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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.

longpost, on the morality and legality of suicide, as it relates to slavery. No really, if any single part of that isn't something you want to read about, I recommend skipping this one 

I will preface this by saying that I'm not suicide. I've been having some shitty weeks, as anyone who follows me may know, but I've got a strong support network and have lots of people who I love and rely on, and who love and rely on me. If you're feeling suicidal, I recommend talking to a close trusted person about it. The suicide hotline can be an excellent resource, depending on how it's used.

I've been thinking a lot about the position that the US government takes towards suicide, and how this position is basically the same as would be held by a slave master in the times of capital S Slavery.

It is in the interest of the slavemaster to have as many slaves as possible, and their authority and power over the slaves is directly related to how much work they can get out of those slaves. Thus, should a slave kill themselves to escape their burden, it is a direct blow to the slave master's wealth and power. Thus, any attempt at suicide that failed would be responded to as harshly or more harshly than theft. From the perspective of the slavemaster, the slave attempted to deprive, or steal, a productive worker from them by killing themselves.

And we get to the modern day. Suicide isn't illegal, however it is strongly punished. That's weird, isn't it? Like, try to kill yourself, get punished for it. Suicide isn't technically illegal, however if you ask any person who has had the misfortune of going through an inpatient mental health ward, they'll tell you that it was a special kind of hell. The mental health system doesn't seek to treat any sort of underlying cause of depression or suicidal ideation. It seeks to attempt to remove that desire from a person as one might remove a cyst from their back.

So attempting and failing suicide will result in your imprisonment for some amount of time. It's not technically illegal, but the way that people who attempt this are treated is akin to being put through a parallel criminal system, where the admission of attempting the crime is all the guilt that is needed to have your rights taken away.

This approach to mental health and suicide prevention doesn't really make sense if one were to assume that we all, as individuals, have the right to decide for ourselves how we live our lives, or don't live, as the case may be.

However, this model of severe punishment makes much more sense in the context of a society which feels itself entitled to the labor of all individuals. In this model, the slave master is no longer an individual, or a family, who rules over their plantation, and who exercises power and authority over their small fiefdom. The slave master is the ruling class of the ultra-rich, exercising their authority through the government, manifested in the approach that the government takes to matters of labor.

If we are slaves of this system, it stands to reason that suicide would be discouraged as a punishable wrongdoing, rather than the failure of social support and personal meaning that it truly is. The government, on behalf of the ruling class, the ultra-rich, absolutely demand as many able bodies as possible to perform the labor of society, to be compensated as minimally as possible.

Suicide, thus, is punished and effectively criminalized, as a threat to the ruling class's authority over your body. A body with needs can be forced to work to meet those needs. The society feels itself entitled to the bodies, the effort, the energy, the labor of the workers. This is evidenced in the frustrated signs and editorials from managers, bosses, and the moneyed elite, complaining of people being "too lazy" to work. They're not simply asking for workers to perform work for them. They are upset that the labor of the people, of the workers, is not being given to them, as they are entitled to it.

The bosses feel they are entitled to the labor of the worker. They are angry with the workers for refusing to submit to the demands of the bosses, to continue to spend their energy towards maintaining this system.

I started this post by talking about how I'm not suicidal. I think that's an important note to make, because suicide is a last resort of the desperate, of the isolated, of the alienated. On paper, I'm fucking destitute.

However, I've gotten through this past year by doing something that I had not previously been allowed to do, that I had never had the space to do before. I found meaning for myself in the work I did. I undertook projects for myself, and determined for myself what was important for me. Self-actualization. I may not be there, but I sure as hell am getting there.

And if I were relying on some shitty job to provide meaning for me in my life, I wouldn't have ever started on that journey.

Fuck bosses, fuck money, eat the rich.

As much as you can, decide for yourself what you want to do with your life. This is the path forward for us, the destitute and exploited. The outcast and alone.

rich people, drugs 

Musk and Grimes are like a pair of weasels on cocaine inside a bucket.

ham nerd stuff 

Eavesdropping on a ham radio roundtable with a bunch of pissed off ham nerds complaining about unlicensed operators breaking into an official ham net.

In simpler terms; someone who wasn't allowed to transmit on amateur radio frequencies did so to interrupt in a highly organized radio meeting. This is relevant because amateur radio conversations are very limited, and only a single person can talk/be understood at a time.

These amateur radio nerds take this stuff really seriously. I'm pretty sure they're only really unhappy because unlicensed radio operators were messing with the repeaters.

I'm ready to take the amateur radio technician exam.

I have 100% aptitude according to hamstudy.org

2 more days until I take the test.

