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I'm the inverse of bill cosby. I talk like an asshole, but my actions are always honorable.

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Ok, since all i got was mocked, i guess i have to back up a bit.

Did anyone notice that the first two star wars had depth (carter) and the third was junk (reagan)? The first matrix (clinton) vs the next two (bush)?

How about bill cosby? He got reported to the fbi every year, but was useful for shaping the narrative. He blamed the Black community for its response to systemic persecution and justified white racism.

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Why do the people mocking me here think Plato was an idiot? He said the state needs to control the music. All totalitarian states exercise full control over the media. Why wouldn't America at least trim off the dangerous edges? We've been a lot closer to totalitarianism since wwiithan a lot of people want to admit. Velvet glove, remember.
Hell, watch the first season of Rick and Morty and then the first episode of s2 to see the limits. Atheists are very much not allowed a voice

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Does anyone know why Biden is still suppressing The Brink (HBO, 2015)?

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@Cethin

Naaah, hbo doesn't let its property lapse like that. The show talks about reagan's deal with iran to hold the hostages in '79. Obama let it get made and trump took it out of the torrent world, let alone streaming. Hbo sill isn't allowed to air it.

If you don't think the us censors the entertainment, yer oblivious. The Beatles taught the right wing the importance of controlling the narrative. I could give a bunch of examples, but suspect you are impervious to new knowledge.

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The thing about nazis is, if you give them an inch they take a mile.

If i had more than 500 chars with which to work, i could lay out a trenchant argument why we shouldn't tolerate /any/ extrajudicial murder of minorities by police, even though it's a dirty job that someone has to do.

For the sake of brevity, i'll stick with ACAB. 1312. Rock and roll.

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About 2 hours ago a twist of fate found me holding a favorite book. I opened it to read the first line and was inspired...



"What's it going to be then, eh?" – A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

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Who's up for the challenge?

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Great opening line?

I woke up in a SoHo doorway, the policeman knew my name. He said, "you can go sleep at home tonight if you can get up and walk away."

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Just an idea: let's invent conspiracy theories.

Twerking summons demons.

The trans community invented D&D to fup the gender roles.

They stopped putting the autism in the vaccines fifty years ago, but encourage gulliable idiots to raise sickly children.

Obama is Q.

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The problem with ignoring the rise of fascism or deciding it’s not your problem is that when it actually becomes a problem for you it’s way too late to prevent it.

This is why it’s so important that you need to do what you can right now.

Here’s three things you can—realistically—do:

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poloniousmonk ,
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@thomasfuchs

All it takes for evil to triumph is the good people to do nothing.

By the time you hit a bully, he's already won. You have to mock him early and often so he can't grow a following.

There are always more of us than there are of them. There were more of us in /actual nazi germany/, but they didn't speak up in time.

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Any trans writers out there?

I have a great idea for a comic story, but it needs to be writ by someone who understands trans from the inside, which I do not. Free to anyone who wants to do it justice.

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It would be best for an older American, but any age/ origin can have a shot if interested.

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Awesome book that apparently went down the memory hole.

https://archive.org/details/buffalosoldiers0000ocon_n9a7/mode/2up

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I'm asking non-Americans: Are your libraries full of armed thugs in bulletproof vests? A pair of thugs just strolled behind me, keeping the pressure on.

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Favorite time travel book?

This is mine:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Anubis_Gates

poloniousmonk , to Technology
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Does anyone else see bespoke batteries as a scam?

I noticed the difference in my xbox controller vs playstation. My woman had to keep hers plugged in because the battery was at end-of-life, I kept a set of rechargeable AA's and used them in my mouse, xbox paddle, razor...I forget what all else.

Why not standardize phone and laptop batteries?

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@muntedcrocodile

Besides that, I mean :)

Any technical reason?

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@muntedcrocodile

Thanks. I suspected as much.

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Hello! I'm pushing this around; haven't gotten to the book people yet. It's pretty literate. Hello world!

https://open.substack.com/pub/poloniousmonk/p/im-tired-of-being-quarantined?r=1xr9v7&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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I am listening to Jeremiah Moss' Feral City: On Finding Liberation in Lockdown New York. Its a beautiful listen so far, really glad I'm renting it from my library.

Link to my storygraph: https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/de6b82e1-1fd2-49fe-b4bf-9e046c5cfa61
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@softerspace @bookstodon

I know that feeling. I need to fix my emotional shit before I can contribute to society, and I don't think society wants me yet. Otherwise, I'd be able to work on my trauma.

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Hello everyone! American crypto-fascists are going hard on the book banning these days. Is that happening elsewhere?

Also, I have a subversive workaround if any Yanks want to chat about it. Best done privately.

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"City of Salt Lake is much more libera"--are y'all allowed to watch SLC Punk yet?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SLC_Punk!

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"Go", 1999

They don't have the triangle reveal clipped, but it's "Wizard of Oz" classic. Nobody ever bit off 'it was all a dream'. "Go's" triangle is that great. Here's two of the 3:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OkdLWuCRe0c

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My November reading:
• 11/1 Charlie Stross, Dead Lies Dreaming
• 11/6 Charlie Stross, Quantum of Nightmares
• 11/11 Erich Maria Remarque, The Road Back (tr. A. W. Wheen)
• 11/15 Charlie Stross, Season of Skulls
• 11/19 Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
• 11/24 Harini Nagendra, The Bangalore Detectives Club
• 11/26 Martha Wells, All Systems Red
• 11/27 Martha Wells, Artificial Condition

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I'm "Things Fall Apart" right now.

As someone who never chased African lit, but read whatever crossed his transom, i'm surprised how much Ibo lit i've read.

Good book.

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Cogito ergo sum

Beyond that, an element of guesswork intrudes

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