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I just put together this group of 14 ideals, that I assembled as a rejection of American Civil Religion's 14 tenets

The idea of them is for them to be guiding principles held as a rejection of the toxicity and imperialism of American Civil Religion, and also as something of a guide to extricating one's self from the american monoculture.

Because these ideals are derived from an american phenomenon, I'm hoping that they can express fundamental needs that are uniquely lacking from the american experience. In essence, they may be considered the tenets of a kind of american anarchism.

  • The most important family is the one you choose
  • Question cultural symbols
  • Question the roots of american institutions
  • The only higher powers are the ones you choose for yourself
  • The only rights that exist are those that can be defended
  • Freedom comes from independence from exploitation, with the support of peers
  • Governmental authority is derived from the subjugation of the citizenry
  • Understanding your peers requires understanding the roots of their lived experiences
  • You are the judge of your own experience
  • Higher powers have as much control over you as you give them
  • Prosperity of an upper class can only come at the expense of the lower classes
  • Those that believe they have nothing to learn will prove themselves right.
  • Death is not honorable; it is unnecessary. Live to see another day.
  • Your greatest purpose is the one you choose.
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HEY What's matrix? How do I set up an account? What is going on? How did you get in my house? Some of these questions answered in this very basic tutorial! Longpost. 

Matrix is a web platform that allows people to set up secure chat channels which are end-to-end encrypted. In this tutorial you will see "matrix" and "element" referred to. "Matrix" is the web chat protocol, while "Element" is the client that lets you interface with that protocol. Just like "gmail" is a client that lets you access the "email" protocol.

{CREATING AN ACCOUNT}

To get started using the web interface for Element, which is one of the available Matrix chat clients, go to app.element.io

You'll be faced with a welcome screen that says "sign in" "create account" and "explore rooms"

Click on "Create Account" and you'll proceed to the account creation screen.

the next screen prompts you to create a matrix account.

If you already know what matrix server you would like your matrix account to be hosted on, for example, if you or one of your friends have already set up a matrix server, you would want to click "advanced/other" on this screen. Then, you would put in the full matrix URL for the server you would like to join.

If you don't know what any of that means, that's alright. Matrix hosts their own chat servers for free. Just click "Free/matrix.org" to set up a user account through the standard free server.

Next, you'll be prompted to choose a username, password, and email.

The username is how other people will connect with you on matrix. If you set up the username "Smith" on the free matrix server, then your full username that other people would need to find you would be "smith:matrix.org"

Enter your password in the "password" and "confirm" fields.

Now enter in your email. This email is usually only used to recover your account if you lose your password. Some servers don't allow email recovery. The matrix.org server does, so if you lose your password, you can have a password recovery email sent to the address you provide.

Next, complete a captcha, and read the terms and conditions. After you've read them (advised because it's a good idea to know what rules you are bound to when you use a service). The terms and conditions also explain more about how the service works, which is important to understanding how to use it. click the check box and and then "accept"

Next, you will be sent an email to validate your email address and activate your account.

When you click on this verification link, you will once again be asked to accept the terms and conditions. Once you do, you will be prompted to log in.

Now you will be prompted to create a security key and/or a security phrase. With these, you will be able to recover your encrypted messages if you need to recover your account.
If you do not create a security key or security phrase, all your messages will be lost when you recover your account, and you will need to re-verify your shared keys with other users.
If you select to create a security phrase, you will be invited to make up your own phrase. It's best if this is several words long, and uses uncommon words, or special characters.
After creating a security phrase, or if you only select to create a security key, you will be presented with a string of 48 characters. This is your security key, and if you created a security phrase, both this key and the security phrase you made will need to be entered to recover your encrypted data should you need to recover your account.

Once you have created your account, you will be invited to verify your identity by entering in your security phrase or key. Enter this in now. This might take a few moments to process, and for the identity verification window to go away.

