Hello, radical.town! I’m an occasional birdsite escapee trying to establish a new home in the fediverse. I’ve had a few masto accounts in the past, but tried to juggle multiple instances, and couldn’t find a community in which to comfortably settle.
I live in Toronto. I try to operate in a framework of compassion, mutual aid, distrust of power and hierarchy, and awe of this wild-ass existence. I like sci-fi/fantasy, heavy metal, electronica, astronomy, and trivia.
My eyes suck.
accessibility discourse grumble
i find the online shorthand for accessibility, #a11y, inaccessible. years passed before i understood the connection between the hashtag and the full word. i kept thinking “is this some weird ally thing? wtf?”
i’m guessing it was cooked up back when birdsite had a 140 character limit. that time has passed.
In northern Ethiopia, at 130 meters below sea level, in the hottest valley in the world, there exists a series of pools that look more alien than anything that should rightly be found on Earth.
This is the dangerously beautiful Dallol Volcano, and hydrothermal system, found in the Danakil depression. The highest point of the volcano reaches -48 meters above sea level. Brine pools and acidic liquid spout from the ground, building up salt and sulfuric pillars as temporary geysers build them. Here, not two but three tectonic plates move away from each other, causing the land to sink deeper and deeper, and bringing up minerals from deep within the Earth. In the next few million years, the Red Sea will eventually fill the depression.
The word Dallol, in the language of the Afar people, means disintegration. The Disintegration Volcano.
me listening to Public Enemy: it rules that the production still sounds THIS fucking good in 2019.
me listening to Public Enemy: it sucks that the lyrics are still THIS fucking relevant in 2019.
"You live in a democracy. You vote for your leaders-- So tell me -- what happens if you want to disobey them? Say you don't like the President. You object to paying taxes to support him, his family, his pets, his bodyguards and his friends he wangled jobs for. What do you do? Or say you don't like your taxes being used to subsidize foreign arms sales for slaughter in the third world. How can you stop it? Vote for somebody else, whose policy is the same? Don't vote? The government pretends to be there to serve you. In reality, it's there to tell you what to do-- If you refuse to obey, you'll be investigated--arrested--criminalized. Your assets will be seized and given to the state. You will be jailed. And that's the 'free' America."
"It is a common fallacy among capitalists that anarchists are lazy. They are right in that anarchists reject work—that is, the compulsory devotion of life to production and consumption, the prostitution of our labor in return for a small percentage of what it is worth. Instead, anarchists voluntarily pursue their own interests, 'working' on projects that they find personally fulfilling, creative, or supportive of others. Many devote their lives to expertise in a particular ﬁeld, proving that the desires to create, excel, and to devote themselves tirelessly to projects are not unique to societies which force people to work. Without the need to increase production and proﬁts, of course, most anarchists only 'work' for a few hours a day, dedicating the rest to leisure."
"Instead we look not up but down, to those who have less. We measure the worth of our society not on the wealth and opulence of the richest and most well-to-do, but on the least fortunate, the least able, and those who have had to do without. In our habitats everyone eats, everyone has a place to sleep, everyone has work that they do, not because they must, but because they want to. Everyone has freedom as long as they don’t oppress others. Our medical clinics and educational resources are available to all. This is the basis of our society, and anything less would be a barbarity, the stripping away of human dignity for the beneﬁt of a few. We gladly do without jeweled trinkets and rare mineral-encrusted status symbols so that everyone may have the essentials.
"Though anarchists are often dismissed as utopianists, our ways are not the capitalist ideal to which many of them aspire. We have no private habitats that are paradises for the privileged few, where the stinking masses are kept out. Our practices are an inversion of the way most non-anarchists are taught to think about the world. We do not idealize wealth and power, the acquisition of rare goods, or the ability to make others do your bidding whether they will it or not. Those beliefs hold that we are all in competition and the only way to get that better life is by crushing your peers beneath you, climbing ever upwards, leaving your lessers behind. They are the philosophical basis for a system that elevates a lucky few to dizzying heights of wealth, risen to the level of celebrities to lord their riches over the rest, held forth as aspirational models to the less fortunate. These people are the enemy, the opposite of everything we believe in.
antifa supersoldier. a new world in our hearts. i don’t like bullies.
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