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Individualism 

It'd be really peachy if people stopped equating individualism with neoliberalism and a need for solitude with nuclear family nonsense.

My individualism is collectivist, and my collectivism is individualist, and that's neither a contradiction nor meant as some kind of dialectic.
If your collectivism is not rooted in individualism, I don't want to have anything to do with it.

The isolation, exploitation, and burdening of the individual is what makes up neoliberal(!) individualism.
But conflating individualist thought and action with neoliberalism plays right into the latter's mode of operation, just like conflating all collectivism with authoritarianism or statism does.

No, my severe need for solitude does not mean I have been brainwashed by capitalism. (On the contrary, it clashes hard with most of the capitalist realities I have been facing.)
It means we are different individuals with different needs, and together we need to build societal structures that enable and empower all individuals involved as much as possible.

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Please try to explain these things to me in tangible terms, especially if you're a full-blown introvert! Thanks! :boost_ok: 

I'm still trying to understand a couple of phrases and concepts that people use as though they were self-explanatory.

If you have a firm grasp of what these mean and can explain them in tangible terms instead of more vague, abstract, and/or metaphysical concepts, I'd really appreciate it if you'd help me understand:

- "a profound/deep/special connection"
- "emotional needs"

(No, I'm not neurodivergent. Yes, I do have feelings. Yes, I understand my own feelings very well. Feelings are something very tangible and clear to me. Yes, I can gauge other people's emotional states pretty well.)

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Hardware question. Please boost! 

I'm still looking for a free software analog telephone adapter (ATA).

I tried to find a Dragino DT01 because it seemed to fit the bill, but they're out of stock everywhere.

The MeshPotato "MP02 Phone" seems to be the same thing, basically.

store.villagetelco.com/mesh-po

dragino.com/products/mother-bo

Does anyone know of a similar device that's actually still available?

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The celebration of "egging" and "milkshaking" as tools of antifascist action contributes yet again to the age-old normalization of speciesist exploitation.

I'm so tired of stuff like this.

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In my book any kind of socialism that is not actually libertarian and thus disregards individuals is inherently unethical, especially explicit state socialism, which is by design authoritarian and centralist.
If someone's communal socialism is organized bottom-up and decentralized, i.e. based on the needs and decisions of the individuals concerned, then indeed it's not inherently unethical or unjust (but pretty much anarchist).
State socialism, however, is.

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There's nothing anarchist about controlling others through value extraction.
"Anarchist" capitalists are just anti-state proponents of the "freedom" to exploit those who happen to find themselves on the disadvantaged side of a power imbalance.

As far as I am concerned, "anarcho"-capitalism and capitalist "libertarianism" is nothing but plutocratism.

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The lack of revolutionary potential in most existing co-ops is one of the many reasons why cooperative/collective economic projects should already incorporate an inherently anarchist approach at the founding level, and options for long-term horizontal scalability via federation with politically & structurally compatible projects shouldn't be an afterthought.
Worker co-ops shouldn't be isolated. Instead, they should have the clear potential to be integral parts of a bottom-up needs-based economy.

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Members of a police force are humans who let themselves be employed as executives of a state's monopoly on violence.

Pigs are one of the largest groups of victims of violent speciesist exploitation.

Please stop conflating the two and stop victimizing pigs even more by using them in your awful attempts at dehumanizing members of the police!

Pigs are not to blame.

"The Gitea project is currently reaching out to professionals who would be able to perform an accessibility audit (and be paid of course).

This issue is currently a placeholder for when we receive the report so we can coordinate remediation of issues identified.

If you are, or know, someone who can perform a professional accessibility audit of Gitea please reach out to the project team at maintainers@gitea.io (or any of the project owners per their email in CONTRIBUTING.md)."

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Our local library does 3-D printing as a service. You email them files or URLs, they vet it, you pay, they print, you pick it up. Works as advertised, very low effort, no skill requirement if you use someone else's existing design. Highly recommend.

I know of multiple libraries that do 3-D printing, maybe yours does too!

Please try to explain these things to me in tangible terms, especially if you're a full-blown introvert! Thanks! :boost_ok: 

Again, let's try it this way:

Is "a profound/deep/special connection" something you want to have with others?

If so, what does that mean in terms of your interactions, your ways of treating each other?
What incidents, actions, behaviors, expressions signify that connection to you?

What distinguishes these interactions from other desirable interactions?

If your answer boils down to "it's about emotional needs," please see:
octodon.social/@therealraccoon

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If you know anyone in the US doing mutual aid in the form of providing free/at cost hormones to trans people PLEASE let me know.

Questions about heated blankets 

This is about heated blankets that you can use sitting in a chair, not electric blankets that you use in a bed.