Next you will be invited to turn on desktop notifications, and send anonymous usage data. I keep both of these options off. You can turn them on if you like.

{STARTING A SECURE CHAT WITH ANOTHER USER}

You should now be on the Element interface home page. The interface for the desktop client is roughly the same. There are some differences in the mobile client, but the functionality is also largely the same.

To start a secure chat with another user, you do not want to use the "search" bar in the top left. Tricky, right? Instead, you'll want to go just below that to the "people" tab and click the plus (+) sign just to the right of the "people" tab. This will ask you to enter in the other user's chat handle. If the person you want to talk to set up the user "Vance" on the server "noodles.gov" then their chat handle would be "@vance:noodles.gov"

A new session in the "People" tab should appear with the name of the user you started the chat with. It may or may not have encryption already enabled.
If it does not have encryption enabled already, go to the gear icon in the top left.
This controls the settings for the specific room currently in focus. This is not the general application settings tab.
From here, go to "security and privacy" and make sure that "encrypted" is turned on. When encryption is on, this slider should be to the right

Now, you'll want to verify the integrity of the chat session. This ensures that the data is not being tampered with between the two end-points.
To do this, click on the silhouette of a person in the top right corner. This will bring up the "members" tab on the right side of the window. If there are multiple people in the same channel, this tab will list all the people in the channel.
Click on the name of the user you wish to verify.
In a channel with multiple users, if everyone wants to guarantee chat integrity, then this will need to be performed between every person in the channel.

Once you've clicked on the name of the user you wish to verify credentials with, look at the top of the information panel, just below the avatar. There should be a "security" section. If encryption is enabled, it will say here "Messages in this room are end-to-end encrypted" and below that "Verify"
If this says "Messages in this room are not end-to-end encrypted" then you will need to go to the room settings and enable end-to-end encryption.

Once you click "verify," the information panel will be replaced with an expanded security panel. To continue with the verification, click "start verification"
Once you do this, you must wait for the other user to accept the verification.
This step must be performed with both users online. If both you and the other user who you want to verify keys with are not online, the verification screen will time out. You can attempt this again without a delay, but if the other user is not online or is having connection problems, you will be unable to continue verification.

Once the other user accepts the chat, and accepts the verification attempt, you will be prompted to "verify by emoji." Click this button.

A list of 7 emojis will pop up on your screen, and on the other user's screen. Compare between yourselves whether these emojis match. It is best to confirm that they match on a service outside of Matrix. For example, over a video chat or over the phone. Any trusted service would work, but in-person is best.
The reason it's not a good idea to verify the encryption integrity by comparing the emoji through Matrix itself, is because if the encryption is compromised, then whoever compromised it would be able to modify what the users at each end see, to make them think erroneously that the encryption is secure when it isn't.

Once encryption has been verified between you and the other user, the dark grey shield next to the other user's name will turn green with a check-mark on it. This indicates that the encryption has been verified.

In some cases, it is possible that verification will be made, but the dark grey shield won't turn green with a check mark inside it. It is possible that not all devices have been verified. Have both users check to make sure that they have verified on all devices they use. It may be necessary to repeat the emoji verification step multiple times, to ensure encryption integrity on all devices.
For example, when I was making this tutorial, I set up the encryption between my main desktop user, and an Element web browser client connected to my test user. On the test user account and on my main desktop user account, encryption shows as verified with a green shield and a checkmark, but on my phone, a green shield and checkmark aren't shown. In my case, when I go to the user page on my phone, it does not give me the option to verify again. This may be a bug.

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Voting isn't "radical action"

Voting isn't going to get us out of the quagmire we find ourselves in.

The government and police refuse to be held accountable to the people.

Don't fool yourself into thinking that votes have made things the way they are.

A massive system of exploitation and abuse did that. And it's not going to go away because some lawyer in a suit with a petition list asked nicely.

Now is the time to demand what is rightfully ours. The respect of our humanity.

