games, human history
I've heard how great a game Civilization is for well over a decade now, so I'm finally playing Civ 5. It's pretty fun, but I have to discard all of my idealism and half of my knowledge of history to play well. Like, sure, let's go ahead and cut down those forests, invent those guns, study warfare and develop capitalism, this is definitely the best path for humans! 🙈
Way too many sim games are about expanding and seizing power as quickly as possible. (cont'd)
In the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions, today is a day for honoring those whose light removes the darkness, who help us find the unconditional love that lives within and around us. Happy Guru Purnima, friends. Gratitude to all of life’s teachers.
(PS - it’s a lunar holiday, so it falls on different days around this time of year.)
queer community, gender identity, and autism spectrum
@itspomf Personally, it makes perfect sense. Gender, as far as I can tell, is a set of stories we all tell each other about what those categories are. ASD folks I've met tend to not really get "taken in" by such stories. Either they rigidly adhere to them or just don't care.
So if gender is largely a social system, of course ASD folks are going to largely ignore it and do their own thing. Because why follow such a system?
Part of what it shows is that it's much more important to evaluate power structures than the actions and motivations of individuals. Its effect is minimal compared to the economic and political systems that make certain people (such as Eichmann) more prominent and powerful than others.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the first mission to land humans on the Moon. They launched at 9:32 AM local time - so, in about three hours.
You can follow the entire mission, from now until splashdown, in “real time” as it happened 50 years ago, here: https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/
I think the #nonbinary for auntie and uncle should be entie because I want to be old, huge, full of wisdom, and calm and dignified (i.e. slow as hell).
PBS is doing a special on Ursula K Le Quin Aug 2nd
Autistic student graduation video that's going around
Not that an autistic student graduated, but that it took *one minute* of time for the allistic principal to tell the NT students and crowd, "Hey, here's how we can support this person so that we're giving them an equal experience," and everyone just DID IT.
Nobody was a dick about it. No one complained about "snowflakes" or any other bullshit. It was just, "Oh, ok, that's easy, np."
What's inspiring about it is how *easy* it is to be good.
My favorite thing about going to gay bars is that it reminds me that people were gay before me and they will be gay after me. No matter how many times people say weird shit about the trendiness of sexuality or gender or whatever you can say no! Here is this space that I can physically enter and touch the walls and feel the queer energy pulsing through the walls deeply, deeply.
People fell in love here and broke up here and fell into bed here. People broke hearts here and cheated here and made deep and lasting friendships here. People organized here and rallied here and cried here and built community here. And you can feel it when you press your palm against the wall and breath in. You can, you can, you will.
ICE Raids - Last Minute Reminder - Keep People Safe If You Can
We need to have a serious talk about the ICE raids
All right, just in case you don't know, ICE is going to engage in mass roundups of Hispanic peoples in 10 major cities starting on Sunday: [https://abc7news.com/politics/ice-raids-in-10-cities-including-sf-to-begin-sunday-report-says-/5388530/](https://abc7news.com/politics/ice-raids-in-10-cities-including-sf-to-begin-sunday-report-says-/5388530/)
Here are the 10 major cities affected:
>Among the 10 cities targeted will be San Francisco. That's according to the [New York Times](https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/us/politics/ice-families-deport.html) late Wednesday night. Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Atlanta are the other cities that will be targeted.
We know what's going to happen to the people they capture. We know they're going to be thrown into concentration camps, and we all know what the fuck happens to people in those hellholes. We've found mass graves.
That can't be allowed to happen. We need to find the Hispanic peoples ICE is targeting, and hide them. Like **now.**
**The raids are going to start on Sunday. That gives us two days prep-time. We can do this.**
We need to:
1. Find people in the 10 major cities affected who have spare room in their houses, businesses, wherever where they can hide people for a few days until the raids blow over
2. Find the peoples ICE is targeting
3. Connect them and make sure ICE can't find them
European peoples did the same thing to help protect the Jews from Nazi extermination, so guess what we're going to have to do if we don't want the blood of thousands of innocent people on our hands?
* Who here has or knows anyone in those major cities who has spare room where they live or otherwise control they can and would be willing to use to help hide a family for a few days?
* Who here knows of any Hispanic peoples targeted for the raids, or undocumented migrants in general since the article states they're taking anybody they can fucking find whether they're on the list or not?
* Who'd be willing to help hide a genocide victim?
Come on, speak up, we have to act NOW.
Not just defer responsibility to organizations, I mean speak up and act NOW.
Even if you can't hide anybody and don't know anybody who can, you can ask around, find someone who can, and connect them to an undocumented migrant. Ask people who go to leftist groups. Ask people who go to pickets. Spread the word -- copy and paste this thread on other social media sites. Make shit happen. It is never too late even if it is already starting, someone spending an hour on your couch could save them from spending the rest of their days in a cage. There's no time to lose.
Can we talk a moment about Stentors and how they can get so big you can see them with the naked eye and also sometimes can host entire colonies of symbiotic algae that produce some sugars in exchange for protection from predators?
An' ye harm none, do what ye will
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.
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