My take about the word communism 

Ok that's all for me, I guess I could have said that in a single sentence but well, I like context.

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My take about the word communism 

So let me find another example: the people who had a long history of using the swatiska as a positive symbol and gave it up when they recognized its meaning had been tainted. If their action is a inspiring show of selflessness and solidarity, maybe we're in need of doing the same thing with the communist symbolism.

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My take about the word communism 

So maybe it's time to give up this word.
I realize this is the same rebranding technique as the "alt-right" and that makes it icky, but as far as I know it worked for them.

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My take about the word communism 

If my experience is any representative, just saying the word communism in front of an average person kind of turn them off to whatever ideas you were discussing. So here's my take: maybe our attachment to it is playing against us. We're giving them the box to lump us in with totalitarian states we don't agree with, so they can close the lid saying they don't want to listen to people supporting this box.

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My take about the word communism 

But in nonpolitical spaces of meatspace, I've only heard it used to describe states like the USSR or contemporary China. My master thesis supervisor was Polish and to him that was an horrible word. It makes uncomfortable every single eastern European in front of whom I've used it and I can understand that. Anarcho-communism seems like a total oxymoron.

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My take about the word communism 

In my fediverse circles, the word is definitely positive. And I've read a couple of old books, I can get behind what it meant there. It is a word loaded with history and hope. To me it also have some leftover sweet taste of forbidden, probably inherited from the cold war.

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Anecdote about a bad political take, Trump, China 

I certainly did not want to wake up to this, but I don't want to comment on this. We had arguments when I tried to say that maybe state propaganda was not to be listened to, but she's out of my reach. Also, why should she listen to me, who have never been more east than Austria.

My take is just about the word communism/-ist.

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Anecdote about a bad political take, Trump, China 

I usually avoid having political takes because I don't think I know enough to open my mouth, but here I go I guess.

I just woke up to a group message from an ex-collegue, who is Chinese and sadly also very patriotic, saying that she and most Chinese really support Trump for involuntarily serving the interest of China, and that they joke he's actually a communist spy.

Just some happy news 

I'm still seeing conflicting informations about wether the spanish city I'm so desperate to go to will be visitable or not this summer. But I had to deal with next week's cancelled flight and they were advertising the spanish border reopening in July and new flights to this city. So I was able to rebook my cancelled July flight at slightly different dates.

So maybe in 45 days I'll finally see my boyfriend again :blobcatsurprised:

protesting advice 

so listen, its been a while (2014) since i've been on the ground due to illness, but at one time i was learning to be a street medic and if you're preparing to go out to protest, here are some things to help you be prepared:

1: If you can help it, try not to wear contacts. you may get gassed and that junk will get stuck behind the lenses. tight swimming goggles will help you to some degree tho
2: if you have a bandanna, soak it in apple cider vinegar and keep it in a plastic bag. take it out and breath through it if you find yourself in a gas cloud. it'll give you a couple minutes of protection to get out.
3: soak a wad of paper towels in dish soap and water and keep it in a plastic baggie for emergency decontamination of your skin. rinse your eyes with clear water. milk will alleviate the pain but wont get rid of the actual contaminant, soap will
4: oil free cold cream will also help to get rid of contaminants from the face

please be safe. carry change or small bills. tell people where you will be. have an escape plan. write important numbers on your arm, seal it with hair spray.

if you are asthmatic, carry your emergency meds or just sit it out. tear gas can kill an asthmatic. thats why i had to stop. i got gassed and almost died. please be safe.

Next time I will not assume I will remember basic things like the name of the greek letters in my equations or what it is that I'm calculating. Or that I'll be able to see some words and construct sentences in the right order. Or that I can have a nice handwriting.

Maybe I need a prompter and to record me writing in the writeboard in advance :thinking:

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Aaaahh I just finished my first course as a teaching assitant and I was terrible :blobugh:

At this point we'd appreciate help from tech-savy friends over here so we can host a queer movie night.

We tried cytu.be, which works fine, but we'd like to stream our own content, which we have plenty of.

So far we are trying Jitsi, with very choppy video quality, and we'd love to hear ideas as to what to try next...

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It's a bit too small for my computer but it's the perfect height for me to look at it from my hammock!

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I didn't want to work late tonight so I started painting the shelves before the sun disappears. I still had some acrylic an colleague left me two years ago, the cap of the tube is actually cracked, it was time to empty them.

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Good morning! :blobcoffee:

The shelves look like they are holding up.

Oh and here's the tutorial I tried to follow: instructables.com/id/Easy-Card

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I ran out of tape but I had still some proper glue. If tomorrow it's property fixed, I could paint it and I would be still cooler than a chair!

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