort went into making up bullshit excuses for why there weren't wizarding schools elsewhere, and how actually this is because of how objectively superior and more civilized Europe and the British are.

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Harry Potter shit 

I read part of the fandom wiki entry for "wizarding schools" and was astounded at how much

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Harry Potter shit 

I don't give a fuck about the author of the series on their own.

However I don't think that their politics are particularly surprising considering how within the context of the original series as it was presented, the author couldn't manage to muster enough of a fuck to give about the outside world to imagine a magical world that didn't perfectly mirror the generational pissing contest of European colonialism.

Which is to say, they wrote colonialist party-line empire apologist fantasy, so it's no surprise that when the empire party line turned towards transphobia, they followed like they were being pulled along by a nose ring while begging for more.

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The Harry Potter series is super colonialist and shitty, and it's phenomenally astounding that it became as popular worldwide as it did, considering how staunchly its writer refused to acknowledge the existence of the rest of the world.

re: Alc joke 

@Anarkat They always want proof

Alc joke 

The process of paperwork and administration of fermented alcoholic drinks.

The beerocracy.

FediBlock 

This weird bot / instance seems to go around following everyone but upon checking the instance is empty and the admin is following some known banned people fedi wide mostly.

I recommend blocking this domain:

d-fens.systems

Spokane Mutual Aid 

I don't like money. I don't want money. I want help. If people are only able to help through giving money, then I will wholeheartedly accept and appreciate that help, but money isn't the goal. Getting shit done is the goal. Money is one of the ways to do that, but it is not and will never be the only way to do that.

opencollective.com/spokane-mut

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A courtroom is a fascinating realm where reality is dictated wholly by the bureaucracy, as opposed to most other places where reality is only mostly dictated by the bureaucracy.

Spokane Mutual Aid progress 

I've gotten a lot of progress done with my efforts to open up a part of my house as a community space.

I've gotten a 15 amp air conditioner installed and in place to serve the space, to keep the whole space cool during the hot summer.

I've also gotten the framing mostly done for the wall that will be put in to separate the space between my partner's office and the part of the downstairs area that will be the community space.

I'm hoping and planning to have the space open within the next week.

I'd like help with getting the space set up.

I also know that most people on here are too far away to contribute directly to efforts to get the space set up.

I fucking hate money, but it's the means that we have available for people who are not nearby to contribute to the efforts to open up the space.

All the materials for the wall cost around $260 altogether. The people of our household spent our own money on that. If we get donations to the opencollective page, we can get our money back for the cost of the wall.

After the wall is built, all that remains before the space can be opened is for air filters to be built. I want to build 5-filter cubes, like the one that is pictured, but I can't do that without at least another $240 in order to buy the filters in bulk. If we aren't able to raise that money, we'll build them one at a time instead, and use two thicker four-inch filters attached to the fan in a triangle configuration, because those can be found somewhat economically at the local hardware store.

Besides air filtration and getting the wall built, the space also needs cleaned up, but that's mostly a matter of finding the time and focus, which is a solvable problem.

I want help from other people to be able to open up part of my house as a community space.

But regardless of what help I get from other people, we're doing this shit.

opencollective.com/spokane-mut

Today I made the decision to not go into a county family law courtroom wearing my punk vest.

Honestly, I don't think tasteless clothes would get me thrown out, considering family court judges get a lot of abuse hurled at them without slapping those people with contempt.

It's okay to be who you are.

That doesn't mean you have to give up on changing yourself.

It means that if you seek to change yourself for the sole purpose of becoming someone else, you are doomed to failure, because you cannot become anyone other than yourself.

You can change who you are, but you cannot become someone else.

Because you are always you.

You cannot run from yourself.

Secure communications are secure

Insecure communications are insecure.

Mastodon is insecure communications. Do not use it for secure communications.

If you want secure communications, use a different service.

Trying to make an insecure communication platform into a secure communication platform is like trying to encrypt a billboard in-place.

A lot of effort to go through to turn a message platform intended for broadly distributing a message, into secure direct communications, for very little end benefit.

Mistakes don't make us bad people.

They make us people.

Not fixing mistakes doesn't make us bad either.

They make us people that still have the means to resolve problems.

Refusing to look at problems doesn't solve them.

Solving problems solves problems.

@Tusky i can't change how my notifications are filtered on tusky. There's no "save filter settings" button, and whenever I change the filter settings, they don't save themselves, and seen to revert to what they were before, whenever the filter drop-down closes. This doesn't seem to be intended behavior.

I believe most of my toots carry important ideas.

Some of them are just hot air though.

Hey, amateur radio nerds.

Packet radio can be used to interface with email.

Activitypub is a lot like email.

How could aprs be used to interface with activitypub?

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