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Fascism and nazism, philosophy 

@msteenhagen I think the best way is just not be disrespectful of any other group or culture.

Fascism will find those little bits of disrespect in your life, bend them into hate, and then use your hate to recruit more people into it.

Think carefully if there is any social group you dislike or hate right now, that's their fuel.

Common modern hate avenues:
"Immigrants taking jobs / my taxes"
Anything they'd call "woke"
Religious based hate.

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CW eye contact, furry art, fursuit, aminal 

Here I am!

There's more, but this is good for a quick introductory post.

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Plan for ruling the Earth V0.21 

1. Medical care of the highest quality free and accessible to every person

2. Housing free to all, with military and police spending transferred to building new apartments in walkable urban areas, and a permanent ban on second homes and investment homes

3. UBI for all, which would include enough to buy healthy food and enough goods to live a comfortable life

4. The abolishment of all borders to allow the free movement of people worldwide and beyond

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I find it interesting to think most of the people we will connect with in our lifetimes are out there right now

If you knew their exact @ or phone number right now you could be there with them years or decades earlier

On a mere bit of chance at some point your paths will cross

I also love you even if we never meet πŸ’š

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Things guaranteed to make me happy (emotions +) 

1) Good food
2) Time with friends and family
3) Remembering happy times with same
4) Sci-Fi shows, especially older quirky ones
5) Most video games with friends
6) Completing the day's work and still having energy leftover and a spoon or two
7) Animals
8-) Hugs
9) Hugs from animals
10) Sailing, diving, ocean or lake exploration
11) Making something that's appreciated
12) Pete's Dragon (Original)
13) Princess Bride
14) Giving gifts

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CDC 

CDC in their quietest little whisper of a scared voice tells people that you can wear masks to save lives.

They better not say it too strongly or they might upset some right wing snowflakes.

US hospitals 

They are simply predators, they evaluate your insurance and bank balance when you arrive. If you're poor or on medicaid they'll do the bare legal minimum required by law (They actually needed a law because before that hospitals would just dump dying people around the corner)

Now if you're wealthy you'll get to stay and be treated as long as you like for a hangnail, if you're poor you'll get your discharge paperwork after a few hours and be sent out, even if you're homeless or dying.

@skye Americans hate it. It's very dependent on your employer.

You don't even start at most employers with 7 sick days.

Like...let's say you get 7 sick days a year.

Your employer lets you accrue sick days over time. So you might start out on day one with 0 sick days and need to work for a month in order to accrue a single sick day (or 8 hours of PTO as we call it, paid-time off).

It sucks.

@skye Same sentiment here. I went through four months of sick leave during which I had a guaranteed (albeit diminished after the first month off) income, then went back to the same job at the same employer as before and carried on.

The whole notion of a limit on sick days is profoundly inhumane

CDC Director Walensky is the one who compared wearing a mask to wearing a scarlet letter. She lost all credibility with me a long time ago.

I'm still shocked that most US states don't even have mask mandates for health care settings! Luckily, Oregon still requires masks in doctor's offices. 😷

#COVID #LongCovid #CovidIsAirborne #CovidIsNotOver #MaskUp

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re: Covid misinformation 

@matoakit "We may have burned the ecosystem to a crisp, but for a brief shining moment, we made more profits than anyone knew what to do with." - also capitalists, probably.

Covid misinformation 

I love all the news stories about huge numbers of excess deaths and unknown causes, but they definitely positively say it's not covid.

It's absolutely not covid causing heart and brain problems that covid is known to cause, and it's absolutely not covid, even though covid is the only thing spreading that causes such issues.

I'm not sure who they're gaslighting with that, but it's pretty extreme at this point.

Yes, it's covid, and we still aren't dealing with it.

For anybody who has NOT gotten their updated covid booster.

It's easier than the earlier vaccinations with fewer side effects and even LESS injection site inflammation. It's perfectly safe to get WITH a flu vaccine too, and still have minimal effects post vaccination. Plus the flu is rampant AND the vaccine seems to be more effective than usual this year.

Plus Plus!
#Covid #Flu #vaccine

this whole "7 sick days" thing is so absolutely weird to me as a german. before I was on English language social media I just assumed that it was normal to have as many sick days as you need. when I got sick, I got some 600 paid sick days, and then got first unemployment and then disability pension. this is normal. 7 sick days! demand 365

I can't move to the Fediverse properly until I reproduce my famous pinned post from the birdsite, so here it is:

P.S.A. To all vintage computer and video game collectors:

Go through your collections and GET THE DAMN BATTERIES OUT!

Now! Don't wait! Seriously, put down the phone, go to your collection and take out all the batteries. Right now! Even if they look "okay" they are NOT SAFE after this much time.

remember to leave a ball of yarn for your sysadmin so that they can have something to play with during downtime!

these models have stolen content from every artist you love, wholesale, and are selling it as a product to destroy the entire industry so nobody can ever make a living doing digital art again

if by some miracle someone comes up with an original style in that kind of environment, they'll just steal that person's art too, and put them out of business

it will degrade human culture to the point of uselessness

stop engaging with it, for fucks sake

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Trans people just want to fucking live. You know what I'm saying? We want to have a safe home, we want to eat in a restaurant on occasion, we want to hang out with friends, we want to fall in love and be loved back. We want to have fun and dress up sometimes and stay at home on our couches sometimes and have a life that is fulfilling and in which we aren't constantly in fear of murder or harassment. This is not new and it's not radical and it's not harming you or anyone else to ask for it.

The trouble with finishing this project is that now I need to use it. For a week. Hopefully.

in Norway, "up and not crying" is a not uncommon response to "how's it going" type questions, and I feel like that's a very reasonable standard to hold oneself to especially nowadays

Train Operators: β€œI matter. Maybe you should treat me like I do.”

Their Bosses: β€œlmao no u dont”

Train Operators: β€œOkay. I just won’t do my job then. Good luck.”

Their Bosses: β€œnowaitcomeback…”

PSA: Lilies are dangerously toxic to cats. Even one small sniff or nibble can cause kidney failure and death. Rapid vet intervention cannot reliably save their lives.

*Never* keep true lilies (lilium) in the house if you have cats.

Make sure your family and friends know too! There's no warning at the store about the danger of lilies, so they get around in the holidays.

#Caturday #Cats #CatsOfMastodon

#UK folks, there's a petition to keep protection of transgender people in the equality act.

It's pretty scary being trans in this country at the moment, and we could use your help to protect our rights.

Feel free to share broadly/openly with others. Steal, boost, whatever. Let's get 100k signatures, please.

petition.parliament.uk/petitio

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