I've only just come across the idea of a heated blanket. I have #MECFS and my body cannot regulate it's temperature, meaning I get cold very easily even if the central heat is on, & it takes a lot to warm me up again. Getting cold triggers pain. So I wondered if a heated blanket might help, for me to use on when sitting on a chair/sofa, instead of turning up the heating & making my partner too hot.

Do these work? Do they take long to heat up? Anything to look out for/problems?

Obviously I've tried normal blankets, but when I get cold, these can take quite some time to warm me up. So wondering if heated blankets might work a lot quicker?

While Mobian does not directly support running #Android applications, it seems that some users find running them via #waydroid on the #pinephone surprisingly nice. Our wiki has some installation instructions if you want to try it out.

kirsle.net/waydroid-on-the-pin

French language question 

Is Souffleur (the person that cues actors when they forget their lines) a gendered job description? If yes, is there a gender neutral form?

✨ Outreachy is hiring a community manager. ✨ You will communicate with @outreachy applicants, interns, and mentors. Open mailbox with raised flag You will work remotely for 30 to 40 hours per week.

Please apply by Oct 31!

outreachy.org/blog/2021-10-14/

There are many extremely useful but complicated #commandline commands (looking at you, ffmpeg). Is there a searchable database for them somewhere? I would like to search for “jpeg video” and get the command to generate a video from JPEGs. Does such a thing exist?

#cli #linux #unix #bsd :boost_requested:

I'm £300 short for rent and I'm not expecting anywhere near that of course but if anyone has a spare £5 or something it all really helps 🥺 I swear I will (and already do) pay it forward when I can

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IMPORTANT ASK

A homeless T1 diabetic in Greater Boston needs your help to secure medicine and food. Right now he’s asking for money towards those goals! If you can, please send money to $diabestes1day on Venmo. Last four digits: 4257.

:boost_requested:Help disabled fam have a great halloween (and wear pants!) 

our disabled fam has been incomeless for 5 months. Halloween is our favorite day! Help us have a nice dinner this 31st 🎃

And... I have 1 pair of pants right now, and it's already hitting subzero temps here... Going to a thrift store soon, and want help to get at least 1 more pair

boosts & even tiny donations are appreciated/helpful!!!

#transCrowdfund #disabilityCrowdfund #mutualAid
(see next toot for paymenty things)

I need some help.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in a car accident. I wasn't injured, but my car might be totaled.

Since I rely on my car for work, I'm kinda panicking about paying bills and whatnot.

I set up a #gofundme (link below) and got a fair amount of donations at first (very grateful to those folks), but those have nearly all been used up already.

We're getting low on groceries again, I need to refill my meds, we're running low on toiletries, and we've still got 5 or 6 utility and service bills coming up—most of which I'm already behind on.

Please give if you can; every little bit helps, and will be appreciated. And please share this post, even if you can't give.

gofundme.com/f/help-sil-with-e

#crowdfunding #TransCrowdFund #pleasehelp #signalboost

Twitch's problems continue. A massive number of streamers I talk to are reporting their payout portal was reporting they had $0 queued for their next payout. When raised to Twitch, Twitch said nothing but silently disabled the payout portal.

No one knows what's going on and some people need those payouts to, you know, eat. So it's a fun time all around.

I am unable to find a single co-op in the U.S. that provides fiscal hosting to help other co-ops get started. If anyone knows of one (or wants to start one) I'd love to hear from you. I feel like this *has* to be a thing.

New @libreoffice tender to work on #accessibility tests.

If you know C++ and want to be paid to work on #OpenSource and #a11y :

blog.documentfoundation.org/bl

Great news that the TDF is putting money into this important area!

#FLOSS

urgent housing mutual aid request for poc in San Francisco, USA area 

Venmo: @ARenton
Zelle: Alice Renton (deadname) (510) 302-7963

Asheton: “I’'m disabled, and my sister is an autistic, dependent adult. We are both queer POC, and we've spent the past year trying to escape our abuser, our mother.

I ran out of savings from my tech job. We came back to the apartment we used to share with her, and she had completely trashed it before leaving it for us. Legitimately, it is in completely unlivable disarray. We have been trying to get it to a slightly better place, but we're both too disabled to handle it.

We have absolutely no one. Our entire family is either abusive, a fundamentalist pentecostal, or both. We would not be safe if we went to them, because we're both visibly queer. I don't have any close friends because of the abuse I grew up with, and our mother knows that. She's trying to get us to recant our report to the police in exchange for basic needs, and right now recloseting ourselves and giving in is a legitimate fear we have.

Please, if you live near us and you have the ability to use your privilege in any way, we need help. Thank you.”

Additional support needed: A desperate plea for help for my friend and her children 

Please DM me for my PayPal details so I can raise funds to forward cross to her to fix the worse of it and buy carpets, paint, furniture etc because once again she's been abandoned and left on her own with a whole heap of heartbreaking and scary bullshit, and once again I don't want that to be the case. 3/3

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