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So I don't know how posting about a Swedish furniture brand works but this is my contribution

the 'why don't you simply ignore it :(((' thing always comes up when someone has a bad take and
(1) we're having fun with it. you can just not look at it if that's your thing. watch a movie or whatnot in the meantime
(2) ignoring bad things doesn't make them go away. 'just mute them' isn't bad advice as far as it goes, but it transforms political problems into mere matters of personal taste and puts the onus on the victim ('if you don't vibe with the nazis, simply filter them out :))')

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casually dropping the famous aphorism "like putting lipstick on a cop" into conversation with liberals

20th century classical music 

Still feeling the pain of having lost so much of my digital music collection, specifically 20th century classical works, when my laptop and external disks were stolen in early 2007.

Just remembered a couple of Arvo Pärt works I wanted to show my partner, only to realise I probably haven't heard them in at least 13 years.

.by pol, authoritarianism 

I wish a certain specialised communication hardware company from Berlin would come clean about their questionable customers

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.by pol, authoritarianism 

Tanks en route to Minsk. Because why the fuck not, it's not as if anything matters anymore.

I genuinely don't understand. Why would one want to be an authoritarian leader? What is it about power that is so attractive?

pol, capitalism, individualism 

The reason why I wish it was given more attention is because so much of contemporary "discourse" is driven by what essentially boils down to "brands" of individuals. And that's terrifying to me. Because a brand is so different from a personality/opinion. But stages implicitly create space for brands rather than personalities/opinions…

As much as I loathe a lot of what The Economist publishes, this I respect and wish it was more popular: medium.economist.com/why-are-t

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pol, capitalism, individualism 

"You need to promote yourself" (you as in everyone), I understand the statement pragmatically, but there is something fundamentally sad about it.

Self - it's not the latest addition to capitalism's playbook but I wish there was more attention given to it.

The one thing about my neovim / Rust setup I dislike is that #[cfg(test)] parts don't get checked for type issues, variable initialisation etc. like the rest of the document.

If anybody knows how to remedy that, I'd be thankful for pointers 🙃

I partially dislocated my shoulder almost two weeks ago. It's been fine for the most part after a couple of days but occasionally it hurts in the most annoying constant dull manner where there is no escape, no angle that makes it better. Like right now.

Identity, .us/.at pol 

Yadda yadda, the struggle is international.

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Identity, .us/.at pol 

One of my roommates is Peruvian/Colombian refugee that came here alone at age 5. His family had to flee (twice, actually) because his dad was a union organiser.

He's a social worker and intimately familiar with the failings of the system here. He underwent the naturalisation process and feels a stake in this place. Emotionally, that was difficult to access to me, even if it made sense in every other way. I guess that's what's changed for me. I feel it now.

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Identity, .us/.at pol 

Conversations about the absolutely abysmal conditions of minorities and the casual ignorance or outright denial of the "white middle class" and anyone else that is in a position of power … It is beyond infuriating.

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Identity, .us/.at pol 

.at politics caused rage. I think because I had a way to affect the situation there, at least through conversations with people who don't necessarily share my analysis.

And just the other day I noticed I now feel the same rage about this place now. What was unease and despair turned into anger.

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Identity, .us/.at pol 

About two days ago, I noticed something happened in me recently. I used to be able to look at situations and discourse in the .us with a distance. I'm not a citizen, I'm not even allowed to work while physically present here, so my "stake" in this place felt minimal.

In contrast, politics and social issues in .at, a place where I feel I haven't really lived in at least 5 years (but at least expect to go back to), were still close to home, emotionally speaking.

Rust, confusion 

I had the dumb. .into(), of course.

I need a nap.

Lacking sleep is no fun.

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capitalism is not efficient. it's not only that it's exploitative, extractive, and destructive even to itself, but that even by its own metrics, it's a failure. massive duplication of effort forced by 'competition', entire fields of industry that are basically just pyramid schemes (see: tech, finance), waste on an enormous scale (retailers destroying their own product to maintain scarcity), pretend meritocracy pushing the most bumbling failsons on the planet perpetually upward...

uspol, nycpol, racism 

OK, the trailer for Nice White Parents was already enraging, but the episodes that were released recently … they make me want to move away from here.

The rage I feel at the almost willful ignorance of some people I know, and the larger contemporary societal context in which all of this needs to be painstakingly proven and SHOUTED because of a shitty neoliberal veil of meritocracy, and an equally asinine leftist veil of "it's all just class differences", NO IT'S FUCKING NOT

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