Asking nicely hadn't worked. Voting hasn't worked. From where we are, the next step isn't to maybe try those things again because they might work this time.

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Here's a pepper spray relief solution you can make at home!

I've personally witnessed the efficacy of this solution against OC (pepper) spray. The person sprayed their arm purposely with it, let it sit, and then treated the affected area with solution. Relief was almost immediate. It's made from Liquid Sunflower Lecithin, Tearless baby shampoo, water, and magnesium hydroxide. None of these are controlled or overly difficult to obtain, and it is safe for use on pepper sprayed eyes. This solution should remain stable for a few days to a few weeks.

Here's a link where more information, including an in-depth development paper, can be found: itsgoingdown.org/wp-content/up

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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.

Spent twenty minutes trying to stake down my tent before realizing I'm a bit of an idiot.

We picked a spot on a dead end of a developed (dirt) road to pitch the tent because it's as flat as we could find.

After hammering on the stakes and constantly hitting rocks, I remembered that developed roads have foundations that is just a layer of rocks.

It's not windy enough to need to stake the tent anyway.

Good news! I'm up on top of a mountain with good signal!

If i end up and trouble, I'll ping my location, and hopefully someone can come up onto this mountain and retrieve me.

I'm going to be passing through Portland in approximately .... checks watch ... 6 hours. folx who I know in the area, message me if you want to meet up as I'm passing through.

I just picked up a detailed Oregon atlas.

The one I picked out has more detailed western Oregon sector maps, and less detailed eastern Oregon sector maps.

There was another atlas i could have gotten that would have had uniform map scale for every sector.

My rationale for picking out the Oregon atlas i ended up with is that eastern Oregon sucks

Health insurance 

Health Insurance in the united States would probably be less terrible if the process of murdering people by withholding vital medical care wasn't abstracted through bureaucracy.

Someone I didn't recognize boosted one of my posts, so I looked into them, and figured out that the only thing they're interested in doing is boosting anti-vax misinformation and fearmongering, and also one of my pinned posts for some reason.

@Anarkat

Though it's only relevant to the USA legal system, this might be useful,

youtube.com/watch?v=d-7o9xYp7e :D

I'm going to stop myself from doing this because I don't think there is anything to gain from it for anyone else that couldn't be gained simply by just watching a clip of the show and turning some gears in your head for a bit.

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I'm like 10 minutes from writing a critique of the british game show Taskmaster from a class-conscious perspective.

time to find out whether a MERV 12 filter can filter the stench of a skunk.

Looking into housing and community structures that will be resilient in the face of infrastructural and societal collapse.

Hoping to have something together within the next couple years.

re: climate crisis, flooding, important 

Spokane is currently experiencing "exceptional drought" which is the highest level that the US Drought Monitor defines.

spokesman.com/stories/2021/jul

This means that fires are more likely, fires that break out are going to be more severe, and that water supplies, such as aquifers and reservoirs, are going to be getting dangerously low.

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climate crisis, flooding, important 

Let's see, germany and other low-lying western european areas have been flooded, parts of china have been flooded, the UK is flooding in parts, northeastern US is experiencing heavy rains currently.

And on the opposite end, the Western US is experiencing critical droughts, especially the inland northwest, such as Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and California is currently experiencing its own drought.

It's interesting to note that there is historical precedent for massive-scale flooding in California.

I highly recommend giving that article a read.

To wit: California's central basin has a history of flooding, wherein the whole area experiences severe widespread drought, immediately preceding and immediately after massive rainstorms that put the whole central california basin, from approximately San Francisco to Bakersfield, underwater by several feet.

Climatologists and geologists have determined that floods like this have happened approximately 6 times in the past 1000 years, with a megastorm/megaflood event happening every 100 to 200 years.

California is overdue for a flood, and many more people live there today than did the last time it happened, in 1862.

Today, a majority of staple foods of the United States are grown in this area.