I now have a PO box to receive mail, so I can register for my amateur radio license without broadcasting my address to the world every time I say my callsign

Listening to ham nerds talk on about their lives on a weekend roundtable while studying for the ham radio license test.

I really should get a PO box. Something for me to do tomorrow.

hooking up is antifascistische Aktion. in this essay I will 

1. racialisation, anti-semitism and ableism are obviously cornerstones of fascism.

2. patriarchy is an often underappreciated foundation (see Ewa Majewska for discussion). Therefore modern fascist's demonisation of "gender ideology".

3. it follows that queer feminism is antifascist. (and terfism is a fascist impulse, but we all knew that even before Butler elaborated on it.)

4. the common strand of fascism is a drive to uniformity and stability, eventually an eternal immutable homogenous state; i.e. it's a death cult.

5. the death cult in traditional masculinity has a familiar form: 'witness me', glorious death in battle, self+sacrifice thru labour etc. Majewska notes that traditional feminity is also suicidal heroism; woman as childbearer has to supress every pulsation of life and desire, lives in a state of constant self anihilation.

6. life is by nature kaleidoscopically multiplying ungovernable eternal change. Life *is* diversity. Life is knobs, spectra, and chaos-theoretical unpredictable complexity; it is not toggles, binaries, blueprints.

7. the State is not, as Marx eurocentrically held, an inevitable consequence of agriculture or technology. the base does not determine the superstructure; decolonial anthropology shows this in basically every case. history is rich with the refusal of States well after the invention of these (see "Worshipping Power", Gelderlos), and indeed still now.

8. The State has the same goals as fascism.

9. Known States expanded by force, via imposition of religion. As in Gelderlos' title, Statism is literally the worship of power, the ideological commitment to submission as a net good.

10. Capitalism is a late stage of statism which secularises the divine right to ownership of the means by a particularly clever ideological trick; rather than deserving to be owners because they're appointed by gods, or descended from gods, the capitalist deserves to own because he owns; his ownership is advanced as proof of worth (industriousness, genius, inventiveness etc.). This Ourobouros reasoning is what makes capitalism such an unvaccinable virus.

11. Capitalism has however a weakness. In shedding the numinous to become a chameleon, it is fundamentally unsatisfying. You can sincerely have faith and extract meaning from serving Amon-Ra or Britannia, but nobody finds meaning in serving Bezos.

12. Fascism supplies this missing meaning to life richly, by worshipping death. It is one endstate of the State after capitalism.

13. Anything that supplies meaning through life rather than death will open a path towards a different endstate. Diversity, joy, queerness in the purest sense of the ripping of labels, the manufacture of new labels, the creative individual freedom of spontaneus chaos—there's a reason States/fascism call this "corruption"," dissipation", "decadence"; they *are*; they directly erode the project of control/eternality/death.

Put more concretely, if you make kinky porn and that kinky porn helps a fascist's daughter find out she's lesbian, you have won over death in life. This is an antifascist action.

14. Carework is marginalised by States (capitalism, fascism) for a reason. As a cohesion element of horizontal ungovernable bonds, mutual care is the glue of non-State socities, and something States deliberately have to erode to expand over free folk (e.g. by coöpting local identities and hierarchising them). The State _needs_ people to not depend on one another (debt in the gift economy forms bonds; when State money is imposed by force, it creates a culture of debt as a bad thing, except the indebtedness to the State (taxes, rent, royalties etc.) which is eternal and never quittable. (Graeber's "Debt")

It follows that carework is, in the most literal and concrete sense, antifascist action (Rituals of brutalisation in fascist socities are the converse of this. Brutalisation creates fascists, care and love creates antifascists).

15. Queer love is mutual carework.

Amateur radio gift unboxing. 

@socketwench

All images: Here you can see a closer view of the control head bracket. It relies on a similar latching mechanism as the body, although a lot smaller and simpler. Just a simple little latch to keep the control head bracket from sliding off.

And now that the control head is separated, you can get a closer view of the control surface of the control head. Lotsa buttons n dials n stuff. Mmmm buttons and dials.

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All images: Alright, so this bracket here must go to the control head for remote installation. Something can either be clipped to it, or it can be used as @socketwench used it, and just slap some double-sided tape on there, and stick it to something. Very tempting. What I'd really like to do is get this installed somewhere that it's convenient to use but doesn't look obtrusive. The thing that makes this difficult is just how very cramped my dashboard is. I don't drive a truck or anything similar, and the original design engineers for my car really stuffed the surfaces within immediate reach of the driver full of controls. This means that if I was going to install the control head in my car remotely, I'd either need to use a suction or sticker style dash mount, or I'd need to take apart my dashboard a little bit to make a space for the control head to go.

