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"Imagined inaction in the face of an imaginary genocide becomes the casus belli for a real race war. False images of carnage fan the flames of polarization until they are actualized as living violence. Paramilitary groups arm themselves to avenge atrocities that never occurred. The contagion crosses oceans where it infects the minds of deranged young men."

(ibid., splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/0)

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It's a bot which I know some people hate, but otherwise I love @accessibleColors, which randomly selects colors with sufficient contrast to meet #accessibility standards.

Did you know color combinations can be measured and result in a number that has to be over a certain threshold to be accessible? I think that's pretty cool.

In an internet of light grey text on white backgrounds, it's nice to see how many, many better options are available. :)

The dynamics when a member of an oppressed group complains in general about their relative oppressor group are very different than when a member of an oppressor group complains in general about an oppressed group.

E.g. ain't no such thing as reverse racism. The dynamics and meaning are totally different.

This often makes CIS white males (like me) very uncomfortable.

We inherit a lot of evil. Need to end the evil, not feel guilty about it, though.

I love that Margaret Thatcher quote about how the problem with Socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money because she’s actually describing the core problem with capitalism :hotboi: :thinkhappy:

Tax havens are destroying the earth

bbc.co.uk/news/science-environ

<<Deforestation in the Amazon and widespread illegal fishing have both been linked to tax havens, according to a new study.

Some 68% of the investments tracked in the Amazon came from companies based in countries where no tax is paid.

When it comes to illegal fishing, around 70% of known vessels are registered in tax havens.

Tax avoidance schemes say the authors, are essentially subsidising the destruction of the environment. >>

Did you know that you don't need to use link shorteners (bit.ly, etc.) on Mastodon? All links, no matter how long, only count for 23 characters against your 500 limit!

(And since link shorteners are bad for user experience and break the web, there's almost no good reason to use 'em! 😄)

*wipes a tear from eye*
their first industry kill.
they grow up so fast.

#lunareclipse2018 as the moon just begins to move out of shadow.

This image is actually a stack of 10 images, that's what it took to get to this level zoom from the 135mm lens on crop sensor raws.

edited using #hugin #imagemagick and #darktable in #ubuntustudio

#artwithopensource #linuxartists

#lunareclipse #eclipse #photo #photography #astrophotography #creativetoots #mastoart

It won't be cheap and it won't be easy, but people who seize the means of computation will succeed. Information doesn't have volition and it can't reflect about itself, but it does disperse in ways similar to a fluid. Information that humans store outside their brains is the cultural backup of our minds. I'm tempted to say it's a law of nature that we'll eventually see a million futures exploding in a million different directions. We're approaching critical mass at an accelerated rate.

Amelie Lens - In Silence // youtube.com/watch?v=2D1TUCIKXX // techno // Belgium // 2017 // Love the slight acidity of this one.

Paul Kalkbrenner @ Tomorrowland Belgium 2018 W2 // youtube.com/watch?v=MHTXEACrjF // 2 hours and 40 minutes of awesome live techno (as in: this is not a DJ set) in front of a not-so-awesome crowd

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Octodon

Octodon is a nice general purpose instance.