Astronomy student, #wobbly, storyteller. Wants a free and fulfilling life for all beings, at home together in the universe. 🍐
Privileges: white, Global North, upper-middle class, cis-male-appearing, able-bodied
Header ID: United Front flag (black and red AnCom flag with joined hands running along the diagonal) with a golden infinity representing autism overlaid in the top-center. Created by a comrade on a mutual Discord server.
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Enrico Fermi, one of the foremost physicists of the 20th century, was born #OTD in 1901. While most physicists focus on either experiment or theory, Fermi excelled at both.
Now, estimate how many new physicists will be born today.
Image: New York Public Library
When I was a kid in the 80s and 90s, I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation. I soaked up the vibes of a high-tech, utopian future. I internalized the trajectory we were on was good, that we had reached the End of History. There might be a few bumps on the road, but the direction was inevitable and the destination was inexorable.
It turns out that the fastest a human being has ever traveled was 39,897 kilometers per hour. That was the crew of the Apollo 10 mission returning to earth. That happened on 26 May, 1969.
Fifty-four years ago. We peaked more than half a century ago.
Talking to a friend yesterday: I’ve personally had the privilege to live in and potentially emigrate to many countries, including the ones Americans say they want to move to (considered Aus, Finland, UK, France and Germany previously) but still landed on this one because: despite all of America’s warts (and there are many) it is still by far a place one can aspire to build a life without being an immigrant forever.
That was important to me. I try to remember this whenever I am mad at it.
Prigozhin’s apparent death in a plane shot down over Russia tells us much about the fragility surrounding Russian politics.
However, the "least significant impact" of his death might be on Russia’s war in Ukraine, writes @matthew_sussex (@ANUmedia). https://theconversation.com/wagner-chief-prigozhin-reportedly-killed-but-has-putin-cooked-his-own-goose-212180?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1692911808-1
#FediBlock @/randahl@/mastodon.social calls for use of the atomic bomb
Huge. Was going to write a summary but the first paragraph does it just fine.
"Ecuadorians have voted in a historic referendum to halt the development of all new oilwells in the Yasuní national park in the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet."
When I (someday) finish my #novel:
I want it to be available for #free, digitally, to anyone, with no barriers.
I want anyone to be able to do anything they want with it, except limit others' access to it, or use it to make money or hurt people.
This isn't necessarily going to be the case for everything I write, but it's important to me that it happens for the novel I'm working on now.
“What’s your solution then?” Is one of those lazy rhetorical tricks to discredit any criticism of a complex problem.
Like, no, I will not come up with an easy solution to capitalism over a couple of social media posts. But expecting that any anti-capitalist must have a ready-to-use solution to everything they criticize is just a convenient method to shut down that criticism and cement capitalism and “inevitable” or even “natural”, to make even the idea of a different system seem impossible and not worth thinking about.
#Slavery in biblical and ancient societies had many variations. But it’s clear that slavery during those eras was as horrific, just like the 19th-century transatlantic slave trade, according to the historical and archeological evidence.
I'd like to announce not one, but TWO new #Discord servers for #Neurodivergent people in the #UpstateNY area! Both have been in the works for a while, but have now actually launched. If they apply to you and you're interested, I would be overjoyed if you joined either or both. If the links have expired by the time you're reading this, feel free to message me.
The first is a general server for #Autistic people with any connections to anywhere in Upstate NY. Open-minded #Allies seeking to listen to autistics and become better allies are also welcome. It's a #SafeSpace for building #Community, making #Friends, chatting, and possibly hanging out together IRL or planning #LocalActivism. This server is pro #Neurodiversity, pro #SelfDX, #Intersectional, and not for parents or service providers (unless you're autistic yourself).
The second is for the Neurodivergent #Solarpunk #Anarchist Community Space. This is a very long-term project for a brick-and-mortar #Cooperative community space in the #FingerLakes area. The hope is that, when the place can actually be built, it will be a site for #MutualAid, #Permaculture, #Education, #Recreation, and all sorts of other projects of, by, and for the community, with the overarching goal of building and supporting neurodivergent solarpunk anarchist community at a local level. This cooperative also embodies the hope of bringing genuine #Joy, #Connection, and #Inspiration to the world as a whole.
The e-bike industry is growing exponentially, as are the questions about their safety, especially when it comes to teen riders. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/07/30/world/society/teenagers-accidents-ebike-risks/?utm_content=buffer89128&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #worldnews #society #electricvehicles #ebikes #trafficaccidents
Anti-Communist @awkravchuk Blocked!
#SolarEnergy could, and should, be free.
The panels themselves need to be installed, and that requires labor, and there are resources consumed in their construction. But after the panel has been installed, it produces #electricity all on its own whenever the Sun shines on it. What's being consumed is hydrogen atoms in the core of the Sun, and that would happen whether or not there was a panel harvesting the light. The panel, of course, isn't going to spend the money you pay for solar energy.
"It's getting cheaper" just means that capitalists are exploiting us less. They're still forcing us to pay for something that exists for free. #Climate solutions are already here, the technology already exists and is being rolled out, and #capitalism still gets in the way for profit.
#Meta wants to make the #Fediverse their own backyard. We're going to make them fight dearly for every inch. They'll lose. Look how many instances are blocking #Threads, just like they would any other instance that did what it's doing.
Threads will end up like Gab or Truth Social; an isolated social media platform that happens to be using #ActivityPub. It will cost Meta some money, and then it will go under. And everyone will make fun of it until the world forgets it ever existed. This will happen because the Fediverse is not going to tolerate capitalists ruining years and years of hard, passionate, ongoing work for a safe and open social media.
For those flying the #DisabilityPride #flag, make sure to use the new one with straight lines and muted colors. It was created because the old one was visually overstimulating for many people, and triggering seizures and migraines when viewed on a computer screen.
The flag is rich with symbolism. Designed in 2019, and updated in 2021, by Ann Magill, the flag has five colored stripes running diagonally across a black background. The five stripes represent unity of different subcommunities of disability:
Red: physical disabilities
Gold: cognitive and intellectual disabilities
White: nonvisible and undiagnosed disabilities
Blue: psychiatric disabilities
Green: sensory disabilities
The black background represents mourning disabled people who have died due to negligence, suicide, rebellion, illness, and eugenics. In the original design, the zigzag represented the creativity of disabled people in navigating barriers. While this isn't represented explicitly in the new design, I believe that the very fact of a creative redesign to meet the accessibility needs of disabled community members is an expression of what the zigzags stood for.
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