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All images: Alright, so I know that the control head can be detached to be installed elsewhere as a remote head but how do I get the head off? This switch has something to do with it, but I pull the switch, and try and pull the head forward and it doesn't budge... Ah, yes, of course, it slides to the side when the switch is moved out of the way. Then we see how the control head works when attached directly; just a short little 6 pin RJ-45 terminated cat5 cable. Shouldn't be particularly hard to find or make a long cable for remote head installation.

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Image 1: This fan doesn't blow into the transceiver, it blows over the heatsinks. Which is only really necessary because, as previously mentioned, the heatsink is on the bottom instead of the top. I bet if I mounted the body with the heatsink up that it wouldn't really need the fan.

Image 2: Antenna connector. The ubiquitous "UHF" connector.

Everything I read about this says the connector is bad for UHF/VHF radio purposes, yet it's still the standard connector that I find on every single amateur radio base station or mobile transceiver. What's up with that? Are the losses just negligible enough at the lower power levels of a low end base station or mobile unit that the connector losses are neglibible? I need answers

Image 3: And these are the speaker connector and the data port. Theoretically, I could use this data port to connect to a computer, and use digital modes through this analog transceiver. This is what makes this radio such a fantastic learning tool. It's not just usable for analog modes, but if I can figure out connecting it to a computer, I can toy with digital transmission modes. That's a long way off, though.

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@socketwench Image 1 & 2: Most important things to check before I even try to use the radio: Making sure that the inline fuse is intact. Yep, everything in order.

Image 3: Interesting to me that the heatsinking is on the bottom of the radio. This isn't super great for releasing heat, considering that heat wants to escape upwards. The heat has to go down, and then out the sides. If I remote mount this, then I'd really want to mount it upside-down. However, if it's mounted with the head attached to the body, then I'll have no choice but to mount it inefficiently, with the heatsink facing down.

Image 4: and it looks like they made this choice so that the integrated speaker could be on top. Not really the choice I would have made.

Will continue this later. Going to take a break for now.

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Image 1: And the hand-mic unit. Lots of buttons. Not so great for the buttons to be so small, not the greatest for operating the hand-mic, but I don't expect to be using the hand-mic controls very often. Also, all the buttons are recessed. It makes sense if the goal is to avoid fat-fingering the buttons or dropping the mic and dumping whatever channel you were on, but I have to think there would have been a more elegant solution to that than "tiny, recessed, hard-to-press buttons"

On the bright side, the most commonly used aspect of this hand-mic, the PTT (push-to-talk) switch, has a very satisfying tactile click. Nice microswitch.

Image 2: Nice little bracket. The mounting hardware for it is attached to the unit. good for making sure the whole thing doesn't fly around while I'm Initial-D'ing up a mountain while trying to make a hot radio contact with my crew in the city.

Image 3 & 4: And what's this under the radio? Ah, stickers! Hmmmm, yesss, stickers. This pleases the anarchist.

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Image 1 & 2: And hidden amongst the cables? Ah, a 3d printed kitty! Will need to find a good perch for this. No, wait, 2 kitties! Yes, the 2 twin felines of Anarcho and Social. Thus I name them.

Image 3: Ooh, this is nice! A neat little adapter connector, from UHF to BNC. Very useful for setups whose configuration you expect to be adjusted frequently.

Image 4: And a nice little cig lighter/car DC power cord. I'll need to fab the end of this to match with the radio's power input, but this should work very nicely.

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It's a pin! And what's this, hiding underneath these cables? Another pin!

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All of this is thanks to @socketwench

I'm really looking forward to digging in an learning more about radio.

Not all posts will have image descriptions, but I'll do my best to describe what I'm doing in each image as part of the body of each post.

Image 1: What I got when I opened the package. The boxed radio, an external speaker with extension cord, and a generous helping of bubble wrap. My bubble impulses will be well-fed tonight!

image 2: This is a very nice looking radio speaker unit. The magnet mount is convenient, means I won't have to permanently install it to whatever I put it on. I could install it anywhere with as little as a small square piece of ferrous metal affixed with double-sided tape. This would also allow me to have a very remote mount, with the radio mounted all the way in the back of my car, and remote head at the front. I might well do this for thermal and noise considerations.

image 3: The main event. The very generously donated Yaesu FT-9600R. Has some really neat features that will make this an incredibly versatile radio that I'll likely continue to use as a base station even after I get another, more purpose-specific radio for my car.

image 4: The radio in packaging. This is most of the things I'll need to get this set up. I'll have to acquire/fabricate some bits myself but overall, this is it. And, hey what's that I spy on the right there?

Went on a drive through North Cascades national park and brought Tak along with me.

Say hi to tak.

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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.