Bird site, banning accounts 

On November 25, at the urging of a far-right troll, Elon #Musk banned the @CrimethInc Twitter account. Musk’s goal in acquiring #Twitter had nothing to do with “free speech”—it was a partisan move intended to silence opposition while opening up space for the far right. This underscores the hazards of depending on corporate social media platforms.

I do not like that this needs to exist, but I'mma boost it until it's not. Do likewise, as you will.

Feminist/queer spaces are more willing to criticize people than abusive systems because they want to reserve the right to use those systems for their own purposes. At least attacking people can be politically viable, especially in a token system where you benefit directly by their absence, or where your status as a good feminist is dependent on constantly rooting out evil.

- Porpentine, Hot Allostatic Load (CW transmisogyny, abuse, trauma)


Why the hell does it always take me so long to figure out I'm having a depressive episode? I'd have thought I'd learned to spot the signs by now... 😕

I have a new ExUrbe blog post up! "All People Are Created Educable: a Vital Oft-Forgotten Tenet of Modern Democracy."

It's shortish for me (I have another underway) but offers some historical perspective on democracy, education, & pre-modern conservatism:

Any #histodons around who have Vatican Library appointments soon and would be willing to take photos of a single item for a deserving grad student who can’t get an appointment but really needs to see this one manuscript to finish the dissertation this year? #histodon #medievodons #Rennaidons #earlymodons

@adapalmer one toot and I want to sit and listen to you for hours

@mnky @PsychoSanta @actuallyautistic I do think it's important to recognise the validity of self-dx as a general principle. Any individual may be neurotypical or not, and may also, independently of this, be a decent, kind person or a total douche.

@Taweret that's such an apropos dynamic given their names lol

NSFW short audio for all the good girls 

@LeaLeaLea I think you can skip the formal qualification lol *melts rapidly into liquid*

OK, here's a post on my blog about Things I Did To Keep Mastodon Running:

I've collected links to docs I've found useful, and changes I made recently here.

Might be useful to anyone else running a small-ish instance.

I'm not interested in suggestions on how to scale bigger: I'm aware we need to move to containerised services eventually, I just don't have time to do that right now.

Easy things I can change in my current setup, though: I'm all ears!


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Possibly unpopular opinion here…but all these complaints about how the influx of new users is impacting Mastodon culture, it just dawned on me that it’s akin to how people speak about immigrants (i.e. “THEY came here, they should assimilate to OUR way of doing things, and adapt our culture”)
As an immigrant myself (in real life) I know first hand the impacts of this inflexible way of thinking. It’s a nuanced topic, but just something for the OG Mastodon inhabitants to consider.

Don't bother fighting the Muses. They will win eventually, and sometimes in the wee hours when you're TRYING to SLEEP, dammit 🙄😂

Jeremy Hunt is pathetic.
•Double council tax on second homes
•abolish non-doms and UK tax havens
•price-cap croissants at £1
•tie ministers’ pay to nurses’

PLUS I will reform the tax system! 👇🏿
All this and more in my new book:

It's Trans Awareness Week, and I think back to the Black Trans Flag, the dominance of whiteness in this queer space, and the lack of care white ppl have for their Black queer siblings
I've been here for years, let's go down memory lane

#BlackMastodon #TransAwarenessWeek


Well, this is novel.

h/t Pete Quily "81% higher odds of ADHD infected with Covid to have increased severity of COVID-19 symptoms

93% higher odds of ADDers infected with CV to be hospitalized"

The association between ADHD and the severity of COVID-19 infection

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Generalist Hometown instance with a strong focus on community standards. No TERF, no SWERF, no Nazi, no Centrist.