If we don't find ways to localize food production to where it is consumed, this flood will signal the collapse of the United States.

You may be asking, "hey, you're an anarchist, why do you care if the United States continues to exist?" and that's a fair point. I don't like the United States, and I don't like the government, but rapid collapse like this caused by climate disaster would mean the unnecessary suffering and deaths of millions of people.

I got the damage for my car.

My radiator did explode. And the thermostat, and some tubes.

Altogether, it will be $425.

I don't.... I don't have this cash.

Pls help

Https://PayPal.me/emmilner

Https://ko-fi.com/magicalmilly

slavery as it applies to modern labor 

Modern society relies on the subjugation of the lower classes within jobs that don't meet basic resource needs, which traps those people within jobs which they can't afford to do without, and which suck away all of their energy making it impossible to put personal effort towards anything other than basic subsistence.

This is what people mean by "wage slavery." We, as in people who are subjected to and exploited by this system, have little to no choice in how our energy is spent, and resources to improve our situations are often locked behind bureaucratic red tape, whose purpose is to ensure it remains difficult for basic needs to be met.

The continued existence of this system is vital to ensuring that those in power remain in power. Customer service jobs, such as retail and fast food, are among the biggest perpetrators of this system.

Rich people need people to perform labor for them. Make food, sell clothes, handle groceries. It is understood that if these workers made enough money to do more than sustain themselves, then they could improve themselves into a situation in which they no longer need to work in such demeaning subservient jobs.

However, this work is vital to the function of society. Not everyone can make food, not everyone can handle the logistics of storing groceries.

Here's an interesting post I found about this classism within a family on reddit:

Warning: bright red text field. The post itself was deleted but it remains in existence here.

removeddit.com/r/AmItheAsshole

Upper class people consider themselves above the labor of society. Even people who work in skilled trades and who are intelligent and competent at what they do are considered "lower class"

We, as people of the lower classes, need to find ways to free ourselves from the endless pointless labor of subservience to upper classes; we must commit our energy and labor towards ourselves, and improving our own situations. As long as we are only able to commit energy to the benefit of bosses and customers, we cannot commit energy to improving ourselves and our own situation.

The first step towards achieving that is recognizing that we need help; we can't get through this alone. Reach out to like-minded people and discuss what resources it is possible to share mutually.

Abolish the taboo of talking about money. Talk about how much money you make in your job. Talk about how much money you pay in rent. Talk about how much money you spend on food. Talk about where your food comes from. Talk about the privileges and benefits you experience through your lived experience.

It is taboo to talk about money because our society relies on shame of being poor to keep us divided. Seeing someone else makes more or less money than you doesn't make them a better or worse person. It is simply a descriptor of the resources available to them, and not an indication of their personal value. Unless, of course, they're stinking rich and hoard enough money to feed nations, in which case, those people should die.

Normalize being open about your needs, and share with other people the things that are important to you.

I'll start.

I make $600 a week on unemployment. The house I live in costs $1500 a month, and the cost of that is shared between me, my partner, and the other two people who live with us.

Our household spends around $1000 per month on food, and around $300 per month eating out.

Board game night went well, planning discussion with people who are interested in starting a housing cooperative also went well.

Yesterday I went to a Food Not Bombs meetup and talked with some people who were interested in the idea of a housing cooperative, and so might be getting more people coming to the board game nights who are interested in working towards establishing a housing cooperative.

Money begpost 

Hi all.
Money is currently stressing us the fuck out because.... well, everything. We were close to finally being in the black on our finances before we were forced to buy a new car, but now we're right back in a hole.
i need the ability to throw myself into my OSStudio work without having to fight to find a part time job or worse, a full time job. my spoons are already massively limited.
So... yeah. If anyone has some money they could throw our way, it would mean an incredible amount. Thank you.

Paypal: kathryn@schmockermountain.rocks
Liberapay: @ Lindsayschmocker

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.