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i feel bad for being so privileged sometimes but it reminds me to be empathetic and help others every chance i get.. i try to make it a rule to donate at least a dollar every time i see an opportunity, but not having my own funds to do stuff makes me incredibly anxious ahh

How Renaissance Painting Smoldered with a Little Known Hallucinogen

– 'A fungal infection known as ergotism influenced Northern Renaissance painting to an extent that a majority of art institutions have yet to grapple with. During the Renaissance ergotism was colloquially known as St. Anthony’s Fire, named for the third-century desert Father who had hallucinatory bouts with the devil...'

'The warrants specifically target the accounts of three Facebook users who are described by their attorneys as "anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events, and who are generally very critical of this administration's policies."

One of those users, Emmelia Talarico, operated the disruptj20 page where Inauguration Day protests were organized and discussed [....] Talarico says if her account information was given to the government, officials would have access to her "personal passwords, security questions and answers, and credit card information," plus "the private lists of invitees and attendees to multiple political events sponsored by the page."

[....] Facebook was initially served the warrants in February 2017 along with a gag order which barred the social media company from alerting the three users...'

Mastodon has been in my heart today, realising that 280 characters of Twitter would be just more and louder of what I came here to evade. So this evidently isn't just about 500 chars. It's the effort to make words matter in a dark world.

"if you're doing it for business, you're…taking a machine smarter than a human and teaching it greed. Or it's for defense, in which case you're taking a machine smarter than a human and teaching it to kill. Neither one of those has a good outcome in my mind."

~ James Cameron on the dangers of AI

There is an autonomous relief fund for the earthquakes in #mexico

Consider helping them out if you can.


fuck capitalism. twitter keeps threatening tweets from trump up despite the fact they violate their guidelines.... because, you know, they'll get more clicks.

Autonomous Brigades (anarchists) donation fund, for the earthquakes we have suffered in Mexico. Please share.

the good thing about ap gov is that it's teaching me why americans are the way they are. this country was practically founded on the idea that property is sacred. it's why people show more outrage when a window gets broken in a protest (even if it's swiftly replaced) than when a black person is murdered for no reason.

Here we go then… my book, Accessibility For Everyone, is now out! 📗

Available in paperback and ebook from A Book Apart:

@Gargron i’m really hoping for the ability to add alt-text to images for screenreaders, low vision-folks, and slow connection/device support. (btw/fyi, i know @balrogboogie has done some work on it, but may(?) need someone with rails expertise.)

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@paulfree14 While couchsurfing encouraged exchange and getting to know strangers, this so called sharing economy replaces what has been given freely with a product. And if you exchange goods for money there is no possibility for the creation of human relationships.

So I think it is just another realm where capitalism has exploited another common good.

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